There were no surprises over the weekend, and every team but Northeastern and Grand View University took out the seeds below them. From these matches came a couple stunning scorelines, like Purdue vs. the Eagles, which saw a 28-3 kill disparity in their first game. In Michigan State’s 3-game match against DePaul University, Michigan’s Jungler, Really Big Meme, had a whopping 32 kills throughout the match.
On March 18th 2021 PlayStation tweeted “Welcoming @Evo into the PlayStation family.” The purchase of an event by Sony is a rare acquisition and shows an interest that the company may be planning to move further into competitive gaming.
Relevance and authenticity are more specific issues facing non-endemic sponsors. Nonetheless, this is a battle that Colonel Sanders has won. Kentucky Fried Chicken has invested heavily in the esports and gaming space, building interactions and campaigns that go beyond commercials and naming rights.
Three regions, twenty-four hours, fifteen games, hundreds of thousands of eyes, and unforgettable memories. Sunday, April 11th, 2021 will go down in League of Legends esports history as one of the most action-packed days of all time.
Maryville University is simply unstoppable. Immediately after winning the North Conference playoffs in Riot’s CLoL, their Overwatch team hurdled through Activision-Blizzard’s Overwatch Collegiate Championships to clinch the national title in a historic 3-2 victory over Northwood University.
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Students in the Overwatch Collegiate Clash Discord server debated the fairness of a varsity-only Wildcard tournament.
Miami Heat reserve forward Meyers Leonard was fined $50,000 after using an anti-Semitic slur while playing Call of Duty: Warzone.
Esports venues play an important role in industry development. Expanding the attendance from online to offline provides the players with a stronger sense of community.
On March 20, 2020, Fans lined up at GameStops around the country for the latest installment in the cute, task-based life sim franchise even as the nation began lockdown orders and Switch consoles were hard to come by. What served as an escape started to mimic the frustrations of feeling “behind” in real life when looking at others on social media. And what was meant to be a relaxing game began to feel like a chore.
A look at the lack of Latinx representation in esports through the eyes of a single viewer.
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Developers are starting to break away from the traditional model of announcing at mass conferences, instead opting for direct announcements on livestream, allowing players to get the news they want faster, and without having to slog through announcements from studios they aren’t dedicating their attention to.
Toxic speech is only making it harder for new players to break in. There are far too many incidents of professional and casual gamers using ableist, sexist, and racist language in-game.
Conference standings from a couple weeks ago showed some turmoil in CLoL’s upper ranks. By the end of the regular season, however, the whales of college League of Legends breached the standings’ surfaces, and are heading to their respective conference playoffs starting March 13.