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Thanks to "Fortnite" and esports, computers are almost cool again

Nov 22, 2018
There's a minor resurgence in the PC market, a CNET editor says.
Gamers play “Fortnite” against Twitch streamer and professional gamer Tyler Blevins during Ninja Vegas 18 at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in April.
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What should streaming platforms do when acts of violence are broadcast live?

Aug 30, 2018
The fatal shooting in Jacksonville, Florida, makes esports the latest online arena to struggle with issues of violence.
Gamers compete at the Nvidia booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center in 2017.
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Violent video games have come under scrutiny... again

Mar 19, 2018
The game industry is reacting after scrutiny from the White House.
An Xbox One controller is used at the Microsoft Xbox booth during the Electronics Expo 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 11, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. 
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Video game fans now pay to watch others play games in person

Feb 16, 2018
Professional gamers are drawing in the crowds as esports phenomenon spreads.
A view of the Blizzard Arena.
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How the video game industry outsources labor

Feb 9, 2018
And the market forces that drive that.

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The gaming industry's rise to the top

Nov 9, 2017
A listener (kind of) stumped Molly with this question on Make Me Smart's Explainathon.
Gamers test 'Destiny 2' at the Sony PlayStation exhibit during the Electronic Entertainment Expo E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
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The voice actor behind Mario looks back on his audition for the part

Aug 22, 2017
Mario Kart is celebrating its 25th birthday this year.
Mario and Luigi direct children ride through a McDonald's drive-thru in Los Angeles, California.
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As esports gain legitimacy, corporate America looks to cash in

Jun 21, 2017
Would you spend hours watching someone play video games? NBC and Intel are betting that you would.
For its first esport tournament, NBC has chosen Rocket League — a video game where cars instead of people play soccer. 
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