Northwood eSports named top U.S. program, player goes pro
MIDLAND, MI-- Northwood University is celebrating a historic milestone as the Timberwolves were honored by the National Association of Collegiate eSports as program of the year. Head Coach Cody Elsen said the team had one of the most dominant years in collegiate eSports history, so the players have earned those honors.mlive.com
Grand Rapids Confluence Festival adds Esports to September 2022 event
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The Confluence Festival, a new festival that launched in 2021, is adding a new event in September. This year organizers have added Esports programming to the festival scheduled for Sept. 23-34 at Studio Park in downtown Grand Rapids. Confluence is a multi-dimensional ideas festival that explores what’s possible when art, music, science and tech converge. “Confluence is a great opportunity to showcase that talent and the positive impact gaming is having on student recruitment and engagement.”The Innovation Showcase will also feature companies that are on the front lines of gaming innovation. More on MLive:Attorney hopes civil rights charges will change how Grand Rapids police interact with Black peopleBusiness owner, retired undersheriff face off in Republican primary for Ottawa County’s 7th DistrictFlight instructor, GRPS retiree battle for Kent County’s 18th District in Republican Primarymlive.com
EMU partners in creating new, all-girls eSports teams in Michigan
YPSILANTI, MI — Eastern Michigan University’s GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology program is joining CODE 313 and PNC Foundation to create two all-girl eSports teams for Detroit high school students. Digital Divas, a series of programs founded at EMU in 2010, encourages girls to explore areas in science, technology, engineering and math — also known as STEM. The partnership between EMU’s program, CODE 313 and PNC Foundation will give students an opportunity to examine STEM through the world of competitive gameplay, officials said. “Partnering with CODE 313 is really exciting,” said Bia Hamed, EMU’s Digital Divas program director. With their involvement in this collaboration, Digital Divas hope to give high school girls the courage and opportunity to study technology through electronic sports, officials said.mlive.com
Therapeutic gaming: Students host tourney to raise money for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital patients
ANN ARBOR, MI - A week-long Esports event hosted by Washtenaw Community College will raise money to buy gaming devices for patients at C.S. A full calendar of streams will be posted the Wolfpack Esports Week #StreamforMott website. Gabanyicz playing video games with Clayton was “therapeutic” and a “miracle,” Clayton’s mother Molly said. His experience playing video games with Clayton inspired him to pursue a career in recreational therapy, he said. For the tournament, all player registrations, as well as one-time donations and sponsorships, may be completed through the Wolfpack Esports Week #StreamforMott website.mlive.com
EMU, Gen. G announce public eSports summer camps lineup
WXYZ — Eastern Michigan University and Gen. G are teaming up for eSports summer camps that are open to students across Michigan. As for the newly announced summer camps, the Super Smash Bros Camp will be hosted in person on Wednesday, July 14 through Friday, July 16 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m at EMU’s Rec/IM Center, located at 500 E Circle Dr. in Ypsilanti. The virtual summer camp takes place from Wednesday, August 4 through Friday, August 6 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Registration is required and costs $40. For a look at all the eSports summer camps on the lineup or to reserve your spot, you can get your game on here.wxyz.com
Cleary University in Howell recruiting for esports team, scholarship money available
HOWELL, Mich. – Cleary University in Howell is recruiting for its esports team. The business school is preparing to break ground on an esports arena in March. Its esports coach, Jarod Ericksen, is recruiting for the first time ever. You have to be a full-time student and have some ability at your esport of choice. There is scholarship money available if you’re good enough.
Bedford starts eSports club at high school
Bedford High School is entering the eSports arena. The school recently announced that it will offer an eSports club this semester, with all practices and competitions taking place virtually throughout the course of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Bedford becomes the third school in Monroe County to offer an eSports club, joining Erie Mason and Jefferson high schools. The Mules will compete in Michigan’s recently created eSports league, the Champions Series, which is connected to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). PlayVS, a platform for high school, youth and college eSports, has partnered with state officials to help govern and run the Champions Series, as well as vet and approve games that will be offered for competition.monroenews.com
University of Michigan launches competitive Esports program
ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan Recreational Sports department has announced the launch of a competitive Esports program. Universities across the country are breaking into the competitive Esports space, with competitions starting this month. Founded by Michigan alumnus Tony Yuan, Arbor Esports has had success with top teams in Rocket League, League of Legends, Counterstrike: Global Offensive, Hearthstone and more. “We made this change because we heard our teams asking for support with travel, coaching, and events," Avi Lessure, Michigan Esports officer, said in a statement. For more information, visit the Michigan Esports website.
Nominate now in 4Frenzy Fall 2020!
Nominate your favorite high school students in the 4Frenzy Fall Fan Choice Awards. Look for new categories, including Esports and 2020 Favorites! Voting starts Oct. 14 and ends Oct. 23. Instagram: @4Frenzy (submit a photo with #4Frenzy)READ BEFORE NOMINATING: You only need to enter a name ONCE and we’ll approve it soon. We would like to thank our sponsors Meijer and Hungry Howie’s for their support!
McLaughlin Wins Virtual IndyCar Race
Scott McLaughlins real IndyCar debut is on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. McLaughlin won IndyCars virtual race from virtual Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama, the second race in the series attempt to create content during the worldwide shutdown of sports. Later, after five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon spun, Daly noted thats the difference between real racing and the virtual product. Johnson, eyeing IndyCar racing once hes completed his NASCAR career, had his best iRace to date with a 12th-place finish. Sage Karam, winner of last weeks IndyCar virtual race, led most of the laps and started from the pole for the second consecutive week.detroit.cbslocal.com
Oakland University becomes first D-1 school to add varsity esports team
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – Oakland University added a brand new varsity sport, or esport, making Oakland the first division one school in the state to do it. Gamers will make up the first esports roster to start competing in three sports in the fall of 2020. It’ll cost the university about $100,000 to set the program up and the idea of potential revenue is intriguing. Watch the video above for the full report.
China's biggest Wall Street IPO in 2019: Streaming video game startup?
So-called eSports have enjoyed a huge growth curve in recent years, with revenues in the billions of dollars. A popular video streaming platform is gearing up for what could be the year's biggest Wall Street debut by a Chinese company. DouYu, a live-streaming platform for gamers backed by Chinese tech giant Tencent, will go public on the Nasdaq on Wednesday at $11.50 per share. That would break the record set in May, when Starbucks rival Luckin Coffee went public, raising about $645 million, according to Refinitiv. Its Wall Street debut comes a week after Budweiser owner Anheuser-Busch InBev canceled a listing of its Asia unit on the Hong Kong stock exchange, which would have eclipsed Uber as the biggest IPO of this year.
How video games became a spectator sport
How video games became a spectator sport Video games are fast becoming the biggest thing in the entertainment world. Correspondent John Blackstone looks into the worldwide explosion of "eSports," the athletes who play them, and the millions of fans who pay to watch them play.cbsnews.com