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...
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The family of a video game pioneer from Manchester, New Hampshire, has started a scholarship fund.
The Ralph H. and Dena W. Baer Scholarship Fund at the New Hampshire...
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A video game pioneer from Manchester, New Hampshire, is being honored five years after his death with a statue in the city's millyard.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — "Mortal Kombat," the blood-and-guts arcade game that triggered Congressional hearings and age-level game ratings, was inducted Thursday into the World Video Game Hall of...
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...
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes on cover of ‘Madden NFL 20’
Patrick Mahomes has gone from playing the Madden video game with his dad to being on the cover.
Electronic Arts announced Thursday that the Kansas City quarterback and reigning NFL MVP will...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Drones ferrying medical supplies, packages and even pizza could one day be crisscrossing the skies above U.S. cities, and a team at the University of Utah is working with...
Nintendo profit jumps 39% on Switch software sales
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co. reported Thursday a 39% rise in profit for the fiscal year through March on healthy software sales for its popular Switch console.
Draft Diary: Gustafson talks about draft day experience
NEW YORK (AP) — God doesn't make mistakes.
I would say that this was the single best piece of reassurance that I was given from draft orientation, and it stayed with me all throughout draft...
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...
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's competition watchdog is stepping up its investigation of a U.S. video game platform and five game makers over concerns they blocked players from buying cheaper...
NEW YORK (AP) — The video game industry is entering new frontiers.
In the past, you plunked down $60 at GameStop for a copy of Grand Theft Auto or Madden NFL and played it out — after which...
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — When eighth-grader Alyssa Lingen started her information and communications technology class this year at Patrick Henry Middle School, the art student was repulsed by...
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The World Video Game Hall of Fame fielded thousands of nominations for the Class of 2019 from more than 100 countries, hall officials said Thursday after narrowing the field...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A federal judge has approved an agreement for Wells Fargo Securities to pay an $800,000 civil penalty to end a lawsuit by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over...
Google unveils video game streaming platform
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Charlie Montoyo thought he would be taking a hard line against video games in his first year as Toronto Blue Jays manager.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Wells Fargo Securities has agreed to pay an $800,000 civil penalty to settle a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit over Rhode Island's failed $75 million deal...
Officials consider Vermont as video game industry hub
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Students in Champlain College's game design program graduate with one of the most sought after degrees in the industry. But seniors often head out of state, lured by jobs...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" star Alfonso Ribeiro has dropped a lawsuit against the makers of the video game "Fortnite" over its use of the "Carlton" dance he did on the...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is joining a handful of other states in allowing high school students to participate in a growing sport — video games.
UFO tourism gaining foothold in West Virginia county
FLATWOODS, W.Va. (AP) — When it comes to unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, Flatwoods is no Roswell, New Mexico, but the small Braxton County community is embracing its own tale of alien...
Basketball players sue ‘Fortnite’ game makers over dance
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Two former University of Maryland men's basketball players are suing the makers of "Fortnite," claiming the video game's creators misappropriated a dance they popularized...
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.
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...
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Activision to lay off 800 workers as video game sales drop
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Video game maker Activision Blizzard is laying off nearly 800 workers as the company braces for a steep downturn in revenue following the best year in its history.
The cutbacks announced Tuesday illustrate the boom-and-bust cycles in an industry whose fortunes are tied to video games that can have a relatively short lives before players move on to the next craze.
‘Fortnite’ maker asks judge to toss rapper’s dance lawsuit
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The makers of "Fortnite" have asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit from a rapper who says the video game is illegally using a dance he created.
Epic Games filed the motion Monday to dismiss the lawsuit filed in December by 2 Milly, a Brooklyn-based rapper whose real name is Terrence Ferguson. He alleges that "Fortnite" uses the "Milly Rock," a dance he came up with in 2011 that became popular after a 2015 song and video.
Texas entertainment industry calls for more incentive funds
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Backers of film and video game productions in Texas are pushing legislators to earmark $60 million or more this year to boost the state's entertainment industry.
Nintendo chief: Seeking growth sources as Switch sales slow
TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo's president says the Kyoto-based video game maker behind the Super Mario and Pokemon franchises is counting on business outside the game sector for future growth as sales for its Switch console machines fall short of forecasts.
Shuntaro Furukawa told reporters Friday that sales in the current quarter are still going strong though they will likely be 3 million machines less than earlier estimated, at 17 million units.
Nintendo’s quarterly profit rises on hit Switch games
TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo, the Japanese video game maker behind the Super Mario and Pokemon franchises, reported Thursday that its fiscal third quarter profit jumped 25 percent, boosted by the popularity of games for its Switch console.
Nintendo Co.'s October-December profit totaled 104.2 billion yen ($956 million), up from 83.7 billion yen a year earlier. Quarterly sales totaled 608.4 billion yen ($5.6 billion), up 26 percent.
GameStop ends pursuit of sale, shares slide in early trade
NEW YORK (AP) — Shares in GameStop are getting hammered after the video game retailer says it is no longer pursuing a sale of the company. GameStop shares have fallen more than 20 percent in premarket trading.
The company said Tuesday that securing acceptable financing terms for prospective buyers made selling GameStop too difficult.
GLAAD announces nominees for 30th annual media awards
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — GLAAD is honoring video games for the first time during its 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards.
The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer advocacy group Friday announced 151 nominees in 27 categories for what the group says are fair, accurate and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues.
BlocBoy JB sues video game ‘Fortnite’ over ‘Shoot’ dance
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper BlocBoy JB has become the latest to sue "Fortnite," saying the popular video game is using his "Shoot" dance without permission or compensation.
The Memphis, Tennessee-based rapper, real name James Baker, filed a lawsuit against "Fortnite" maker Epic Games in federal court Wednesday.
Baker says the "Fortnite" ''Hype" dance, one of many "emotes" players can purchase for characters, is identical to his dance.
New England College to hold ribbon-cutting for Esports arena
HENNIKER, N.H. (AP) — New England College is going to open an Esports Arena for students who will compete against other colleges in the region in a variety of live-action online games.
A ribbon-cutting is planned Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Henniker college's Simon Center.
Esports — competition using video games — has grown in popularity. New England College officials say it can build on the success of the school's various degree programs, such as game design.
Rockstar defends Pinkerton name in ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’
NEW YORK (AP) — Rockstar Games is firing back in a legal tussle over the use of a Pinkerton security company's name in its video game "Red Dead Redemption 2."
Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations sent a cease and desist letter to Rockstar and its parent company, Take-Two Interactive, in December, claiming the popular Wild West video game uses their trademarks without permission, according to court documents.
Activision shares down after split with Bungie
NEW YORK (AP) — Shares in video game publisher Activision fell more than 11 percent in morning trading Friday, a day after an announcement that its eight-year partnership with game developer Bungie was ending.
In the companies' joint announcement, Bungie said the separation process had started and that it would begin to self-publish its titles.
‘Tech addict’ seeks solace in wired world
Former Gillette standout has new gig with NFL Madden
GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Clint Oldenburg once had Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton take off his walking boot after the star NFL player had ankle surgery.
Newton was taking a tour of the EA Sports offices in Orlando, Florida, and he had one thing on his mind.
Newton, listed at 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, is an athletic wonder. He's built like a linebacker, can run like a running back and has an arm that can make even the most talented quarterbacks envious.
It’s no Christmas miracle: Giannis Antetokounmpo has arrived
Atari's original video game console was the hot toy. Leisure suits were cool. Elvis Presley unexpectedly died. The first "Star Wars" movie was released.
The year was 1977.
That was the last time the Milwaukee Bucks appeared on Christmas Day.
"It's been a while," Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo said, knowing it was an understatement.
‘Fresh Prince’ star sues maker of video games over his dance
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" star Alfonso Ribeiro is suing the creators of Fortnite and NBA 2K for using his famous dance on the popular video games.
In separate lawsuits filed Monday in federal court, Ribeiro alleges that Fortnite-maker Epic Games and 2K Sports-creator Take-Two Interactive used his dance dubbed "The Carlton Dance" without permission or credit.
Ribeiro's dance was popularized through his character, Carlton Banks, on the 1990s sitcom.
Quantrill’s raid on Lawrence appears in popular video game
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Once again, Lawrence's most famous historic event makes an appearance in popular culture.
‘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.
University of Missouri enters world of competitive gaming
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri is taking video gaming to the next level.
KMIZ-TV reports that the school became a member Tuesday of the National Association of Collegiate Esports, which is the largest college-level competitive gaming scene in the country.
Newly-elected lawmaker wants probe of 38 Studios deal
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A newly-elected Rhode Island lawmaker is calling for an independent investigation into the state's involvement in former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's failed video game company.
The state in 2010 invested $75 million in 38 Studios to lure it from Massachusetts. Two years later, the company ran out of money and went bankrupt.
4th Redskins QB starter of season prepped with ‘Madden NFL’
WASHINGTON (AP) — This is what it's come to for the Washington Redskins: Their fourth quarterback of a once-promising, now-lost season, Josh Johnson, will be making his first NFL start since 2011 and spent time playing the "Madden NFL" video game to try to pick up something about his new teammates.
"I learned their names, first and foremost," Johnson said with a smile.
IceFest to feature Pikachu, Mario sculptures
HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Classic video game characters will take center stage at this year's IceFest in a southwestern Ohio city.
Business popping for Wayne entrepreneurs
WAYNE, Neb. (AP) — Some entrepreneurs spend years looking for the perfect idea for a new business.
Then there are folks like Adam and Amy Manoucheri, who hit upon a great idea almost by accident.
To use a terrible pun, things are really popping at AquaPop, where the Manoucheris sell flavored popcorn, retro candy and craft sodas. Classic arcade video games, pinball machines and a Super Shot basketball game fill the front room of the business.