Games industry events

The voice of esports: Paul ‘ReDeYe’ Chaloner

Fifteen years ago may not seem like a long time, but in competitive video gaming, it’s a lifetime. An industry that’s butterflied into its adolescence and exploded over the past two years was once tiny and in its infancy, despite the common belief that it only just begun. For Paul …

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Toronto proved why more League events need to be held in Canada

This weekend in Toronto, Team SoloMid defeated Cloud9 in the 2016 Summer NA LCS Finals three games to one. While the result was important, one other aspect of the weekend stood above the rest: Canada was all about it. Read more on The Rift Herald >>>

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How eSports Athletes Stay Healthy

Health experts and pro players tell why ergonomics, building stamina slowly and physical exercise can help eSports athletes stay healthy and achieve tournament success. In traditional sports like football or basketball, injuries remain not only common but expected. And while most of the action in an eSport like League of …

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Will Valve’s new rule maintain competitive integrity?

I stared at Valve’s statement restricting the power of coaches in-game like how I imagine an archaeologist examined hieroglyphics to gain insight into the lives of ancient Egyptians. A week later, I came to the conclusion that the rule doesn’t do what Valve hopes it does. Read more on ESPN …

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cosplays as Mario in Olympics closing ceremony

Mario made a surprise appearance in the closing ceremony for the Rio Olympics last night. Tokyo will be the event’s host in 2020, and as is traditional the next host nation made an appearance at the colourful close. Viewers were greeted with a short showing Mario using a device to …

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‘Publishers are now calling us’ – How Life is Strange has transformed Dontnod

Dontnod says its perception in the industry has been transformed on the back of hit episodic game Life is Strange. The company was in financial trouble after its disappointing first game, 2013’s Remember Me, and was rescued when Square Enix invested in Life is Strange. The title was a huge …

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Telltale: ‘We need to redefine video game genres’

Telltale Games has urged the games industry to reconsider how it categorises genre, as the medium’s storytelling ability continues to mature. Job Stauffer, worldwide head of creative communications at the Batman, Minecraft and Walking Dead developer, observed that the growing appreciation of narrative in video games means that the industry …

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Got an idea for a VR/AR innovation? Pitch it at Toy Inventors Workshop

Think you’ve got a great idea for a tech toy, gadget or application? We are looking for inventors to pitch their creations at Toy Inventors Workshop, taking place at Whittlebury Hall on September 20th 2016. The Workshop will bring together leading inventors, distributors and retailers to discover new ideas and …

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Yooka-Laylee developers buoyed by Ratchet & Clank success

The commercial success of the new Ratchet & Clank reboot has excited the creators of Yooka-Laylee. Like Ratchet & Clank, Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer. It generated 2.1m via Kickstarter, and studio Playtonic admits it’s nervous that many of those interested in the game will already own it as a …

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Heroes sometimes die: a look at the recent Overwatch support meta

If you’ve been away from the Overwatch competitive scene for the past month, then the support picks at this weekend’s ESL Atlantic Showdown may surprise you. Zenyatta is back, taking over from Mercy in many situations. Lucio remains a powerhouse, but he’s likely buffing some different allies than before. And …

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