News Digest 17: Top Gaming News This Week

4 December, 2019 | By Anzu


Welcome to the last month of 2019! As the industry gears up to enter an exciting new decade, this whole month Anzu will be looking at the top trends in gaming in 2020. Be sure to check our social media channels as we reveal new trends in the upcoming weeks.

Continuing with our weekly news roundups, here is what made top news:

Forbes cites a research by Green Man Gaming that suggests massive growth in esports. According to the research, esports continues to grow at a rapid rate, with revenues exceeding $1 billion and audiences of more than 443 million across the globe — this takes esports to be larger than American Football and rugby combined! Read more here.

Gaming giant Riot Games has announced that it will host a three-day League of Legends event in the Middle East, hosting six competitions with a prize pool of $2M. It will also roll out a localized version of its famous game for the Middle East and North Africa region in 2020. Read more on The Esports Observer.

Denmark’s media company Astralis, which owns the top team in the world in the first-person shooter game “Counter Strike: Global Offensive,” has announced that it will be listed on the Copenhagen exchange next week, becoming the first public gaming team company. Read more on Yahoo Finance.

Apple and Google have released their lists of the best apps and games of 2019. While Sky: Children of the Light was declared Apple’s best game, Google announced Call of Duty: Mobile as its winner of choice. More details on Tech Crunch.
5. Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios, who has over 500K followers on Twitch, has announced that he has entered into an exclusive streaming deal with Facebook Gaming, The Esports Observer reports. Just last week, Facebook also announced that it signed up Jeremy Wang, also known as Disguised Toast, to its gaming platform. is an in-game advertising platform that brings real-world brand ads to video gaming and esports. Backed by BITKRAFT Esports Ventures, WPP, and Axel Springer Digital Ventures, Anzu redefines digital advertising through seamless integration of non-intrusive ads into the gameplay. Bringing real-time data and programmatic to the video gaming world, the platform promises native advertising, brand safety and ad viewability. Follow Anzu on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.