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Nevada High Schools May Form eSports League

The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association are deciding whether, “The popular games may soon be played at the hands of local students on the campuses of Nevada high schools,” reports News3LV.com. 

“By sanctioning Esports, students would be able to play in competitions going head-to-head, or controller-to-controller, vying for standings and trophies.”

One argument for move? Better grades for students.

Said Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Executive Director  Bart Thompson: “Students who participate in sports and activities, graduate at a higher rate. They have higher great point averages, fewer disciplinary problems, fewer attendance problems, all of those types of things.”

 

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16-year-old Fortnite World Champ Won’t get Full $3M Prize

Blasting News estimates, “After the tax deductions, Bugha’s projected take home earnings will be cut down to $1.5 million.”

But then, Bugha has a one year contract with a gaming organization named Sentinels, in which, the Wall Street Journal reports that “about $600,000 (of the prize money) going to the organization.” 

Bottom line: After winning the $3M prize,, Bugha will take home around $900K.

 

100 Thieves Plans to Become Biggest Gaming, eSports Brand

100 Thieves is creating a new headquarters where there will be “esports practice space and a production soundstage that it plans to use for streaming matches, and distributing podcasts and other content (a retail storefront),” LA Business Journal reports.

“Esports company and team manager 100 Thieves raised $35 million in a Series B round to fuel its expansion and the development of a new headquarters in Los Angeles.”

“We now have everything we need to be the biggest gaming and esports brand in the world,” 100 Thieves Chief Executive Matthew Haag said in a statement.

 

Nike and K-Swiss Begin Making eSports Shoes

USA Today announces “Nike also has a sponsorship deal with TJ Sports – a joint venture between Chinese videogames firms Tencent and Riot Games – that will see the firm’s League of Legends Pro League team exclusively compete in Nike clothing until 2022.”

USA Today also claims “K-Swiss has launched a limited-edition sneaker designed specifically for esports players, with the brand claiming the $125 shoe is the first of its kind.”

K-Swiss promises their shoes will enhance gamers performance. Highsnobiety tell “The ONE-TAP’s heel is foldable, allowing its wearer to rock it like a slide. A ‘Flow Cool’ TPU venting unit creates breathability suited for rooms that are warm. Should the room prove cold, wearers can cover up the vents with a second wool in-sole, like a football player wearing sleeves when Lambeau Field becomes the Frozen Tundra.”

President of K-Swiss Barney Waters states, “In the esports world, this is no exception as physical and psychological preparation breeds excellence in performance, exactly what the ONE-TAP offers.” 

 

Dota 2’s T19 Prize Pool Makes History

Luckbox announces Dota 2’s The International 19 has passed $30 million in prize pool which makes it “the largest for any single tournament in esports history… It’s anyone’s guess but the next milestone is $35m and it would be no great surprise to see it reached.”

Dota 2 and their battle pass beat out Fortnite’s World Cup huge prize pool of $30 million. Luckbox claims Dota 2 couldn’t have done this without their great fan base who buys the battle pass and in return earn cosmetics and new game modes. 

James McMath, Media Manager at Luckbox, said, “Publishers Valve donating 25% of (battle pass) sales to the tournament prize pool.”