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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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Coronavirus outbreak leads major esports league to cancel matches in China

The Overwatch League has cancelled its February and March matches in China amid the coronavirus outbreak. Chinese officials have reported more than 7,700 cases of coronavirus infection and at least 170 people have died since early December. The Overwatch League season begins on February 8 and teams were expected to […]
Coronavirus outbreak leads major esports league to cancel matches in China
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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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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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New York City’s vibrant esports scene convinced this multimillion dollar team to launch a new organisation dedicated to its local gaming culture

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 […]
New York City’s vibrant esports scene convinced this multimillion dollar team to launch a new organisation dedicated to its local gaming culture
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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