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  • Blog Post: Four Major eSports Championships Are Underway This Weekend

    With the Spring playoffs beginning today for the North American branch of the League of Legends Championship Series (NA LCS), excitement is brewing in the eSports community. This championship is being held this weekend, along with Major League Gaming's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive championship... More
  • Blog Post: Activision Blizzard Confirms MLG Buyout As Building Block For 'ESPN Of Esports'

    Following a weekend of rumor and speculation, Activision Blizzard has confirmed reports that it has acquired the entirety of Major League Gaming (MLG). Contrary to the original information that surfaced, MLG CEO and co-founder Sundance DiGiovanni is staying with the company he’s helmed for more... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] More Information On Reported Activision Buyout Of MLG

    Update: Following yesterday's reports of an MLG buyout by Activision, a bit more information has emerged. While there is still not enough to determine if a deal has been signed, it seems that one fear amongst eSports viewers might be assuaged. MLG senior vice president of league operations and production... More
  • Blog Post: EA Announces Competitive Gaming Division With Peter Moore At Its Head

    Big publishers are figuring out what smaller developers have known for years: competitive gaming is big business. Moreover, they are realizing that they can control more of how their games are used in the competitive space. EA has announced the formation of an internal Competitive Gaming Division, with... More
  • Blog Post: Shark Tank's Mark Cuban Really Likes League Of Legends, Calls Out ESPN's Colin Cowherd

    Arguments for eSports' legitimacy are becoming less and less necessary as the sport expands, but just in case, renowned investor (and Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! star and Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie executive producer) Mark Cuban has one for you. In a recent, brief interview below with ESL... More
  • Blog Post: SKTelecom Takes Home The 2015 League Of Legends World Champions' Summoner's Cup

    The 2015 League of Legends World Champions tournament has declared its winner. SKTelecom defeated KOO Tigers in the final rounds this morning making it the first team to ever win two League of Legends World Champions. SKTelecom also won in 2013 . SKTelecom's Gyeong-hwan "MaRin" Jang was... More
  • Blog Post: Activision Announces $3 Million Call Of Duty World eSports League

    League of Legends, Dota 2, and Smite (among others) have their own competitive leagues. Today, Activision has announced that Call of Duty players, pro and amateur alike, have a new place to play. The publisher has created the Call of Duty World League, with a $3 million prize pool. The league will be... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: Do You Watch eSports?

    This week was a big one for eSports. Professional Dota 2 players battled for part of an $18 million prize , the biggest in eSports history. Did you tune in? Do you watch other eSports? eSports are huge and still growing at a tremendous rate, but it is still directed at a niche audience. Did you watch... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: Are You Watching Dota 2’s International Championship?

    Right now, teams of gamers are competing for over $18 Million dollars in prize money by playing Dota 2 in Seattle’s KeyArena. Are you watching this event? If not, what would it take to get you to check out the eSport? Dota 2's International has amassed the largest prize pool in eSport history... More
  • Blog Post: Dota 2's $18 Million The International Tournament Starts Now

    Dota 2's The International Main Event starts now, boasting a prize pool of over $18 million, the largest prize pool in eSports history. While the Group Stage games last week made for interesting viewing, the "real deal" matches begin today and will run all week leading to the final event... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Electronic Sports League Cracking Down On Performance-Enhancing Drug Use

    Update 2: The ESL has responded with a comment offering insight into how its anti-PEDs initiative will impact players with existing, legitimate prescriptions to banned drugs like Adderall. An MLG representative offered the statement below. "In the specific case of Adderall, we think best practice... More
  • Blog Post: ESPN's Colin Cowherd Says He Would Quit If Forced To Cover Video Games

    On his radio show The Herd today, ESPN's Colin Cowherd ripped the network for allowing coverage of the weekend's Heroes of the Dorm tournament. During a rant that clocked in at around three minutes, Cowherd expressed his disgust for the tournament's appearance on ESPN2 and repeatedly vowed... More
  • Blog Post: College eSports Event To Be Televised On ESPN

    Blizzard Entertainment, in conjunction with ESPN, have announced that Heroes of the Dorm, a collegiate eSports competition coming this Spring, will be televised through the ESPN Network. The event has students across North America battle each other on the beta of Blizzard's upcoming free-to-play... More
  • Blog Post: 2K And Turtle Rock Team With ESL To Bring Evolve Tournament To PAX East

    The tournament will feature both professional and amateur players in Turtle Rock's excellent 4v1 game. The Evolve PAX East PRO-AM Tournament will be run by ESL and held during PAX East on Friday, March 6. The matches will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. It will feature eight teams of "eSports... More
  • Blog Post: White House Partners With Twitch And ESL To Encourage Health Insurance Sign-Ups

    The deadline for signing up for health insurance with the assistance of the United States government is rapidly approaching. In a new effort to get the word out to young people, the White House has teamed with Twitch, ESL, and eSports personalities. The campaign features Wargaming League commentator... More
  • Blog Post: $1 Million Up For Grabs In 2015's Call Of Duty Championship

    The popularity of eSports continues to surge as Activision and Sledgehammer release new details for this year's Call of Duty Championship. The tournament takes place in Los Angeles on March 27-29, and will feature the top 32 Call of Duty teams in the world. A total prize purse of $1 million is at... More
  • Blog Post: Halo 5’s Spectator Mode Will Debut In The Guardians Multiplayer Beta

    We had a chance to go hands on with Halo 5: Guardians last month, and you’ll be able to do the same at the end of December. While you’re taking a break from playing Team Slayer or Breakout, you might want to tune into broadcasts of other players to learn some tips. 343 Industries talked to... More
  • Blog Post: The First Episode Of Razer's Great Games eSports Documentary Is Online

    The first episode of Razer's documentary, Team Razer: Great Games , produced to showcase professional eSports to a wider audience, is online. The first episode below focuses on StarCraft II and its Brood War expansion. Future episodes will focus on games like Dota 2 and League of Legends. Team Razer... More
  • Blog Post: Razer Announces ‘Team Razer: Great Games’ eSports Documentary

    Razer has announced a three-part documentary series that will explore some of the most competitive video games and their players. Team Razer: Great Games will explore the origins of competitive gaming in an effort to introduce new viewers to the sport. The first installment of the series focuses on Starcraft... More
  • Blog Post: Special Olympics Launches eSports-Focused Gaming Initiative

    Special Olympics has announced a new program that will connect its athletes and volunteers with the gaming world. With the help Force Multiply Gaming, Special Olympics will be forming an advisory board of industry executives. The 46-year history of Special Olympics is one of inclusion and acceptance... More
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