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Linksys Teams With UC Irvine Esports Program

Linksys, a leader in providing home and office Wi-Fi networking solutions, today announced that it has teamed with the University of California Irvine (UCI) esports Program as its newest sponsor to help enhance player game experiences and to work with the professional players in the collegiate gaming community to gain insights that will help drive product development, performance, and innovation.

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2/19/2018

article Major League Baseball Has Its Sights Set On Esports
(USA) -- As esports continues to makes waves globally, traditional sports organizations are taking notice. Major League Baseball and MLB Advanced Media are watching...

2/16/2018

article UNLV Study Finds No Testosterone Changes in Esports Gamers
(Las Vegas) -- Players of the competitive esports video game League of Legends showed no change in testosterone during game play, university researchers found. The first...
article Could Esports Become Part Of Olympics By 2024?
(Worldwide) -- Those who work in esports believe the gaming competitions could be added to the Olympics as soon as 2024, potentially exciting a new generation of viewers...

2/14/2018

article Kent State close to launching varsity eSports video gaming program
(Ohio) -- Kent State University is looking to join MAC rivals Akron and Miami in launching a varsity eSports program. The specifics of the program haven't been...
article OP/ED: Esports are just as social as traditional sports. Here’s why
(Internet) -- I’m almost surprised we are here again, but it seems the shackles of stereotypes and misunderstanding still weigh down the esports name.

2/13/2018

article Thousands make a living off of online gaming
(Minnesota) -- Some consider it no more than a bunch of clicking and noise, but to thousands of others, it's how they make a living. And a rich one, at that. The...
article Japan’s esports players can now earn money, despite country’s gambling laws
(Japan) -- Despite holding some of the first televised videogame battles back in the ‘80s, esports has been all but nonexistent in Japan. This is due to the...

2/12/2018

article Everyone Is Betting On Growth Of Esports Wagering In 2018
(USA) -- Optimism for the future of betting on esports is very high. In a survey filled out by thirty-one respondents representing small endemic sites (esports-first or...
article Renault launches esports racing team
(France) -- Renault has joined the world of esports by launching its own racing team. The French company posted a short trailer to its Twitter page on Monday, unveiling...
article Top Mobile eSports Athletes Won $2.7 Million Last Year
(Worldwide) -- Mobile gaming platform Skillz confirmed this week that the top 10 eSports players currently active on the software won a combined total of $2.7 million...

2/11/2018

article How Far Can Rick Fox And The Yankees Take Esports?
(New York) -- Instead of finding a documentary about Mickey Mantle or a replay of the 1998 World Series on the Yankees' TV Network next week, you might end up...
article Esports officially arrives in Japan, home of game giants
(Japan) -- A crowd cheers, banging on balloons, in front of glitzy stages, each with a giant screen. The rising stars at the sprawling Makuhari Messe hall are the...

2/10/2018

article Esports pro licenses come to Japan
(Japan) -- Professional licensing for players of electronic sports, also known as eSports, has begun in Japan. Gamers flocked to a competition site in Chiba near Tokyo...

2/4/2018

article Football Federation Australia under fire for E-League player’s ‘Grim_rap_er’ username
(Australia) -- Football Federation Australia’s venture into the world of online gaming has hit controversy after one of its players appeared to have the username...

2/3/2018

article Video Games, Esports Revenues Reached $108.4B In '17
(Worldwide) -- A SuperData Research report showed that video gaming and esports had their "biggest year yet" in '17, according to Angelos Anastasopoulos of...
article Overwatch League's Uber reveals the esports caster life
(Internet) -- For many, esports commentating would be a dream job. Who wouldn't want to get paid to travel around the world and talk about their favourite games for...

1/27/2018

article NHL to debut ‘NHL 18’ esports league by the end of the regular season
(USA) -- The NHL plans to be the next professional sports league to launch its own esports equivalent. Commissioner Gary Bettman spoke to the media on Saturday evening...
article That couch potato at his game console? He might be making millions
(USA) -- What it takes is a camera, editing skills and, often, a magnetic personality. YouTube and Twitch, a streaming service that belongs to Amazon, teem with...

1/25/2018

article Overwatch League Drops in Viewership During Week Two, but Finds a Stable New Normal
(Worldwide) -- Average viewership for Overwatch League, aggregated across main, French, and Korean Twitch channels, dropped from 109,400 average CCV in week one, to 75,...

1/23/2018

article Las Vegas may become video gaming powerhouse
(Las Vegas) -- His words are as bold as his Smurf-colored hair. “We’re taking over Olympic stadiums,” Dan “Frodan” Chou announces,...

1/22/2018

article Las Vegas esports team practices at least 10 hours a day
(Las Vegas) -- The Mustache Club has gathered on a Tuesday afternoon to watch its hero blow stuff up. Thousands strong, they’re here to cheer on a thick-whiskered...
article FanDuel co-founders Nigel Eccles and Rob Jones launch new venture
(Scotland) -- FanDuel co-founders Nigel Eccles and Rob Jones have launched a new video game and esports “social streaming” platform, Flick. Eccles, who...

1/21/2018

article Vegas esports squad goes from startup to champion in a matter of months
(Las Vegas) -- On the mantle rests one of those giant commemorative checks. It’s for 18 grand, the spoils that the Rogue “CS: GO” squad earned from...
article Overwatch League pro player suspended after homophobic remark against opponent
(UK) -- Overwatch League pro player Felix Lengyel has been suspended from the tournament after using a homophobic slur on a live stream. Felix, known as xQc and plays...
article What the repeal of net neutrality means for esports
(California) -- Corporate and business regulations have always played a role in sports. Whether it be the NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL, internal strikes and lockouts have...

1/20/2018

article Las Vegas esports squad shakes up video gaming world
(Las Vegas) -- His right hand is a blur, as is the weapon it guides. Casper “cadiaN” Møller’s fingers clench a computer mouse in place of a rifle...

1/18/2018

article YouPorn's traffic dipped during Overwatch League's first week
(The Internet) -- It feels like everyone is excited about the launch of Blizzard's Overwatch League, which brings together 12 Overwatch teams from across the world...
article Shinzo Abe's Party Wants Japan Ready for Video Games in Olympics
(Japan) -- Japan’s ruling party wants to legalize professional gaming tournaments, joining a groundswell that started last summer amid speculation that video games...

1/17/2018

article What do owners of the Patriots, Rams, Grizzlies and Flyers have in common? A big bet on eSports.
(USA) -- The Overwatch League christened its inaugural season this month in largely the same ways as any professional sports league’s opening day. The very best...

1/16/2018

article Providence looks to join 'the cutting edge' with addition of eSports
(Montana) -- The University of Providence has been busy in the last year in its efforts to expand the school's athletic prowess, adding three new programs. On...

1/14/2018

article The future of esports arrives with Overwatch League launch
(California) -- In the soundstage where Johnny Carson and Jay Leno spent four decades filming "The Tonight Show," a former Washington State computer science...

1/13/2018

article Esports Arena Las Vegas debut is coming soon
(Las Vegas) -- The grand opening of the Strip’s first dedicated esports arena is scheduled to take place on March 22 at Luxor Hotel and Casino. A series of events...
article MLS announces competitive gaming league with EA Sports
(USA) -- Major League Soccer is partnering with EA Sports to create a competitive league around the company’s FIFA 18 soccer game. The best 19 players from the...
article Growing eSports craze strikes Philadelphia as local team joins international league
(Philadelphia) -- There’s a new team in town — and the game is a new one. Owned by regional sports media giant Comcast Spectacor, who also owns the Flyers,...
article This newly signed pro athlete never leaves the house
(New Jersey) -- During the off-season, the New York Red Bulls acquired an internationally renowned player: Mike LaBelle, who played striker at McMurry University in...

1/12/2018

article Luxor Esports Arena Opening March 22, Strip’s First Permanent Video Gaming Tournament Venue
(Las Vegas) -- The Esports Arena Las Vegas will open its doors inside the Luxor casino resort on March 22 and become the Strip’s first venue dedicated to...
article Coming to Houston: esports arena, tech hub
(Texas) -- One hundred video game aficionados were expected to attend an online tournament watch party at a warehouse in west Houston. By the end of the night, more than...

1/11/2018

article Allied Esports set date for grand opening of Esports Arena Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- Allied Esports, a network of dedicated esports properties and content production facilities, have officially announced a grand opening date and a major...
article Luxor esports arena to open in March
(Las Vegas) -- Esports Arena Las Vegas, the new gaming venue where the LAX nightclub used to be located at the Luxor, will open March 22, according to a statement...
article Overwatch Esports League Lifts Activision (ATVI) To New High
(Internet) -- Shares of Activision Blizzard ATVI surged to a new all-time high on Thursday after the video gaming powerhouse debuted its new "Overwatch"...
article Overwatch League aims to make eSports mainstream
(Internet) -- Video game developer Activision Blizzard launched its esports league for Overwatch, a cartoonish first-person shooter game, The Wall Street Journal reports...
article The future of esports arrives with Overwatch League launch
(California) -- In the soundstage where Johnny Carson and Jay Leno spent four decades filming “The Tonight Show,” a former Washington State computer science...

1/9/2018

article How eSports has given rise to competitive gaming betting and gambling – with skins and real money
(Internet) -- eSports can trace its roots back to groups of friends hosting LAN parties and playing video games into the late hours of the night. But today, it has...
article The Overwatch League aims to make esports more like traditional sports
(California) -- Following a successful preseason, the inaugural Overwatch League season will get underway this Thursday, as Shanghai clashes with Los Angeles and London...

1/8/2018

article E-sports: the new playing field for advertisers in Singapore?
(Singapore) -- E-sports are capturing the attention of sports and gaming fans like never before. Worldwide, players are competing for cash prize pools topping US$24...

1/7/2018

article As Esports Industry Booms, Some Colleges Launch Varsity Teams
(Indiana) -- The competitive video game industry, known as esports, is booming. As it continues to surpass growth projections, some college athletics programs are...
article University of Akron to compete in varsity eSports leagues
(Ohio) -- The University of Akron is reaching out to competitive nerds by forming what it calls the first eSports varsity team among all northeast Ohio colleges.

1/6/2018

article Coach of UA’s new varsity esports program is game to answer questions
(Ohio) -- It’s a dream of video game fans — getting a job in the growing video gaming world. The University of Akron is allowing Michael Fay to live the...
article Valve Pulls Support From $1 Million Galaxy Battles 'Dota 2' Tournament Due To Filipino Drug Laws
(Philippines) -- The Galaxy Battles II Dota 2 tournament was set to be the third $1 million Major of the season, but Valve has now pulled all support and removed it from...

1/3/2018

article New administration places Western Kentucky varsity esports in jeopardy
(Kentucky) -- Marrquon Bartee fell in love with gaming before most kids learn how to write their own name. He would stare into the glow of the TV screen while his older...
article ESI Gambling Report: Who’s doing what in 2018?
(Worldwide) -- With news rather slow as the esports industry gets back into the swing of things it’s time once again to put our good friends, the bookmakers, under...

1/1/2018

article Top 10 Esports Stories 2017
(Internet) -- Happy New Year from all the team at The Esports Observer! Here are our top 10 esports business stories of 2017—from major sponsorship deals to the...

12/31/2017

article State legislators name EA’s sport a ‘Star Wars-themed on-line on line casino‘ preying on youngsters, vow motion
(Hawaii) -- And so it begins. Politicians are joining the angry gamer rebellion against aggressive in-game money-making strategy inside its new “Star Wars...

12/30/2017

article Why Team Liquid is ESPN's team of the year
(USA) -- Things change quickly in DOTA 2, but one thing remains the same. The International -- the world championship that takes place in July -- remains the most...

12/28/2017

article When Is Your Brain in Peak Condition For eSports and Gambling?
(Internet) -- The rising popularity of esports and online poker have allowed younger and younger competitors to vie for big prizes normally reserved for more traditional...
article In 2018, franchising will change esports as we know it
(Worldwide) -- It began with one of the biggest names in the business of sports. On May 8, 2017, Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, bought an Overwatch...

12/26/2017

article Betting Could Aid Esports’ Mainstream Push, Macquarie Report Says
(Nevada) -- Increased betting is likely to play an important role in the further march of esports towards becoming a mainstream entertainment product, according to a...
article Why J-Lo and Gillette want in on the eSports action
(Worldwide) -- What do Jennifer Lopez and Mr Stan Kroenke have in common? The superstar singer and majority share-holder of English football team Arsenal have both put...

12/25/2017

article Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones becoming a member of esports enterprise world
(Texas) -- has teamed with Fort Worth-based real estate investor John Goff to get into the $700 million global esports industry. they acquired , an esports organization...

12/23/2017

article Chef José Andrés crafts menu for Las Vegas Esports Arena
(Las Vegas) -- The chef behind Las Vegas restaurants like Bazaar Meat and China Poblano is cooking up a gaming-inspired menu at the upcoming Esports Arena inside the...
article How An Esports Startup Plans To Help Millennials Pursue Their Professional Passion
(Worldwide) -- Having a job that pays the bills is not enough for millennials. They largely have an appetite to take a pay cut if it means that they will be satisfied in...

12/22/2017

article Kansas City’s first gaming lounge seeks to unite people
(Missouri) -- Many Kansas Citians regardless of economic status, religion, race or gender enjoy at least one of two things: live sports and playing video games on a...
article Esports Betting Site Unikrn Leaving Australia For Now, But Eyes Expansion
(Australia) -- Unikrn is ending its real-money esports betting product in Australia, the company announced on Friday. The move comes as Luxbet, an online betting...

12/21/2017

article Unikrn partners MGM Resorts to bring esports tournaments to Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- Next year will see Unikrn host tournaments on Fridays and Saturdays at LEVEL UP at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, with each tournament offering prizes...
article Esports must deal with harassment and sexism
(Worldwide) -- With the #MeToo movement underway, the tide is rapidly turning for women who have been subjected to sexual assault, harassment and discrimination. In...
article More Than 360 Million People Watched This Year's 'League of Legends' Mid-Season Invitational
(Worldwide) -- More than 360 million unique viewers watched this year's League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational, according to end-of-the-year numbers posted by the...

12/20/2017

article E-Sports coming to Lebanon Valley College
(Pennsylvania) -- The growing Esports industry is making its way to Lebanon Valley College. Esports will be the school’s 26th varsity intercollegiate athletic...
article European Esports is a $209 Million Market, Says Newzoo Whitepaper
(Europe) -- The Esports BAR published a European esports overview whitepaper, created by Newzoo, which shows that by the end of 2017 the European esports market will...
article Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey Discusses Interest, Role In Esports
(Texas) -- At the inaugural League of Legends player draft earlier this month, a very recognizable figure from the traditional sports world joined this momentous...

12/19/2017

article MGM Resorts Partners with eSports Betting Company Unikrn Bringing Tournaments to MGM Grand
(Las Vegas) -- One of the most recognizable eSports betting companies, Unikrn is planning to explore the gaming hub of Las Vegas in its latest venture. It was announced...

12/18/2017

article Esports Betting Site Unikrn Partnering With MGM In Las Vegas To Host Tournaments
(Las Vegas) -- The esports betting site Unikrn announced it was partnering with MGM Resorts International for live gaming and tournaments in Las Vegas starting in 2018....
article SOOD: International to Host Esports Tournaments in LEVEL UP at MGM Grand Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- Today we’re announcing that Unikrn is joining the Las Vegas strip in an unprecedented partnership with the MGM Grand. This is a deal years in the...
press release Unikrn Partners with MGM Resorts International to Host Esports Tournaments in LEVEL UP at MGM Grand Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- Unikrn, one of the world’s leading esports brands, is proud to announce a partnership with MGM Resorts International to bring live competitive...
article José Andrés Gets His Game On at the New Esports Arena
(Las Vegas) -- That Esports Arena headed to the Luxor has a big name chef attached to it now. José Andrés’ ThinkFoodEntertainment plans to create the food and...
article José Andrés Just Created the World's First 'Gaming-Optimized' Menu
(Las Vegas) -- When chef José Andrés isn't racking up culinary acclaim, or feeding millions of people in Puerto Rico, he's been known to play a video game or two...
article University of Akron creates varsity eSports video gaming program
(Ohio) -- The University of Akron has created a varsity sports program for players of competitive, sports-related video games. The varsity eSports program will involve...
article University of Akron Introduces Competive Gaming "eSports" as Varsity Sport
(Ohio) -- The University of Akron is joining a handful of schools around the nation in adding a new varsity sport that will allow students to compete in online video...
article Fedor Holz Gambles on Esports as Minority Investor in Envy Gaming
(Internet) -- The high-variance nature of poker means that even a pro with more than $26 million in lifetime tournament winnings could eventually go bust. That’s...

12/17/2017

article How the Lines Between Online and Real World are Blurring in Esports
(Internet) -- Once regarded as a mere trend that possibly had no long legs, the esports industry -- that which involves the professional competition surrounding video...

12/14/2017

article All 17 teams in the inaugural NBA 2K League season have been revealed by their respective professional basketball organizations.
(Internet) -- All 17 teams in the inaugural NBA 2K League season have been revealed by their respective professional basketball organizations. After months of rumors and...
article E-sports boom no surprise to Randy Lew, who credits Street Fighter with helping him become online poker legend Nanonoko
(Internet) -- He was ahead of his time when it comes to e-sports and Randy “Nanonoko” Lew credits his days playing arcade games during school with helping...

12/13/2017

article How Mark Cuban Envisions Dallas Mavericks, Esports Working Together
(Texas) -- The Dallas Mavericks are one of the 17 NBA teams that are expanding into esports with tryouts for the inaugural season of the NBA 2K League set to begin in...
article Skillz raises $25 million for mobile esports platform
(California) -- Skillz has raised $25 million in funding for its mobile esports platform from investors including Liberty Global and Telstra. Back in May 2017, the San...

12/12/2017

article How has betting on esports changed the face of gambling?
(Worldwide) -- According to experts, esports will double its current audience to as many as 600 million people by 2020. The competitive gaming industry is already...
article Report: eSports Generated $1.5 Billion USD in Earnings
(Worldwide) -- The eSports industry continues to grow at a very surprising pace in the last few months. In fact, it’s now worth to consider eSports as a multi-...
article Macau Casinos Begin to Support Esports
(Macau) -- In many parts of the world, including China, esports have rapidly become an increasingly popular pastime, with large crowds drawing major sponsors and big...
article SJM Holdings sponsors eSports event
(Macau) -- SJM Holdings Ltd became the latest casino operator to support eGames in Asia as it held a three-day international eSports event in Macau.

12/10/2017

article Casino firm SJM sponsors e-Sports event in Macau
(Macau) -- Macau venue the Grand Lisboa Hotel, run by local casino operator SJM Holdings Ltd, was the title sponsor for the launch on Friday of a three-day international...

12/5/2017

article Riot's Whiny Esports Ad Gets The Response It Deserves
(USA) -- Desus Nice and The Kid Mero just tackled esports on their comedy talk show, thanks to Riot’s latest masturbatory advertisement showcasing League of...

12/4/2017

article E-Sports could boost appeal of Macau casinos: scholar
(Macau) -- Competitive video games, also known as e-Sports, could be a good addition to the non-gaming offering of Macau’s casino resorts, suggested on Monday...

12/2/2017

article Q&A: Kurt Melcher on advising the NCAA and esports
(USA) -- The NCAA announced on Thursday it had reached out to Chicago-based Intersport, a sports and entertainment marketing firm, to further explore the collegiate...
article Are Esports A Real Sport? Riot Games Wades Into The Debate With 'League Of Legends' Video
(Worldwide) -- For years the debate asking if esports are a real sport has continued with seemingly everyone throwing their hats into the ring with no answer or end in...
article The Astonishing Rise In Popularity Of League of Legends
(Worldwide) -- If you haven’t been living under a rock, then you’ve probably heard of League of Legends. Released in 2009, this game has exploded in recent...

11/29/2017

article Alibaba betting on long-term gain from eSports investment
(China) -- The booming eSports industry may not yet attract the sponsors and television rights of real life sports, but Chinese e-commerce conglomerate Alibaba believes...

11/28/2017

article How a 23-Year-Old Gamer Got Billionaires to Back His Esports Team
(California) -- Noah Whinston is a young man on the go. The 23-year-old college dropout has raised tens of millions of dollars, from investors such as former junk bond...

11/27/2017

article Women Lead the Rise of Skills-Based Gaming
(Worldwide) -- In 1982, when game arcades were all the rage, a sociologist claimed that, of every 100 arcade game players, 80 per cent were men while only 20 per cent...

11/25/2017

article A center devoted entirely to esports opens in Landmark Cinemas auditorium
(Illinois) -- A local movie theater with a penchant for trying new things with two of its auditoriums has ushered in a different type of entertainment other than feature...
article The Weekend In Esports: European Counter-Strike And Hadocon VIII
(Internet) -- It’s a relatively quiet weekend in competitive gaming given the American holiday and the general winding down of the year over all. As a result,...
article Brendon Leigh becomes first F1 eSports World Champion
(Abu Dhabi) -- Great Britain's Brendon Leigh is the first F1 eSports World Champion after a thrilling finale in Abu Dhabi. More than 60,000 racers signed up for the...

11/23/2017

article Over four million Australians watched esports in 2017
(Australia) -- New studies have indicated that just under 4 million Australians are watching esports. The report, Just a Game? Understanding the existing and future...

11/17/2017

article Former Time Warner execs form new venture capital firm
(New York) -- Two former Time Warner executives are forming a new venture capital firm. Dick Parsons, the former CEO of Time Warner, and former Time Warner Investments...
article Twitch Makes Millions of Former Justin.tv Inactive Usernames Available
(Internet) -- Twitch has made millions of former Justin.tv inactive usernames available to current members of the platform to choose from. Ever since the original Justin...
article Intel Extreme Masters brings eSports to Oracle Arena
(California) -- Forget the squeaking of high top sneakers, because this weekend, Oracle Arena will echo with the sounds of keystrokes and mouse clicks. Saturday and...
article Overwatch Returns to Golden Joystick Awards for Multiple Esports Honors
(London) -- Overwatch continues to amass one accolade after another for its brilliant design as it nears its second anniversary in the next few months. The Golden...
article Overwatch wins multiple honors at the Golden Joystick Awards
(UK) -- Overwatch took home a number of esports awards during the UK's Golden Joysticks earlier today. The Golden Joystick Awards are also known as the People's...

11/12/2017

article Esports' Millennial Appeal Bringing Once Weary Sponsors Back Into Sports Space
(Worldwide) -- The growth of esports, especially among the elusive millennial set, has made it attractive to more sponsors who may not traditionally operate in that...
article e-Sport popularity mushrooms but money lags behind
(Paris) -- It is a paradox pitting popularity against relative pittances, e-sports have exploded into the global consciousness but the big money has not yet appeared...

11/9/2017

article Media Prima Labs launches e-sports news and content portal MyGameOn
(Internet) -- Media Prima Labs launched its new online portal, MyGameOn that provides e-sports news, reviews and events, featuring both local and international content.
article The Esports Insider Tour of London – A round-up
(UK) -- The first ESI Tour (#ESITour) went off without a hitch on Friday November 3rd as the team made their way around London donning some sublime esports apparel and...
article Studio founded to develop bespoke esports title
(UK) -- Former head of esports at US talent agency WME-IMG Tobias Sherman has announced the launch his own game studio. Foundry IV, co-founded by Sherman and his former...
article Korean esports Association staff arrested in bribery scandal
(Korea) -- The offices of the Korean esports Association (KeSPA) have been raided by South Korean police, and two aides to its former chairman arrested, in an...
article ESPORTS.com: A Substantial Upgrade to eSports Industry
(Nigeria) -- We live in an eSports world. Gaming today is bigger than ever. Mind-bending is the word that would best describe the impact eSports has on our lives today....

11/6/2017

article How Cryptocurrencies And Blockchain Are Taking Esports To The Next Level
(Worldwide) -- Revenue from eSports -- or competitive video gaming -- will grow to $700m in 2017, a 41.3% increase from 2016 , according to Newzoo research. The industry...
article Jones Family Partners With John Goff; Makes Landmark Move Into Esports
(Texas) -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, alongside investor John Goff, have announced the acquisition of Complexity Gaming. Together, Jones and Goff are making their...

11/5/2017

article Esports: Is the gaming business ready to come of age?
(UK) -- The DXRacer RV131 is the choice of champions, says a salesman at the Tokyo Game Show. Crafted from the finest high-tech materials, contoured for performance and...
article Major Chinese Vocational School Sets up E-sports Course
(China) -- Lanxiang, one of China's largest and best-known vocational schools, is offering courses on electronic sports (e-sports), riding the boom of video gaming...
article Blizzcon 2017 News Round-up: World of Warcraft Expansion, Overwatch hero, more
(Internet) -- The Blizzcon 2017 opening ceremony featured exciting new updates for almost every Blizzard franchise. Every game except for poor, lonely Diablo saw new...
article Where sports fall, eSports rise
(Internet) -- It used to be that a sports team was comprised of neighborhood friends; now it would be quicker and easier to hop on a computer or PlayStation and connect...
article Intel, Blizzard Entertainment Gear Up For Esports Tournament
(Internet) -- Intel is all set for Olympic Winter Games. The tech conglomerate has tied up with International Olympic Committee to deliver two distinct gaming...
article E-Sports Craze Will Make These Stocks Even Bigger Winners
(Internet) -- Amid expanding markets such as digital commerce and streaming video, other growing markets can, from time to time, be stepped over and missed. But that...

10/31/2017

article Olympic committee lays out expectations for esports’ inclusion
(Switzerland) -- The International Olympic Committee formally laid down its expectations of esports if they’re ever to be included in the Olympic games. The IOC...
article The rise in the popularity of eSports
(Worldwide) -- Esports, also known as electronic sports, is a form of competitive gaming. Players and teammates battle it out in a large variety of available games,...

10/29/2017

article eSports could become an Olympic sport, but it needs a governing body
(Switzerland) -- A statement from a meeting of Olympic stakeholders in Lausanne this weekend revealed that the Olympic movement would consider including esports in the...
article Here’s What It Would Take for eSports to Be Included in the Olympics
(Asia) -- eSports is easily one of the fastest-growing sports segments in the world, inking major licensing deals and drawing more than 380 million viewers every year.

10/28/2017

article Olympic Summit find esports should be considered as sporting activities
(Switzerland) -- sports took a huge step in possibly being included as an Olympic event today after professional gaming was discussed at the sixth Olympic Summit. The...

10/25/2017

article 7 Gaming Stats That Prove Esports Is the Next Big Thing
(Worldwide) -- If the idea of video games becoming popular spectator events that rival leading professional sports leagues in terms of viewership seems like a pipe dream...

10/24/2017

article Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun weigh esports to lure Millennial gamblers
(Connecticut) -- The casino industry's search for the answer to luring a new generation of players has turned to esports and the differing approaches being taken by...
article Downtown Grand in Las Vegas to Take Esports Bets on League of Legends Championship
(Las Vegas) -- The popularity of esports has made its way to Las Vegas, where one casino will be leading the way taking bets on an esports competition, the League of...
article Updating the $9 Million Esports Arena Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- Set to debut during the first quarter of 2018, the first permanent esports arena on the Strip heads to the Luxor with a hefty construction price tag and a...
article Esports Betting Site CEO Eyes Lofty Goals After Malta License, ICO
(Malta) -- The chief executive of esports betting operator Unikrn said the importance of the new license from the gaming authorities in Malta “really cannot be...
article Malaysia gets its first eSports gaming hub
(Malaysia) -- ONE of the most common piece of advice a gamer gets is to get up and leave the house once in awhile. Good news gamers, now you can do just that, and still...
article The Esports Industry Is Booming -- Can Blockchain Supercharge It?
(USA) -- The video gaming industry is currently undergoing some major developments as big players are posting massive growth, with the likes of Activision Blizzard ATVI...

10/23/2017

article College esports is the next big thing in varsity athletics
(USA) -- On the morning of Oct. 4, a news conference was held at the University of Utah to reveal the roster of Utah's new esports team. Yes, you read that correctly...
article East London’s new esports arena ‘will be like a mini version of Rome’s Colosseum’
(UK) -- The Silvertown Partnership, a group of property developers who revealed last year they want to turn East London into an esports hub, have spoken about their...

10/22/2017

article Esports are now officially recognised as real sports by the Philippines
(Philippines) -- Labeling esports players as athletes has always been controversial but now for Filipinos, they can legitimately adopt that tag. Esports will now...

10/21/2017

article You Can Bet On And Watch The League Of Legends Worlds Final At A Vegas Casino
(Las Vegas) -- The Downtown Grand in Las Vegas will be the only place in the US where you can both legally bet on and watch the League of Legends World Championships...

10/20/2017

article E-sports: should we believe the hype? In short, yes
(UK) -- The world of gaming has come a very long way since the days Mario first appeared in arcades back in the early 1980s.
article New York Yankees invest in trio of esports companies including Echo Fox
(New York) -- One of the most iconic organizations in professional sports is entering the world of esports. The young esports industry has been making lots of headlines...

10/17/2017

article Ourgame to build 10 eSports arenas in US & China; eye on Japan for WPT expansion
(Japan) -- Ourgame International Holdings Limited, the Chinese online card game developers and owners of the WPT (World Poker Tour), have recently revealed in a public...
article First eSports Tournament At Talking Stick Resort This Saturday
(Arizona) -- Talking Stick Resort will host its inaugural eSports event this Saturday in the resort's Showroom. eSports Arizona: Desert Showdown marks the first time...

10/15/2017

article WPT’s Parent Company Looking To Invest In Japan’s Poker Market And Global eSports Projects
(Japan) -- Ourgame International Holdings Ltd, the parent company of the World Poker Tour (WPT) recently announced that it plans to raise over $53 million via a share...

10/14/2017

article Mobile Masters eSports Competition Begins Today
(Las Vegas) -- In just a few minutes, Mobile Masters in Las Vegas is about to kickoff its mobile eSports competition. You’ll be able to tune in and watch the...
article Riot’s co-founders are going back to making new games
(Internet) -- Over the course of a decade, Riot Games has grown into a huge studio with 20 offices around the world and over 2,500 employees, all built around a single...

10/12/2017

article Esports Betting Platform Unikrn To Expand In Europe Thanks To Malta Gaming License
(Europe) -- The esports betting business of Unikrn will get a shot in the arm thanks to the Malta license. That should allow it to serve a variety of markets it didn...
article Linksys Teams With UC Irvine Esports Program
(California) -- Linksys, a leader in providing home and office Wi-Fi networking solutions, today announced that it has teamed with the University of California Irvine (...
article Prairie nerds: Osage Casino presenting eSports tournaments at XPO Game Festival
(Oklahoma) -- An expanded lineup of attractions and entertainment will be available in the second year of the XPO Game Festival. VisitTulsa announced that XPO, which...

10/11/2017

article Prairie nerds: Osage Casino presenting eSports tournaments at XPO Game Festival
(Oklahoma) -- An expanded lineup of attractions and entertainment will be available in the second year of the XPO Game Festival. VisitTulsa announced that XPO, which...
press release Talking Stick Resort to host inaugural esports tournament
(Arizona) -- Talking Stick Resort, already first in gaming, entertainment and hospitality, is coming to market with a new first: esports. On Saturday, 21 October, the...

10/10/2017

article Unikrn To Expand Esports Betting Across Europe, Attains Malta Gaming License
(Malta) -- Esports betting company Unikrn, amidst its highly successful cryptocurrency ICO, has announced a partnership with French bookmaker RPB to create an all-...

10/9/2017

article Hulu Dives Into eSports With Pact for Four Shows From ESL (EXCLUSIVE)
(California) -- Hulu has caught the eSports bug: It has ordered four original series about the world of competitive video-gaming from ESL, a major eSports content and...

10/6/2017

article G2E: Casino industry digs into how to make money from esports
(Las Vegas) -- How is the casino industry supposed to make money from esports, the convergence of video gaming and gambling? “This is the ultimate question that I...

10/4/2017

article World Poker Tour and ELC Gaming partner for event in Netherlands
(Netherlands) -- World Poker Tour® and ELC Gaming have announced a multi-day event to take place in Netherlands that will see a collaboration between esports and...

9/30/2017

article Watch Valve's 'Dota 2' Documentary About The $10 Million Esports Final
(USA) -- The International 7 was the biggest esports tournament ever, with a massive $24 million prize pool. The winners took home more than $10 million, and when it...

9/28/2017

article 4m Brits have watched e-sports - survey
(UK) -- A new survey from UK-based research firm YouGov has revealed that nearly four million people in the UK have watched e-sports.

9/26/2017

article The NBA’s big eSports push begins in May 2018
(New York) -- The line between eSports and traditional sports is blurring, and organizations like the National Basketball Association are looking to stay ahead of the...

9/25/2017

article Gamers get the varsity treatment
(Boston) -- In some ways, they’re like typical college athletes. They’re on varsity teams. They train for hours between classes. Some get hefty scholarships...
article The Gaming Enthusiast Who Turned His Hobby Into A Business
(Dubai) -- Gaming enthusiast and founder of Power League Gaming, John Lacey, was one of the first to bring the eSports phenomenon to the Middle East. Having signed a...

9/23/2017

article Review: Vegas Casino eSports Conference
(Las Vegas) -- Driving millennial business to casinos was the focus of the recent two-day Casino eSports Conference on September 7-8. Because eSports attracts a younger...

9/22/2017

article How Elon Musk’s eSports A.I. Could Help Us Win WW3
(USA) -- Attention, tech industry: Elon Musk’s artificial intelligence can beat up your artificial intelligence. And based on the whooping it recently gave...

9/21/2017

article Comcast Buys Philadelphia Esports Team
(Pennsylvania) -- Comcast Corp. is among the latest round of investors in the new Overwatch esports league founded by video-game maker Activision Blizzard Inc. The...
article Overwatch eSports league to debut in December
(Las Vegas) -- Activision Blizzard announced Wednesday its Overwatch eSports league – cashing in on the rise of video gaming as a spectator sport – would...
article Franchising Call of Duty Esports Could Ruin The Magic of the Open Circuit
(Internet) -- Many Call of Duty fans will already be at least aware of the Overwatch League, with the recently-confirmed inclusion of two of Call of Duty’s biggest...
article Worlds 2017 – the biggest LoL eSports tournament this year
(Internet) -- The TI7 of Dota 2 has concluded only 6 weeks ago and it’s already time for the next eSports highlight in 2017: The League of Legends World...
article eSports in spotlight at opening of Tokyo Game Show
(Japan) -- Tokyo Game Show 2017, one of the world’s top gaming industry events, kicks off on Thursday at the Makuhari Messe Convention Centre in Chiba, east of...

9/17/2017

article Video game players get varsity treatment at more U.S. colleges
(Boston) -- In some ways, they’re like typical college athletes. They’re on varsity teams. They train for hours between classes. Some get hefty scholarships...

9/15/2017

article eSports: The new broadcast game?
(Internet) -- ESports is finally emerging as a major new opportunity for broadcasters to build younger audiences. So says Michiel Bakker, CEO of Ginx TV, who in a...
article Blizzard Vice President Addresses Abuse In 'Overwatch'
(Internet) -- As toxicity in the Overwatch community rises, Blizzard Vice President Jeff Kaplan offered an update on how the developer-publisher plans to handle such...

9/14/2017

article Could Esports Be the Strip’s Next Big Game-changer?
(Las Vegas) -- For those of us who aren’t gamers, it’s hard to imagine that there are young adults out there who can make up to seven figures playing video...
article Video game players get varsity treatment at more US colleges
(Massachusetts) -- In some ways, they're like typical college athletes. They're on varsity teams. They train for hours between classes. Some get hefty...
article Amazon Announces Mobile Masters Las Vegas Tournament With $80,000 Prize Pot
(Las Vegas) -- The event will take place at the newly built Millennial Esports Arena in Neonopolis and feature four different games: World of Tanks Blitz, Critical Ops,...

9/13/2017

article Could Esports Be the Strip’s Next Big Game-changer?
(Las Vegas) -- For those of us who aren’t gamers, it’s hard to imagine that there are young adults out there who can make up to seven figures playing video...
article Study: Young Men In the U.S. Watch More Esports Than Regular Sports
(USA) -- Esports are watched more than regular sports online by young adults in the U.S., according to a study conducted by CDN service provider Limelight Networks.
article Skins, case opening and regulatory concerns dissected at Betting on Esports
(UK) -- The first day of Betting on Esports, part of the wider Betting on Sports conference saw three stacked panels share intricate knowledge in various areas of...

9/12/2017

article Nevada could expand eSports betting
(Nevada) -- Nevada’s Gaming Control Board’s Chief of Enforcement Karl Bennison said late last week at a gambling and eSports conference at the Westgate Las...

9/11/2017

article Casino eSports Conference Skipped by Strip Operators, Nevada Expands eSports Betting
(Las Vegas) -- Last week’s Casino eSports Conference (CEC) held at the Westgate failed to entice representatives from the nearby Strip resorts to take in a series...
article Nevada will soon allow esports betting on ‘multiple events’
(Nevada) -- The Casino Esports conference took place in Las Vegas last week and one of the most key takeaways from the speakers was confirmation that Nevada will soon...

9/10/2017

article Esports conference fails to attract big Las Vegas Strip operators
(Las Vegas) -- If Strip casino operators are interested in attracting esports to their establishments, they didn’t show it at the first Casino Esport Conference....
article Blizzard to open state of the art esports arena in LA
(California) -- Blizzard is opening a cutting-edge e-sports entertainment venue in the legendary Burbank Studios in Los Angeles. Blizzard Arena Los Angeles will host a...

9/9/2017

article FTC Lets CSGO Lotto Owners TmarTn And ProSyndicate Off With A Warning
(USA) -- The Federal Trade Commission finished their investigation into the gambling scandal that rocked gaming last year during the summer. Over on the official FTC...

9/8/2017

article Nevada to Approve eSports Betting on Multiple Events
(Nevada) -- Sports betting operators across the state of Nevada will soon be allowed to offer wagers on multiple eSports games as was announced by Karl Bennison, who is...

9/6/2017

article eSports Being Considered for 2024 Olympics
(France) -- Tony Estanguet, co-president of the Paris bid committee for the 2024's Olympics, has told the Associated Press he intends to with the International...

9/5/2017

article NRG signs 17-year-old Overwatch pro sinatraa for $150K
(North America) -- North American Overwatch star Jay "sinatraa" Won has signed a $150,000-per-year contract with NRG Esports and joined NRG's Overwatch...

9/3/2017

article Once a novelty, coaching a growing necessity in competitive eSports
(Worldwide) -- When Denis Beausoleil first began breaking down data, he thought it would help his fledgling basketball coaching career. Beausoleil, 36, learned data...

8/31/2017

article Esports gaming another state and A.C. opportunity, regulatory challenge
(Atlantic City) -- New Jersey legalized daily fantasy last week, culminating a few years of work toward regulating and taxing the growing form of online gaming. Players...

8/30/2017

article Violent video games have ‘no place at the Olympics’, but e-sports are still in the running
(China) -- Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, said in an exclusive interview that the Games had welcomed several new sports that are popular...

8/29/2017

article E-Sports Found Growing Niche. Now They Start to Find Homes.
(California) -- The three-story, 95-year-old historic brick building in this city’s downtown certainly does not look like the future of sports. The windows are...
article Why The NFL Is Using Esports To Engage A New Generation Of Fans
(New York) -- When the NFL and Electronic Arts earlier this year did an esports pilot with eight NFL teams each conducting a competition to crown the best Madden player...

8/27/2017

article Seattle startup aims to be crowdfunding hub for esports
(Washington) -- As esports grow — drawing bigger prize pools, tournaments and audiences — esports crowdfunding service Matcherino hopes to be the hub. The...

8/25/2017

article CEC to bring together the eSports and casino world in Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- No more than ten years ago, competitive computer gaming didn't even exist, but things have quickly turned around with the astonishing rise of eSports...

8/23/2017

article OUR VIEW: Esports is the next big thing in the online gaming
(Massachusetts) -- A special state commission delving into the world of online gaming, driven by the sudden explosion of daily fantasy sports, caught sight of another...
article Disney Is Making Moves To Be A Major Player In Esports
(USA) -- Disney appears to be preparing to go all-in on esports, as the entertainment giant has taken significant action to attempt to reach a dominant position in the...

8/22/2017

article Microsoft to host eSports tournament
(USA) -- The company announced this week that it is partnering with ASUS Republic of Gamers and HyperX to host weekly League of Legends event.

8/19/2017

article eSports gamers targeted for device delivering electric shock to enhance brain performance
(Australia) -- Researchers are developing a computer interface to boost your brain's performance by delivering it an electric shock — and they think eSports...
article How streaming is taking esports to the big leagues
(USA) -- Streaming and esports have been intertwined through their history. As the esports industry evolves to more resemble traditional sports, companies are starting...
article What you need to know about eSports
(Massachusetts) -- eSports team play is typically five on five (League of Legends) or six on six (Overwatch). During tournaments or league play, team members compete as...

8/17/2017

article Esports Events Prove Profitable for Casinos but Millennials Still Not Gambling
(Las Vegas) -- Casino operators have taken esports to their hearts over the past 18 months, as they seek to engage with the so-called millennial generation and...

8/16/2017

article Nielsen dives into esports market research
(USA) -- Nielsen made its name measuring the TV and media business, making it measurable for advertising. Now it is announcing Nielsen Esports, a new business focused on...

8/15/2017

article NCAA will talk esports at its October meeting, deciding if they need to be involved in college esports
(USA) -- The National Collegiate Athletic Association, otherwise known as the NCAA, will be discussing esports at their next scheduled meeting in October, where the...
article eSports Industry May Be Regulated Soon to Prevent Illegal Betting
(Internet) -- eSports is one of the most popular types of competitive video gaming and even though the name does suggest a more active nature of the sport, which action...

8/12/2017

article ESP.bet obtains first-ever license for virtual goods gambling
(Isle of Man) -- Specialist eSports fantasy league and betting site eSportsPools (ESP.bet) has secured the first-ever license to specifically cover gambling with virtual...

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