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Russian internet giant has announced that it’s acquiring esports company ESforce in a deal worth at least $100 million.

ESforce is the holding company for a number of esports-related brands, including esports communities SK Gaming and, of which the latter received a $100 million investment from one of Russia’s richest oligarchs a few years back.

Esports, or video game competitions that are often streamed online to the world, is a $700 million industry, with reports indicating that it could become a $2.5 billion market by 2020. As such, Amazon snapped up game-streaming platform Twitch for around $1 billion back in 2014, while a few weeks ago Google announced it had invested in Chinese esports company Chushou.’s deal involves the company paying out $100 million in cash, less any outstanding debt, with an additional performance-related payment to come at the end of 2018, according to a press release.


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ESforce claimed that it had 116 million users in 2017, with an estimated revenue of around $19 million — up 150 percent from the year before.


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