India beat Australia for 1st Test Win Down Under in 10 Years

India pulled off a stunning 31-run win over Australia to register their first victory in a Test Down Under in 10 years. The last time India defeated Australia at home was back in 2008 in Perth. This is also the visitors’ first victory in Adelaide since 2003. Ravichandran Ashwin, who took three wickets in the final innings, put the final nail in Australia’s coffin to end the hosts’ admirable rearguard…

International Olympic Committee says further study needed over Esports Olympic bid

It is too early to discuss including esports as a medal event at future Olympic Games, says the International Olympic Committee. The IOC said, “competitive gaming entails physical activity which can be compared to that required in more traditional sports”. However, it said further study is needed before using the word “sport” to describe esports and egames. IOC officials met in Lausanne to debate the “future of the Olympic movement”.…

CS:GO: Astralis wins ESL Pro League Season 8 finals

The Danish squad, behind superb team play, continued their dominant streak with a 3-1 win over their North American counterparts. Winning the event also meant that they also claimed an additional $1000,000 in prize money, capturing the Intel Grand Slam. Prior to winning in their homeland – which their current line-up had not done, the Danes had won three tournaments that counted towards the extra prize money. Had they fallen…

PUBG pro receives year-long ban from Esports competition for cheating

While PUBG esports is still in its infancy compared to other more established esports, the scene is just as prone to cheating scandals as any other Esport. Cheats and hacks in PUBG have been a major talking point since the game was released in 2017, leading the developers to hand out many bans to players online. It looks like those cheats have spilt over into the esports scene as PUBG…

Magic: The Gathering launching esports league with $10M prize pool

Magic: The Gathering tournaments, whether they’re informal competitions at local game shops or large, formal affairs, have been an institution for years. And as announced at the 2018 Game Awards, those tournaments are now being brought into the esports arena with the reveal of Mythic Championship events and a pro league. Magic: The Gathering has increasingly been digitized this year, with the development of Magic: The Gathering Arena, a new…

Esports: Filipino player banned from Chinese Dota 2 tournament over alleged racism

A professional Philippine Esports player was banned on Tuesday (Dec 4) from a million-dollar tournament in China, embroiling the world of competitive gaming in controversy as it faces threats of a boycott. Carlo “Kuku” Palad, who plays for Philippine team TNC Predator, has been barred from competing at the upcoming Dota 2 Chongqing Major after allegedly making a racist taunt during a game that angered the vast Chinese gaming community.…

Fanatics Inks first-ever Esports merchandising Deal With Overwatch Esports League

Fanatics, the sports licensing industry’s 800-pound gorilla, has signed a deal granting it wide-ranging merchandising rights for Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League, the second-largest global esports property. Under the deal, Fanatics becomes master licensee and worldwide retailer for the esports league, which caught the sports business world’s attention during its launch season with several big-dollar sponsorships and a major rights deal with Twitch. The second season will start Feb. 14 with…

Esports training ground to be included in NBA Legend Kobe Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy

As part of the joint venture, Sports Academy will be rebranding itself into the Mamba Sports Academy after Bryant’s renown “Mamba Mentality.” The academy will also have a 100,000 square-foot facility in Thousand Oaks, California. “We focus on offering a premium experience on proper training for young athletes, and infuse a little ‘Mamba Mentality’ into their programs,” said Bryant in a statement to ESPN’s Arash Markazi. The facility will operate…

Force India name disappears from Formula One

The Force India name will disappear from Formula One next season, after 11 years of competition, with the British-based team entered as Racing Point F1 on a list published by the governing FIA on Friday. The Force India name will disappear from Formula One next season, after 11 years of competition, with the British-based team entered as Racing Point F1 on a list published by the governing FIA on Friday.…

Unibet announces partnership with CS:GO Giant Astralis

Unibet signs a global partnership with the leading esports organisation Astralis. The two-year partnership will see Unibet as the ‘Official Betting Partner’, working closely with the Astralis team to further increase the interest around esports. Kindred Group has signed an agreement securing the Group’s Unibet brand as ‘Official Betting Partner’ of the major esports organisation Astralis’ Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team. The partnership covers two years and will give Unibet access…