eSports Week In Review | Biggest eSports On TV Weekend, Discord Valued At $700M+, Asia Beating US In Collegiate eSports

ESPORTS WEEK IN REVIEW | BIGGEST ESPORTS ON TV WEEKEND, DISCORD VALUED AT $700M+, ASIA BEATING US IN COLLEGIATE ESPORTS

eSports Week In Review (Photo: CC License)

eSports Week In Review (Photo: CC License)

TNL Take: I could probably leave this as the opening line to every Week In Review based on the current pace of eSports investment across the board "What a week."

This week we looked at Why Discord Is Valued At $700M+, 2 new Feature Writer's for The Next Level, the biggest weekend for eSports on TV and how Asian Collegiate eSports are dominating the US. 

 

MONDAY 07/17

Why Discord Was Able To Raise ~$50M At A $700M+ Valuation

Discord Raises ~$50M (Photo: Discord)

Discord Raises ~$50M (Photo: Discord)

The Next Level's New Feature Writers (Photo: The Next Level)

The Next Level's New Feature Writers (Photo: The Next Level)

EVO 2017 Finals (Photo: EVO, Robert Paul)

EVO 2017 Finals (Photo: EVO, Robert Paul)

Promotional Image for Tencent's 2015 Campus Series (Photo: Tencent)

Promotional Image for Tencent's 2015 Campus Series (Photo: Tencent)

 

Have a great weekend!

Welcome The Next Level Feature Writer: Jordan Fragen

WELCOME THE NEXT LEVEL FEATURE WRITER: JORDAN FRAGEN

The Next Level Feature Writer: Jordan Fragen (Graphic: The Next Level)

The Next Level Feature Writer: Jordan Fragen (Graphic: The Next Level)

I am also very excited to have Jordan Fragen become the next Feature Writer for The Next Level!

Jordan’s amazing data driven design skills have been featured regularly such as the most recent 2017 eSports Brand Investments as well as the NBA Pro Investment timeline.  

After graduating from college last May, Jordan has become immersed in social video strategy focused on the Entertainment industry including Fox, Activision, and comic book legend Stan Lee. Jordan is also extremely familiar with eSports: she's a former Pokémon VGC player, a Super Smash Bros. 4 tournament organizer and an all-around Fighting Game Community champion.

Jordan will be focused on the Fighting Game Community, Data and and don't worry - she will continue designing some of the top notch graphics you've come to expect from The Next Level.

Welcome to the team Jordan!

Welcome The Next Level Feature Writer: James Kozachuk

WELCOME THE NEXT LEVEL FEATURE WRITER: JAMES KOZACHUK

The Next Level Feature Writer: James Kozachuk (Graphic: The Next Level)

The Next Level Feature Writer: James Kozachuk (Graphic: The Next Level)

After TNL 200, I hinted at expansions to take The Next Level to the next level.  This is the first of many new upcoming features and products.

To accelerate this growth, I am thrilled to announce that The Next Level has made it’s first two official hires, starting with James Kozachuk!

If you’re a regular reader of The Next Level, you’ll know that James performed the herculean task of gathering all of the data and writing the “2017 Collegiate eSports Report: 40 Schools, $4M In Scholarships” article while also contributing to the TNL Brand Tracker.

James has worked within eSports since 2011, with key roles at both the Collegiate Starleague and the High School Starleague. He is currently a researcher at the University of Central Florida, where he studies the effects of after-school gaming programs on students while also working as a Head Administrator for Blizzard Entertainment's collegiate eSports division, Tespa.

James will continue his work on the topics he's known for at The Next Level - collegiate eSports, research and brands.

Welcome aboard James!