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State-sanctioned Esports Commissions Present Challenges, Opportunities for Governments and Industry Players
1000 649 David Hoppe

Much like the California Gold Rush and the Oklahoma Land Rush, the economic opportunities offered by the Esports Rush are outpacing the industry’s ability to control dubious practices, unethical behavior, and outright lawlessness.

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ESIC Bans Counter-Strike Coaches in Cheating Probe
1000 648 David Hoppe

The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has issued sanctions against 37 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) coaches, banning them from tournament play for five to 36 months. According to the announcement, the coaches exploited a bug in CS:GO’s spectator mode that allowed them to see other players’ locations. While ESIC’s investigation has only recently begun,…

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US Army Faces Backlash over Smash Bros. Tournament
1000 648 David Hoppe

The US Army has scheduled an esports tournament for Sept. 26-27 which will feature $10,000 in prizes, with $5,000 allocated for top finishers in its Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Call of Duty competitions. The announcement spurred many members of the Smash Bros. community to criticize the Army’s esports program. Many have characterized…

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Tfue, Faze Clan Settle Lawsuit, Countersuit
1000 648 David Hoppe

Turner “Tfue,” Tenney has settled his lawsuit with Faze Clan. In a joint statement, the parties said that they “have resolved their disputes and settled their litigations” and “wish one another the best of luck in future endeavors.” The details of the settlement have not been disclosed. Tenney filed his lawsuit against Faze…

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DrDisrespect to Release New Book Next Year
1000 648 David Hoppe

Guy Beahm, known for his online persona “DrDisrespect,” has announced a new book to be published early next year by Gallery Books. Violence. Speed. Momentum is billed as a memoir in which Disrespect “reveals what it’s really like being the biggest global streaming sensation and, in his factual opinion, the greatest gamer in…

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Players Gather for Call of Duty LAN Tournament Despite COVID-19 Restrictions
1000 648 David Hoppe

Amateur tournament organizer American Game Network (AGN)  announced that COVID-19 had forced last weekend’s Indianapolis Open, the company’s in-person Call of Duty LAN tournament, online. Activision, the game’s publisher, has banned all in-person tournaments, leading AGN to announce that “players are advised to participate in the tournament from their home location, alone.” However,…

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Riot Games Backs Out of Partnership With Saudi Arabian City
1000 648 David Hoppe

Following widespread criticism and protest, Riot Games has pulled out of its controversial partnership with Saudi Arabian city Neom just a day after it was unveiled. Neom was announced as a “main partner” for the Summer Season of the League of Legends European Championship (LEC). Prominent casters, streamers, and Riot Games employees joined…

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Former Overwatch Pro Ted Wang Reveals $1,000 Pepe the Frog Fine
1000 648 David Hoppe

Ted “silkthread” Wang has released a video clip detailing a $1,000 fine he incurred from the Overwatch League (OWL) for posting a tweet that included the Pepe the Frog meme. Wang tweeted, “Does anyone else love Pepe the frog?” and attached a picture of the cartoon character. The alt-right movement appropriated the Pepe…

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Recent Trends in Esports in the United States
1000 648 David Hoppe

Business Trends Adopting a franchise modelEvery game’s esports program is structured in its own unique manner, due to factors such as involvement of the game developer; the history of the development of the game’s competitive fanbase; governmental oversight (or lack thereof); and many others. In the United States, several of the premiere esports…