Valve Shuts Down OPSkins Bots, Users Lose Skins Valued at Approx. $2M Despite Warning

Valve has shut down all bots operated by online skin marketplace service OPSkins, as a result of OPSkins developing a workaround to Valve’s seven-day trading cooldown for its digital items. Many other services were using OPSkins’ workaround to operate, effectively … Read More

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TEO Podcast Episode 19: “How the Community Utilized Crowdfunding to Make Esports a Success ”

Raising small to massive amounts of money from a vast audience has a strong history in esports. Developers and publishers are uniquely able to crowdfund their esports projects by creating in-game content, and even small event organizers can tap into … Read More

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TEO Monday Morning Briefing, 28/05/2018

Fortnite gears up for esports with a $100M prize pool, ESL One debuts multiple new sponsors in Birmingham, and League of Legends makes its way to ESPN—though it might not be the deal everyone was hoping for. Missed any of … Read More

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BBC Three to Broadcast Live Coverage of ESL One Birmingham

Online TV channel BBC Three will broadcast semi-final and final matches from ESL One Birmingham. Coverage will feature BBC Radio 1 presenter Julia Hardy, alongside professional Dota 2 casters. This will be the first ESL event broadcast by the BBC, … Read More

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Top 10 Most Watched Esports Channels of the Week, May 07 – May 13, 2018

Almost every day, The Esports Observer posts infographics to our social media accounts. Now, we are bringing these to the site and providing additional context. Today, we’ve got the list of the top esports channels on Twitch , ranked according … Read More

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Imagine Spalding Owned Basketball, That’s How Esports Works

When talking about the most striking differences between esports and sports, people usually argue about the amount of physical activity—or lack thereof. Something that’s less often talked about, however, is probably an even more distinctive feature for both worlds: the … Read More

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Steam Earned an Estimated $4.3B in 2017, Not Counting In-Apps and DLC

Steam’s estimated revenue was $4.3B in 2017, up $800 million from the year before. Battle Royale shooter PUBG was the top seller, at $600 million. Steam’s peak concurrent player count is 18.5 million. The platform controls between 50 to 80% … Read More

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TEO Poll Results: Which of These Esports Card Games Will Be the Biggest in 12 Months Time?

Which will be the biggest esports card game of 2018? The vast majority of TEO’s readers believe Hearthstone will continue to dominate the scene. The TEO Poll is a weekly series, in which The Esports Observer ask the esports community … Read More

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Steam’s Best Sellers for 2017 Are Dominated by Esports Titles

Valve Corporation released its list of the top 100 best selling PC games on Steam for 2017, based on gross revenue. The company did not reveal exact numbers or rankings but instead grouped the games into four tiers: platinum, gold, … Read More

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