It’s been another busy week in and around esports. The most notable news comes around Maestro, with $3,000,000 (£2.2m) in funding raised, ELEAGUE and its new viewer experience enhancing technology, Gillette adding TSM to its team portfolio and DreamHack aligning its sanction rules in line with ESIC. Maestro notches $3,000,000 in Series A financingMaestro, the engagement and analytics platform for enterprise live streamers, has just announced the close of a $3 million (£2.2m) Series A financing. The round was led by Hersh Interactive Group with additional investors Rubicon Venture Capital (an investor in Unikrn) and the Stanford-StartX Fund. This brings the total capital raised by the company to $5.8m (£4.4m). Ari Evans, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Maestro, said: “As sophistication around streaming becomes the norm, the new metrics revolve around quality of interaction, retention, and attribution to the bottom line. We’re excited to enable businesses around the world to create robust, long-term live streaming strategies through their own destinations.”Discussing their plans for esports specifically, Evans told Esports Insider: “As we spend more time with enterprise live streamers, we increasingly discover how underserved they are in the market. We have had the privilege of watching our customers adopt new live streaming strategies with our platform, fueling our spirit of continued innovation to drive new value to our growing ecosystem.Read the full article here.Gillette add TSM to esports portfolioGillette has partnered with TSM, in the company’s second team sponsorship of late. We’re proud to welcome @TeamSoloMid to our global roster of all-star athletes. pic.twitter.com/kw9YK11Adl— Gillette (@Gillette) September 1, 2017The world-renowned shaving brand entered into a partnership with EDward Gaming (“EDG”) back in May after adding Enrique Cedeño Martínez, also known as “xPeke” as a Gillette ambassador back in January. Now, it has added Team SoloMid to the fray just before they were in action at the North American League of Legends Championship Series Finals where the team beat Immortals by three games to one to make it three titles on the bounce. xPeke joined the likes of Neymar Junior, Antoine Griezmann and Rodger Federer as Gillette sponsored athletes and now TSM join a club portfolio including footballing giants FC Barcelona and the NFL franchise New England Patriots. Read the full article here.DreamHack align to ESIC recommendationsDreamHack has announced that with immediate effect, it will be following ESIC’s recent recommendations with regards to sanctions for various integrity breaches.It follows on from ESL’s decision to do the same after ESIC’s results from a 7,500+ fan survey saw them revise and realign their sanctions in line with what should be expected. Notably, it saw notorious Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team iBP unbanned after a match fixing scandal which saw Valve ban them for life. It’s worth noting that they are only unbanned from ESL and DreamHack events, and that Valve have yet to budge on their lifetime ban from Valve events.DreamHack has been a member of ESIC for a considerable while now, so many found it confusing when they didn’t take the same stance as ESL initially but it’s not taken too long for them to follow suit. They have aligned their sanctions surrounding Cheating, Match-Fixing, Doping and Competition Manipulation. Read the full article here.ELEAGUE working with DELL, SLIVER.tv and DOJO to enhance fan experienceELEAGUE, the esports brand from Turner Sports and IMG, has announced they’re set to engage “a collection of cutting-edge technologies” to enhance the upcoming CS:GO Premier. The tournament which kicks off September 8th, is set to work with a number of companies to provide new ways of viewing the tournament.First, in partnership with their official PC Hardware provider Dell Gaming, they’re set to be bringing biometric analysis to fans. Using eye-tracking technology developed by Tobii, they’re set to be collecting data thanks to the micro projectors and sensors, to show the situational awareness and reaction times to show the audience how players operate at the top level of competition. Video examples of this in operation are available here.Next up is virtual reality brought in from SLIVER.tv, a company already providing services to ESL and DreamHack in CS:GO. Taking the same technology from there, SLIVER allows the VR viewer to watch the game from any point in the map, as well as watching the standard audience stream as if you’re in the game.Read the full article here.
The veteran French manager added: “The most important is the intentions are right. The intention of Alexis was certainly not to hide, nor was our intention to hide anything. We have nothing to hide.” Premier League leaders Manchester City had been linked with a transfer window move for Sanchez but baulked at an estimated Arsenal asking price of £35 million, as well as the Chile forward’s wage demands.That opened the door to United completing a swap move, with midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan joining Arsenal in exchange for Sanchez.Share on: WhatsApp Earlier on Friday, Sanchez, 29, found his name attached to a doping row following reports he had missed a routine drugs test that, coincidentally, was scheduled on the day of his move from the Emirates to Old Trafford.But Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insisted Friday that any blame for a missed test lay with the Gunners and not Sanchez himself, given it appears he was still technically a registered player with the London giants when any possible infraction of anti-doping rules took place.“It is just a bad day for him to be tested,” Wenger said. “Honestly, on the administration side it would still be our responsibility because he had not moved.” London, United Kingdom | AFP | Alexis Sanchez will make his Manchester United debut on Friday after being named in the Premier League giants’ starting line-up for their FA Cup fourth-round tie away to lower league Yeovil Town.The team posted on United’s official Twitter feed showed Sanchez in the side just days after he completed a move from Premier League rivals Arsenal on Monday that will reportedly make him the highest-paid earner in English football’s top flight, with a weekly wage of some £500,000 ($710,000; 571,000 euros).
National veteran campaign Got Your 6 held their second annual Storytellers event featuring comedian John Oliver (“Last Week Tonight,” “The Daily Show”) at HBO in NYC on November 6.John Oliver interviewing a veteran on stage during the second annual Got Your 6 Storytellers event at HBO in NYCCredit/Copyright: Alberto VasariGot Your 6 challenges you to share and watch a Storyteller’s talk with six friends. And then ask your friends to share the talks with six more people. Sharing these stories is a first step in starting a conversation and empowering veterans. Find out more here.Comedian John Oliver interviewing a veteran on stage during the second annual Got Your 6 Storytellers eventCredit/Copyright: Alberto VasariThe event was a huge success and shared stories from inspiring veterans who are using their experiences and military training to positively impact the world around them.Comedian John Oliver interviewing a veteran on stage during the second annual Got Your 6 Storytellers event at HBO in NYCCredit/Copyright: Alberto VasariYou can also watch the new Got Your 6 PSA featuring Michelle Obama and the Penguins of Madagascar below:Video: Operation Got Your 6 With The Penguins of Madagascar
Talk in Columbus during the Blue Jackets offseason often focused on new coach Scott Arniel’s up-tempo, high-octane offensive system. Meanwhile, fans wondered if a new coach would turn the team around after one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history. After 15 games, it’s clear that the transition from former coach Ken Hitchcock’s read-and-react style to Arniel’s is still a work in progress. Ideally, Arniel would like to push a defender up the ice to help on the attack, creating offense by controlling the puck and limiting the opponent’s space. “It’s kind of meat and potatoes, get the puck deep and get the puck on the net,” Blue Jackets center Kyle Wilson said. “The way the NHL is these days, sure you see the pretty goals on the highlight reels every day, but 95 percent of them are goals in and around the net. These days, that’s how you’re going to win hockey games.” Former Buckeye and current Blue Jackets center R.J. Umberger said the system can be fun as long as the team gets up the ice without turning over the puck. “I think that we have a lot more responsibility, and as long as we’re making smart, sound plays with the puck and protecting it, we get a leash and can go out there and do a little bit more with it,” Umberger said. The Jackets’ defense has been turning in the most impressive performances in the first 15 games. The worry with Arniel’s system is that it can lead to two-on-one breakaways for the opposition, especially when the defenders are moving up the ice and into an attacking position. Yet the team ranks 20th in the league in goals per game, with 2.7, and 10th in the league in goals against, with 2.5 per game. The Jackets are 9-6, good enough for fourth place in the competitive Western Conference Central Division. Right wing Jakub Voracek said the wins column will fill up if the team is more consistent. “We’ll play well for two or three games and then we’ll just have a blowout game,” Voracek said. “We’ve just got to figure this system out and we’ve got to play even better.” Jackets defenseman Anton Stralman agreed with Voracek’s assertion but said he likes where the team is headed under Arniel. “I think the system has been good, you know, obviously it’s getting results,” Stralman said. “We’re a better team this year than we were last year, so we just have to be more consistent and put the effort in every game.” The Jackets will start the week by traveling to Los Angeles, where they will play the Kings on Wednesday at the Staples Center.
Pep Guardiola has confirmed David Silva will be on the treatment table for a few weeks after picking up a hamstring injury in Manchester City’s loss to Chelsea.Silva was replaced by Ilkay Gundogan in the 68th minute of the 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge after pulling the hamstring in his right leg.The former Valencia man is one of a number of players who will miss the visit of Hoffenheim to the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday in the Champions League.Asked about his injury list, Guardiola told Sky: “David Silva is not able. Kevin De Bruyne (knee) is not able. Danilo is not able. Sergio Aguero is not ready.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We have 15 players available, so I can’t do it too much (rotating). We are in the next stage which is important but we have to try and win every game to finish first.”Guardiola confirmed Silva is may miss the busy festive period but Aguero may return from a muscle injury in time to face Everton on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.