ECS Season 4 finals bring CS:GO players to paradise
The nightcap to the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive year came to Cancun, Mexico, this weekend. The Esports Championship Series Season 4 finals were part-pro tournament, part-party, with a more relaxed atmosphere than the typical esports tournament.
Poker pro Fedor Holz invests in Envy, Fuel
Fedor Holz, a World Series of Poker bracelet winner in 2016, is making a bet away from the card table. He has purchased minority ownership in Team Envy and the Dallas Fuel, the teams and Holz announced Saturday.
Madden: The game that lives forever
Through school, jobs, families and everything else life can throw at you, there's always one game that has brought us together.
John Madden, the game
To different generations, John Madden has been a different kind of icon: coach, broadcaster and, since the late 1980s, video game mogul. This is the story of how Madden linked up with an upstart company called Electronic Arts to build an electronic empire -- and pushed the limits of gaming in the process. Produced by NFL Films. Narrated by Wil Wheaton.
- OW: X6 Gaming wins the Nexus Cup
- Overwatch: Nexus Cup approaches climax
- YouTube announces partnership with FaceIt
- Esports pepper SBJ's influential people in sports list
SUNY Canton takes a holistic approach to collegiate esports
From a residence hall catering to esports enthusiasts to a competitive space on campus, SUNY Canton plans on incorporating a variety of gaming into the university ecosystem.
BSU, Oregon plan League match ahead of Las Vegas Bowl
No. 25 Boise State and Oregon have a postseason college football showdown Saturday in Las Vegas. But before that, two other teams from the schools will face off online.
NBA esports league has ads in virtual world
The NBA's new esports league will feature advertising on the virtual world of NBA2K18.
'Entourage' actor to aid Knicks as esports scout
A fan of the Knicks and gaming, "Entourage" actor Jerry Ferrara has joined the team's esports effort as head scout.
League, Overwatch and Street Fighter create crazy esports week in Cali
The League of Legends All-Stars event, Overwatch League preseason and Capcom Cup turned California into esports heaven last week. ESPN's Tyler Erzberger took a trip to each one during a packed couple of days in Los Angeles and Anaheim.
Former Cloud9 player n0thing conflicted on returning to CS:GO
Make no mistake: Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert misses Counter-Strike. But the former Cloud9 player, who was benched just a month after PGL Major Krakow, has gained some perspective on life outside being a pro since stepping away from the scene.
All-Stars and Overwatch preseason
It was the perfect storm of esports. Overwatch preseason, Capcom Cup and All-stars converged on the same weekend. We recap it all and give our impressions from on the ground.
Coach OMO: 'Except maybe Vietnam, the rest of the GPL is falling behind'
"Someone needs to be the trailblazer and do something good. GAM did it for Vietnam. Someone else needs to do it for the rest of the places."
The new Longzhu is not ROX Tigers
Same roster, new team. Calling the current iteration of Longzhu Gaming "the next ROX Tigers" might just end up being a slight to their achievements, Rand writes.
Snake Eyez and Phenom reflect on the Capcom Cup
It's the culmination of a grueling year's worth of preparation and hard work. For Phenom, Snake Eyez and Fuudo, their best just wasn't good enough this time around.
MenaRD beats Tokido in Capcom Cup final
Saul "MenaRD" Segundo took down the reigning Evolution Championship Series champion, Hajime "Tokido" Taniguchi, and won the Capcom Cup on Sunday in Anaheim, California.
Saul Leonardo "MenaRD" Mena Segundo is grand finals bound at the Capcom Cup today in Anaheim, California. He defeated Naoki "Nemo" Nemoto in the losers final to set up this rematch of the winners final: MenaRD vs. Hajime "Tokido" Taniguchi. The reigning Evo champion will look to repeat his earlier 3-2 win over MenaRD.
TSM Zven: 'I can't imagine playing with anyone else other than Mithy'
There's a reason why TSM owner Andy Dinh is grinning ear to ear. He doesn't just have the best bot lane in the west; he has the best team in North America.
All-Stars 1 vs. 1 highlights.
Faker vs. Bjergsen. Uzi vs. Bjergsen. Watch the best players in the world go head to head.
Sources: CS:GO's Semmler to join Blizzard as caster
Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat, one of the biggest names in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive casting, is preparing to join Blizzard as one of its Overwatch League talents, sources told ESPN on Friday.
Support Raymond "kaSing" Tsang has signed with Splyce, the team announced on Sunday. Splyce came to a verbal agreement with kaSing in late November, but his former Team RB was in talks to sell his contract to H2K Gaming. Team RB was unable to facilitate a sale for his contract by Sunday -- the deadline set by Riot Games for exiting Challenger Series teams to sell their player agreements -- which resulted in a void of that agreement, sources told ESPN.
College roundup: Eagles, RedHawks soar into first-ever varsity Overwatch final
Varsity recognition gave two esports programs the boost they needed to become among the best Overwatch teams in the country. Today, they'll square off in the inaugural National Association of Collegiate Esports Overwatch Invitational finals.
Nexus Cup to round out the Overwatch circuit
China and South Korea take no breaks when waiting for the Overwatch League as the next Nexus Cup was announced to round out the year.
MikeYeung shows coaching acumen at Scouting Grounds
Coach Mike isn't just a meme anymore. Team SoloMid jungler Mike "MikeYeung" Yeung, barely a year into his professional career, showed leadership beyond his years as the coach of Team Infernal Drake at Scouting Grounds this past week.
First round of Capcom Cup promises to excite
With tough-to-predict matchups and some exciting players to keep an eye on, the Capcom Cup will start strong Friday in Anaheim, California.
Q&A with the 'dad' of Overwatch team Seoul Dynasty
The grassroots days have become a bygone era with Overwatch's meteoric ascension from new release to esport. But for Baek, nothing has changed -- and he'll keep leading the team the same way he always has.
SUNY Canton announced the launch of its varsity esports program and much more today. Of particular interest from the release: "Plans for the esports team include specialized computer stations for practice and competition located in a newly designed gaming area in Nevaldine Hall. Additionally, the college plans to develop an esports wing in a residence hall with a gaming computer area adjacent to student's rooms. The esports wing would be similar to the college's current Pet Friendly wing where academic interests and lifestyles intersect with themed residential living."
Overwatch League preseason power rankings
Although just the preseason, this week will set the tone of which Overwatch League teams could be considered favorites entering the inaugural season in January. Tyler Erzberger breaks down what to expect this week.
Harrisburg University in Pennsylvania unveiled its esports arena at Whitaker Center early Wednesday. Sponsors for the venue include HP and D&H Distributing. | Photo by Jason Minick/Provided by Harrisburg University
One-on-one tourney is the highlight of All-Star weekend
The League of Legends All-Star Event begins Thursday, but the most scintillating part of the weekend doesn't involve teams of five. The one-on-one tournament, a favorite of fans and players alike, is an annual breath of fresh air in pro League of Legends.
Dispelling esports myths: Pros are not destined for short careers
The esports industry is nascent -- and careers are expanding for pros, even after retirement.
Sources: G2 nearing deal to acquire Jankos
G2 Esports is finalizing the details of a deal to acquire jungler Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski, sources close to the team and player told ESPN.
Sources: Contract issues put KaSing transfer to Splyce at risk
Team RB is attempting to sell the contract of support Raymond "kaSing" Tsang to H2K Gaming, despite that player having a verbal agreement to join Splyce for the 2018 season, sources close to the player and those teams told ESPN.
Sources: Team ROCCAT finalizes 2018 lineup with five signings
After losing three players to other EU LCS teams in the roster shuffle, Team ROCCAT has finalized its starting lineup for the spring split with five signings, including two South Korean players with EU experience.
- FlyQuest adds Flame, AnDa to League roster
- Echo Fox to add FeniX and drop KEITH, Looper and Froggen
- Sources: Echo Fox to sign Dardoch, Altec, Adrian; Huni in negotiations
- Sources: G2 Esports sign ROCCAT bottom lane Hjärnan and Wadid
- Sources: Fnatic to sign Hylissang, re-sign Rekkles
- Sources: Schalke 04 Esports to sign Vizicsacsi and Nukeduck
- Sources: OpTic signs Akaadian as first LoL roster acquisition
- Sources: Stunt to join FlyQuest
- Team SoloMid bringing on coach SSONG for 2018 season, sources say
- Sources: Team Liquid has acquired contract rights for Xmithie, Pobelter, Cody Sun and AnDa
- Sources: 100 Thieves sign Ryu
- Impact to sign with Team Liquid, sources say
- Sources: Team Liquid to finalize bot lane with Doublelift and Olleh
- Sources: 100 Thieves close to signing Ssumday and Meteos
- Sources: OpTic signs PowerOfEvil, zig, LemonNation
- Sources: Febiven, Solo sign with Clutch Gaming
- Sources: Splyce finalizing deals with Odoamne, Xerxe and Nisqy
- Sources: Golden Guardians finalize League roster
- FlyQuest gets Fly in mid lane, sources say
- Sources: Aphromoo signs with 100 Thieves
Where are the LCK sponsors?
Rachel Gu, Jacob Wolf and Emily Rand discuss the League of Legends world champions recently having their main sponsor bow out of the scene and more. Does being the best no longer mean job security?
KeSPA Cup performances -- four players to watch for 2018
The KeSPA Cup is over, but there are a few standout players you'll want to keep an eye on during 2018.
Sources: Clutch Gaming looking at Apollo, LirA and Hakuho
Some of the first moves for the NBA-backed teams are starting to come through. Clutch Gaming, backed by the Rockets, is eyeing up Apollo, LirA and Hakuho.
All-Star changes make the event more entertaining, not necessarily more competitive
Riot has often put out conflicting messaging on entertainment vs. competitiveness for events. Changes to the All-Star format, for example, actually favor the former over the later, despite what Riot may say.
Peanut enhances Longzhu's strengths, but weaknesses remain
Longzhu Gaming's acquisition of former SK Telecom T1 jungler Han "Peanut" Wang-ho is one of the biggest moves of the League of Legends offseason, but Longzhu still has problems to address if it wants to hoist a World Championship.
Armada takes home the crown at DreamHack Winter
Armada started 2017 strong and ended his run on a high note with a win at DreamHack Winter 2017.
Melee in Jonkoping -- Armada and Leffen look for end-of-year wins
Melee at DreamHack Winter will signal a close of the 2017 Smash Bros Melee season. Armada and Leffen look to go out strong, but others are climbing the ranks quickly.
Esports top plays of November.
Take a look at some of the best moments in Esports from November.
Q&A: Kurt Melcher on advising the NCAA and esports
Kurt Melcher of Robert Morris University and Intersport spoke with ESPN.com about his role in advising the NCAA and its exploration of collegiate esports.
Trine University builds esports into its plans
Trine University's esports program fit right in with the school's plans to build new athletics facilities and teams at the Angola, Indiana, campus.
Valve must solve two Dota 2 Pro Circuit problems
Valve's decision to support third-party tournament organizers through its Dota 2 Pro Circuit was widely met with praise in the esports scene. However, the model has some problems, ones Valve needs to -- and easily can -- fix.
Lessons from Samsung: Sticking to the script
No success with your current roster? Drop it. But Samsung Galaxy ushered in a new line of thinking with its win at the World Championship. It's 2017 and South Korean teams are finally leaning in a new direction.
KeSPA Cup: KT Rolster takes last shot at glory
KT Rolster's full roster, including mid laner Heo "Pawn" Won-seok, re-signed with the team for the coming year despite a disappointing season. The team's second shot at living up to the super team moniker began at the KeSPA Cup.
Crown: 'I wasn't satisfied with my performance at Worlds'
The best team in the world had become even better. With Samsung Galaxy's 2-0 win at the KeSPA Cup quarterfinals, Crown reflects on his career in 2017.
KSV acquires Samsung Galaxy's League of Legends team
"They're the best in the world -- we're not going to pretend that we know better about how to compete."
The 2017-2018 League of Legends Roster Shuffle
Roster Shuffle season is upon us. Keep track of all the big moves in League of Legends on our roster shuffle page.
A year in review: Lessons from 2017 League of Legends
2017 was a year of firsts. It was the year of super teams invading South Korea, the year the old North American vanguards came to prominence once again, and the year China saw team roster retention. What worked? What didn't?
From Overwatch to PUBG: A conversation with the king of games
"When EscA's in the booth, the whole team changes."
NA LCS champion Team SoloMid has announced the acquisition of Michael "MikeYeung" Yeung. Formerly of Phoenix1, MikeYeung won Rookie of the Split honors last season and led the club to a successful tournament run at Rift Rivals in Europe. Photo credit: Team SoloMid
Pulling in Pobelter is Liquid's best move
While Eugene "Pobelter" Park might not win an MVP award for Team Liquid, his consistency in the mid lane and North American residential status means he might be the most valuable signing in the NA free agency period.
Warriors given year to resolve NA LCS owner conflicts
Riot Games has given the Golden State Warriors, Cloud9 and Team Liquid one year from now to resolve conflicts of interest between ownership of the three teams, according to a Wednesday report from SportsBusiness Journal and confirmed by ESPN.
Warriors, Cavs and Rockets officially enter League of Legends
Riot Games announced Monday the 10 franchises to compete in the upcoming 2018 North American League Championship Series, including three backed by NBA teams: Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors.
Kirk Lacob of the Warriors: 'League of Legends is obviously best in class'
Kirk Lacob wasn't quite sure what was out there when he started looking at business opportunities in esports. Now the Warriors are in the NA LCS at a buy-in of $13 million.
Seoul Dynasty coach Hocury: 'People are underrating all the non-Korean teams'
To Hocury, staying behind and building GC Busan's second iteration from the ground up was more appealing than joining the Overwatch League. But Seoul Dynasty made him an offer he couldn't refuse.
ESPORTS talks million dollar rumors, best new logos and more.
Rachel Gu and Jacob Wolf break down million dollar rumors that have been circulating, best new logos, and discuss what they are most thankful for this year.
CS: GO IEM Oakland Grand Final - Ninjas in Pyjamas vs FaZe Clan.
Ninjas in Pyjamas take on FaZe Clan for their second consecutive IEM win, in as many years.
- OW: X6 Gaming wins the Nexus Cup
- Overwatch: Nexus Cup approaches climax
- YouTube announces partnership with FaceIt
- Esports pepper SBJ's influential people in sports list
- Team Kaliber victorious at Call of Duty World League Dallas
- Bomb threats force evacuation of CWL Dallas Open
- Kings create esports facility for 2K League
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How a teenage gamer in the hottest new esport, Overwatch, became a reluctant icon for South Korea's feminist movement.
His grueling practice regimen has become an act of physical self-destruction. The best doctors in South Korea have urged him to quit. For Jaedong, the pain is worth even a single glimpse of his former glory days.
Runner prepared to call it quits. But his wife stopped him. "The kids deserve one last shot," she said. So they persevered, and against all odds, sponsorships poured in. Fans started donating necessities. It was as if the world had RunAway's back.
While League of Legends might have a higher profile, Dota 2 boasts a gigantic purse and a different strategy. The bar for entry is high, but with a little help, Dota 2 can be enjoyable.
League of Legends is the king of the esports hill. What is it about this free-to-play MOBA that has the world clicking like mad? Here's your guide to LoL and what to expect in 2016.
19-year-old Faker came out of nowhere to become the first true global star of gaming. But can the League of Legends prodigy carry a nation on his shoulders?
E:60 takes an unprecedented look inside the world of professional video game competitions through the journey of the Dota2 team known as the Evil Geniuses and their quest for a share of the $18.4 million tournament prize pool.