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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

12/08/22: Panda Global loses majority of players, ousts CEO; Call of Duty League draws record viewership in return to Twitch; FTC dissent gives hope to Microsoft-Activision deal

12/01/22: NYT report casts doubt on esports profitability; Fortnite and NFL launch in-game experience; FTC considering battle with Microsoft over ATVI deal

11/17/22: International Olympic Committee to host the first Olympic Esports Week in Singapore

11/10/22: Worlds 2022 shatters viewership record; FTX freefall might affect esports brands; Minecraft YouTuber joins NRG ownership group; Esports org LOUD launches Web3 platform

11/03/22: Riot brings in $20 million from Champions bundle; IEM Rio on-track to be most-watched CS:GO Major; TikTok reportedly launching in-app mobile game platform

10/27/22: VALORANT’s Alpha Premier; Six Invitational scout home; EBS to kick off next week