We want to make a small correction to one of our lead stories from Monday. We wrote that the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) had created esports scholarships. It is actually the ESA Foundation, the charitable arm of the organization, that created the scholarships. We apologize to the ESA and the ESA Foundation for our mixup.
ELEAGUE Super Punch powered by Twitch has been announced by Turner Sports. This late night, community driven, live show will bring to life the week’s biggest moments in and around gaming and esports. Hosted by Twitch streamers and gaming personalities Ify Nwadiwe, Kelly Nugent, J.D. Witherspoon, and Alex Corea, Super Punch will offer a fast-paced and dynamic take on the late night talk show format with real time engagement built into the live show. The full press release can be found here.
Remember that settlement that Riot Games paid for their gender discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit? Well, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) explains that the employees could potentially deserve over $400 million, according to Sam Dean at the Los Angeles Times. The case will be decided on Feb 3rd when the judge makes a ruling on the proposal.
Remember when esports used to have issues paying their players? Wait…what? That is still happening all the time? But, only by small time, shady orgs right? No? EVO!? The winner of the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament at EVO Japan will receive (drum-roll please)…a controller. Cale Michael with Dot Esports has the full story.
Epic Games and PlayVS have partnered to bring an official Fortnite circuit to high school and college players. This is a huge step forward for high school esports, and it will all culminate in a national championship. Paul Tassi at Forbes has all of the details.