Esports

June 10, 2020 - 9:06 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Aiming to recruit and engage more competitive video gamers, a dozen schools in the Mid-American Conference are creating a standalone esports conference to offer structured competition without the extensive rules that govern intercollegiate athletics. That means the teams can...
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FILE - In this July 30, 2019, file photo, One Championship founder Chatri Sityodtong, center, gestures as Reece McLaren, right, of Australia and Danny Kingad, of the Philippines face off during the media presentation for this ONE Championship mixed martial arts fight dubbed: Dawn of Heroes, in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. As his mixed martial arts promotions go behind closed doors and audience free, Sityodtong says he's finding ways to thrive during the coronavirus pandemic that is shutting down sports around the globe. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)
March 26, 2020 - 2:51 am
He survived the Asian financial crisis, which wiped out entire economies and tore his family apart. As his mixed martial arts promotions go audience free, One Championship founder Chatri Sityodtong says he's finding ways to thrive during the coronavirus pandemic that is shutting down sports around...
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FILE - In this July 28, 2018, file photo, London Spitfire fan Rick Ybarra, of Plainfield, Ind., reacts after London won the second game against the Philadelphia Fusion during the Overwatch League Grand Finals competition at Barclays Center in New York. A new venture backed by many of video gaming's biggest publishers is unveiling a network that hopes to be to esports what ESPN has been to traditional sports. VENN is set to launch in 2020 and aims to give the fragmented esports scene a home base for content with higher production value than gamers are used to with online streaming. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
September 17, 2019 - 4:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A new venture backed by many of video gaming's biggest publishers is unveiling a network that hopes to be to esports what ESPN has been to traditional sports. VENN is set to launch in 2020 and aims to give the fragmented esports scene a home base for content with higher production...
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June 05, 2019 - 11:12 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Riot Games has named John Needham its new global head of League of Legends esports, putting him in charge of the world's most popular competitive video game and its 13 professional leagues. Riot announced the promotion Wednesday. The current co-heads of esports, Jarred Kennedy...
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March 09, 2019 - 10:35 am
Baker University will become the eighth school in Kansas to join a national association for collegiate eSports. The school in Baldwin City announced Friday that Baker would add eSports for the next school year. Athletic Director Nate Houser announced that Toby Ebel will be the university's first...
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Chiquita Evans smiles after being selected as the 56th pick overall by the Warriors Gaming Squad at the NBA 2K League draft Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in New York. Evans is the first woman selected in the esports league. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
March 05, 2019 - 8:46 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — After over three hours of sitting, waiting and stressing, Chiquita Evans heard her name called. She stood, smiled and put on a Warriors cap, striding to the stage backed by the loudest applause of the night. Someone put a microphone in front of her and asked her how it felt. That's...
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FILE - In this Thursday April 19, 2018 file photo, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach addresses a press conference in New Delhi, India. Bach said in Jakarta, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, that he isn't certain if, or when, esports might be incorporated into the Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri,File)
September 01, 2018 - 7:04 am
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 an interview with The Associated Press at the Asian Games on Saturday about the need to meet some conditions before...
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