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Investors Jump to Score Piece of E-Sports Firms

INTERNET: AlphaDraft offers fantasy league play; Mobcrush moves on mobile.

Watching other people play video games is becoming a huge business. Really.

L.A. Launch List: May 22

A weekly roundup of L.A. tech company and product launches.

L.A. Tech Deal Flow: May 22

A weekly roundup of must-read L.A. tech investments and acquisitions.

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Big Time for Little Labs?

What will it take for smartwatch app developer Little Labs of Venice to succeed?

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Seed Round Streams into Mobcrush

Mobcrush, an iOS app that streams video of people playing mobile games, has raised a $4.9 million seed investment round.

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Investors Bet on Fantasy E-sports Startup

Eager to get a slice of the next thing in fantasy sports, over a dozen investors have taken a stake in Venice’s AlphaDraft, an online fantasy contest for video game competitions.

Zealot Buys Small Publisher, Hints at Future

Hinting at its ambitions original to enter the publishing realm, digital agency Zealot Networks of Venice has purchased Hutch Media, a small network of websites, for an undisclosed amount of cash and equity.

L.A. Launch List: May 15

The Los Angeles Business Journal brings you a weekly roundup of L.A. tech company and product launches.

Social Media Ad Startup Shift Bought by Rival

Santa Monica’s Shift, a startup that helps marketers manage advertisements on social media platforms, sold Thursday for $50 million in cash and equity to its Boston rival Brand Networks.

Science Inc. Startup FameBit Buys Refame

Two Science Inc. portfolio companies came together today, as FameBit, an online marketplace where advertisers buy endorsements from popular YouTube video creators, acquired social media marketing agency Refame.

Slipp, Formerly Digital Magazine Platform Glossi, Shuts Down

After nearly a decade of changing products and chief executives, video embedding slide show app company Slipp of Santa Monica told users via email that it “is going away.”

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Music Video Streaming Service Lands Former Sony Executive

As part of a growing effort to take market share from YouTube, music video streaming company Vadio yesterday appointed former Sony Pictures Entertainment Vice Chairman Yair Landau as chairman and chief operating officer.

Zealot Buys Digital Studio Lord Danger

Digital studio Zealot Networks of Venice is buying again.

Gay Men’s Dating App Grindr May Be on Block

Grindr, the pioneering dating app for gay men, is reported to have hired an investment bank to advise it on a possible sale.

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Police Body Camera Manufacturers Merge

Citing a consolidating market, police body camera manufacturer Wolfcom of Hollywood has merged with competitor HD Protech of Houston.