High School Student Signs Esports Scholarship

CBS: “History was made at Enterprise High School as the first Wildcat ever recently signed an esports college scholarship.”

“Daultyn Bradley is the captain of the Wildcats’ Rocket League team, the top team in the state. This fall, Bradley will attend the University of Montevallo.”

“I joined the team with the intentions of finding a hobby to do and maybe making some new friends,” Bradley said. “I would have never envisioned that it would have carried me this far to the point where I’m getting a scholarship to go to a university for esports.”


Colorado Aiming For Half Its Schools To Have Esports Team

CPR: “The state’s high school athletics authority has ambitious plans to expand esports into half of Colorado high schools. Rashaan Davis, who oversees esports for the Colorado High School Activities Association, said this year’s season is the busiest yet.”

“The growing popularity of esports gaming has fueled dozens of professional leagues across the globe. Revenue-wise, the industry is exceeding expectations, with figures crossing the ten-figure threshold in 2020, according to some reports. And it may soon be legitimized on the world’s biggest sporting stage, with the International Olympic Committee hiring someone to lead its foray into virtual sports.”

“There are over 100 teams playing multiple titles across our state,” Davis said. “We offer League of Legends, Rocket League, Madden and [Super Smash Bros. Ultimate].” 

Why Esports Is Seeing Increase In AI Usage

Entertainment Focus:

“Here are some ways in which AI technology will improve eSports and eSports betting:

  • Curb match/game-fixing incidences

AI technology can significantly reduce the occurrence of deliberate match/game manipulations.

  • Improve gameplay

AI can be used to make accurate analyses and predictions.

  • Customized training regimens

eSports players/characters are usually developed to share similar abilities with the real-life players they represent. With AI, it is possible to train these players/characters through different AI-powered tools and system designs.

  • Spring up of more AI-enabled eSports platforms

The application of AI-enabled tools such as computer vision, deep learning, and machine learning will help to improve the general eSports environment. This will also attract more audiences who will appreciate the tough nature of the games and their entertainment.”

Esports Entertainment Launches “the first licensed esports-focused betting site in North America”

iGB: “The full launch will allow bettors in New Jersey to wager on authorized professional esports events, which will include games such as Call of Duty, Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.”

“Esports Entertainment is the first operator to be given full esports betting authorisation in the state.”

“We are pleased with the completion of the soft play period, which is a testament to all the hard work by our team over the past year,” said Grant Johnson, CEO of Esports Entertainment Group. “As the first licensed esports-focused betting site in North America, we’re thrilled to fully launch the VIE.gg platform in New Jersey, one of the largest and most promising jurisdictions for sports wagering in the country.”

Usain Bolt Now A Co-Owner Of WYLDE

Forbes: “WYLDE, a young esports organization founded just two years ago, has today announced it has a new co-owner: global sports star and world’s fastest man and eight-time Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt.”

“Based in Dublin, Ireland, WYLDE is the brainchild of former JP Morgan investment banker Steve Daly and David Cronin, a founding shareholder of Irish technology company QUMAS.”

“However, WYLDE–which stands for “What You Love Doing Esports”–proudly promotes its “deep roots in the Caribbean,” while its teams and players come from countries including France, Germany, the U.K., The Netherlands, Slovenia, and Spain. Right now, WYLDE teams compete in Rainbow Six SiegeVALORANTRocket League, and FIFA.”

Video of Usain Bolt Introduced by WYLDE

Electronic Arts (EA) Prohibits Russian Esports Teams To Compete Because Of Russian Invasion of Ukraine

PC Gamer: “Electronic Arts has announced that, because of Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, esports players and teams based in Russia and Belarus will no longer be allowed to compete in Apex Legends and FIFA 22 pro leagues.”

“We continue to be shocked at the conflict that is unfolding in Ukraine and join so many voices around the world in calling for peace and an end to the invasion,” EA tweeted. “We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.”

“EA’s decision to ban Russia and Belarus from its pro leagues comes two weeks after ESL suspended Russian teams(opens in new tab) Virtus.pro and Gambit from ESL Pro League season 15. Smaller pro league operators Blast(opens in new tab) and Elisa(opens in new tab) have also imposed bans on Russian-based organizations.”

“ESL said it would allow Russian teams and players to take part in its competitions using “neutral” names, with no team logos or national colors—a compromise that Virtus.pro eventually accepted.” It is still to be seen whether EA will do the same.

Gambit Esports Will Allow Its Russian Valorant Players to Compete As An “Independent Team”

NME: “Russian esports organisation Gambit Esports has said it will allow its Valorant players to compete as an “independent team”. Gambit Esports made the announcement on Twitter earlier today (March 14), saying it will allow its players to compete in the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) competition as an independent team of players outside of the organisation (via The Loadout).”

“Last week (March 11) Gambit announced that it would allow its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players to participate in a tournament under a “neutral name” after Gambit itself was forbidden to participate.”

Snoop Dogg Joins FaZe Clan’s Board of Directors

Music Business Worldwide: “Los Angeles-based esports media platform FaZe Clan reveals that rap icon, entertainment executive Snoop Dogg will become a member of its talent network and will also join the firm’s Board of Directors.”

“Just some of Faze Clan’s investors from the music business include Troy Carter, Guy Oseary, and Pitbull.”

“As a talent member, Snoop Dogg will represent FaZe Clan with the official name “FaZe Snoop” and will co-create content, participate in key business initiatives, and launch merchandise with the brand while appearing across FaZe Clan’s platform.”

“Beyond becoming a talent member of FaZe Clan, Snoop Dogg will also launch a community outreach program centered around charitable activities that support youth.”

Ukraine Asks Esports Community For Support

PC Gamer: “Ukraine’s deputy prime minister has urged “all game development companies and esports platforms” to halt any business in Russia following Vladimir Putin’s ongoing invasion.”

“Mykhailo Fedorov—who is also Ukraine’s minister of digital transformation—published an open letter to Twitter, addressing the games industry as a whole but specifically targeting Xbox and PlayStation in his tweet (Axios). Fedorov implored the industry to block Russians from accessing any gaming accounts, as well as dropping any Russian teams from esports events and cancelling any tournaments due to be held in the country. “In 2022, modern technology is perhaps the best answer to the tanks, multiple rocket launchers and missiles,” the letter read.”

Esports Bachelor’s Degree Offered by University of North Dakota

AP News: “The University of North Dakota says it will be the first among the state’s postsecondary schools to offer a bachelor’s degree in competitive gaming. The school also introduced an esports coaching minor in the fall of 2020.”

“Esports is a booming industry,” said Sandra Moritz, program director and professor of kinesiology and public health education. “Competitive gaming is something that is here to stay, and there are many career areas in the field – everything from playing to coaching to broadcasting. Our program is drawing from a variety of departments to create an all-inclusive approach for this degree.”