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US Teen Wins $3M at Fortnite World Cup

'This is life-changing for him,' says mom of Kyle Giersdorf

(Newser) - Pennsylvania 16-year-old Kyle Giersdorf plays 8 to 10 hours of Fortnite a day, but his parents aren't complaining: Giersdorf, better known as "Bugha," won a record-breaking $3 million Sunday at the inaugural Fortnite World Cup at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, USA Today reports. The contest... More »

Ohio Girls Achieve a Big First in Esports

J Collins launches first-ever varsity esports program at an all-girls school

(Newser) - As a liaison at the US Department of Education, J Collins watched as colleges by the dozen rolled out varsity esports programs, complete with scholarships, coaches, and even some arenas. Collins had a gnawing concern: Gaming was beginning to have an impact on education, and at least anecdotally, the benefits... More »

Coming Soon: Nation's First Esports Arena

$50M arena to be built in Philadelphia

(Newser) - The US has a lot of sports arenas, and now it's about to get its first esports arena. Comcast Spectator is building the nation's first video gaming arena in Philadelphia, Philly.com reports. The arena will be home to the Comcast-owned Philadelphia Fusion , a professional esports franchise competing... More »

IOC Opens Door to E-Sports in Olympics

'The players involved prepare and train with an intensity which may be comparable to athletes'

(Newser) - The International Olympic Committee has taken the first step toward allowing competitive video game playing into the Olympics, NBC Sports reports. According to Reuters , the IOC released a statement Saturday after meeting in Switzerland stating that e-sports "could be considered as a sporting activity, and the players involved prepare... More »

Hacker Tries, Fails to Extort $100K From E-Sports Site

Information for 1.5M Esports Entertainment Association users leaked

(Newser) - A hacker has released the information of more than 1.5 million e-sports players and fans following a failed extortion attempt, Mashable reports. According to PC Gamer , the Esports Entertainment Association was hacked sometime over Christmas. The hacker then threatened to release users' information unless ESEA paid them $100,000.... More »

Video Game Star Gets 'Pro Athlete' Visa

Danny 'Shiphtur' Le crosses over

(Newser) - If you're looking for a sign that e-sports have arrived, look no further than Danny "Shiphtur" Le. The Canadian League of Legends star has just become the first professional video game player ever awarded a P-1A visa, a visa normally reserved for the likes of David Beckham or... More »

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