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Why ArenaNet Is Investing in ESports

NCSoft-owned game developer ArenaNet originally launched its massively multiplayer online (MMO) game, <i>Guild Wars 2</i>, in August 2012 as a $40 game …

Guild Wars

ESPN people are freaking out because ESPN televised eSports

At a media conference last September, ESPN president John Skipper declared that eSports, despite their booming popularity, are not “real sports.”<p>Seven months later, the finals of Heroes of the Dorm, a collegiate tournament final of the computer game <i>Heroes of the Storm</i> was televised on ESPN 2. …

NBA Finals

Why Nvidia is Entering the Mobile eSports Arena

Nvidia is doubling down on its eSports sponsorship investment. The tech company is expanding beyond its core PC gaming audience to sponsor developer …

Livestreaming

Disney XD doubles-down on eSports with upcoming Mario Kart 8 special

A televised special featuring Nintendo’s <i>Mario Kart 8</i> will air on Disney XD in December, continuing the network’s foray into eSports coverage.<p>The …

Cineplex buys into future of eSports, forming competitive video-game league

The operator of Canada's largest chain of movie theatres is moving further into the world of competitive electronic gaming, announcing some $15-million (U.S.) in investments on Thursday that will see so-called eSports competitions playing out on Cineplex stages across the country.<p>Cineplex …

Business (Canada)

eSports: On Par With the NFL and NBA?

It typically takes around 50 years for a game to become a sport.<p>Most traditional sports haven’t always been considered true sports. When American football was invented in 1869, it was considered a game. It wasn’t until 1920 when the NFL was founded that the game of football was officially …

What to expect from Hearthstone esports in 2016

Three weeks on from BlizzCon, with a new Adventure Mode expansion and most of the details emerging for how Hearthstone’s renamed Championship Tour will work, a picture of how Hearthstone will evolve as an esport — both in-game and out — is starting to shape up.<p>In 2015, professional Hearthstone …

Super Evil Megacorp sees big potential in eSports for mobile game 'Vainglory'

Playing video games is emerging as a major sport, but competitors at tournaments are usually like that neighbor on the TV show "Home Improvement": People can only see their eyes and above.<p>Players sit behind computer monitors or televisions, leaving spectators online and in person to see little of …

Media Industry

Here’s the future of esports marketing

You might not have noticed, but Worlds 2015 just wrapped up. Not the World Series, but something that for many of us is far more important: the League of Legends World Championship. It’s an esports competition, played in a huge arena and watched by more fans globally than the World Series …

Star Wars

How This Startup Plans to Take on Twitch and YouTube in ESports

When it comes to the video game live-streaming market, Amazon-owned Twitch leads the pack. And YouTube has upped its game this year, launching …

Livestreaming

Minimap today: EA esports, Fallout Shelter, Bethesda Montreal, League of Legends records

Welcome to Polygon Minimap, a show about the most interesting gaming, entertainment and pop culture news of the day.<p>Here's what we're covering today in your daily audio tour through the world of video games, related technologies and pop culture like comics, movies and TV.<p><b>THE BIG STORIES</b><p>EA launching …

What Investors Need to Know About ESports

ESports is big business today, and it’s only just begun.<p>The eSports ecosystem, a $278 million industry, could surpass $1 billion as early as 2018, …

eSports

Monstrous Viewership Numbers Show 'League of Legends' Is Still eSports King

I’m not quite the <i>League of Legends</i> addict I once was, as I used to be both an avid player of the game and fan of the pro scene. But while my attention may have lapsed over the past year or two, that does not seem to be the case with the general public.<p>Riot Games has just released the viewership …

League of Legends

EA Joins the eSports Fight

Two months after archrival Activision-Blizzard announced plans to focus on eSports, video game giant Electronic Arts (EA) is following suit.<p>The game …

eSports

Web Developer, Blogger and Technology Enthusiast

Square Enix to 'Remain Tenacious' in eSports Involvement

Final Fantasy MOBA on the horizon?<p>Square Enix has made a few attempts to breach the eSports bubble, and in an investor briefing president Yosuke …

eSports

MechWarrior Online celebrates Steam launch with $100K esports championship

Your giant-robot-piloting skills can finally earn you cash.<p>Developer Piranha Studios announced this past weekend that it is planning a MechWarrior Online World Championship series in 2016. The competition, and its $100,000 prize purse, should attract some of the MechWarrior community’s best …

Fish

How Heroes of the Storm’s esports scene is surging into 2016

For a game still in its infancy, Heroes of the Storm exploded on to the esports scene in an impressive fashion. With 17 major ($25,000-plus) tournaments in its first year and over $2 million dollars paid out — $1.8 million of that since the game’s June 2, 2015 official release — Blizzard’s Heroes …

Top 10

Entry Fee League Of Legends Is Newest eSports Offering

More than 250,000 people are playing <i>League of Legends</i> on Evolve, a popular social collaboration platform for PC gamers with over 1.8 million members. Those players are participating in roughly 750,000 <i>League of Legends</i> matches per month. Evolve has decided to convert its participants into more avid …

League of Legends

How the WRC eSports Championship works

Download the season pass to access special eSports stages and practise for next month's first rally.<p>Want to know how you can qualify for the final of …

The 10 highest-earning eSports teams of 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, we look at which organisations won the most US dollars this year.<p>Make no mistake, 2015 has been a record year for eSports …

eSports engagement platform Matcherino raises $1.2M from Madrona and NFL lineman

eSports, though still in its infancy, already has a massive following. Now, a Seattle startup wants to get in on the craze with a new platform that …

This Is What eSports Will Be Like in 2016

"People watching other people play video games professionally has no ceiling in sight," according to veteran eSports journalist Rod "Slasher" Breslau.<p>Not all that many activities that begin with an <i>e</i> turn out brilliantly for everyone involved, and so it goes for eSports. While 2015 has seen the …

Mainstream Media

How This e-Sports Startup Might Have Discovered a Million-Dollar Niche | Inc.com

The eSports (competitive video game) industry is red hot right now, with streamers gaining prominence as celebrities and brands take an interest in sponsorship. It opens the door for middlemen to help bridge the gap between said parties and craft arrangements whereby brands believe they are winning …

eSports

The highs and lows of eSports in 2015

Come cheer – or cringe – along with us as we look back at the eSports plays that made us shout.<p>As we near the end of the year, and eSports attempts …

Industry pioneer wants to bring brand management to esports

One of the great things about quickly expanding industries is the incredible minds that opportunity attracts.<p>In the year that Dictionary.com recognized esports, it should come as no surprise that movers and shakers are taking big risks and looking to the future. One of the first to capitalize on …

Razer

This Hearthstone esports team’s newest sponsor is Full Tilt, an online poker company

Well, I guess they’re both card games.<p>The online poker company Full Tilt is now sponsoring G2 Esports’ Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft team. Hearthstone has over $40 million players and earns $20 million a month. In 2015, professional players earned over $2 million in prize money. It’s easily the …

Online Poker

Will eSports Go Mainstream In 2016? Predictions For Competitive Video Gaming

In 2015, eSports is no longer considered an interesting trend that is reported upon with the notion that getting paid to play video games is …