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OverActive Media Confirms Round of Layoffs Sources close to the situation have told The Esports Observer that OverActive Media, the parent company of Toronto Defiant and Toronto Ultra, have let up to 13 employees go. It is unclear whether these staff cuts are temporary or permanent layoffs.

Esports Inquirer to Rebrand as Sports Inquirer Esports-the only sport left standing. As a result, Esports Inquirer will be rebranding as Sports Inquirer. The onslaught of the Coronavirus pandemic has forced numerous countries to strictly enforce social distancing measures, effectively grounding sporting leagues across the globe.

Dario Cangialosi wins second F3R Americas Esports race at COTA Reigning Atlantics champion Dario Cangialosi took a commanding win in the second Formula Regional Americas iRacing Invitational Championship race at Circuit of the Americas.

Hearthstone: Year of the Phoenix - Diving into economics and monetization During the Hearthstone Summit in February, I interviewed game director Ben Lee and production director Nathan Lyons-Smith after a presentation about the new Standard year and hands-on time with Demon Hunter and other new cards from Ashes of Outlands.

Capitals, Wizards eSports gaming powering through during COVID-19 The world of sports is on hold while the battle against COVID-19 continues. In the meantime, eSports and video game streaming have not been greatly impacted by the coronavirus. The Capitals and Wizards have already established eSports teams for their respective video game counterparts in EA Sports' NHL 20 and Take-Two Interactive's NBA 2K20.

The NUEL reveals Operation Hand Wash initiative UK university esports organisation the NUEL has announced a host of streaming activities known as Operation Hand Wash in response to the COVID-19 situation. People will be able to watch and get involved via the NUEL's Twitch channel over the next few months.

How Esports Teams And Competitive Platforms Are Dealing With The Coronavirus Pandemic However, for the people involved with running the teams that compete in the biggest competitions, and those that power the competitive platforms they play on, the pandemic is causing a lot of uncertainty.

Despite Coronavirus Lockdown Misfits Esports Organization Is Still Staying Local To Florida But with the coronavirus pandemic forcing all esports back to its roots in the online only arena, one organization in particular is working extra hard to make sure that local fans still feel they have a team to root for.

FOX Sports Adds Wednesday Night iRacing Programming to FS1 Simulated racing will expand its linear television footprint with a new block of Wednesday night programming, as FOX Sports announces the debut of World of Outlaws iRacing. The weekly iRacing series will air on FS1 and span multiple series and disciplines.

Infront Appoints André Fläckel to Head Gaming and Esports Department Infront Sports and Media has hired André Fläckel as its head of gaming and esports, who will report to senior VP People, Innovation, and Corporate Services, Christian Müller.

NASCAR Texas event tops TV record for eSports event Last weekend's eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series event from a virtual Texas Motor Speedway, drew 1.3 million viewers, breaking the record for eSports TV viewership set bv the previous week's race. The data is according to Nielsen Sports.

As Stadiums Go Quiet, Esports Are Having a Moment But people in the business say that for now, they're more focused on keeping their existing audience engaged rather than trying to pull in new fans. "I think the opportunity certainly exists, but it's not the opportunity we're focused on," says Greeley.

Dario Franchitti wins on his eSports race debut Scots motorsport great Dario Franchitti proved he's as good in the virtual world as he is on the real-life track when he topped the podium in his first-ever eSports event.

Parimatch and StarLadder Launch $100K Parimatch League CS:GO Parimatch in conjunction with StarLadder announced that they have launched the Parimatch League CS:GO, a new online league competing in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The league features a $100K USD prize pool and will see eight teams each from Europe and the Confederation of Independent States compete for the league championship.

Four more nations join International Esports Federation The International Esports Federation has announced that four more nations have joined as members: Colombia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, and Ukraine. The International Esports Federation, a South Korean-based non-profit organisation, was established in 2008.

Online-Only Overwatch League Has Been Weird But Fun As Heck The coronavirus has canceled or postponed almost every single major and minor social event across the world. Just this week, we learned that the 2020 Olympics will need to rebrand to the 2021 Olympics with the announcement that the games have been postponed until July of next year.

SK Gaming renews audio partnership with EPOS German organisation SK Gaming has extended its audio partnership with EPOS, marking the third year of collaboration.In January 2018, SK Gaming and Sennheiser reunited after launching a co-branded headset over a decade earlier. RELATED: BLAST Premier gets mic'd up with EPOS partnership.

Esports make Norris more nervous than Formula 1 Lando Norris has said he gets the pre-qualifying shakes more in Esports than he does racing for McLaren in Formula 1. If there is an Esports series running, the British racer is probably racing in it.

Simulated NASCAR Race Garners 1.33M Total Viewers on Fox, FS1 Fox Sports earned a combined 0.81 rating and 1.33M viewers for Sunday's Pro Series Invitational that was simulcast on Fox and FS1, breaking last week's record for the most-viewed esports event in U.S. linear TV history.

Excel Esports Just Miss Out On LEC Playoffs But The Team Is Still Happy With Their Results Excel improved on their 2019 performance and impressed a lot of doubters in the Spring Split.

LPL Week Four: Top Esports Bounce Back As the LPL gets back to regular season play, Top Esports bounce back from a lackluster start of the season, while eStar is on track to overtake the LPL.

India Could Become a Major Part of the Global Esports Industry The esports industry is already expanding at a very fast pace in the US, Europe, and China, and India could soon be the next region which the industry expands into. India already has a vast tech market, but has yet to see much direct investment for esports.

Opinion: Why Esports is Uniquely Positioned to Survive COVID-19 If no one can play sports, why not simulate them? That's the narrative dominating the athletic press cycle right now; that once you're bored watching archive matches and documentaries, then video game recreations, played online from your own home, are a worthy substitute.

Shroud, LIRIK, Nadeshot & other known names reveal Valorant first impressions Famous streamers got an early shot at Valorant? What they had to say about the game and the very first impression of it? What was written in their tweets for the game? Let’s have a look!

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