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A Fantasy League for Video Gaming Gets Off the Ground in L.A.

"We got lucky, but through no fault of our own."

It's hard to feel good about being successful while a pandemic is underway. Still, Los Angeles-based UpKeep announced a colossal Series B fundraising effort Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the L.A. Dept. of Public Health says the county's stay-at-home orders may last into August.

In this strange time time for the city and its startups, entertainment reporter Sam Blake looks at the precarious state of esports, which have been hobbled by a lack of in-person events, even as the gaming industry surges.

Join us Thursday as our "dot.LA Convenes" series looks at ageism in the tech industry. Sign up here!

Esports One Bets Big on 'Fantasy Leagues' for Gaming

In some ways, esports is just like any fantasy sport league, but instead of getting points for touchdowns and free throws, fans are rewarded when their roster of gamers get a new kill or reach their objectives. Read more >>

UpKeep's $36M Raise

L.A. mobile maintenance platform UpKeep announced it's raised $36M as demand for cleaning services grows during the COVID crisis. Read more updates >>

L.A. Startup Kandela Sues its New Owner

It seemed to be a match made in heaven. Home improvement startup Porch acquired moving-concierge startup Kandela last year, but now the L.A. subsidiary alleges its Seattle-based owner purposefully engaged in a "pattern of fraud." Read more >>

Join us For Our Next Strategy Session on Cybersecurity

Our next virtual panel will look at the rise in online attacks during the pandemic. We'll also examine potential impacts to businesses and talk about ways to ramp up internet security while working from home. Register here >>

Join Our Next "L.A. Convenes" Virtual Roundtable on Ageism in the Workplace

Join us 11 a.m. PST on Thursday for the next session of dot.LA Convenes, a speaker series devoted to empowering women in tech. We'll be joined by Inclusology's Dr. Cheryl Ingram and Cue Career's Heather Wetzle to discuss how ageism uniquely affects women in the industry. Register here >>

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