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How to win at Black Friday

Hint: There is no $199 Apple Watch Series 3<p>Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. For more information, see our ethics policy.<p>Black Friday is upon us, but if you’ve been paying …

Shopping

Facebook Looks in Mirror and Sees Tencent - Bloomberg Gadfly

Facebook and China's Tencent are entrenched among the global technology elite, and they are more alike than at first glance.<p>Yes, the two companies …

Business

WeChat owner becomes first in Asia worth over $500B

Tencent is the first in the region to be valued at half-a-trillion dollars, joining the likes of Apple, Facebook and Microsoft.<p>Remember the Chinese company that offered a helping hand to Snap? Well it just became the first in Asia to be worth more than half-a-trillion dollars.<p>Tencent, the owner of …

China

This Pink-sheets company is closing in on Amazon - MarketWatch

Investors can’t brush off Tencent Holding Ltd. because its shares trade on the Pink sheets market. The Hong Kong-based messaging and gaming giant has …

Stocks

Patch 7.23 notes

Waddup champs,<p>Preseason is at full steam! After shipping the most urgent balance changes in a mid-patch update shortly after Runes Reforged launched, …

A Collection Of The Best Esports Clips This Week

The Chiefs were working hard this week with their CSGO representing in South Korea while their LoL team powered through at the ESL Studios in Sydney. …

Competitive Gaming

Heroes of the Storm big gameplay changes are available for testing

Blizzard Entertainment’s gameplay changes for its PC multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) Heroes of the Storm are now available on the game’s PTR (public test realm), meaning that anyone can try them out while not hurting their stats or progression in the actual game.<p>Heroes of the Storm is …

Business

Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets Enter Esports Arena

The NA LCS — the Los Angeles-based professional league for League of Legends esports in North America — is moving to a permanent partnership …

Sports Technology

League of Legends patch 7.23: 5 things to know

Ah yes, the patch after the big patch, here is 7.23 to fix all the broken things from Patch 7.22.<p>Patch 7.23 is actually pretty small in terms of …

Competitive Gaming

Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cleveland Cavs, invests in eSports team 100 Thieves

Dig that Pizza Hut-esque logo<p>Matthew "Nadeshot" Haag has a big reason to celebrate this week -- Dan Gilbert, Cleveland Cavaliers owner, just put in a …

Competitive Gaming

Belfast man accused of meeting boy (14) for sex refused bail

A Belfast man accused of meeting a 14-year-old boy for sex after communicating through an online video game must remain in custody, a High Court …

Crime

The League Of Legends Free Agency Hot Stove Is Officially Ablaze

Tomorrow is the start of the free agency period for the 2018 League of Legends Championship Series, and the stove is delightfully hot.

Competitive Gaming

Immortals Out of Next Year's North American 'League of Legends' Championship Series

Global esports organization Immortals today confirmed it won't participate in next year's <i>League of Legends</i> North American League Championship Series …

Competitive Gaming

Hextech Kog’Maw is the latest crafting-exclusive skin

In an Instagram post, Riot Games has announced the next Hextech Crafting exclusive skin: Hextech Kog’Maw.<p>A post shared by League of Legends …

Competitive Gaming

Snowdown 2017 skins: Ambitious Elf Jinx, Santa Draven and Snow Fawn Poppy

This year’s Snowdown skins have been teased on the <i>League of Legends</i> Instagram!<p>A post shared by League of Legends (@leagueoflegends) on Nov 20, 2017 …

Competitive Gaming

'Dota 2' and 'League of Legends' players might be smarter than you

People who play multiplayer online battle arenas (MOBA) like <i>Dota 2</i> and <i>League of Legends</i> perform better on problem solving and logic tests than those who play shooters <i>Destiny</i> and <i>Battlefield 3</i>, researchers found. "The specific MOBA genre is remarkable in the sense that it already engages a vast …

Competitive Gaming

With new permanent teams, professional League of Legends will look more like the NBA

New squads backed by the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors are on board for 2018<p>Riot Games is making a big change to its professional <i>League of Legends</i> championship series in North America. Back in June, the developer announced a major shift for the NA LCS, which would see the circuit move …

Competitive Gaming

League Of Legends New Partnership Model, With Warriors, Cavaliers And Rockets Teams

Starting in 2018, the North American League Championship Series (NALCS) — the professional league for League of Legends esports in North America — will move to a permanent partnership structure. This follows in the footsteps of Activision Blizzard's Overwatch League, which instituted a franchising …

Competitive Gaming

North American 'League of Legends' championship finalizes 10-team roster

Earlier this year, League of Legends studio Riot Games introduced new rules for the game's American pro league. At long last, the North American League Championship Series (NA LCS) will have a permanent roster of ten teams, starting with the 2018 season -- and Riot has just announced who made the …

Competitive Gaming

The odd appeal of watching eSports live and in-person | Ars Technica

Just watching on Twitch isn’t the same as being immersed in the crowd.<p>At this point, I don't have much patience for the argument that eSports fans …

Rocket League

Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with settings and input improvements

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs with settings and input improvements. This build is part of the RS4 branch, which represents the next Windows 10 update the company has yet to announce.<p>Windows 10 is a service, meaning it was built in a very different way from its …

Microsoft

Why is the gaming community so upset about the new Star Wars video game?

Electronic Arts is currently embroiled in the kind of controversy and consumer dissent that could ignite a galactic rebellion. The successful …

Canadian News

Sources: Cloud9 set to acquire contract rights for top laner Licorice

Cloud9 will acquire contract rights to top laner Eric "Licorice" Ritchie from eUnited for the 2018 season, sources close to both teams told ESPN. …

NCSoft will shut servers for MXM MOBA in January, just months after June launch

NCSoft created MXM (Master X Master) as a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game to take on Riot Games’ League of Legends. And it looks like League of Legends won.<p>NCSoft announced today that it will be shutting down servers for the game on January 31. As of today, it’s disabled real-money …

Business

Can A New Cryptocurrency Fix China's Shady Esports Betting Scene? Probably Not

Professional video gaming, more popularly known as esports, wields the raw potential to generate $12.9 billion by 2020, but the success or failure of the industry will rely less on a potential 2024 Olympic event, and more on how businesses weather a two-system world with Chinese gamers, fans, and …

Competitive Gaming

Running Online Services at Riot: Part IV

Welcome back readers to the Running Online Services at Riot blog series. My name is Maxfield Stewart and I’ve written before about how we use …

DevOps

Four League of Legends roster wishes for the 2018 season

10:27 PM GMT<p>Just as in grade school, the new kids in League of Legends Championship Series will change the status quo. Organizations like the Houston …

Competitive Gaming

MOBAs are the No. 1 target for game developers’ localization efforts

The global market for digital games is set to generate more than $94 billion in annual revenue, according to a recent research from market intelligence firm Newzoo. This prompted my company, One Hour Translation, to analyze industry marketing trends by examining about 9,550 translation projects of …

Business

Study: Skill in games like League of Legends correlates to higher intelligence

If you're a high ranked <i>League of Legends</i> player, there's a good chance your IQ is higher than average, according to a series of studies performed by …

Competitive Gaming

Kids who play video games are smarter: study

Kids who are good at video games tend to be more intelligent than those who just play outside, according to a new study.<p>Researchers have discovered a …

Competitive Gaming