E3 2015: Nintendo proves World Championships are better than press conferences

Barring something crazy happening in this console war, Nintendo is on the ropes. This is sad considering that their first-party selection trumps everyone else. It’s not close. But on Sunday, Nintendo did so much right with its World Championships. This wasn’t a press event, it was an actual gaming event and included Nintendo of America more »

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 »

Nintendo World Championships 2015 special guests announced

The Nintendo World Championships 2015 is a rather secretive affair. It’s June 14, 2015, but much of it is still a mystery. The official website doesn’t even have a list of competitors yet. Fortunately, a new video helps clear things up and build hype. Here’s the trailer, in case you have two minutes to spare 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 »

There are only 8 Nintendo World Championships 2015 qualifying events

Those wanting to prove they’re the very best better hope they live in California, Floridaa, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Texas or Washington, because Nintendo announced the Nintendo World Championship 2015 qualifier locations and there aren’t very many. Apparently, this event will be extremely exclusive, because there will be only eight chances to try and prove more »

E3 2015: Nintendo World Championships return on June 14

Big news from Nintendo. The company is bringing back the Nintendo World Championships for E3 2015. The event was a means for people to play Nintendo games and prove who’s the very best. After 25 years, it’s happening again on June 14, 2015. Prepare yourself, because you need to be ready to qualify on May more »

Guilty Gear Xrd updates consoles to arcade version

Guilty Gear Xrd released towards the end of 2014 to positive reviews, gaining notice in particular for its innovative use of the Unreal Engine to create distinct graphics. Guilty Gear Xrd has received several patches since its release to balance its netcode and remove bugs, but up until now no character balance patches have been more »

Microsoft’s Halo: The Master Chief Collection HCS Cup cancelled due to party joinability problems

Microsoft’s Halo: The Master Chief Collection HCS Cup cancelled due to party joinability problems If you’ve got multiplayer problems I feel bad for you, son. I got 99 problems, but party joinability problems ain’t one. That is not the song Microsoft is singing about its Halo: The Master Chief Collection right now. Also, apologies. I more »

2K and ESL’s Evolve Proving Grounds Tournament begins Sunday

Turtle Rock Studios and 2K are partnering with the Electronic Sports League (ESL) to bring the 4v1 shooter Evolve into the competitive scene. The publisher today revealed the title’s Proving Grounds Tournament, a three-month global affair with more than $100,000 in cash and other prizes on offer. The Evolve Proving Grounds Tournament is open to North 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 »