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Rapper Lupe Fiasco beats Street Fighter legend in SFV showmatch

Street Fighter star Daigo Umehara was beaten three games to two by Superstar rapper Lupe Fiasco in a Mad Catz Street Fighter V showmatch last night. The rapper, who is known to be a big fan of fighting games and games in general, pulled off the upset to a worldwide …

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GAME buys Spanish eSports platform SocialNAT

Retailer GAME has made another big eSports purchase, this time in Spain. A little under a year ago GAME swooped to acquire Multiplay for 20m. Now it has reached an agreement to acquire SocialNAT for an undisclosed sum. SocialNAT has over 150k registered users. It organised the eSports activities at …

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£19,000 on the line at UK’s Insomnia57 March tournament

This March, Birmingham’s NEC will play host to tournaments for six games totalling 19,000 in prize money for UK gamers. The Insomnia57 event over the March 25-28 weekend will also be one of the first Street Fighter V tournaments on British soil, with 1,000 on the line. As the festival …

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DreamHack Bucharest shifts focus to CS:GO with September’s $100,000 tournament

The latest announcement for DreamHack’s ZOWIE Open series of tournaments in Bucharest confirms CS:GO is the headline tournament. DreamHack Bucharest will take place September 16-18 in the same venue as last year’s event, the Polyvalent Hall, with a $100,000 prize pool for the final eight teams to fight over. It …

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Blizzard ushers in big changes to Hearthstone

Many of the most popular cards in the Hearthstone library will be excluded from what Blizzard will position as the new standard ranked play mode for its card battler. The developer last night announced some big changes to the title, not least of which is its split into two types …

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Plays.tv releases Chrome extension to end Twitch highlight ownership battle

Gaming social network and video-sharing platform Plays.tv has introduced a way for spectators to capture stream highlights while the content creator retians their ownership. The Chrome extension functions similarly to existing, though legally dubious, stream capture methods such as OddShot, which has attracted heavy criticism from streamers who feel their …

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Riot made $1.6bn off League of Legends digital sales in 2015, dethrones Clash of Clans

Riot Games, creators of eSports frontrunner League of Legends, reportedly made $1.6bn off the game in 2015 according to SuperData Research. The figures, determined by the market research company from publisher and payment services digital point-of-sale data, make LoL the highest grossing digital game ahead of SuperCell’s Clash of Clans …

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FACEIT secures $15m to expand eSports tournament organisation service

Competitive gaming platform FACEIT has today raised $15m in Series A funding in order to expand to more games and communities. The service allows tournament organisers to easily draft brackets and initiate matches for players competing in Dota, CS:GO or other team-based eSports events, as well as distribute prizes for …

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FaZe Clan joins CS:GO with G2 team acquisition

Following in the footsteps of fellow Call of Duty rival brand OpTic Gaming, FaZe Clan has joined the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive circuit by acquiring team G2 Esports. The European squad, captained by Mikail "Maikelele" Bill, had been in talks with FaZe for some weeks before the news was revealed yesterday. …

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Blizzard pumping $4m into Heroes of the Storm eSports circuit

Blizzard are fronting $4m in total across this year’s spring, summer and fall seasons of MOBA Heroes of the Storm. The money will be split across the three seasons leading up to BlizzCon’s Global Championship in autumn, and shared among the seven regions of localised competition around the world. Joining …

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