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 protests, 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 […]

September 19, 2019

A tour into the future of collegiate esports

It’s 5:30 p.m. on a Wednesday afternoon. On the picturesque Queens campus of St. John’s University, students spill out of academic buildings, looking forward to dinner and a chance to relax. But in a brightly-lit room inside the main library, a group of undergrads barely notice the passage of time. These students are sitting in […]

September 11, 2019

Perkz: the next best League player

Luka “Perkz” Perković shows time after time that he is top-caliber talent. He’s been a consistent force in the League of Legends European Championship since 2016. Although his career and team have bounced over the years, he’s remained loyal to who brought him into the EU LCS. With G2 Esports winning yet another tournament, Perkz […]

August 29, 2019

Geekletes is the first black-owned esports gaming facility in Texas

The esports industry sees Texas native, Danny Martin, as the first black owner of an esports facility in Dallas. The Geekletes Esports Studio is designed to provide facilities and support for those seeking a career in esports and competitive gaming. From being a player to a manager and other new prospects in one of the […]

August 26, 2019

The Bane of Non-Prime Matchmaking

CS:GO going free-to-play wasn’t a move that anyone expected from Valve. The move brought more people to the game allowing it to reach the highest number of average players since release. With such a move, Valve needed alternative ways to make the game profitable. Thus, they made the decision of making Prime available to purchase […]

August 24, 2019

Six people arrested in Australian Counter-Strike match fixing scandal

Victoria Police announces that six Australians have been arrested in connection to an investigation into rigging Counter-Strike: Global Offensive matches. It is the first major match-fixing case in Australian esports history. An investigation was launched in March 2019 after police received information from a betting agency about activity linked to a CS:GO tournament. “It’s alleged […]

August 23, 2019

Riot Games Settles Gender Discrimination & Sexual Harassment Class Action Lawsuit with Employees

Riot Games and the plaintiffs have settled the class action lawsuit regarding gender discrimination, according to a new statement from Rioters Against Forced Arbitration. Last year, a major investigation article was released by Kotaku that brought to light company-wide discrimination and harassment at Riot games. The company lived on a culture of sexism and “bro […]

July 25, 2019

Fighting Games are Easier to Watch than You Think

With EVO just around the corner, we at the Esportz Network want to let everyone know you don’t have to play the game to enjoy the spectacle. There are a couple of common denominators in each game that every spectator should be able to understand. For each game, there is a roster of characters with […]

July 24, 2019

Nostalgic mod injects a Nintendo 64 look into Melee

For those Melee players looking for a retro look in their fast-paced gameplay, this new mod may be the thing you’ve been looking for. Indie filmmaker and video producer Connor Rentz has just released the first official version of his Super Smash Bros. Melee 64 mod. I made a complete mod of Super Smash Bros. […]

July 24, 2019

Dota 2’s The International once again becomes biggest prize pool in esports

For the past decade, the biggest prize pool in esports was never a conversation. Valve’s Dota 2 has held the record for The International (TI) and it was never even close. TI began in 2011 with a prize pool of $1.6 million, at the time that was nearly unheard of. That same amount went up […]

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