Coronavirus lockdown leads to more gaming and esports

The esports and gaming sector may prove to be a surprise winner as ~45 million plus Chinese are in lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The Chinese are huge gamers and love their esports. In terms of users, China is the world’s largest game streaming market, with approximately 4.9 times the monthly active users of the U.S. market in 2018.

Being confined to your home means spending more time and money online, which may prove a boost to the Chinese esports and gaming sector in H1 2020.

China coronavirus lockdown may boost Chinese gaming and esports

Some key stocks and ETFs to benefit from increased gaming and esports in China include:

  • Tencent (OTC: TCEHY) – The China leader in esports game streaming, and the online gaming sector. Tencent acquired Riot Games and now owns the very popular League of Legends game. Tencent owns the number 2 ranked game streaming platform in China named DouYu. DouYu primarily focuses on the live-streaming of games, and had 159.2 MAUs in Q1 2019. Tencent also makes various pc and mobile games.
  • Huya (NYSE: HUYA) – Huya is known as the “Twitch of China”, and is the number 1 ranked game streaming platform in China.
  • NERD and ESPO – For those preferring an esports ETF, then NERD and ESPO are two of the best to consider. They do have broader global esports and gaming exposure with NERD being more aligned to esports.

Enthusiast Gaming continues to fly under the esports radar

A report this week titled: “How a prominent B.C. family business created the biggest e-sports gaming network in North America”, looked at the history of Enthusiast Gaming and the Aquilinis family. Essentially the story describes the Aquilinis family involvement in building a giant esports pure-play company. What is amazing is how fast they have progressed and yet they still fly under most investor’s radar.

Enthusiast Gaming Holdings Inc. (TSXV: EGLX | OTCQB: EGHIF) is one of the fastest-growing esports companies globally, and one of only a few publicly traded, pure-play esports and gaming companies. Enthusiast Gaming has the largest gaming network in North America and the English speaking gaming regions. The long term vision for the Company is to build the largest, vertically integrated esports and gaming company in the world. The Company reaches more gamers than Twitch, IGN, Gamespot in the USA; and reaches over 200 million gamers on a monthly basis, with 1 billion page views.

Atari is opening its own gaming hotels in eight US cities

Atari is best known for its games which began back in the 70’s. But now the Company is responding to the esports phenomenon. Atari plans to open their own chain of branded hotels that will feature spaces for virtual reality and augmented reality, studios for streaming games, and venues for throwing esports events. What a brilliant idea.

Atari hotels focused on gaming and esports streaming and events planned to open in about 2 years

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Torque Esports signs a deal with Microsoft Xbox Game Studios

Torque Esports (TSXV: GAME | OTCQB: MLLLF), via its subsidiary UMG Media, has signed a deal with Microsoft’s (NASDAQ: MSFT) Xbox Game Studios to operate and broadcast the Gears 5 Esports Challenger Series Finals. UMG Media is a leading platform for online tournament play and esports entertainment events.

Top esports games 2020

Games Radar took a look at the top esports games in 2020 and the top performers were (in no particular order):

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • League of Legends
  • Fortnite
  • Dota 2
  • Call of Duty
  • Overwatch

I would add in Mobile Legends to the list.

Mobile Legends Vs League of Legends – What’s your favorite game?

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Wrap Up

As investors look for ways to still make money if the coronavirus remains a concern in H1 2020 the gaming and esports sector is definitely one to consider.

The Atari gaming and esports hotel concept looks to be a big winner and I look forward to visiting an Atari hotel one day.




Market Drivers interviews Global Blockchain Technologies CEO on the future of media

“On one hand you have the future of media. Then on the other hand you have applications of blockchain technology to the media and entertainment industry.  I think Nolan and Zai and the technologies we have developed will be definitely one of the potential incumbents in this space. There are 3 projects really in the blockchain space that are really taking hold in the gaming world. I definitely think that what we are going to be offering very soon will outmatch them.” States Shidan Gouran, CEO & President of Global Blockchain Technologies Corp. (CSE: BLOC.U), in an interview with InvestorIntel Corp. CEO Tracy Weslosky.

Tracy Weslosky: Let me ask you, since you are one of our first features on the Market Drivers we are going to start with, where are you heading? 

Shidan Gouran: Fortunately you are actually taking me to my next meeting. This kills 2 birds with 1 stone. I really love this idea of driving around and talking.

Tracy Weslosky: Your next meeting is to market and explain what you guys are up to because you have just announced that you have partnered with the founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell. That is some fairly big news because Global Blockchain is evolving into a gaming company. 

Shidan Gouran: Absolutely. Global Blockchain, as you said, is evolving into a gaming and entertainment company. It is really taking over the future of TV and film as well in a sense because TV and film and video games are all going to be the same thing essentially. They are interactive media. Right now there are 2 amazing projects in the pipeline. One of them is actually a board game that involves cell phones. It involves social networking and voice narratives through Alexa. That is really amazing. Nobody has done that before. It has a huge blockchain component to it as well, which is very interesting. I am not going to go into the details of what X2 is working on. I think that is more for Nolan and Zai to share with you. I am definitely going to recommend for them to come and see you about that. Really it is the future. Right now what is really interesting to me is that American Idol gets maybe 18 million views on a good day. The top streamer on Twitch gets many multiples of that on an average day, viewers. When you see that dynamic you see where video games are going. By top streamer I mean the top video game player who streams his video games on Twitch gets more viewers than American Idol does. That is why this is important. The world is moving online. Gaming is a big part of it. X2 is really tackling the future of entertainment and media, which is super exciting.

Tracy Weslosky: In other words we have a great opportunity as investors to get involved right now. This is arguably groundbreaking and revolutionary with what you are trying to do, very large picture. 

Shidan Gouran: Yeah. On one hand you have the future of media. Then on the other hand you have applications of blockchain technology to the media and entertainment industry.  I think Nolan and Zai and the technologies we have developed will be definitely one of the potential incumbents in this space. There are 3 projects really in the blockchain space that are really taking hold in the gaming world. I definitely think that what we are going to be offering very soon will outmatch them. 

Tracy Weslosky: Alright. Let me just back you up to. Having been an investment firm and been a leader in the blockchain technology space, I do not think a lot of people really truly understand what blockchain technology is or how it can actually be applied here. Can you just talk to us a little bit about that market…to access the complete interview, click here

Disclaimer: Global Blockchain Technologies Corp. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel Corp.




Investing in NA’s first advanced exchange for security tokens and merging with X2 Games this month, what’s next for Global Blockchain Technologies?

The blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value. It is secure and cannot be altered. Basically when you write a new entry into the block, a new chain is formed. By allowing digital information to be distributed but not copied, blockchain technology has created the backbone of a new type of internet. Originally devised for digital currency, the tech community is now finding other potential uses for this secure ledger. In its simplest form blockchain’s future could see almost any document and transaction stored in this digital space. This undeniably ingenious invention, blockchain is the brainchild of a person(s) known by the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto.

Global Blockchain Technologies Corp.

Global Blockchain Technologies Corp. (CSE: BLOC) is an investment company that provides investors access to a mixture of assets in the blockchain space. Global Blockchain invests in new markets enabled by blockchain technology. A unique dimension of Global Blockchain’s value to its investors is its in house innovation incubator, providing resources to maximize the potential of new blockchain technologies, and propel their growth. These resources include initial capital, technical development personnel, and legal support. Global Blockchain state: “Blockchain technology enables a new digital asset class, which we believe, will drive the new economy.”

Stacked cryptocurrency coins (Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoins)

Earlier this year, Global Blockchain made a $5 M investment into Hyperion Crypto Exchange Inc. in exchange for 12.82% of its total issued and outstanding share capital. Global Blockchain announced on October 12, 2018 that Hyperion has entered into an agreement with InterStellar to provide support for Stellar based assets on the Hyperion exchange. Hyperion facilitates the trade of digital assets including crypto-currencies, on a SEC licensed alternative trading system in an arrangement that it has attained through a strategic investment in the Delaware Board of Trade. This partnership will widen the scope of Hyperion’s abilities, giving it an even greater competitive edge as North America’s first advanced exchange for security tokens, and a leader in the regulated trade of crypto assets.

In what was a busy month Global Blockchain also announced a merging with X2 Games. X2 Games’ business model aligns well with Global Blockchain’s existing efforts that relate to the tokenization of gaming platforms. A subsidiary entity will be created for its enterprise and exchange activities with a view to unlocking their value through a spin-out of critical mass assets, and merging its remaining media and entertainment investments and projects with those of X2 Games Corp.

X2 Games integrating blockchain

X2 Games is an independent games publisher for cutting edge games that integrate blockchain technology and cryptocurrency into the user’s game experience. Focused on innovative gaming technologies X2 Games was created by “The Godfather” of the video game industry, Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari.

Global Blockchain is working in a digital space that is only in its infancy with a wide view that almost anything can be stored digitally on blockchain. The world is going completely digital very soon and companies like Global Blockchain are ahead of the thought process to where this future is going.

The Company states: “We offer more than an opportunity to invest. We offer the opportunity to capitalize on the growth of the blockchain ecosystem, between holdings in existing technologies, and holdings in technologies that do not yet exist. Global Blockchain is geared to maximize potential, in a sector where new potential is being discovered on a regular basis”.

Sounds kind of Prophetic don’t you think? I bet you didn’t think ones and zeros would have such a big impact on the world. Did you know there’s only 10 types of people in the World? Those that understand binary, and those that don’t. Just a thought.

Global Blockchain Technologies Corp. has a market cap of C$ 42.6 m.




Global Blockchain Technologies’ Shidan Gouran on the Disruptive X2 Games Merger

“We are merging with X2 Games which is a gaming company focused on blockchain applications in the gaming industry. It was started by two pioneers in that space, Nolan Bushnell, who started Atari and then Chuck E. Cheese and who has had a illustrious career in the gaming sector apart from Atari, and Zai Ortiz who is a lead operational person and has worked on amazing projects in the animation and gaming space. He is the guy who did the animations for the Marvel movies.” States Shidan Gouran, CEO & President of Global Blockchain Technologies Corp. (CSE: BLOC), in an interview with InvestorIntel Corp. CEO Tracy Weslosky.

Tracy Weslosky: Congratulations. Let us just start with your big deal here with X2. 

Shidan Gouran: Thanks very much Tracy. Thanks for the congratulations. We are merging with X2 Games which is a gaming company focused on blockchain applications in the gaming industry. It was started by two pioneers in that space, Nolan Bushnell, who started Atari and then Chuck E. Cheese and who has had a illustrious career in the gaming sector apart from Atari, and Zai Ortiz who is a lead operational person and has worked on amazing projects in the animation and gaming space. He is the guy who did the animations for the Marvel movies. Zai and Nolan are people that we have been speaking to for close to a year now, actually a bit more than a year. I have been really working on getting them involved with one of our projects called Game Galaxy. We have become very good friends. We just realized that there is so much synergies. Our visions are so aligned as far as where the entertainment and media sector can really benefit from blockchains. It just came down to it we were like, well, why do we not actually merge because as an incubator we really need good operational staff to manage the verticals that we create anyways? That has always been the plan from day 1, to find the best of breed people to manage these projects that we develop and to work with them. We have that in Zai and Nolan. I am very excited about what we have announced today.

Tracy Weslosky: I have so many questions. Undoubtedly your stock is going to skyrocket. We need stories like this from the CSE. This is very exciting. Can you tell me how you two met? What was the occasion? 

Shidan Gouran: I reached out to everybody who was involved in the gaming and applications of blockchains to the gaming space very early on.  I found out that Nolan and Zai were doing stuff in that space so I reached out to them. Introduced myself and said, well, this is what we are doing, let us align ourselves and work together on building something great. Game Galaxy is a consortium of gaming companies that are building a common exchange and a common underlying cryptocurrency for trading virtual goods inside of games. That is only one small piece of what we are doing. It is a big piece because that is potentially 400 million users that will be using this platform out of all the members of the consortium that we have together. What X2 is doing is even more interesting because they are actually developing what will hopefully be the main wallet inside of games. It is way more advanced than anything I have seen out there. It is something they can share with a lot of people because of where they are located and who they are obviously as far as business development. They are the perfect people to really tackle that for the gaming industry. The synergies were amazing. They are building solutions for keeping track of competitions…to access the complete interview, click here

Disclaimer: Global Blockchain Technologies Corp. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel Corp.