2019 DRL Allianz World Championship Comes to Minnesota

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In 2018 professional video gaming, aka eSports, generated an impressive $906 million in revenue, confirming that drone racing is catching up quickly. 

Drone racing is a sport where pilots fly camera-equipped drones (typically small radio-controlled aircraft or quadcopters) at 90MPH. “The pilots see a live video feed in their goggles from the camera mounted on the front of the drone. The goal is to navigate neon-colored gates as fast as possible and come out in first place.  

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Minnetonka-based Table Trac Signs Exclusive License Agreement With Tokyo-based BroadBand Security Inc.

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Image result for Table Trac logoMINNETONKA, Minn.July 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Tokyo Japan based BroadBand Security, Inc. (4398.T) engages in the business of information technology, security management and consulting services. The company trades on the Tokyo Exchange. BBSec has signed an exclusivity contract with Table Trac, Inc. (OTCQB: TBTC) to integrate the CasinoTrac casino management system (CMS) to the Japanese Gaming market where legalized gambling was officially approved in September of 2018.”

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Minnesota Vikings Owners To Join Future Of Call of Duty esports, Bring Professional Gaming To Minnesota

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WISE Ventures And Wilf Family To Join Future Of Call of Duty esports, Bring Professional Gaming To MinnesotaEAGAN, Minn.July 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — WISE Ventures, under the leadership of the Wilf Family, has reached an agreement with Activision Blizzard to field a Minnesota-based team in the forthcoming franchised Call of Duty esports league. “Esports and competitive gaming has clearly emerged as a major force in the sports and entertainment industry,” said ownership partner Jonathan Wilf. “We have explored various opportunities in esports over the past few years, and we believe the new Call of Duty esports league is well positioned for long term success.”

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Famed Gambler Lyle Berman Is Betting Big On Esports

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“Lyle Berman, a legendary Minnesota businessman and a member of the American Gaming Association’s Gaming Hall of Fame, is getting into the emerging esports gaming industry and is reuniting with one of his previous gaming businesses in his latest venture.

Berman, 77, a co-founder of Grand Casinos Inc., is using a special-purpose acquisition company based in Minnesota, Black Ridge Acquisition Corp., to buy two companies and form Allied Esports Entertainment.”

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T-Wolves Gaming Unveils New 3k Sq. Ft. ‘Practice Center’

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“On Tuesday, the Timberwolves unveiled practice facility plans for T-Wolves gaming, which will compete in its inaugural season in the NBA 2K gaming league in April. The T-Wolves gaming logo — designed by Rodney Richardson, who also designed the Timberwolves, Lynx and Iowa Wolves logos — also was revealed. The cost of the new facility wasn’t publicly disclosed, but the roughly 3,000-square feet facility will be “far superior to anything else that exists in the NBA 2K league,” Timberwolves and Lynx Chief Strategy Officer Ted Johnson said.”

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Minnesota Timberwolves Break Into Esports With T-Wolves Gaming

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Minneapolis-St. Paul – In the first-ever NBA 2K League Expansion Draft, T-Wolves Gaming, the Minnesota Timberwolves organization’s NBA 2K League affiliate, last night selected Timothy “oLARRY” Anselimo with the 3rd overall selection and Mihad “I F E A S T” Feratovic with the 6th overall pick. Today, T-Wolves Gaming traded the rights to oLARRY to the Cavs Legion GC in exchange for Brandon “Hood” Caicedo.”

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Ask An Indie: Remy Ripple

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Welcome to Ask An Indie where we interview local independent game developers to learn how they make, do and create.

The Indie: Remy Ripple, Designer/Artist/Animator/Writer

What inspired you to start making games?

I’ve always really liked video games but in high school I was determined to go into comic art during college. I read a lot of comics at the time, especially webcomics. One particular webcomic was someone’s adaption of a game called Yume Nikki. I read it through and was really into the imagery and concepts that were in it so I had to try out the game!

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