Tag Archives: esports

Heroes of the Storm’s Road to BlizzCon cements eSports focus

Blizzard are planning a six-month coming out party for Heroes of the Storm with a series of qualifier tournaments for a final showdown at BlizzCon. As the company’s MOBA enters final stages of a closed beta, ready to be released on June 2, the makers of accessible break-out success World …

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Heroes of the Storm World Championship Tournament to debut at BlizzCon 2015

Blizzard has announced the first official global tournament series for its MOBA Heroes of the Storm will take place later this year at BlizzCon 2015. The eSports competition will offer $1.2m in cash and prizes, with $200,000 of that pool designated for the winning team. Regional championships for North America, …

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Creating a Dota festival at ESL One Frankfurt

The first of ESL’s season of Dota tournaments begins next month with ESL One Frankfurt taking over the Commerzbank-Arena. A total of $1m is on the line across at least three events this year, with two more to be announced shortly, and the first $250,000 up for grabs on the …

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MTG has reportedly acquired ESL

Reports online suggest that Swedish media organisation Modern Times Group (MTG) has acquired Germany’s Turtle Entertainment, owner of the Electronic Sports League (ESL). The Daily Dot reports that the claims stem from IT news channel Golem.de. The value of the deal is not known and while ESL has so far …

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Blizzards hands out free cards to EU Hearthstone players

European players of Blizzard’s card game Hearthstone have been offered a sweetener to apologise for recent disruptions to the service. Many players on the EU servers encountered trouble at the end of last month, coinciding with the climax of Season 13 and the release of the final set of single …

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WarGaming’s Mohamed Fadl on revolutionising eSports income

After last month’s second successful World of Tanks Grand Final, we talked to WarGaming.net’s head of eSports to find out how the company plans to revolutionise player income. Mohamed Fadl, Director of eSports at the Cypriot MMO publisher, detailed a new system of leagues at the event, which saw thousands …

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‘eSports’, ‘permadeath’ and ‘dox’ added to the dictionary

Dictionary.com has added a number of gaming and technology centric words to its listings. Chief among them is ‘esports’, which the site describes simply as competitive tournaments of video games”. Also on the list are ‘permadeath’ (the permanent death of a defeated character, after which the player of the game …

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Valve reveals invited teams for TI5 and opens qualifiers to public

Valve has revealed the ten teams to receive direct invites to the prestigious annual Dota 2 tournament, The International, with a current prize pool of $6.3m. Alongside the ten professional teams heading straight to KeyArena in Seattle, WA, this August 3-8, Valve has opened the doors for any team to …

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eSports now a $612m business thanks to emerging western markets – Superdata

New data from Superdata shows that the eSports market currently boasts an audience of 134m, with the business generating $612m. Games Industry points to a new report from the research firm, which points to the accelerated growth of Western markets as a major factor for the market’s continued emergence. North …

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