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Born with a comic book in one hand and a remote control in the other, Cory DLG is the talent of Conroe's very own Nerd Thug Radio, Sports and Wrestling. Check out the podcast replay of the FM radio show at www.nerdthugradio.com!

It's been a crazy week in the world of esports.

Dreamhack has announced the Dreamhack Showdown at Dreamhack Valencia an all female CS:GO tournament in July. This is a massive and interesting development in the world of competitive gaming as this isn't an industry known for its inclusion. Last season there was only one professional female Overwatch player in the league and that was after the last place team replaced most of its roster in an effort to break its losing streak. There will be several qualifying events held in the build up to the July 5th through 7th event with a $100,000 prize pool at stake. May the best women win!

Riot Games has announced State Farm has signed a three year extension to stay on as a main sponsor and has even stepped up their participation to include global tournaments for the first time. Which is a big big deal for the League of Legends creators. They've been running a very successful league for awhile and building up momentum with sponsors for several years now and this is part of the natural growth and evolution of the League of Legends competitive scene. Many people speculate that fanbases will grow tired of these games at some point and the interest will peter out, but I would like to point out that Starcraft 2 is over ten years old and is still a staple of competitive gaming.

The last thing to mention this week is with the influx of money in esports comes the issue of protecting players and their rights. Audi and Gamestop have both recently announced their intention to get into gaming so there is money pouring in from every angle and the end result of all of that money is teams are signing players to contracts that make them the majority owners in the player's earnings with the intention of being a profitable business. That isn't the way other pro sports operate technically, collecting money from the players or only paying the player select amount of money from their winnings. The other leagues go the other way; they figure out what percentage of revenue should belong to the players and pay based on that number. In essence, the esports teams are working the problem from the opposite end, instead of giving the player everything they promise but base their promises on expected revenue, they are taking large percentages from the players to create a profit. This creates the atmosphere of disappointed players, they hear they won $10k but after the team takes their cut the player only receives $4k hypothetically. This kind of business model isn't going to last long.

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Born with a comic book in one hand and a remote control in the other, Cory DLG is the talent of Conroe's very own Nerd Thug Radio, Sports and Wrestling. Check out the podcast replay of the FM radio show at www.nerdthugradio.com!

Well it's finally happened, the big dog has stepped into the ring. Esports just picked up probably the most important ally any sport could ever ask for, ESPN. While they had been broadcasting buddies with several leagues of varying size and games, such as The Overwatch League, they are now going to begin hosting their own events. Beginning with Apex Legends at the ESPYs in July, the network will begin hosting invitationals and events at most of their major live events and galas. The reality of all of this is that now ESPN is moving from broadcast partner to actual organizer and event holder which means they're upping their level of commitment and involvement in terms of resources and talent and money and screen time, all of which is only going to help the sport as a whole grow.

The Houston Outlaws return to action this week as The Overwatch League comes back for Stage Three of this season. Their first game is tomorrow at about 9:30 central time on Twitch, ESPN online and the various websites and such. It's unfortunate to note overall that the ownership change still hasn't occurred and that there were no significant changes to the coaching staff or roster, as overall the team has been underperforming steadily for a little while. The desired outcome for this program is to return to the winning ways they had in Stage 1 of the first season of OWL when they were in first place and had momentum going in their favor. Since then it's been a very difficult path for this team with disappointment after disappointment stacking up. They obviously finished the first season out of the playoffs and this season they look to be quickly falling towards mathematical elimination, from that point it's hard to see what can be done in the short term to improve this team without the commitment of resources and support that the other teams all seem to be getting. Where can this team go? Overall I'd like to say the only real direction is up but that feels unlikely as both completed stages of this season have been devastatingly underwhelming in both preparation and performance. This is a team that feels like it's going to keep going in the wrong direction until a real change occurs in a leadership position.

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