Sources: Activision Blizzard to farm out ops for Overwatch League

Esports / Thursday, January 27, 2022
Activision Blizzard will likely farm out operations for its Overwatch League to a third party. The development comes in the wake of Activision bringing on Esports Engine this season to run its Call of Duty League. OWL (started in 2018) and CDL (started in 2020) have been produced and...

Could operations for CDL, OWL be moved to a third party?

Esports / Friday, January 21, 2022
Esports organizations associated with Activision Blizzard, namely those in Call of Duty League and Overwatch League, are in a holding pattern and somewhat nervous in the wake of Microsoft's acquisition of the game publisher. More than a few organizations have millions in valuations tied to those franchised leagues. Microsoft...

CDL 2022: Zenni sponsors preseason event; OpTic Texas hosting Major 1

Esports / Friday, December 17, 2021
Call of Duty League rolled out its plans for the 2022 season, which will be playing the game's Vanguard title. That includes Zenni Gaming signing on to be presenting sponsor of The Kickoff Classic, which will jumpstart the season from Jan. 21-23 with all 12 teams taking place...

Riot Games alters structure for Valorant esports in EMEA ahead of Season 2

Esports / Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Riot Games is making major changes to its Valorant esports ecosystem in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) just one month before the 2022 Valorant season begins. The company outlined the development of a new multi-layered esports ecosystem ahead of the second season of Riot Games organizing Valorant competition,...

Wild Rift team focusing on fan experience and accessibility

Esports / Monday, November 22, 2021
Riot Games is pushing into new markets and demographics with its mobile version of League of Legends, Wild Rift.   Leo Faria, global head of Wild Rift esports, said the strategy behind developing the game is similar to its League of Legends...

Authenticity at the core of Riot’s entertainment offerings

Esports / Monday, November 22, 2021
Just as  the League of Legends World Championship concluded on Nov. 6, Netflix premiered Riot Games’ first television series “Arcane.” It was perfect timing to incorporate the animation and music of the series into the Grand Finals opening ceremony, once again connecting the company’s...

Riot turns to deep bench of execs for new leadership roles

Esports / Monday, November 22, 2021
Riot is  taking a  “promote from within policy” approach with new posts for Naz Aletaha and Whalen Rozelle, who have each spent nearly a decade in various executive roles within the company. Both are young and have an intimate knowledge of the company’s games, ecosystems and...