Tag: Esports

Your posture is killing you: What gamers should know about ergonomics

The video game industry is reaching more people than ever — but this also means that ergonomic issues and injuries will happen more often to more people. How can gamers best prevent injury? What do we mean by proper ergonomics? At a very basic level, ergonomics, as defined by the International Ergonomics Association, is “the […]

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Hey Mom and Dad, I got an esports scholarship!

Video games aren’t just a drag on a kid’s study habits. Sometimes they can lead to college scholarships if your kid happens to be an esports star. Tournament organizer High School Esports League (HSEL) has teamed up with the charitable organization Varsity Esports Foundation (VESF) to provide financial aid and opportunities for under-resourced students across the country. HSEL is one of […]

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GamesBeat Decides 130: Death Stranding and Yves Guillemot’s Shark Tank

The GamesBeat Decides podcast can finally talk about Death Stranding, and that’s exactly what happens on this week’s episode. Gameranx producer Tom Johnson and Sidequesting editor and podcaster Erron Kelly join GamesBeat PC gaming editor Jeff Grubb for that discussion. The crew also touches on some Destiny 2, The Outer Worlds, and Lonely Mountain Downhill. Join […]

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MTG initiates a’strategic review’ of its gaming investments

Modern Times Group, a Stockholm-based digital entertainment company, announced that it is doing a strategic review of its gaming portfolio, and it said it will explore listing as a public company in the U.S. MTG said it is doing the “strategic review of its gaming vertical in order to evaluate the best route to crystalize […]

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Chance The Rapper’s Clueless Hockey Reporter Returned To Tackle Esports On ‘Saturday Night Live’

Chance the Rapper‘s first appearance on Saturday Night Live featured a segment where he had absolutely no idea what was happening during a hockey game. In the time since the phrase “let’s do that hockey” has become a common one for sarcastic hockey fans and also people who still have no idea what hockey is. […]

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Nicecactus.gg raises $5.5 million to train esports athletes for the sponsored life

Competitive gaming platform Nicecactus.gg has raised $5.5 million to build a platform that will enable amateur and semi-pro esports athletes to improve their skills and eventually win sponsors. Nice, France-based Nicecactus is creating a grassroots esports sponsorship fund, allocating $1.1 million to help support amateur and semi-professional esports athletes on the road to becoming esports […]

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HP and Virtuix sponsor $100,000 VR esports tournament

Virtuix and HP have teamed up to stage a $100,000 esports tournament series featuring Virtuix’s Omni Arena virtual reality attractions. The Omniverse VR Arena is the latest version of Virtuix’s Omni treadmill, which lets you run around in VR with 360 degrees of freedom, making possible full-body competitive VR. The new $100,000 2020 Omni Arena […]

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The GamesBeat call for speakers has respawned! Apply now for the 2020 Summit

GamesBeat Summit is back with the best networking, deal-making, and conversations in the gaming industry, and hurrah, the call for speakers is live. Apply now to join us in L.A. on April 28-29, 2020 at the world’s first (and so far only) microamusement park, Two-Bit Circus. Our flagship event is limited to an intimate audience […]

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Super League Gaming and ggCircuit create global amateur Fortnite Chapter 2 tournament with $130,000 in prizes

Super League Gaming has teamed up with ggCircuit to stage a Fortnite 2 global amateur tournament with $130,000 in prizes. As part of its mission to bring esports to the masses, Super League Gaming will enable everyday gamers to compete for prizes in gaming centers that use ggCircuit‘s cloud-based software in Fortnite squad and solo […]

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Fortnite is finally getting better spatial audio

One of the reasons I couldn’t get into Fortnite was the sound. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has an excellent and accurate sound model, and that made it difficult to move to another game that doesn’t. In Fortnite, it was difficult to tell where attacks were coming from. That is changing in the battle royale shooter, because developer […]

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Bipartisan group condemns Blizzard and Apple for kowtowing to China

A group of Republican and Democratic party congress members have come together to condemn Hearthstone publisher Activision Blizzard for punishing a player that criticized China. In a separate letter, the same group lambasted Apple for removing an app from its store at the request of China. The group includes Senators Ron Wyden and Marco Rubio […]

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GamesBeat Decides 128: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order rules

It’s time to get excited for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order because it turns out that it is good. On this week’s episode of GamesBeat Decides, co-host and reviews editor Mike Minotti talks about playing the first few hours of Respawn’s adventure. And he thinks this could end up as one of the best Star […]

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The DeanBeat: Riot Games sheds its image as a single-game company

League of Legends is a decade old, and it has become a cultural phenomenon, a rare achievement for any video game. It is an esport, a community, and a fantasy world. But for most of the past decade, it has only been one game. Until this week. Riot Games put the “s” back in its […]

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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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OGN launches Creator Collective to give streamers better tools for esports content

OGN, which has built a big esports network and esports content production business, unveiled the launch of its OGN Creators Collective. The new program will allow streamers, online video creators, and social media influencers from the gaming community to access OGN’s vast resources as one of the largest esports content companies. “We understand that there […]

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League of Legends for mobile and consoles is coming in 2020

League of Legends is finally getting a port. Riot Games announced that it is bringing the multiplayer online battle arena to iOS and Android in 2020. The publisher launched a trailer for League of Legends: Wild Rift, and it is promising to begin rolling out some beta tests before the end of the year. League […]

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Fortnite Chapter 2 trailer leaks, and it has boats on a new map

Fortnite isn’t over quite yet. Epic Games is about to bring the game back with Chapter 2 – Season 1, according to a leaked trailer. Twitter account SkinTrackerCom tweeted the 30-second promo for Fortnite’s latest Battle Pass. That tweet is now gone, but I captured the video. You can watch it above. The clip shows […]

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Fortnite Chapter 2 hype builds as Epic shuts it down

Developer Epic Games is using a classic strategy to build up excitement for Fortnite Chapter 2. The studio is hoping that the absence of its free-to-play battle royale shooter will make players’ hearts grow fonder. And it seems like it’s working. Fans are engaging with the mystery of why they cannot play Fortnite. It is […]

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Darren Cox’s long and winding road to esports racing

Darren Cox took the long way to esports industry. He spent a couple of decades in the automotive industry at the alliance between carmakers Renault and Nissan. He handled franchising, digital marketing, product management, sponsorships, events, and other things. He’s big fan of the racing video game Gran Turismo, and he always wanted to find […]

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Anheuser-Busch, brand sponsorships, and esports: Jump in, the beer is fine

Joe Barnes didn’t have enough data to know if esports and Bud Light were a good mix. Market watches like Nielsen are paying attention to esports, but they don’t have nearly as much data as they do for mainstream media such as television. But Barnes, the head of experiential marketing at Bud Light, dove in […]

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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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