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ESPN 'delighted' with Dota performance, expanding eSports coverage

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...   more

ESPN 'delighted' with Dota performance, expanding eSports coverage photo

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

[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...   more

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

ESPN3 will carry Dota 2's The International

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 ...   more

ESPN3 will carry Dota 2's The International photo

EVO 2014 recap: Here's who won

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 -- ...   more

EVO 2014 recap: Here's who won photo

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

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...   more

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

EVO 2014 keeps the hype train rolling, watch it here

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.   more

EVO 2014 keeps the hype train rolling, watch it here photo

EVO 2014 is underway, see all the fighting games here

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.   more

EVO 2014 is underway, see all the fighting games here photo

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

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...   more

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

Pokémon Nationals are this Independence Day weekend in Indianapolis

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.    more

Pokémon Nationals are this Independence Day weekend in Indianapolis photo

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

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...   more

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

Gender segregation in eSports tournament ignites controversy

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...   more

Gender segregation in eSports tournament ignites controversy photo

League of Legends added to Robert Morris University athletics program

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 ...   more

League of Legends added to Robert Morris University athletics program photo

Riot launches Fantasy LCS for League of Legends

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...   more

Riot launches Fantasy LCS for League of Legends photo

2014 Wargaming.net eSports league starts now

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...   more

2014 Wargaming.net eSports league starts now photo

Dota 2 tournament: The International qualifying rounds begin May 12

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...   more

Dota 2 tournament: The International qualifying rounds begin May 12 photo

Major League Gaming to be featured at X Games Austin

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...   more

Major League Gaming to be featured at X Games Austin photo

MLG is building a gaming arena in China

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...   more

MLG is building a gaming arena in China photo

Ryan 'Fwiz' Wyatt Joins MLG as VP of Programming

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 ...   more

Ryan 'Fwiz' Wyatt Joins MLG as VP of Programming photo

MLG.tv viewership grows 1,376 percent in Q1

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...   more

MLG.tv viewership grows 1,376 percent in Q1 photo

Wargaming.net League Grand Finals recap from Warsaw, Poland

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...   more

Wargaming.net League Grand Finals recap from Warsaw, Poland photo


Wargaming.net League Grand Finals recap from Warsaw, Poland photo
Wargaming.net League Grand Finals recap from Warsaw, Poland photo
Wargaming.net League Grand Finals recap from Warsaw, Poland photo
Wargaming.net League Grand Finals recap from Warsaw, Poland photo
Wargaming.net League Grand Finals recap from Warsaw, Poland photo
Wargaming.net League Grand Finals recap from Warsaw, Poland photo



Wargaming to invest $10 million in 2014 toward eSports

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...   more

Wargaming to invest $10 million in 2014 toward eSports photo

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

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%...   more

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

Dota 2 documentary Free to Play: The Movie released

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...   more

Dota 2 documentary Free to Play: The Movie released photo

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

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...   more

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

Wargaming.net League eSports Grand Finals in Poland

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...   more

Wargaming.net League eSports Grand Finals in Poland photo

Valve's Dota 2 documentary debuts next month for free

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...   more

Valve's Dota 2 documentary debuts next month for free photo

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

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, ...   more

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

Call of Duty: Ghosts receiving eSports focused update

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...   more

Call of Duty: Ghosts receiving eSports focused update photo

eSports player owed thousands after team CEO disappears

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...   more

eSports player owed thousands after team CEO disappears photo

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

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...   more

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

MLG viewership up, outpaces March Madness

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...   more

MLG viewership up, outpaces March Madness photo

ESGN: a new global network for eSports

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 ...   more

ESGN: a new global network for eSports photo

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

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 ...   more

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

Which Console watches more Porn, BF4 Fixes & FFVIII Hair

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...   more

Which Console watches more Porn, BF4 Fixes & FFVIII Hair photo

Riot censors what pro players can stream via contracts

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...   more

Riot censors what pro players can stream via contracts photo

TotalBiscuit and Day[9] discuss StarCraft II and eSports

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...   more

TotalBiscuit and Day[9] discuss StarCraft II and eSports photo

Red Bull Battlegrounds is under way

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...   more

Red Bull Battlegrounds is under way photo

MLG Columbus has begun!

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...   more

MLG Columbus has begun! photo

StarCraft II World Championship Series plans out 2014

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...   more

StarCraft II World Championship Series plans out 2014 photo

League of Legends event breaks record with 32M viewers

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...   more

League of Legends event breaks record with 32M viewers photo

Major League Gaming launches dedicated streaming platform

The original eSports network, Major League Gaming, has launched a new premium online video streaming platform called MLG.TV. The new site offers a 1080p HD player, along with a Twitter-driven chat feature. MLG.TV has eSports ...   more

Major League Gaming launches dedicated streaming platform photo

Three Spirits Update adds two Heroes and more to Dota 2

The huge update that was promised as Valve explained the lack of Diretide is now live for Dota 2. The "Three Spirits Update" adds in two more Heroes, Ember and Earth Spirit, to join Storm Spirit and complete the trifecta...   more

Three Spirits Update adds two Heroes and more to Dota 2 photo

MLG Dota 2 tournament to raise prize pool via community

The biggest Dota 2 tournament of the year, The International, was even bigger this year thanks to a community-funded prize pool that increased the total awarded cash from $1,600,000 to $2,874,380. Players bought Interact...   more

MLG Dota 2 tournament to raise prize pool via community photo

Natural Selection 2 World Championship gets some help

There are only two days left for the Natural Selection 2 World Championship crowdfunding campaign to reach its goal, which it just might clear now that it's received some help. Nvidia and Intel, both known in the eSport...   more

Natural Selection 2 World Championship gets some help photo

Valve explains the lack of Diretide in Dota 2

A lot of Dota 2 players have lamented the lack of a Diretide event this year. For those unaware, last year at Halloween time, Valve released and event called Diretide, which saw players collecting candy pieces from around the...   more

Valve explains the lack of Diretide in Dota 2 photo

WCS finals at Blizzcon begin today

There is currently one open spot in the red Bull Battlegrounds StarCraft II tournament taking place later this month. After this weekend, that spot will be filled. The World Championship Series (WCS) finals take place at Bli...   more

WCS finals at Blizzcon begin today photo

Three more qualify for Red Bull Battlegrounds in NYC

Three more players have pulled out victories and managed to qualify for the Red Bull Battlegrounds event later this month in NYC. Sasha "Scarlett" Hostyn (Zerg), Won "PartinG" Lee Sak (Protoss), and Ko "HyuN" Seok Hyun (Zerg)...   more

Three more qualify for Red Bull Battlegrounds in NYC photo

Tune into the Red Bull Battlegrounds Qualifiers right now

The Red Bull Battlegrounds will be taking place on November 23-24, but today we will get to see another player added to the roster of competitors. Four players will compete for a single spot into the main event, paid transpo...   more

Tune into the Red Bull Battlegrounds Qualifiers right now photo

Longest StarCraft II match lasts THREE HOURS

Once, I watched a StarCraft II match on Metalopalis between two Terran opponents, and it lasted for about an hour and a half. It felt like an eternity. After a while, it wasn't even suspenseful anymore. It was more...in...   more

Longest StarCraft II match lasts THREE HOURS photo

'League' indeed: eSports are officially Real Sports!

Tomorrow's episode of the long-running, award-winning HBO sports program Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel features a segment with Soledad O’Brien going behind the scenes at the League of Legends World Championship. This ...   more

'League' indeed: eSports are officially Real Sports! photo