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Talking Stick Resort to host inaugural esports tournament

Talking Stick Resort, already first in gaming, entertainment and hospitality, is coming to market with a new first: esports. On Saturday, 21 October, the resort will host its first esports tournament, esports Arizona: Desert Showdown. The all-day fighting game competition will feature "Super Smash Bros. 4" and "Super Smash Bros. Melee."

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4/14/2018

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4/13/2018

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4/10/2018

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4/9/2018

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4/8/2018

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4/7/2018

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4/6/2018

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4/4/2018

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4/3/2018

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3/30/2018

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3/28/2018

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3/26/2018

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3/25/2018

article Las Vegas Strip’s First Esports Arena Opens At Luxor
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3/24/2018

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3/23/2018

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3/22/2018

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3/21/2018

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3/20/2018

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3/19/2018

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3/18/2018

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3/14/2018

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3/13/2018

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3/12/2018

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3/11/2018

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3/10/2018

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3/9/2018

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article Teenagers are fueling a competitive gaming tidal wave
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3/6/2018

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article Accusations of rigged tryouts engulf the NBA’s new esports league in controversy
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3/5/2018

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article FilmRise Acquires Rights to Blizzard Esports Documentary
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article Inside the Explosive Growth of Pro Gaming on a Smartphone
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3/4/2018

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2/28/2018

article BLOG: eSports Legislation in Maryland
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2/25/2018

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2/24/2018

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2/21/2018

article Esports expected to reach $1 billion in revenue by 2019
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2/19/2018

article Major League Baseball Has Its Sights Set On Esports
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2/16/2018

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2/14/2018

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2/13/2018

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2/12/2018

article Everyone Is Betting On Growth Of Esports Wagering In 2018
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article Renault launches esports racing team
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2/11/2018

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2/10/2018

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2/4/2018

article Football Federation Australia under fire for E-League player’s ‘Grim_rap_er’ username
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2/3/2018

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1/27/2018

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1/25/2018

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1/23/2018

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1/22/2018

article Las Vegas esports team practices at least 10 hours a day
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1/21/2018

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1/20/2018

article Las Vegas esports squad shakes up video gaming world
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1/18/2018

article YouPorn's traffic dipped during Overwatch League's first week
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article Shinzo Abe's Party Wants Japan Ready for Video Games in Olympics
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1/17/2018

article What do owners of the Patriots, Rams, Grizzlies and Flyers have in common? A big bet on eSports.
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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
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article MLS announces competitive gaming league with EA Sports
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article Growing eSports craze strikes Philadelphia as local team joins international league
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article This newly signed pro athlete never leaves the house
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1/12/2018

article Luxor Esports Arena Opening March 22, Strip’s First Permanent Video Gaming Tournament Venue
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article Coming to Houston: esports arena, tech hub
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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
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article The future of esports arrives with Overwatch League launch
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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
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1/8/2018

article E-sports: the new playing field for advertisers in Singapore?
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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
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1/3/2018

article New administration places Western Kentucky varsity esports in jeopardy
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article ESI Gambling Report: Who’s doing what in 2018?
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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
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12/28/2017

article When Is Your Brain in Peak Condition For eSports and Gambling?
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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...

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