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Indianapendencepokemon

Pokémon Nationals are this Independence Day weekend in Indianapolis


Indianapendencepokemon day
Jul 04
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.  read
Better

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


Now women can play Hearthstone, too
Jul 03
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... read
eSports discrimination

Gender segregation in eSports tournament ignites controversy


International eSports Federation believes division will help legitimize pro gaming
Jul 02
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... read
League of Legends

League of Legends added to Robert Morris University athletics program


The university's also offering scholarships for it
Jun 19
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 ... read
League of Legends

Riot launches Fantasy LCS for League of Legends


Digital sports
May 16
League of Legends fans can now create their own fantasy leagues and draft North American and European League Championship Series pros with Riot Games' new Fantasy LCS beta. Once you create or join a four-, six-, or eight-per... read

2014 Wargaming.net eSports league starts now


Five regions fight for $2.5 million
May 07
It's just starting to hit me now that if I were to become good at videogames I could get some money. These prize pools are ridiculous! It's too bad I'm terrible at games. Wargaming announced the start of the first season of t... read

Dota 2 tournament: The International qualifying rounds begin May 12


Dates and deets
Apr 30
Valve has announced the date and some details for its annual Dota 2 tournament, The International.  Now going into its fourth year, The International kicks off on July 18 in Seattle, at Key Arena. But they have to get th... read
Major League Gaming

Major League Gaming to be featured at X Games Austin


That's certainly a big step for eSports
Apr 28
There's going to be a fresh set of faces at this year's X Games event in Austin among all the familiar high-flying, trick-pulling daredevils. The new guys on the scene will be professional gamers, eschewing traditional X Game... read
MLG

MLG is building a gaming arena in China


Betting big on the future of eSports
Apr 24
Major League Gaming, Lai Fung Holdings Limited, and eSun Holdings Limited are constructing a competitive gaming arena in China, scheduled to open to the public in 2017. The structure will be located off the coast of Macau wit... read

Ryan 'Fwiz' Wyatt Joins MLG as VP of Programming


Fwiz
Apr 17
Top commentator and eSports personality Ryan "Fwiz" Wyatt started his career at MLG, but later moved to Machinima as head of Live and eSports, where he has worked for the past three years. Now, armed with expertise, he comes ... read

MLG.tv viewership grows 1,376 percent in Q1


Holy chicken fingers
Apr 14
Ha! "1,376 percent" is something a kid might say when you ask him how much he loves chicken fingers dipped in honey mustard. It's the percent of dislike I have for when people describe themselves as irreverent. It's the perce... read
Na'Vi takes top prize
The skinny arms of one of the team members of team Natus Vincere (also known as Na'Vi) were warbling dangerously as he attempted to lift the massive block of solid metal that is the trophy for the Wargaming.net Leag... read feature

Wargaming to invest $10 million in 2014 toward eSports


25 percent increase over 2013
Apr 07
At a press conference held right before the Wargaming.net League Grand Finals in Warsaw, Poland this past weekend, CEO Victor Kisyli pledged an investment of $10 million toward eSports in 2014.  Wargaming eSports Di... read
eSporps

71 million watch eSports: Soon I WILL be hip for not being into it


Viewership doubling year over year
Apr 03
eSporps (yes, intentional), according to Super Data, has seen its viewership, "[increase] almost eight-fold in the last four years," to about 71.5 million. Of those 71.5 million frequent watchers, as well as participants, 70%... read
Documentary

Dota 2 documentary Free to Play: The Movie released


Watch it on YouTube, Steam, or iTunes
Mar 19
Produced internally at Dota 2 maker Valve, Free to Play: The Movie is a full-length documentary that tracks three professional gamers -- Dendi, hyhy, and Fear -- on their distinct personal journeys to the million-dollar Dota... read

So how much does it cost to host an eSports competition anyway?


Natural Selection II developer shares some insightful statistics
Mar 11
Natural Selection II is the first-person shooter meets real-time strategy title, and two weeks ago developer Unknown Worlds hosted their World Championship tournament for the game. It was the culmination of months of qualifi... read

Wargaming.net League eSports Grand Finals in Poland


April 4-6
Mar 07
Wargaming has released the first details for the upcoming eSports Grand Finals, set to take place in Warsaw, Poland on April 4-6.  The grand finals will bring together the best players from all over the world next m... read
Dota 2

Valve's Dota 2 documentary debuts next month for free


Free to Play: The Movie
Feb 19
Valve is putting out a feature-length documentary which tracks three professional Dota 2 players as they train for the million-dollar tournament, The International. The movie, rather strangely titled Free to Play, releases f... read

Content creators can make more money on MLG.tv, says CEO


'Significantly more money' than on Twitch
Jan 16
On Gamer has an interview with Major League Gaming's CEO Sundance DiGiovanni, and there's a lot of interesting tidbits regarding the competitive gaming company. The biggest surprise for me is that ever since MLG.tv launched, ... read

Call of Duty: Ghosts receiving eSports focused update


Plus the next $1 million tournament announced
Jan 09
Call of Duty: Ghosts latest updates is all eSports focused. An upcoming update will restrict Ghillie suits, tracker sights, danger close, and disable third-person spectating in competitive rules. They will also add a kill fe... read

eSports player owed thousands after team CEO disappears


CE-Oh no
Jan 05
Simon Boudreault is the 23-year-old CEO of the Quantic Gaming eSports team, and he owes a lot of people some money The Daily Dot reports. For starters, pro StarCraft II player Ko Hyun has been owed $23,000 in salary and prize... read
eSports

A game, not a sport: Real Sports talks eSports again


Sports!
Dec 20
No, I don't think competitive gaming needs approval from something like Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. But that doesn't mean common ground shouldn't be reached. The show's recent look into League of Legends was actually dec... read
MLG still growing

MLG viewership up, outpaces March Madness


Major league growth
Dec 13
While League of Legends creeps up on the National Hockey League in terms of numbers, MLG is quite happy to boast that its "[v]iewers consumed more than 54 million hours of MLG’s online video in 2013 vs. 14 million hour... read

ESGN: a new global network for eSports


Two new sites launched
Dec 10
ESGN, the eSports Global Network, has launched two new sites today to cover professional videogaming: ESGN (www.esgn.com), and its web-based broadcast site, ESGNTV (www.esgntv.com). They've partnered with ... read

Frostivus isn't cancelled! The Dota 2 holiday begins soon


Also, ranked matchmaking is coming
Dec 09
Last year, Frostivus, what I assume to be the most amazing Dota 2 holiday ever, was CANCELLED due to those jerk Greevils. Then we had the "Greevling" instead, which was a decent alternative game mode for a while, though ... read
The DTOID Show is shot in front of a live car audience
Hey hey! This video was supposed to go up yesterday afternoon, but a series of unfortunate events resulted in it going up very late last night, and then internet witchcraft prevented me from putting up a post. So, if you don... read feature

Riot censoring

Riot censors what pro players can stream via contracts


So much for healthy competition
Dec 04
Riot Games, the company behind the super-popular MOBA League of Legends, apparently doesn't like competition. Contract details uncovered by onGamers show an explicit list of games that players participating in Season 4 o... read
Shedding light on why we need the term 'athlete'
When someone gives you the opportunity to interview two people who you have looked up to as idols, there is no thinking to be done, only a garbled "HECKYES" to be shot out of your mouth hole. There are four amazing casters th... read feature

Red Bull Battlgrounds NYC

Red Bull Battlegrounds is under way


Huge StarCraft II tournament all weekend!
Nov 23
As if MLG Columbus wasn't already enough tournament for one weekend to hold, StarCraft II fans can rest easy knowing that the Red Bull Battlegrounds in NYC are taking place starting now! Eight competitors will be duking... read
MLG Columbus start

MLG Columbus has begun!


Featuring Dota 2 and Call of Duty games all weekend
Nov 22
MLG Columbus is taking place all weekend, and the festivities have already begun AND YOU'RE LATE! Dota 2 and Call of Duty: Ghosts are the tasty flavors offered up this weekend, the former of which has had a constant... read
WCS 2014

StarCraft II World Championship Series plans out 2014


2013 WCS just ended, and already looking ahead
Nov 20
The World Championship Series, one of the biggest yearly StarCraft II tournaments around, just had its finals at Blizzcon earlier this month, and already Blizzard is looking ahead to 2014 with new plans. They've gone ahe... read
LoL

League of Legends event breaks record with 32M viewers


Most-watched eSports event ever, claims Riot
Nov 19
It was clear that the League of Legends Season 3 World Championship pulled in a huge crowd, but Riot Games has only now come out with its final numbers for the event. And they are as outlandish as you'd imagine. Possibly more... read






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