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Professional Competitive Gaming on the Rise, Overwatch Shows Olympic Potential

By Matt Fernandez March 19th, 2018 Variety The landscape of sports is changing. As viewership of traditional sports leagues and the Olympics continues to decline, the new frontier of esports continues to grow in popularity and revenue. New sports are continuously being added to the Olympics and last August, the Paris 2024 bid team expressed interest in including esports as a medaling […]

College roundup: Trio of collegiate tournaments announced

By Sean Morrison ESPN‘ Four college tournament announcements came out this week with a combined prize pool of $150,000 between them. The Collegiate StarLeague, American Video Game League and Columbia College all put out information on tournament offerings for April, with CSL and AVGL playing in Southern California and the Cougars putting on their Midwest Campus Clash […]

Largest eSports Stadium in U.S. Opening in Arlington

By Tim Ciesco  March 14, 2018NBCDFW If there was ever a competition to determine which city is truly the “sports and entertainment capital of the world”, Arlington would certainly be a contender. The third largest city in North Texas is already home to AT&T Stadium, Globe Life Park, Six Flags Over Texas, and the College Park […]

Nintendo Switch games shock as fans wait for big Pokemon announcement

By GARY JONES March 13, 2018 Express Fans were treated to some great news this week, with more Nintendo Switch games being announced for this year. The biggest of the lot was Super Smash Bros, which fans are hoping will be a new game, rather than a port from Wii U. We already know that Masahiro Sakurai, director […]

Xbox co-creator Ed Fries on Seattle’s status as a gaming hub, Nintendo Switch’s success, and more

BY NAT LEVY on March 12, 2018 Geek Wire Ed Fries calls himself a “proud parent” of Microsoft’s Xbox, but he’s also played an important role in nurturing the overall gaming industry in the Pacific Northwest. Fries led the Redmond company’s game publishing unit as part of a 17-year career at the tech giant. Since then, he has kept busy as […]

NHL Takes Esports on Ice With Gaming Tournament

BY STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer US News As Patrik Laine climbed the ranks of youth hockey in Finland, he learned about the NHL from video games. “I learned probably just about the players,” the Winnipeg Jets star said. “Nowadays it’s super realistic, and you can just pretty much see how everybody is playing and how good […]

H1Z1 goes free-to-play and launches an esports league

By Richard Scott-Jones March 8th, 2018 PCGamesn.com H1Z1 is going free to play, and it’s doing so later this very day. It’s also stealing a march on its upstart rivals by launching a battle royale esports league, with its inaugural season starting on April 21. At roughly 10:00 Pacific today (18:00 GMT), you will be able to […]

The Boston Celtics Are Using Esports to Keep Fans Engaged, and Attract New Ones

By A.J. Katz  March 7th 2018 ADWEEK The Boston Celtics own a record 17 NBA championships. Now, the storied franchise is trying to transfer its success on the hardwood to success on the gaming front, as it prepares to join the upcoming NBA 2K League, the first esports league tied to the National Basketball Association. The line between […]

The Esports Reality Show That Abandoned Its Winners Is Back For Another Season

By: Maddy Myers March 6th, 2018 Compete In May of last year, the first season of the esports reality show Gamerzpromised to award a six-month professional contract to five up-and-coming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players. The show, hosted by Gamingzone Entertainment in Sweden, filmed over the course of three weeks. It broadcasted live daily episodes featuring twelve contestants living together in a […]

Inside the Explosive Growth of Pro Gaming on a Smartphone

By Luke Winkie March 5, 2018 Michael “FlashX” Valore discovered his love for Vainglory in rehab. After a lengthy flirtation with professional DOTA in college, he was abandoning that dream for a career in the Marine Corps – which meant that he had to deal with a nagging leg injury he sustained playing soccer. Every day, he’d […]

Los Angeles Becomes a Mecca for Interactive Gaming and E-Sports

BY ALISON STATEMAN March 2, 2018  Commercial Observer Interactive gaming is big business with an estimated 2.2 billion people who play video games worldwide. And Los Angeles reigns supreme, with many top game developers including Riot Games, Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts and ESL Gaming headquartered here. From the Westside to Burbank, Los Angeles currently leads the nation with 331 gaming companies operating in the metropolitan […]

Mountain West to hold first conference-sponsored eSports competition in Las Vegas

By Austin White March 1st, 2018 Collegian Next week, the eyes of Mountain West fans will turn to Las Vegas as both the women’s and men’s basketball tournaments will begin with a trip to the big dance on the line. All 11 schools will send a team to try to hoist the trophy and prove they are the […]