eSports Week In Review | Pro Sports Investment Pours In, Twitch Top 10, Podcast 031

ESPORTS WEEK IN REVIEW | PRO SPORTS INVESTMENT POURS IN, TWITCH TOP 10, PODCAST 031

eSports Week In Review | Week of October 16th (Photo: Riot Games)

eSports Week In Review | Week of October 16th (Photo: Riot Games)

Exclusive: Underworld eSports Raises Up To $10M From Grizzlies Kaplan, Survivor's Dr. Zahalsky (Photo: The Next Level)

Exclusive: Underworld eSports Raises Up To $10M From Grizzlies Kaplan, Survivor's Dr. Zahalsky (Photo: The Next Level)



TUESDAY 10/17

The Next Level was off



WEDNESDAY 10/18

TNL eSports Podcast 031: Chuboi, FIFA Host and Streamer

TNL eSports Podcast 031: Chuboi, FIFA Host and Streamer (Photo: The Next Level)

TNL eSports Podcast 031: Chuboi, FIFA Host and Streamer (Photo: The Next Level)

2017 League of Legend's World Championship (Photo: Riot Games)

2017 League of Legend's World Championship (Photo: Riot Games)

Weekly Twitch Top 10 (Graphic: Waypoint Media)

Weekly Twitch Top 10 (Graphic: Waypoint Media)

 

Have a great weekend!

Exclusive: Underworld eSports Raises $10M From Grizzlies Kaplan, Survivor's Dr. Zahalsky

EXCLUSIVE: UNDERWORLD ESPORTS RAISES $10M FROM GRIZZLIES KAPLAN, SURVIVOR'S DR. ZAHALSKY

Underworld eSports Raises $10M From Grizzlie's Kaplan, Survivor's Dr. Zahalsky (Photo: The Next Level)

Underworld eSports Raises $10M From Grizzlie's Kaplan, Survivor's Dr. Zahalsky (Photo: The Next Level)

TNL Take: Money continues to pour into eSports teams. 

The Next Level has learned that Memphis Grizzlies co-owner Jed Kaplan and current "Survivor" season member Dr. Mike Zahalsky have invested in Portland based Underworld eSports.  Kaplan is also an owner of Swansea City Football Club of the English Premier League.

While the overall investment total was not revealed, the rumored figure is as high as $10M - which is an extraordinary amount for a team which currently competes in four titles ranging from Call of Duty to Vainglory.

Two other interesting aspects of this investment.

First, we’re beginning to see the second wave of professional sports owners who are seeing big investment opportunities in eSports.  Stephen Kaplan, co-owner of the Memphis Grizzlies as well, previously invested in team Immortals back in November of 2015 via Oaktree Capital.

TNL Infographic 027: NBA eSport Investment (Infographic: Jordan Fragen)

TNL Infographic 027: NBA eSport Investment (Infographic: Jordan Fragen)

Second, as Pro Sports team owners continue their involvement within eSports, what's the new investment trend?

Athletes and celebrities.

From NRG's recent investment from both Marshawn Lynch and Jennifer Lopez, Underworld eSports investment also includes Dr. Mike Zahalsky from the current season of "Survivor".

The deal was brokered by Bill Yates of the Sports Advisory Group who has also been linked to other eSports team investments.

Everyone Is Off, eSports Is Not

EVERYONE IS OFF, ESPORTS IS NOT

NYC Fourth of July Fireworks (Photo: Getty Images)

NYC Fourth of July Fireworks (Photo: Getty Images)

The start of this holiday weekend, I sent 25+ emails to startups/companies valued/market cap with $100M+.

96% of the responses I received went something like this:

"Thanks for reaching out. I'll be on vacation till 7/10. For any urgent needs please reach out to [INSERT NAME]. Have a great holiday!"

I have 0 issue with taking time off and #FamilyTime and is absolutely critical, but I shouldn't have been surprised as most companies gave Mon/Wed off as well.

With everyone off this week, The Next Level will continue next Monday 7/10however there will be updates on www.tnl.media and as always on twitter @mannyanekal

Few areas that The Next Level will cover:

 

  • 2017 Q2 Brand Deals - Did we hit 50?
  • 75M US eSports Investments in 2017
  • Pro Sports and eSports: Whats the real ROI?
  • And a peek into an upcoming research report


Have a great holiday week and see you next week!


PS For those wondering who that 4%/1 company was that responded over the weekend - let's say 1/ I've covered them many times and 2/ That's why they will continue to dominate.

eSports Week In Review | eSports Youngest Sports TV Viewer, PWC's Real Research, Pro Hockey Invests

ESPORTS WEEK IN REVIEW | ESPORTS IS YOUNGEST SPORTS TV VIEWER, PWC'S REAL RESEARCH, PRO HOCKEY INVESTS

Twitch eSports Arena Presented By T-Mobile (Photo: Twitch)

Twitch eSports Arena Presented By T-Mobile (Photo: Twitch)

TNL Take: This biggest gaming conference in the US - E3 - revealed a ton of eSports related news and brand deals which will be looked at deeper.

This week, the next The Next Level was revealed, PWC released a realistic eSports revenue report, Pro Hockey investment increases, and as the sports tv viewer ages, eSports remains the youngest.

 

MONDAY 06/12

The Next The Next Level

The Next Level (Graphic: Jordan Fragen)

The Next Level (Graphic: Jordan Fragen)

PWC's 2017 Global Entertainment and Media Outlook (Photo: PWC)

PWC's 2017 Global Entertainment and Media Outlook (Photo: PWC)

EA Sports NHL 94 aka The Best Hockey Game Ever Made™ (Photo: Racketboy)

EA Sports NHL 94 aka The Best Hockey Game Ever Made™ (Photo: Racketboy)

TNL Infographic 046: Sports vs. eSports Viewership Ages (Source: Magna Global/Sports Business Journal/Nielsen Infographic: Jordan Fragen)

TNL Infographic 046: Sports vs. eSports Viewership Ages (Source: Magna Global/Sports Business Journal/Nielsen Infographic: Jordan Fragen)

 

Have a great weekend!