This week in esports: US betting, Asian Games, University of Oxford, Razer

It’s time for another round-up of this week in esports! There’s never a quiet week in the industry, and we know it’s hard to stay in touch with everything that goes on, so we always make sure to round up the biggest stories for you.

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Supreme Court decision permits sports betting in US

The Supreme Court came to a decision this week regarding the Murphy vs. NCAA case, the result saw the law prohibiting sports betting in the US being stricken down.

Ruling against PASPA, the Supreme Court has giving states the green light to legalise sports betting at their own discretion. Esports was formerly covered under the law, meaning it too is now opened up to the country.

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League of Legends among esports titles at 2018 Asian Games

International Olympic Committee

League of Legends, a title developed and published by Riot Games, is among six esports title that will be debuted at an Official Demonstration Sport at the 2018 Asian Games.

The International Olympic Committee recognise this event as the second largest of its kind, only behind the Olympics itself. Riot Games will be supporting the event by actor as an advisor for the Olympic Council of Asia.

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Tencent to bring esports courses to University of Oxford

Tencent University of Oxford

Tencent has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UK Department International Trade, bolstering its relationship with the UK government and working with the University of Oxford.

The University will host both tournaments and, potentially, courses with a goal of raising the profile of esports, and feeding more talent into the industry. As part of this deal, Tencent will also create a British version of its popular racing game, QQ Speed.

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Immortals and Los Angeles Valiant partner with Razer

Immortals Razer

Immortals, and its Overwatch League franchise Los Angeles Valiant, has forged a partnership with gaming peripheral and equipment company Razer. The Valiant will host local activiations in Southern California alongside Team Razer.

The two-year deal will see the esports organisation, and its Overwatch team, use Razer products to train and compete. Immortals’ mobile division will use the esports-focused Razer Phone, too.

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