Welcome to Sheppard Mullin’s Weekly Web Wrap-Up, a quick list of the past week’s top news in the social media, gaming, and virtual goods and currencies industries curated by Social Media & Games Team. Here are some of the stories that we’ve been reading:
A New Breed of Jocks: E-Sports Can Get You into College
The University of California, Irvine has announced its plans to offer League of Legends scholarships this fall, making it the first public university to launch an e-sports scholarship program. Irvine’s new eSports initiative will launch with the opening of a 3,500 square-foot gaming arena.
DraftKings and FanDuel Announce ‘Indefinite’ Suspension of College-Sports Contests
Citing “productive” conversations with the NCAA, the suspension will go into effect in all states after Saturday’s Final Four games . The companies announced their intention to work with the NCAA and lawmakers on a carve-out for collegiate sports in any proposed regulatory framework moving forward.
Slack’s New 3.8B Valuation Confirms it’s no Slacker
Slack’s recent funding round netted the intraoffice communication company another 200M, bringing it one step closer to the company’s goal of replacing inefficient intraoffice e-mails with streamlined messaging. With 2.7 million daily active users, an e-mail revolution may be upon us.
Nosocomial Computer Viruses: Why Hospitals are Peculiarly Vulnerable to Randsomware Attacks
With rampant “hospital hacking,” healthcare organizations are being called to refocus their security efforts.