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Kansas University launches first varsity esports team

Dec. 13, 2019 10:25 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Six players signed contracts, wore Jayhawk T-shirts and put on blue KU ballcaps. But they won’t be running onto a basketball court or football field anytime soon. They are the University of Kansas’ first varsity esports team. Some experts have raised warning flags of...

Review: New 'Jumanji' sticks with the formula and just adds

Dec. 11, 2019 12:05 PM EST

The creators of the latest “Jumanji” sequel have begun from an age-old premise — if it ain't broke, don't fix it. And they've taken note of other successful franchises to adopt what must surely be a new Hollywood motto — just add more. So “Jumanji: The Next Level” brings...

This Week: GameStop earns, Fed meeting, retail sales

Dec. 9, 2019 1:10 AM EST

A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week: ROUGH GAME It's been a rough year for GameStop. The video-game retailer slid to a loss in the second quarter versus a year earlier. That followed profit and revenue drops in the previous quarter. Did the trend continue in the...

Video game maker to pay $10 million in gender bias case

Dec. 2, 2019 9:20 PM EST

The maker of popular video game League of Legends has agreed to pay $10 million to female employees to settle a broad gender discrimination case. Los Angeles-based Riot Games will pay about 1,000 current and former female employees who have worked at the company in the last five years. The case against Riot Games...

Esports tournament aims to push students toward STEM

Nov. 24, 2019 9:01 AM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Kirby and Little Mac are locked in a tense final match of Super Smash Bros. Evelyn Adkins, an 8th grader at Bates Middle School, controls Kirby, a bright pink alien shaped like a gumball. Wyatt Booth, a 13-year-old seventh grader at Annapolis Middle, controls Little Mac, a short,...

Muted launch for Google's game-streaming service Stadia

Nov. 20, 2019 5:54 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Google’s new game-streaming service Stadia demonstrates the possibilities of gaming from the cloud, but experts say it’s hindered by a lack of compelling video games and a convoluted pricing scheme. Piers Harding-Rolls, head of games research at IHS Markit, called...

NBA teams enhancing fan experience with high-tech replays

Nov. 15, 2019 11:43 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — NBA fans will soon be able to look up at the big videoboard above the court and get a different look at that deep Trae Young 3-pointer early in the first quarter. Or see a different perspective of that monstrous Giannis Antetokounmpo dunk. In a reversal of roles, NBA teams are bringing the...

League of Legends crowns Chinese team as world champions

Nov. 10, 2019 12:36 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Just like athletes, the champions got a big shiny trophy. Their most ardent fans screamed with delight over their crushing victory, while the vanquished opponents had the bitterness of defeat written all over their young faces. Esports still have some way to go before winning mainstream...

Michigan man turns his video game passion into a business

Nov. 10, 2019 1:06 AM EST

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Michael Guest operates a video game truck called Big Tym Fun. Guest rents out the truck for events across southwest Michigan, the Battle Creek Enquirer reported. He does this on top of working a full-time job, so it takes up most of his free time. There's one overwhelming reason...

Arizona gambling agents raid Northwest Valley internet cafes

Nov. 8, 2019 5:01 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona authorities say they've uncovered two illegal gambling operations in the Northwest Valley. The Arizona Department of Gaming says agents raided internet cafes in strip malls in Surprise and Peoria on Thursday. Agents seized two Dragon video game tables, 24 computers and $5,500 in...