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Employees at Blizzard, maker of ‘World of Warcraft’ and ‘Overwatch,’ were reportedly paid so little they were forced to skip meals to pay rent while the CEO made $40 million

The massive video game publisher behind blockbuster franchises like “Call of Duty” and “World of Warcraft” is facing major internal pushback after employees circulated a salary document that exposed major pay disparities. Some employees at Blizzard Entertainment, which is owned by Activision, said they used free coffee as an appetite […]
Employees at Blizzard, maker of ‘World of Warcraft’ and ‘Overwatch,’ were reportedly paid so little they were forced to skip meals to pay rent while the CEO made $40 million
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The Overwatch League is getting its first big test as an international esports organisation this season and investors have millions on the line

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, […]
The Overwatch League is getting its first big test as an international esports organisation this season and investors have millions on the line
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YouTube just scored a major victory in its battle with Amazon’s Twitch for esports supremacy, thanks to the company behind ‘Call of Duty’

Google and Activision Blizzard just announced a new multi-year partnership that will make Activision’s popular esports broadcasts exclusive to YouTube. The deal follows a two-year, $US90 million deal Activision Blizzard signed with Amazon’s Twitch in January 2018 to make Twitch the official streaming platform of the Overwatch League, a professional […]
YouTube just scored a major victory in its battle with Amazon’s Twitch for esports supremacy, thanks to the company behind ‘Call of Duty’
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Blizzard hosted its massive annual fan convention where it showed off new games and hosted esports competitions — here are the highlights from this year’s BlizzCon

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 […]
Blizzard hosted its massive annual fan convention where it showed off new games and hosted esports competitions — here are the highlights from this year’s BlizzCon
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Here’s a timeline of Activision Blizzard’s terrible week, as it faces fan protests after an esports athlete was punished for voicing support for Hong Kong

A vocal group of fans are boycotting Activision Blizzard after the company punished an esports competitor who spoke out in support of the protests in “Hong Kong.’ Chung Ng Wai, the esports competitor better known as Blitzchung, shouted “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age” in Chinese amid a post-match […]
Here’s a timeline of Activision Blizzard’s terrible week, as it faces fan protests after an esports athlete was punished for voicing support for Hong Kong
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Furious fans are hitting back at Blizzard by using one of its characters in anti-China memes after the gaming company punished a pro gamer for defending the Hong Kong protests

Activision Blizzard has been dealing with a wave of criticism after punishing a professional gamer for supporting the protests in Hong Kong. Fans have now taken steps to boycott Blizzard games, accusing the California-based studio of prioritising its relationship with China over protecting free speech. In an attempt to further […]
Furious fans are hitting back at Blizzard by using one of its characters in anti-China memes after the gaming company punished a pro gamer for defending the Hong Kong protests
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A coach in Blizzard’s Overwatch League was told to delete a tweet condemning the company for censoring an esports competitor from Hong Kong

An assistant coach in Blizzard’s Overwatch League was instructed to delete a tweet criticising Blizzard‘s punishment of Hong Kong-based esports competitor Blitzchung, according to a report from the Dallas Morning News. Blitzchung shouted “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age” in Chinese amid a post-match interview at a Blizzard-sponsored “Hearthstone” […]
A coach in Blizzard’s Overwatch League was told to delete a tweet condemning the company for censoring an esports competitor from Hong Kong
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15 colleges and universities that will pay you to play competitive video games

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, […]
15 colleges and universities that will pay you to play competitive video games
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Activision-Blizzard, the major video game company behind ‘Call of Duty’ and ‘Overwatch,’ is laying off about 800 employees

Blizzard Entertainment, the creator of huge video-game franchises such as “Overwatch,” “World of Warcraft,” and “Hearthstone,” is undergoing a big round of layoffs. The layoffs will ultimately affect some 800 employees across Activision-Blizzard, representing some 8% of its workforce. Activision Blizzard, the parent company of Blizzard, has seen its stock […]
Activision-Blizzard, the major video game company behind ‘Call of Duty’ and ‘Overwatch,’ is laying off about 800 employees
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New York City’s first official esports team hosted a Brooklyn pop-up shop with celebrity appearances and tons of video games, and fans couldn’t get enough of it

New York Excelsior (NYXL) is a team of professional gamers playing in the Overwatch League. The esports organisation recently took over a retail space in Brooklyn, New York for a 6-week pop-up event. In addition to letting fans meet the team in person, the pop-up shop offered weekly competitions, the […]
New York City’s first official esports team hosted a Brooklyn pop-up shop with celebrity appearances and tons of video games, and fans couldn’t get enough of it
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Eight teams paid more than $30 million each to join the Overwatch League – here’s everything you need to know before the new season starts

“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 […]
Eight teams paid more than $30 million each to join the Overwatch League – here’s everything you need to know before the new season starts