Tag: Esports

GamesBeat Decides 121: Under legal threat, Nintendo does what’s right

GamesBeat Decides is with you once again to talk about surprising cooperative games and the correct Fire Emblem house. On this week’s episode, reviews editor Mike Minotti scolds PC gaming editor Jeffrey Grubb for siding against Splatoon 2’s Marina in the shooter’s last Splatfest. But no way was Jeff going to side with the cops […]

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Anti-Defamation League: 65% of gamers have suffered severe harassment online

The Anti-Defamation League said it found 65% of players have experienced severe harassment while playing games online, which includes physical threats, stalking, and sustained harassment, while 74% of online multiplayer gamers have experienced some form of harassment. The ADL’s Center on Technology and Society released the survey today. I can relate to this. I caught […]

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Strafe raises $3 million for esports companion app and social betting game

Strafe, an esports company based in Stockholm, has raised $3 million for its esports companion app and betting game. The seed funding comes from Bitkraft Esports Ventures, which has been a prolific investor in the esports market. Designed as an easily accessible central hub for esports enthusiasts, Strafe enables users to completely customize their in-app […]

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Steam June Top 20: Bloodstained, My Friend Pedro, and 7 Early Access games bask in the sun

Valve is back with its Top 20 releases on Steam, and in June, the picture shows us two things as the summer dawns on PC gaming: Studios making their steam debuts had a good month, and games coming out of Early Access enjoyed the sun as well. According to a Valve spokesperson, about half of […]

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Gen.G completes 13,000-square-foot esports training facility in Los Angeles

Gen.G Esports has completed a 13,000-square-feet training facility for its esports teams in Los Angeles. The facility will be key for the fledgling esports organization in its attempt to rise to the top of the competitive food chain. Esports organizations have been on a race to complete their state-of-the-art training facilities for their athletes. That’s […]

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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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