AS an entire arena came to their feet and roared as London Spitfire's Profit wiped out almost all of the Philadelphia team with one well-placed move, it was clear the first Overwatch League title was coming home. And with over ten thousand people shaking Brooklyn's Barclays Centre to its foundations, it was also clear that Blizzard had created something very special to rival the biggest in traditional sports. "We've looked to the Premier League for inspiration," league commissioner Nate Nanzer told Sun Online shortly before London Spitfire took on and beat the Philadelphia Fusion to take the league's first title. The Premier League is a global one with fans from all over the world, and Nanzer isn't shy about his ambition to help Blizzard try to replicate that success for eSports first serious foray into organised competition for a truly mass market. "We have similar aspirations to have millions of fans across the globe," he says. The playoffs for the league's first season, and some of … [Read more...] about Forget Fortnite – Overwatch League is here and it’s only going to get bigger
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It’s quite incredible just how far online casinos have come over the last couple of decades. They’ve changed the way we gamble completely, giving us the option to play our favourite casino games from the convenience of our own home, or on the move – and with any device we have at our fingertips. Just think that it used to be like. Gamblers would have to make infrequent trips to city centre casinos or take a pricey break to Las Vegas, Monaco or Macau. With fully-fledged virtual casinos in our pockets, the need to take time out to travel somewhere to enjoy some gambling is becoming less pertinent. And players have loved it. According to Gambling Commission figures, up to a third of all adults in the UK now use the internet to gamble on the National Lottery, online casino games, bingo and sports. Of the £13.9 billion that we spend on all forms of gambling in the UK each year, nearly £4.9 billion comes from online-only services. This huge amount of … [Read more...] about Incredible How Far Online Casinos Have Come. Take A Look!
Have you heard of HoweyCoin? It's "one of the largest cryptocurrency platforms ever built" and has the backing of several celebrities. It's also officially registered with the US government and will trade on an SEC-compliant exchange where you can buy and sell them for profit, though you can score a discount if you take advantage of the coin's pre-ICO sale. There's only one problem—HoweyCoin is fake, and none of those claims are true.The US Securities and Exchange Commission created HoweyCoin and an accompanying website hyping its perks so that investors will know some of the red flags to look for before pouring money into a potentially fraudulent ICO, or initial coin offering.It's a bit of an unusual move for the decades old agency, which as The Wall Street Journal points out is not exactly known for being all that plugged in to the digital communications scene. But with the rise of fraudulent ICOs, the SEC felt compelled to step in and issue a cleverly constructed … [Read more...] about SEC created a fake cryptocurrency site to warn investors of ICO scams
For the first time ever, the UK Gambling Committee's year-end report on Young People and Gambling has looked into "awareness and participation rates" of skin gambling (if you're not sure what that is, here's a primer). The report states that, "based on the description provided within the questionnaire," 45 percent of children aged 11-16 knew about skin gambling, and 11 percent said they had placed bets with in-game items at some point in the past. "'Skins' are in-game items, used within some of the most popular video game titles. They provide cosmetic alterations to a player’s weapons, avatar or equipment used in the game," the report states. "Skins betting sites allow videogamers to wager cosmetic items rewarded in-game or purchased for real money on a digital marketplace, accessible from the UK for several years." A BBC report on the Gambling Commission paper leads with the statistics on skin gambling and then says that roughly 370,000 11-16 year olds in England, … [Read more...] about UK Gambling Commission says children as young as 11 are getting into skin gambling
The story of Riot Games is a list of things that shouldn’t have been possible. It’s the tale of an extremely difficult, user-unfriendly game reaching untold heights of success. It’s the story of a company that has remained committed to listening to and interacting with its fans even as it at has grown exponentially. More than anything, it’s the story of two best friends who liked playing video games and decided one day to make their own. Riot is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, but to really know how one of the world’s biggest development studios got started, you need to go back to Los Angeles in the early aughts. You need to find two University of Southern California business students who formed a bond unrelated to their studies. When Marc Merrill and Brandon Beck first met at USC, they were taking classes that led them to careers at banks and investment firms. But that wasn’t what they bonded over. For them, their real passion was video … [Read more...] about The past, present and future of League of Legends studio Riot Games