With some college sports on hold, an opportunity for esports to thrive

Sep 15, 2020
Schools are trying to get esports programs started during the pandemic.
A student plays at a League of Legends College Championship match in 2017.
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Why people still love Pac-Man, 40 years later

May 22, 2020
Creator Toru Iwatani wanted to make a mass-market product that nongamers and girls would love, too.
A key part of Pac-Man's success was that he was an actual character — one of the first video game heroes.
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Twitch CEO Emmett Shear: "People need to connect online"

May 12, 2020
In the age of social distancing, are people looking for community via streaming service Twitch? According to the numbers, they might be.
Twitch CEO Emmett Shear. Stay-at-home orders have boosted viewership.
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Video games attract millions of players as the world "shelters in place"

Mar 30, 2020
With more people stuck inside during the COVID-19 pandemic, some are flocking to console and computer games.
What to do while stuck at home? Play video games, of course.
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The economic ripples of events canceled due to COVID-19

Mar 11, 2020
Events like Coachella generate hundreds of millions for the parts of the country they take place in.
Beyonce performing at Coachella back in 2018.
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Gaming sales top a record $120 billion in 2019

Jan 3, 2020
The industry is growing its audience and finding new ways to monetize games.
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U.S. videogame giant seeks next approval in China, despite controversy over punishing Hong Kong gamer

Nov 22, 2019
The Chinese gaming market is estimated at more than $30 billion, second only to that of the United States.
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Streaming video games are here. Does anyone want to play them?

Nov 18, 2019
Google's new cloud-based video game service debuts this week.
A visitor plays a cloud game at the stand of Google Stadia during the video games trade fair Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, on Aug. 21, 2019.
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New "Call of Duty" game expected to be the best-selling video game of the year

Oct 25, 2019
Realistic scenes of violence draw fans to the game that just keeps going.
Visitors wait to try out the latest version of "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare" during the press day at the 2019 Gamescom gaming trade fair on Aug. 20, 2019 in Cologne, Germany.
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Keeping esports athletes healthy is more than just fun and games

Aug 19, 2019
Health care professionals are starting to pay attention to people who play video games at the professional level.
James Heseltine, 20, takes the impact test. The impact test is a concussion baseline test that measures the 5 executive functions of the brain, including visual memory, verbal memory and reaction composite.
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