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My 7-Step Guide to Prepare for a Hearthstone Tournament My 7-Step Guide to Prepare for a Hearthstone Tournament

Shortly after I began playing Hearthstone in mid 2016, I started dabbling in the local and online tournament scene. Despite Hearthstone growing as an e-sport over the past two years and Blizzard updating the HCT process recently, I’ve had some small successes in these tournaments. A significant reason for this is that…

Beakon 2018: When the Splatoon Competitive Community Started to Find Itself Beakon 2018: When the Splatoon Competitive Community Started to Find Itself

Over the weekend of March 10, The Splatoon 2 LAN, Beakon 2018, took place in Deer Park, New York. This event was a milestone for the game boasting a combined 153 players and spectators bringing with them the largest prize pool of any Splatoon tournament. Beakon 2018 also featured a set of rules that differs from the…

Rocket League, Sports Distilled Rocket League, Sports Distilled

Rocket League has been out for well over two years now, but only recently have I seriously gotten into playing it, and I’ve noticed something. Though most widely referred to as the “soccer with cars” game, it encompasses something more profound in practice.

Belong by GAME - The UK Gaming Cafe scene Belong by GAME - The UK Gaming Cafe scene

You may have noticed one in your local GAME store; a small dark corner with a few rows of Gaming PC’s set up. There might even be a couple of customers playing PUBG or DotA2, and for an hourly fee, you can set up next to them and play too.

In Defense and Praise of Esports Casters  In Defense and Praise of Esports Casters 

The International, DOTA 2's annual flagship tournament, is currently underway from KeyArena in Seattle. While the popularity of esports has exploded in recent years, qualifying it as “mainstream” remains a tough sell. Folks will likely spout the “I can’t believe people watch other people play videogames lol”…

Videogames are Thriving in Culture like Never Before Videogames are Thriving in Culture like Never Before

What subculture do you identify with and is it worth fighting for? Cecilia D’Anastasio remarks that cultures often must advocate for themselves in order to keep and maintain their own identity and rights, whereas industries call upon the help of others (and even demand them) for support in the June 1, 2017 episode of…

Blizzard Doubles Down on eSports with the Announcment of Heroes of the Storm 2.0  Blizzard Doubles Down on eSports with the Announcment of Heroes of the Storm 2.0 

If you’re a Heroes of the Storm fan, then you have likely already seen the headlines from around the net showcasing the new progression system that Blizzard is introducing into it’s MOBA title. Heroes 2.0 is more than just a progression. This is Blizzard’s attempt at expanding it’s reach and trying to pull in new…

Seeing Splatoon 2 Global Testfire Footage Is Giving Me Life Seeing Splatoon 2 Global Testfire Footage Is Giving Me Life

I have officially reached peak levels of jealousy towards everyone who owns a Nintendo Switch, because they get the opportunity to play THIS, as opposed to me, who can only experience it vicariously. It only took seeing an hour of gameplay to get that way.

A Full Look At Korea's Hacking Problem in Overwatch and How It Affects Everyone Who Plays A Full Look At Korea's Hacking Problem in Overwatch and How It Affects Everyone Who Plays

Korean PC Bangs place in Overwatch are a primary source of contention, allowing Koreans to play games in a public setting, not having to pay for their own desktops or games while also allowing for a flood of hackers.

PSA: VIDEOBALL is out now on PS4, XB1 and Steam! PSA: VIDEOBALL is out now on PS4, XB1 and Steam!

Hey there TAY! Good News!! From Action Button Entertainment and published by Iron Galaxy comes VIDEOBALL (it is spelled in all caps) is out now! Go pick it up now for 9.99 on Playstation 4, X-Box One and Steam!! Its easy to pick up and play but becomes VERY competitive and nuanced very quickly. The game supports 3 on…

Overwatch's Competitive Mode Punishes Skilled Players Overwatch's Competitive Mode Punishes Skilled Players

And people say Counter Strike has bad matchmaking.

The TAY PAX East 2016 Wrap-up The TAY PAX East 2016 Wrap-up

PAX East 2016 had a lot of what you expect to see at a major video game convention. Microsoft showed off Gears of War 4! Sony premiered an Uncharted 4 demo! There were many, many, many, many, many Fallout cosplayers! But PAX East also reflected how gaming has changed over the past few years. Here are my big takeaways…

Why You Might be More into Halo eSports than You'd Expect Why You Might be More into Halo eSports than You'd Expect

Alright, so I know that eSports are already a tough sell for many, but hear me out.

7 Predictions for the Halo World Championships 7 Predictions for the Halo World Championships

For Halo fans and eSports fans alike, the wait is nearly over: it’s championship week. The Halo World Championship (HCS) is upon us, with group play on from March 18-19 and the finals on March 20 (official info here). Up for grabs is $2.5 million in prize money, with a full $1 million going to the winning team. It’s…

Rocket League Announces eSports Championship Series Rocket League Announces eSports Championship Series

Ok guys, time for some real-talk: ever since I watched (and wrote about) Halo at the X-Games this winter, I’ve become a bit of an eSports junkie. I’m also an unabashed Rocket League fan. So when development studio Psyonix announced a partnership this morning with Twitch to launch the new Rocket League Championship…

Halo at the X Games: A Newcomer's Experience with eSports Halo at the X Games: A Newcomer's Experience with eSports

I love video games. It’s a love that was born in early childhood, when I first witnessed the magic of my uncle’s original Nintendo. I’d beg my parents to take me to his house, chanting “Mario! Mario!” The first system I ever owned was a Sega Genesis, and I still sometimes catch myself humming parts of the Sonic the…

So You Want to Invest in eSports So You Want to Invest in eSports

Are you a savage capitalist pig trying to make some money on this whole “eSports” thing going on right now? Well you’re in luck, cause their just might be some ways you can do it.

On the Golden Age of Esports (and how it might end) On the Golden Age of Esports (and how it might end)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock inside of a bigger rock inside an alternate universe which is just rocks, you should be at least sort of vaguely aware that something called the 2015 League of Legends World Championship is happening right now. It will no doubt mark another occasion wherein an esports event has…

Addressing Fallacious Stereotypes About Gamers Addressing Fallacious Stereotypes About Gamers

News about e-sports has hit the mainstream media in lieu of new doping rules, and every halfwit with a pulse and a keyboard has felt the inclination to lob the typical drivel about gamers into public fora.

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