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When I started playing Counter Strike: Global Offensive (“CS:GO”) in 2014, ESEA was the undisputed leading 3rd party provider of high-quality pickup games (“pugs”). But just a year later, ESEA’s more than decade-long top spot was taken over by London-based startup FACEIT. But let’s start from the beginning…

If you…


Most essays on mobile games today focus on the rise of hardcore games like Call of Duty Mobile or PUBG Mobile. But there is another big trend, which is usually underreported: Hyper-Casual games are published on a large scale by specialized publishers.

But let’s start at the beginning. Hyper-Casual games…


With Gaming Bites, I try to share my current thoughts about the gaming and esports market with articles that can be read in under 5 minutes.

The following text may do injustice to many intelligent and hard-working people in the esport industry, but I cannot stop myself from writing about…


With Gaming Bites, I try to share my current thoughts about the gaming and esports market with articles that can be read in under 5 minutes.

There has been a lot of talk about the fact that the future belongs to esports and that an individual esport will become bigger…


This article documents my learning and I will try to take you on a journey while I study Sandbox VR. Sandbox VR is probably the hottest VR startup right now and they were able to raise a $68m Series A, led by a16z in early 2019 and another $11m in…


Source: Astralis Group Annual Report 2019

Esport organizations were a black box for most of us. Everyone knew they were losing money, but apart from that, there was very little information. But with the Astralis Group, the first Esport organization went public last year. Now the European organization, based in Copenhagen, has published its first annual…


Here we go again… With proguides.com, we see another attempt to build a platform that aims to sell subscriptions to access their guides about video games. And to my surprise, they always find someone to finance them, even though countless attempts have proven that this business model faces incredible challenges…


With the beginning of 2020, the start of the Call of Duty League (CDL) is approaching. Time for me to recap what is known so far and discuss the multimillion buy-ins.

Many people were surprised by the initially reported buy-in of $25 million for a franchise spot to the Call…

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