Week in Review: Global gaming market will be worth $46.1B in 2017, Atari working on new game console, MTF buys Kongregate for $55M
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- NBC is the next big TV network to jump into eSports, with its international two-on-two “Rocket League” tournament launching this summer. It will start July 22nd with regional qualifiers using FACEIT’s eSports platform. NBC is promising over 40 hours of coverage across both online sources and TV. This will include live broadcasts of the finals on NBCSN in the U.S. and on Syfy in other countries. (Engadget)
- Mobile gaming company Scopely has raised $60 million in Series C funding. Scopely has built a platform for promoting and monetizing mobile games, whether developed in-house or by third-party studios. The company says it reaches more than 125 million players, with its title “The Walking Dead: Road to Survival” generating hundreds of millions in annual revenue. (TechCrunch)
- Swedish Entertainment giant MTF has bought Kongregate for $55 million. MTG, which owns leading eSports companies Dreamhack and ESL, will acquire the company from current owner GameStop once the transaction gains regulatory approval. MTG plans to acquire more first-party game developers through Kongregate to help boost its global profile and fuel further growth. (Gamasutra)
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