November 17, 2019

The 2019 Esports Awards winners

Esports Stadium Arlington played host to this weekend’s 2019 Esports Awards. Hosted by Eefje “SJOKZ” Depoortere and “GOLDEN BOY” Alex Mendez, the awards saw some of the best in the industry be recognized for their talents and dedication over the past year. They were joined by Jess Brohard, Bil “Jump” Carter, Lottie Van Praag and […]

November 13, 2019

Why Are High Schools Adding Esports Programs?

Esports is no longer a niche industry, with projected 2019 revenues at over $1.1 billion and growing. Even as the industry leaders continue to attract multi-million dollar investments, esports is rapidly penetrating the grassroots of the American education system. There is a growing acceptance of esports in high schools and universities. Esports is no longer […]

November 12, 2019

Esports Health with the GamerDoc

Esports organizations are increasingly focusing on player health. While stereotypes classicly associated with gaming don’t hold up, there are some worrying trends when it comes to physical health in esports. The Gamer Doc, a licensed doctor based out of Washington DC, comes on the podcast to give her thoughts on the causes of burnout in […]

November 5, 2019

The local roots of Smash Bros. esports

Strolling through the corner of DreamHack Rotterdam reserved for fighting titles, it’s easy to tell that something different is going on here. Rows of tables filled with bright, old-fashioned screens and a miscellany of electronics fill the space. Where in other hallways gaming competitions are trying to mimic major sports events, the scene here is […]

November 4, 2019

‘Forget your gender and go for it,’ says first-ever female Global Hearthstone GrandMasters Champion

Amid the tension from protests and the excitement from new game announcements, one woman made history at Blizzcon this year. Xiaomeng “VKLiooon” Li made esports history November 2 by becoming the first woman ever to win the Hearthstone Grandmasters Global Finals. This is also the first time a woman has won a BlizzCon tournament. Following […]

October 28, 2019

ESL’s SVP of Brand Partnerships on the ESL Mobile Open

Paul Brewer, ESL’s SVP of Brand Partnerships in North America joins the podcast to talk about the new ESL Mobile Open, diversity and inclusion in esports, moving from sports to esports and more. Take the GLHF pledge from AnyKey. See how effective brand sponsorships can mobilize a crowd with this chant for DHL. If you […]

October 25, 2019

Overwatch League shoutcaster Seth King shares his perspective

The Overwatch League may arguably be the fastest-growing esports league of all-time since its inception in 2017. It has become a highly distinctive association due to its unique blend of teams from around the world. It became the first major esports league to have city-based franchised teams, similarly to how other traditional sports leagues are […]

October 23, 2019

Getting into Esports: League of Legends

League of Legends has been around since the late 2000s and has grown into one of the biggest games of all time. Millions of players from around the world take part each day in the battle for Summoners Rift. Despite their outstanding number of concurrent players, there are also new players looking to join the […]

October 23, 2019

Three esports surprisingly still active in 2019

Esports are growing and expanding faster than anyone could predict. As the industry gains popularity, some games slowly fade into the “has been” category, while others retain a strong enough following to endure. It ultimately depends on two main factors. If people want to play it and if developers will put continuous work into it. […]

October 21, 2019

First-ever academic esports conference announced

LRP Media Group announced today, October 21, that they are launching the Academic Esports Conference & Expo. Taking place in one year from Oct. 19 to Oct. 21 in Chicago, the conference aims to connect academic leaders and the esports audience. As the esports industry continues to grow, educators and schools look to enter the […]

October 18, 2019

Starting a Career as an Esports Writer – Esportz Network Podcast

Many esports fans want to turn their passion into a career, and being a writer feels like a great way to start. Mitch Reames and Gabriel “H3nley” Ionica go behind-the-scenes in the lives of esports writers, how to best start a career and what it takes to succeed. Be warned, the ecosystem as a whole […]

October 9, 2019

Behind esports’ newest Hall of Fame inductee: Armada

Adam “Armada” Lindgren just became the first Super Smash Bros. player to win the Esports Hall of Fame Community Awards. Armada earned over $300,000 in prize money during his career and ranked first on the annual SSBMRank in both 2015 and 2016. The Swedish player’s dominant career led to the Super Smash Bros Melee (SSBM) […]

October 8, 2019

Riot Games releases Worlds 2019 theme song “Phoenix”

Riot Games has finally released the official song for the League of Legends 2019 Worlds Championship. Titled ‘Phoenix’ the song was produced by Riot Games in collaboration with Callin Russo and Chrissy Costanza. The theme song for World 2019 is delayed due to Riot being unable to keep to their original schedule. The theme song […]

October 8, 2019

Fortnite pro players unite together to form new players’ association

Sixteen Professional Fortnite players have banded together to form a new players association: the Fortnite Professional Players’ Association. The team consists of the best Fortnite players from around the globe. The reason behind the unexpected change in the professional scene is stated in their most recent tweet. “It is an independent world-wide collective of professional […]

October 8, 2019

Hearthstone pro supports Hong Kong, gets banned by Blizzard

US Gaming Company Blizzard Entertainment banned Hearthstone player Chung “blitzchung” Ng Wai and fired two casters for political rhetoric in a post-game interview regarding the Hong Kong protests at the Asia-Pacific Hearthstone Grandmasters. “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age!” shouts Wai in a post-game interview wearing a mask that resembles what protesters wore during […]

October 4, 2019

Fans are still waiting for the 2019 Worlds song

Having yet to hear the annual League of Legends World Championship anthem, fans cry out to Riot in both annoyance and anticipation for their favorite content of the year. It’s not quite ready yet, I’m afraid, but we’ll post when we have it! — League of Legends EU (@loleu) September 30, 2019 The Worlds Play-In […]

October 4, 2019

DreamHack announce signups for League of Schools

DreamHack and Challengermode announced the start of their third League of Schools season. Similar to programs like Tespa, the League of Schools is a Nordic league open to those attending high school and university. The league currently only features tournaments for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and League of legends. Tournament structure and prize pools League of […]

October 4, 2019

What happened at Midas Mode 2?

Midas Mode is a Dota 2 game mode created by MoonDuck. The mode is centered around fun tactics, bounties and a whole new type of currency called Moonbucks. The mode drew tons of attention, to the point that it received a tournament way back in November 2017. The tournament used a round-robin format and included […]

October 4, 2019

Overwatch director wants his heroes in Smash Ultimate

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate has one of the biggest fighting game rosters in the world. With 81 confirmed characters, fans are wondering who is going to be next on the roster. Overwatch’s director, Jeff Kaplon, thinks it should be from their popular team-based multiplayer first-person shooter. Overwatch: Legendary Edition is making its way to the […]

October 4, 2019

Three reasons why esports succeed

Esports are on the rise. Games like League of Legends, Counter-Strike, Overwatch, and many others draw in hundreds of thousands of viewers for professional events. Players all over the world aspire to go pro in their respective games, not unlike traditional sports. So, what is it that makes esports so successful? Fun and easy to […]

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