Tag: Esports

Mobile

How Restream.io is freeing live video content from YouTube and Twitch

You have a lot of options when it comes to broadcasting live video to the Internet. Google, Amazon, Facebook, and others want your content in their ecosystems. But you typically have to choose one because of bandwidth and processing limitations — unless you use Restream.io . Above: Restream.io cofounder Alexander Khuda. Image Credit: Restream.io In 2015, Alexander…

Culture & Gaming

Rocket League cements itself as an indie sensation with 25 million registered players

Running automobiles into giant soccer balls has become a favorite pastime for millions of people all around the world. Rocket League now has 25 million registered (not active) players. That makes it one of the best-selling games on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. This is an astonishing milestone for the indie game that has…

Security

Hackers steal data from 1.5 million user accounts after esports company refuses to pay ransom

Hackers continue to use ransomware to attack and extort businesses and other organizations, highlighting the dangers of failing to put up adequate cyber defenses. E-Sports Entertainment Association, a company that hosts competitive video game tournaments, is among the latest to be hit. The gaming company said this week that hackers had released stolen data about…

Mobile

The dream of Ara: Inside the rise and fall of the world’s most revolutionary phone

FEATURE: It looked nothing like an iPhone, or anything Apple might dare to make. On September 10, 2013, the day Apple unveiled the iPhone 5S, Dutch designer Dave Hakkens uploaded a video to YouTube to promote his college graduation project: Phonebloks, “a phone worth keeping.” Hakkens imagined a smartphone made of interchangeable blocks, and each…

Tech

1.5 million gaming profiles leaked after site refuses hacker's $100,000 ransom

A hacker threatened to release user data from an esports community site unless they paid $100,000, but the league behind the site decided it doesn’t negotiate with hackers. It took 12 days after the initial threat on Dec. 27 came in, but the hacker finally leaked more than 1.5 million users’ records from the competitive…

Mobile

Lionsgate and Michael Milken invest in esports team The Immortals

The esports business is attracting more high-end investors. Today, film studio Lionsgate and financier Michael Milken are investing in the professional esports team The Immortals . After many years in the wilderness, esports has matured. It grew to $892 million in 2016, according to market researcher SuperData Research. And the investors in the market are in a…

Mobile

Azubu acquires Europe’s Hitbox to expand global esports broadcasts

Esports broadcast network Azubu said it is acquiring Europe’s Hitbox to bolster its global esports broadcasting reach. The deal will create a stronger No. 2 competitor to Twitch, which Amazon acquired for $970 million in 2014. Mike McGarvey, a gaming veteran, has joined as CEO to lead the combined company. The global esports market is expected…

Culture & Gaming

Top 5 dormant Nintendo franchises that should return on Switch? GamesBeat Decides

Nintendo will soon give us all the details about its upcoming Switch console and games on Thursday and Friday, but we’re not going to wait. On this week’s episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, host Jeffrey Grubb and cohost Mike Minotti decide the forgotten Nintendo franchises that the company needs to bring back on its…

Culture & Gaming

Hearthstone’s Winter Championship will fly south to the Bahamas — with a $250,000 prize purse

Considering how cold and miserable it is in most of the Northern Hemisphere right now, the Bahamas sound lovely … especially with some high-level Hearthstone play to keep you entertained. Blizzard announced today that the Winter Championship for its Hearthstone Championship Tour will take place in the Bahamas at the Melia Nassau Beach  resort from March 23…