Esports

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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Evo 2016’s Street Fighter V tournament will be broadcast on ESPN

Evo 2016’s Street Fighter V tournament will be broadcast on ESPN

Just in case you needed more evidence that professional-level video game tournaments are becoming mainstream entertainment, the ESPN television network has announced that it will be broadcasting the Street Fighter V world championship tournament, held in Las Vegas, later this month. The championship is part of the Evolution Championship Series (Evo), an annual event that hosts a number of high-level fighting game tournaments for other titles, including Tekken, Mortal Kombat, Super Smash Bros., and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom.

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Activision is going to use Facebook Live for e-sports broadcasting

Activision is going to use Facebook Live for e-sports broadcasting

As Activision Blizzard continues to get serious about e-sports as a major form of broadcast entertainment, the mega-publisher has announced that it will use Facebook Live as one outlet for bringing game matches to the masses. Thanks to a new partnership with the social network, Activision Blizzard will have more than just Twitch and YouTube as a way of building an audience for its MLG.tv platform.

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