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The Top 25 Mobile eSports Cities in the U.S.

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Skillz Releases Data on Where the Most Skilled Players Live & Compete Across America

Skillz, the worldwide leader in mobile eSports, today released data on where the most skilled players live in the United States. The study shows which cities’ residents rule over the top of the mobile eSports ecosystem, with Jacksonville, FL claiming the number one spot, followed by Chicago, IL and Nashville, TN rounding out the top three.

All 4 major U.S. regions were represented in the list, with 3 of the top 5 cities located in Florida alone, and the South claiming 14 of the top 25 rankings. The Midwest had a total of eight cities on the list, followed by the West with two cities and the Northeast with one.

Top players by eSports genre came from diverse areas of the country. The best Puzzle, Sports, and Match Three players hailed from Minneapolis, MNDallas, TX and Ninnescah, KS, respectively. Both the best Bubble Shooter and best Card players are from the state of New York.

“Skillz has a fantastic user base, and the games really allow you to show off your skills against other competitors,” says Travis Wood, a player hailing from the #26 ranked city of Appleton, Wisconsin. “The Ticketz system also has some great prizes to work toward, on top of the prize money I’ve won so far.”

The rankings for the top cities were calculated using the company’s patented skill rating systems, designed to provide players with fun, fair competition. The unique and comprehensive rating technology differentiates Skillz by collecting and analyzing over 50 data points per minute in real time during live gameplay. The Skillz platform has been built to enable a balanced tournament environment for players at every skill level.

“Exceptional athletes can come from any geography, and eSports competitors are no exception,” says Andrew Paradise, CEO and founder of Skillz. “Skillz empowers anyone to demonstrate that they are a champion, through the democratizing power of mobile gaming.”

With over four billion smartphones now in the hands of consumers and gamers currently spending half their playtime on phones, mobile has rapidly become the world’s primary gaming platform. Skillz has harnessed this trend and now runs more than two million tournaments a day. The company’s first mover advantage on mobile has established Skillz as the clear leader in the mobile gaming industry, which analysts now value at more than PC and console gaming combined. For more information on Skillz-enabled games and implementing mobile eSports competitions, visit www.skillz.com or email launch@skillz.com.

 

After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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DouYu International Holdings Ltd Raises $775 Million in U.S. IPO

Niji Narayan

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DouYu International Holdings Ltd, a Chinese video-streaming service which is backed by the Tencent Holdings Ltd, has raised $775 million through an initial public offering in the U.S.

DouYu sold 67.39 million American depositary shares at $11.50 apiece, at the bottom of an indicative price range of $11.50 to $14 a share. The IPO values the company at nearly $4 billion, including restricted shares issued to employees under a share-based compensation program.

In 2018, around 683 million people or roughly half the country’s population, played games on phones, computers or game consoles. The market-research firm forecasts that number will reach 878 million or nearly a third of videogamers globally in 2023.

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MTG Announces Investments in 7 Gaming and Esports Startups

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Modern Times Group MTG AB has announced its latest VC Fund investments ahead of its Q2 financial report. Investments in the first half of 2019 amount to a total of USD 11 million including capital commitments and span start-up and growth companies in the US and Germany.

Among the investments are Redwood City-based Dorian, Austin based game developer Tonk Tonk Games, gamer rewards platform Playfull from Los Angeles, German game studio Sviper founded by Ex-InnoGamers and San Diego-based GoMeta.

MTG owns 100% of Swedish DreamHack and over 82% of German founded ESL, the two largest brands in esports worldwide. Its largest VC investments in terms of estimated value are BITKRAFT fund LP positions, AppOnboard, Phoenix Labs, the Play Ventures fund LP position and Sviper. It also owns majority positions in San Francisco-based game studio and publisher Kongregate and German game developer and publisher InnoGames.

“Gaming and esport is the future of entertainment, and we are excited to invest in what we believe are seven of the most promising early stage startups with excellent teams, products and ideas,” Jørgen Madsen Lindemann, President and CEO of MTG said.

“We are already seeing attractive valuation upticks based on latest financing rounds in our investments, such as Phoenix Labs, AppOnboard and the BITKRAFT seed fund. Deal flow and value creation opportunities continue to improve now that we have established MTG as a leading games & esports VC in the West,” Arnd Benninghoff, EVP of esports and games at MTG said.

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2019 NBA 2K League Playoffs/Finals Credential Application Advisory

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Applications are now being accepted for working media credentials for the 2019 NBA 2K League Playoffs and 2019 NBA 2K League Finals. The playoffs will tip off Wednesday, July 24, with the best-of-three quarterfinals and semifinals taking place over three days of gameplay. The playoffs will culminate with the best-of-five 2019 NBA 2K League Finals on Saturday, August 3. All playoff games take place at the NBA 2K League Studio Powered by Intel in Long Island City, New York.  To view the NBA 2K League schedule, click .  To view the current NBA 2K League standings, click here.

To request credentials, all of the steps set forth below must be completed. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

All NBA 2K League Playoffs credential applications must be completed by Tuesday, July 23, 2019.

All NBA 2K League Finals credential applications must be completed by Thursday, August 1, 2019.

 

REQUESTING CREDENTIALS:

Editors/Directors: Media credentials must be requested by the Editor/Director for the applying news organization, who must designate credentials being requested and the name(s) of the individual(s) at the applying news organization who will be using the credentials. Only requests coming from the Editor/Director will be considered.

Please be advised that media space and workspace seating at the NBA 2K League Studio Powered by Intel is extremely limited and will be assigned.

To request a credential, please email Devon Garden (DGarden@nba.com) the following information below:

Outlet Name/website:

Editor Name and email:

Journalist Name(s) and email(s):

Job function (Reporter, photographer, Videographer, etc…etc…)

Requested Dates of Coverage:

APPROVAL PROCESS:  News organizations will receive an email confirming whether their credential requests have been approved.  Any changes to your credential requests must be made to Devon Garden by email at DGarden@nba.com.

DISTRIBUTION PROCESS:  All NBA 2K League media credentials will be issued by the NBA 2K League on your approved days of coverage at the NBA 2K League Studio Powered by Intel. Please bring photo identification to facilitate credential pick-up. Credentials will not be mailed.

PARKING: The NBA 2K League will not provide media parking. The closest subway stop is located at Court Square – 23rd Street. Valet parking is available on weekends for a fee at the Ravel Hotel located nearby.

HOTELS: Please note that the NBA 2K League does not have an allotment of hotel rooms reserved for media.

Please note that NBA 2K League, NBA, WNBA, and NBA G League event credentials are issued on an event-by-event basis. An approved credential for prior events does not guarantee credentials for future NBA events.

For NBA 2K League questions, please contact Elliot Steinbaum via email at esteinbaum@nba.com.

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