Emerging Trends: Three Futurists Predict The Tech That Comes Next

by | Feb 15, 2023
From AI to human longevity to xTech, North Texas experts George Brody of InfoNet of Things and Anurag Jain of Perot Jain, along with Mike Bechtel of Deloitte, predict a range of emerging technologies set to transform the world in 2023 and beyond.
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.
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.
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.

Studio Created by Words With Friends Co‑Founder Raises $46M for Web3 Battle Arena Game

by | Jun 14, 2022
McKinney-based Playful Studios and its Wildcard Alliance subsidiary—led by Words With Friends co-founder Paul Bettner—raised the funding for Wildcard, which combines arena-style battles with a collectible card game. “With Wildcard, we're focused on fun first, building a next-generation 'spectator sport' to welcome the entire community of competitors, collectors, sponsors, and fans to play together," Better says.
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.
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.
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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Desoto-Based Esposure is Building an Esports Learning Center for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department

by | Jan 27, 2021
Newly launched Esposure4All, a charitable foundation from esports development platform Esposure, is seeking to empower underrepresented youth through esports experiential learning.
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.
‘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.
#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.

Complexity Gaming Partners with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Extra Life Program

by | Nov 6, 2019
Jerry Jones' esports organization is joining forces with CMN Hospitals' gaming-focused fundraising program, Extra Life.
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.”
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.