How Immortals are tackling inclusivity in the esports industry

In 2014, Noah Whinston was struggling to see why he should support any specific esports team. He felt as though each was only branding itself on how good their players were, and, as he puts it, “no team wins forever.” In the same year, Sabrina Wong attended her first esports event: MLG Anaheim. Thousands of fans watched hundreds of professionals face off in a variety of games, from Smash to Starcraft. “I think throughout the weekend I only saw four women,” she tells me. “I really enjoyed it, but I…

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Chinese city’s government might cancel Dota 2 Major over player’s racist comments

Last month, Dota 2 pro player Carlo “Kuku” Palad caused outrage over racist taunts he made in a non-tournament game. This month, Chongqing’s government – the city where Dota 2’s next big tournament is due to be held in January – have claimed they might cancel the Major if Palad attends. The information comes from Palad’s team, TNC Predator. They also relayed that the organisers “couldn’t guarantee” Palad’s safety if he chose to come. He is, however, not forbidden from trying. 3. The organizers will not be able to guarantee…

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Priceless Play – 5 January 2019

It’s 2019 now. I know you know that — it’s been 2019 for at least several days or more by the time you are reading this. If you don’t know that it’s 2019, I hope that it is because by the time you’re reading this it’s actually 2020 or something equally as wild as the passing of time. In this new year, in this little bit of space where we are permitted to reinvent ourselves bit by bit, I hope you will grant me a smidge of cleaning-house sentimentality. I…

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11:45: A Vivid Life is an intense game of body archaeology

Do you ever think about the human body? Just like, really think about it? About how it’s a complete mess of systems that somehow manage to hold together, even in the face of incredible damage, except that it doesn’t have a super great way of restoring that damage fully, so over your life it becomes a journal of all the especially physically dramatic occurrences you’ve experienced, written in scars and stretch marks and all manner of odd lumps? Anyway, I played 11:45: A Vivid Life recently. 11:45: A Vivid Life…

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Fortnite NOMs locations: sign letters, where to find OSNM

Fortnite’s seventh season has us go on a much tougher scavenger hunt in Week 4. Some swine has hidden some letters from the NOMS supermarket sign in Retail Row, the vandal! It is up to you to find them and bring them back to the shop. This guide will reveal all the locations for each of the letters – O, S, N, and M, and even includes which order you should obtain them and some tips for getting the more hidden ones. Fortnite NOMS sign locations guide Please note that…

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Fortnite tower locations: water tower, ranger tower, air traffic control tower

As Fortnite’s seventh season is drawing to a close, there’s another dancing challenge, this time on top of three towers. You must dance on these towers in order and after dancing you must complete the game (either die or win) in order for it to count. This guide will go through each locations of the towers in order, as well as showing exactly what each tower looks like. Fortnite Water Tower, Ranger Tower, Air Traffic Control Tower location guide Please note that this page is for a challenge that is…

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Gearbox legal battle with former employee becomes messy publicly

Back in November, the Borderlands and Aliens: Colonial Marines studio Gearbox Software filed a suit against their former lawyer, Wade Callender, accusing him of “exploit[ing] Gearbox’s generosity and trust for his own personal gain.” The suit was not particularly interesting, alleging that Callender did not fully pay back a loan he borrowed to secure his house, and that he used a business credit card for personal expenses. Then, last month, Callender counter-sued, accusing Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford of “siphoning” a $12 million (£9.34m) “secretive ‘Executive Bonus,’” as well as a…

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Epic Games Store brings refund policy in line with Steam

The Epic Games Store has updated its refund policy. Now, just like on Steam, you can return a game for any reason within 14 days of purchase, providing you’ve played it for less than two hours in total. As well as updating the terms on their site, Epic’s director of publishing strategy Sergey Galyonkin (who you might know better as ‘that guy behind SteamSpy’) tweeted the announcement, where he also shed some light on a few of the store’s other frequently asked questions. Firstly, there’s the fact that you’ll still…

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Valve ban Dota 2 player from tourney over racist remark cover-up

Valve have banned Dota 2 player Carlo “Kuku” Palad from their upcoming ‘Major’ tournament in China over a racist comment he made mocking Chinese players in a non-tournament game earlier this year. Kuku’s team, TNC Predator, initially tried to pass a cover-up story and have further muddied waters with unsupported claims that Major host city Chongqing’s government threatened to cancel the tournament if he attended. Now Valve have stepped in and accused the Filipino team of behaving unprofessionally and “making the situation much worse than it needed to be.” straight-up…

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Overwatch Contenders controversy has once again made things more difficult for women in esports

Late last year, tier two professional Overwatch team Second Wind announced that they’d signed a female player. The woman, who went by the tag “Ellie” but kept much of her identity private, was lined up to be one of very few to play in Overwatch Contenders. Though many were excited to see some variety in the male-dominated scene, Ellie was immediately subjected to harassment, including doxxing threats. Before playing her first game this week, she chose to step down. Then Second Wind announced that Ellie was “not who they claimed…

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