Dominate, dab, repeat: NYXL's Pine takes control of Overwatch League
Of all the personalities to emerge in Week 1 of the Overwatch League, none is as captivating as Kim "Pine" Do-hyeon, a control map specialist whose McCree play and stage exits have made him the talk of the league.
Pine, Big Boss, Pine.
Pine is the man to beat after Overwatch League Week 1.
South Korea asserts its dominance in OWL Week 1.
3 Teams dominated in week 1 of the Overwatch League: Dynasty, Excelsior, and Spitfire.
The 2018 League of Legends preseason power rankings
It's that time of year again -- here come the 2018 League of Legends preseason power rankings. There's an as-expected Korea-heavy presence at the top of League Champions, but the reigning champs aren't at No. 1.
League of Legends offseason report cards -- LCK
There was very little movement in the League of Legends Champions Korea rosters this offseason, but one key pickup put Kingzone DragonX, formerly known as Longzhu Gaming, above the rest in terms of its post-World Championship improvements.
The League of Legends offseason report cards -- LPL
The addition of two teams helped shake up the LPL offseason a little bit, but who really came out on top after the rosters were done being shuffled?
- LoL: KSV sweeps Kingzone in LCK opener
- South Korean squads destroy competition on OWL Day 4
- Valiant, Uprising, Shock deliver wins on Day 3
- Fusion, Spitfire, Excelsior snag wins on Day 2
Tyler Barriss charged with manslaughter in fatal 'swatting' incident
Tyler Barriss faced multiple charges in a Wichita court this week. He is accused of placing a "swatting" hoax call -- after an argument stemming from a Call of Duty match -- that lead to the death of an unarmed man.
Wichita 'swatting' death a fatal turn in a dangerous trend in gaming
An innocent Wichita man is dead in the most tragic case of "swatting" in the gaming community to date -- a result many have been warning about regarding this malicious trend.
Los Angeles man arrested in fatal Call of Duty 'swatting' incident
Los Angeles police arrested a man on Friday who is suspected of placing a "swatting" hoax 911 call after an argument stemming from a Call of Duty match that lead to the death of an unarmed man.
Gonzalo "ZeRo" Barrios, the longtime No. 1 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U player in the world, is taking a break from competitive play, he announced on Twitter. ZeRo said he has "lost passion in current Smash 4" and will likely begin participating again when the next iteration of Super Smash Bros. releases. "I want to allow myself to try and focus on something different," ZeRo said in a statement. "I want to release myself from the shackles of fear and prove [to] the little voice in the back of my head that I can succeed in something else."
It's Day 2 of the Overwatch League — New York Excelsior didn't host a viewing party for their first-ever match against Boston Uprising, but a couple dozen NYXL fans are throwing their own party here at Waypoint Cafe NYC.
"I play Overwatch and I live in Boston. It's that simple," one fan said in regards to why he is a fan of the Boston Uprising. The Overwatch League franchise has utilized resources and staff from its parent company, the Kraft Group, and their sister franchises New England Patriots and Revolution to promote local awareness in the Boston and New England areas.
Fans of the Boston Uprising gather at The Greatest Bar in Boston tonight as the team plays its first match vs. the New York Excelsior in the Overwatch League. The match will occur nearly 3000 miles away in Los Angeles, but the crowd here are reminiscent of those that watch Patriots games on Sundays.
Riot and the Big Ten network sign two-year deal
The Big Ten League of Legends league has been renewed through 2019, the two parties announced Wednesday.
No hand, no problem: Cougars' MistyStumpey thrives despite disability
Ian "MistyStumpey" Alexander was born with just one digit on his left arm. Despite that, he's become one of the best League of Legends players in North America and a centerpiece for Columbia College, one of the top programs in the country.
Valve revokes Major status for Galaxy Battles II
Valve Corporation has removed the Major status of Galaxy Battles II, a Dota 2 tournament in the Philippines, due to "what we feel are unreasonable infringements on the privacy of the players as a condition to enter the country," Valve said Thursday.
New administration places WKU varsity esports in jeopardy
No funding. No scholarships. A lack of support from its administration. Western Kentucky's varsity esports program, founded just a year ago, is varsity in name only. Its struggles raise questions about what being a varsity team means and requires.
Peach Belt Conference partners with Riot Games
The NCAA Division II athletics conference will be the first conference partner to work with Riot Games as part of the collegiate League of Legends season.
Sources: Piglet joins Clutch Gaming's academy team
Piglet's career in North America isn't over just yet, with the South Korean AD Carry joining Clutch Gaming in the twilight of the free season.
2017 ESPN Esports Awards
The ESPN Esports Awards celebrate 2017's biggest highs and lows. Check out nominees and winners for the year's best plays, teams and more.
2017 ESPN Esports Awards - Player of the Year
There are players that stand out and players that go against the grain. There are kings and there are kingslayers. Who will take the crown in 2017?
2017 ESPN Esports Awards: Team of the Year
It was an amazing year for esports teams in 2017, winning not just global competitions but also enjoying an influx of cash as esports investment ballooned. Here are the top teams of 2017.
Why Ambition is ESPN's player of the year
It took five long years and an entirely different team for Ambition to make it there. To understand his greatness, one must first understand his history. And it all begins with Faker's first competitive solo kill.
Crush continues ascent in Melee scene
Jack "Crush" Hoyt was an unknown 15-year-old when he went up against Super Smash Bros. Melee star Joseph "Mang0" Marquez at the Evolution Championship Series in 2013. Now, he's contending with the top players -- Mang0 included -- and entering his prime.
Akron announces fall 2018 launch of varsity esports
The Zips are getting in on gaming in the 2018-19 academic year, Akron announced Monday, with plans to participate in Overwatch, League of Legends, Rocket League and Hearthstone.
Blizzard, Fiesta Bowl partner for Tespa Overwatch championships
The Tespa Overwatch championships are coming to Tempe, Arizona, in 2018. The Fiesta Bowl Organization, in partnership with Blizzard Entertainment, will host the championships at Arizona State on Feb. 17 and promote the event during its bowls.
Lebanon Valley College has announced its fifth new varsity sport in the past decade: esports. The Annville, Pennsylvania, school will become part of the National Association of Collegiate Esports and compete in Overwatch, Hearthstone and League of Legends to start. LVC plans to begin competing in Spring 2018.
Real slowplaying entry into eSports, for now
Football clubs around the world are getting into eSports to attract and maintain younger fans, but Real Madrid have resisted the temptation, for now.
FIFA accepting eWorld Cup rights bids
FIFA has invited bids for the media rights to its eSports competitions in 2018, which are expected to attract massive global audiences of young fans.
Putting the Dominican Republic on the Street Fighter map
It was an unspoken goal for each player that became instilled under the tutelage of DR Ray: prove the Dominican Republic was strong.
North American CS:GO teams disappoint in ECS Season 4 finals
Two top-10 North American teams missed out on the bracket stage at the Esports Championship Series this past weekend. The disappointing results reaffirmed North America's reputation for falling short of the European scene in CS:GO on the biggest stages.
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.
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.
- LoL: KSV sweeps Kingzone in LCK opener
- South Korean squads destroy competition on OWL Day 4
- Valiant, Uprising, Shock deliver wins on Day 3
- Fusion, Spitfire, Excelsior snag wins on Day 2
- Major League Soccer jumps into esports with eMLS
- Seoul survives Dallas, L.A. teams hold court as OWL begins
- Overwatch League to be streamed on Twitch.tv in two-year, $90 million deal
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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.