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The U.S. Now Recognizes eSports Players As Professional Athletes

To the general public, the idea that those who play video games for a living have much in common with high level professional athletes might be laughable. But those involved with the scene understand the unique talent, skill and determination of the players mirrors that of “real” athletes, even if …

$10 million computer game championship highlights the evolution of eSports

What started out as a computer game publicity stunt four years ago has quickly become one of the largest professional gamer competitions in the world, this year selling out tickets to a 12,000-seat arena in less then one hour and rewarding nearly $11 million in prize money.<p>The grand finals for The …

eSports has its Super Bowl: Here's the good and bad of the League of Legends Championships

On one night in early October, the Korean professional <i>League of Legends</i> team SK Telecom T1 took to the stage at Los Angeles' prestigious Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers NBA squad. There, they faced off against the Chinese team Royal Club — and systematically dismantled their …

Blizzard wants to help college eSports groups host events and expand

Blizzard Entertainment is partnering with The eSports Association to bring event funding and foster growth among college eSports groups in North America, TeSPA announced today.<p>The Membership Milestone program will see Blizzard backing official TeSPA college chapters with funding and granting access …

Can eSports be as Big as the Super Bowl?

"...the appeal is broader than people superficially give it credit for."<p>In a recent interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Electronic Sports League Vice …

What do these major changes to Twitch mean for eSports?

Why should eSports fans care about the recent changes to Twitch? Because last month saw some of the most telling examples of a push for eSports streaming to be taken seriously as a business, ESL managing director Ralf Reichert tells Polygon.<p>But these macro-level changes probably won't be visible at …

Game Centered: The CEO and Founder of Skillz on the Future of eSports for Mobile

Game Centered features roundups and in-depth reviews of the best in iOS games and related gaming news. This week's Game Centered takes a look at a new company in the video game industry, one with truly great potential. Skillz brings the first, for-profit gaming arena to the mobile platform. With …

Cheer From the Stands, Not Your Desktop

If you love League of Legends, live events can't be missed.<p>Why do people travel to watch League of Legends matches live? For some, the trip to a live …

eSports Goes Mainstream

If you follow the video game industry or harbor even the slightest bit of interest for the medium, you're bound to have noticed a particular trend taking off within the last couple of years: the rise of eSports. Thousands of gamers compete in genres of all kinds, while millions tune in and provide …

Does eSports need ESPN before the mainstream accepts it?

<i>League of Legends</i> fans are looking to South Korea as a center of action this month, with Riot Games' annual World Championship well underway — A multi-million dollar eSports event that takes its cues from the pomp and circumstance of "real" sporting events, of Super Bowls and World Series'.<p>Taking …

Sony Launches eSports League on PlayStation 4

Participation will initially be locked to PlayStation Plus subscribers.<p>Sony is launching a dedicated eSports platform for the PlayStation …

The Smart Watch's Biggest Hurdle: A Third Of Consumers Abandon Wearables Weeks After Buying Them

Yet after a week advertised on the intranet of an non-technical organization with more than 10,000 staff, it was still unsold. "Nothing hangs around our noticeboard that long," one who saw the ad told me.<p>Separately, the same organization had another Galaxy Gear for sale - priced at "any offer". …

Wearable Tech

Stay on Top of Your Teams with Chat Sports: Interview with CEO James Yoder

Sports fans want to stay on top on news from their favorite sports teams, but with so many news sources, it could be difficult to choose the best …

Chat Sports Launches New Content Consuming iPhone App

The sports media company Chat Sports, that curates top content from the web to build customized sports pages, has officially launched it’s iOS App. …

WatchESPN vs. Fox Sports Go: The Future of Streaming Live Sports

As consumers, we are in an odd time period where cable TV is in a state of flux. Cable bills seem to continuously rise, in large part due to major …

How Moov plans to deliver nearly $1M worth of wearables by July

They share our message. It's not just another thing for your wrist." --Meng Li, Moov co-founder

Wearable Tech

BSX Insight: New Fitness Wearable Provides Athletes with Real-Time Training Feedback

There may be no industry impacted more by wearable tech than the fitness industry. Wearable devices are the hot new item in the tech world right now …

30 Under 30: These People Are Building The Media Companies Of Tomorrow

It used to be easy to find the most promising young talent in the media business. All you had to do was search among the interns at The New Yorker, Harper’s and The New Republic, the news clerks at the New York Times and the Washington Post, the pages at NBC, the mailroom assistants at Williams …

Hey Super Bowl Fans, Ready For Some Blipping? 20 Million Pepsi Cans Feature AR App

Not familiar with Blippar? You will be soon. The beverage maker tapped the augmented-reality platform to bring its Super Bowl XLVIII marketing to life.<p>Earlier this week, Pepsi began rolling out a new can to celebrate the culmination of the football season–and they should be hitting store shelves …

Context is king: Cover for Android changes your lock screen as you move

Contextual features that use information such as time of day and your location are becoming increasingly important on smartphones today. Today’s smartphones know where you are, where you’re going, who you’re with, and what you like to do. After years and years of claims from smartphone companies …

Augmented Reality Manual Helps Volkswagen Owners Repair A Concept Car

Notable German software company developes a way to display under-the-hood car mechanics in the third dimension.<p>Early this year, Volkswagen revealed …

Smartwatches are going to make smartphone screens obsolete

We just had two smartwatches announced last week: Samsung’s Galaxy Gear and Qualcomm’s Toq. The Qualcomm is closer to the eventual goal for these …

Nissan races into smartwatch space with the Nismo, connecting driver and car

Smartwatch launches may be few and far between at the present time, but the signs are that the trickle will before long become a steady flow, and …

One Microsoft: will Ballmer's big reset mean better products or more broken promises?

Redmond bets on tearing down the walls between Windows and Xbox<p>Microsoft has always been a giant castle with many fortresses. Internal battles and power struggles have led individual divisions to focus on their own success to the detriment of collaboration. Over the years, it’s resulted in a number …

Nokia kept secrets from Microsoft over its Windows Phone plans

Microsoft is spending $7.2 billion to acquire Nokia's devices and services unit in a move that's focused on the company's "One Microsoft" plan. Although the pair were already working closely on Windows Phone, it's clear there are some areas that could be improved. In an interview with <i>CNET</i>, Joe …

Microsoft details a faster, more powerful SmartGlass experience for Xbox One

SmartGlass, which enabled Microsoft's Xbox 360 to communicate with mobile devices, came relatively late in the console's life cycle. But Xbox One has been designed to maximize interplay with your Windows, Android, and iOS hardware, Microsoft revealed today. The company is sharing new details on …

How the Misfit Shine Reinvents What a Fitness Tracker Should Be

Author: Kyle VanHemert. Kyle VanHemert Design<p>Date of Publication: 08.16.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>The Shine, a new activity tracker, …