Successful pop culture trends only flow one way: small to big. They start as a subculture until they grow enough to become mainstream. In the 1950s, a small group of bohemians gave rise to the beat generation and then the hippie culture, which led to the entire fashion of the 1970s. The 1980s phenomenon of […]
“I want you to understand that this is going to be an adversarial relationship. A union is not a social club. A union is a restraint on what an employer can otherwise do. If you expect the owners to like me, to praise me, to compliment me, you’ll be disappointed. In fact, if I’m elected […]
From groups of friends getting together and connecting computers via LAN cables to play video games, a billion-dollar industry was born. Those humble origins were the foundation for the current esports industry where media giants manage tournaments and individual players can earn hundreds of thousands of dollars.
DreamHack has already established a significant place in esports history. The first-ever League of Legends World Championships took place at DreamHack in the summer of 2011. Countless victories and close defeats have been witnessed by thousands across a diverse selection of games, including StarCraft II, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), Defense of the Ancients 2 (Dota […]
Esports is at an interesting point in history. To its hardcore audience, the sport has always been captivating and something that is worth the investment of both time and money. To many in the extended audience (read: folks older than 35), the concept of professional video game players still seems like an adolescent fantasy. The […]
In 1980, Atari held a national Space Invaders competition. The event is considered to be the first formal video game competition. The contest drew 10,000 participants, which is a pretty impressive number for the time. Yet, while Space Invaders was a cultural phenomenon, the competition didn’t move the needle for many beyond those who were […]
Big changes are coming to the European League of Legends Championship Series (EU LCS) that are likely to benefit everyone involved: players, teams, league, and sponsors. For years, the EU LCS operated as a promotion and relegation system, similar to European football and some other European sports. In a promotion and relegation system, teams bounce between different […]
Turtle Wax and esports may not initially be the first combination that springs to mind, but the automotive appearance product manufacturer is greatly increasing its commitment to its esports sponsorships. This is significant for two reasons. First, it was just two years ago when Turtle Wax tentatively dipped its toe in the esports sponsorship water. Its […]