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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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