Esports

Tony Petitti stepping down from Activision Blizzard

Morning Buzz / Friday, June 18, 2021
Tony Petitti is "stepping down" as Activision Blizzard President of Sports & Entertainment after less than a year in that role. An Activision Blizzard spokesperson said that Senior VP & Chief Revenue Officer Brandon Snow "will be his replacement." Prior to joining Activision last August, Petitti...

Call of Duty League rolls out new campaign around return of in-person events

Daily / Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Call of Duty League is rolling out a light-hearted digital campaign to promote the return of team's playing in-person at this weekend's event at Esports Stadium Arlington. Activision Blizzard Esports has produced the “It’s Been a While” digital campaign that will start to be shared publicly tomorrow. Among the...

Fans set to return to Overwatch League in Dallas next month

Daily / Monday, June 14, 2021
The Dallas Fuel will host fans at Esports Stadium Arlington next month for their Overwatch League matchup versus the Houston Outlaws, the first time that fans have been allowed to attend an Activision Blizzard Esports event in North America since the pandemic began. On July 9, the 2,500-seat venue will...

FaZe Clan's "Nickmercs" talks rise of esports

Morning Buzz / Friday, June 11, 2021
Esports athlete and FaZe Clan co-Owner Nick “Nickmercs” Kolcheff  said of being the subject of a recent Sports Illustrated "Daily Cover" story , “My whole family is deep into sports -- college sports, pro sports, serious stuff -- and I'm like the black sheep. So the irony...

Sources: OWL, CDL study return of live events

SBJ Newsletters / Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Some teams in the Overwatch and Call of Duty leagues are in talks with Activision Blizzard Esports about getting back to hosting live events with fans for the first time since the pandemic, sources tell SBJ's Adam Stern. The two properties have been conducting either online-only, or local-area-network events...

NRG’s Asia expansion aims to make esports the national sport of Vietnam

Weekly / Monday, June 7, 2021
Esports organization NRG, parent company of two-time Overwatch League champions San Francisco Shock, recently unveiled a new joint venture with Vietnam-based fitness company CMG.Asia. The companies launched a new entity, NRG Asia, which will field esports teams beginning in Vietnam before likely expanding throughout Southeast Asia. ...

TSM signs 10-year, $210M naming-rights deal with crypto exchange FTX

Daily / Friday, June 4, 2021
L.A.-based esports organization TSM is "changing its name to TSM FTX -- and getting paid $210 million over 10 years in the process" -- after striking a naming-rights deal with cryptocurrency exchange FTX, according to Kellen Browning of the N.Y. TIMES. The $210M deal is "larger than many deals corporations...