The Isle of Man Government has announced its sponsorship of the Island’s first professional esports organisation, X7 Esports, which it says underlines its long-term commitment to the industry. Digital Isle of Man, part of the Government’s Department for Enterprise, has sponsored X7, a new team with a roster in League of Legends which plans to enter other titles in the future. The team was founded on the Isle of Man in December 2020. Continue reading Isle of Man’s first professional esports organisation receives government sponsorship
Scottish Esports Hub (SEH) has been awarded £5,000 of funding through Firstport’s Start It Award, in conjunction with the Social Entrepreneurs Fund and the Scottish Government. The award, which is designed to support social entrepreneurs in Scotland, is the biggest step SEH has taken in its two-year journey to launch. With this funding, SEH says everything it’s planned for Scottish esports is ‘now within reach’. Scottish Esports Hub is a not-for-profit social enterprise based around esports careers and wellbeing advice. Continue reading Scottish Esports Hub secures funding
Earlier this month, Republican senator Thom Tillis managed to graft an act that would turn streaming copyrighted material into a felony onto the much-debated omnibus spending bill, which also includes a paltry second covid relief check, among many other things. After even more debate (and many concessions), Congress is poised to pass the bill this evening. The felony streaming rider is still part of it, but it no longer seems to directly threaten Twitch streamers and other content creators.
The United States government is, as we all know, extremely functional. It’s so functional, in fact, that it regularly struggles to pass spending bills in order to prevent itself from shutting down. The latest “must-pass” bill, like many of its predecessors, includes controversial measures that wouldn’t be able to pass on their own, negotiated with the high stakes of this particular bill in mind. One of them would turn unauthorized streaming of copyrighted material into a felony.