Blizzard Taiwan hit with avalanche of criticism for kowtowing to China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Blizzard Entertainment is facing an intense backlash from U.S. congressmen, American gamers, and company employees for banning a Hearthstone Grandmasters winner after he s...

Blizzard Taiwan bans Hearthstone player for supporting Hong Kong

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — American video game developer Blizzard Entertainment has banned Hearthstone Grandmasters winner Blitzchung, revoked his prize money, and fired two casters for a now-delete...

Gaming heavyweights raise $17M for new esports network

NEW YORK (AP) — A new venture backed by many of video gaming's biggest publishers is unveiling a network that hopes to be to esports what ESPN has been to traditional sports. VENN is...

Overwatch esports league expanded and ready for the road

With eight new franchises and plans to take its regular season on the road, the Overwatch League is opening its second year a few steps closer to its goal of becoming a truly global, city-based esport...

Esports execs say don't blame the games, blame US gun laws

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Esports organizers say don't blame the games. Executives at the Asian Games have expressed sympathy for the victims of the deadly shooting at a video game t...

Esports into Asian Games; Could the Olympics be next?

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Esports is debuting as an exhibition sport at Asian Games and is targeted for full inclusion in four years at the games in Hangzhou, China. Kenneth Fok, pre...

SIGGRAPH 2018 to Spotlight Creators and Pioneers in Games Industry, Real-Time Live! to Showcase the Future of Production Live on Stage

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 30, 2018--SIGGRAPH 2018, the world’s leading annual interdisciplinary educational event showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques, has announc...

Are esports sports? Overwatch players sure act the part

NEW YORK (AP) — Seung-Tae Choi doesn't look the part of a traditional athlete, not with his shaggy hair, smallish build and an expression that says ready to nap rather than game on. ...

Fending off Fortnite: Can Overwatch stay atop esports world?

NEW YORK (AP) — The Overwatch League has planted its flag atop the esports mountain. But just like its twitchy-thumbed superstars, the premier circuit can't afford to sit still. Not ...

What's Overwatch? Why is it on ESPN? An AP esports explainer

NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN is set to make a major trade this weekend: LeBron for Lucio. Brady for Bastion. Serena for Soldier: 76. North America's biggest sports platform is ready to embra...

Blizzard Entertainment Unveils NERF RIVAL OVERWATCH® REAPER WIGHT EDITION Blaster at Comic-Con® International: San Diego

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 20, 2018--Blizzard Entertainment arrived at Comic-Con International: San Diego with a surprise reveal for fans of Overwatch ®: a sneak preview of the NERF RIVAL OVERWAT...

Esports on ESPN: Overwatch championship to air in prime time

Esports are coming to ESPN. The network will air the inaugural Overwatch League Grand Finals in prime time this month as part of a multiyear agreement to bring esports to the biggest...

The Boomsday Project™ Subjects Hearthstone® Players to the Wacky Wonders of Science Starting August 7

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 10, 2018--A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity awaits the intrepid scientists, engineers, and … test subjects of Azeroth in The Boomsday Project™, the next expansion ...

The Boomsday Project™ Subjects Hearthstone® Players to the Wacky Wonders of Science Starting August 7

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 10, 2018--A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity awaits the intrepid scientists, engineers, and … test subjects of Azeroth in The Boomsday Project™, the next expansion ...

Overwatch League™ Grand Finals Sells Out Barclays Center

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 1, 2018--Tickets to the first-ever Overwatch League Grand Finals have sold out. The competition to determine the champions of the world’s first major global, city-...