Koen Schobbers started his esports career in Trackmania in 2007 and received his first contract with a professional organisation, Begrip Gaming, in 2008. In the 10 years that followed, Koen belonged to the top players in the game consistently. The highlight of his career was his first participation at the world championships in Paris,
becoming 3rd. During his career he got in touch with people that had a very stigmatising opinion towards the gaming world. This gave him the inner motivation to inform the world about gaming and esports.
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Under Construction: New Venues Bring Structure to Esports
by Adam Stern on 16 November 2019 at 12:00
From shopping malls to purpose-built arenas, a cascade of new venues are under construction or in development to meet the rise of esports in the U.S., becoming the real-life battlegrounds for competitive gaming. Esports is a hot sector not only in the sheer number of investors but also in the new leagues, teams, and related The post Under Construction: New Venues Bring Structure to Esports appeared first on The Esports Observer.
Atlanta Esports Alliance Established to Drive Local Events and Opportunities
by Andrew Hayward on 15 November 2019 at 20:03
The Atlanta Sports Council has formed a new Atlanta Esports Alliance division to help court more events and esports opportunities for the region. Skillshot Media founder and CEO Todd Harris will chair the alliance, with other local esports companies, game developers, and industry professionals involved. This weekend’s DreamHack Atlanta 2019 convention includes esports competitions with The post Atlanta Esports Alliance Established to Drive Local Events and Opportunities appeared first on The Esports Observer.
Sabermetrics to Storytelling: Opening Up the Data in League of Legends Esports
by Graham Ashton on 15 November 2019 at 18:33
As the head of esports insights for Riot Games, Doug Watson is responsible not only for numerically expressing the actions of players, but also measuring their impact on fans for media buyers. It follows an almost eight-year analytical background for agency Havas, working with clients including Fidelity, Air France, and Hyundai Kia, the latter of The post Sabermetrics to Storytelling: Opening Up the Data in League of Legends Esports appeared first on The Esports Observer.
OG Dota 2 Player ‘Topson’ Paid Highest 2018 Taxes Amongst Athletes in Finland
by Vignesh Raghuram on 15 November 2019 at 17:23
Topias Miikka “Topson” Taavitsainen was the highest-earning athlete in 2018 paying taxes in Finland. The OG Dota 2 player earned over €1.7M ($1.87M USD) and paid nearly €1M ($1.1M) in taxes. In 2018 Finnish esports athletes won over $6.9M in prize money. Every year on Nov. 1, Finland publishes the amount of taxes carried for The post OG Dota 2 Player ‘Topson’ Paid Highest 2018 Taxes Amongst Athletes in Finland appeared first on The Esports Observer.
Commissioner Johanna Faries on Call of Duty League, Lessons from NFL
by Andrew Hayward on 15 November 2019 at 15:58
Activision Blizzard’s new Call of Duty League will begin play in January 2020, with 12 geolocated teams and a franchised approach inspired by the company’s own Overwatch League. The debut season will award more than $6M USD in prizing as teams host home series weekends in their respective home markets. It’s a major change for The post Commissioner Johanna Faries on Call of Duty League, Lessons from NFL appeared first on The Esports Observer.