eSports Watch: F1 Driver Gets Into eSports and Pokemon's Monster Launch

Fernando Alonso is set to become the first F1 driver with an eSports team, Pokemon's latest launch shows it is still a monster, while EA's loot boxes could soon get the gambling treatment.
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Fernando Alonso is set to become the first F1 driver to launch an eSports team.

The former World Champion partnered with Logitech (LOGI) - Get Report  on the team. It is little surprise FA Racing G2 Logitech G will compete in F1 simulator racing, as well as other gaming competitions. Fernando Alonso said "I think eSports in other formats has been very successful but in racing, it is at the very beginning, and I think huge potential will come."

F1's Commercial Chief Sean Bratches responded to the announcement positively, believing it will deliver a boost to the sport's profile and draw in younger fans.

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Pokemon's UltraSun and UltraMoon sold 1.2 million units within three days in Japan.

That helped to push the Pokemon franchise passed a major milestone, more than 300 million units shipped worldwide. That figure does not even include downloads or the popular Pokemon Go game. 

If you are keepings score, Pokemon is the second best-selling game franchise of all time, behind Nintendo's (NTDOY)  Super Mario Brothers. As of June 2017, Mario sold over 585 million units worldwide.

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Several government agencies are looking into the use of 'loot boxes' within games after the controversy over EA's (EA) - Get Report Star Wars Battlefront II.

Having launched an investigation into the issue of 'loot boxes', Belgium's Gaming Commission warned that mixing gambling and gaming is "dangerous for the mental health of the child"

While in Australia, an analyst for the Victorian Commission for Gambling & Liquor Regulation stated that 'Loot Boxes' fit the definition of gambling.

It remains to be seen whether these commissions will take action against developers to limit or prohibit the use of loot boxes.

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