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Popular fantasy betting site moves into eSports

Surely this can only turn out well
Sep 18
// Ben Pack
Popular podcast advertiser and fantasy sports betting service DraftKings introduced a new feature to let fans bet on eSports. The company, which is projected to give away $1 billion in prize money this year, released a video ...
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ESPN is hiring a dedicated eSports editor

Moving in the right direction
Sep 03
// Brett Makedonski
The advent of eSports in mainstream media has taken off like a rocket lately. Big names like Red Bull are sponsoring teams and running editorial websites. ESPN's giving it front page placement during tournaments. In the insta...
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Rocket League pro match

You need to watch the Rocket League grand finals

The best match you have ever witnessed!
Aug 21
// Patrick Hancock
Major League Gaming (MLG) just completed hosting its first Rocket League tournament, and the grand finals was one of the most exciting things I have ever witnessed. The two competing teams were Cosmic Aftershock an...
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Capcom Cup

Capcom Cup 2015 taking place at PlayStation Experience

Street Fighter champion to be crowned
Aug 14
// Ben Pack
Capcom Cup 2015, the culmination of the Capcom Pro Tour series of tournaments, will be hosted by Sony at its PlayStation Experience event. The Ultra Street Fighter IV tournament will take place Sunday, December 6 at the Mosco...
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ESL introduces random drug testing for their eSports tournaments

Weed, steroids, Adderall and more banned
Aug 13
// Joe Parlock
Last month news broke that eSports professionals were taking Adderall to improve their performance. Adderall is often prescribed to those with conditions such as ADHD or narcolepsy, and helps increase the attention of those t...
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Blizzard trademark

Blizzard trademarks eSports service Compete

Internet app for organizing tournaments
Aug 11
// Jordan Devore
More Blizzard speculation following that job listing for an undisclosed Diablo project. Last month, the company filed a trademark for something called Compete in the United States. It's an eSports thing, according to the USPT...
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Valve isn't planning an International-style event for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Despite it being its second biggest game
Aug 11
// Joe Parlock
Here’s something I never even thought of until today: Dota 2 is a huge eSport. The International is one of the biggest annual events in gaming, and this year had a prize pool of over $18 million. It’s by far the m...
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ESPN has a genuinely positive discussion about The International

A bit out of touch, but still positive
Aug 10
// Joe Parlock
Last week saw Dota 2’s annual championship The International take place in Seattle, with a huge $18 million being up for grabs in prize money. It is by far one of the biggest events in eSports, and recent years have se...
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Super Smash Con

Results from the Super Smash Con tournament

Everything from N64 to Wii U
Aug 09
// Ben Pack
[Image via John Michaels] The inaugural Super Smash Con, a three-day event for all things Smash Bros., concluded today. The gathering included everything from panels and exhibits to a series of tournaments of all of the Smash Bros. games featuring high-level players.
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Dota 2 championship

The International 5 concludes and a new Dota 2 champ is crowned

The six-day Dota tournament is over
Aug 08
// Ben Pack
After six games of some of the best Dota play, Evil Geniuses has earned the title of best Dota 2 team in the world. Along with the title, the American team took home a payout of $6,616,014. The team, with an age ranging ...
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Dota 2 tournament

Dota 2's The International 5 finals are tomorrow, here's what you need to know

Three teams remain competing for first
Aug 07
// Ben Pack
The International 5 is coming to a close tomorrow. The three remaining teams in the Dota 2 world championships are each guaranteed at least $2 million dollars.
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Dota 2 12v12

Valve announces 24-player Dota matches, and it's as crazy as it sounds

10v10 showed off at TI5 all star game
Aug 07
// Ben Pack
The was major buzz surrounding this year's all star match at The International 5. Aside from pitting the best Dota players in the world against each other, there has been a history of major announcements at the match. Last ye...
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The International

Dota 2's The International 5 is halfway through, here's who is in the running

Millions of dollars still on the line
Aug 05
// Ben Pack
After three full days of Dota 2 matches, The International 5 -- the highest-paying eSports event ever -- is fifty percent completed. With $18 million dollars on the line, eight teams of five are still in contention for the title of "best Dota 2 team in the world."
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Dtoid Smash Bros.

Results for the first ever Dtoid Smash Bros. tournament

A new one starts soon!
Aug 03
// Jed Whitaker
Our first ever Super Smash Bros. for Wii U online tournament just ended and the results are in and we have a tie! Congratulations to Edgar (NNID MexiBoy51) and Jaydubious (NNID Jaydubious) both having 9 wins. Also an honorabl...
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The International

The International 5, the largest eSports event ever, begins Monday

Almost 18 million dollars on the line
Aug 02
// Ben Pack
The International 5, Dota 2's largest tournament of all time, kicks off this Monday with two matches. With a prize pool of $17.8 million dollars on the line, TI5 will no doubt offer the highest level of eSports entertainment....

New update and DLC out for Super Smash Bros., preview it here

Jul 31 // Jed Whitaker
Stages: Peach's Castle (64) Hyrule Castle (64)  The stages include their music and a few extra tracks as well.  Mii Outfits: Bear (Gunner) King K. Rool (Brawler) Flying Man (Brawler) Chrom (Swordfighter) Black Knight (Swordfighter) Lloyd (Swordfighter) Samus (Gunner) Hoodie w/ Smash Bros. logo (All) Also, I'm proud to announce an impromptu Super Smash Bros. Destructoid tournament for Wii U! The tournament is now live and joinable by searching for "" and is open up to 100 participants. You have until Sunday at 8:00pm ET to fight your way to the top, then I'll reveal the results on the site and give you a shoutout. Huzzah!  One last thing...
Smash Bros. Wii U tournament!
The new update for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS is out in the wild now, bringing with it new stages, Mii costumes, tournament mode, and balance changes. Included for free in the update is a K. K. Slider costume for th...

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League of Legends

Pro League of Legends team goes undefeated

Sets new record by going 18-0 in LCS
Jul 26
// Ben Pack
Following its victory at League of Legends Championship Series, professional eSports team Fnatic is celebrating not only a successful regular season, but a historic achievement. The group managed to do something no other...
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Dota 2 wildcard matches

Dota 2 wildcard matches are now underway

Fighting for a chance at millions
Jul 26
// Patrick Hancock
The wildcard matches for the biggest eSports tournament of the year have officially begun! Dota 2's International 2015 tournament has already raised over $17 million, and four teams are about to fight for their shot at the pr...
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Adios adderall

No more Adderall abuse for players in one eSports league

ESL bans performance enhancing drugs
Jul 23
// Jed Whitaker
Abusing drugs to enhance performance isn't just a thing that happens in professional sports, but up until now they haven't been tested for in eSports. Coming just a week after professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive&nbs...
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Pro League of Legends player caught boosting accounts for money

ELO Busted
Jul 23
// Joe Parlock
eSports sure has had its fair share of controversy recently, huh? With drug tests being brought in as an anti-doping measure in the ESL, it seems like eSports has finally got its own Lance Armstrongs to deal with. It has now ...
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eSports done wrong

Ladies-only Hearthstone tournament does it wrong

How hard is it to treat people equally?
Jul 22
// Jed Whitaker
Over 150,000 people watched the International Women's Invitational, a female-only Hearthstone tournament that took place in China this weekend with players from all over the world. With only eight players, the tournament...

Guilty Gear Xrd player stands up too early, loses

Jul 19 // Kyle MacGregor
[embed]296294:59596:0[/embed] Ogawa eventually went on to win the tournament, while Woshige advanced to the losers bracket and ultimately wound up in placing third overall. He's still number one in my heart, though. [Video via RoBoT SheKeiB -- Thanks, Southsing]
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Best moment of EVO so far?
Today's top story from EVO came from a Guilty Gear Xrd match between Woshige and Ogawa. After pulling off a comeback victory in the second round, Woshige mistakenly thought he'd won the match in its entirety. He stood up and ...

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EVO 2015 finals

Watch the EVO 2015 finals right here

The competition is heating up
Jul 19
// Kyle MacGregor
It's the last day of EVO 2015, the largest fighting game tournament of the year, and if you haven't yet tuned in to catch any of this weekend's action, now would be the perfect time to do so. Starting with Guilty Gear Xr...
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The International

Dota 2 launches The International 5 website

Largest prize pool ever for first place
Jul 18
// Ben Pack
As announced on the Dota 2 blog, the official website for The International 5 has launched. TI5's website showcases prize pool breakdowns, the teams that will be competing, replays, and a link to the web store....
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EVO 2015

Watch day two of EVO 2015 right here

Smash semifinals kick off the morning
Jul 18
// Kyle MacGregor
EVO 2015, the largest fighting game tournament in the world, is back for round two today. The day's competitions begin with the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U semifinals along with Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom, Mortal Kombat X, Tekken 7, Killer Instinct, and Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- pools. For the full rundown of what happened yesterday, check out our recap.

EVO 2015 is underway, catch all the action here

Jul 17 // Kyle MacGregor
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Day one is a go!
EVO 2015, the largest fighting game tournament of the year, has begun. Get hype! Kicking off today's competitions are pools for Ultra Street Fighter IV, Super Smash Bros. (both Melee and Wii U), Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, and T...

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EVO guide

EVO 2015 schedule

Your guide to fighting game goodness
Jul 12
// Ben Pack
Evolution, the world's largest fighting game tournament, kicks off July 17 in Las Vegas, Nevada. But fear not if you couldn't make it out to sin city, as the entire weekend of the highest-level fighting game footage will be a...
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DreamHack is coming stateside

And it's a pretty big deal
Jul 12
// Ben Pack
The "world's largest LAN party" is coming stateside. DreamHack, founded in 1992, was established as a festival for online gaming fans to gather with their own computers. But since then it has also become a powerhouse in the e...
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Watch a pro DOTA 2 team's journey to the top

With Jimmy 'DeMoN' Ho
Jul 07
// Chris Carter
If you've been wanting a new eSports documentary, Red Bull is currently producing one centered on DOTA 2. The doc will focus on Jimmy 'DeMoN' Ho as well as his former Team Liquid (he's currently with Champions of Summer...
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CEO 2015 highlights

My favorite matches from CEO 2015

The best of the best!
Jun 29
// Patrick Hancock
CEO 2015, one of the biggest fighting game tournaments of the year, took place this weekend and had some insane moments. My favorite was probably the above match between Armada and Leffen in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Yes, it'...

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