Atlus adds $10k to Persona 4 Arena Ultimax EVO pool

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax may not be the biggest name at EVO this year, but publisher Atlus is adding $10,000 to the prize pool as an incentive for more entrants. Last year, Atlus added a tenth of that amount to the prize pool for Persona 4 Arena’s side tournament. Ultimax only had a demo build more »

The reality of eSports: Talking with Team eLevate

ESports aren’t going anywhere, or at least anywhere but up. Recent reports show that worldwide eSports viewership has topped 134 million, with more than $600 million at play. League of Legends tournaments have pulled in larger audiences than the likes of the MLB’s World Series or NBA finals. The next Dota 2 International prize pool has already exceeded $12 more »

Old Kids on the Blocks: Toronto to host Tetris Championship

A classic game such as never stops getting played. And gamers are by nature competitive creatures. Once we start comparing high scores, it isn’t long before a tourney scene comes together. If Madden NFL and Street Fighter can have flourishing competitive scenes, why not Tetris? Toronto will host its third Tetris championship February 12 at more »


Apex 2015: Twitch Saves Smash Bros. Tourney

It all started with a fire alarm. Around 9:00 yesterday morning, the fire alarm at the Clarion Empire Hotel went off. The New Jersey hotel was hosting Apex 2015, an annual Super Smash Bros. tournament that’s organized by a crew of east coast gamers called “Team Apex.” No smoke was reported, and the first round of more »

Strafe delivers League of Legends, Hearthstone updates

Esports fans can now keep all their tournament stats and highlights in their pocket thanks to Strafe, a new mobile app dedicated to competitive gaming. Available for free for iOS (8.0 or later) and Android, Strafe consolidates tournament information for up to five major esports titles based on your selections: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, Dota 2, more »

Evo 2014: Mango wins Smash Bros. Melee championship under Reggie’s watchful eye

Nintendo almost made a huge PR blunder at 2013’s Evo by trying to end not just the stream of Super Smash Bros. Melee, but the tournament itself. Somebody explained to them that free promotion for your products is a good thing. This year was a complete reversal, as Nintendo not only encouraged the event but sponsored more »

Evo 2014: Garireo crowned BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma

Every year at Evo,  a game that isn’t considered one of the main eventers steals the show for those lucky enough to be watching. This year, that game was undoubtedly BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma. Garireo’s Litchi won the day in the July 13 grand final. In the first match he won 3-2 out of the losers more »


Evo 2014: Meltdown Louffy is the Ultra Street Fighter IV champion

Next time Capcom wants to nerf Sagat they should consult Olivier “Meltdown Louffy” Hay. His Rose countered everything the world’s best Sagat player, Bonchan, had to offer en route  to Evo 2014’s Ultra Street Fighter IV championship. He’s the first European player to win it all.Coming from the losers bracket, Louffy achieved the reset with more »

Stink at StarCraft II? It’s because you’re too old

As we all know, human beings age. And as we age, things change. We develop the richness of experience that makes old people so boring. We develop fun new medical problems that terrify doctors. And we start being terrible at video games, according to science. Specifically, .


Call of Duty pro Matt “Nadeshot” Haag blasts COD Ghosts

Pro gamer Matt Haag, better known as Nadeshot, isn’t pulling any punches where Call of Duty: Ghosts is concerned. In an interview with Redbull, he called Ghosts the “worst Call of Duty in the franchise.” “There is just a lot of things they did wrong,” he said. “They’re stubborn about it.They’ve gradually come out with changes more »

Latest Madden NFL 25 update slightly punishes Denver Broncos

The usually reliable Madden NFL Super Bowl sim was pretty far off the mark. It predicted a game so close it went into overtime. Instead we got a 43-8 blowout, amazing considering the Broncos had the league’s no. 1 offense. The game’s post Super Bowl update lifts the Seattle Seahawks to a 92 overall, while more »

Call of Duty Championship announces 16 U.S. teams

So, how good is your trigger finger? Activision’s $1 million Call of Duty Championship is down to 16 US-based squads, Major League Gaming announced. Here are the American teams still battling for their share of $1 million: Adversity compLexity Curse Las Vegas Curse New York Denial eLevate FaZe Final Boss JusTus Pro Living The Dream more »