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From SaaS to Coding to Social Impact, See What Awaits You at Dallas Startup Week

by | Aug 2, 2022
Dallas Startup Week is only days away. In addition to three big summits, the DEC Network's flagship week-long event will offer sessions on 21 different "tracks." From social impact to startup funding to esports and emerging tech, here's a look at what the week holds in store.
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Frisco’s OpTic Gaming Acquires Dallas Streamer Tool Startup Botisimo
by | Jul 19, 2022
Frisco-based OpTic Gaming—which rebranded from Envy Gaming last month following its November merger with OpTic—has acquired Dallas streamer tool startup Botisimo.

Botisimo's tools reach more than 36 million unique viewers each month for 30,000+ streamers including Snoop Dogg, Monstercat, and Dude Perfect. OpTic believes it's "one of the most powerful tools a creator can use to engage with their audience," said OpTic CEO Adam Rymer, who joined the startup's board last year.
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The Last Word: Jordan Fisher On Becoming Part Owner/Creator at Complexity Gaming
by | Jul 18, 2022
Jordan Fisher has done everything from winning ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" to acting in "Hamilton" on Broadway to being a music artist to starring in movies like Netflix's "Work It."  Now he's going big with gaming. Fisher recently became part owner and content creator at Complexity Gaming, the esports organization headquartered at The Star in Frisco. As a part owner, he has good company: the Dallas Cowboys' Jerry Jones and investor John Goff are part owners, too.
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Longstanding Dallas Esports Franchise Takes on a New Name
by | Jun 28, 2022
Envy Gaming, a well-known name in the esports space, is retiring its branding but the competitive action will continue on.
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North Texas Video Game Developer Worldspark Studios Lands $3M for Metaverse Platform

by | Feb 28, 2022
The blockchain gaming studio's first title is Edenbrawl, a tech fantasy-style online multiplayer battle game. Within the game, players will be able to purchase and trade NFTs tied to things like character skins and weapons skins.
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OpTic Gaming Merges With Envy Gaming to Form a Combined North Texas Esports Powerhouse
by | Nov 8, 2021
The deal brings together Hector “HECZ” Rodriguez and Mike “Hastr0” Rufail—the leaders of OpTic and Envy, respectively—who have been longtime friends and esports rivals.
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Learn-and-Earn: Here’s How Esposure’s CEO is Championing Future Careers in Esports
by | Apr 7, 2021
Through its "learn-and-earn" model, Esposure is helping gamers, students, and entrepreneurs learn about the business of esports. Now, Co-founder and CEO Danny Martin is spreading his expertise through a new virtual Esports Business Management course at SMU.
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Envy Gaming owner Mike Rufail
The Founder of Envy Gaming Says the Popularity of Esports Is ‘Enormous and Growing’ in a Virtual Pandemic World and Beyond
by | Feb 18, 2021
2020 was "really an opportunity for esports to shine with traditional sports on hiatus" says Mike Rufail. The esports innovator talks about the team's new HQ in Victory Park, the pandemic's impact on esports, efforts to "get out the gamer" vote, and what's next.
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DeSoto-Based Geekletes Rebrands as Full-Service Education Hub For the Competitive Gaming Community

by | Nov 23, 2020
Now known as Esposure, the company provides a learn-and-earn model for gamers at any level. The STEM courses also focus on the business behind esports: production, marketing, management, and more.
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‘Y’All Aboard’: Dallas‑Fort Worth’s VC Activity Gaining Steam
by | Nov 19, 2020
The focus was on the Dallas region for the final leg of the Texas Startups Roadshow. Here's a rundown.
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#WeAreHEWMAN: Dallas Citizen Science Effort Crowdsources Gamers to Help End the COVID-19 Threat
by | Apr 27, 2020
BALANCED Media|Technology and Complexity Gaming have launched a citizen science effort that will test drug compounds against coronavirus. Now, the Dallas organizations are asking the video game community to join in.
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Unicorns Can Happen Here. Why Dallas-Fort Worth is Fertile Ground for Tech Startups
Dallas-Fort Worth's strength in diverse industry hotspots such as fintech, AI, and life sciences make it a seedbed for billion-dollar players to emerge.
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Pizza Hut Lands the First-Ever Virtual Esports Stadium Rights Deal

by | Jul 30, 2019
Plano-headquartered Pizza Hut is this year serving as an official sponsor of EA and the NFL's Madden NFL 20 Championship Series. As part of the deal, the virtual in-game stadium experience will be referred to as “Pizza Hut Stadium.”
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Dallas Youth Sports Tech Startup Moves Into Esports, Partners With HBCU Go
by | Jul 16, 2019
AMPlifi Sports Group levels the playing field for amateur athletes through a cross-platform mobile app and convergence platform. Now, the startup has signed a deal with HBCU Go to extend its platform into the esports ecosystem with a strong focus on mental performance, social gaming, and lifestyle.
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Esports Meets Education: UIL Considers Proposal to Sanction Competitive Gaming in Texas High Schools
by | Jul 12, 2019
Everything is bigger in Texas—including esports. We asked DFW esports experts to weigh in on how a possible UIL sanction might change the future of the industry in North Texas and beyond.
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STEM Meets Sports: Texans Can Academy Hosts Beyond The Ball
by | Jun 28, 2019
Dallas - Oak Cliff's Texans Can Academy hosted the IT Immersion experience last week, giving students the chance to learn about the multitude of careers in the sports world that exist off the field.
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