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EU League of Legends fans want more local and smaller esports events to attend as there are ‘too many’ in the US, finds Nottingham Business School survey

Gamers are looking for more chances to connect in-person with each other and their favourite players and developers, according to a new study which questioned players on their event experiences. Specifically, League of Legends (LoL) fans in Europe want more smaller, local esports events to attend, as they felt ‘too many’ of these type of events were currently held in the US. Professor Babak Taheri from the Marketing and Consumer Studies Research Centre at Nottingham Business School (NBS)/Nottingham Trent University surveyed 549 League of Legends spectators on Reddit (764 started the survey but 549 completed it) toward the end of the 2020 Summer…

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Esports fans in the UK warming to cryptocurrency, finds YouGov report

New YouGov research shows purchase intent of cryptocurrency among esports fans in the UK has ‘substantially increased’ in the past 12 months. Esports fans who say they are very likely, likely or somewhat likely to use cryptocurrency in the next year has increased by ten points – equating to a 21% increase (47% in 2021 vs 57% in 2022). The impact is even greater for the general UK population, whose likely use of crypto has increased by close to 64% (from 11% to 18%).  Continue reading Esports fans in the UK warming to cryptocurrency, finds YouGov report

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9 recent reports on UK gaming/esports trends for 2022: Brits less likely to trust gaming influencers, UK’s most searched-for game and streamer revealed, Brits among the most curious about the metaverse & more

There’s been a ton of reports about new trends in UK gaming and esports flooding our inbox over the past month or so – here’s a roundup of 9 recent findings providing new facts and stats about UK gaming and beyond. Brits less likely to trust gaming influencers YouGov’s report into the power of gaming influencers found t hat Brits are less likely to trust gaming influencers compared to gamers in other countries. Continue reading 9 recent reports on UK gaming/esports trends for 2022: Brits less likely to trust gaming influencers, UK’s most searched-for game and streamer revealed, Brits among…

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Riot issued 40,000+ Valorant player bans and 400,000 chat restrictions in January as part of clampdown on toxic behaviour, plans for ‘real-time text moderation and harsher punishments’

Riot Games hit toxic Valorant players with 40,000 bans and 400,000 chat restrictions (or mutes) in January 2022. The publisher also outlined plans for ‘harsher punishments’ and talked about its hopes to roll out real-time text moderation in the game, beyond automatic text detection, in response to toxic player behaviour. Mutes are automatically made when a player types something in chat that Riot detects as abusive, or when enough reports have accumulated over time, from different players in different games, giving Riot data to better understand when a player is abusing comms in text or voice. Continue reading Riot issued…

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Hitmarker survey reveals ‘out of date’ hiring processes in the esports and games industry plus other trends: 84% of applicants would rather answer job-specific questions than submit a cover letter, 40% deem gender-neutral job descriptions to be ‘very important’

Hitmarker, the UK-based esports and gaming job platform, has today announced the findings of its first ever industry report – and Esports News UK has pulled 9 key stats from it. With a focus on candidate preferences when job seeking, Hitmarker says this report will serve as a publicly-available resource on what candidates find value in, what they don’t and how companies in the games industry can use this to improve their own recruitment processes. Continue reading Hitmarker survey reveals ‘out of date’ hiring processes in the esports and games industry plus other trends: 84% of applicants would rather answer…

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UK esports organisation Motif fold after women’s Valorant team report incidents of racism and sexual harassment

Motif Esports, a small UK esports organisation that participated in Valorant and Rocket League, have disbanded after their women’s Valorant team, Violet, suffered alleged abuse within the org. Two of the women, Czech Republic player Rebecca and Scottish player Joanne, shared their experiences in Twitlonger posts here and here respectively. The team have left together and are now known as Karma Valorant. Joanne said: “In my time at Motif, I was sexually harassed by the org founder [Jack ‘JawsYT’]. Continue reading UK esports organisation Motif fold after women’s Valorant team report incidents of racism and sexual harassment

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Almost 70% of UK parents believe esports can play a positive role in school, but only 32% are happy for their child to have a career in it, finds new education survey by Dell and Intel

Parents in the UK are warming to the benefits of esports in general, but aren’t yet convinced of the career possibilities for their children. That’s according to new research from OnePoll, commissioned by Dell Technologies and Intel, which surveyed 1,500 UK parents with children who play esports and 500 financial decision makers in education such as headteachers, CIOs and department heads.  The results show that over two-thirds (69%) of UK parents believe esports allows their children to develop skills that they might not get through traditional education methods. Continue reading Almost 70% of UK parents believe esports can play a…

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Guild Esports makes education move after posting a loss in its first full year of operations, wants to be ‘the largest provider of school-based learning for esports through 2022’

Guild Esports, the UK-based esports organisation linked with David Beckham, has outlined some new education-based plans in a new financial report published this morning. The company generated revenues of £1.9m during its first full financial year (from October 1st 2020 to September 30th 2021), but posted a loss before tax of £8.8m (up from £2.7m made the year prior). Guild’s non-executive chairman Derek Lew said the loss “reflects a major investment in operational infrastructure, esports teams, the Guild Academy, content creation and the development of Guild merchandising”, an investment that he says is “fundamental to Guild’s business model and long-term strategy”….

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Mario Kart 9 in active development, will feature a “new twist” – analyst

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Nintendo is currently developing a new Mario Kart game, according to an industry analyst. Matter of fact, it’s said the House of Mario will tease the game sometime this year. That’s according to Dr. Serkan Toto from consultancy firm Kantan Games which focuses on the Japanese industry. Speaking with, Dr. Toto said that while Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is still selling very well, Mario Kart 9 is in “active development,” and “comes with a new twist.” Considering Mario Kart…

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Sony to launch subscription service that would compete with Xbox Game Pass – report

The service will have three tiers to choose from. Sony is said to be working on a new subscription service that would allow it to better compete with Xbox Game Pass. According to a report from Bloomberg, sources familiar with the project, codenamed Spartacus, state the service would charge a monthly fee for access to both classic and modern titles. It is slated to launch in the spring, and it will combine PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now into one service. Documents shown to Bloomberg indicate Sony plans to keep the PlayStation Plus branding and do away with PlayStation Now. Customers…

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Horizon Forbidden West delayed to early 2022 – report

By Stephany Nunneley 30 July 2021 20:12 GMT Sony is said to be delaying Horizon Forbidden West to early 2022, according to a report from Bloomberg.According to the report, Horizon Forbidden West will miss its proposed holiday 2021 release and instead arrive sometime in early 2022.Watch on YouTubeIf accurate, it wouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering Guerrilla Games wasn’t quite sure if the game would meet a 2021 release. Back in June, PlayStation Studios head Herman Hulst said that while the game was “on track” for release this year around the holidays, “that isn’t quite certain yet.”“For Horizon,…

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How lockdown changed gaming in the UK: 9 key takeaways from Ofcom’s Online National 2021 Report

Ofcom has published its Online National 2021 Report which features a host of data about gaming habits in the UK – and how these changed after the pandemic hit last year. We’ve rounded up 9 stats from the report. 1. Almost two thirds of adults played games last year With people at home for much of the year, online gaming saw a big increase in 2020. Nearly two thirds (62%) of adults, and 92% of 16- to 24-year-olds, said they played games on an electronic device, and over half of all gamers agreed that gaming helped them get through lockdown….

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Shin Megami Tensei 5 coming to Nintendo Switch in November – report

By Dom Peppiatt 6 June 2021 12:27 GMT Shin Megami Tensei 5 release date and gameplay details have leaked, with new information suggesting that the game will be landing on Nintendo Switch later this year.The Japanese website for the Nintendo Switch-exclusive RPG from Atlus apparently listed a November 11 release date for the fifth title in the highly-acclaimed cult franchise, before it was taken down (thanks, PersonaCentral).Shin Megami Tensei 5 was announced back in January 2017, and we’ve heard precious little about the RPG since then. At least we know we’re getting an English translation of the game, though.Watch on YouTubeIf…

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The Last of Us remake for PS5 is reportedly in the works at Sony

By Stephany Nunneley 9 April 2021 17:21 GMT Sony has a remake of The Last of Us in the works for PS5, according to a report. The Bloomberg report states Visual Arts Service Group was working on The Last of Us remake, and that work began around 2018. According to Bloomberg, the project was eventually handed over to Naughty Dog.Watch on YouTubeAccording, to the report, Michael Mumbauer’s group almost made an Uncharted remake instead, but the idea was canned when Sony realized it would be too expensive to make, especially with added design work. Instead, the team started work on…

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New Nintendo Switch model to have a bigger OLED screen – report

By Dom Peppiatt, Thursday, 4 March 2021 11:59 GMT Nintendo is apparently planning to release an upgraded Nintendo Switch console later this year that will include a 720p OLED screen, according to a new report.As per a new article from Bloomberg, Nintendo is planning to launch an upgraded version of the Nintendo Switch later this year that will use Samsung Display tech for its screen.The report suggests that the new Switch model will use a 7-inch 720p rigid OLED panel – an improvement over the current Switch’s 6.2-inch LCD panel – and will go into production in June.For reference, the Switch…