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Whether you have a $10,000 beast of a gaming rig or a hand me down that isn't any more powerful than a toaster, having the right input devices can make a significant improvement in your work and play. Mice in particular come in all shapes and sizes to meet anyone's comfort and performance needs. That bargain bin mouse may be fine for browsing cat pictures, but its cheap sensor and total lack of ergonomics may be holding you back from pwning n00bs like you deserve.To help step your game up we're checking out three new mice that recently slid across our desk: Tesoro's Sagitta Spectrum H6L Gaming Mouse, Corsair's new M65 Pro RGB Gaming Mouse, and Logitech's G900 Chaos Spectrum Professional-Grade... Read more...
If there was any doubt about Activision's interest in eSports, it was squashed this past January when the company acquired Major League Gaming - MLG for short - for $46 million. Furthering its love for all things competitive gaming is a brand-new eSports network that runs through its MLG.tv Web portal. Oh - things are going to be getting good. At the IAB Digital Content NewFronts 2016 conference, Activision showed off "EVE". No, not the game, but 'Enhanced Viewing Experience', an HD video stream that delivers a wealth of statistics during a match. The network's host is Chris Pucket, someone who has a ton of experience in the eSports realm, from both the gaming and broadcasting standpoint. Activision... Read more...
If you're one of the holdouts that doesn't believe eSports has a future, you may want to step back and look at the big picture, because it's here to stay and having significant impact. In fact, we're sure that many gamers who grew up any time before eSports began to explode is probably surprised that it wasn't so popular until fairly recently. To be fair, Nintendo did treat us to some cool competitions revolving around the NES in the 80s, but that was but a minor appetite whetting. Today, eSports is such big business, that it seems like no peripheral vendor is without a sponsored team. Those who do well at eSports are not just "gamers"; they're doing this for a living. In fact, if you're skilled... Read more...
Professional gaming -- as in video games -- isn't new by any means. Fatal1ty (real name Johnathan Wendel) entered the scene way back in 1999 and pioneered the category by dominating in titles like Quake III Arena. Since then the category has only grown, albeit in the background of mainstream media. That might change as sports coverage giant ESPN launches a new esports vertical. ESPN's esports section aims to offer comprehensive coverage in the world of competitive gaming. Like other sections of the site, it will include video, news related to the category, offseason analysis and grades, and more. It will also offer reporting from the opening weekend of the North America League of Legends Champion... Read more...
The latest installment in the Call of Duty franchise is set to launch in later this year, and the gaming community is eagerly awaiting its arrival. The official launch date for Call of Duty: Black Ops III is set for November 6th, and it’s bound to be another sales blockbuster (like the previous entries in the franchise). To take advantage of the huge hype surrounding the upcoming title and the enthusiasm generated by the eSports realm in general, Activision has announced that it will create the Call of Duty World League. Thankfully, Activision is dividing the Call of Duty World League by offering two divisions: The Pro Division and The Challenge Division. As its name implies, the Pro circuit... Read more...
When a celebrity like Ashton Kutcher says he wants to invest in your startup, you let him. That's a good way to get your startup's name on the map, so it was a no-brainer for Unkrn co-founder Rahul Sood of Voodoo PC fame to make room for the former Two and a Half Men star, who joins Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank personality Mark Cuban. This is a dream team cast of participants and it starts with Sood. You won't find an article about Sood in People magazine, though if you've been around the tech scene for any period of time, his is a name you've likely encountered on more than one occasion, starting with Voodoo PC, the once popular boutique system builder that was acquired by HP in 2006.... Read more...
Unlike sports like baseball and football where the use of performance enhancing drugs has been a major issue at times, you would think that electronic sports would be immune from such issues. You'd also be wrong. To ensure a level playing field among participants, the Electronic Sports League (ESL) -- one of the biggest eSports organizations around -- is going to implement and enforce drug policies. What prompted the move is a recent admission by Cory "Semphis" Friesen, a professional Counter Strike: Global Offensive gamer, that he and other players on his team, Cloud9, took Adderall to gain a competitive advantage during a $250,000 tournament in Poland. Adderall is a drug that's intended to... Read more...
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