COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Board of Control says esports participants will need written approval to compete in the League of Legends video...
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Fourteen high schools in North Dakota plan to form competitive video gaming teams during this upcoming school year as interest in esports increases nationwide, including at...
Immortals Gaming Company has acquired Infinite Esports in what is believed to be the competitive video gaming industry's first $100 million deal.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Riot Games has named John Needham its new global head of League of Legends esports, putting him in charge of the world's most popular competitive video game and its 13...
Overwatch League Commissioner Nate Nanzer is leaving the competitive video game circuit to oversee esports competition for Fortnite publisher Epic Games.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A month after the NCAA voted to table a discussion regarding esports, "League of Legends" publisher Riot Games launched a governing body for its college and high school...
SEMO adds eSports venue for students starting next fall
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Southeast Missouri State University plans to develop an eSports venue starting in the fall, aimed at attracting both recreational and competitive players.
More colleges forming esports programs
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Computer mice, monitors, headsets and keyboards are not the typical gear used for sports.
Yet kids who grew up playing video games online and on gaming consoles are...
Oklahoma districts form high school esports league
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Students in about 10 Oklahoma school districts can participate in competitive video gaming as an extracurricular activity with the launch of a high school esports...
Esports league to play global home-and-away schedule
A major esports league is launching an experiment that could create a blueprint for traditional sports leagues eager to take their games abroad.
University adds competitive video gaming
GALLOWAY, N.J. (AP) — The days of college athletics being defined by the swinging of a bat or throwing of a ball are over.
Students bustle inside a repurposed computer lab on a chilly...
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. (AP) — Baker University will become the eighth school in Kansas to join a national association for collegiate eSports.
The school in Baldwin City announced Friday that...
NEW YORK (AP) — After over three hours of sitting, waiting and stressing, Chiquita Evans heard her name called. She stood, smiled and put on a Warriors cap, striding to the stage backed by the...
SUNY Canton hires full-time esports coordinator
CANTON, N.Y. (AP) — The State University of New York at Canton has hired a full-time esports coordinator to oversee its growing competitive video games program.
Shanghai esports team ends 42-match Overwatch losing streak
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — A Shanghai esports team has finally secured a victory after losing its first 42 matches, a skid that carried into the Overwatch League's second season.
Royale rumble: ‘Apex Legends’ smashing ‘Fortnite’ records
NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time since its meteoric rise, "Fortnite" is no longer a no-doubt victory royale atop the video game industry.
"Apex Legends" — a battle royale from Electronic...
- The Washington TimesCapitals host 'Chel Classic' as foray into esports marketMarch 20, 2019
- The Herald-DispatchProgram aims to launch esports league in West VirginiaFebruary 27, 2019
- The Herald-DispatchProgram aims to launch esports league in West VirginiaFebruary 27, 2019
- Albuquerque JournaleSports season for New Mexico high schools starts soonFebruary 23, 2019
Overwatch esports league expanded and ready for the road
With eight new franchises and plans to take its regular season on the road, the Overwatch League is opening its second year a few steps closer to its goal of becoming a truly global, city-based esports league.
NCAA’s Emmert expresses concern over wagering, esports
NCAA President Mark Emmert sounded alarms Thursday on the potential impact of sports betting on college sports, along with how esports should be handled by schools, and stressed a need for additional strides toward diversity at the coaching and administrative levels.
Emmert, speaking in Orlando, Florida, at the NCAA's annual convention, told the membership that they'll need to stick to "values-based bold leadership" to handle those challenges and others going forward.
Women navigate toxicity, other barriers in esports
NEW YORK (AP) — Susie Kim thinks the women gamers are out there. As general manager for a championship esports team, she would know.
She's not surprised none of them are on her roster.
Chris Park leaving job as an MLB EVP for esports company
NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Park is leaving his job as an executive vice president in the baseball commissioner's office at the end of the month to become chief executive officer of Gen.G, an esports company.
‘Little League for esports’ hopes to organize youth gaming
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Christian Pineda plays a lot of video games, but he's best at "Minecraft." Hunched over a laptop in the front row of a half-full movie theater last month, the 13-year-old eagerly showed off why.
Young gamers compete in their own esports league
Esports integrity chief concerned about Fortnite gambling
The commissioner of the Esports Integrity Coalition says skill-based betting on battle royale games like Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battleground could be vulnerable to cheating.
Champions League gets esports version, $280,00 prize fund
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — European soccer is starting an esports version of the Champions League with a $280,000 prize fund.
Electronic Arts Inc. and UEFA announced the creation of the eChampions League on Friday, a month after the English Premier League launched an ePL with the video game behemoth.
25 years after spurning NBA Jam, Jordan invests in esports
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A quarter century after being famously excluded from the cult favorite video game NBA Jam, Michael Jordan is investing in esports.
Jordan on Thursday was announced as an investor with aXiomatic, a major esports ownership group whose properties include powerhouse franchise Team Liquid.
Esport betting platform gets license for video game gambling
Video gamers in the United States and elsewhere will soon be able to bet on themselves.
The live-betting esports platform Unikrn had its wagering license approved by the Isle of Man on Tuesday, clearing the way for users to legally gamble on competitive video games.
"There is finally a legitimate, regulated operator in the space that has a pretty comprehensive offering," Unikrn CEO Rahul Sood told The Associated Press. "It's huge."
League of Legends eyes US boost with ‘Esports 101’ show
NEW YORK (AP) — Esports fans are gathering by the thousands in South Korea this month to watch the world's top League of Legends players show off their skill and expertise.
In the United States, the game's publisher is hoping to draw a more casual crowd by starting with an important question: What is League of Legends?
Atlantic City’s new Call of Duty: Dominate esports tourneys
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's new Call Of Duty is this: To become the East Coast center of competitive video game tournaments, also known as esports.
The activity is rapidly growing in popularity across the country and around the world, and the New Jersey gambling resort wants to become a major player in the nearly $1 billion global market.
Overwatch League tweaks schedule, playoffs for 2nd season
The Overwatch League is adding a play-in tournament to its playoffs and moving its All-Star Weekend to the middle of the season in a series of changes for its second year.
The global esports league will open the 2019 season on Feb. 14. Each of its 20 teams will play 28 matches over four five-week stages at Blizzard Arena in Burbank, California.
Global survey says sports execs oppose esports in Olympics
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A global survey of sports industry executives shows 57 percent oppose Olympic status for video gaming.
Audit firm PwC says more than 400 sports industry professionals from 42 countries answered an online questionnaire for its annual survey. The findings were discussed Tuesday at the Olympic Museum, where the IOC hosted an esports conference in July on possible Olympic status for the booming games market.
Game paused as soccer fans protest esports
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Soccer fans in Switzerland held up play by throwing tennis balls and games consoles on the field in an unusual protest against esports on Sunday.
The referee stopped the Swiss league game between host Young Boys and Basel for two minutes early on at Stade de Suisse while the pitch was cleared.
Despite sexism claims, Riot Games lands Mastercard deal
NEW YORK (AP) — Esports giant Riot Games is adding its first global sponsor, even as the company behind League of Legends contends with backlash over claims it has fostered a sexist culture.
Riot exec tells esports fans he’s going to keep spending
The head of North American esports operations for Riot Games has a message for concerned League of Legends fans: "We're not cutting budget."
Chris Hopper told The Associated Press on Friday night the company has no plans to pull back on spending, insisting the North American League of Legends Championship Series (NA LCS) will continue to spend what's necessary to meet fan expectations. The league is set to crown its sixth summer champion on Sunday at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
Bach: No Olympic future for esports until ‘violence’ removed
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach isn't certain if, or when, esports might be incorporated into the Olympic Games.
But he was clear in an interview with The Associated Press at the Asian Games on Saturday about the need to meet some conditions before being considered.
Esports shooting survivor tells story, files lawsuit
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jacob Mitich had made it to Round Two of the Madden NFL 19 tournament in Jacksonville, and had almost scored a touchdown when the shots rang out.
Vaulting over a table, he scrambled to exit the crowded room. At first he ran outside to the waterfront where he and friends had watched dolphins the day before. Thinking the shooter might follow, he sprinted for a few more minutes while operating on pure adrenaline.
Vegas Esports arena reviews security after Florida shooting
LAS VEGAS (AP) — At least one Las Vegas esports venue is reviewing security plans following a deadly shooting at a video game tournament in Florida.
Authorities say a 24-year-old competitor killed two people and wounded nine others before fatally shooting himself at a Madden NFL 19 tournament in Jacksonville Sunday.
Esports execs say don’t blame the games, blame US gun laws
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Esports organizers say don't blame the games.
Executives at the Asian Games have expressed sympathy for the victims of the deadly shooting at a video game tournament in a Florida shopping mall. But Kenneth Fok, president of the Asian Electronic Sports Federation, said the shooting was more a reflection of U.S. gun laws than the gaming community.
AP Explains: Madden tournament part of wide esports world
A deadly shooting at a video game tournament in Florida has drawn attention to the competitive world of esports, where gamers playing Madden NFL 19 chase $1.25 million in prizes through a series of events all over the country.
Authorities say 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore killed two people and wounded nine others before fatally shooting himself Sunday at a Madden tournament being held at a riverfront mall in Jacksonville.
Esports into Asian Games; Could the Olympics be next?
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Esports is debuting as an exhibition sport at the Asian Games and is targeted for full inclusion in four years at the games in Hangzhou, China.
Kenneth Fok, president of the Asian Electronic Sports Federation, said the long-term aim is getting esports into the Olympics.
This seems a possibility, given that the International Olympic Committee held a forum on esports just last month at its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Dota 2 tournament bests own esports record with $24.8M purse
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Dota 2's marquee event has broken its own record for the biggest prize pool in esports history with a purse approaching $25 million.
The International surpassed its 2017 total of $24,787,916 on Sunday night, marking the sixth straight year of increasing prize pools since the tournament moved to a crowd-funded format in 2013. Fans boost the tournament pot via in-game microtransactions, with Dota 2 developer Valve also supplying $1.6 million in prize money.
NEW YORK (AP) — How does it feel to be an esports champion?
"I didn't think it would be this easy," London Spitfire support player Seung-Tae "Bdosin" Choi said through a translator. "Next year, I hope we play against a stronger team."
NEW YORK (AP) — The Overwatch League has planted its flag atop the esports mountain. But just like its twitchy-thumbed superstars, the premier circuit can't afford to sit still.
Not as long as Fortnite commands the rest of the gaming universe.
NEW YORK (AP) — Seung-Tae Choi doesn't look the part of a traditional athlete, not with his shaggy hair, smallish build and an expression that says ready to nap rather than game on.
During all the hours he spends playing video games, though, the 21-year-old from South Korea certainly acts it.
"We're not here to have fun," he said through a translator.
NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN is set to make a major trade this weekend: LeBron for Lucio. Brady for Bastion. Serena for Soldier: 76.
North America's biggest sports platform is ready to embrace competitive gaming, and it's wagering that traditional sports fans are, too.
Mets’ Wilpons on brink of championship _ in esports
NEW YORK (AP) — Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon may not need Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard to bring a championship to New York this year.
Though Wilpon is hardly a hardcore gamer, he and his family are showing a magic touch in the world of esports.
Esports are coming to ESPN.
The network will air the inaugural Overwatch League Grand Finals in prime time this month as part of a multiyear agreement to bring esports to the biggest sports platform on American television.
Disney and Blizzard Entertainment announced plans Wednesday to broadcast the OWL's playoffs and championship on ESPN, ABC and Disney XD. The Grand Finals on July 27 will be shown live on ESPN, marking the first time the network will carry esports in prime time.