Esports

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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Facebook’s eSports ambitions challenge Twitch

Facebook’s eSports ambitions challenge Twitch

Just like that, Twitch suddenly has some major competition when it comes to live streaming eSports. ESL, the largest eSports organization on our fine planet, announced today that it has signed a new deal with Facebook to stream eSports content on the social media network. This puts Facebook in a good position to challenge Twitch, which is currently the go-to place for live streamed eSports content.

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Street Fighter V will be supported until at least 2020

Street Fighter V will be supported until at least 2020

Despite starting off with a bit of a rough patch following its release earlier this year, Street Fighter V has risen to become yet another hit installment in the long-running fighting game series. But with the game's first "season" of DLC and updates now completed, some fans may be wondering if this is the start of a long wait to SF6. Fortunately, developer Capcom has confirmed that's not the case, revealing that support for SF5 is planned out several more years.

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Overwatch tournament will be broadcast on TBS with $300K prize pool

Overwatch tournament will be broadcast on TBS with $300K prize pool

The popularity of Overwatch, the hit new FPS from Blizzard, continues to grow, and right alongside the rising mainstream interest in eSports. Fitting, then, that the Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) cable channel has chosen to host an Overwatch tournament, complete with a prize pool worth $300,000. The Grand Final, which will be held in September, will even be broadcast live on both TBS and Twitch.

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