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ProBeat: Even Ronaldinho needs computer vision to promote Teqball

Every year, Web Summit attracts celebrities from all over the world. This time, one of them was Ronaldinho, one of the greatest soccer football players of all time. Ronaldinho was promoting Teqball, a sort of mashup of football and table tennis played on a curved table. While I would love to spend this week’s column […]

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EA stuffs NBA Live 20 to focus on next-gen consoles

Last quarter, Electronic Arts released FIFA 20, Madden NFL 20, and NHL 20. But once again, the company’s basketball sim NBA Live was a no-show. Now, EA is confirming that it is canceling that game — even though it never officially announced it. “We’re not launching a new NBA Live HD product this season,” EA […]

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WWE 2K20 launches, and fans are tweeting #FixWWE2K20

WWE 2K20 launched today for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, but this year’s entry in the long-running yearly franchise is looking more like a Gillberg than a Goldberg. The game is suffering from a myriad of bugs and other issues, including intense load times for online matches and game crashes. Many of the issues […]

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NBA Now shows how Gamevil wants to dunk into the mobile sports game market

Mobile developer and publisher Gamevil hopes the market has room for a basketball game that isn’t coming from 2K Sports or EA Sports. Today it’s launching NBA Now, a challenger to these two established brands. This free-to-play game is out now for iOS and Android. It shows a growing interest in sports games from Gamevil, […]

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Call of Duty League: How Activision reimagined its city-based esports structure

Taking lessons from the success of the Overwatch League, Activision has revamped the structure of its esports competition in the newly re-christened Call of Duty League. The new league is now ready to share a lot about how it is reinventing the league for the new era of esports. That includes a structure for city-based […]

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NBA 2K20 is already the best-selling game of 2019 in the U.S.

NBA 2K20 came out on September 6 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC, but the sports game is already the U.S.’s best-selling title of 2019. This is according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group’s report on U.S. gaming sales for September 2019. Yes, NBA 2K20 was the top seller for the month, but […]

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September 2019 NPD: NBA 2K20 and Borderlands 3 top the charts

Consumer spending on video games continued to decline in the United States in September, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. But fans still showed up for some of the big releases, including the double-header of NBA 2K20 and Borderlands 3 from publisher Take-Two Interactive. Here are the full results: September 2019 Dollar Sales Sep’18 […]

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What a long name says about the reality of mainstream esports

Electronic Arts and FIFA announced this week the EA Sports FIFA 20 Global Series Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup. I spoke with Todd Sitrin, senior vice president for competitive gaming at EA, about it. I joked it was the longest name of an event I had ever seen. A very corporate name, meant to […]

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FIFA 20 reaches 10 million players milestone

Electronic Arts announced today that FIFA 20 has now reached 10 million players. The soccer (or football, depending on where you’re from) game came out on September 27 for PlayStation 4, Xbox one, Switch, and PC. FIFA 20 is available through the subscription services EA Access and Origin Access, so 10 million players doesn’t mean […]

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EA Sports reveals tournament and show: Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup

Electronic Arts‘ EA Sports and FIFA are launching a new esports competition and media event, dubbed the EA Sports FIFA 20 Global Series Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup. The tournament will have a $3 million prize pool. The idea is to enhance enthusiasm for the soccer game’s esports competition and entertainment for players and […]

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20 simmed seasons of NBA 2K20: Beat L.A.? No way — 2K loves the Lakers

What’s a sports game developer supposed to do when the sport they simulate stops making sense? This is the question facing 2K Sports after a bizarre offseason in the NBA left the league in chaos. But 2K has to put out their yearly product, and NBA 2K20 came out like clockwork, over a month before […]

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Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert invests in RektGlobal esports group

In a marriage of traditional sports and esports, Utah Jazz basketball star Rudy Gobert has invested in ReKTGlobal, a global esports group and parent of the esports club Rogue. Gobert, the NBA’s two-time reigning Defensive Player of the Year and current center for the team, is joining a hefty ownership team. Gobert will join alongside […]

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Gen.G starts NBA 2K League team in Shanghai as it shoots for global esports presence

Gen.G is one of the esports organizations that bridges the East and West, with a dual headquarters in Seoul and Los Angeles. And now the company is emphasizing that global presence with the announcement of a new Shanghai team in the NBA 2K League. The team is the 23rd in the league, which is gearing […]

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Verizon and NFL give 2 game devs $400,000 each to launch 5G games Super Bowl

Verizon and the NFL have named two winners in the Verizon 5G NFL Mobile Gaming Challenge. The winning teams will get $400,000 each to create 5G-enabled games at the Super Bowl. The whole effort has been underway for some time. Playcrafting, which runs a network of game developer jams, did a couple of game jams […]

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EA’s Madden NFL 20 documentary debuts today on The CW

The CW Network, Electronic Arts, and the National Football League (NFL) announced the premiere of a one-hour primetime esports special, the EA Sports Madden NFL 20 Classic, will be airing today at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific on the CW. The Madden NFL 20 Classic (presented by Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew) was the largest tournament in Madden […]

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NBA 2K20 fans ignite #fix2k20 campaign following shaky launch

One of the top trending topics on Twitter right now is the #fix2k20 hashtag. This bubbled up over the weekend following the September 6 launch of NBA 2K20. Developer 2K’s servers are struggling to keep up with the huge influx of players, and that’s causing the basketball sim to break down. Some NBA 2K players […]

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GTA Online and NBA 2K are turning into social casino games

I usually ignore the social casino game genre, but that may prove more difficult soon. Social-casino games have players gambling fake currency on glitzy digital slot machines and other games of chance. They are especially popular on mobile where top games like Slotomania generate millions of dollars a day. But since I spend most of […]

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Bizarre NBA 2K20 trailer sells the excitement of lootboxes

A lot of people really hate lootboxes. This mechanic has players spending money to get a random assortment of digital items similar to packs of baseball cards. But this business model has drawn the ire of players who hate the idea of spending money without knowing what they’re going to get. And yet, someone must […]

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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 gets retro 2D events

The Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games franchise is now more than a decade old. And if you’re like me, you’ve never really cared about these mini-game collections. But Sega, which develops the games, has finally come up with something that has me excited for Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: […]

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Madden NFL shows how to make player stats part of your marketing blitz

We all want to be recognized. Whether you’re a marketer or a professional athlete – whether the job is running ads or running routes in NFL stadiums — we all want to put our best foot forward. We put in work, and we want that work to get noticed. Then again, no one gives much […]

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