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Sports Tech Live

All your Sports Tech news in one place, covering topics like AR/VR, Data Analytics, eSports, Live Streaming, Sports Betting, Wearables, etc.

Hey Sports Tech Fans,
This week’s podcast from the Techstars Launchpool Web3 accelerator is MegaFans.
MegaFans is bringing web3 and crypto rewards to web2 mobile games to reward gamers for participating in games and competitions.
Jeff and Colin are fascinating people with a serious background in Marketing and Technology respectively.
Have a listen on Spotify here:
Or you can click the tweet below to get links for the podcast platform of your choice.
Another big EA sports this week after the big announcement last week of EA Sports and FIFA parting ways from 2023 on the iconic football game.
This time there it is about EA being acquired by one of the big tech giants with Apple amongst the likes of Amazon, Disney and even with a merger with NBC being mentioned.
Obviously at the start of the year we saw Activision Blizzard being acquired by Microsoft in a mega deal for $69 billion.
The rumoured price for EA is said to be a more modest $36 billion.
Reports suggest that Disney are more focused on the growing of their streaming subscription service, while an apparent deal with NBC/Comcast fell through based on share and structure.
Apple are said to be interested in the deal as it would give them a serious catalog of games and revenue potential as they look more into gaming with the apparent upcoming release of a VR or AR headset.
Apple’s gaming subscription Apple Arcade has been struggling since its launch so having a huge back catalog of old games for the service as well as having high profile games like the FIFA replacement EA Sports FC, Madden NFL, F1, NHL, Apex Legends, Need for Speed etc. that they could potentially bring to M1 chip powered MacBooks and iPads.
A notable absentee from the list of potential suitors is Google.
Their gaming service Stadia has also failed to live up to initial billing and would benefit from a significant back catalog of games for Stadia and also for Google Play Pass for older titles.
The timing of this is interesting as it comes off the back of last weeks announcement of a parting of ways with FIFA but there is likely no connection.
But the trend of acquisitions of big gaming studios by big tech companies is set to continue as the Microsoft and Activision Blizzard is likely the first of many.
Have a great sporting weekend,
Will

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Streaming News
Report: EA Sought After By Amazon, Disney, Apple, Nearly Merged With NBCU
As Streaming Subs Surge, Live Sports & News Drive Pay TV Retention | TV Tech
Fox Sports Mexico Relaunches Site on Arc XP | TV Tech
NFL will launch a paid streaming service - ProFootballTalk
Lachlan Murdoch on Fox, Streaming Wars “Bloodbath,” News Ratings – The Hollywood Reporter
Insight TV to carry over 50 Slipstream titles as part of action sports streaming deal
Sports Betting
NH sports betting handle up 57.5% to $73.1m in April - iGaming Business
Cory Zeidman, former WSOP bracelet winner, arrested on charges of fraud, money laundering related to $25 million sports betting scheme
How Project Red Card Data Fight Could Affect US Sports Betting - Legal Sports Report
The Impact Of Decentralized Sports Betting On The Blockchain | Bitcoinist.com
Why Hot Tech Scene In Ontario Bodes Well For Sports Betting Future - Legal Sports Report
SharpLink teams up with Quintar to create metaverse sports betting conversion technologies | Yogonet International
888 launches Sports Illustrated sportsbook in Virginia - Sports betting - iGaming Business
Fanatics Files For Sports Betting Trademark, But Launch Timing Remains Unknown
How is the security of sports betting guaranteed. Truthfulness of odds - Nagpur Today : Nagpur News
Land Of 10,000 Aches: Minnesota Sports Betting Bill Dies - Legal Sports Report
esports & Gaming
Data power-ups, NFTs for esports and online games at the BSV Global Blockchain Convention - CoinGeek
Storyboard18 × Just Sports | Playing fantasy or rummy or even Candy Crush is not esports: Lokesh Suji
EXCEL launches new HQ and announces changes to leadership structure - Esports Insider
Esports gets financial support from MTC for the next three years | Namibia Economist
Gran Turismo World Series esports competition returns for 2022, minus the FIA | Traxion
Gucci seeks next generation of esports talent with gaming academy | Marketing Dive
Esports Around The World: South Africa - Esports Insider
Porsche unveils first factory eSports team | RACER
Panda Global Super Smash Bros circuit set to commence in June - Esports Insider
Ray Liotta, the actor known in gaming as GTA Vice City’s Tommy Vercetti, has died | VGC
More opportunities seen as esports market grows - BusinessWorld Online
Sony's Bringing Even More PlayStation Games To PC Following Massive Success
PlayStation VR2 set to launch with over 20 ‘major’ games - The Verge
Sony Expects to Be Done With PS4 Games by 2025 - IGN
BetConstruct Launches Sports Tournament Engine – European Gaming Industry News
Xbox says its cloud streaming device requires more development time | VGC
Akili partners with gaming giant Roblox on ADHD therapy delivery -
HyperX Really Did Make a Gaming Headset With 300-Hour Battery Life | PCMag
Children who play more video games show greater gains in intelligence over time, study finds
Deals
OMORPHO Closes $6 Million Investment Led by Leading Sports and Technology Venture Capital Firm KB Partners | Business Wire
LinksDAO Announces New Partnership with Callaway Golf
Inside the Chelsea Sale: Deep Pockets, Private Promises and Side Deals - The New York Times
Fabio Carvalho: Liverpool complete signing of Fulham winger | Transfer Centre News | Sky Sports
Sources: Further details on VALORANT partnership system revealed to teams - Dot Esports
GodLike Esports signs exclusive partnership with Rooter
Crypto Crash Could Impact Pace of New Sports Deals
NFL renews its sponsorship deal with Pepsi, but without the Super Bowl halftime show
Europe's big sports deals: Governing bodies resist PE incursion | PitchBook
High school athletes cash in big off NIL deals
Sky Sports Inks Deals for World Cup Qualifier - TVEUROPE
SAP partners with New Zealand Rugby for digital transformation
WARdle announces 'MLB Pickle' rebrand
Take-Two and Zynga merge in the biggest deal in gaming history | PC Gamer
Esports fan engagement startup Stan lands $2.5 million from General Catalyst, others
Crypto
Blockchain, crypto set to take sports industry beyond NFT collectibles
The rise of crypto betting in esports - AnimationXpress
Are crypto collectives the future of NIL or a passing fad? MGoDAO wants to find out - The Athletic
Altered State Machine Announces First-Ever Metaverse AI Boxing Game — ABG NEWSROOM
EBay is entering the NFT business, with an assist from hockey legend Wayne Gretzky
Mythical Games will make NFL Rivals blockchain football game | VentureBeat
CSK, FanCraze partner to issue digital collectibles and build Web 3.0 experiences - The Hindu BusinessLine
Aussie sports stars, investors caught up in failed crypto startup
Startups
This Houston-born sports tech is changing the game when it comes to fan-accessible data - InnovationMap
Barcelona, 76ers, Braves, Seahawks named among most innovative sports franchises - The Athletic
California Sports Betting Initiative Backed by Gambling Giants Would Block Startups - Times of San Diego
These Portland Start-Ups Represent a New Generation of Footwear | Portland Monthly
Esports fan engagement startup Stan lands $2.5 million from General Catalyst, others
Startup slowdown: Will IPL 2023 take a hit? - Exchange4media
Indy 500 drivers find crypto craze fuels needed sponsorship - ABC News
Women in Sport
LSU’s Ingrid Lindblad Named Finalist For Honda Sports Award For Golf – LSU
Minnesota's newest women's soccer team Aurora FC take the field - Axios Twin Cities
Mental health issues remain on minds of student-athletes - NCAA.org
Big kick-off for Electric Ireland Women’s Academy League | Belfast News Letter
Hardware & Wearables
Why this wearables company is touting its fitness tracker as a tool for mental health
Indianapolis 500 Fans Get Closer Than Ever to the Action Thanks to Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband
AI bodycams on players about to change basketball forever - ISRAEL21c
Amazfit T-Rex 2 smartwatch launched with up to 45 days battery life and 150 sports modes - Technology News
Revolutionary Wearable Ultrasound Device Gains FDA Approval
Hudl acquires Spanish company that makes sports wearable devices | Local Business News | journalstar.com
Russia responds to sports equipment "crisis" as sanctions prevent imports
Best of the Rest
Sports Analytics Market, a $16.5 billion Industry by 2030 with a CAGR of 22.9 % - Strategic Market Research
The NIL Shop Changing the Game for WVU Athletes - Sports Illustrated West Virginia Mountaineers News, Analysis and More
A third straight week of tech layoffs in the books – TechCrunch
Has Formula One outgrown Monaco and its famous street race?
Justin Thomas' WHOOP Data Reveals Astonishing Numbers From the PGA Championship - EssentiallySports
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