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Monday
May162016

ESL Forms Governing Body for eSports

So here we go, it would appear that everything eSports is trying to get all nice and lined up and crystal clear so that there is no haziness about how things are done, that players are getting correctly compensated, and that there is a voice for the players when things need to be said. ESL (Electronic Sports League) is one of the oldest organizations that has helped sponsor teams, create teams, run tournaments, etc.

Now they have decided to create the WESA (World E-Sports Association). This organization is going to be tasked with governing and standardizing the world of eSports. The hope is that this organization will be able to help with player representation, standardization of regulations, and revenue sharing for teams. It will also attempt to create a predictable schedule for fans, players, organizations, and broadcasters to further standardize the leagues. Finally there will also be a governing council made of of pro players, elected by their fellow players.

On paper this sounds like something that was greatly needed to make sure that eSports doesn't spiral out of control, that there are regulations about pay, rules in place for what can and can't be done, hopefully this will help with player visas (this seems to be a constant issue), and of course this will put into place an organization that will be able to set the guidelines for actions that are detrimental to a player, team, league, or eSports as a whole.

I will be very interested to see if this truly catches on. As of this very minute there are 8 organizations that are going to be governed by this body, if this is as good as it seems to be I hope that more teams join in as well. I would assume that this governing body would take care of all eSports leagues associated with the teams, but I guess we'll have to see. Actually I would be very interested what the owners of the games have to say about this organization and if they are in support of it.

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Monday
May162016

Turner Makes Commitment to eSports

Now I know that there are those out there who have seen this coming from a mile away but there are those who are still not fully convinced that eSports has the power to jump to the TV. Well it would appear that Turner Broadcasting isn't only saying it will broadcast some eSports, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), but they are going to actually brand it. 

That's right folks at the end of this very month get ready for eLeague. Now this is going to be a multi-prong attempt by all parties involved. You will be able to see hours upon hours of streamed competition, but on top of that you will also see on TBS a produced show that will showcase action at the same level that Major League Baseball and other sports are given.

Now I know that there will be many out there who will see this as something that will fail, but personally I have to say that putting the spotlight on a shooter is probably the best move that they could have made. You already see paintball competition, action movies, etc. Most Average Joes and Joettes(?) will probably be able to figure out what is going on in a player versus player match. The other thing that I'm sure will happen is you're going to see/hear the best of the best when it comes to commentating to get the viewers really into it while keeping it at a level that most everyone can understand.

So now we shall play the waiting game, will this push more eSports into the spotlight, will there only be a specific type of eSport that will make it, and will this continue to grow the eSports brand as a whole? I guess we will find out, but it should definitely be interesting.

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Friday
May132016

A New iOS JigSaw Puzzle Game Is on Its Way

Now I know what you are thinking, what makes this different than anything else a puzzle lover could find? Well this one has the amazingly talented Mandie Manzano's work as the backdrop for all the puzzles you'll get to attempt. Actually there are 40 different stain glass style art works to choose from. 

Now the best part of this game is that it is for everyone, and by that I mean that you can select the number of pieces. If you are a novice and working on puzzles you can start off with a 12 piece puzzle, but if you are a puzzle guru you can set it all the way up to 2000 pieces. So if this seems like something you're willing to take a swing at you don't have to wait long, this game is due out on May 18th and will be free with in-app purchases.

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Friday
May132016

Thursday Night Hangout 05/12/2016

Charlie and Zealeus give you the latest and greatest Thursday Night Hangout in which they talk about the successful funding of Ghost Theory and Murders and Acquisitions on KickStarter. They also get into a pretty heated debate surrounding eSports, scandals, mainstream TV, and more.

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Friday
May132016

Disney's Competitor to Skylanders Bows Out

As the battle for who has the best collectible character portal game rages on, there will be one less contender in the ring. After trying to show off a unique experience with the backing of the entire cast of the Disney arsenal it would appear that Disney is finally ready to throw in the towel.

In a way that means that all those infinity models that are still in your local store are probably going to go on discount, or are going to become collector's items. Either way what is know is that the game updates will stop in June, so if you are a gamer that jumped on this bandwagon you are going to want to make sure you have a strategy in place on how you are going to survive without the new content and characters to add to your roster.

Now of course when a project of this magnitude ceases to operate there are going to be jobs on the line, and I'm sorry to say that this decision is going to cut around 300 jobs. I dearly hope that they can find somewhere to quickly land, and I hope that they excel wherever that might be.

I personally never got into the crazy of collecting little figurines that would unlock content. It is/was literally physical DLC. I have enough problems dealing with digital DLC, I really didn't need to up the ante by trying to keep track of all my figurines.

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