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Overwatch League commissioner leaving to work on Fortnite

Overwatch League Commissioner Nate Nanzer is leaving the competitive video game circuit to oversee esports competition for Fortnite publisher Epic Games. Nanzer tweeted Friday night ...

Overwatch League bringing Grand Finals to Philadelphia

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — The Overwatch League will host its second Grand Finals at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Sept. 29. Championship details were unveiled by the esports ...

Pro leagues, gambling industry are now the happy couple

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — A year ago, Nevada was the only state where single-game sports bets were legal, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman expected to be successful in persuading the Supreme Court to mai...

Esports league to play global home-and-away schedule

The Overwatch League plans to use a full home-and-away format beginning in 2020, making it the first professional league in esports or traditional sports to build a regular-season schedule spanning th...

Nike continues esports push with league partnership in China

Nike has made another push into the esports market, partnering with China's premier "League of Legends" circuit to become its official provider of apparel and footwear. The tradition...

Sales of Taiwanese horror game 'Devotion' exceed 1 million units despite Chinese outcry

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- After outcry from Chinese netizens and being removed from the China market for having mocking references to Chinese President Xi Jinping, sales of the new Taiwanese horror vide...

Shanghai esports team ends 42-match Overwatch losing streak

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — A Shanghai esports team has finally secured a victory after losing its first 42 matches, a skid that carried into the Overwatch League's second season. The Sha...

Royale rumble: 'Apex Legends' smashing 'Fortnite' records

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time since its meteoric rise, "Fortnite" is no longer a no-doubt victory royale atop the video game industry. "Apex Legends" — a battle royale from Elec...

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 integrity chief concerned about Fortnite gambling

The commissioner of the Esports Integrity Coalition says skill-based betting on battle royale games like Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battleground could be vulnerable to cheating. Es...

League of Legends eyes US boost with 'Esports 101' show

NEW YORK (AP) — Esports fans are gathering by the thousands in South Korea this month to watch the world's top League of Legends players show off their skill and expertise. In the Un...

Overwatch League tweaks schedule, playoffs for 2nd season

The Overwatch League is adding a play-in tournament to its playoffs and moving its All-Star Weekend to the middle of the season in a series of changes for its second year. The global...

Despite sexism claims, Riot Games lands Mastercard deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Esports giant Riot Games is adding its first global sponsor, even as the company behind League of Legends contends with backlash over claims it has fostered a sexist culture. ...

Overwatch League expanding to Paris, DC and across China

NEW YORK (AP) — The Overwatch League has announced six new franchises, bringing the global esport league's total to 20 heading into its second season. The league announced clubs in P...

AP Explains: Madden tournament part of wide esports world

A deadly shooting at a video game tournament in Florida has drawn attention to the competitive world of esports, where gamers playing Madden NFL 19 chase $1.25 million in prizes through a series of ev...