Esports

ESPN will livestream NHLPA’s $200,000 Fortnite charity esports event

ESPN will livestream NHLPA’s $200,000 Fortnite charity esports event

The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) has announced a new Fortnite charity event with $200,000 in funds. Called the NHLPA Open, this tournament will feature 60 NHL players who will compete in Trios matches over the duration of three hours later this month. The matches will be livestreamed by ESPN Esports through its Twitch account.

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Valve delays Dota 2’s The International for 2020

Valve delays Dota 2’s The International for 2020

As with many other things, the COVID-19 pandemic has a had a dramatic effect on esports. While plenty of esports can be played online, many major tournaments favor in-person LAN matchups in front of a large crowd. That, obviously, can't happen while stay at home and social distancing orders are in place, leading to the cancellation of many big tournaments.

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English Premier League latest to replace events with esports matches

English Premier League latest to replace events with esports matches

As with other leagues and organizations around the world, England's Premier League is the latest to turn to esports as a replacement for canceled real-life tournaments. Under this event, the League says that athletes will compete with each other in the EA Sports FIFA 20 game in a series of matches from April 21 to April 24.

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Sports could return this year: Streaming without fans

Sports could return this year: Streaming without fans

As the major sports of summer are effectively cancelled and the world sits at home, quarantined from their fellow citizens, one wonders... will televised sports ever return? According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), it's entirely possible - with a key disclaimer. Speaking with Peter Hamby, host of Good Luck America, Dr. Fauci suggested that team sports, televised sports, and the like, could return without fans.

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ESPN plans esports marathon: Rocket League, Madden NFL, Apex Legends

ESPN plans esports marathon: Rocket League, Madden NFL, Apex Legends

In an announcement today, ESPN revealed that its ESPN2 network will host a 12-hour esports marathon on Sunday, April 5, with multiple popular games in the lineup. The company is calling this 'ESPN Esports Day,' explaining that it will broadcast competitive gameplay, game recaps, live (virtual) sports, and more. This will be the first time Rocket League will appear on ESPN TV.

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Fox Sports is airing an esports Madden NFL Invitational event today

Fox Sports is airing an esports Madden NFL Invitational event today

Last week, it was revealed that NASCAR would hold an esports event in place of the actual races it had to cancel because of the coronavirus outbreaks in the US. In an announcement on Saturday, Fox Sports revealed that the NFL is similarly embracing esports during this time with its upcoming Madden NFL Invitational. This event will air on Fox Sports today, March 29, on behalf of the CDC Foundation.

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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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