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Esports needs more than growth in 2019

Bigger isn’t better. That’s the refrain I constantly repeat when discussing esports, because too many people seem to think more money or a bigger audience is the same as meaningful improvement. In 2018 — like in every year in recent memory — esports got bigger, but what if that isn’t enough? Yes, growth is good […]

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Overwatch Contenders’ ‘Ellie’ controversy sets back women in esports

A female pro player named Ellie in Overwatch Contenders turned out to be an impostor, an alleged social experiment that did more harm than good to women in esports. It all started when Second Wind, an esports team participating in Overwatch Contenders, contacted Ellie, the fourth-ranked player on North American servers, to join their team. […]

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Playgroundz: The Leisure Economy rises with mobile esports, female gamers, and influencers

Most gamers dream about being Ninja, a video gamer who became the No. 1 social “influencer” in sports — beating out Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Lionel Messi and LeBron James – by playing Fortnite, earning on average $ 400,000 to $ 500,000. That’s the crest of the Leisure Economy, or the economic change that comes as people […]

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Blizzard cancels Heroes of the Storm esports, slows development

Blizzard Entertainment announced that it is scaling back its support for Heroes of the Storm. It is canceling the Heroes of the Storm and Heroes of the Dorm esports events in 2019, and it is also shifting some developers off the ongoing game, according to a blog post. Heroes of the Storm hasn’t gathered the […]

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AI is esports’ newest weapon

Professional athletes are no strangers to the power of artificial intelligence. Whether it’s the computer vision tools that help pitchers perfect their delivery or the machine learning platform that predicts when soccer players are at risk of injury, AI is empowering athletes to achieve previously unthinkable levels of performance. But what about professional video gamers? While […]

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Call of Duty World League levels up its esports competition with 5v5 combat

The Call of Duty World League (CWL) kicked off its esports season this weekend in Las Vegas. And this year, the competitors will play Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 multiplayer in five players against five players 5v5 combat, with all of it broadcast on MLG. The event is expected to draw 12,000 to 15,000 […]

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Esports protest sees soccer fans hurling controllers and consoles onto field

Professional soccer clubs are showing a growing interest in esports as they look for ways to exploit the growing genre with deals that tie in with their own sport. But some club fans aren’t happy about it. Case in point: A section of fans from Swiss top-flight teams F.C. Basel and Young Boys brought their […]

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Legalized gambling could have major implications for esports

On May 14, the United States Supreme Court struck down a federal law that prohibited states from legalizing betting on professional and collegiate sporting events, except in Nevada, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). Annually, over $ 150 billion is wagered on sports in the U.S. esports leagues. Without the PASPA in effect, […]

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Victrix has a cool noise-canceling headset for the esports crowd

When I traveled overseas this summer, I dreaded the long trans-Atlantic flight. But I took along a Victrix gaming headset with military-grade noise cancellation, and that was one of the best travel decisions I made. When I turned on the headset and plugged it into the airplane’s 3.5 millimeter speaker plug, I couldn’t hear a thing. […]

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ESports Prize Money Eclipses Some Traditional Sports

In case you haven’t heard, professional PC gaming is now a legitimate career path; eSports is turning competitive multiplayer gaming into a lucrative industry that draws huge crowds and sponsorships. And the cash prizes for winners have skyrocketed over the past several years. According to data from esportsearnings.com, Total Sportek, FIFA, cityam, and CBS (aggregated […]