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It's A Very Fighting Game Weekend It's A Very Fighting Game Weekend

It’s Memorial Day weekend, which means either chaining hot dogs, hamburgers and handfuls of chips or jab, jab, uppercut, jab, throw, special. Or both.

Shady Numbers And Bad Business: Inside The Esports Bubble Shady Numbers And Bad Business: Inside The Esports Bubble

The mainstream narrative of esports has been lovingly crafted by those who benefit from its success. There’s big money in esports, they say. You’ve heard the stories. Teenaged gamers flown overseas to sunny mansions with live-in chefs. The erection of $50 million arenas for Enders Game-esque sci-fi battles. League of…

Riot Games To Make Mobile Version of League Of Legends With Tencent Riot Games To Make Mobile Version of League Of Legends With Tencent

Riot Games is developing a mobile version of League of Legends alongside Chinese tech company Tencent, Reuters said today in a report confirmed by Kotaku.

Stop Quitting Magic: Arena Games Before I Can Beat You Properly Stop Quitting Magic: Arena Games Before I Can Beat You Properly

Magic: The Gathering is a game about slowly (or quickly) squeezing the life out of your opponent until they’re demoralized, defeated, and feeling the weight of their many, many mistakes. That’s why I am unhappy with the lot of you serial conceders depriving me of that.

Top Streamers Said To Earn $50,000 An Hour Playing New Games Top Streamers Said To Earn $50,000 An Hour Playing New Games

Top Twitch streamers can make $50,000 per hour streaming new video games, the Wall Street Journal said in a weekend report. Kotaku spoke with industry sources who confirmed the report, adding that $50,000 per hour wasn’t even the highest figure they’d seen.

As Deadline Passes, Riot Games Doesn’t Budge On Key Walkout Issue As Deadline Passes, Riot Games Doesn’t Budge On Key Walkout Issue

Despite a walkout of hundreds of its employees last week, League of Legends publisher Riot Games said last night that they will not change their stance on forced arbitration. Protesting employees had given the company until yesterday to make a change, threatening to escalate their efforts if it did not.

Upstart Epic PC Store Launches Its First Steam-Style Mega Sale Upstart Epic PC Store Launches Its First Steam-Style Mega Sale

Epic Games’ store has announced its own take on the Steam Summer Sale—the latest spoonful of Steam’s game-selling pie that Epic has shoveled directly into its mouth. The move comes over a month before Steam typically offers its famous Summer Sale.

TIME’s 2019 list of “Next Generation Leaders” names 19-year-old Overwatch League pro Kim “Geguri” Se-Yeon, the league’s first female player. “Since I am the only female player in the whole league, I think there are a lot of people who look up to me and see me as a role model,” Geguri told TIME. “Knowing this, I’m…

A geneticist named Michael California wrote a fascinating blog about Rage 2's depiction of mutants and genetic deformity. Check it out here.

Magic: The Gathering Arena: The Kotaku Review Magic: The Gathering Arena: The Kotaku Review

Magic: The Gathering Arena isn’t the same as ripping open Magic packs with your childhood best friend on a sunny park bench, but it is the next best thing. The digital card game, available on PC, smooths down the coarser aspects of paper Magic games, making for an easy landing pad for newbies and a great user…

Magic: The Gathering's New Pro Players Prove To Be Controversial Picks Magic: The Gathering's New Pro Players Prove To Be Controversial Picks

Today, Magic: The Gathering publisher Wizards of the Coast announced that it had signed two new players to its fledgling Pro League, including the league’s first woman. While it has been a galvanizing decision for many players, especially female ones, some fans worry that the process for joining the professionalized…

What We Loved About Detective Pikachu What We Loved About Detective Pikachu

Detective Pikachu hit movie theaters this weekend and turned me into a puddle of nostalgic goo. I sat down with senior reporter Cecilia D’Anastasio and video producer Paul Tamayo to talk Pokéballs, Pikachu and a severe lack of Venusaurs.

Magic: The Gathering’s pro League just got its first female player. Jessica Estephan, who is from Australia, was also Magic: The Gathering’s first Grand Prix winner. Earlier this year, Kotaku reported on how publisher Wizards of the Coast wanted to make Magic less of a boys club—it looks like they’re keeping their…

I’m streaming a Magic: The Gathering Arena draft with the game’s newest set, War of the Spark. Tune into our Twitch channel and come hang!

YouTuber ProJared Accused Of Sexually Soliciting Fans [UPDATE] YouTuber ProJared Accused Of Sexually Soliciting Fans [UPDATE]

Jared “ProJared” Knabenbauer, a gaming YouTuber who had over a million subscribers before today’s events, has been accused of sending nudes to and soliciting nudes from fans, two of whom say they were underage at the time of the solicitation. The allegations were first published last night by his wife, artist and…

Queer Eye’s Tan France shows off some truly special Pikachu boots by GCDS for Elle magazine.

The Overwatch League finals will take place in Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center on September 29, Blizzard announced today. The prize pool is a plush $1.7 million, $1.1 million of which goes to the top team.

On the heels of yesterday’s Riot Games walkout at the League of Legends publisher’s Los Angeles headquarters, Riot employees in Dublin are staging their own walkout today. Around 18 of the office’s employees stood by the street with several holding signs calling for the company to end forced arbitration.

Over 150 Riot Employees Walk Out To Protest Forced Arbitration And Sexist Culture [Updated] Over 150 Riot Employees Walk Out To Protest Forced Arbitration And Sexist Culture [Updated]

Over 150 discontented Riot Games employees walked out of the League of Legends publisher’s offices in Los Angeles today to protest the company’s stance on forced arbitration. Standing in a parking lot on Riot’s campus, employees held picket signs and gave impassioned speeches.

Riot Employees Prepare For Walkout Today Riot Employees Prepare For Walkout Today

Los Angeles-based Riot Games employees are preparing for a walkout this afternoon in protest of the company’s stance on forced arbitration in what appears to be the first walkout at a major gaming studio. Kotaku will be reporting live from the protest as it develops.

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