Esports

League’s Clash NA event launch canceled over technical issues

League’s Clash NA event launch canceled over technical issues

The League of Legends Clash event set to launch today has been impacted by technical difficulties. Following word that Clash had been delayed a full day in some regions because of these issues, it has been announced that Clash NA - that is, North America -- has been completely canceled. This was supposed to the the Clash NA opening weekend.

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H1Z1 goes free-to-play as pro league gets underway

H1Z1 goes free-to-play as pro league gets underway

We don't hear much about H1Z1 these days. Though it was one of the earlier Battle Royale games to arrive on the scene, it was quickly eclipsed by both PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and later Fortnite upon their respective releases. Still, Daybreak Games is chugging along with H1Z1, announcing today that it has gone free-to-play.

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Madden 18 esports events will air on ESPN and Disney under NFL deal

Madden 18 esports events will air on ESPN and Disney under NFL deal

Both Disney and ESPN will broadcast NFL esports content this year under a newly penned deal with the National Football League. Under the deal, both Madden NFL 18 Club Championship and the Madden NFL 18 Ultimate League events will air. The esports content will be airing on both Disney XD and ESPNEWS, plus ESPN2 and ESPN2/Deportes. Some episodic content will also be available on ESPN VOD.

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Major League Soccer launches own esports league for FIFA 18 World Cup

Major League Soccer launches own esports league for FIFA 18 World Cup

The worlds of traditional professional sports leagues and esports just got a bit more overlap. Major League Soccer (MLS) has announced a new partnership with EA Sports to create its own esports league, dubbed eMLS, which will be tied to the worldwide competition for FIFA 18. eMLS will feature 19 of MLS's 23 clubs, with each real-world team selecting a professional gamer to represent them in competition.

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Esports pro Vasilii suspended after threatening violence

Esports pro Vasilii suspended after threatening violence

As esports move into the mainstream, so does its controversies. LoL Pro League recently announced the suspension of player Li Wei Jun, known under the handle "Vasilii," for "audible threats of physical violence" he allegedly made toward his girlfriend in October. The League says that it conducted interviews during which it was told that no actual physical assault happened. However, the League says that "he made credible threats of physical violence and death threats toward a defenseless person in a private home that were intimidating enough for her to call the police."

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Hulu and ESL strike deal for four on-demand esports series

Hulu and ESL strike deal for four on-demand esports series

Hulu and ESL have penned a new deal that will have Hulu getting into the esports entertainment market for the first time. Under the deal, ESL explains, Hulu will be home to four new esports series; this is a first for ESL itself, being the first time it'll have an original series on a streaming service like Hulu. ESL will be the developer and producer for all four shows.

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Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite esports event Battle for the Stones detailed

Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite esports event Battle for the Stones detailed

Capcom has announced an escorts tournament for Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite called 'Battle for the Stones.' The competition will feature nine qualifiers and seven EVO champions, according to Capcom, to be joined by various tournaments leading up to the 'Battle for the Stones' Finals event to be held in Anaheim, California.

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Blizzard will launch a Los Angeles esports arena in October

Blizzard will launch a Los Angeles esports arena in October

Blizzard has announced the opening of a new esports arena located in Los Angeles, California. The arena is designed to host various major esporting events, including more than one at a time when applicable. The venue is located in Burbank, and it'll be home to its first big event this upcoming October when it hosts the Summer Championship for the Hearthstone Championship Tour.

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Formula One eSports world championship launches

Formula One eSports world championship launches

The top racing series in the world Formula One with the fastest cars and some of the best drivers to be seen anywhere. F1 racing has announced that it will be crowning its first virtual racing champion with the announcement of the Formula 1 Esports Series. The series is being cast as the fastest and most prestigious virtual racing competition.

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Valve announces Dota 2 update with 2 new characters

Valve announces Dota 2 update with 2 new characters

This year's Dota 2 tournament at The International 2017 e-sports event has been full of surprises. First fans were treated to a special demonstration of an AI bot crushing one of the game's top professional players, and then developer Valve used the second to last day to reveal that two new characters would be debuting soon. A quick teaser video showed the pair in action, as well as announced that a new update titled Dueling Fates is on the way.

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OpenAI’s Dota 2 bot defeats world’s best pro player

OpenAI’s Dota 2 bot defeats world’s best pro player

As artificial intelligence has already mastered the ancient game of Go, researchers are now moving on to complicated games of a more modern variety, like the massively popular MOBA title Dota 2. At this year's Dota 2 tournament hosted by developer Valve at The International e-sports event, a new bot created by the startup OpenAI managed to defeat Danylo “Dendi” Ishutin, one of the world's best professional players, live on stage during a 1-on-1 match.

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Mark Cuban called Bitcoin a bubble, now he supports an ICO

Mark Cuban called Bitcoin a bubble, now he supports an ICO

Earlier this year Mark Cuban said that Bitcoin was a bubble - and the price of Bitcoin fell significantly immediately thereafter. The price of Bitcoin returned to basically the same price it'd been before Cuban spoke - then went higher. Since then, it seems, Cuban decided that cryptocurrency isn't as bad an idea as he recently thought - and is participating in his first ICO.

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