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Esports training facility brings gaming another step closer to traditional pro sports

May 10, 2018

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — On a Tuesday morning in March, five half-awake young men comprising the Team Liquid roster shuffled into the esports franchise’s new training space. They walked through the neon-accented foyer and into the dining area, where they…

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Team Liquid Beats 100 Thieves to Win NA LCS Spring Split

April 20, 2018

Team Liquid obliterated 100 Thieves in a 3-0 sweep to claim the North American League of Legends Championship Series Spring title on Sunday in Miami. Despite 100 Thieves claiming the No. 1 seed going into the playoffs, Team Liquid was…

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Bruce Karsh Joins Powerhouse Esports Ownership Group Axiomatic As Co-Executive Chairman

March 6, 2018

LOS ANGELES ― aXiomatic Gaming today announced Bruce Karsh, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Oaktree Capital Management, has boarded the esports and gaming platform as investor and Co-Executive Chairman. Karsh joins a Board already brimming with sports, entertainment and investment titans….

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What Disney’s Acquisition of 21st Century Fox Could Mean for Esports

December 15, 2017

The Walt Disney Company’s $52.4 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox upturns every one of its business strategies, from billion-dollar franchises to streaming and international reach. You can be sure this will impact esports in a big way. Disney made…

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Esports and Kids: Welcome to the Big League

November 13, 2017

eSports is attracting media players like Disney and Nickelodeon—but which has the upper hand when it comes to kid audiences? Two days. Bright lights. 100,000 screaming fans. All the elements of a full-blown rock festival are in play at a…

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How Team Liquid Put Together the Most Profitable Day in Esports Franchise History

August 17, 2017

Team Liquid had the greatest single day — at least financially — for an esports organization in the history of competitive gaming on Saturday. At Key Arena in Seattle, Liquid’s Dota 2 squad walked away with $10.8 million in prize…

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Computer Game Tournaments Go Mainstream

August 17, 2017

FIREWORKS detonated, smoke wafted over the stage and confetti began to fall. Seventeen thousand fans cheered the European players of Team Liquid, with monikers like “MinD_ContRoL” and “MATUMBAMAN”, who had just triumphed over a Chinese side to win The International,…

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Esports Company Axiomatic Joins Disney Accelerator

July 11, 2017

Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that e-sports startup aXiomatic was one of 11 companies chosen to participate in the 2017 Disney Accelerator program. Mid-Wilshire’s aXiomatic was formed last fall and is backed by an ownership group that includes Golden State…

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Disney Puts a New Spin on Its Accelerator

July 11, 2017

Over the past few years, Disney’s accelerator classes have been transitioning away from what was once a roughly standard early-stage growth framework. Rather than the “adopt-a-company” models prevalent among most accelerators, it has been leaning hard into how it can…

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The Sport of the Future Is Esports, According to Dodgers and Warriors Co-Owner Peter Guber

May 26, 2017

Mandalay Bay CEO said esports’ audience plays the games, making them more involved than other sports fans. If you’re looking for a sport to hook the audiences of the future, esports may be the best game in town, according to…

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Ted Leonsis, Peter Guber’s Axiomatic Organization Joins BITKRAFT Esports Ventures Fund

April 27, 2017

The first dedicated global esports fund of its kind now has two of the biggest names in U.S. professional sports ownership joining the newly-launched initiative, which begins with $18 million Euro to invest in esports startups. aXiomatic, an esports ownership…

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Can Old School Eports Teams Survive In A Big Money World?

January 27, 2017

In the face of immense investments from wealthy athletes and sports organizations, the likes of Team Liquid will have to adapt or die The last few years have been a veritable Cambrian explosion for competitive gaming. This is particularly true…

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