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2018’s top celebrity esports investors: Drake, Michael Jordan, and more

Published: 30/Dec/2018 20:45 Updated: 30/Dec/2018 21:04

by Virginia Glaze

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With the esports industry set to rake in $2.4 billion by 2020, more and more celebrities are starting to get involved in the movement. 2018 saw a huge jump in growth, with names like Drake and Michael Jordan jumping into the mix, among others.

While major athletes and celebrities like Shaquille O’Neal, Alex Rodriguez, and Jennifer Lopez made waves in the esports realm during previous years, 2018 saw a massive boost thanks to Canadian rapper Drake, who went live in a game of Fortnite with popular streamer Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins in March.

Their broadcast drew in over 635,000 concurrent viewers via Twitch, ultimately setting a world record for the platform and holding a megaphone to the gaming community. Drake went on to invest an unreported amount of money into esports team 100 Thieves in October alongside American entrepreneur Scooter Braun, a group founded by retired CoD pro Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag.

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October also saw the involvement of former basketball pro Michael Jordan, who invested a reported amount of $26 million into aXiomatic Gaming, owners of well-known competitive gaming group Team Liquid.

Basketball players Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors likewise made the jump into esports, placing $37 million into esports team TSM alongside former NFL quarterback Steve Young.

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Kevin Durant, also with the GSW, invested $38 million in Vision Esports, as did the New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr.

Rapper P. Diddy was also in the mix, placing $30.5 million to high school esports initiative PlayVS with a group of investors in late November.

Rapper Lil Yachty teamed up with esports and entertainment org FaZe in early December during his performance at Los Angeles music festival Rolling Loud, marking yet another celebrity foray into the realm of competitive gaming and internet stardom.

Source: CNBC

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xQc explains why he actually likes strict Cyberpunk 2077 streaming rules

Published: 3/Dec/2020 6:35

by Brad Norton

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CD Projekt Red just unveiled details surrounding content creation and early access for Cyberpunk 2077. While many believe the guidelines to be quite strict, Twitch star Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel has explained why he actually likes them.

There’s no denying Cyberpunk 2077 is one the most hotly anticipated games in quite some time. After all, it has been seven years since the reveal trailer. The gaming industry has been salivating over every little detail since, and in a matter of days, it’ll finally be out in the wild.

Before we get to the December 10 release date, however, a few lucky individuals have already secured some early copies. Be it through accidental early shipping, or popular content creators being provided early access. Regardless of how people got their hands on it, everyone has to follow a set of strict rules.

Failing to do so will be met with harsh consequences. While various streamers were initially against this kind of approach, one of the biggest names on Twitch has spoken out in favor of CD Projekt Red’s decision. Here’s why xQc actually prefers the strict guidelines.

“Our ambition is for gamers all across the world to have the same – spoiler-free – experience at the time the game releases,” the devs shared in a December 2 post. As a result of this goal, no one is allowed to stream or release content before the December 9 embargo that drops at 3 AM PT.

Anyone that goes against this ruling will be met with copyright strikes and potentially face further legal action. Obviously, once this deadline expires, they want everyone to be sharing their experiences “like there’s no tomorrow.”

Reacting to the news, xQc explained why this approach is far better from a streamer’s perspective. In order to stream various other titles as soon as possible, xQc has had to jump through some hurdles.

“The only games I got to stream early… I literally had to get someone’s account from New Zealand, pay them so they buy the game on my account, get the account back, change password, log in, and play early.”

For other streamers, they’re often given early access codes. That’s never quite been the case for xQc though. Instead, he has to go about things in a more convoluted way. Manually accessing the game through a New Zealand-based account, the region where games unlock ahead of every other country. 

“I had to even out the playing field,” he explained. But thanks to these new guidelines from CD Projekt Red, that won’t be an issue with the launch of Cyberpunk 2077. “I’m happy that [they] took action in making sure the playing field is even across the board for the consumers.”

“It’s better for everybody,” he added before going off on another tangent. Currently investing his time into GTA V, it’s clear that xQc is eager to take a trip down to Night City. Expect to see him, along with practically every other streamer, jumping into Cyberpunk 2077 as soon as the December 9 embargo comes to an end.