News Digest 34: Top Gaming News This Week

16 April, 2020 | By Anzu

To keep people home and safe, gaming is also doing their share of updates! From new ways to play Pokemon Go, to ramped up esports happenings, and gaming conferences headed online, there is no shortage of ways to engage and connect. Check out this week’s gaming news digest and get your game on!

BMW is revving up its esports presence, as the German automaker announced that it has signed global partnerships with five top esports organizations - Cloud9, Fnatic, FunPlus Phoenix, G2 Esports, and T1 Entertainment & Sports. According to the Esports Observer, the main provisions of the agreements include providing vehicles with which to travel to and from events that have painted on team logos with colorful graphics, heavy social media engagement through hashtags, the placement of the BMW’s logo on jerseys, and collaborative content creation. But it’s not only about stickers and logos - the German brand is gradually moving towards expanding its footprint in the esports sphere, clearly indicating the company’s beliefs about where digital competition is headed.

Pokémon Go introduces remote raids to encourage staying at home, reports Engadget. The studio has introduced a purchasable Remote Raid Pass that lets you play shared raids (and earn legendary Pokémon) in your area without actually having to visit their real-world locations. Raids normally require multiple people congregating in the same place, and Niantic assures that there are even more home-friendly changes coming. All of this could prove to be a very literal life-saver during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With Valorant’s extreme success in its closed-beta launch--to the level of ending ESL’s multi-week reign as the number one channel and breaking records on Twitch, Riot Games announced on Wednesday its initial vision to build an esports ecosystem for this game. To support this endeavor, the video game developer has already released community competition guidelines, a blueprint to assist third-party organizers to coordinate and create events for amateur stars to rise during the early days of the game's life span. More details on ESPN.

Germany’s massive gaming convention that gathers more than 350,000 attendees annually - Gamescom - this year ‘will definitely take place digitally’, reports Polygon. This year’s event was scheduled to take place Aug. 25-29, but the country’s ban on public gatherings has been extended to Aug. 31, ruling out such a massive convention. See you online!

Finnish mobile studio Superplus Games has raised $4.7 million in funding toward development of casual PvP titles. The idea of making casual games more competitive sounds like a contradiction, as casual players aren’t similar to the most competitive gamers, but the Finns already have a success story in their physics-based tank battler Hills of Steel. Find out more details about how they manage to keep their business small and still raise funds on VentureBeat. 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.