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Esports Is Surging As High School Sports Hit Pause
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"We're expecting two to three times the number of students that competed last year."

Santa Monica-based PlayVS is winning big as high schools embrace esports. Entertainment reporter Sam Blake looks at how the pandemic is making parents and schools reconsider the value of competitive gaming.

Netflix is working on a drive-through "Stranger Things" experience that will take place in L.A. in October.

Tesla is producing a radar to detect kids left in hot cars.

Facebook is developing a "circuit breaker" to stop misinformation from spreading virally.

XSET gaming lands its first partnership deal.

After a setback, Rocket Lab sets a target window for its next launch.

Our next virtual event on Thursday, 8/27, will look at the relationship between venture and tech firms in Southern California and Asia. Read more and register to watch!

Esports' Varsity Moment

LAUSD is all in. Compton Unified has some reservations. The NCAA is on the fence. High school esports is growing as sports and other extracurricular activities are benched. Read more >>

Triller Threatens Legal Action

Triller has threatened to sue an analytics firm over a report that suggests the TikTok competitor inflated its app-download figures. Read more updates >>

Join Us for a Discussion on Venture Capital in Asia & SoCal

What does the future hold for VC-funded start-ups on both sides of the Pacific? Join us for a virtual roundtable in partnership with the Asia Society of Southern California on Thursday, August 27th at 5:00 p.m. PST. Read more & register >>

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