Tag: Esports

GamesBeat Decides 120: Fire Emblem or Marvel

The summer is still slow for news on the GamesBeat Decides podcast. But on this week’s episode, we’ve got plenty of coverage of the monthly NPD report. We also talk about a law firm’s potential class-action lawsuit against Nintendo and more. First, however, we dive into a lot of games. GamesBeat PC gaming editor Jeffrey […]

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June 2019 NPD: Super Mario and Crash Bandicoot top the chart

The game industry is still contracting as the current console generation comes to an end. Hardware sales continue plummet for Microsoft and Sony, and software sales are essentially flat. That’s according to The NPD Group, which today released its June report for video games sales in the United States. “June 2019 tracked spending across video […]

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Misfits’ deal with clothing maker Outerstuff isn’t just about its esports teams

A man’s shirt caught my eye as I was walking around my local shopping mall last week. It was for an Overwatch League team, the San Francisco Shock. And it’s the first time I can recall seeing an esports team’s logo on clothing in public (barring game conventions, trade shows, and conferences, of course). Turns […]

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Skillz launches $25,000 contest for mobile esports game devs

Mobile esports platform Skillz has announced a $25,000-plus contest for developers who can best use the Skillz platform to make mobile esports games. The Skillz Global Game Developer Challenge is setting off a competition where developers try to create a new esports hit by integrating the Skillz infrastructure into a mobile game. The contest will […]

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NZXT’s new prebuilt PCs are slick, with a friendly price

NZXT is expanding its lineup of prebuilt PCs. The company’s BLD site, which has an option to custom-build a PC that NZXT will assemble, is offering up systems it’s calling Starter PC, Starter PC Plus, and Streamer PC. And as is standard for NZXT, you get its slick sense of style without having to pay […]

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Rainbow Six: Siege is still Ubisoft’s live-service darling

Rainbow Six: Siege is quickly approaching its fourth anniversary. But age is not the number that publisher Ubisoft cares about when it comes to its tactical multiplayer shooter. Instead, the company regularly points to Siege as a paragon of its current development and design strategy. As part of its quarterly earnings report, Ubisoft highlighted a […]

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MTG invested $11 million in 7 startups in the first half of 2019

Modern Times Group (MTG) has invested $11 million in seven game and esports startups in the first half of 2019, making it one of the most prolific game company investors in the world. To date, Stockholm, Sweden-based MTG has invested more than $21 million from its venture capital fund into 16 companies and a total […]

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100 Thieves raises $35 million for esports teams and L.A. headquarters

100 Thieves has raised $35 million in funding for its esports club, content business, and its apparel business. The company will also use the funds to bring all of its businesses under one roof at a new headquarters and training facility in Los Angeles. Artist Capital Management, the New York-based growth investment firm, led the […]

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GamesBeat Decides 119: 🎵Oh, Fire Emblem!🎵

The entire video gaming world still feels hungover from the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show in June. On this week’s episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, however, we still have plenty to talk about. Co-hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti have played some games. Mike is reviewing Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and he can talk about his […]

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How Fortnite, Apex Legends, and PUBG appeal to different people

The last-person-standing battle royale genre has nearly taken over video games. Fortnite, Apex Legends, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds are all major hits. But it’s easy to look at data like Twitch viewership and assume that they all deeply cut into each other’s audiences. That’s not the case, however — at least according to industry intelligence firm […]

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Wix and FaZe Clan form global esports partnership

Wix and FaZe Clan announced a partnership in which Wix will become the esports club’s offical web site development and design partner. It’s another example of the opportunities that are arising from the growing popularity of esports. Wix and FaZe Clan will create exciting opportunities for fans through integrated social and digital content. Wix branding […]

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The Esports Awards will take place in Arlington, Texas, on November 16

The Esports Awards, now into its fourth year of recognizing the best in the esports industry, will take place at the Esports Stadium Arlington, in Arlington, Texas on November 16. After three ceremonies in the heart of London and having presented 65 awards, the awards are now moving to a new chapter and location. With […]

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Ryzen 9 3900X/7 3700X review: The next generation

I hope you like fast CPUs because AMD’s new Zen 2 architecture is absolutely blazing. The company is launching its new lineup of chips based on Zen 2, and I’ve spent the last few days testing out the $500 Ryzen 9 3900X. At that price, the CPU directly competes with Intel’s $500 i9-9900K. But where […]

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Logitech G Pro X headset review: Sleek comfort for real pros

Logitech is one of the more well-respected peripheral manufacturers in the PC-gaming space. Its Logitech G lineup of products have won people over with smart design that is both comfortable and capable of high performance. Those are qualities the company has brought into the Logitech G Pro X gaming headset, which is available this month […]

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HitmarkerJobs.com: Esports jobs grew 185% in first half of 2019

Esports jobs are multiplying, and an esports job site, HitmarkerJobs.com, has made a big attempt to quantify that growth. The company found that global esports jobs grew 185.7% from 2,497 to 4,638 in the first six months of 2019, compared to the first six months of 2018. The United Kingdom company’s infographic (see above) uses […]

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How Brendan Greene created the PUBG phenomenon and then moved on to something new

Brendan Greene had a singular vision to bring battle royale to the video game market. He started as a modder, and he was a fan of movies like Battle Royale and The Hunger Games. He started working on a mod that could do this kind of a first-person shooter game mode where the territory for […]

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GamesBeat Decides 118: On behalf of the brand

We all mess up sometimes, and that’s why the GamesBeat Decides podcast is spending this week apologizing on behalf of the brand.  On this episode, hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti dive into some more Super Mario Maker 2 and Outer Wilds. The crew also discovers that Bloodstained isn’t that great on Switch, and Mike […]

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Clash of Clans will have its first World Championship in October

Supercell announced today that it will hold the first ever Clash of Clans World Championship at ESL One Hamburg from October 25 to October 27. The World Championship will offer a $1 million prize pool, the largest ever for the game. Clash of Clans is a mobile strategy game that came out in 2012, but […]

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American Cancer Society, Skillz, and mobile game devs unite to fight cancer

The American Cancer Society (ACS) and Skillz are launching a year-long partnership, featuring a series of charity esports tournaments to support the fight against cancer. Skillz has proven to be a strong platform for philanthropic fundraising, activating nearly 27,000 new nonprofit donors in just 10 one-day charity esports tournaments. Through this new partnership, mobile gamers […]

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