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Gaming Isn’t Just for Kids: What Teachers Need to Know About Esports

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DOTA 2, Heroes of the Storm, League of Legends and—of course—Fortnite.
You may know these as titles of popular video games, even if you aren’t strictly a “game addict”.

As a matter of fact video games and the communities, organizations and players surrounding them have become a global business—some worth potentially millions and millions of dollars.

These aren’t just games anymore; they have emerged, along with other massive titles such as Overwatch, as a phenomenon it seems everyone is racing to catch up with. Playing these games competitively, known as esports, is on the verge of becoming not only a force in the business and entertainment world, but a factor in the classroom as schools start esports leagues and curriculum springs up around gaming culture. So what do educators need to know about it?
Twenty-seven million people watched the League of Legends Championship in 2017—more than Game 7 of the World Series and the final game of the NBA Finals
Let’s start with the numbers, which are huge. Twitch, the leading game streaming platform, was purchased by Amazon in 2014 for $970 million dollars. Twenty-seven million people watched the League of Legends Championship in 2017—that’s more than Game 7 of the World Series (23.5 million) and the final game of the NBA Finals (18 million). And 71,000 people watch Ninja, a popular video game streamer, play games on Twitch every day. It’s not hard to see the draw for fans. It is virtually free to watch—all you need is an internet connection.
The shift to streaming and esports as the entertainment medium of choice for our students becomes clearer when you consider the demographics. Over 50 percent of baseball viewers are over the age of 55. It doesn’t get much better for the NFL or NBA either at 47 and and 37 respectively. Simply put, our kids are playing and, more importantly for these leagues, watching.

College and Universities all over the world are taking note as well. Currently, competitive esports are on the rise at both the high school and collegiate level with scholarships being offered to top esports players. It is important to keep in mind why this is happening. This is not an educational play—this is a business play. There is no “educational upside” to offering a football scholarship. Schools want the best football players so their stadium is full, they sell shirts and get high TV ratings—the exact same desire they have for esports players. It is not hard to envision a world where the next star college competitors are the Overwatch team members, or the NCAA Call of Duty Championship winners or the hot new Fortnite player Syracuse just landed.

The world is starting to acknowledge that competitive gaming is a multifaceted industry. It’s not just about liking video games. In order to be truly competitive, players must be highly skilled and devote incredible amounts of time and effort into practice. They must fine-tune their strategy and teamwork through expert coaching and stay sharp both mentally and physically. Esports could be just as much a valuable gateway into technology related jobs as teaching programming, robotics, graphic design and web design. Every student is different, and the pathway to their passions, is not the same. We’ve seen video games be the influence for thousands of the world’s most successful people (including one of your writers, who cites the game Civilization II as being formative in becoming an educator). Maybe esports is what captivates that hard to reach student. Maybe an educator uses it as a way to turn that passion into achievement.

It is clear that competitive gaming is not going anywhere and, in fact, might just be your students’ primary form of entertainment in the future, if it’s not already. What can you do to tap into this excitement and energy?

Source: edsurge.com

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Week 7 slot games releases

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It’s Friday already, so kick back and have a look at this week’s latest slot game releases!

 

D-Tech, the new independent games studio building Asian themed games, surprised us with the release of ‘Year of the Dog’, the first of its games to be released in partnership with Leander Games. Steven Matsell, CEO of Leander Games, added: “Asian-themed games are popular around the globe and we have seen a particular surge in interest in Europe with dedicated tabs within the casino offering.

D-Tech with Leander Games and releases first slot game

 

 
Endorphina took things a step further by turning our imagination into a reality in their newest slot game #luxurylife, which is a light sequel from their long-time hit Jetsetter. This time, a dream couple will lead us through the game, surrounded by the finest luxury goods to live your best life. #couplegoals. As the name suggests, one of the main highlights of the game stems from the life lived on social media – in which some people live their glorious lives and are not afraid to share their lifestyle with their followers while setting new trends.

 luxurylife slot from Endorphina

 

 
Quickspin stepped up and released their vintage, space-based slot game called: Ticket to the Stars. Erik Gullstrand, leading Chief Product Officer at Quickspin, said: “Our team has combined the futuristic idea of touring the galaxy with the stylish look of vintage Work Projects Administration posters, all accompanied by beautiful audio compositions. It’s an amazing game with lots of exciting features, and we’re confident that the players will love it just as much as we do!”

Quickspin’s Ticket to the Stars

 

 
Kalamba Games’ new title Desert Gem take’s players on a treasure hunt for gold and gems that unlock bonus rounds, free spins and bonus jackpots. Set in a desert landscape, the game offers a treasure trove of exciting in-game features taking players on a quest for hidden gems, additional free spins and wild multipliers. Alex Cohen, chief operating officer and co-founder at Kalamba Games, said: “With volatile game play cloaked in a fun and funky treasure hunt theme, Desert Gem applies many proven engaging in-game mechanics that players have come to expect from Kalamba Games.

 Kalamba Games’ Desert Gem

 

 
PokerStars Casino has launched its latest in-house developed slot game innovation, Victory Tribes, in an industry first which introduces multiple community features to a real-money slot experience. The tribal-themed slot allows players to customize their game by selecting their “tribe” and taking on opponents in the bonus game, “Tournament Battles.” Five times every hour, up to 50 players will battle each other for victory and big prizes.

PokerStars Casino - Victory Tribes slot

 

 
Blueprint Gaming is leading players to experience the power of the gods in the mythical land of Asgard with its latest release, Lightning Strike MegawaysTMThe electrifying gameplay features a variety of symbols inspired by Norse mythology, including the mythical tree of Yggdrasil, which when visible reveals a mystery symbol and increases the chances of winning.

Blueprint Gaming - Lightning Strike Megaways

 

 
We end this week’s releales with another historic release from Play’n GO: Queen’s Day Tilt! Based on the Accession Day Tilts started under the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the game is based around the fun and festivities that took place during the celebration. Play’n GO have again paid particular detail to historical accuracy, providing an extra edge to the game and its design. The game is the first 3×3 grid slot from Play’n G, a modern update of a classic slot game design, allowing for “larger symbols and easier visibility” while increasing the chances of clearing the grid, creating a lot more action for the players.

 Play’n GO: Queen’s Day Tilt!


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Paddy Power Betfair to appeal penalty of €55 million

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Paddy Power Betfair has announced that it will appeal against the tax bill of €55m slapped against its German and Greek businesses.

The first fine of €40m concerns the Betfair Exchange in Germany, which was operational up to November 2012, while the second of €15m relates to the paddypower.com business in Greece.

The Hessen Fiscal Court provided Paddy Power Betfair with a decision relating to the group’s appeal of a 2012 German tax assessment relating to the Betfair Exchange. The Fiscal Court found against the Group and deemed that a tax liability of €40m is payable, including accrued interest.

Paddy Power Betfair says this represents a multiple of the revenues generated by the Exchange during the assessment period. Separately, the group was recently issued with a Greek tax assessment for financial years 2012, 2013 and 2014, relating to paddypower.com’s Greek interim license.

Paddy Power Betfair stated: “The Group strongly disputes the basis of these assessments, and in line with the legal and tax advice we have received, is confident in our grounds to appeal. We therefore intend to do so. Pending the outcome of these appeals, we paid the total Greek liability in January 2019 while we await clarity with respect to the timing of any cash payment in Germany.”


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NBA 2K League partners with Champion athletic apparel

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Ahead of the 2019 NBA 2K League Draft, which is scheduled on March 5 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., the NBA 2K League has signed multiyear partnership with Champion Athleticwear. As per the agreement, the sportswear company will serve as the league’s official outfitter.

Champion will offer the NBA 2K League’s 21 teams game uniforms as well as warmup, travel and practice apparel. In-game avatars will also be outfitted in Champion-branded uniforms. Throughout the season, Champion will provide apparel for marquee events like the NBA 2K League Draft Clash, in-season tournaments and the NBA 2K League Finals. Starting today, fans can purchase NBA 2K League merchandise on Champion.com.

“We are thrilled to have an iconic brand like Champion as our official outfitter,” said NBA 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue. “Champion’s authentic designs and innovative products make them a great partner for the league, and we can’t wait to see our teams compete in their new uniforms this season.”

“The need for esports apparel is quickly evolving and Champion is pleased to be an integral part of this historical opportunity,” said Champion Group President-Global Activewear Jon Ram. “Being the official outfitters for the NBA 2K League is an exciting and pivotal opportunity for Champion to continue our evolution and expansion to outfit teams within the esports and traditional sports communities. Together we can push the boundaries and bring esports to a wider audience.”


Source: European Gaming Media
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