Mark Nausha, President of Abacus3, and Josh Gabay, Manager of University Relations for Abacus3, visited the SMU Cox School of Business on Halloween to deliver an “Esports 101” lecture to Professor Simon Mak’s “Identifying Entrepreneurial Opportunities” class. Our Abacus3 team, along with Chris Buckner, Co-Founder/CEO at Mainline.gg, highlighted the plethora of opportunities available in the surging esports ecosystem.
Video gaming turns our imaginations into reality. Whether it’s discovering a new world or unlocking the latest tool to get past the dragon, gaming is a thrilling experience. However, isn’t winning more exciting when you have someone to cheer you on or watch you play like a legend? Wouldn’t hearing an audience clap and engage with your every step be exhilarating?
Fortnite is one of the most successful video games of all time. As of March 2019, Fortnite has amassed over 250 million users worldwide and made over $3 billion in revenue for its developer, Epic Games. The recent conclusion for its 10th season, “The End”, is now one of the most viewed gaming events in history at over 6 million concurrent viewers from Twitch and YouTube. Back in July, the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, the largest tennis stadium in the world, was completely filled by Fortnite fans for the Fortnite World Cup.
As esports continues to grow in popularity, more and more mainstream media outlets, such as ESPN and The Washington Post, are beginning to cover it. The latest outlet to join this trend is the Dallas Morning News (DMN), which recently announced that it will start reporting on Dallas’ local Overwatch team, the Dallas Fuel, in […]
The rapid growth and potential of esports is attracting a wide variety of investors from all over the world and all kinds of fields. One such investor is entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, the CEO of social media agency VaynerMedia and chairman of communications company Vayner X. Recently, Vaynerchuk acquired a stake in Minnesota’s Call of Duty […]
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) and the National Football League (NFL) have recently announced their plans for this year’s Madden NFL 20 Championship Series (MCS). The various stages of the MCS will run alongside major NFL events, including the kickoff, playoffs push, Super Bowl, and draft. As an open registration event, this year’s MCS will have […]
While the current Overwatch League (OWL) season is still in progress, Activision Blizzard has already announced plans for next year’s season. In 2020, the League will be moving away from its four-stage format and away from the Blizzard Arena venue in Burbank. Instead, teams will play in a new format based around homestand weekends in […]
Whether they be game producers, CEOs, managers, designers, streamers, or gamers themselves, women are in inundated throughout the esports industry, you need only take a closer look. “We started looking at the female players and noticing that they were just as good, if not better than the male players,” said Jordan Sherman, Gen. G’s head of partnerships. “But no female players were really given the opportunity to come into a professional environment and play competitively as part of an organization” (Variety). Although finding increasing visibility is the current uphill fight for women in esports, there remains a slew of noteworthy accomplishments by these women over the many years of esports.
Though Twitch experienced a slight decrease in viewership for the first time during Q2, it still came out as the number one streaming platform of the quarter and achieved its second largest quarter yet. According to a study by StreamElements, 70% of all livestream hours watched in Q2 were on Twitch, which amounts to about […]
On November 16th, gamers and fans alike will gather to celebrate esports teams, players, coaches, and video game developers at the international 2019 Esports Awards ceremony. Previously held in London for the past three years, The Esports Awards have been moved to the Esports Stadium Arlington in Texas for its fourth annual ceremony. “The majority […]