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Week in Review: “Vainglory” maker Super Evil Megacorp raises $19M, International 7 prize pool breaks records as largest in eSports history, Activision plans to establish minimum salaries and benefits for eSports athletes


Skillz weekly gaming news recap

Image Credit: Valve via BBC

Digital/Mobile News

  • “Puzzle & Dragons” maker GungHo is tapping Signal Studios to build a mobile game. The deal brings together GOEA, the U.S. division of Japan-based GungHo, with Signal Studios, the developer behind “Toy Soldiers” and “Ascend: Hand of Kul.” The companies hope this combination will help the Asian company make inroads in North America, although they haven’t announced any details surrounding their mobile project. (VentureBeat)
  • You can now turn your Android phone into a Nintendo Game Boy for $50. Hyperkin will soon start shipping out the SmartBoy Mobile Device attachment, which can connect with Android devices to become a fully functioning Game Boy through Hyperkin’s app. Hyperkin says that the attachment is also compatible with Game Boy Advanced apps from Google Play. (CNET)

Gaming News

  • The International 7 prize pool broke records as the largest in eSports history. The pool for the premier “Dota 2” tournament put on by Valve was up to more than $23 million this year, nearly $3 million more than last year’s pool. For comparison, another popular MOBA, “League of Legends,” had a prize pool of slightly more than $5 million in last year’s World Championships. (ESPN)
  • Counter-Strike” is coming to Greece in a $200,000 Mykonos tournament. Mykonos 2017 will be hosted by Electronic Sports Global (ESG) with a prize pool of €200,000. The teams that have already been invited include Gambit Esports, SK Gaming, Virtus Pro, Mousesports, Team Liquid, BIG, and Heroic. The eighth spot will be determined through a closed online qualifier. (Dot eSports)
  • Gfinity and HTE are teaming up to launch the Gfinity Elite Series in Australia. By doing so, Gfinity is seeking to offer a complete turnkey eSports solution for brands, sports teams, and publishers. This is the first time Gfinity’s Elite Series format and tech have been licensed outside of the U.K., but probably won’t be the last as Gfinity’s current strategy prioritizes working with major partners in multiple territories to further the brand globally. (eSports Pro)

Business News

  • During its earnings call, Activision finally detailed its vision for eSports. The company plans to establish minimum salaries, benefits, and bonuses in order to provide the security and stability required to attract the best talent on the planet. The company also released its Q2 financials, which revealed that revenues hit $1.63 billion for the quarter, up 3.9% year-on-year. King brought in $480 million alone, making up 29% of Activision Blizzard’s overall revenues. (Barron’s,
  • eSports organization Allegiance has shut down after less than two years of operation. The organization’s first “Halo” lineup put Allegiance on the eSports map, with their second-place finish at the 2016 “Halo” World Championship. However, as the team went through multiple roster changes, performance took a hit. As stated in its official announcement last week, Allegiance is no longer able to compete with organizations at the highest level of competition with their current funding. (Dot eSports)
  • NCSoft’s mobile sales jumped 300% to $83 million, thanks to its hit title “Lineage M.” Accordingly, the company plans to push the title as hard as possible, already having upped its marketing spend 90% quarter-on-quarter to advertise the game. “Lineage M” launched in June in Korea with 5.5 million pre-registered players. By the end of July, the game generated about $233 million in revenues from a total of 10 million downloads. (

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