News Digest 28: Top Gaming News This Week

5 March, 2020 | By Anzu

Spring is almost here! We’re excited about sunny weather, AND for more exciting news in the gaming industry this week:

With that, let’s take a look now at the biggest newsmakers in the gaming industry this week:

Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference, which would have brought more than 10,000 people to San Jose three weeks from now, will be online-only this year. It seems that GTC has gone the way of the GDC, Mobile World Congress, F8, and numerous other major events that are rightly concerned that such a high concentration of international travelers might prove to be a breeding ground for the coronavirus currently spreading worldwide. Read more on TechCrunch.

Torque Esports' UMG teams will partner with Activision Blizzard to host an eight-week Overwatch collegiate series, reports the Esports Observer. The “UMG Overwatch Collegiate Clash” is expected to start in late March. The tournament participants are set to compete for $40,000 in the form of scholarship prize money that will be used to “further esports” at their respective schools.

Some big news for FLASHPOINT: the league has announced a partnership with betting operator Pinnacle to make it the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league’s first official sponsor. The deal will see Pinnacle sponsor pre-show activities for featured matches and provide its match odds for in-play betting. More details on Esports Insider.

Riot Games has revealed a new first-person shooter game “Valorant,” slated to launch this summer. According to CNBC, the free-to-play PC title will pit teams of terrorists and counter-terrorists against each other to complete certain objectives. A scary, and exciting, prospect.

The future of cloud gaming is still undetermined. Case and point: a new publisher pulled its software from the Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud gaming service. The Verge dives into the controversies and cloudiness of cloud gaming. Spoiler: ask for permission first. 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.