Esports

Shanghai-based esports solutions provider Versus Programming Network (VSPN) has raised close to $100m (€85m) in a Series B funding round led by Chinese digital platform Tencent.

Southeast Asian esports channel eGG Network, owned by Malaysian pay-television broadcaster Astro, has teamed up with former Formula One driver Alex Yoong's Axle Sport to launch an online-only racing series…

Huya has agreed a deal to acquire fellow live streaming service DouYu in a stock-for-stock merger deal that is set to create a live online gaming streaming giant in China
USA

Turner Sports has entered the blockchain ecosystem with the debut of the innovative online sports video gaming brand Blocklete Games

Esports superstar Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has signed a multi-year deal to stream on the Amazon-owned Twitch platform following the recent shutdown of Microsoft’s Mixer service. I

Esports organisations DreamHack and ESL have agreed a new three-year broadcast deal in Brazil, awarding rights to commercial broadcaster Globo and entertainment streaming platform Omelete

Esports organisations ESL and DreamHack have agreed a rights deal with Chinese streaming platform DouYu

Chinese video sharing and online-gaming platform Bilibili has agreed a wide-ranging three-year contract with US video games developer and esports event organiser Riot Games
USA

Esports superstar Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has begun streaming on Google platform YouTube following the recent shutdown of Microsoft's Mixer service.

Telecoms operator Telia has furthered its presence in esports by joining forces with the Veikkausliiga to launch a new league for the top division of Finnish club football

Hungarian esports broadcaster Esport1 has extended its media-rights agreement for the the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ESL Pro Tour circuit with esports organisations ESL and DreamHack.

Mixer, the esports live streaming platform owned by technology giant Microsoft, is to be closed from July 22, following a deal struck between its owner and Facebook

The Formula 1 motor racing series has announced that its recently-concluded Virtual Grand Prix series attracted 30 million views across TV and digital platforms

The International Basketball Federation (Fiba) has launched a new esports competition, which it will stream coverage of across its Facebook, Twitch and YouTube channels

International sports broadcaster ESPN and Discovery-owned sports broadcaster Eurosport lead a cohort of broadcasters who will broadcast the first-ever virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans race

UK public-service broadcaster the BBC has acquired rights to the W Series’ new esports competition, which launches tomorrow (Thursday). The BBC will cover the 10-race series on its digital platforms.