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The biggest companies sponsoring #Esports teams and tournaments $GMBL $KO $ATVI $TTWO $GAME $

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 11:17 AM on Friday, January 12th, 2018
  • Esports and competitive gaming are growing in popularity and gaining viewership each month
  • Current value of the eSports market is approximately $900 million, a figure that should continue to rise throughout the year
  • International 2017, the world championships for Dota 2, broke the record for the largest prize pool in eSports history at $24,787,916

By: Andrew Meola

eSports and competitive gaming are growing in popularity and gaining viewership each month. The current value of the eSports market is approximately $900 million, a figure that should continue to rise throughout the year.

Consider that the prize pools for the most popular eSports games (League of LegendsDota 2Call of Duty) get richer with each passing year. The International 2017, the world championships for Dota 2, broke the record for the largest prize pool in eSports history at $24,787,916. But more impressive is that every International since 2014 has accomplished that feat.

And as with any successful industry, a greater valuation means more money will follow. For competitive gaming, that has taken shape in the form of eSports sponsors and gaming sponsorships. These eSports sponsorship deals are helping push international competitions from a niche segment to full-fledged sporting events.

Below, we’ve compiled an eSports sponsors list that highlights some of the major companies that are attaching their names and dollars to competitive gaming.

Intel: Has sponsored Intel Extreme Masters along with ESL (Electronic Sports League) since 2006. This is the longest-running eSports tournament in existence.

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Coca-Cola: The soda giant sponsors the League of Legends World Championship, one the largest eSports competitions on earth. But to take it a step further, Coca-Cola and Riot Games partnered with some cinemas to host more than 200 simultaneous viewing parties for the 2016 League of Legends World Championships throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Comcast Xfinity: The cable and internet provider sponsors both ESL and the eSports team Evil Geniuses, which competes at the highest levels in Dota 2League of Legends, and more.

Red Bull: Energy drinks such as Red Bull are major proponents of eSports. The company began by sponsoring tournaments for Blizzard’s StarCraft 2 and then branched out into Dota 2. Red Bull sponsors competitions and teams, such as Tempo Storm.

Mountain Dew: The soft drink company sponsors several eSports teams, including Team Dignitas, Splyce, and Team SK Gaming. It also started the Mountain Dew League, which helps amateur teams try to make it to the pros.

T-Mobile: The wireless carrier sponsored eSports organizations TSM and Cloud9 starting in August 2017. T-Mobile also sponsored Twitch’s E3 fighting game tournament “Twitch Esports Arena” in June 2017 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Mobil 1: The synthetic motor oil brand sponsors the Rocket League Championship Series. It’s a natural fit, as Rocket League is a game in which two teams of three remote-controlled cars play soccer.

Audi: The German automaker began sponsoring Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team Astralis in January 2017.

Airbus: The aeronautics company announced a sponsorship with eSports team Out of the Blue in October 2017.

More to Learn

As the eSports market grows, more sponsors and investors will flow into the industry, which will create a booming opportunity for all the players involved. To see how it all fits together, BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, has put together a comprehensive guide on the future of professional gaming called The eSports Ecosystem.


$ CKR Carbon Announces Name Change to Gratomic Inc. and Appointment of New Directors

Posted by Er at 9:25 AM on Thursday, December 21st, 2017
  • TSX Venture Exchange has approved the change of name of the Company to “Gratomic Inc.
  • Gratomic refers to the one layer thick micro graphite the Company plans to produce to replace carbon black in tires.
  • Effective Friday, December 22, 2017 under the new symbol “GRAT

CKR Carbon Corporation (“CKR” or the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE:CKR)(FRANKFURT:CB81) (WKN:A143MR) is pleased to announce that the TSX Venture Exchange has approved the change of name of the Company from “CKR Carbon Corporation” to “Gratomic Inc.“. The change of name will become effective at the opening of the market on Friday, December 22, 2017 under the new symbol “GRAT“. The CUSIP number assigned to the Company’s shares following the name change is 38900X108. Gratomic refers to the one layer thick aka atomic scale technology or Graphenes/micro graphite the Company plans to produce to replace carbon black in tires.

The Company is also pleased to announce that Mr. Daniel Bloch has been appointed a director of the Company to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Ian Flint and Mr. Denis Laviolette has joined the Board of Directors. Mr. Flint will continue to act as a technical advisor to the Company and has been appointed to the Company’s Advisory Board. Messrs. Bloch and Laviolette join Sheldon Inwentash, Arno Brand, Luisa Moreno and Bernie Stannus on the Board of Directors of the Company.

Sheldon Inwentash, Executive Chairman and Co-CEO of the Company stated: “I would like to welcome Daniel and Denis to the Board of Directors as we embark upon this new stage in the evolution of the Company. The change of name to Gratomic better reflects the fact that the business of the Company is evolving from exploration, mining and processing of graphite to mining, processing and refining of graphite.”

Daniel Bloch is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada for 18 years as well as being registered as a Foreign Lawyer with the Israeli Bar Association. Daniel’s practice is global in nature and focuses on domestic and international matters in all areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and securities law. Daniel has advised on joint ventures and partnership structures in over 20 countries. Daniel regularly travels to South Africa, Europe and North America, where he has lectured on matters relating to financing structures for international joint ventures and the financing of oil and gas exploration projects. Most recently, he has been involved with the representation of a leading Israeli Pension Fund’s investment in an offshore vehicle, the negotiation of Chinese Sino Foreign Joint Ventures, formation of a Namibian offshore oil exploration company, an Israeli offshore gas exploration company and the financing of a multinational gas exploration company. Daniel’s extensive global energy and negotiation experience enables him to manage complex commercial relationships. In addition to his international commercial practice, Daniel regularly represents and provides general corporate and securities law advice to publicly and privately held entities ranging in size from start up to those with established multi-national operations. He has counselled on transactions in excess of $3 billion in various industry sectors, including natural resources and technology. Daniel has served as a both an officer and director of Canadian and U.S. publicly listed companies and is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.

Denis Laviolette brings more than a decade of experience as an exploration geologist and mining professional, having worked on three different continents. During his time in Northern Ontario (Timmins, Kirkland Lake and Red Lake), Norway and Ghana, he took on a diverse array of tasks, including advanced mine operations, start-up mine management, QA/QC, grass roots exploration, and financing and acquisitions.

Denis has also worked as Senior Investment Analyst with Pinetree Capital Ltd. (“Pinetree”) in Toronto and now serves as Vice President of Resource Investments for ThreeD Capital, and Palisade Global. His responsibilities include market/portfolio analysis, appraising and vetting assets on a technical basis, providing valuation estimates, and reviewing corporate financial statements and technical reports.

Denis is currently President of Newfound Gold Corp., President/CEO of Goldspot Discoveries Inc., and a director of Xtra-Gold Resources Corp, Northern Sphere Mining Corp. and Tartisan Resources Corp. He received his B.Sc, Earth Science (Geology) from Brock University.

The appointments of Messrs. Bloch and Laviolette are subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.

About CKR Carbon Corporation

CKR Carbon Corporation is an advanced materials company focused on mine to market commercialization of graphite products most notably high value graphene based components for a range of mass market products. We are collaborating with a leading European manufacturer of graphenes to use Aukam graphite to manufacture graphene products for commercialization on an industrial scale. The Company is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol CKR.

For more information: visit the website at

“Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.”

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS:This news release contains forward-looking statements, which relate to future events or future performance and reflect management’s current expectations and assumptions. Such forward-looking statements reflect management’s current beliefs and are based on assumptions made by and information currently available to the Company. Investors are cautioned that these forward looking statements are neither promises nor guarantees, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause future results to differ materially from those expected. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and, except as required under applicable securities legislation, the Company does not assume any obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances. All of the forward-looking statements made in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements and by those made in our filings with SEDAR in Canada (available at

CKR Carbon Corporation
Arno Brand
+1 416-561-4095

5 reasons why you should learn more about #Blockchain #Blockstation $ $ $ $

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 12:35 PM on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017
  • Universal infrastructure once and for all
  • Futuristic Know-How
  • Complete Disruption in Chain
  • Blockchanization of Industries

Amirsan Roberto

28 November 2017

If you are one of those who, like myself, are working their way into the #blockchain industry for the first time, or are uncertain about whether to believe in the phenomenon or not, trust me: you aren`t alone. However, the reasons to be motivated about it are all about us. If we think back to the birth of Bitcoin in 2009, we might even compare it to the inception of the World Wide Web, developed with the help of Tim Berners-Lee around 1990.

Presently we are only in about year eight of adoption of blockchain technology, which is roughly equivalent to the web in 1998. We recall those hectic times in the DotCom era, during which rapid growth led to a bubble and wiped out a swathe of companies while making way for the success of companies like Amazon, Yahoo and Google, all of which have changed our global (digital) economy and society in previously unimaginable ways.

Can we think of blockchain and the multiplying variety of cryptocurrencies in the same way? Do cryptocurrency tokens have any potential? I would argue yes, knowing the fact that we have before us.

The more I learn, the more fascination I havefor this idea of blockchain computing. Based on my recent findings I would like to share some of thoughts. First of these reflections should be an expression of gratitude for those who are doing the stuff that is disrupting such powerful industries and pushing the human race forward.

Blockchain was developed as the nerve system of Bitcoin in the wake of the financial cataclysm of 2008. At its heart is a rebellious disdain for central authoritative control, offering instead a decentralized network of self-compliance and regulation. But the servant has become the master, offering business benefits not envisaged during its conception. In fact, it’s nothing short of a game changer for those who can master it.

But wait: What the hell is blockchain?

There are two major blockchains that we can say without hesitation are of global importance: the Bitcoin Blockchain and the Etherium Blockchain.

  1. A) Bitcoin is digital money. The Bitcoin blockchain stores and processes all past transactions since the start of its network. This ensures easy accounting and transfer of value (i.e. money).
  2. B) The Ethereum blockchain, apart from handling accounts and transactions, also stores programming logic.

Ethereum is different from Bitcoin because with Ethereum you can not only transfer money (i.e. Ether), you can execute smart contracts.

There are a lot of real-world scenarios where we trust third parties or escrow agents to enforce a transaction. In this way, they all earn their cut. With Ethereum, such parties will become useless as the technology matures and permits more activity to be processed in its revolutionary way.

So what are the five best reasons that indicate one should invest time in learning about the blockchain with a view to becoming a user, investor or developer? Here are my picks:

  1. Universal infrastructure once and for all

More than a single solution/ technology/infrastructure, blockchain and DLT (Distributed Ledger Technology) technologies essentially connect together to form a new type of market infrastructure that sits on top of – and integrates into – existing systems and processes. And in doing so, they are quickly and quietly changing the way firms, regulators, investors, and managers communicate and share data.

  1. Futuristic Know-How

Blockchain investments may not be paying massive returns yet, but they are allowing some firms to create the right platform for future growth. The adoption of Blockchain and DLT is unlocking unprecedented business flexibility, improved efficiency and new capabilities that could be leveraged to rapidly respond to changing market dynamics and competition in the future. For example: Venture capital firm Mangrove Capital Partners has recently stated that if you had blindly invested into all ICOs, including all those that failed, you’d have a 1320% return.

  1. Complete Disruption in Chain

Blockchain will add significant value – improving confidence between parties, reducing friction in the value chain and speeding up complicated inter-party processes. But it will also mean the disintermediation (or, more likely a refocusing) of certain players in the value chain. Players should be sizing up their future position and managers should be reassessing their value chains.

  1. Blockchanization of Industries

Clearly, it will take many years – maybe decades – for Blockchain and DLT to become the dominant technology in the asset management space. But we expect to see many players (particularly in the mid- to large-sized funds) start to shift processes and transactions towards Blockchain and DLT platforms over the coming year, thereby creating the scale to drive ubiquity.

  1. November 29-30th Blockshow Asia, Singapore

Two hundred million dollars were raised by startups from BlockShow Europe 2017. Guess how much can be raised in Singapore given the weight advantage of Asia over the EU?

The show will feature over 1000+ attendees, 50+ handpicked speakers (making it a heaven for networking and learning), 40+ exhibitors and media will all be there for you to make the best use of your time and immerse yourself in the blockchain.

BlockShow Asia 2017, powered by CoinTelegraph, is a unique opportunity to meet those who are altering the financial and technological fabric of our world. In this most appropriate of contexts Genaro will be proud to present its revolutionary plans for #Decentralized Storage.

For those that are interested in understanding how blockchain is disrupting over 30+ industries, here are great pieces for you to look at: part-1, Part-2Part-3

There is one more thing-I was really excited to learn that there’s a documentary movie coming that ought to help all us newbies dive deeper into the blockchain space and discover the ideas behind the paradigm shift.

Crypto Rush is a documentary by author and director Liliana Pertenava which will tell the story of the rise of cryptocurrencies such as #Bitcoin and #Etherium while also looking into some of the more intricate parts of the blockchain and the community around it.

The documentary has the potential to be a hit on two fronts when it comes to audience appeal – those who have an interest in the world of cryptocurrency but have a hard time understanding it, and those who have an interest in meeting some of the big players that are getting rich by investing in the new tech. Filming will take place all over the world including countries like Switzerland, USA, Germany and will end in Singapore, which has become one of the leading blockchain hubs.

Those in blockchain welcome to reach out to director, indeed, exciting project…

(Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of YourStory.)


AUGUSTA INDUSTRIES $ Normal Course Issuer Bid (NCIB) A Winning Move After Lock-Up Agreement $ $ $

Posted by Er at 12:57 PM on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Following the November 9th announcement of a Lock-Up Agreement for 32% of the company’s shares, Augusta has surprised the market announcing a NCIB whereas up to 17,340,061 common shares representing up to 10% of the Company’s public float will be purchased through an Agent and subsequently cancelled. Once again AAO is demonstrating its commitment to create shareholder value through the process of reducing the available shares on the open market.

Allen Lone, President and CEO of Augusta stated:

The Company believes that the purchase of the Shares will increase the proportionate interest of, and be advantageous to, all remaining security holders.”

Not only is this excellent news for existing shareholders, it could potentially lead a surge in price if recent examples of NCIB’s in the market are any indicator; especially considering the following are peers of AAO.v:

Spartan Energy (TSX SPE)

Announced NCIB buy back August 22nd when price was $5.11. It went as high as $7.37.                                         Spartan’s NCIB buy back was based on 5% of 175m outstanding or 8.7 million shares



Genworth MI Canada Inc  (TSX MIC)

Announced their NCIB buy back May 2nd when price was $34.45. Genworth went as high
as $44.81. Their NCIB buy back was based on 5% of 90.9m outstanding, equivalent to 4.59 million shares



Augusta Announces Normal Course Issuer Bid

Augusta Industries November 14th NCIB announcement for up to 17,340,061 common shares separates itself from its peers.  Not only is Augusta consuming for closure another 10% of the Company’s public float, it is sending a clear message to its current and prospective shareholders; the company is preparing itself for the market to take notice.  Augusta is removing more shares on a percentage basis at 10% than the 5% & 5% that  Spartan & Genworth each removed through their respective NCIB.

The AGM is December 29th

For more information about Augusta and the proposed Spin-Off, watch this interview with Allen Lone on AGORACOM.

INTERVIEW: PyroGenesis $ Discusses Completion of Ramp-Up Phase of 1st Plasma Atomization System, 3 NDAs being negotiated with multinational aircraft engine manufacturers

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:22 AM on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

$ Augusta Subsidiary, Marcon Announces New Contracts

Posted by Er at 10:10 AM on Thursday, September 7th, 2017

  • Contract Awarded to Augusta subsidiary Marcon International
  • Valued at $782,703, future orders total $1,842,098.00 as of August 31, 2017
  • Contracts are with United States Governement

Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – September 7, 2017) – Augusta Industries Inc. (TSXV: AAO) (the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, Marcon International Inc. (“Marcon”), has been awarded contracts with various departments of the United States government for the supply of instrumentation and equipment. The aggregate value of the new contracts entered into in August is $782,703.00. The current pipeline of orders, including these new contracts, is $1,842,098.00 as of August 31, 2017.

“The Corporation is pleased that it continues to enter into new agreements with various entities of the United States government,” stated Allen Lone, President of the Corporation. ” We are still focusing on adding more contracts to our Sales pipeline and continue to develop our relationship with our clients for future opportunities.”

About the Corporation:

Through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Marcon International Inc. (“Marcon”) and Fox-Tek, the Corporation provides a variety of services and products to a number of clients.

Marcon is an industrial supply contractor servicing the energy sector and a number of US Government entities. Marcon’s principal business is the sale and distribution of industrial parts and equipment.

FOX-TEK provides world leading solutions to various sectors including the oil and gas industry. With non- intrusive technologies including: fiber optic sensors and electric field mapping systems; we are able to accurately measure changes that could negatively impact our client’s operations.

Augusta Industries Inc.
Allen Lone
President, CEO (905) 275-8111 Ext 226

Invested In Pinetree Capital $ ? Sheldon Inwentash Is Back With ThreeD Capital $ Building A Portfolio Of Great Small Caps

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 12:38 PM on Thursday, August 31st, 2017

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“The Dot Com Crash Was The Catharsis That Forced The Entire Tech Ecosystem To Forget Fast Money And Focus On Building Disruptive Companies…. 

The Canadian Small Cap Ecosystem Just Completed Its’ Catharsis ”

                    Sheldon Inwentash, CEO    ThreeD Capital


 Proven Track Record

FEATURE: Legendary Financier Sheldon Inwentash is Back, Check Out $ #Stocks #Investing

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 10:37 AM on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

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Check Us Out On AGORACOM

“The Dot Com Crash Was The Catharsis That Forced The Entire Tech Ecosystem To Forget Fast Money And Focus On Building Disruptive Companies…. 

The Canadian Small Cap Ecosystem Just Completed Its’ Catharsis ”

                    Sheldon Inwentash, CEO    ThreeD Capital


 Proven Track Record

Creating a Dominant Merchant Bank In Canada

 Extending Beyond Resouces Into Disruptive Technologies


 A Formidable Network To Create Formidable Returns


 Why Merchant Banking?

 Interested In ThreeD Capital? Check Out Their Group of Companies

INTERVIEW: Analysis Confirms High Purity Silicon of 99.97%, Partner States 99.991% (4N+) Strongly Expected! $

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 4:06 PM on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

  • largest holder of High Purity Quartz properties in Quebec, with over 3,500 Ha under claims
  • Despite the abundance of quartz, very few deposits are suitable for high purity applications
  • High Purity Quartz supplies are tightening, prices are rising, and exponential growth is forecast.
  • Quartz from the Roncevaux property successfully passed rigorous testing protocols of a major silicon metal producer confirming that material is highly suited for their silicon metal production
  • HPQ Tested One-Step Conversion Of Quartz to Silicon
  • Analysis Confirms High Purity Silicon of 99.97%
  • Partner States 99.991% (4N+) Strongly Expected!

Hub On AGORACOM / Corporate Profile / Watch Interview

INTERVIEW: Durango Discusses NMX East Work Program. Property Tied to Nemaska Lithium Whabouchi Property in Quebec $ $

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 3:39 PM on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

  • NMX East, a lithium property tied to Nemaska Lithium Inc.’s (TSX.V-NMX) Whabouchi property in Quebec.
  • NMX East property has all season road access via the Route Nord.
  • located within a few kilometres of Nemaska’s proposed mining pit.
  • Nemaska Lithium is developing the world’s newest lithium mine in Quebec and has signed agreements with its key stakeholders, gained the required permits and was recently awarded both Federal Environmental Approval and the Province of Quebec Mine Approval.
  • Whabouchi Spodumene Mine with 23Mt Proven and Probable @ 1.53% Li

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