How Esports Could Offer Potential Investment Opportunities

Like to play Fortnite or League of Legends? You’re in good company, because esports have become hugely popular. And esports investing and esports stocks have benefited.

Gaming and esports have grown rapidly—driven by consumer demand, new distribution strategies, and new technology, according to research firm GlobalData. Gaming has transformed into a service model rather than just a product model. As that interest has grown, so has interest in esports investing.

Like everything else, esports have been affected by the sudden, global spread of the novel coronavirus. ESPN.com reported that dozens of live esports tournaments, such as Dota Pro Circuit, have been canceled or postponed indefinitely. Some events that were supposed to be held in stadiums, such as League of Legends, have moved online to support social distancing guidelines.

The Meteoric Rise of Esports

Before the global outbreak of COVID-19, games and esports analytics firm Newzoo forecast that global esports would

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Central Europe’s business services firms spy a chance in crisis

By Michael Kahn, Anna Koper and Alan Charlish

PRAGUE/WARSAW (Reuters) – As the COVID-19 pandemic wipes out jobs and empties offices across the world, companies in Central Europe that provide remote, lower-cost services for multinationals are emerging as winners in the new business order.

From Prague and Warsaw to Bucharest, these firms have long provided outsourced or offshored business services such as software development, administration, payroll handling and research for big European and American customers. Now they are bucking the global trend by expanding and hiring.

“In a time of crisis, more business is shifting here,” said Roman Pavlousek, who runs a finance service centre for global industrial manufacturer Atlas Copco in the Czech city of Brno. “This is happening.”

Indeed, more than 90% of business services companies in the Czech Republic have continued to recruit during the pandemic, with 12% winning extra work from the Asia-Pacific region, according to

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DuPage County, Choose DuPage Offering Small Business Grants

DUPAGE COUNTY, IL — DuPage County and Choose DuPage have teamed up to offer grant opportunities for small businesses and independent contractors during the new coronavirus crisis. Choose DuPage will host a webinar about the Small Business Relief Grant Program on May 15 at 11 a.m. to explain the grant application process and to offer more details.

Interested parties can click the link to register for the webinar.

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To qualify for the Small Business Relief Grant Program, which will offer assistance with employee payroll, utilities, and rent, business owners and contractors must meet the following criteria, according to the Choose DuPage website:

  • Small businesses with fewer than 15 employees and less than $1.5 million in annual revenue may apply for a grant of up to $15,000.

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Layoffs, imploding deals, and new opportunities. Here’s how the real-estate industry is transforming.

The way we occupy space and our relationship with places like stores and offices is transforming.
The way we occupy space and our relationship with places like stores and offices is transforming.

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  • Offices, hotels, and malls have been emptied by the coronavirus, which could lead long-term disruption in our day-to-day lives. 

  • The coronavirus has provided the largest experiment ever in remote work. Experts say it will forever change our relationship with the physical office.

  • Flex-space providers like WeWork, Knotel, and Convene, rental startups like Sonder and Zeus Living, iBuyer Opendoor, and brokerages including Compass and Redfin have laid off or furloughed staff. 

  • Companies like Macy’s are rethinking their office footprints. 

  • Customer behaviors are also changing how we buy and order, and that could have long-term effects on areas like industrial real estate. 

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The coronavirus has thrown the real-estate world into disarray, as people empty out of offices, hotels, and malls and work from their homes. The

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