The spread of the coronavirus has forced the military service branches to alter their recruiting and training efforts. For the Navy’s esports team, recently established to aid that recruiting, the pandemic has forced some scheduling changes but hasn’t derailed its outreach to potential sailors. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more […]
As the coronavirus pandemic puts sports and most of the rest of the world on hold, racing divisions like NASCAR and Formula One are moving races online with some of their big-name drivers. The races are exhibition only and won’t count for anything, but will be broadcast both online and […]
20-year-old Hugh “Destinys Jesus” Gilmour is a professional “Fortnite” coach who regularly works with the esports team FaZe Clan, and who tested positive for the coronavirus three days ago. Gilmour, who has been quarantined in the UK for eight days now, uploaded a coronavirus patient “Day in the Life” vlog […]
With its new travelling schedule, the Overwatch League has achieved Activision Blizzard’s goal of creating an international esports competition. Thousands of fans have been showing up to live Overwatch League events and hundreds of thousands watch the league online every weekend on YouTube. In January, Activision agreed to a three-year, […]
Daniel Walsh, a member of the esports organisation known as FaZe Clan, was indefinitely suspended by the group after he said a racial slur on a live stream. Walsh, known as FaZe Dubs, will undergo sensitivity training, along with all FaZe Clan members, as a result of the incident. “FaZe […]
The Army has been ramping up its recruiting effort, seeking more soldiers from a mix of backgrounds and with differing skill sets. The service has developed a variety of outreach methods to get those recruits. One of its most innovative may be the Army Esports Team, which draws on the […]
The third season of Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League will begin on February 8 with matches in New York City and Dallas. This year the esports league will travel to the home cities of all 20 teams, with stops in North America, Europe, South Korea, and China. Activision Blizzard recently signed […]
Activision Blizzard just launched the Call of Duty League with a weekend-long event at The Armory, a historic venue in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Call of Duty League has 12 teams based in the United States, Canada, and Europe, reportedly valued at $US25 million each. Each team will host a live […]
The International Olympics Committee (IOC) has updated its stance on esports following the 8th Olympic Summit earlier this month. While the IOC previously declared that competitive video games “could be considered sports,” a statement from this year’s summit said the Olympics isn’t ready to support games that aren’t based on […]
Louis Vuitton released its “League of Legends” collection, and it doesn’t come cheap. The collection has about 40 products, many of which cost well over $US1,000. Products are set to ship in February or March of 2020. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. For the person who has everything, […]
Graphic designers are slamming Bucks Gaming, an esports team owned by the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, after the team announced an art contest and told artists who asked for a cash prize to “go get a job.” Bucks Gaming shared a tweet asking fans to create a new Twitter header image […]
China’s FunPlus Phoenix defeated G2 Esports of Spain to win the 2019 League of Legends World Championship. FunPlus Phoenix will take home more than $US2.5 million in prize money, and a 70-pound trophy with a case designed by Louis Vuitton. Riot Games recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of “League of […]
Jarvis Khattri, 17, was banned from “Fortnite” for life after he uploaded a video of himself using software to cheat in the game. Jarvis, a member of the esports organisation FaZe Clan, has earned thousands of dollars playing “Fortnite” and making videos about the game for his YouTube followers. Jarvis […]
Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty League is launching with 12 teams, and the kick-off weekend will be held from January 24 to January 26 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The 12 Call of Duty League franchises reportedly paid $US25 million or more to secure their place in the Call of Duty League, […]
Blizzard Entertainment held its annual fan conference,BlizzCon, from November 1 to November 3, welcoming thousands of gamers to the Anaheim Convention Centre. BlizzCon is a thorough celebration of the company’s iconic video game franchises, offering trailers and game announcements and giving attendees a chance to demo upcoming releases. After three […]
WeWork is reportedly has plans to get involved in professional gaming, according to a report from Bloomberg. Bloomberg found two job listings for Play By We, an entertainment services brand focused on professional gaming and esports. Competitive gaming, or esports, is a growing industry with publishers and investors spending millions […]
When retired professional gamer Ryoo “SeleCT” Kyung Hyun turned to Twitter to find a software engineering job, he got a direct response from Shopify CEO Tobias Lütke. Lütke told SeleCT that his past performance in “Starcraft 2” was enough to qualify him for Shopify’s internship program. Kyung Hyun stopped competing […]
Blizzard denied reports that it was issuing bans for Twitch users who expressed support for the Hong Kong protesters via chat. Twitch viewers complained that they had received 24-hour bans from the “Play Hearthstone” Twitch channel after typing “Free Hong Kong.” In a statement to Polygon, Blizzard said it was […]
Blizzard risks triggering a fresh censorship furor after barring three more “Hearthstone” players from participating in tournaments after the trio held up a sign supporting the ongoing Hong Kong protests. Casey Chambers, Corwin Dark, and a third player with the online moniker TJammer held up a sign that read “Free […]
Activision Blizzard stripped a “Hearthstone” champion of his prize money and slapped him with a yearlong ban from competitions after he voiced support for anti-government protests in Hong Kong. The video game giant quickly scaled back the punishment following fierce backlash, and insisted its relationship with China didn’t factor in […]
China’s“Great Firewall” of internet censorship blocks content that the government deems sensitive, including reports of political unrest and references to Taiwan as an independent country. US tech companies including Facebook,Twitter, and others are banned from the country. But some tech companies made the controversial decision to comply with China’s strict […]
A prominent former employee at Blizzard has said he is boycotting the firm after it banned gamer Chung Ng Wai, a pro esports player who voiced support for the Hong Kong protesters in a post-game interview. Mark Kern is a video game developer who worked at Blizzard from 1997 to […]
Blizzard Entertainment, the company behind video games like “World of Warcraft” and “Overwatch,” is under scrutiny for its decision to punish an esports player who voiced support for protesters in Hong Kong. Chung Ng Wai, the esports competitor better known as Blitzchung, shouted “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age” […]
With ever-improving games consoles like the Xbox One,PlayStation 4, and their upcomingsuccessors that promise incredible performance, gaming PC makers Alienware and NZXT don’t think the gaming PC will die anytime soon. Both companies said there are two main reasons why PC gaming will remain relevant. First, playing games with the […]
The K-Swiss One Tap, seen above, is touted as the “world’s first performance esports shoe.” The $US125 shoe is part of a cross-promotion with esports organisation Made In Brazil (MiBR). What is a “performance esports shoe”? I attempted to find out by wearing the One Taps for a week, both […]
Tyler “Ninja”Blevins is the most popular professional gamer in the world, with tens of millions of followers. Ninja has reportedly made as much as $US500,000 per month streaming games for a live audience, and gaming companies pay him to help promote new releases too. In his new book called “Get […]
Alliance is a European esports team founded by Razer, with squads competing in multiple games. Alliance’s “Dota 2” team is currently competing in The International, a massive tournament with a $US33 million prize pool in Shanghai, China. Business Insider spoke with Alliance’s CEO and coach Jonathan “Loda” Berg and general […]
Echo Fox will forfeit its position as one of 10 franchises in the League Championship Series (LCS) amid claims of racism. The LCS is the professional league for the popular computer game “League of Legends,” and franchise slots have recently sold for between $US35 and $US45 million. A deal to […]
The International is one of the biggest annual events in esports, and this year, the event is currently offering a crowd-funded prize pool of $US33,039,566 The event is a championship tournament for “Dota 2,” a popular free-to-play game that’s been around for more than a decade. Eighteen teams from around […]
The Evolution Championship Series, or Evo, has been the largest fighting game tournament in the world for more than a decade, welcoming thousands of competitors from around the world to the Mandalay Bay Casino on the Las Vegas strip. More than 9,000 players from 80 countries will compete in nine […]
The Fortnite World Cup took over Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York July 26-28. “Fortnite” creator Epic Games offered more than $US30 million in prizes to dozens of professional players, including a $US3 million prize for the solo tournament at the World Cup. Beyond the competition, thousands of fans got […]
Tyler “Ninja” Blevins is the most well-known professional gamer in the world, but he’s no longer the most watched, according to data from StreamElements. Ninja still has more than twice as many followers as any other streamer on Twitch, but viewers have spent more time watching other channels. During the […]
A top “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” player retired after admitting to a romantic relationship with a 17-year-old competitor. Elliot Bastien “Ally” Carroza-Oyarce, 28, was publicly accused of dating the teenager in March but admitted to the relationship on July 4. Carroza-Oyarce is considered one of the best “Super Smash Bros.” […]
Competitive e-sports viewership is at an all time high:106.2 million viewers watched the League of Legends Championship in 2017. Competitive video gaming has boomed all around the world. Some estimates expect the industry will rake in over $US1.67 billion in revenue by 2021. With millions to be made through games, […]
Competitive e-sports viewership is at an all time high:106.2 million viewers watched the League of Legends Championship in 2017 Over 5,000 students currently compete across 130 US schools. Aiden Tidwell is one of the nations top college League of Legends players Tidwell was offered a full-ride and paid room and […]
Andbox is a new esports organisation created to represent New York City’s social gaming scene. Andbox operates New York Excelsior (NYXL), a multimillion dollar Overwatch League franchise, and has also acquired the rights to run New York City’s “Call of Duty” team in Activision’s upcoming league. NYXL has created a […]
Complexity Gaming just opened its new 11,000 square foot headquarters, The GameStop Performance Center. The GSPC is at The Star, the Dallas Cowboys‘ 91-acre campus in Frisco, Texas. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and investor John Goff acquired Complexity in 2017. The new headquarters will be open to the public and […]
Professional gamer Timothy “oLARRY” Anselimo will return to the NBA 2K League after being shot four times during a mass shooting at a competitive gaming event in August 2018. Anselimo was shot in the chest, hip and hand at a “Madden NFL 19” tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, and required reconstructive […]
Originally recorded at the Evo Championship Series in 2004, Evo Moment #37, or the Daigo Parry, is one of the most iconic clips in the history of competitive gaming. Nearly 15 years later, new footage showing the match between Street Fighter legends Daigo Umehara and Justin Wong from a different […]
Epic Games is the veteran game development studio that created “Fortnite,” in addition to many other games over the past 25-plus years. In late 2018, Epic leveraged its massive “Fortnite” player base to launch a major new initiative: The Epic Games Store. In the following year, Epic has made several […]
A former esports champion has reportedly confessed to more than 100 burglaries in the last three years, and blamed his crimes on the dwindling popularity of his game of choice, “Dead or Alive.” Tomoyuki Inui, 33, of Tokyo, Japan was arrested after allegedly stealing more than $US23,000 from an 84-year-old […]
Esports will bring in more than $US1 billion in revenue worldwide during 2019, according to a recent report from the Newzoo analyst group. That would be a 26.4% boost from 2018, with the growth largely driven by media rights deals, sponsorships, and advertising sales. NewZoo also expects esports viewership to […]
Learn2Play is an educational platform that teaches people to play eSports for money. There are already tournaments where players can win millions of dollars. The skills people learn can be applied to the real world too. The difference between video games and eSports is the latter is not just for […]
“Overwatch” is one of the most successful esports titles in the world, with the Overwatch League and other events supporting more than 200 professional players At the start of the year, a player using the name “Ellie” was added to the roster of a semi-professional team but quickly raised the […]
“Overwatch” is one of the most popular video games in the world, and the international Overwatch League allows the best players to compete as paid professionals. The 2019 Overwatch League season will start on February 14 with a rematch between last year’s grand finalists, the Philadelphia Fusion and defending champion […]
With the No. 1 channel on live-streaming video platform Twitch and over 20 million subscribers on YouTube, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has become the face of the video-gaming world. In advance of the Fortnite virtuoso’s New Year’s Eve streaming event in Times Square, Ninja and Jimmy Fallon competed in a series […]
Popdog is a new company focused on building partnerships within the video gaming, live streaming and esports industries. The company is led by CEO Alexander Garfield, the former owner of GoodGame, one of the most successful esports companies in the industry’s brief history. Popdog will consolidate top gaming influencer brand […]
K-Swiss is creating a pair of shoes aimed at video game players. The main selling point: Being able to quickly kick them off. They cost $US110 and are expected to launch in mid-2019. How much would you pay for a pair of performance gaming shoes? What are “gaming shoes”? K-Swiss […]
Magic the Gathering is one of the most popular collectible card games in the world, with more than 35 million players spread across 70 countries. The game’s parent companies, Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast, recently announced a $US10 million esports program for tabletop and digital competitions in 2019. The […]
“Fortnite: Battle Royale” is adding tournaments to its roster of in-game events. Tournaments will have different formats spanning several days; players earn points based on performance and will be matched up with others at their skill level as the tournament progresses. “Fortnite” developer Epic Games eventually plans to use the […]
Twitch, the hugely popular streaming service, has been banned in China. The ban came after a spike in popularity, probably caused by users watching an eSports tournament. Some users view the ban as an oppression of free speech, and the Chinese government have recently been tightening control on the gaming […]
Several prominent gamers and esports leagues mourned the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting at a Madden tournament in Jacksonville, Florida. The shooting occurred during the first event of the Madden eSports season. The shooting could prompt a re-evaluation of security measures at the growing number of esports tournaments. The gaming […]
On Sunday, “Fortnite” streamer Malachi “Reverse2K” Greiner won nearly $US90,000 in one game. As he celebrated his win, his father called to congratulate him, and things got emotional. The entire exchange is a delight, and was thankfully captured on video. “86 f—ing thousand dollars?! You’re gonna need a f—ing tax […]
Paddy Power Betfair is acquiring fantasy sports company FanDuel. FanDuel was valued at $US1 billion just three years ago. Now, the company is being sold for less than half that amount. According to documents that detail the deal’s specifics, FanDuel’s original founders might not make any money from the sale. […]
Fans are really happy about Nintendo’s E3 presentation, which lasted only 42 minutes but packed a punch. Other game companies could learn a thing or two from how Nintendo approaches E3, the biggest industry event of the year. Nintendo delivered the goods at E3 2018 – and it pulled it […]
The prize pools for the biggest gaming tournaments in the world are becoming comparable to the winnings in more well-established traditional sports tournaments. After the Washington Capitals took home the Stanley Cup on Wednesday, the winning team was awarded $US4 million and the runner-up got $US3 million. That total prize […]
Gaming phenomenon Fortnite just received $US100 million in prize pool money from Epic Games to fuel its venture into competitive gaming. The sum is a large one for the world of eSports. Fortnite, the largest and most popular free-to-play game in the world right now, just got $US100 million in […]
A 13-year-old boy from Kent, England, has become the youngest professional player of the hit game Fortnite. Kyle Jackson has signed with the e-sports collective Team Secret and will get a share of prize money from any future Fortnite competitions. One of the hottest games right now, Fortnite is a […]
Esports represents a massive growth opportunity for companies, a Bernstein analyst said. The sports category has a large fan base, which can number half a billion in a few years. Companies stand to make lots of money for appealing to this large and growing market. There is a massive growth […]
Veltyco said it has “commenced discussions with blockchain and cryptocurrency providers” about potential partnerships. Stock jumps 20% at the open in reaction to the news, before settling back to a 14% gain. A growing number of small, listed businesses are pivoting to cryptocurrencies and seeing a bump in their stock, […]
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