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Take a breather, recharge, and join us on The Rivalry Cooldown, where we give you an unfiltered view on the current topics in esports from the experts.

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Take a breather, recharge, and join us on The Rivalry Cooldown, where we give you an unfiltered view on the current topics in esports from the experts.

    017 Overwatch is NOT the end all be all ft. Bryce Blum & Nahaz | The Rivalry Cooldown

    017 Overwatch is NOT the end all be all ft. Bryce Blum & Nahaz | The Rivalry Cooldown

    017 Overwatch is NOT the end all be all ft. Bryce Blum & Nahaz | The Rivalry Cooldown
    Take a breather, refresh, and join us on the Rivalry Cooldown, where we give you the current topics in esports from the experts. On this episode, we interrupt a little bit less and explore the diversification and business models of esports a lot more. Bryce's firm represents a huge list of tier 1 esports orgs and talent and has extensive experience at looking at venture capitol trends, esports stories, and he has been a regular at TI, so he's not stranger to Dota. Plus, turns out he and Nahaz are huge fantasy nerds - so stay until the end for a special segment :D
     

    • 1 hr 13 min
    016 Conversations, not Crusades | DPC, Nigma, and Riot ft. KeepingitKyle & Nahaz | The Rivalry Cooldown

    016 Conversations, not Crusades | DPC, Nigma, and Riot ft. KeepingitKyle & Nahaz | The Rivalry Cooldown

    016 Conversations, not Crusades | DPC, Nigma, and Riot ft. KeepingitKyle & Nahaz | The Rivalry Cooldown
    Take a breather, refresh, and join us on the Rivalry Cooldown, where we give you the current topics in esports from the experts.
    On this episode, Kyle calls in at 2am from Taipei (from his phone), and even in his robot moments he and Nahaz debate passionately about breaks in the DPC schedule, we discuss the business sense (or lack of) from Team Nigma, why the Trent vs Bulldog debate isn't productive (and is missing the point), check in on Riot's sexual harassment lawsuit and big money deals in China, and of course - more payment issues in esports!
    *NOTE* Kyle was experiencing a slight audio delay, so there's a bit more interrupting than usual from everyone - we still like and respect each other, we promise. Please LIKE, COMMENT, and SHARE to ensure more people can find and enjoy the show!

    • 1 hr 30 min
    015 Fight for Your Right to Broadcast | Developers Scramble vs Riot ft. Richard Lewis & Nahaz

    015 Fight for Your Right to Broadcast | Developers Scramble vs Riot ft. Richard Lewis & Nahaz

    015 Fight for Your Right to Broadcast | Developers Scramble vs Riot ft. Richard Lewis & Nahaz
    Take a breather, refresh, and join us on the Rivalry Cooldown, where we give you the current topics in esports from the experts.
    On this episode, we look at Riot Games' announcement of several new titles and what other developers need to do to compete. What can Bluehole do with PUBG? Will Valve's new player experience in Dota compete? Can Blizzard dig themselves out of the hole they are in? AND THEN - What has Valve been up to? Hiring Kaci, giving tournaments DMCA power in CSGO - this is a 180 on all of their policies!

    • 1 hr 26 min
    014 Protect Our Right To Speak Up - The Blizzard Hong Kong Controversy ft. Nahaz & Richard Lewis

    014 Protect Our Right To Speak Up - The Blizzard Hong Kong Controversy ft. Nahaz & Richard Lewis

    014 Protect Our Right To Speak Up - The Blizzard Hong Kong Controversy ft. Nahaz & Richard Lewis
    On this episode, we take a deep dive into the insane mess that was Blizzard's handling of the Hong Kong protest being supported by one of their Hearthstone players. We discuss the geopolitical climate around China, economic implications, the impacts Blizzard will be feeling in their stock and future game development, and how we as consumers, fans, and industry members can do something - even in the face of mega corporations and seemingly unilateral decisions.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    013 Almost NONE of the Systemic Issues Have Been Addressed ft Zfreek& Nahaz

    013 Almost NONE of the Systemic Issues Have Been Addressed ft Zfreek& Nahaz

    013 Almost NONE of the Systemic Issues Have Been Addressed ft Zfreek& Nahaz
    On this episode, we take a look at TI, OG as repeat champions, and try to understand what exactly will happen with the DPC moving forward. We usually spend a lot of time talking about what players want, so we thought we would have Zak (Zfreek) come on and give us ACTUAL insights about what pros want!

    • 1 hr 39 min
    012 International Insights ft. KBBQ, V1lat, & D2Bowie

    012 International Insights ft. KBBQ, V1lat, & D2Bowie

    12 International Insights ft. KBBQ, V1lat, & D2Bowie
    On this episode, we did things a little bit differently, and took a look at past episodes and interviews to get an International insight into different aspects of scenes we don't know as much about - specifically China, CIS, and SA. Excerpts from the experts help us navigate different questions for each region, and prepare us to tune into the largest tournament Dota has seen to date.

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

Chu4Lyfe ,

Top industry heads talk esports! Highly recommend!

One of the best esports podcasts.

Reinessa does a phenomenal job of balancing out all her co-hosts(?) (RLewis, Nahaz, SirScoots, Rod, etc.) so we can hear what they all have to say on the subject matter. Lots of topics that range from all sectors of the esports realm.

Aside from what others may have said already, this is a very unique podcast. It isn’t really about esport need of who won/lost, who’s going to the major, but behind the scenes and how we get there. If that makes any sense. All the topics of self explanatory in the title.

This is a podcast that dives deep into esport roots and we get to listen to how esport has become what it is today and what it can be tomorrow and going forward.

5/5

Chi ro ,

In-depth esports podcast

Doesn’t really get any better when it comes to deep dives into the esports industry by some of the people driving it.

Great listen, always interesting topics.

kevinace123 ,

Incredible

The best esports podcast / show. Period.

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