Fanatics Signs Major Multi-Year Overwatch League Merch Deal

The Overwatch League Monday unveiled a multi-year deal with licensed sports merchandiser Fanatics for the company to handle all fan gear sold across retail and wholesale channels worldwide. The deal also has Fanatics creating a dedicated website for Ov…

The Overwatch League Monday unveiled a multi-year deal with licensed sports merchandiser Fanatics for the company to handle all fan gear sold across retail and wholesale channels worldwide. The deal also has Fanatics creating a dedicated website for Overwatch League gear and working with Activision Blizzard to create new gear and license out to other […]

Nickelodeon’s Evolved ‘Turtles,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Hamilton’ Among Licensing Innovators

Licensing is more complex than ever, as studios and networks compete for increasingly distracted consumers. But Star Wars; Overwatch League; and Snoop Dogg’s marijuana products are among the content creators inventing products consumers covet. He…

Licensing is more complex than ever, as studios and networks compete for increasingly distracted consumers. But Star Wars; Overwatch League; and Snoop Dogg’s marijuana products are among the content creators inventing products consumers covet. Here are six companies, stars or shows showing the way. Nickelodeon Shells Out New Take on Turtles Network pulled back merchandise […]

Former Activision-Blizzard SVP, MLG Co-Founder Mike Sepso Joins New York Excelsior

Major League Gaming co-founder Mike Sepso is joining the New York Excelsior as a strategic partner, according to a press release on Thursday. A former Activision Blizzard executive, Sepso played a major role in the formation of the Overwatch League and…

Major League Gaming co-founder Mike Sepso is joining the New York Excelsior as a strategic partner, according to a press release on Thursday. A former Activision Blizzard executive, Sepso played a major role in the formation of the Overwatch League and the growth of esports, according to a press release. The New York Excelsior (NYXL) is […]

Overwatch League Signs Its First Female Coach

Kyoung Ey Molly “Avalla” Kim is joining the Overwatch League’s Washington, D.C. team as an assistant coach, making her the first woman coach in the professional esports organization. Kim is a high-level “Overwatch” player …

Kyoung Ey Molly “Avalla” Kim is joining the Overwatch League’s Washington, D.C. team as an assistant coach, making her the first woman coach in the professional esports organization. Kim is a high-level “Overwatch” player who peaked at 78th rank on the Korean ladder, according to a press release. She previously served as head coach of […]

Overwatch League Signs Six More Teams

The Overwatch League is adding six new teams, bringing its total roster to 20, it announced on Friday. Two of the teams, Chengdu and Hangzhou, are based in China. Two are in Canada — Toronto and Vancouver — and the final two are based in Pa…

The Overwatch League is adding six new teams, bringing its total roster to 20, it announced on Friday. Two of the teams, Chengdu and Hangzhou, are based in China. Two are in Canada — Toronto and Vancouver — and the final two are based in Paris and Washington, D.C. All of the new teams will […]

Twitter Sets Pact With Overwatch League for Highlights, Weekly Show

Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch League and Twitter entered into a new deal to stream highlights and live content on the social platform, a pact that runs through the end of 2019. Under the pact, Twitter will launch “Watchpoint,” a …

Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch League and Twitter entered into a new deal to stream highlights and live content on the social platform, a pact that runs through the end of 2019. Under the pact, Twitter will launch “Watchpoint,” a weekly preview show covering upcoming Overwatch League matches, starting with the 2019 season. In addition, Twitter will […]

Activision Blizzard Reports Better-Than-Expected Second Fiscal Quarter

Video game publisher Activision Blizzard announced solid second-quarter 2018 results on Thursday. The company’s net revenues for the quarter were a record $1.64 billion, up from $1.63 billion during the same time last year. Analysts expected earn…

Video game publisher Activision Blizzard announced solid second-quarter 2018 results on Thursday. The company’s net revenues for the quarter were a record $1.64 billion, up from $1.63 billion during the same time last year. Analysts expected earnings per share to be $0.35 in Q2 2018, but they beat expectations as well. They were a record […]

TheWrap Party Report: Could the Chainsmokers Be Headed for Super Bowl Halftime Show?

The Chainsmokers played a rare, semi-private, hometown L.A. show this week as a partnership with Pepsi, celebrating the brand’s history with pop music.  The set nodded at Michael Jackson and Britney Spears, but it got the Party Report thinking bi…

The Chainsmokers played a rare, semi-private, hometown L.A. show this week as a partnership with Pepsi, celebrating the brand’s history with pop music.  The set nodded at Michael Jackson and Britney Spears, but it got the Party Report thinking bigger…

This was the marquee at the Palladium in Hollywood. Where else do we see this kind of billing?

…At the Super Bowl Halftime show, sponsored for the last several years by Pepsi. Could the guys behind “Closer,” “Paris,” “Somthing Just Like This,” and “Roses” be headed that way?

Before you say “no way, not big enough,” this prominent show (with a Sunset Blvd. mural) was billed as a concert with “Special Guests”. The surprises turned out to be Kehlani and up-and-comer Max. The NFL has done a halftime-by-committee a few times in recent years. If they do it again, these could be the guys to anchor it from the DJ booth. The NFL usually announces the halftime performer in the opening weeks of the season.

Jamie Foxx, Adam Selkowitz, host Michael B. Jordan and emcee Terrence J helped Lupus LA raise $250,000 at Dave & Buster’s in Hollywood on Saturday (July 29.)

The night before in Playa Del Rey, YouTube Premium feted its new subscription-tier comedy series “Sideswiped” at its Playa Del Rey HQ. Two leads fro “This Is Us” (Mandy Moore on the left and Chrissy Metz on the right) came to support series creator/star Carly Craig (second from left),  Chelsea Frei and co-star Rosanna Arquette.

Two generations of action directors came together at CAA on Thursday night (July 26.) Michael Mann (“Heat,” “Miami Vice”) congratulates “The Equalizer 2” director Antoine Fuqua at a screening of the Denzel Washington sequel that came out earlier this month.

The screening at CAA’s Century City HQ was also a showcase for SoundFi, a 3D audio format that has moviegoers wearing special headphones in the theater. Here, SoundFi’s Chris Anastas explains.

China Chow, Nev Schulman, and Laura Perlongo don’t care about messing up their hair. Headphones on!

With the Tomorrowland electronic music festival pulling DJ talent from all over the world to Belgium for two consecutive summer weekends, some refreshing flesh blood got to step in to the headlining spots in Vegas. Brasilian superstar Alok, who has only a cult following in the U.S., wrapped a mini U.S. two-night U.S. tour by riling up a heated crowd at Encore Beach Club’s Nightswim in Vegas.

With over 7 million Instagram followers and some global hits, the “Big Jet Plane” producer is on The Party Report’s Coachella 2019 prediction list. Turning out a crowd that was over 50% Brazilians while going against Afrojack and Marshmello on the same property means he could be on those L.A. billboards soon.

Over at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Mr. New Jersey (Jon Bon Jovi) peeked in on professional e-sports at the Overwatch Grand Finale. That’s Brooklyn Net D’Angelo Russell peeking in on Bon Jovi. This was the scene on Friday night – a sold out Barclays Center to catch the “London Spitfire” compete with the “Philadelphia Fusion” for the first ever championship.

Video game publisher Blizzard Entertainment owns and operates the Overwatch franchise and the league. Chief Marketing Officer Daniel Cherry III is smiling, and not just because he’s with the terrifyingly good actor Michael K. Williams.

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London Spitfire Claim First ‘Overwatch’ League Championship, Bon Jovi Was There to See it Happen

The Overwatch League’s first championship title was taken by the London Spitfire on Saturday. The UK team beat out the Philadelphia Fusion in the Overwatch League Grand Finals, held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, with the final score at 3-0. The L…

The Overwatch League’s first championship title was taken by the London Spitfire on Saturday. The UK team beat out the Philadelphia Fusion in the Overwatch League Grand Finals, held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, with the final score at 3-0. The London Spitfire clearly dominated the competition, as the winner was chosen based on a best-of-three series, […]

ESPN, Disney, ABC Airing Overwatch League

The Overwatch League quarterfinals start Wednesday, July 11 at 8 p.m. ET and fans can now watch all of the action on ESPN, Disney, and ABC networks, “Overwatch” developer Blizzard Entertainment announced Wednesday. Blizzard, ESPN, and Disne…

The Overwatch League quarterfinals start Wednesday, July 11 at 8 p.m. ET and fans can now watch all of the action on ESPN, Disney, and ABC networks, “Overwatch” developer Blizzard Entertainment announced Wednesday. Blizzard, ESPN, and Disney have signed an exclusive multi-year broadcasting deal that includes tonight’s playoffs, the Season 1 grand finals taking place […]

New Overwatch League VR Clubhouses Unite Fans With Teams

Two Overwatch League teams are getting virtual clubhouses as part of an initiative to bring fans closer to the players, Linden Lab’s Sansar announced Wednesday. The collaboration with the Houston Outlaws and San Francisco Shock comes “in response…

Two Overwatch League teams are getting virtual clubhouses as part of an initiative to bring fans closer to the players, Linden Lab’s Sansar announced Wednesday. The collaboration with the Houston Outlaws and San Francisco Shock comes “in response to the global demand for esports and memorable fan experiences,” offering gamers a “virtual clubhouse” in which […]

Overwatch League Suspends Player Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

The Overwatch League and team Boston Uprising suspended a player Sunday as they investigate allegations that a 21-year-old gamer pursued a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old fan, the organizations said Sunday evening. Jonathan “DreamKazper” Sanchez is suspended indefinitely from both the league and the team, while both organizations conduct internal investigations. “Earlier today, the Overwatch […]

The Overwatch League and team Boston Uprising suspended a player Sunday as they investigate allegations that a 21-year-old gamer pursued a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old fan, the organizations said Sunday evening. Jonathan “DreamKazper” Sanchez is suspended indefinitely from both the league and the team, while both organizations conduct internal investigations. “Earlier today, the Overwatch […]

Professional Competitive Gaming On the Rise, Overwatch Shows Olympic Potential

The Olympic Games are largely considered the world’s foremost athletic proving ground, both as a platform for athletes and their countries to assert dominance and as a form of legitimization for the sports they play. New sports are continuously being added to the Olympics and as skateboarding, karate, climbing, and surfing will debut at the […]

The Olympic Games are largely considered the world’s foremost athletic proving ground, both as a platform for athletes and their countries to assert dominance and as a form of legitimization for the sports they play. New sports are continuously being added to the Olympics and as skateboarding, karate, climbing, and surfing will debut at the […]