AS FORTNITE takes baby steps into the billion-dollar world of competitive gaming, a pro team has made the natural move of recruiting a 13-year-old to play on the big stage. British teen Kyle 'Mongraal' Jackson is one of the youngest players ever to be recruited by a professional squad after getting snapped up (alongside three other fresh faces) by Team Secret, best known for competing in PC game Dota 2. And with Fortnite set to conquer eSports leagues everywhere, Jackson could well be on his way to becoming a multi-millionaire. But he needed permission from his mum and dad first. "It's a big opportunity for me, and I sat them down and explained everything that could happen,"said Jackson. "I discussed it with them thoroughly, and they're very supportive of everything." For those who aren't down with the kids, Fortnite sees 100 players scrapping to the death in a massive, last-man standing battle royale. The game, which is available on PS4, Xbox One, PC and iPhone, has already amassed 40 … [Read more...] about Pro Fortnite gaming team signs 13-year-old Brit ‘Mongraal’ to compete in tournaments
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Some of us may associate gaming with guys more than we do girls, and when we picture them, it’s often the stereotypically geeky or nerdy sort. It’s an image that gaming can’t often shift, and that’s despite the fact gaming of all kinds has become pretty mainstream! From eSports on ESPN to mobile games becoming some of the most popular apps in the world, gaming is hardly limited to one gender or a few niche interest groups. In fact, in the realm of mobile gaming, women are more likely to be avid participants than men! According to a 2017 Google Play and NewZoo survey, 65% of U.S. women ages 10-65 play mobile games – and that is a huge audience. What’s more, according to the same survey, women make up nearly half – 49% – of all mobile gamers, and they tend to play more frequently than their male gamer counterparts, making them more likely to become habitual (and therefore lucrative) players. So what’s with the lack of inclusion … [Read more...] about The Biggest Mobile Games Consumers In 2018: Women
Major League Baseball’s opening day is today — yes, you read that correctly. It is the earliest the season has ever started, and only the sixth time in the past 100 years the season has opened on a Thursday. Twenty-eight of the 30 clubs are playing, also a record. (Cincinnati and Detroit would have made it a full 30, but, hey, weather happened.) Out Of The Park Baseball, the acclaimed management simulation for Windows PC, Mac and Linux, provided official predictions for MLB Network last night, supplementing about a dozen panelists (among them MLB The Show 18 announcers Matt Vasgersian and Dan Plesac). But where those panelists are giving a single gut call before the first of 162 games for each team are played, OOTP 19 ran 1,000 simulations. Based on the frequency of the outcomes, Out of the Park Baseball 19 predicts this for the 2018 MLB season, as related last night on MLB Network: The Cleveland Indians win the American League pennant, and the Los Angeles Dodgers the … [Read more...] about MLB’s stat-crunchingest video game predicts a World Series win for L.A.
ESPN has a new president, and he comes from a gaming background. The Disney-owned sports network announced today that James Pitaro will take over for John Skipper as ESPN's president. Skipper stepped down last year, citing a substance addiction problem.Pitaro, who is ESPN's eighth president since the network launched in the '70s, previously served as chairman of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. Before that, he was president of Disney Interactive, which ran Disney's video game business. Pitaro will report directly to Disney CEO Bob Iger."Jimmy is a talented and dedicated leader with the right strategic vision, relentless drive and passion for sports required to lead the stellar ESPN team at this incredibly dynamic time," Iger said in a statement. "Jimmy forged his career at the intersection of technology, sports and media, and his vast experience and keen perspective will be invaluable in taking ESPN into the future. I also want to extend my utmost thanks to George … [Read more...] about Disney Gaming Boss Promoted To Head Of ESPN
Six years ago, The New York Times asked me to become a video game critic. Like most sufferers of the Dunning-Kruger effect, I figured I would quickly show everyone how the job should really be done. Three years later, my editors not only canceled my column, but they also jettisoned the idea of game criticism entirely, ending a run of 17 years in which the paper of record published video game reviews on a consistent basis. Oops. Writing is hard. Making video games is hard. Writing about video games? That’s like surviving Oregon Trail on bare bones rations and a grueling pace. (Am I dating myself? Oregon Trail was a kind of historically inflected Dark Souls that they let us play in grade school, back when we didn’t know what Minecraft was.) To write about video games, you need to know something about art history, computer science, sports, psychology, economics, the Happenings of the 1960s, experimental theater, improv, animation, film theory and Dungeons & Dragons, and … [Read more...] about Polygon’s 2017 Year in Review: video game essays from designers, authors and critics