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June 18, 2019

Amazon’s Twitch acquired social networking platform Bebo for $25M to bolster its esports efforts

While Facebook makes a bold move into cryptocurrency to capitalise on its multi-billion user base, a social network that was once a credible competitor to it has quietly been snapped up by a subsidiary of Amazon. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Bebo, one of the earlier platforms to let people share thoughts and media with their friends, has been acquired by Twitch, the streaming video platform owned by Amazon. Together the two will be working on building out Twitch’s esports business, and specifically Twitch Rivals.

A spokesperson for Twitch confirmed the acquisition, which includes both people (around 10 employees) and IP, but declined to [...]

 
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June 14, 2019

Personality Has Become A Vital Esports Skill

Esports commentator and host Alex “Golden Boy” Mendez started out hosting Call of Duty tournaments in hotel ballrooms in 2011 and covering esports for websites like Kotaku. Now, he hosts esports events in stadiums for thousands, as well as esports matches for TV broadcasts. On this bonus episode of Kotaku Splitscreen,…

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June 6, 2019

Banned Fortnite Streamer Admits He’s 12, Streams On YouTube With His Mom Supervising

A pro Fortnite player formerly signed to the esports organization FaZe Clan who was recently banned from Twitch for being under the age of 13 has admitted that he is, in fact, 12 years old. The streamer, named Patrick, aka “H1ghSky1,” has now moved his stream to YouTube, with his mom occasionally supervising on camera.

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June 5, 2019

Pro Fortnite Player Banned From Twitch After Claims He Was Only 12

Most of the details in Turner “Tfue” Tenney’s recent lawsuit against FaZe Clan focused on the ills of his since-leaked contract with the esports organization. But the suit also alleged that FaZe lied about the age of another player it signed, saying he was 13 when, at the time, he was only 11. This would make the…

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