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Daily Briefing: AFL and DraftKings Fantasy Game, 1,200 Fortnite Accounts Banned

Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2019 – A roundup of some of the key sports technology stories you need to know, including SportTechie’s own content and stories from around the web.

DraftKings and the Arena Football League Launch new Fantasy Game: DraftKings and the AFL have created a new daily fantasy sports game for the 2019 Arena Football League season, which begins Friday. Users can construct lineups of six AFL players, but are restricted to a $50,000 salary cap. As part of the partnership, fans in New Jersey and Mississippi can also place bets on AFL games throughout the season via the DraftKings’ sportsbook.

Epic Games Bans 1,200 Accounts for Cheating in Fortnite World Cup: Last week, Fornite developer Epic Games banned more than 1,200 online accounts for cheating during the Fortnite World Cup. A total of 1,163 accounts received a two-week ban for bypassing regional restrictions, while other users were punished for account sharing, teaming, and using cheat software. More than 200 users caught cheating will have to forfeit prize money they had won during the competition. The Fortnite World Cup finals will take place at the U.S. Open’s Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, N.Y. from Jul. 26 to 28, with $30 million available in prize winnings.

National Lacrosse League to Stream Games Outside North America on Fanseat: Viewers outside of North America will be able to watch NLL games streamed via Fanseat for the remainder of the current season and playoffs. The regular season ends Apr. 27, and the postseason begins the first week of May. The Fanseat service costs $8.99 per month and also provides live streaming access to various ice hockey and basketball leagues throughout Europe. “Lacrosse has grown internationally over the past decade at a rapid rate and there is global interest in our sport and League now more than ever before,” said NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz, in a press release.

Meadowlands Hosts Betting on Sports America Conference This Week:  The Sports Betting Community will host the Betting on Sports America conference from Apr. 23 through Apr. 25 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in New Jersey. The event will feature 175 speakers across 40 panels, 60 exhibitors demoing new sports betting-related products, and a keynote talk from New Jersey governor Phil Murphy. Discussion topics will include the usage of betting data, a panel on AI and innovation, and sport-specific panels on how the NBA and NFL are approaching sports betting legalization.


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G2 Esports’ Reality Show Will Give Fortnite Gamers a Chance to Go Pro

G2 Esports has partnered with prepaid payment company paysafecard to launch a new interactive Fortnite talent show called Making The Squad. The show will document 20 amateur Fortnite players who will compete for a full-time contract from the G2 Esports organization.
Fortnite content creators who are at least 16 years of age have until Nov. 15 to apply to be one of those selected to participate in Making The Squad’s initial qualifying round. Entrants must apply through G2’s website by submitting a highlight video of their Fortnite skills as well as a self-recorded video explaining why they want to join G2 Esports. 
“Supporting one of the world’s first international, interactive talent shows to find the next big influencer in Fortnite, is a fantastic way for us to connect the paysafecard brand with the esports community in an authentic, meaningful way,” said Oliver Wolf, VP of Marketing at paysafecard, in a press release on the G2 website.

The contest will span eight weeks and the top eight gamers will be invited to Berlin to compete in the finals. During the final competition, four of the most talented players will be awarded full-time streaming contracts to join G2’s new Fortnite content team. Making The Squad has also received backing from sponsors Logitech G and Esport Management.
Making The Squad contenders will partake in interactive online challenges as well as real-life tasks, according to the press release. Fans can watch the reality series through video content uploaded to G2’s YouTube and Twitch channels. The show’s judging panel will include Carlos ‘ocelote’ Rodríguez, the CEO of G2 Esports. G2 currently employs 58 players across 12 professional esports teams according to the organization’s website.

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“At G2, we’ve always been focused on providing top quality entertainment to fans old and new,” said Rodriguez in the press release. “We are constantly dreaming up new ways to interact with the industry and provide pathways for talented pros dreaming of going big. This will be our first original content production, but we believe that the G2ARMY will really enjoy tuning in. We can’t wait to meet the newest entertainers for G2 Esports.”
SportTechie Takeaway
Fortnite, the most popular video game in the world, keeps getting bigger. Earlier this week, the NFL announced a deal with Epic Games to integrate NFL uniforms and other football-themed features into Fortnite gameplay. While Making The Squad’s arrival makes G2 the first esports organization to produce its own reality-based show, sports media company Overtime was first to launch a digital reality series that follows professional Fortnite gamers.


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Overtime Brings Together Five Strangers for First Esports Docuseries

Youth sports-focused digital media startup Overtime is producing a new esports series called “The Gaming Life.” The docuseries will follow five Fortnite gamers who will compete under the name Team Overtime as they try to win $1 million in prize money.
The first part of the series was uploaded to Overtime’s YouTube channel last week and follows the five gamers meeting for the first time at the PAX West Fortnite tournament in Seattle. The second part of the series follows the team as players competed in the Fall Skirmish finale at TwitchCon this weekend, which offered a $2.6 million prize pool. The Gaming Life is Overtime’s first attempt at creating esports-related content, as the company is normally angled toward producing high school basketball and football content for young followers to consume on social media.

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“Overtime is about culture and Fortnite is loved by personalities ranging from Drake to Ben Simmons. We’re excited to cover eSports and feature content our people are passionate about,” said Overtime‘s head of production Dave Zigerelli, according to The Wrap. “It’s five strangers working together to chase the dream. It has heart, it’s funny and it’s perfect for binging.”
Overtime was founded in 2016 by Dan Porter, who was previously Head of Digital at William Morris Endeavor. The company initially found success by by uploading viral social media highlights featuring some of the country’s top high school basketball and football athletes. It has received significant investments from both Kevin Durant and former NBA Commissioner David Stern.
SportTechie Takeaway
Over the past two years, Overtime has attracted a huge following among Generation Z, posting high school sports content across varying social media platforms. Business Insider reported last year that Overtime videos reach 11 million unique users a month—95 percent of whom are on mobile and under 25.
Becoming involved with esports makes total sense for Overtime since the esports industry is powered by the younger generations—from both an audience standpoint and in terms of professional gamers. The fact that a sports media company is sponsoring its own professional video game team shows the effect the esports boom is having on the traditional sports ecosystem. 


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