17 Oct 2019

Play in Moderation: A Response to the Fortnite Lawsuit

Fortnite is one of the most successful video games of all time. As of March 2019, Fortnite has amassed over 250 million users worldwide and made over $3 billion in revenue for its developer, Epic Games. The recent conclusion for its 10th season, “The End”, is now one of the most viewed gaming events in history at over 6 million concurrent viewers from Twitch and YouTube. Back in July, the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, the largest tennis stadium in the world, was completely filled by Fortnite fans for the Fortnite World Cup.

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07 Oct 2019

What Senate Bill 206 Could Mean for Collegiate Esports

Student athletes cannot be paid to play sports for their university or otherwise use their own name or image to make money. This has been a fact of collegiate sports for quite some time, as per the regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (N.C.A.A.). Now, this long-standing rule is being challenged. On September 30, […]

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30 Sep 2019

Gaming Goes Green With Playing for the Planet

The recent UN Climate Action Summit saw multiple leading video game companies, such as Microsoft, Sony, Rovio, Supercell, Google Stadia, and Ubisoft, join the UN’s Playing for the Planet program. Playing for the Planet is part of the UN’s Youth and Education Alliance, which seeks to “integrate environmental education into university curricula around the world” […]

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23 Sep 2019

Skillz and the IDGA Partner to Support Mobile Developers

Mobile esports platform Skillz has recently announced a partnership with the International Game Developers Association (IGDA). Skillz’s 30 million players and 20,000 game developers will be connected to IGDA’s network of 10,000 developer chapters and special-interest groups. The partnership seeks to give game developers new tools that will allow them to retain, engage, and monetize […]

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16 Aug 2019

Dallas Morning News to Cover Dallas Fuel Matches

As esports continues to grow in popularity, more and more mainstream media outlets, such as ESPN and The Washington Post, are beginning to cover it. The latest outlet to join this trend is the Dallas Morning News (DMN), which recently announced that it will start reporting on Dallas’ local Overwatch team, the Dallas Fuel, in […]

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13 Aug 2019

Gary Vaynerchuk Invests in Minnesota Call of Duty Team

The rapid growth and potential of esports is attracting a wide variety of investors from all over the world and all kinds of fields. One such investor is entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, the CEO of social media agency VaynerMedia and chairman of communications company Vayner X. Recently, Vaynerchuk acquired a stake in Minnesota’s Call of Duty […]

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31 Jul 2019

Madden NFL 20 Championship Plans Include Pizza Hut and Snickers

Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) and the National Football League (NFL) have recently announced their plans for this year’s Madden NFL 20 Championship Series (MCS). The various stages of the MCS will run alongside major NFL events, including the kickoff, playoffs push, Super Bowl, and draft. As an open registration event, this year’s MCS will have […]

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26 Jul 2019

Activision Blizzard Unveils New Overwatch League Format for 2020

While the current Overwatch League (OWL) season is still in progress, Activision Blizzard has already announced plans for next year’s season. In 2020, the League will be moving away from its four-stage format and away from the Blizzard Arena venue in Burbank. Instead, teams will play in a new format based around homestand weekends in […]

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24 Jul 2019

The Women of Esports

Whether they be game producers, CEOs, managers, designers, streamers, or gamers themselves, women are in inundated throughout the esports industry, you need only take a closer look. “We started looking at the female players and noticing that they were just as good, if not better than the male players,” said Jordan Sherman, Gen. G’s head of partnerships. “But no female players were really given the opportunity to come into a professional environment and play competitively as part of an organization” (Variety). Although finding increasing visibility is the current uphill fight for women in esports, there remains a slew of noteworthy accomplishments by these women over the many years of esports.

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19 Jul 2019

Twitch Remains the Number One Streaming Platform in Q2 2019

Though Twitch experienced a slight decrease in viewership for the first time during Q2, it still came out as the number one streaming platform of the quarter and achieved its second largest quarter yet. According to a study by StreamElements, 70% of all livestream hours watched in Q2 were on Twitch, which amounts to about […]

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