ESPORTS

Curious about MOBAs but don’t know the first thing about them? This primer has you covered.

Everything you ever wanted to know about League of Legends, and Dota 2 -- without needing to play them.

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We should pay more attention to esports losers

Esports are glorious tragedy machines. Very often, stories about imperfect, unsuccessful players are a lot more exciting.

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Overwatch topples League of Legends in South Korea

It may not last, but for at least one week, Overwatch is South Korea's most-played game.

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One of the biggest teams in esports just got bought up by a Dodgers co-owner

Team Liquid has sold controlling interest to two notable sports team owners.

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Spirit Breaker Bash: the controversial role of chance in esports

Why percentage-chance elements in competitive games are so controversial-- and why designers keep including them.

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Global Game, Global Life: Impressions from the League of Legends World Championship

There's nothing quite like watching two top-tier teams go head-to-head in the heart of Los Angeles.

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Get Wrecked: why esports injuries matter

As esports occupy a growing segment of the entertainment world, we're going to have to start looking seriously at the toll these games take on their players.

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Sketches of Greatness: why do esports excite us so much?

Esports fan love recalling great plays by their favorite pro gamers, but what's the science behind it?

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How much esports should we watch?

With gameplay videos and streams more popular than ever, how we manage our media diet becomes an important issue.

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Esports Community Mourns Sol, Professional Female Player Murdered By Rival

Content Warning: this article discusses murder, misogyny, and femicide.  The esports community and the Brazillian gaming community are mourning a tragic loss. A 19-year-old Call of Duty Mobile player named Ingrid Oliveira Bueno da Silva was murdered by a rival player in São Paulo, Brazil, on February 22. Sol, as…

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Smash Trophy Controller Leaves Sakurai’s Hands, Is Promptly Dropped

Have you ever won something extremely cool and extremely valuable and extremely unique, and then just… watched it fall to the floor, before your every eyes? One Smash Ultimate player grinded to the top at Evo, only to have this exact scenario befall him (mind the pun), as a golden…

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Even Esports Is Affected by the Coronavirus in China

Unless you’ve been actively avoiding any human contact whatsoever, which you probably will after hearing this, you’ve likely heard about the newest “coronavirus” mutation. The new coronavirus has put the whole world into panic, and with origins in China, the nation has taken precautions. Many events in China are postponed…

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Broken Setups, Borky Patch, and a Garage Kick Off Call of Duty League

Right now, Activision-Blizzard is trying to follow in the questionably-successful footsteps of the Overwatch League. (That is, they’re trying to get those sweet, sweet franchise fees, but that’s sort of another story.) So, of course, it takes the biggest franchise owned and turns it into its own league: the Call…

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You Can Now Gamble On The League Of Legends Worlds Finals In New Jersey

If you’re an esports fan in the tri-state area and are looking for a place to risk your cash, drop into New Jersey before Sunday morning for a rare opportunity to gamble on esports. New Jersey has officially given sportsbook operators a one-time permission to take bets on this Sunday’s…

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A League of Their Own: Women’s Esports in Southeast Asia

In a 2017 interview with ESPN, Korean Overwatch League star Kim “Geguri” Se-Yeon described wanting to disguise her voice with a modulator so that male players would team up with her. This is just one example of the ongoing struggles faced by women in esports, in addition to far less…

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Not to Be Underestimated: The Rise of Esports in the Middle East

In recent years, few AAA games have released without a competitive mode of some sort. Developers and publishers realize players’ desire to feel a sense of achievement, get rewarded for skill, and triumph others as a result of putting more hours into the game. Streamers, YouTube personalities, and professional gamers…

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Japan’s best Dragon Ball FighterZ player grabs top title with a near-flawless victory

They don't call him Perfect Cell for nothing.

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ICYMI: Pokken just crowned its first American world champion

The very best, like no one ever was.

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ICYMI: Dota 2’s esports scene has turned into a real-life sports anime

Pro Dota 2 team OG made an unbelievable comeback at Saturday's International 8 grand finals.

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