This week in esports: Overwatch League, Caffeine, Champion, OpTic Gaming

07 September 2018


Another week, another round of big developments in the industry! This week in esports has a variety of interesting stories, from OpTic Gaming entering the Brazilian market to Overwatch League completing its expansion for the upcoming second season.

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Caffeine receives $100M from 21st Century Fox, launching joint-venture

Caffeine 21st Century Fox

Social broadcasting platform Caffeine announced a funding round led by 21st Century Fox, which invested $100 million (£77 million) itself.

The two parties will launch a joint-venture named Caffeine Studios, creating exclusive content on esports, video games, sports, and live entertainment. Caffeine has also entered a content partnership with media conglomerate Live Nation.

Read the full article here.

Overwatch League completes expansion, adds Vancouver and Chengdu

Activision Blizzard has reportedly completed its roster of expansion teams ahead of Overwatch League’s second season in 2019.

The eight new expansion slots are reported to have gone to Vancouver, Chengdu, Atlanta, Washington, Toronto, Paris, Guangzhou, and Hangzhou.

Read the full article here.

Team Dignitas enters multi-year partnership with Champion

Team Dignitas Champion

International esports organisation Team Dignitas has signed a multi-year deal with sportswear giant Champion.

Champion will become the organisation’s official jersey, casual wear and athletic wear provider – and will launch an online retail platform alongside Team Dignitas’ rebrand later this year.

Read the full article here.

OpTic Gaming announces expansion into Brazil

OpTic Gaming Brasil

North American esports organisation OpTic Gaming has expanded into Brazil, aiding it its quest to become a “global leader in gaming entertainment”.

Acquiring a Brazilian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster, OpTic Brazil is an entirely-female team that has placed very well in the past. It now has three CS:GO teams, including a Danish roster and an Indian squad.

Read the full article here.