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  1. Esports teams have grown to the point where they're as common as bread. That said, however, there are a few special teams that are above and beyond any other team. These are the teams that have made headlines on more than one instances and are the teams you definitely need to know about if you're at all interested in becoming involved in esports. 1. Team Liquid Team Liquid is arguably one of the most well-known teams in esports. Whether you're a CS:GO or League of Legends fan, their name has doubtlessly crossed your screen on more than one occasion. The organization got their humble start back in Starcraft II and have since won over 1000 tournaments. They now have teams in 11 games including CS:GO, League of Legends, Dota 2 and the most recently popular PUBG. Team Liquid has so far amassed over $18 million in prize money, making them the highest earning esports team in history according to esportsearnings.com. Their Dota 2 team also won The International 2017, which had the highest esports prize pool to date. 2. Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses have also made some significant marks on the esports world. Starting back in 2008, EG acquired their first, but short lived, Dota roster. Since then, the organization has also been a subsidiary of GoodGame Agency, which was owned by Amazon through Twitch. Throughout their time, they have won over 600 tournaments and earned over $16 million in team earnings, making them the second highest earning esports team. This is largely due to their Dota 2 team winning The International 2015, which had the highest esports prize pool at the time. 3. Cloud9 Arguably the most well-known North American organization, Cloud9 has made an impact despite only being created in 2012. They became the inaugural winner of the Heroes of the Storm World Championship in 2015 and have earned almost $6 million in prize pool cash in the five years they've been around. Cloud9 also has an impressive roster of sponsors, including Logitech, Twitch, HTC and even T-Mobile. Furthermore, they have one of the most expansive roster of teams, spanning ten games like Overwatch, CS:GO, League of Legends and even Vainglory. 4. SK Gaming - CS:GO Squad The Brazilian CS:GO squad of SK Gaming has achieved world fame for consistently being one of the best performing teams in Counter-Strike. Since July of last year, SK has placed first in five Premier tournaments and one Major. They became the first team to win two ESL One: Cologne events back-to-back after defeating Team Liquid 2-0 in 2016 and Cloud9 3-0 in 2017. 5. Virtus.pro - CS:GO Squad The Golden Five are perhaps one of the most admirable teams in Counter-Strike history. They've been together since 2014, making them the longest-standing roster in CS:GO. According to Liquipedia, "the team is prone to periods of ups and downs but remains one of the most successful teams in CS:GO of all-time." In 2016, the roster signed long-term contracts, tying them to the organization until 2020. 6. OpTic Gaming The Green Wall joins FaZe as one of the most recognizable names in video games. Throughout their career, OpTic have won two X Games and were named the Best Esports Team of the Year in 2015 at that year's Game Awards. Their CS:GO team has had decent results and their Call of Duty team has done even better. 7. FaZe Clan The world's most well-known clan started its existence as a trick shotting MW2 channel on YouTube. Since then, they've grown to be one of the most recognizable names in video games. They now field professional esports teams in Call of Duty, CS:GO and Overwatch with some pretty decent results. Even so, FaZe still remains more profitable as a recognizable brand than a professional esports team. 8. Newbee The Chinese team made headlines in 2014 when they won The International 2014. This, in turn, set a Guinness World Records title for greatest prize money in a video game competition at the time. Since then, they've continued their rise to fame and have so far made over $12 million in only 111 tournaments. The team is also sponsored by billionaire Wang "Niuwa" Yue. 9. Team EnVyUs "The Boys in Blue" started out as a Call of Duty team but later moved on to CS:GO. This move made them famous largely due to their AWPer Kenny "kennyS" Schrub and the various sniping montages made with the crazy shots he hit. The org also has a long-running Call of Duty rivalry with OpTic Gaming dubbed "eClassico" which has since transpired into other titles as well. They're currently in 16th place for highest overall team earnings with over $5 million won in over 200 tournaments. 10. Fnatic The British esports organization has players from around the world in many of the most popular esports titles like League, Dota 2 and CS:GO. Their League of Legends team won the first ever League of Legends World Championship in 2011 and holds the record for the most League of Legends Championship Series split titles in the EU LCS. They're currently in 7th place for highest overall team earnings with over $8 million won in over 600 tournaments.
  2. You might have heard of esports, professional gaming or competitive gaming. Whatever you call them, they've grown to an astronomical level and well beyond being just a "hype" or a "fad." They're an industry and like it or not, they're here to stay. The Money If video games aren't your thing and you're more interested in making some nice capital, esports is the place you should throw your money at. Over the last few years, companies the likes of Xfinity, Wendy's, Redbull and HTC have chosen the world of esports as a safe investment. According to Forbes, more than 600 esports sponsorships have been secured since the start of 2016. Not only that, but tournaments are starting to bare their teeth with ever increasing prize pool. Dota 2's "The International 2017" tournament had a total prize pool of $24,787,916 USD with the first place winner getting $10,862,683 making it the the largest esports prize pool to date. The Popularity As I said, esports is growing ever popular, even among those who aren't gamers. The 2014 League of Legends World Championship in Seoul, South Korea had over 40,000 fans in attendance and featured the band Imagine Dragons. In 2017, Tespa, Blizzard Entertainment's collegiate esports division, decided to begin giving scholarships and prizes worth $1 million for collegiate esports clubs competing in its tournaments. The streaming platform Twitch recording 4.5 million views on one day of The International back in 2013. In addition, the first Esports Arena in the US opened in Santa Ana in 2015 with the Luxor in Las Vegas planning on also open an arena on The Strip in 2018. Social media followers are also a big part of the popularity of esports. As of the time of writing this, OpTic Gaming have 3.31M followers on Twitter and FaZe Clan have 3.29M. The Names As I mentioned in the first paragraph, big name people and brands are getting into esports. Apart from the ones I already mentioned, other companies like Logitech, Razer, HP, Buffalo Wild Wings and Arby's have also jumped aboard. In addition to companies, celebrities like Shaquille O'Neal who invested in NRG Esports, Rick Fox who owns Echo Fox, and Jennifer Lopez who invested $15m in NRG, are also part of esports. Professional European soccer teams like Germany's Schalke 04 and Paris Saint-Germain also own esports teams of their own. Schalke has FC Schalke 04 Esports in the EU LCS division with PSG having a League of Legends, FIFA and Rocket League team. The Ongoing Legitimization Efforts to unify and legitimize the esports industry are constant through the efforts of several associations dedicated to doing that. Names like Korean e-Sports Association (KeSPA), the International e-Sports Federation (IeSF), the British eSports Association, the International eGames Committee (IEGC), the World eSports Association (WESA) and the Professional eSports Association (PEA). These associations are attempting to set standards and rules for the esports industry, thus bringing them closer to being recognized as actual sports. Conclusion Esports are growing by the minute and show no signs of stopping. With so many ways to get involved both financially and otherwise, esports are probably one of the safest ways to invest your money. In their 2017 Global Esports Market Report, Newzoo will reach $696 million in 2017. That figure is projected to grow to $1.5 billion by 2020 as investments in esports double. As esports is still in its fairly early stages of infancy, now is a better time than ever to jump on. Get in on the wave before the market gets too crowded and new players have a hard time getting in.
  3. Reasons to invest in young talent

    With esports constantly evolving and expanding its reaches to a broader audience, younger talent is constantly entering the field. While some may find it risky to invest in these youngsters, I for one believe that they deserve the most investment of all. The Marketability Veterans, meaning people in esports who have been involved in them since the early days, likely are specialized in one or two games and will find it hard to evolve past that. This can be seen in the same way that veteran print journalists were wary to move into the online part of journalism. Younger people, who have been introduced to multiple esports since starting will be more able to mold themselves to different games and thus provide various marketable talents. Those same younger people will also often purposely train themselves in multiple esports-related occupations to thus be more marketable to companies and find positions easier in what is now a very competitive environment. I know from personal experience that I started out as a writer, then also got into doing social media when I saw several of those positions advertised. Veterans might have gotten their start as professional players and easily transferred over to being writers due to already established connections, like "lurppis" did. Others may have simply started early when demand for writers or social media managers was high, whereas it's much lower now as well-established organizations are less likely to look at noobs for hire. The Potential Young, unexplored talent has the biggest chance of turning out to be the next big thing. One good example of this is 18-year old CS:GO pro player Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken. Prior to being a stand-in for Team SoloMid back in 2016, he was playing for relatively small or unknown teams like Team AGG and KKona. A year later, he's now a player for one of the biggest esports organizations in the world and keep in mind, he's not even old enough to drink yet. Not only that, but having been born in November of 1999, he is even younger than the first iteration of Counter-Strike which was released in June of that same year. Another good example of young, untapped talent is community favorite Braxton "swag" Pierce. Even though he's a little older at 21, he has yet to make an impact on any major team due to being banned from Valve events as a part of the North American match fixing scandal. The Fresh Ideas Young talent could bring about new, creative ideas that veterans might otherwise not have thought about. In addition, they could also bring unique perspectives to the table. As Joanne Varey said in an article for B2BMarketing, "Young talent fires up everyone in the agency and, in turn, inspires more senior creative teams to keep pushing themselves forwards – learning the freshest techniques, mastering the newest media and, above all, creating cutting-edge ideas." After all, someone who was introduced to esports in a time when they were starting to gain traction as opposed to them being relatively unknown is bound to have different ideas and perspectives on things. Conclusion To wrap it all up, young talent is a good investment. They're likely to be more flexible in terms of the positions and esports titles they're familiar with, they could grow to change the face of esports and they're filled with fresh ideas and perspectives. Of course, much like any investment, nothing is guaranteed but in my opinion, you're likely to get farther if you mix young talent into your company and allow them to grow in a nurturing environment. Allow them to learn and use their talents, and you could have quite the valuable asset in your pocket.
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  5. TSN Esports

    Reports, features and profiles on all the biggest esports stories.
  6. Reddit Esports

    Up to the minute stories and conversations fueled by hardcore fans of video games and esports.
  7. Red Bull Esports

    Red Bull is at the forefront of the competitive gaming phenomenon. Their esports page covers all the big stories
  8. PC Gamer

    PC Gamer is a magazine founded in the United Kingdom in 1993 devoted to PC gaming and published monthly by Future plc
  9. Bleacher Report

    Through creative expression, B/R adds fuel to the fire. We capture and unleash the untapped power to deliver visceral, authentic moments at the intersection of sports and culture.
  10. HLTV

    The leading CS:GO site in the world, featuring news, demos, pictures, statistics, on-site coverage and much much more!
  11. SCOGA

    Singapore’s Cybersports & Online Gaming Association a.k.a. SCOGA was founded by a group of enthusiastic gamers and leaders who wanted to make a difference in the local gaming scene, especially in developing the local eSports scene.
  12. The United Kingdom eSports Association or UKeSA (pronounced You-Kes-Sah) attempted to be a governing body of eSports in the United Kingdom[1][2][3][4] and a member of the International eSports Federation (IeSF).[5] The headquarters were in London, United Kingdom.
  13. France Esports

    This non-profit law firm to bring together electronic sports stakeholders in France, to offer them an effective platform for collaboration and a federated communication channel - whether they are Players, Promoters, or Creators -Editors of games.
  14. ECA® supports the professional gaming community and works with the eSports athletes, teams and leagues.
  15. SFU eSports Association

    The SFU area's best gaming community! We host social events as well as tournaments and viewing parties for a variety of games.

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