It’s a year of firsts and memories for a lot of the esports world. Astralis Group and Team Vitality are both major pioneers, just without the hand carts, and Telemundo is making figurative waves on the airwaves. Read more below.
Astralis Group is, like many of its competitors, a pioneer of the esports world. They have showcased this yet again with a recent announcement. It was the announcement of esports first-ever IPO.
The IPO, which means initial public offering, will take place on December 9th and will give players and sponsors the chance to own a part of the team. Essentially, the plan is like buying a stock in the team, giving people and businesses a chance to be a part of the team in some small way. It doesn’t mean you’ll get to make any decisions, though.
The move is being done to raise millions of dollars to help fund the team, and shares are being sold at a reasonable price of less than $10. It seems that this change and chance is already capturing some attention with Astralis already saying that they have about $8 million in pre-commitments!
PUBG was one of the first battle royale games out there. PUBG Mobile was one of the first mobile games of its kind. Now it seems that PUBG is getting another first.
On the last day of the PMCO Global Finals, James Yang, Direct of Esports at Tencent, made an announcement that may rock the mobile gaming world. PUBG will in 2020 be getting a new professional league for mobile. At first, this will only be in four countries, and no, the US is not one of them.
At the end of the league, the top players will duke it out for a share of $5 million! Make it rain on mobile!
There is no doubt about the fact that esports is a growing business and as such needs to be able to stretch the digital legs. Many interested parties and companies are finding ways to make that happen. Telemundo Deportes is one of the largest groups that covers esports in only Spanish, and that is about to change.
Telemundo just struck a deal that is going to rock the world of esports. Their deal with ESR is set to bring esports to the screen every day, all day. That much screen time is amazing! It only gets better, though. While Telemundo is known for being in Spanish, this deal also guarantees that the coverage is also going to be in English!
What they cover: They will cover more than 10 different titles, from FIFA to Overwatch.
What to expect: Telemundo will have highlights, live tournaments, reality TV, and more.
What’s really cool about all of this is that this is another first for esports in the United States. This deal could pave the way for an Olympics of sorts for esports.
Team Vitality has a lot of publicity these days, from being winners to their new facility in Paris. This is not always a bad thing and it all has a purpose, just like the interview that was recently given.
The team is always pushing what it means to be a team, like in other sports, but with a digitally-minded focus, there are a lot of other avenues for money. Nicolas Maurer, came out and explained one of the purposes of their new facility is to help grow esports. The place is “for our fans.”
As for the salaries of the players, Maurer also commented that he is not opposed to sharing. However, it is unlikely at this point because no one else is doing it, and that sort of transparency only works if everyone does it. He even calls it an “ecosystem,” which is probably a great analogy as it is a very specific balance that needs to be met.
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If you are a fan of CS:GO, then you’ll know that the Krieg is one of the most popular guns in the game. In fact, it is so popular that many gamers have called for a nerf, as seen in the link attached to our picture, and it seems the devs have heard.
In the most recent ECS season, season 8, use of the gun seems to have dropped off a bit. The reason for this is that the devs nerfed it by way of raising the cost of the gun. Many players do not think this will be enough to curb the use of the powerful gun. However, the last time this happened to a gun, there was a significant drop in popularity.
One thing is for sure, despite what happens in CS:GO, there will probably always be a spot for the AK-47 in many a heart and game.
You probably will not be surprised that people get a little lazy during the offseason of their chosen sport. While some teams are frantically preparing for the 2020 season, some are making some moves that have others scratching their heads. Overwatch offseason moves are common, but sometimes they appear to not be well thought-out.
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