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Welcome to the Latest, your weekly round-up of esports news and information centering around competitions, activations, platforms, and lifestyle. Content is brought to you by our own esports editors and writers from around the Access Intelligence collection of brands, including Cynopsis Esports, Event Marketer and Chief Marketer.

The Week in Esports & Gaming

06/08/23: Microsoft settles $20M FTC lawsuit; Twitch draws ire from streamers; Apple enters VR space

  • ENCE won what might be the last big Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event
  • Apple’s newly unveiled VR headset will cost $3,499
  • The newly released Street Fighter VI spurred the series to more than 50 million lifetime sales
  • Diablo IV has become Blizzard’s fastest-selling game of all time
  • Red Bull Gaming and Aimlabs have joined forces for a skills
  • Esports organization Pittsburgh Knights has partnered with PNC Black
  • How will gamers perform under pressure?
  • Esports betting platform Rivalry has launched its mobile app in Ontario
  • FlyQuest has added both VALORANT Game Changers and ESL Impact rosters
  • Content creator Jeremy “Disguised Toast” Wang’s VALORANT team, Disguised, has been relegated
  • Overwatch League teams have reached deals to eliminate remaining franchise entry fees
  • Unsurprisingly, Call of Duty League teams are looking for similar relief
  • Former Riot Games Head of North American Esports Events Devin Murphy will join Mobile Global Esports
  • Gfinity plans to cut its esports operations and has sold 72.5% of its subsidiary, Athlos
  • Microsoft has reached a $20 million settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission
  • Blaseball developer The Game Band has laid off “many” of the staff behind the title

01/26/23: Layoffs rattle tech, games and media; Blizzard games go offline in China; Complexity renews with Miller Lite

01/19/23: YouTube shifts Shorts monetization strategy; Microsoft to lay off 10K employees; CoD legend Scump retires

01/12/23: Riot changes MSI, Worlds formats; M4 World Championship hits 4.2 million peak viewers

01/05/23: Pay transparency law reveals discrepancies among game devs; Mobile game nears record viewership to start 2023; Overwatch League’s Philadelphia Fusion rebrands and relocates

12/22/22: Epic Games reaches $520M settlement with FTC; LCS schedule changes draw mixed reactions; FaZe Clan partners with Drake’s OVO

12/15/22: VALORANT orgs prepare to battle for partnership program; Virtus.pro hires new CEO; Ubisoft adjusts Rainbow Six esports circuit