Today, the Overwatch League announced its Grand Finals will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn — home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and NHL’s New York Islanders — on July 27 and 28. The Overwatch League postseason begins with six of the best teams pinned against each other to garner one of two spots at the Grand Finals. The winners of the Playoffs will head to Barclays Center in a best-of-three series; the action will commence on July 27 at 8 pm Eastern with the last two matches ending the inaugural season on July 28 at 4 pm Eastern. Overwatch League commissioner Nat Nanzer describes the Grand Finals as an “epic experience for fans and viewers” and having the event at Barclays Center will “help us celebrate not only the league’s two best teams, but the fans, partners, and players who have joined us on this incredible journey.” Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment CEO Brett Yormack also expresses his excitement for the event … [Read more...] about Overwatch League Grand Finals Comes to the Barclays Center in July
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When it comes to sports games especially basketball, a lot of players are directly involved with the games, whether just by gracing the game cover or being a part of its promotion. These games are also a great way for these players to relax as well as hone their professional skills without any physical exertion. In a recent interview, professional players like Kevin Durant, James Harden and Anthony Davis talked about the upcoming installment of the NBA franchise, NBA 2K15. In the interview, Kevin and Stephen Curry confess that while they are professional athletes, they can’t perform well in the game mainly due to lack of practice. Kevin will also be gracing the cover of 2K15 and will also be featured among various promotions.Stephen was of the view that the franchise is one of the best games ever created thanks to its realistic gameplay and the way it depicts the whole NBA scenario. New Orleans Pelicans’ power forward and center Anthony Davis admitted he loves playing the … [Read more...] about NBA 2K15: Professional Players Share Their Views on the Game
This article was originally published on GameSpot's sister site onGamers.com, which was dedicated to esports coverage. The following is an adaptation of Portrait magazine's original Chinese article about the revolution that is happening in Chinese esports. It has been translated into English and adapted for Western audiences with permission from Portrait MagazineChinese version credits: Content: Chuhan Chen, Da Wu / Editor: Da Wu / Photography: Bo-Wen Yu, Jun-Ru HuangEnglish adaptation credits: Translation: Reazony / Content: Nilu Kulasingham, Kelsey Moser / Editing: Thomas WattsWei "CaoMei" Han-Dong's mother remembers each time her son's monthly salary increased: November, 2011, trainee, 3,000 RMB ($491); March 2012, official member, 4,000 RMB ($654); November, same year, the IPL 5 Champions, 7,000 RMB ($1,145); May 2014, 10,000 RMB ($1,636); June, 20,000 RMB ($3,271). Now retired, he streams with an annual salary of five million RMB ($817,863).CaoMei is a former professional gamer … [Read more...] about “We play here so you don’t have to embarrass yourself.” – The new era of Chinese esports
NBA Live has put me on a limb before, one I swore to God I wouldn’t shimmy out on again.Five years ago, in a hotel room in Portland, Oregon, I thought I saw something good. I didn’t. It remains my greatest professional shame. The game was canceled two months later. NBA Live’s failures and fits and starts since have stalked my career writing about sports video games, going back to a pitiful demonstration at E3 2010. NBA Live will take your trust by the wrist, turn your back and plunge a knife into your kidneys. It’ll come to your home and make promises to your face. It’ll ditch its console launch date and hide out on mobile, like it did for all of 2016. Still, I can’t quit it.After playing NBA Live 18’s demo, I still get the feeling that the franchise has turned a corner. Yes, again. Maybe not as a competitor to NBA 2K the way Pro Evolution Soccer is to EA Sports’ FIFA behemoth. But it’s something with enough guts in it that … [Read more...] about NBA Live 18’s demo is out today. Should you play it?
The Season 3 finals for the League of Legends Championship Series will kick off tomorrow night, with a final matchup that features arguably the two best teams in the world. Today, developer Riot Games is announcing a new tournament that will cater to the best of the rest.Riot is partnering with Coke Zero to run a league for the Challenger tier of competitive play in League of Legends. The yet-unnamed league, which will begin in 2014 in North America and Europe only, will run alongside next year's League Championship Series (LCS) and serve as an entrée into the LCS for the top-ranked Challenger players.Representatives for Riot and Coke Zero explained to Polygon yesterday how the Challenger tournament is intended to fix a major issue within League competition — and how its role brings League eSports further in line with real sports.Riot currently runs the top level of competitive play in League of Legends: the Championship Series, which the company announced last summer. For … [Read more...] about How the new League of Legends Challenger league will create a pathway to the pros