The virus has killed at least 373, 439 people around the world since it appeared in late 2019 in China, according to a report compiled by AFP from official sources.In the United States, states have begun relaxing confinement measures intended to slow the spread of the virus in varying degrees.But several major US cities have issued curfews in the face of violent protests sparked by the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed last week after a white officer knelt on his neck for nine minutes.Topics : The United States on Monday recorded 743 new coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, bringing its total to 105,099 since the global pandemic began.The country has officially logged 1,809,109 cases of COVID-19, the tracker set up by the Baltimore-based university showed at 8:30pm (0030 GMT Tuesday).The death toll and number of cases in the United States are by far the worst in the world.
According to a report by Sohu Sports, Tencent has made an undisclosed investment in Versus Programming Network (VSPN).The report claims the two companies have signed a strategic partnership to further lay the groundwork for the Chinese esports ecosystem. VSPN will also develop its integrated services which include competition, production and brokering deals with on-screen talent.VSPN have organised a number competitive events for Tencent owned developers or games published by Tencent in China, Including PUBG, Clash Royale, League of Legends, CrossFire, FIFA Online 3 and Honor of Kings. VSPN claimed this latest deal will see them able to reach 280m people with its tournaments.KPL recently adopted a franchised model for the popular mobile title Honor of Kings, which is owned by Tencent, with the tournament run by VSPN. The KPL comprises of city-based teams, with twelve teams in the spring split. The league is currently split into two divisions, eastern and western, based in the cities of Shanghai and Chengdu respectively.The LPL (League of Legends Pro League) which is also owned by Tencent who have total ownership of Riot Games, developer of League of Legends. The LPL is organised by VSPN much like the KPL which is why the investment from Tencent makes so much sense.This news follows on from another busy month for Tencent, with their huge investment into Fortnite, with the company already owning a 40% stake in Fortnite developer Epic Games.Esports Insider says: Tencent is an unstoppable force in gaming and esports, with stakes in some of the worlds biggest esports, plus a near monopoly on one of the worlds biggest game playing countries, China. Tencent is clearly showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon with more developers joining the social media giants growing portfolio by the month.