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League of Legends Accepted as Legitimate Sport by the US

The fact that a video game could be considered a full-fledged sport may sound crazy to some. Yet that is exactly what has happened in the Land of Opportunity. League of Legends has been accepted as a real sport by the US sparking a debate on where the line ought to be drawn.

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League of Legends Accepted as Legitimate Sport by the US

While the controversy over video games causing problems such as ADHD and obesity remains intact, the US has just included League of Legends to its sports roster. In a manner which looks awfully similar to Ronald Reagan’s labeling of tomato ketchup as a vegetable, this bold and weird step comes as somewhat of a surprise. According to Geek , the most obvious contradiction displayed by such a decision is how a couch potato can legally qualify as being a sports star. But as part of the American bid to make eSports a part of the genre this categorical imperative has been approved. One of the reasons behind this choice was to lay open the United States to foreigners who wanted to come and play in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

The decision has opened up a virtual Pandora’s Box. Now others are standing in line waiting to be included in the sports category. This was bound to happen sooner or later. However, the giving out of visas to players abroad shows US willingness to accommodate others and lend them unlimited access to its vast resources. The ratification of eSports as a legitimate form of real sports is a milestone in the annals of civilization.

 

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Google reportedly pays $1B for Twitch, a video game streaming site

Source: San Francisco Business Times

Google Inc. has bought video game live-streaming company Twitch for $1 billion, according to VentureBeat. The news site said 50 million users a month sign onto Twitch to watch gamers play titles such as League of Legends, Counter Strike and StarCraft. Google gets a site where users watch more than 13 billion minutes of video a month, providing a new potential supply of video advertising inventory. The VentureBeat story, which cited unnamed sources, didn't offer additional details ...
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First Play: Heroes of the Storm

Source: Stuff.tv

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Google reportedly pays $1B for Twitch, a video game streaming site

Source: San Jose Business Journal

Google Inc. has bought video game live-streaming company Twitch for $1 billion, according to VentureBeat. The news site said 50 million users a month sign onto Twitch to watch gamers play titles such as League of Legends, Counter Strike and StarCraft. Google gets a site where users watch more than 13 billion minutes of video a month, providing a new potential supply of video advertising inventory. The VentureBeat story, which cited unnamed sources, didn't offer additional ...
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Source: Ars Technica

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Why MOBA Isn't a Bad Word

Source: IGN

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Gigantic Adds a Big Twist to MOBAs

Source: ign

Bringing a fresh spin to an already successful formula is how you help advance a genre. Startup developer Motiga hopes to break away from the traditional laning found in most MOBAs, or multiplayer online battle arenas like League of Legends and Smite, and inject a beautiful, competitive title to the mix with its own free-to-play third-person action battle arena game, Gigantic. Why the name? At least in the one map I got to play, the Temple of Mist, the ultimate goal of y ...
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ConnectiCon Opens in Hartford

Source: NBC Connecticut

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