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New York Yankees Investing In eSports

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The New York Yankees has announced an investment partnership with Vision Esports, the largest single shareholder of three esports-related companies. The two organizations will create and manage an “ecosystem” of esports properties that include Echo Fox, Twin Galaxies, and Vision Entertainment.

The New York Yankees and Vision Esports will seek to accelerate the growth and increase the global brand awareness of the three companies – Echo Fox, a leading professional esports organization founded by three-time NBA Champion Rick Fox; Twin Galaxies, a one-of-a-kind League Operator considered an authority on performance validation, statistics and skill indexes; and Vision Entertainment, a studio that creates esports-specific content for scripted and non-scripted platforms.

Evo Tournament

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This year’s EVO championship.

  • Super Smash Bros. Melee
  • Super Smash Bros. (Wii U)
  • Street Fighter V
  • Injustice 2
  • Tekken 7
  • Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
  • Guilty Gear Xrd -REV2-
  • King of Fighters XIV
  • BlazBlue: Central Fiction

How and when to watch

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Overwatch World Cup Tournament

Overwatch World Cup is about to kick off in Shanghai, China.

National Overwatch teams from China, Hong Kong, Norway, and Romania will battle in Group A, while France, Denmark, Thailand, and Argentina compete in Group B. Both groups are stuffed with top-tier, professional Overwatch talent—some, however, are full professional and others are newcomers. Teams that fill out each group, save a few, are new rosters put together specifically for the event: That means that anything can happen at the Overwatch World Cup.

Day one of the Shanghai group stage begins at 2am ET on July 14—which is 2pm in Shanghai’s local time. (Of course, if you’re in North America’s pacific time zone, the tournament starts on July 13 at 11pm PT for you.) China versus Romania begins the event, followed by Hong Kong versus Norway, France versus Argentina, and Denmark versus Thailand. Exact times for each match have yet to be released, however.

Day one is expected to continue until 9am ET.

Day two

Day two continues at 2am ET and running through 9am on July 15. China will take on Norway first, followed by Hong Kong versus Romania, France versus Thailand, and Denmark versus Argentina. As with the first day, no exact times have been laid out for each match.

Day three

Day three begins at midnight ET, running through 10am on July 16. In Shanghai, the event begins at noon. China versus Hong Kong starts the day, followed by Norway versus Romania, France versus Denmark, and Thailand versus Argentina. The playoff finals will close out the event immediately after.

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The top two teams will advance to the Shanghai playoffs, where two teams heading to the main event will be determined. All of this will go down on the Overwatch Twitch stream—though those local to Shanghai will be able to watch the event in person at Yun Space.

Girls & eSports

Sherry “Sherryjenix” Nhan, a pro Street Fighter player, began in an all-female fighting game tournament. In her words, she “got destroyed” in that first competition, however, she became hooked. She became determined to keep practicing and grow her skills.

T.L. Taylor, a professor of Comparative Media Studies at MIT, describes discrepancies to Compete: “What we hear from women is that when they go online and are not hiding their gender, they often face consistent pushback.”

Pro gamer Sherry Nhan also described the persistent harassment she has received online, such as gendered insults and disparaging comments about her looks. However, Nhan says that the fighting game community has always been welcoming to her when it comes to in-person interactions. Rachel “Seltzer” Quirico, a former pro gamer and current esports host, echoed that sentiment: “Whether you’re a sister or a brother in this scene, it’s very much a family feel for me.”

New England Patriots & Miami Dolphi Purchased Slot in Overwatch League

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New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphi both purchased multi-million dollar slots in the Overwatch league. It remains unknown as to how the owners of the Pats and Dolphins will decide to field a team. Teams such as NRG, Fnatic and Cloud9 have all secured recent investment whilst Misfits, Dignitas and Splyce already have links to traditional sports – such as NBA or NFL.

Facebook Wants In On eSports

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Katowice, Poland is home to the largest eSports event in the world—Intel Extreme Masters. Photo courtesy ESL
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Facebook said Thursday that it has partnered with ESL, formerly known as the Electronic Sports League, to live stream video game tournaments, also known as eSports.

As part of the deal, Facebook  will live stream upcoming ESL contests in which players battle each other in the first-person military shooter game, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Facebook will also host a weekly show dedicated to highlights and interviews with players participating in the Counter Strike tournament.

Each week ESL will live stream 30 hours of Counter-Strike tournaments, known as RankS competitions, via Facebook, the companies said. The RankS competition involves 300 gamers from North America and Europe who battle to win a cut of the $40,000 prize money ESL awards each month. In total, ESL plans to broadcast over 5,500 hours of gaming tournaments, starting in June.

 

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