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Dota 2 raking in dough

Dota 2 International prize pool is now the largest in eSports history


Plus, Faceless Rex courier!
Jun 05
// Patrick Hancock
The prize pool for the 2015 International Dota 2 tournament is now at $11,617,319, making it the largest eSports prize pool in history. The previous record was held by last year's tournament, which capped off at $10,930,...
Splatoon eSports photo
Splatoon eSports

Splatoon players hope to make it Nintendo's next big eSport


Competitive squidding
May 28
// Jed Whitaker
The minds behind the popular competitive Super Smash Bros. forums SmashBoards are at it again, and this time they have their eyes set on Splatoon. SquidBoards hopes to be the hub for all things competitive Splatoon, from...
Mounties and eSports photo
Mounties and eSports

Canadian theaters to host eSports events


Movies are old hat
May 15
// Jed Whitaker
Canadian theater chain Cineplex plans to start catering to the eSports crowd. Cineplex theaters will show the documentary All Work All Play: The Pursuit of Esports Glory followed by "a casual Esports competition bet...
Females in eSports photo
Females in eSports

Sexism and Super Smash at Press Start LAN


Why is this still commonplace?
May 10
// Jed Whitaker
Neha Chhetri, better known as LiloNStitchface or Lilo for short, is a pro Super Smash Bros. Melee player that you may recognize from the Super Smash Bros. Invitational hosted by Nintendo at E3 last year. Lilo is no stran...
eSports on TV photo
eSports on TV

Heroes of the Dorm viewed on ESPN2 less than fishing tournaments


The future is still only in South Korea
Apr 28
// Jed Whitaker
I thought the future was here, but apparently that isn't the case. Heroes of the Dorm, the Heroes of the Storm collegiate tournament, failed to pull viable numbers on ESPN2, having an average viewership of 96,000 pe...
SPORTS! photo
SPORTS!

The future is here: ESPN2 to air eSports live for the first time


Duh na na, duh na na
Apr 25
// Jed Whitaker
Not ESPN 3, ESPN2 is going to air the finals for the Heroes of the Storm collegiate tournament, appropriately titled Heroes of the Dorm, this Sunday at 6:30pm Pacific / 9:30pm Eastern. This marks the first time an eSports eve...
Smash Bros photo
Smash Bros

Hentai site FAKKU! gives a whole new meaning to 'Final Smash'


Maybe Ganon-senpai will notice me today?
Apr 24
// Joe Parlock
So, eSports: the final bastion of sportsmanship, professionalism, and sensibility in the raucous and unsteady world of gaming. Those fine athletes go forth to represent their teams in jolly competition, and create everlasting...
Fatal 8 Results photo
Fatal 8 Results

Mortal Kombat X Fatal 8 tournament ends with a bang


Good? Bad? I'm the guy with the gun
Apr 12
// Nic Rowen
Dominique “cR|Sonic Fox” McLean shot and stabbed his way through the competition to become the first official Mortal Kombat X tournament winner this weekend. Sonic Fox dominated the ESL hosted Fatal 8 tournament a...
SMITE bans photo
SMITE bans

Pro SMITE player gets one-year ban


Account sharing is apparently frowned upon
Apr 09
// Laura Kate Dale
If you're into the professional SMITE eSports scene you might notice a couple of names you recognise not being around for a little while as five professional SMITE players have just received a series of bans ranging from a fe...
Gaming Bars photo
Gaming Bars

London's greatest gaming hangouts


Thirsty and got itchy thumbs?
Apr 08
// Glowbear
So say you're thirsty in London for some sweet nectar and for sweeter gaming? Maybe you want to hang out with other gamers or fans of tabletop games. Where do you go? Thankfully, you're in luck because London has a handful of...
Three-hour Dota match photo
Three-hour Dota match

Record breaking competitive Dota 2 match lasts over 3 hours


The last Hobbit movie was shorter (and less entertaining)
Mar 22
// Nic Rowen
Dota matches have a reputation for becoming grindy slogs, but I'm pretty sure they aren't supposed to resemble the intractable grind of WWI trench warfare. On Friday a qualifying match between competitive teams Cloud9 and SFZ...
ESL retracts CS:GO ban photo
ESL retracts CS:GO ban

Valve and ESL retract ban on ex-ESC Gaming CS:GO team


With so much drama with the iBP, it's kinda hard bein' ex-ESC
Feb 08
// Jason Faulkner
Last Friday, Valve and eSports League Europe, issued tentative bans on three Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competitive teams. Epsilon eSports, the former ESC Gaming team, and WinneR had players who were accused of match fi...
CS:GO photo
CS:GO

Gambling, match-fixing scandal rocks highest level of competitive Counter-Strike


Bans handed down
Jan 27
// Brett Makedonski
The world of eSports has a Pete Rose-style controversy on its hands. Yesterday, Valve levied a series of bans against Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players that were found to be involved in a gambling scandal that inc...
Sporting YP photo
Sporting YP

YouPorn is sponsoring an eSports team


More like spornsporning an eSporn team
Dec 04
// Steven Hansen
YouPorn, which a cursory Google search tells me is a streaming adult video webpage, has announced its sponsorship of a Spanish eSports team (Hearthstone, League of Legends). Play2Win will now be known as Team YP, which s...
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It looks like Sony will be launching an official eSports league


Starting in Spain, with other countries soon
Oct 15
// Dale North
Spanish site Gamereactor has details on what looks to be an official PlayStation League for eSports on the PS4. The PlayStation Official League initiative was created in Spain, with other countries following. The report says ...
Battlegrounds Day 2 photo
Battlegrounds Day 2

The final four duke it out today at Red Bull Battlegrounds


I hope you like Terran
Sep 21
// Patrick Hancock
Yesterday was some of the most intense StarCraft II play that I have ever seen. First of all, if you missed it, you should watch the recording on Red Bull's site. Secondly, the rest of this post does contain spoiler...
Red Bull StarCraft II photo
Red Bull StarCraft II

The Red Bull Battlegrounds StarCraft II grand finals are live!


Some of the biggest names in SC2 are competing
Sep 20
// Patrick Hancock
Man, it feels pretty good to talk about StarCraft II esports again. I've been way more focused on Dota 2 recently and it's nice to go back to what helped get me into the scene. Anyway, the grand finals for the Red B...
Are eSports sports? photo
Are eSports sports?

ESPN: eSports are not actually sports


Okay
Sep 07
// Kyle MacGregor
Are eSports real sports? ESPN's intrepid leader doesn't seem to think so. “It’s not a sport — it’s a competition," ESPN president John Skipper said Thursday at the Code/Media Series conference in New Y...
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lol

ESPN 'delighted' with Dota performance, expanding eSports coverage


Still not a sport
Jul 28
// Steven Hansen
ESPN 2 has aired competitive hot dog eating, log cutting, and a lot of boring poker. Still, it surprised me that ESPN 2 aired a brief bit on Dota 2's The International, and that the online-based ESPN 3 aired the entire compet...
Dota 2 photo
Dota 2

This is it: Watch Dota 2's The International grand finals live


Winner takes home over $5 million
Jul 21
// Jordan Devore
[Update: It's over! Newbee has been named champion of The International 4 and will take home $5,028,308 in prize money. For reaching second place, ViCi Gaming will bring home a still-impressive $1,475,699. Watch the final mat...
Dota 2 photo
Dota 2

ESPN3 will carry Dota 2's The International


Wow, good for Valve
Jul 17
// Jordan Devore
You can watch the $10+ million Dota 2 tournament The International on Twitch, or in-game, or, huh, even on ESPN. Valve is collaborating with the sports network for coverage this weekend. Notably, ESPN2 will have an exclusive ...

EVO 2014 recap: Here's who won

Jul 14 // Jordan Devore
Ultra Street Fighter IV [embed]278083:54883:0[/embed] Grand Final: Louffy vs. Bonchan 1. MD|Luffy (Rose) 2. Bonchan (Sagat) 3. RZR|Fuudo (Fei Long) 4. RG|Snake Eyez (Zangief) 5. RZR|Gackt (Fei Long) 5. EG|Ricky Ortiz (Rufus, Rolento) 7. EG|Momochi (Ken, Juri) 7. HORI|Sako (Ibuki, Evil Ryu, Elena, Gen) Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 [embed]278083:54885:0[/embed] Grand Final: Justin Wong vs. Chris G 1. EG|Justin Wong (Wolverine, Storm, Akuma) 2. GG|NYChrisG (Morrigan, Dr. Doom, Vergil | Others) 3. RG|Filipino Champ (Magneto, Dormammu, Dr. Doom | Others) 4. CTRL|RayRay (Magneto, Dr. Doom, Sentinel) 5. RG|Flocker (Zero, Vergil, Hawkeye | Others) 5. Jan (Hulk, Shuma-Gorath, Haggar | Others) 7. MRN|Marn (Zero, Vergil, Strider) 7. BIFU|Insaynne (Nova, Spencer, Dr. Doom) Super Smash Bros. Melee [embed]278083:54884:0[/embed] Grand Final: Mango vs. Hungrybox 1. C9|Mango (Falco, Fox) 2. Crs|Hungrybox (Jigglypuff, Fox, Falco) 3. EMP|Armada (Peach, Young Link) 4. EG|PPMD (Falco, Marth) 5. EMP|Mew2King (Marth, Sheik) 5. MOR|Axe (Pikachu) 7. Fly Amanita (Ice Climbers) 7. GC|Silent Wolf (Fox) Killer Instinct [embed]278083:54886:0[/embed] Grand Final: CDJR vs. Rico Suave 1. RM|CD Jr. (Sadira) 2. RG|Rico Suave (Thunder, Glacius, Jago, Sabrewulf, Fulgore) 3. EG|Justin Wong (Sabrewulf) 4. Gutter Magic (Thunder) 5. TSwagg (Sadira) 5. IC|MyGod88 (Sabrewulf) 7. Pretty E (Orchid) 7. Mr. Grimmmz (Jago) BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma [embed]278083:54892:0[/embed] Grand Final: Garireo vs. Dogura 1. Garireo (Litchi) 2. Dogura (Azrael) 3. BE|DoraBang (Bang) 4. Yoshiki (v-13-) 5. Tiku (Tager) 5. N-O (Rachel) 7. Tochigin (Azrael) 7. SG (Litchi) The King of Fighters XIII [embed]278083:54887:0[/embed] Grand Final: Xiao Hai vs. Tokido 1. Qanba|Xiao Hai (EX Iori, Mr. Karate, Kim) 2. MCZ|Tokido (EX Iori, Chin, Mr. Karate) 3. LDA|ET (Clark, Mr. Karate, EX Iori | Others) 4. CafeID|MadKOF (Duo Lon, Daimon, Kim) 5. Woo (King, Takuma, Kim) 5. TC|Yoshi (EX Kyo, Benimaru, Shen | Others) 7. VGM|Misterio (Yuri, Saiki, King) 7. TC|Chris KOF (Duo Lon, Iori, Shen) Injustice: Gods Among Us [embed]278083:54888:0[/embed] Grand Final: Pig of the Hut vs. Sonic Fox 1. RG|Sonic Fox (Batgirl) 2. AK|Pig of the Hut (Zod) 3. IC|Mit88 (Deathstroke, Batgirl, Aquaman) 4. GGA|PimPimJim (Hawkgirl, Raven, Shazam) 5. EMPR|Noobe (Doomsday) 5. IC|DJT88 (Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman, Doomsday) 7. GGA|16-bit (Catwoman) 7. FRQ|Emperor Theo (Aquaman) Tekken Tag Tournament 2 [embed]278083:54889:0[/embed] Grand Final: JDCR vs. Gen 1. Twitch|JDCR (Heihachi, Armor King) 2. Twitch|Gen Kids (Bob, Leo) 3. BE|Ao (Alisa, Miguel) 4. Jimmy J Tran (Bryan, Dragunov) 5. ATL|HOA (JACK-6, P-JACK) 5. Inkognito (Bryan, Bob) 7. JustFrameJames (Marshall Law, Yoshimitsu) 7. BMNS-13 (Hwoarang, Baek) Mortal Kombat 9 [embed]278083:54890:0[/embed] Grand Final: Sonic Fox vs. DAB 1. RG|Sonic Fox (Sonya Blade) 2. IC|DAB88 (Liu Kang, Jax, Johnny Cage) 3. IC|DJT88 (Cyrax) 4. FNATIC|Perfect Legend (Kung Lao, Raiden) 5. GGA|16-bit (Kitana) 5. KIT|Forever King (Kung Lao, Kabal, Freddy Kreuger) 7. RM|CD Jr. (Jax, Kung Lao) 7. IC|WoundCowboy88 (Shang Tsung) Persona 4: Arena [embed]278083:54891:0[/embed] Grand Final: Lord Knight vs. Ho-chan 1. TS|Lord Knight (Mitsuru) 2. Ho-chan (Yukiko) 3. BrkrDv (Teddie) 4. Rath (Mitsuru) 5. Dacidbro (Akihiko) 5. Lode Knight (Chie) 7. BananaKen (Shadow Labrys) 7. Pain (Aigis) X-Mania's three-on-three Super Street Fighter II Turbo tournament [embed]278083:54897:0[/embed] 1. Team M3 - TMF (Zangief) - Mattsun (Ken) - Mao (Vega) 2. Team Japan2 - Noguchi (Vega) - Kurahashi (Ryu) - Hanashi (Fei Long) 3. Team Special Forces - Ganelon (Vega) - AfroLegends (Balrog) - Damdai (O. Ryu) EVO 2014 results [Event Hubs]  Other highlights (post yours in the comments!) Pikachu destruction (skip to 6:21) [embed]278083:54894:0[/embed] Filipino Champ's comeback against ApologyMan (skip to 12:20). [embed]278083:54893:0[/embed] Sako special (skip to 8:00) [embed]278083:54895:0[/embed]
EVO recap photo
The grand finals and other notable moments
And just like that, another EVO has come and gone. What a weekend. Despite not playing fighting games much myself, I'll never miss watching the year's big tournament. The audience's energy, the drama that unfolds on stage -- ...

EVO 2014 LIVE photo
EVO 2014 LIVE

EVO 2014 finals: The year's biggest fighting game tournament ends here


This is where things get really exciting
Jul 13
// Kyle MacGregor
The third and final day of EVO 2014, the largest fighting game tournament of the year, is about to begin and you can catch all the action live from Las Vegas right here. Today we get to see how it all unfolds for Ul...
EVO 2014 LIVE photo
EVO 2014 LIVE

EVO 2014 keeps the hype train rolling, watch it here


The year's biggest fighting game competition continues into the weekend
Jul 12
// Kyle MacGregor
EVO 2014 is still going strong! The largest fighting game tournament of the year is now in its second day of competition and you can catch all the action live from Las Vegas, Nevada right here. Today's bouts include Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, the Injustice final, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Killer Instinct, and BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma. Check out all the streams and schedules below.
EVO 2014 LIVE photo
EVO 2014 LIVE

EVO 2014 is underway, see all the fighting games here


GET HYPE!
Jul 11
// Kyle MacGregor
EVO 2014 is a go! The largest fighting game tournament of the year is underway and you can catch all the action live from Las Vegas, Nevada right here. Today's competitions include Super Smash Bros. Melee, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Ultra Street Fighter IV, and Injustice: Gods Among Us. Check out all the streams and schedules below.
Dark Souls as an eSport photo
Dark Souls as an eSport

Here's what Dark Souls II would be like as an eSport


A glorious peek into a potential future for professional gaming competitions
Jul 05
// Kyle MacGregor
A lot of us would find eSports far more alluring if the genres associated with these competitions were more diverse. We see plenty of first-person shooters, RTS, fighting games, and MOBAs. But what about something atypical l...
Indianapendencepokemon photo
Indianapendencepokemon

Pokémon Nationals are this Independence Day weekend in Indianapolis


Indianapendencepokemon day
Jul 04
// Steven Hansen
The most American thing is happening this weekend: the Pokémon National Championships. That's both Pokemon the videogame and Pokemon the trading card game. Both will be live streamed through Twitch at the above channel (during the times listed below). Someone call me when they have a national championship for X and Y trainer videos because mine is the best. 
Better photo
Better

eSports tourney keeps women only event, opens men's division to all


Now women can play Hearthstone, too
Jul 03
// Steven Hansen
The International eSports Federation recently announced, in an "effort to promote e-Sports as a legitimate sport," its upcoming tournament would be segregated based on gender. Because, you know, that's what the real sports do...
eSports discrimination photo
eSports discrimination

Gender segregation in eSports tournament ignites controversy


International eSports Federation believes division will help legitimize pro gaming
Jul 02
// Kyle MacGregor
The International eSports Federation is in hot water today, following news of the organization's discriminatory plans for its upcoming World Championship in Baku, Azerbaijan. The tournament finalized its lineup last...
League of Legends photo
League of Legends

League of Legends added to Robert Morris University athletics program


The university's also offering scholarships for it
Jun 19
// Brett Makedonski
The rise of eSports just keeps becoming more and more prominent. Last year, the United States government began recognizing League of Legends players as professional athletes. Now, an American university's added the game ...

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