Feb 24 2017
Over the years, video games have become a huge business. Tens of millions of players fire up their consoles or computers every day to play everything from single-player rpgs to mmofps games. In fact, hit games now generate more revenue than the biggest Hollywood blockbusters. The rise of eSports is another important component in this massive surge of popularity and sales. It seems every week features another major eSports tournament where the pri... Read
Feb 07 2017
There are times when reality does not live up to expectations, or as Spock said in Star Trek, "You may find that having is not so pleasing a thing after all as wanting." Such was the sentiment expressed by some mmo players watching the first Twitch livestream by the legendary League of Legends Faker. The very first Faker Twitch livestream was a huge event, and it broke the record of livestream viewers as more than 245,000 concurrent viewers tuned... Read
Jan 16 2017
One thing about eSports is that rosters continually change. It's fascinating to see mmo players shuffled around as pro teams prep for runs at major tournaments. The latest bit of roster news is that North American Challenger Series team Gold Coin United signs Mash as an in-house substitute for its League of Legends team.Of the Gold Coin United signs Brandon "Mash" Phan news, head coach Yoonsup "Locodoco" Choi told ESPN, "Mash is going to be a... Read
Jan 09 2017
The champagne has been popped, the ball has dropped, and a new year is upon us. The world of online gaming was surprisingly eventful in 2016 even though there wasn't any huge AAA mmorpg games released. The new year also promises to be a busy one for gamers, and I'm sure that there'll be more than a few surprises along the way. So what will the new year hold for online gamers? Let's take a crack at foretelling the future in our 2017 mmo preview.
Dec 14 2016
There is one aspect of eSports that perfectly coincides with traditional sports, which is seeking to gain as much revenue as possible through advertising and other means. While an online rpg like League of Legends makes over a billion dollars a year from its players, there is definitely an issue in monetizing the eSports tournament format. Regular sports, such as football and basketball, make hundreds of millions of dollars every year through adv... Read
Dec 06 2016
The day may come when League of Legends actually conquers the world. The free mmo generated over $1.6 billion in revenue last year, and it shows no signs of letting down. Part of the moba's phenomenal rise is due to the increasing popularity of eSports as more and more people regularly tune in to watch tournaments offering millions of dollars in prizes. Riot Games just released some League of Legends World Championship 2016 stats that are truly e... Read
Nov 22 2016
It appears that League of Legends is going big league, and I mean that in a Major League Baseball way. Riot Games is close to signing a deal with Major League Baseball Advanced Media's tech unit to sell League of Legends streaming rights for two years for a whopping $200 million. This is a really big step for the insanely popular free mmo that regularly draws more than 100 million players per month.Under this new deal, League of Legends strea... Read
Oct 31 2016
SK Telecom T1 snuffed out what would have been a comeback reverse sweep from the defiant Samsung Galaxy to become the League of Legends 2016 World Champions.In what will go down as the most exciting and first World Championship to go the full five games, SKT led 2-0 in the Finals series and appeared to be running a victory lap in the third game.
But a resilient SSG reminiscent of an underdog rpg hero fought for every objective, and through a... Read
Oct 26 2016
The League of Legends Worlds 2016 Final showdown between SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy will be a two-day extravaganza from October 28 to 29.
October 28, on the eve of the best-of-five finals of the most watched tournament of the MMO MOBA, esports fans can catch the livestream schedule pre-show talks, an all-start death match, a cosplay event and even a live concert.
The October 28 show line-up starts at 6PM PT with the PrimeTime League Live,... Read
Oct 24 2016
Another year, another all-Korean squad Final in the League of Legends Worlds tournament.Defending champions SK Telecom T1 (SKT) prevailed over the ROX Tigers in a gripping best-of-five series. The Faker-led squad was down 2-1, seemingly having no answers to the Miss Fortune surprise counter pick against the Zyra support. But SKT rallied in the last two games with spectacular performances from Bengi, including his first-ever professional game ... Read