League of Legends is a major force in the esports industry. With more than 100 million players around the world and tournaments held regularly, League represents the new normal for professional gaming. It even sets the esports standard. ESPN is reporting that the Cleveland Cavaliers have grabbed a spot in the North American League of Legends Championship Series (LSC). They join the Golden State Warriors, whose owner Joe Lacob spent $13 million on an LCS franchise last week. The asking price for a new spot in the championship is $10 million. FlyQuest, the team backed by Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Wes Edens, will be shelling that out for a permanent place in LCS next year. It’s also being reported that the Houston Rockets will join the League.
Last week, the New York Yankees acquired a stake in Echo Fox, the eSports franchised owned by NBA alum Rick Fox. The deal forms part of a bigger partnership with Vision eSports, giving the Yankees a stake in an “ecosystem” of eSports properties, including a stats company and a content production outfit. Which is a great example of where esports is heading.
What is League of Legends exactly? And how will these teams make it so successful? League of Legends is easily a video game juggernaut worldwide, with millions of fans devoted to its competitive scene. Prize pools and audience sizes for major League of Legends events seem to grow every season, they are just getting into mainstream sports. … Read the rest
Your bed should be your sleeping sanctuary. Well, relaxation, sleep, and sex are the three things that should take place in your bed. Easier said than done, right? Limiting yourself to these activities in your bed will take a lot of work. Rooms and spaces are vulnerable to energy changes. After all, there are some places that you don’t like to go to and even friends houses that you don’t like to visit. There’s something about them that makes you uncomfortable. There are also people that you would never want to bring into your home. There’s just something about them. Once that energy is in there, it’s hard to get out. And because your bed is your most sacred space, you need to keep it free of bad energy. We have a list of things that you should never bring into bed with you.
An Unclean Dog
I have never been one to allow pets into my bed, but some of you might. If you can’t keep your dog (specifically) out of your bed, you should at least make sure you clean him off after he comes in from a walk. Think of all the things that his feet may have touched – urine, feces, dirt, garbage and who knows what else? Further, you should buy hypoallergenic, antibacterial wipes and keep them by your front door. Wipe off your dog’s paws and unmentionable areas each time he comes inside your house.… Read the rest
It’s extremely difficult to make player death actually scary in games. Why? Well because it doesn’t capture the terror of uncertainty and discontinuity that death provides us in real life. And there’s no way that it can. But there is a game out there that takes the usual coping mechanisms surrounding death and twists it against the player. Which makes ECHO one of the more unsettling games to play. ECHO doesn’t present itself as a Resident Evil styled horror game. Conflict-free dialogue and world-building set the stage for the two main characters – professional gambler En and a sentient, bounty hunting spaceship called London.
ECHO is the debut game from the Copenhagen based developer Ultra Ultra. In the game, you assume the role of En – a woman who has been in hypersleep for over 100 years. At the start of the adventure, she is woken up by London. Fisher was hired to find En after she ran away from home. London believes that Fisher died pursuing her, while she contends that she saved Fisher’s life by using a technological process to “translate” his dying self into a red cube. Themes of guilt, exculpation, and purpose run through the storyline.
For London, the talk of reincarnation is nonsense, a hopeless byproduct of En’s upbringing. Through a careful process of gene-editing, En was cultivated to become a “Resourceful” by a man whom she refers to as her grandfather. resourceful were bred to be hypercompetitive people who vied with each other for a chance to journey to a palace said to be full of wonders, not the least of which is its ability to grant immortality.… Read the rest