Motherboard: US Army Reinstates Twitch Commenters It Banned for Asking About War Crimes

Motherboard: US Army Reinstates Twitch Commenters It Banned for Asking About War Crimes. “After a pause from streaming, the U.S. Army esports team is returning to Twitch and reinstating accounts it had previously banned. ‘The U.S. Army eSports Team is reinstating access for accounts previously banned for harassing and degrading behavior on its Twitch stream,’ the Army told Motherboard in an email.”

CNN: Twitch is aiming to build an esports league specifically for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

CNN: Twitch is aiming to build an esports league specifically for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. “Streaming giant Twitch is partnering with Cxmmunity — an Atlanta-based non-profit focused on increasing minority participation in esports and the gaming industry — to offer the first-ever esports leagues geared specifically for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).”

Kotaku: Amid Backlash, U.S. Army Retreats From Twitch

Kotaku: Amid Backlash, U.S. Army Retreats From Twitch. “The U.S. Army has dealt with sustained backlash over the past few weeks against its recruitment-oriented Twitch channel, which has banned viewers for asking about war crimes and hosted supposed giveaways that just dumped people out onto a recruitment page (which the Army has since claimed did enter viewers into a competition through other means, but which Twitch nonetheless forced it to stop running). Now, in response to this, it looks like the Army is putting a halt to all Twitch activity—at least, for the time being.”

Vice: The U.S. Army Twitch Channel Is Banning People for Asking About War Crimes

Vice: The U.S. Army Twitch Channel Is Banning People for Asking About War Crimes. “The American military is getting big into esports. The U.S. Army has launched its own Twitch channel where members of its team stream Call of Duty: Warzone and interact with users on the site. The channel has videos going back two months, but things got spicy in the chat on Wednesday night when viewers started asking questions about U.S. war crimes.”

More Than A Game: The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Turned Esports Into An Economy Of Its Own (Techdirt)

Techdirt: More Than A Game: The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Turned Esports Into An Economy Of Its Own. “One of the dangers when we talk about esports and its rapid growth, particularly during this pandemic, is that those not in the know can see this as hobbyists touting their own hobby. It’s understandable to some degree, what with this industry being both in its infancy stage and growing exponentially in speed. Still, while we’ve had several posts lately focusing on how esports is happily filling the void of traditional live sports during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is worth remembering that this isn’t just a hobby any longer. It’s an economy in and of itself.”

WEC News: Virtual Le Mans 24 in association with Motorsport Games announced (Autosport)

Autosport: WEC News: Virtual Le Mans 24 in association with Motorsport Games announced. “Organised by the FIA World Endurance Championship, Le Mans organisers the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and Motorsport Games, the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual will feature a 50-car entry consisting of LMP2 and GTE machinery, with four-driver teams made up of a mix of professional drivers and Esports racers.”

The Verge: Formula E launches a virtual racing season, joining NASCAR, F1, IndyCar

The Verge: Formula E launches a virtual racing season, joining NASCAR, F1, IndyCar. “All-electric racing series Formula E is launching a nine-week sim racing competition after having to put its sixth season on pause due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The series joins the likes of NASCAR, Formula One, and IndyCar, all of which are already leaning on the robust software and community of online sim racing to keep fans and drivers entertained and occupied in the absence of real-world racing.”

Engadget: Facebook’s new tool lets gamers plan their own esports tournaments

Engadget: Facebook’s new tool lets gamers plan their own esports tournaments. “Today, Facebook Gaming is launching Tournaments, a new feature that lets users create, join or follow virtual game tournaments. The tool offers everything from registration to seeding, bracket management and score entry. You can host single elimination, double elimination or round robin tournaments, and best of all, it’s open to anyone.”

CBS Sports: NBA 2K Players Tournament bracket: How to watch online, live stream, TV channel, start times, dates, results

CBS Sports: NBA 2K Players Tournament bracket: How to watch online, live stream, TV channel, start times, dates, results. “The tournament will be played on the Xbox One console and the winner will be crowned the ultimate NBA 2K20 champion and receive a $100,000 charity donation in their name to support coronavirus relief efforts. The seeding is determined by the player’s 2K rating and tenure. The first slate of games tipped off Friday night with No. 1 overall seed Kevin Durant losing to 16-seeded Derrick Jones Jr., while third-seed Hassan Whiteside lost to No. 14 Patrick Beverley.”

During The Outbreak: All Sports Are eSports Now (Techdirt)

Techdirt: During The Outbreak: All Sports Are eSports Now. “Professional and college sports have basically taken an unwanted holiday, shutting down in an effort to partake in killing this virus off. It’s been strange for fans like me, who wake up on Saturdays and have to find legit ways to watch sporting events that took place years and years ago as a substitute for live broadcasts. And if you think there aren’t a great many people who are starved for live sporting content, you need only look to what is going on in the autoracing world, where it’s basically all become eSports now.”

Dot eSports: How to find live esports and gaming content on Twitch, Facebook, YouTube, and Mixer

Dot eSports: How to find live esports and gaming content on Twitch, Facebook, YouTube, and Mixer. “The common approach to finding live esports and gaming-related content on the internet has shifted dramatically since 2017. This shift essentially gave the power of choice back to the people, something that didn’t really exist before since Twitch basically had no competition until recently.”

Neowin: YouTube partners with Activision Blizzard to stream e-sports events

Neowin: YouTube partners with Activision Blizzard to stream e-sports events. “In 2019, the war for the live streaming market seemed to intensify significantly, with multiple platforms trying to sign exclusive deals with popular streamers in order to bring in more viewers. At the end of the year, though, while rivals have started to carve out their own space in the market, Amazon’s Twitch was still the dominant force in the market. But Google isn’t about to let that market slip away, and today, it announced a new partnership with Activision Blizzard that entails a couple of things.”