“Esports to them is just another X-Factor” – Will the OWL model ruin esports?

A guest piece written by Mark Mantle. Follow him here. The Overwatch league: a behind the scenes look at how big business is done, whilst putting an end to the ‘free for...
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Ralf Reichert – ESL – Managing the world’s largest esports company

As Global President and CEO of ESL Ralf Reichert is, unsurprisingly, a busy man. He took the time to talk to Esports Insider on a variety of topics including official betting...
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This week in esports: RFRSH, HellRaisers, Astralis and PUBG

It's been another busy week in esports with several different partnerships emerging. RFRSH has announced its first event -- a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament to be held in Copenhagen. Additionally, HellRaisers...
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Esports – Are they sports and why does it matter? A lawyer’s perspective…

Sports or just games? And why does it matter? This is the second article in a series of guest posts by Nick Poggenklaas, who is a sports lawyer at Van Diepen Van...
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Will FIFA ever truly break into the respected esports ranks?

A piece by Esports Insider's Ollie Ring  FIFA is a game very close to my heart. Despite having whittled countless hours away during my younger years conquering the compelling lands of Azeroth...
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This week in esports: Overwatch League, PVP.me, ESL and Betway

Undoubtedly reports late last night that Blizzard has entered agreements for six of its coveted Overwatch League slots, with San Francisco and Los Angeles rumoured to be worth $20 million is...

ESI Gambling Report: a look at the odds ahead of The International 7

There's just a month now until what looks set to be the biggest esports event by prizepool in history. The International 7, to be played in Seattle at the Key Arena...
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Just signed a sponsorship agreement! Now what did you sign exactly?

This is the first in a series of guest posts by Nick Poggenklaas, who is a sports lawyer at Van Diepen Van Der Kroef Law Firm Did your esports team just sign...
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Steve Arhancet – Team Liquid – Thoughts on the NA LCS model

Steve Arhancet is the Co-CEO of Team Liquid. He spoke to us about his thoughts on Riot's recent announcement regarding the franchising for the NA LCS slots, how Team Liquid are...

Tim Spaninks and Veli-Pekka Piirainen – Critical Ops – Breaking into Asia

Mobile esports continue to gain traction around the world. We've seen the growth of Vainglory in recent months and whilst many frowned at Clash Royale winning a BAFTA for esports, it's...

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PGL to host the next CS:GO Major in Krakow

"You've never seen CS:GO like this" was the proud announcement from PGL, the next CS:GO Major hosts. The Romanian organisation, alongside publishers Valve, has announced...