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Television networks have been gaining interest in eSports for the past couple of years, and NBC Sports has jumped on the trend. It announced today that it’ll broadcast a Rocket League tournament, marking the first time that Rocket League has been televised.

In a press release today, developer Psyonix detailed its new partnership with the NBC Sports Group. The network will broadcast a two vs. two tournament with a $100,000 prize pool this summer. The tournament will begin with regional online qualifying matches organized through the Faceit esports platform, then later rounds will be aired on the NBC Sports App.

The Grand Finals, which take place from August 26-27, will be broadcast on NBCSN, the network’s TV channel, in the United States, and the Syfy channel in the UK, Germany, Australia, and Latin America.

 

 

Video Game Designers Are Getting Better At Creating Hair For Black Characters

 

This year’s E3 black character’s hair is seen as refreshing. io9‘s Evan Narcisse says in his essay for anthology State of PlayAs a black gamer, I’ve also noticed these problems, particularly for black women. A lot of black characters have permed, straight hair, or textures that aren’t quite right

 

eSports Players World Champs Are Females

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They entered the tournament, their first event as a team, and no one thought that they would even get past the group stage. They ended up placing second in the entire tournament. In their next event, in Copenhagen, they came in first place. Now, that same group of six females, performing under the Team Dignitas banner, are taken very seriously. They operate in accordance with the tag CSGO WOMEN, and happen to be fully comprised of ladies, but they have zero interest in being compared to anything less than the esports industry as a whole.

 

 

 

eSports Center Opens In Madrid Spain

Telefonica has opened an esports centre in Madrid which will be the official headquarters of its Movistar Riders club.The centre houses four training rooms and an arena which will seat 70 people. The esports brand, Movistar Riders, houses rosters under seven different titles. League of Legends, Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, FIFA, Hearthstone and Clash Royale are all games in which Movistar compete.

London To Host virtual Bicycle Race

Can cycling become a long-term esport? London prepares virtual bicycle race

The Cycligent Esports World Cup takes place at Kachette, 347 Old Street, on Tuesday June 6th. It will be shown in front of a live audience and broadcast on Twitch.

The London race is part of a series of events around the world that will culminate at the World Cup Finals in April 2018. 20 riders will race side-by-side in the Kachette tunnels.

Organisers said in a statement: “The Cycligent esports race will showcase top virtual cycling talent brought in from around the world. They will compete against one another on
Zwift’s online course environment.

“Five cyclists representing the UK will race five cyclists from around the world, including the US, Ireland, Australia, the Netherlands, and Poland.

 

MORE Millennials Prefer Watching eSports Over Traditional Sports

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L.E.K. Sports Survey found that Professional sports leagues “officially have a millennial problem.”

  • 40% of millennials prefer watching esports to traditional sports
  • 26% of millennial eSports enthusiasts reported a significant uptick in eSports viewing over the past year
  • 61% of esports followers said they spent less time watching TV over the past 12 months, and 45% said they had cut back on traditional sports viewing
  • Together millennials — ages 17-34 — and Generation Z peers — age 16 and under — comprise 45% of America’s consumer base

Major League Baseball’s video streaming company recently paid $300 million for the right to stream League of Legends through 2023.

Latest Drama In eSports, Joshua-Lee Drops Bombshell

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 Former Splyce player Joshua-Lee ‘Joshh’ Shephard accusing his organization of “not paying” him in a TwitLonger post.

Marty ‘LazerChicken’ Strenczewilk, replied to the original post of Joshh’s TwitLonger on the official Call of Duty Competitive Reddit.

Calling the decision to bring back Josh under Splyce “one of the biggest mistakes we ever made,” LazerChicken said that Josh’s actions were “directly costing the organization” and that the organization “fined him from his salary (not his prize money)… to keep our team running.”

These fines came after the organization restructured their contracts to not “get screwed by players like Josh ever again who directly cost us money… as any sports team would do.”

Joshh claims the organization owes him “$5000+ from 3 events and 3/4 of a months salary” after Epsilon paid the fee to acquire him off Splyce.

He also claims that he was “told” from an unknown, unnamed member of Splyce management that he would “not [be] getting my money because they made a loss from selling me and buying Zer0.”

Joshh also qualified his post by saying that he was not “perfect when working for them, but who is?” Josh is currently is under contract with Epsilon, who is qualified for the 2017 Call of Duty Championship

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