eSports as a college course, lots of uncertainty for fantasy sports and big changes for Activision, Zynga and Kabam

zyngaEnjoy the weekend and get up to speed with this week’s gaming and tech industry news!

This past year gave us several indications of where the gaming industry is headed in 2016, with Mobile World Congress set to give us further insight into what the next twelve months will hold The 5 trends that will dictate mobile gaming’s evolution in 2016

Viewing the year ahead today, it is easy to imagine a number of wildly divergent trajectories for daily fantasy sports based on political, legal, economic, business model, consumer, and market pressures Daily fantasy sports outlook: No profits, lots of uncertainty, and dying unicorns

The future of successful in-app advertising is in buying audiences, not specific apps. And not television advertising on a smaller screen; an entirely new strategy is needed It’s time to rethink how in-game ads work

It will be the first of its kind in America, and she has already garnered support from around the world Ohio college student given greenlight to create eSports course

A deal that it says makes it the largest game network in the world with more than 500 million users Activision Blizzard Closes Its $5.9B Acquisition Of King, Makers Of Candy Crush

The move says a lot about how India has a chance to be the next big thing in the $30 billion mobile games market FarmVille co-creator Mark Skaggs catches the express train to India to make mobile games

A new office, anyone? Zynga puts its San Francisco HQ up for sale

“Adapting our business comes with organizational changes” Kabam cuts 8% of staff

Research firm says 500 million will regularly watch online gaming content in 2016, and they’ll choose Google’s site over Amazon’s by more than 2:1 YouTube dominating Twitch in gaming videos – Newzoo

Adam Brenner, Sparks & Honey’s Director of Product & Emerging Platforms, discusses the rise of the eSports industry Why eSports Is The Next Big Thing In Marketing

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