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NASCAR turns to esports after canceling races over outbreaks

NASCAR turns to esports after canceling races over outbreaks

NASCAR is turning to esports after canceling real-world races over the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Fox Sports will broadcast this first-ever eNASCAR Pro Invitational Series event on Fox Sports 1 and through its Fox Sports app. The event will take place over 90 minutes and will involve some of racing's biggest names, including Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Bobby Labonte.

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Kentucky bans Fortnite from esports programs over gun concerns

Kentucky bans Fortnite from esports programs over gun concerns

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) is being criticized for its decision to ban battle royale game Fortnite from its high school esports program. The reason for the ban, according to the association's Commissioner Julian Tackett, is that it is a 'shooter' game and as such has no place 'in our schools.' The ban follows PlayVS's recently announced partnership with Epic Games, the company behind Fortnite.

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Atari Hotels will put the gaming brand’s legacy to the test

Atari Hotels will put the gaming brand’s legacy to the test

Some people still speak fondly of Atari today, at least those old enough to remember the gaming company's glorious past. The name, however, holds little meaning to the current generation, especially after the icon has been involved in not a few controversial news of late. It seems that Atari is desperate to keep its name from becoming just a footnote in gaming history, desperate enough to strike a deal that will put its name on a chain of hotels in the US.

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Google and Activision Blizzard ink major multi-year esports deal

Google and Activision Blizzard ink major multi-year esports deal

Google and Activision Blizzard have announced a major new multi-year esports deal that will, among other things, make YouTube the exclusive global streaming partner for live esports broadcasts involving games like Call of Duty, Hearthstone, and Overwatch. The only exception is in China, according to the companies, which refer to this deal as a 'strategic relationship.'

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Fortnite is now an official high school sport – yes, really [UPDATE]

Fortnite is now an official high school sport – yes, really [UPDATE]

Fortnite joined the ranks of official esports league play, sanctioned by the NFHS and CIFSS in association with the group PlayVS. The NFHS is the National Federation of State High School Associations, the nonprofit organization that writes the rules of competition for "most high school sports and activities" inside the United States. California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section is the athletic and educational association that governs high school athletics in Southern California - or MOST of SoCal.

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ESA Foundation announces its first esports scholarship

ESA Foundation announces its first esports scholarship

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has announced a new scholarship process for the 2020 - 2021 school year, offering women and minority students access to its first esports scholarship. The scholarship will be available to eligible college students in the United States who are attending a four-year accredited college or university.

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Razer CES 2020 lineup includes 5G routers, racing simulators

Razer CES 2020 lineup includes 5G routers, racing simulators

Razer typically shows up to trade shows with a bunch of announcements to make, and it turns out CES 2020 was no different in that regard. Razer made a handful of announcements about upcoming products and concepts during the show today. The products it revealed include a new controller for mobile gaming, a compact desktop, and a new 5G router.

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Blizzard, NBA find China’s most powerful weapon is consumer potential

Blizzard, NBA find China’s most powerful weapon is consumer potential

Blizzard is one of several companies to fall into the trap that is state-run media in the nation of China in the year 2019. Blizzard hosts gaming tournaments in China - it's big business, and has the potential for big growth. China and Hong Kong are in the midst of political upheaval via a protest in Hong Kong that's been in play since June of 2019. Because China wants to stop the protest, they're pressuring all media (including Blizzard) to do away with any form of public protest on their network, lest they remove said media from China altogether.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate set a huge record at EVO 2019

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate set a huge record at EVO 2019

If you spent the weekend watching EVO 2019, you definitely weren't alone. EVO 2019 marked the first appearance of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at the tournament, and it's clear now that adding it to the games lineup was a good move on the part of EVO's organizers. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate wound up setting a viewership record for EVO, at one point drawing in a peak of more than 279,000 viewers.

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Madden NFL 20 Ultimate Superstar edition, Championship Series Twitch live stream today

Madden NFL 20 Ultimate Superstar edition, Championship Series Twitch live stream today

Today the folks at Electronic Arts and NFL Announced the EA SPORTS Madden NFL 20 Championship Series along with a semi-new game. The game goes by the name "Madden NFL 20 Ultimate Superstar edition" and in it you'll find a whole bunch of stuff not available in any previous release of a Madden game. This all kicks off during a livestream video event hosted on the Madden NFL Twitch - which will also be shown right here in this article.

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UCLA Esports scrubs Fortnite from lineup over competitive issues

UCLA Esports scrubs Fortnite from lineup over competitive issues

UCLA Esports, the university's first officially recognized esports club, has announced a decision that has some Fortnite fans upset: it won't include Epic Games' own competitive battle royale game in its 2019 - 2020 season. The organization cites a number of reasons for its decision, including issues with game balance.

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ESPN will host two Apex Legends tournaments this summer

ESPN will host two Apex Legends tournaments this summer

ESPN has unveiled EXP, an event series that will feature esports competitions at the network's events. Electronic Arts and ESPN have teamed up to bring Apex Legends tournaments to both the X Games Minneapolis 2019 and The 2019 ESPYS this summer. According to ESPN, competitions under EXP will feature a combination of pro-am, professional, and collegiate formats across multiple genres and games.

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