Game paused as soccer fans protest esports

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Soccer fans in Switzerland held up play by throwing tennis balls and games consoles on the field in an unusual protest against esports on Sunday. The referee...

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. ...

Riot exec tells esports fans he's going to keep spending

The head of North American esports operations for Riot Games has a message for concerned League of Legends fans: "We're not cutting budget." Chris Hopper told The Associated Press on...

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...

IOC: Esports has no Olympic future until 'violence' removed

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach isn't certain if, or when, esports might be incorporated into the Olympic Games. But he was clear in a...

Esports shooting survivor tells story, files lawsuit

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jacob Mitich had made it to Round Two of the Madden NFL 19 tournament in Jacksonville, and had almost scored a touchdown when the shots rang out. Vaulting...

WORLD SPORTS at 1330 GMT

TOP STORY: ASIAN GAMES ROUNDUP JAKARTA, Indonesia — Tottenham forward Son Heung-min will get one more shot at an exemption from military service after helping South...

Acer’s esports success continues in European expansion

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Acer's plan to target gamers as a driver of growth continues to pay off, with the Taiwanese electronics company quickly becoming market leader in Germany. Acer'...

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...

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...

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...

Competitor: No one deserves to die over playing a videogame

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Marquis Williams and Taylor Poindexter at first thought they heard a balloon popping. When the loud bangs kept coming, the Chicago couple and fellow video gamers attending a ...

Shooting at esports event raises questions of security

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A shooting at a video game competition in Florida has left two people dead along with the suspect and prompted calls from gamers for more security at esports tournaments. ...

NBA 2K League has a champ in New York and plans around globe

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA 2K League's first season ended with a video game version of a real NBA rivalry: Knicks against Heat. In the future perhaps it's Knicks against London. ...

The debate over esports: Gamers or athletes?

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — What constitutes a sport? Who precisely is an athlete? Ballroom dancing and bridge have tried to join the Olympic roster. Professional video gaming...