THE ESPORTS ECOSYSTEM: The key players and trends driving the red-hot, fast-growing esports space that’s on track to surpass $1.5 billion by 2023

This is a preview of The Esports Ecosystem research report from Business Insider Intelligence. Purchase this report. To check to see if you already have access to Business Insider Intelligence through your company, click here. Esports and gaming have burst into the mainstream in recent years, transforming from a vibrant niche to a central form of entertainment around the world. While esports may have once stood for a subset of sports culture, it has grown into a full industry in its own right. That shift has been powered by championing from mainstream celebrities like Michael Jordan, Drake, and DJ Marshmello, an increasing amount of coverage from traditional outlets like ESPN,… Read More

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Seager, Lewis and Moore all hit home runs as Mariners top Rangers 10-2

ARLINGTON, Texas — Kyle Seager hit a grand slam, Kyle Lewis and Dylan Moore also homered and the Seattle Mariners won 10-2 Monday night in their first game at the new Texas ballpark, snapping the Rangers’ three-game winning streak. M’s Table Setter: Justus serves, the impact of speed and White’s glove Lewis put the Mariners up 4-2 with his fourth homer, a three-run shot to center field in the fifth off Kyle Gibson (0-2). .@KLew_5 be like “I know a spot…” pic.twitter.com/1Y3Zpm3J03 — Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) August 11, 2020 Seager cleared the bases an inning later with a high-arching drive that dropped near the first row of seats a few… Read More

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Preacher says apocalyptic fireball could destroy Earth next month

And other stories from the stranger side of life One-Minute Read Tuesday, August 11, 2020 – 6:37am A doomsday preacher is warning that an asteroid due to come closer to Earth than the moon could be an “apocalyptic fireball” prophesied in the Bible. Experts say that the asteroid is expected to skim past our planet on 1 September. Pastor Paul Begley said: “I’ve been talking about this for a decade because we knew, according to the Bible, we knew it was coming – even without scientific proof.” Restaurant serves up ‘Covid curry’ Feeling peckish? A restaurant in India is offering diners a ‘Covid curry’ with a paratha in the shape… Read More

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China retaliates against US sanctions with its own, targeting 11 US citizens in ongoing political skirmish

China will sanction 11 US citizens in retaliation for similar US sanctions placed on the country last week. GOP Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are among those sanctioned. Last week the US sanctioned Hong Kong’s Beijing-appointed chief executive Carrie Lam and several other current and former officials for their enforcement of greater control of the region. Rubio and Cruz faced previous sanctions for being outspoken about China’s treatment of the Uighurs, a minority Muslim group in Xinjiang. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. China plans to sanction 11 US citizens including GOP Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio after the US imposed similar measures on the country last… Read More

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Amazon expands ‘Project Zero’ anti-counterfeit program that Bezos cited in antitrust hearing

Photo: Julie Clopper / Shutterstock.com. Amazon is taking its “Project Zero” anti-counterfeit program to seven additional countries, expanding a program designed to help brands fight fake products, amid heightened scrutiny of knock-offs on its e-commerce platform. Project Zero will now be available to sellers on the Amazon online stores in Australia, Brazil, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates, bringing the total to 17 countries, the company announced Monday night. Launched last year, the program is already available in the U.S., UK, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Japan, India, Mexico, and Canada. Amazon says more than 10,000 brands, ranging from small companies to large global retailers, have enrolled… Read More

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To play or not to play: Nation divided over whether to save 2020 college football season

BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe meets with the media at his semiannual press conference Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, in Provo, Utah. Holmoe has been busy working the phones trying to fill out his team’s football schedule. | Mark A. Philbrick/BYU As conferences announce cancellation of their college football seasons, others claim games should go forward and a growing surge of players demand it. PROVO — We’ve got a real debate brewing over whether or not we should have college football. The perfect solution eludes us. In the meantime, BYU’s 2020 schedule went from 12 games to six then just to three after the Mountain West (Utah State, Boise State, San… Read More

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In our opinion: Brent Scowcroft, master of U.S. foreign policy, was a Utah boy at heart

Former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, March 5, 2009, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on U.S. strategy in Iran. | Harry Hamburg, Associated Press A brilliant foreign policy expert, Scowcroft may have done more than anyone else to shape how America interacted with the world over the past 50 years. According to Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, Brent Scowcroft’s Utah upbringing gave him “a Westerner’s habit of reticence.” This means he would patiently listen to everyone else talk through an issue, then provide “a devastating summary of what made sense and what didn’t.” If true, that is a great compliment… Read More

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17 wildlife management areas temporarily closed to target shooting due to wildfire concerns

Thick smoke rises into the air as a wildfire burns in the Dutch Hollow area of Midway on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — Dry and hot conditions have prompted the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to temporarily close 17 of its wildlife management areas in central and northern Utah to recreational shooting of firearms due to wildfire concerns. According to fire officials via Utah Fire Info, 712 wildfires in Utah had been caused by people as of Aug. 5, which is 333 more than in 2019 and 202 more than in 2018 at this same time in the summer wildfire season.… Read More

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Stewart’s 25 points lead Storm to 5th straight victory

BRADENTON, Fla. – Breanna Stewart had 25 points and a season-high seven assists, and the Seattle Storm won their fifth straight game with an 89-71 victory over the Chicago Sky on Monday night. Storm 89, Sky 71: Stats Stewart had 10 points and five assists in the first quarter as Seattle built a 15-point lead after scoring 33 points. Seattle led 46-28 at halftime by holding the Sky to 10 second-quarter points. @jordin_canada >> @breannastewart #StrongerThanEver pic.twitter.com/Mr9jzh9RWn — Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) August 11, 2020 Sami Whitcomb added 17 points for Seattle (7-1). Ezi Magbegor scored 13, Alysha Clark had 12 and Jewell Loyd 10. The Storm had 25 assists on… Read More

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Led by Nicholas Berry, 26 golfers join Utah Open golf field

antpkr – stock.adobe.com Colorado professional Nicholas Berry fired a 9-under-par 63 Monday at Soldier Hollow Golf Course to lead a group of 26 qualifiers for this week’s Siegfried & Jensen Utah Open. Berry birdied holes 1 through 5 and added four birdies on the back nine in a bogeyless round that was three shots better than the next best golfer in the 154-golfer field. Elijah Turner, who was a freshman for the BYU golf team last year, was second in the qualifier with a 6-under-par 66, while two professionals, Idaho’s Colby Dean and Colorado’s George Markhamk, came in at 67. Three professionals, John Murdock, Perry Cohen and Jimmy Gunn tied… Read More

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