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  1. Dead Or Alive 5 Tournament Places Soft Ban on Overly Sexy Costumes

    So was any part of the game not banned, then?

    As a franchise, Dead or Alive is pretty notorious for its fixation on its female characters' bodies—which, to be fair, is a very deliberately earned reputation given that the game has a "OMG Breast Motion" button that does exactly what you'd expect it to do. But FreeStepDodge, one of the most prominent DOA online tournaments, wants to do its best to turn everyone's attention away from the cleavage and back to the fighting mechanics. Will it work? Probably not, I bet.

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  2. League of Legends Tournament Reverses Restrictive Anti-Gay and Trans Ruling With Classic Non-Apology

    "Good discussion, team!"

    I imagine that when the team behind Garena Philippines woke up this morning, they were, to put it mildly, alarmed at their sudden international attention. But the good news is, they've seen the light! Sort of. We think. At least they're not doing the thing we were all mad at anymore.

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  3. ESPN President on Twitch/Amazon Deal: Whatever, eSports Aren’t Real Sports Anyway

    Obviously, he is not a golfer.

    ESPN President John Skipper didn't hold back when asked how he felt about Amazon's nearly $1 billion dollar purchase of online video game streaming platform Twitch. He's got some feelings about the legitimacy of eSports and online streaming.

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  4. Huge, Record-Breaking Dota 2 Tournament Set for Madison Square Garden During NY Comic Con

    "The geek shall inherit the Earth." -The Bible, I think.

    Continuing the unstoppable conquest of eSports, Valve's Dota 2 will be played in the largest in-person eSports event ever held on the East coast during the New York Super Week of New York Comic-Con in October. The finals of the ESL One global Dota 2 tournament will be played out live in front of thousands of spectators at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

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  5. No, Women-Only eSports Events Do Not Mean There Should Be Men-Only Ones

    Today in, "Things we wish we didn't feel the need to explain."

    The Internet (us included) was in an uproar recently over a men-only Hearthstone tournament. Such an uproar, in fact, that the International eSports Federation reversed its policy of separating competitions by gender, but competitions specifically for women remained. Diversity in games and eSports are tough issues to navigate, and some may not understand why tournaments for women are OK but ones for men aren't.

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  6. Things We Saw Today: Photographer Makes Self-Serious Male Authors and Their Cigarettes Look Silly

    Dial it back a bit, boys.

    Stop trying to make cigarettes look cool. Stop trying to make yourself look cool with cigarettes. It is not working. And if it is working, congratulations, you're convincing people to take up an unhealthy addiction. Also, stop taking yourself so seriously. I guess if I have one message here, it's "Stop." But definitely check out the rest of this photo series from photographer Szilvia Molnar. (via Jezebel)

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  7. IeSF World Championship Changes Stance On Gender Segregation, Now “Open for All”

    All you gamer ladies, show us what you got!

    The International eSports Federation re-wrote their rules to allow anyone to enter their main World Championship tournaments.

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  8. Finnish Hearthstone Tournament Isn’t Accepting Female Entries

    Apparently girls aren't as good at video games.

    Finnish Assembly isn't allowing women to enter their Hearthstone tournament - but it's not entirely their fault.

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  9. Watch the CEO 2014 Fighting Game Tournament All Weekend [Live Now]

    You didn't want to go outside this weekend or anything, right?

    Despite competitive gaming's explosion in popularity recently, most people still don't know much about it or where to find it. So, here are all the details about how you can watch the big CEO 2014 fighting game tournament for yourself. Fighting games are a great way to get into eSports, because they're fast paced and easier to grasp on a basic level than, say, strategy games, so you should definitely give it a watch.

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  10. League of Legends Now a Varsity Sport With Scholarships and Everything at a Chicago University

    But now how will we know who the nerds are?

    Today in turning society on its head news, Robert Morris University in Illinois is making a full-fledged varsity sport out of multiplayer online battle arena game League of Legends. Like other sports, it'll have scholarships, a coach, uniforms—all that sports stuff (but no official word on butt-slapping or non-athlete swirlie quota just yet).

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  11. Capcom Is Funding a Street Fighter League Together With Twitch

    Shoryuken!

    Capcom wants to get in on the popularity of esports giants like League of Legends by starting up their very own, official Street Fighter league with the online streaming service Twitch as a partner. Let's just hope it doesn't turn out like the Pete Holmes Street Fighter Red Tape sketches. Vega needs his claw.

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  12. Does Artificial Intelligence Have A Place in eSports?

    Maybe if we teach the robots to play video games, they'll let us live after the revolution.

    Games like League of Legends, Call of Duty, or Planetside 2 are notable for their cooperative play between real live teammates. But what if one of those teammates could be replaced by a capable A.I.? PBS Game/Show thinks it might be worth doing in the future as a way to streamline gamplay. Here's their argument for why.

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  13. Would We Watch Professional Competitive Gaming? Only If We Made It More Interesting [Video]

    But once video games become like sports, what are we going to develop our hating-sports culture around?

    Say what you want about professional sports and whether or not watching people kick a ball at each other is actually compelling, but the theories, strategies, and human stories that make up most sports coverage have certainly captured the attention of many a fan. Mike Rugnetta of PBS Idea Channel thinks that competitive gaming might have a shot at becoming a spectator sport, too -- when it figures out how to tap into that same kind of narrative. First up: What kind of statistics can we start measuring for each genre of game? Number of KOs? Time between respawns? Amount of gold acquired? The variables are endless.

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  14. Surprise! You May Have Been Mining Bitcoins for an eSports Company

    E-Sports Entertainment (ESEA) runs competitive video game leagues and tournaments. That's tremendous. They also sometimes bury Bitcoin mining software in their anti-cheating client without telling gamers. That's less tremendous. They got caught after users realized the anti-cheating client was overtaxing their systems. They're trying to make amends, but folks aren't pleased.

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  15. League of Legends Championships Becomes Most Watched eSports Event of All Time With 8.2 Million Viewers

    For those that don't already know, League of Legends is a mighty popular multiplayer online battle arena, or MOBA, video game. The game is so popular that the developer, Riot Games, hosts championships where the top teams battle it out to determine who truly is the best. Providing data that once and for all proves that eSports can be popular, Riot's released some interesting viewership numbers for the League of Legends Season 2 World Championships which the University of South California recently hosted. As it turns out, more than 8.2 million unique viewers tuned in to see the action.

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  16. Top Two League of Legends Championship Teams Disqualified for Collusion

    After discovering that the top two League of Legends teams in their Summer Championship tournament this past weekend had colluded, Major League Gaming gave both teams the boot. These are the facts as they are known. Everything else is somewhat murky, with both teams -- Curse NA and Team Dignitas -- confirming some misconduct whilst still denying other allegations without ever saying exactly what it is they'd actually done to warrant the disqualification. Cue massive speculation across the Internet.

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  17. The Most Hardcore Pro Gaming Franchises

    It certainly seems like major league gaming and eSports has, of late, received its share of press. Whether that’s good, bad or some strange gray area of press, there’s been a relative glut of news relating to it and its players recently. There are certainly more folks keeping a closer eye on things than before. That in no way means to imply that this is a recent thing. eSports have been around longer than the term used to describe them. The exact kind of competition has varied over the years, depending on the game’s genre, among other factors, but it hasn't been any less intense than the recent bouts. In fact, some franchises have long been known to be hardcore.

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