Esports

WoW Arena North American Finals details announced The World of Warcraft Arena season has been chugging right along, apparently, and is swiftly headed toward its season finals for each region. Blizzard has now released all the details for the North American championship finals. The esports pros are going to pack their bags for a fun-filled road trip to Ohio! The MLG Arena...

HGC highlight reels and more in Blizzard esports this week It always seems like Blizzard’s esports come in waves together. HGC is wrapping up for its next series of clashes, and Hearthstone‘s Global Games are almost ready to rest until the finals play out during BlizzCon. There’s always something to watch on the weekends, but it seems like everything is at a downswing. It’s pretty...




Keep cool inside with Blizzard esports this weekend It's been such a long summer. I just want to relax by the pool and watch some esports. Luckily, there's plenty to watch this weekend.

You can earn an Overwatch scholarship at UC Irvine The University of California, Irvine is one of a handful of universities offering esports scholarships, starting with a League of Legends scholarship in 2016. Now the school is expanding into Overwatch with a scholarship starting in fall 2017. UCI’s club Overwatch team is already one of the top ranked college teams, and so they’re in a good position...

HCT Championship in Shanghai and more esports It's been a busy week in esports as usual. The World of Warcraft esports team even unveiled a shiny new website. They don't have any events coming up this weekend, so for now you can just use it to mark your esports calendar. Here are the esports we'll be watching this weekend.

Overwatch Contenders playoffs, Wild Open, and more esports My emotional kryptonite is people being nice to little kids, so please excuse this column. After I saw Kim Phan and some of Team TeSPA visit the UCI Esports girls summer camp, I had to go lie down for a while. Luckily, I can stream esports to my bedroom, so while I recover I'll have plenty to watch.




HGC returns, GSL Code S finals, and more Blizzard esports Now that Dreamhack is over, the dog days of summer are beginning in earnest.  It’s a great time to sit inside with the air conditioning on to watch some esports. HGC is continuing with a fresh slate, Overwatch Contenders is almost through with the group stage, and Seat Story returns this week, so let’s get to...

What’s your esports food of choice? For me, there’s nothing that says “baseball” more than a small bag of warm peanuts in the shell and an ice-cold Coke. I can eat regular old peanuts anytime, but if I’m cracking the shells open, the Cubs had better be on. I have a similar association with chili and football– this goes double if I...



Dreamhack Summer esports calendar Dreamhack Summer is one of the biggest hubs for esports every year. Nerds flock to Jönköping by the thousands to watch pros compete in eight different titles. Three of those eight are Blizzard titles. Stock up on snacks and clear your schedule because this is the most esports action in one weekend we’ll have to...

Could a tournament mode work in Hearthstone? Tournament mode has been an oft-requested feature in Hearthstone. So what isn’t in the game yet? The issue is that there isn’t a consensus on what the scope of a tournament mode would be, but Game Director Ben Brode took to Reddit to lay out his thoughts on the challenges of a tournament mode. Let’s break down...

Overwatch player Dafran banned due to sportsmanship rules If you have any ambitions towards being a professional Overwatch player, it’s probably best not to stream yourself breaking the rules. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what pro player Daniel Francesca (aka Dafran) has been doing. From deliberately throwing games to streaming explicit dating simulators to encouraging his viewers to participate in similar behavior, Francesca ran the...

HGC Mid-Season Brawl dominates esports schedule this weekend It’s going to be a long weekend for Blizzard esports, even if all you’re watching is the HGC Mid-Season Brawl. I’d debate whether Saturday-Wednesday can really be called a “weekend” anyway. But we’ve got a lot to cover here. Let’s get to the schedules. Heroes of the Storm HGC Mid-Season Brawl Group Stage Saturday, Sunday,...

Blizzard esports to watch this weekend We’re having a super busy week here at Blizzard Watch, but the esports train keeps on chugging along. For esports fans in general, the announcement that the League of Legends Championship Series is getting a total revamp is a big one. Though a bit outside the Blizzard bubble, the implications for the esports we cover here...

HGC Crucible, HCT Americas finals and more esports Something fun I’ve noticed covering all these Blizzard esports for a while is they tend to sync up. It makes sense with big events like Dreamhack Jönköping, that most esports would want to hold their finals there. However, it makes for a work environment where things are either boring or my hair is on fire. This...

Overwatch Contenders season zero now open for registration This morning, Blizzard announced another piece of the Overwatch League big picture. Overwatch Contenders is an official open league tournament for North America and Europe. If you have 6-8 friends you trust to deliver the payload, your team can sign up starting now to compete for a share of the $50,000 prize pool per region....

HGC Playoffs, HCT Playoffs, and Mr Rogers on Twitch Twitch is honoring the life and legacy of Mr. Rogers by showing every single one of the nearly 900 episodes our neighbor recorded before passing away in 2003. If you’re unfamiliar with this kind, dear friend of children everywhere, you have more than two weeks to watch him before the marathon concludes. It’s also a...