Tag: Esports

Culture & Gaming

Nielsen dives into esports market research

Nielsen made its name measuring the TV and media business, making it measurable for advertising. Now it is announcing Nielsen Esports, a new business focused on competitive gaming. The esports industry is expected to generate $696 million in 2017 (according to market researcher Newzoo ), but that is far smaller than traditional sports. One of…

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Crackdown 3 delay means Microsoft has just one big new game this holiday

The next Crackdown will not hit PC and Xbox One until 2018. Microsoft has delayed its open-world action shooter to next year to ensure it can produce a high-quality single-player and multiplayer product. That’s a bummer for Crackdown fans who have waited since the original (the sequel was disappointing) for a worthy successor. But by…

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PewDiePie happily made Nazi jokes until he saw real Nazis

YouTube’s biggest gaming personality is done making Nazi jokes. Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg came under fire, and even lost his original YouTube Red show, in February for moments in his videos that were either anti-Semitic or sympathetic toward Nazis. He made those jokes to elicit emotional reactions and because, according to him , he didn’t think…

Tech

Elon Musk's self-taught AI bot destroyed an esports pro in 'Dota 2'

In many ways, esports represents the future. Like so many other parts of our modern lives, it’s built around the computer and the internet. Competitions like ‘Dota 2’s’ “The International” draw players from around the world, shrugging off the geopolitical and cultural boundaries that still define many traditional sports. And above all, it fully utilizes…

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Elgato Gaming adds Xsplit support to its Stream Deck command center

Elgato Gaming has updated one of the most interesting and useful new tools in the world of livestreaming. Its Stream Deck USB command center , which enables broadcasters to control Twitch and other live content using 15 LCD buttons, now supports the XSplit Broadcaster software . SplitmediaLabs’ XSplit is a popular piece of video-production software…

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Will games ever take on white supremacy? GamesBeat Decides

Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan are in the news in the United States for holding rallies and murdering a counter-protester in Charlottesville, Virginia. That grim reality weighed on our minds when we went to record the GamesBeat Decides podcast this week, so we talked about how games depict white supremacy. VentureBeat social editor Anthony…

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds updates are going to slow down

Bluehole Studio has updated its last-person-standing shooter PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds 14 times since launching it in late March, but the developer is now planning to slow down that cadence. In a blog post today , the Battlegrounds development team explained that its schedule of updating the game on a weekly basis with major updates going live…

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Tespa and Blizzard serve up $1 million for college esports scholarships

While esports has spent much of 2017 building and formalizing infrastructure , Tespa has been around since 2013 as a network of collegiate-level esports clubs and tournaments. It now boasts over 65,000 members and 220 chapters at different universities and, working in partnership with Blizzard Entertainment, is planning on awarding over $1 million in scholarships through…

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How Dota 2 stability helped new blood succeed at The International 2017

Enlarge / Liquid captain “KuroKy” hoists the Aegis of Champions for the first time. (credit: Valve ) 2017 was a year of firsts for The International Dota 2 Championships (TI). It was the first time a defending champion didn’t participate. It was the first time fan-favorite team Na’Vi failed to qualify or garner a direct…

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Gambitious rebrands as Good Shepherd to invest in the indie game revival

Gambitious started out a few years ago as a crowdfunding platform for indie games. Now the company is rebranding itself as Good Shepherd Entertainment with the goal of gathering more investors and funding quality independent titles. Good Shepherd cofounder Mike Wilson said that Gambitious did OK raising money from a network of investors and making…