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The Business of Esports podcast explores the intersection of business and esports - the fastest growing entertainment phenomenon of this generation.

Paul Dawalibi, William Collis


    • Dec 2, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
    • weekdays NEW EPISODES
    • 1h 14m AVG DURATION
    • 243 EPISODES

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    Episode #168: Media & Entertainment Law, Ludwig Leaving Twitch, DMCA Fight, Managing Content Creators

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 45:43

    In this episode with special guest Anita K. Sharma (Founder of Sharma Law PLLC), we discuss trends in digital media and entertainment law, Ludwig going from Twitch to YouTube Gaming, DMCA issues and potential solutions, where lawyers fit in the talent management stack, and so much more!

    Weekly News #167: WoW On Consoles, $4.5B Razer, Arcane Success, Epic x Harmonix, Enthusiast Acquisition, Hendrick's Gin Gaming Chair, Sonic Fragrance, Cloud9 Smurfs, Battlefield 2042 Struggles, Moncler Fortnite Skins

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 91:46

    In the latest weekly news and podcast after-show (sponsored by http://yougov.com/gaming-esports (YouGov)), we discuss World of Warcraft potentially coming to consoles, Razer possibly going private valuing the business at $4.5 billion, Arcane being renewed for a second season, Epic Games acquiring Harmonix, Enthusiast Gaming buying U.GG, Hendrick's Gin launching a gaming chair, Sega unveiling a line of colognes, Cloud9 partnering with The Smurfs, Battlefield 2042 becoming one of Steam's worst-rated games, Moncler collaborating with Fortnite, and so much more.

    Episode #166: Nestlé USA Esports, Hot Pockets, Gaming Influencers, Brand Gaming Strategy

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 59:20

    In this episode with special guest Bryan Waddell (Head of Creators, Gaming, and Esports at Nestlé USA), we discuss Nestlé USA's gaming and esports strategy, how the brands under Nestlé think about their target market and gamers, successful activations and influencer partnerships with Hot Pockets, best practices and learnings for other brands looking to reach the gaming audience, and so much more!

    Weekly News #165: Stubborn Sweeney, Netflix Apple Sharing, CoD Sales Down, Roblox Tops, Halo Infinite F2P, Gucci Xbox Bundle, Tiny Gaming Chair, Steam Deck Delay

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 83:51

    In the latest weekly news and podcast after-show (sponsored by http://yougov.com/gaming-esports (YouGov)), we discuss Tim Sweeney renewing his attack on Apple, Netflix sharing some revenues with Apple, Call of Duty: Vanguard sales being down in the UK, Roblox surpassing Activision-Blizzard as America's most valuable gaming company, Xbox launching a free multiplayer beta for Halo Infinite, Gucci and Xbox partnering with one another, Secretlab making an April Fool's Joke a reality, Valve delaying the Steam Deck, and so much more!

    Episode #164: Skullz, Esports E-Commerce, High School Esports, Hoodie Orgs

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 52:23

    In this episode with special guest Wes Byrd (CEO of Skullz Inc.), we discuss the genesis of Skullz and how their business has evolved over time, what goes into creating a successful esports apparel line and e-commerce offering, how the clothing partnerships are formed, the difficulties associated with the gaming accessories market, the state of high school esports, looking good translating to better gaming performance, what goes into collaborations with educational institutions, and so much more!

    Weekly News #163: OpTic Envy Merger, Roblox Beat, New Nintendo Console, Riot At The Olympics, LoL Viewership, Arcane Tops Netflix, Esports Coach Silence, Immortals Relocation

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 95:48

    In the latest weekly news and podcast after-show (sponsored by http://yougov.com/gaming-esports (YouGov)), we discuss Riot Games confirming talks with the Olympics, the League of Legends World Championship breaking viewership records, Arcane finding success on Netflix around the globe, rule changes being made for coaches during the PGL Major Stockholm 2021, Immortals relocating its headquarters to the Great Lakes Region of the United States, OpTic Gaming And Envy Gaming merging to form OpTic Texas, Roblox beating market estimates, Nintendo unveiling plans to release new hardware sometime this century, and so much more!

    Episode #162: Esports Arena, Walmart Partnership, Overpowered PCs, CoD vs Halo vs BF2042

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 71:32

    In this episode with special guests Tyler Endres (Founder and CEO, Esports Arena) and Luke Brue (Chief Sales Officer, Esports Arena), we discuss the story and history of Esports Arena, their company joining forces with Walmart, the organization's Overpowered line of gaming hardware products, what these guys have learned over the last 15 years in the esports industry, the expected sales competition between COD, Battlefield, and Halo, and so much more!

    Weekly News #161: Microsoft Metaverse, LoL Esports Losses, Blizzcon Canceled, Chinese "Fortnite Axed, YouTube Gaming Failure, Ubisoft Blockchain, Netflix Gaming

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2021 106:08

    In the latest weekly news and podcast after-show (sponsored by http://yougov.com/gaming-esports (YouGov)), we discuss Microsoft announcing plans to launch their own metaverse, Riot Games being okay with League of Legends Esports not turning a profit, Blizzcon 2022 getting canceled amid Activision-Blizzard fallout, Fortnite China shutting down this month, Facebook Gaming surpassing YouTube Gaming in viewership, Ubisoft investing in and creating blockchain games, Netflix rolling out mobile games, and so much more!

    Episode #160: StreamElements $100M Raise, Gaming Picks & Shovels, Streaming & VOD Tools Future

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 47:17

    In this episode with special guest Doron Nir (Co-Founder of StreamElements), we discuss StreamElements raising $100 million in a recent investment round, the transformational effect of a SoftBank investment, the future of picks and shovels for streaming and VOD, how StreamElements compares to their competitors, StreamElements looking to hire, how StreamElements works with content creators, and so much more!

    Weekly News #159: Xbox Game Pass Miss, Chipotle & EDC Roblox, FaZe SPAC, Mixer Failure, Movie Theater Esports, Tencent Metaverse, Sony Patents, GameStop Web3

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 92:34

    In the latest weekly news and podcast after-show (sponsored by http://yougov.com/gaming-esports (YouGov)), we discuss Xbox Game Pass missing its target, a virtual Chipotle and EDC coming to the Roblox metaverse, FaZe Clan securing a $1 billion public valuation, Ninja explaining why Mixer failed, the League of Legends World Championship being broadcast in European movie theaters, Tencent launching a game studio to enter the metaverse, Sony patenting technology that will change the way we stream, GameStop getting involved in the Web3 gaming space, and so much more!

    Episode #158: Pokimane Talent Agency, Esports Law Canada, Guild Esports Sponsor Trouble

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 64:48

    In this episode with special guest Marius Adomnica (Esports Lawyer at Segev LLP), we discuss the legal side of gaming, trends in the world of esports law, the legal and business ramifications of Guild Esports terminating its partnership with an unnamed fintech sponsor, Pokimane launching a brand and talent management agency, and so much more!

    Weekly News #157: Facebook Metaverse Rebrand, Steam Bans Blockchain, Unoriginal Epic, LeBron Epic Investment, 100 Thieves Acquisition, Midwest Esports Hub, Lil Nas X Game

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 87:59

    In the latest weekly news and podcast after-show (sponsored by YouGov), we discuss Facebook rebranding and moving further into the metaverse, Steam no longer supporting blockchain-based games, Epic doing the opposite of Valve, 100 Thieves acquiring Higround, Wisdom Gaming partnering with Mall of America for a midwest esports hub, Lil Nas X launching a browser game, and so much more!

    Episode #156: Rivalry Listing, Sports & Esports Betting Future, Content Is King

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 44:34

    In this episode with special guest Steven Salz (Co-Founder & CEO of Rivalry), we discuss the state of the online gambling industry, the rapid growth of sports and esports betting, the difference between traditional sports betting and gambling on video games, Rivalry's listing on the TSX Venture Exchange, the benefits of being public in the world's fastest-growing market, the pros and cons of being a vertically integrated betting business, the future of esports betting, and so much more!

    Weekly News Show (#155): Google Sues Epic, Fortnite Movie, Ubisoft Hate, PC Building Simulator, Dr Pepper Gaming Chair, Blockchain Gaming Funds, James Bond x Rocket League, Samsung Jaxon, Super League Confusion

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 97:59

    In the latest weekly news and podcast after-show (sponsored by YouGov), we discuss Google countersuing Epic Games, Epic working on a Fortnite movie, Ubisoft receiving a ton of hate, PC Building Simulator surpassing 4 million downloads after free Epic Store offering, Dr Pepper giving away a gaming chair, NFX and Bitkraft Ventures creating blockchain gaming funds, James Bond cars coming to Rocket League, Samsung launching Jaxon, Super League Gaming buying Bloxbiz, Electronic Arts breaking records, and so much more!

    Episode 154: Chilly Mountain, Splitgate Esports, Lil Nas X LoL Music Video, 100T Apex Reversal

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 57:42

    In this episode with special guests "Chillrogg" and "Sidkitten" (Co-founders of Chilly Mountain), we discuss building an esports org in the middle of a pandemic, transitioning from other careers into gaming, operating esports teams in niche games, Splitgate announcing a $100,000 esports pro series, Lil Nas X collaborating with 100 Thieves for the League of Legends World Championship, 100 Thieves returning to the Apex Legends scene, and so much more!

    Weekly News Show (#153): Amazon Future, New World Success, Twitch Hack, Paris Hilton x Roblox, Apple Beats Nintendo/MS/Sony, Rivalry IPO, Lenovo Handheld, TSM FTX NFTs

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 93:27

    In the latest weekly news show (sponsored by YouGov), we discuss Amazon's CEO saying gaming is the future, New World continuing to find success, a data breach taking place at Twitch, "Nickmercs" extending his Twitch partnership, Blue Diamond Almonds teaming up with 100 Thieves, Paris Hilton collaborating with Roblox, Supersocial securing $5.2 million, Apple expecting to outearn Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony, Rivalry going public on the TSX Venture Exchange, insiders leaking images of Lenovo's design for a handheld gaming device, mobile gaming dominating user acquisition ad spend, TSM FTX launching a collection of NFTs, and so much more!

    Episode #152: Immortals' New Path, Future of Esports Orgs, Zero-Profit Pricing

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 74:14

    In this episode, with special guests Jordan Sherman (CEO at Immortals) and Ari Segal (Executive Chairman at Immortals and Managing Director of IGC), we discuss a huge shift in Immortals' business model and strategy, how to build one of the world's most recognizable gaming organizations, how IGC's umbrella structure ties into their vision for the future of esports orgs, the success of a zero-profit pricing merch program, and so much more!

    Weekly News Show (#151B): New World Launch, Super Mario Bros. Movie, Epic Vs. Apple, Chinese Regulations, New LoL Song, Blockchain Games Fund, NFT Theft

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021

    In the latest podcast after-show (sponsored by YouGov), we discuss Amazon officially launching New World, Nintendo unveiling the cast ofContinue Reading

    Episode #151: Esports Coaching, Corsair Marketing, Amazon’s New World

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021

    In this episode, with special guest Kyle Stallock (Head of Marketing for Gamer Sensei – a Corsair company), we discussContinue Reading

    Weekly News Show (#150B): Gamer Finger, Zero Profit Apparel, Fortnite x Balenciaga, TimTheTatMan vs Pokimane, Roblox Data, Candy Crush Esports

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2021

    In the latest podcast after-show (sponsored by YouGov), we discuss Razer’s new Gaming Finger Sleeves, 100 Thieves making $2.5 millionContinue Reading

    Episode #150: Gamer Advantage, Frames Win Games, Sleepy Gaming Performance, China Gaming Snitches

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021

    In this episode, with special guest Bryan Reedy (CEO of Gamer Advantage), we discuss how Gamer Advantage is trying toContinue Reading

    Weekly News Show (#149B): $100M 1047 Games, WoW Apes, China Cancels Gaming, Google Cloud Kills Stadia, Pokemon Oreos

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021

    In the latest podcast after-show (sponsored by YouGov), we discuss FaZe Clan partnering with DC to create a comic book,Continue Reading

    Episode #149: Antares Gaming, Celebrity Esports, Content vs Wins, FaZe Clan DC Superheroes

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021

    In this episode, with special guest Dushan Batrovic (CEO and Co-Founder of Antares Gaming), we discuss his story as anContinue Reading

    Weekly News Show (#148B): Roblox Activations, Valorant Zedd Skins, Free Dental, Enthusiasts Gaming Acquisitions, Cyberpunk Modders, Tiffany Trophy

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021

    In the latest podcast after-show (sponsored by YouGov), we discuss Toya and their game “Miraculous Ladybug” crossing 200M plays onContinue Reading

    Episode #148: Gaming Startup, Vorhaus Advice, Miraculous Roblox Metaverse

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2021

    In this episode, with special guest Michael Vorhaus (CEO of Vorhaus Advisors), we discuss his extensive history in gaming, buildingContinue Reading

    Episode #148: Gaming Startups, Vorhaus Advice, Miraculous Roblox Metaverse

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021

    In this episode, with special guest Michael Vorhaus (CEO of Vorhaus Advisors), we discuss his extensive history in gaming, buildingContinue Reading

    LIVE After-Show (#147B): Chinese Crackdown, Mixer Returns, Tim Hortons Esports, Faker x Razer, XSET Nightclub Gaming

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021

    In the latest podcast after-show (sponsored by YouGov), we discuss China cracking down on minors gaming, Tencent investing globally, YouTubeContinue Reading

    Episode #147: Krafton PUBG, Esports Law, China Gaming Industry Death, Apple Concession, Overwatch Deletion

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2021

    In this episode, with special guests Steven Blickensderfer and Nate Blair (in-house lawyers for Krafton, makers of PUBG), we discussContinue Reading

    Episode #147: Krafton PUBG, Esports Law, China Gaming Industry Death, Apple Concession, Overwatch PR

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021

    In this episode, with special guests Steven Blickensderfer and Nate Blair (in-house lawyers for Krafton, makers of PUBG), we discussContinue Reading

    LIVE After-Show (#146B): VENN Failure, Dr Disrespect vs. Twitch, Activision-Blizzard Spin, Stardew Valley Esports, Soulja Boy Atari, Tencent Struggles, Google Delusions

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021

    In the latest podcast after-show (sponsored by YouGov), we discuss VENN furloughing almost half its employees, Dr Disrespect suing Twitch,Continue Reading

    Episode #146: College Esports Excellence, UC-Irvine Playbook, Esports Academics vs Competition, College Esports Arenas

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021

    In this episode, with special guest Mark Deppe (Director of Esports at the University of California- Irvine), we discuss howContinue Reading

    LIVE After-Show (#145B): Lazy GTA, Fortnite Among Us, Roblox Social, Xbox Steam Deck, LCS Cancellation, $1B Mobile Games, Allied Struggles

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2021

    In the latest podcast after-show (sponsored by YouGov), we discuss Rockstar remastering GTA classics, Fortnite releasing an “Among Us” mode,Continue Reading

    Episode #145: Music x Gaming, Gross Labs, Find Your Grind, Esports Scholarships, GTA Oldies

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021

    In this episode, with special guest Nick Gross (founder of Gross Labs and Find Your Grind), we discuss Gross LabsContinue Reading

    Episode #145: Music x Gaming, Gross Labs, Find Your Grind, Esports Scholarships, GTA Greatest Hits

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021

    In this episode, with special guest Nick Gross (founder of Gross Labs and Find Your Grind), we discuss Gross LabsContinue Reading

    LIVE After-Show (#144B): Dr Disrespect Studio, Esports Betting Data, Google’s (Almost) Epic Acquisition, OWL Woes, Louis Vuitton Mobile Game, Mobile Saves ATVI, Enthusiast Results

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021

    In the latest podcast after-show (sponsored by YouGov), we discuss Dr DisRespect trying to launch his own gaming studio, GoogleContinue Reading

    Episode #144: Splitgate Returns, Dr Disrespect Game Studio, Free-To-Play Challenges, 1047 Learnings

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021

    In this episode, with special guest Ian Proulx (CEO and Co-Founder, 1047 Games) we discuss the initial success and returnContinue Reading

    LIVE After-Show (#143B): CDL & OWL Sponsor Exodus, Ariana Grande Fortnite Concert, Chinese Spiritual Opium, Xbox Donuts, LCS FTX, Blizzard Shake-Up

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2021

    In the latest podcast after-show (sponsored by YouGov), we discuss T-Mobile pulling its sponsorship from the Overwatch League and CallContinue Reading

    Episode #143: Mobile Gaming Tribe, Riot In China, India Gaming VC

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021

    In this episode, with special guest Patrick “Chief Pat” Carney (Founder and CEO of Tribe Gaming), we discuss Carney’s road toContinue Reading

    LIVE After-Show (#142B): Epic Ferrari, GPU Gestapo, Facebook Metaverse, Gaming Pods, Playdate Handheld

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021

    In the latest podcast after-show, we discuss Epic Games creating a hyper realistic, drivable Ferrari for Fortnite, Dell cancelling AlienwareContinue Reading

    Episode #142: Get Familiar With Clinton Sparks, XSET Revolution, Gamer Outdated, xQc Twitch Ban

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2021

    In this episode, with special guest Clinton Sparks (Owner and Chief Business Development Officer of XSET), we discuss how ClintonContinue Reading

    LIVE After-Show (#141B): Netflix Gaming, Zoom Distraction, Peloton Wheel, Tesla in PUBG, Steam Deck Launch, Swarovski Gamer Chair, IKEA Gaming History

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021

    In the latest podcast after-show, we discuss Netflix hiring a Facebook Gaming executive and planning to add games to theirContinue Reading

    Episode #141: Esports Hosting, XDefiant DoA, Cheddar Esports Lessons, Quibi Failure, Stadia Hates Devs, Tencent Buys Sumo

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021

    In this episode, with our very own Jimmy Mondal (Executive Producer and Host at Holodeck Media), we discuss the challengesContinue Reading

    LIVE After-Show (#140B): $60B Gaming Deals, $27M Surgery Simulator, Education vs Healthcare Gaming, Cool Gaming Chair, NIP Merger, Allied Worthless, League In NJ, 13M More Gamers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2021

    In the latest podcast after-show, we discuss Osso VR raising $27M to turn surgery into a video game, PowerZ raisingContinue Reading

    Episode #140: Marketing Streamers, Brands and Influencers, 100T x Gucci, Blocked Tencent Merger

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021

    In this episode, with special guest AJ Damiano (CEO of Powerspike), we discuss how Powerspike connects influencers/streamers with brands andContinue Reading

    LIVE After-Show (#139B): Switch OLED, Amazon Game Engine, LeBron Fortnite, BMW Gaming Chair, Tencent Overlord, EA Ads, Casual MMO

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021

    In the latest podcast after-show, we discuss Nintendo releasing a new Switch among chip shortages, Amazon making its game engineContinue Reading

    Episode #139: XSET Esports, Atari Ditches Mobile For PC, E3 Extinct, College Athlete Streamers, Gaming Culture

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021

    In this episode, with special guest Marco Mereu (Co-Founder and COO of XSET), we discuss the differentiated vision for XSETContinue Reading

    LIVE After-Show (#138B): GTA VI Delayed, Murakami x FaZe Clan, Andbox COD Mobile, Epic Monopoly, Heroes of the Storm Romance, Complexity Sold

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021

    In the latest podcast after-show, we discuss GTA VI being delayed yet again to 2024 or 2025, artist Takashi MurakamiContinue Reading

    Episode #138: Esports Data, YouGov Gaming Insights, ESL x Monster Energy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021

    On this episode with special guest Nicole Pike (Global Sector Head of Gaming and Esports at YouGov), we discuss YouGov’sContinue Reading

    LIVE After-Show (#137B): Oculus Facebook Ads, AR / VR > Consoles, Play-to-Earn Games, Activision Blizzard HR Mess, Esports Mall, EA More Mobile

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2021

    In the latest podcast after-show, we discuss Facebook trying to integrate ads into Oculus VR games, the CEO of UnityContinue Reading

    Episode #137: Evolving Esports Talent, Mobile Esports Future, Esports Fashion Week, Competitor vs Entertainer, Ralph Lauren x G2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021

    In this episode with special guests Chris Lloyd (Chief Strategy Officer, Evolved Talent) and Duncan Stanley (Account Director, Evolved Talent),Continue Reading

    LIVE After-Show (#136B): $5B PUBG Dev, PC > Mobile, Luna for Prime, E3 Titles, Xbox Mini-Fridge

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2021

    In the latest podcast after-show, sponsored by YouGov (http://yougov.com/gaming-esports), we discuss PUBG developer Krafton raising $5B in a public offering,Continue Reading

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