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Everything Esports - League of Legends turns 10, New Esports Comedy on CBS, Axe Enters Esports, and more

Everything Esports: your esports news from the past week. League of Legends turns 10 years old, Esports Comedy Scores Put Pilot Order at CBS, Axe sponsors League of Legends esports in multi-year deal, Player Wellness Campaign Promotes Healthy Living For Esports Teams, and more.

League of Legends is now 10 years old

"I think when we look at which esports people need to pay attention to, not every game title is created equally and you need to look at games with a sustainable ecosystem," he told CNBC in a telephone interview last week. "I think what you have with League is an audience and a player base that is both casual and into the competitive side of esports."


Esports Comedy Scores Put Pilot Order at CBS

The untitled single-camera series follows a recently retired pro basketball star who attempts to reconnect with his estranged son by buying an eSports franchise. Dan Kopelman will write and executive produce. Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor of Kapital Entertainment will also executive produce along with Rick Fox. Warner Bros. Television, where Kopelman is under an overall deal, will serve as the studio.


Axe sponsors League of Legends esports in multi-year deal

The multi-year sponsorship will see Axe named as the official men’s grooming partner of League of Legends’ global events: Mid-Season InvitationalWorld Championship, and All-Star Event.


Player Wellness Campaign Promotes Healthy Living For Esports Teams

The Player Wellness Campaign is designed to inform its gamers on better mental and physical health practices and to educate them on financial responsibility. With help from LA Fitness – an international gym chain – and Simple Habit – a wellness mobile app – Gen.G players will be receiving the same treatment akin to other professional sports leagues. 


Blizzard bans a college esports team for holding a "Free Hong Kong, Boycott Blizz" sign

Video game company Activision Blizzard suspended three American University esports players for six months after they held up a "Free Hong Kong, boycott Blizz" sign during their championship match last week.

They now cannot compete in official or third-party Blizzard events.

The three students were acting in solidarity with a Hong Kong player, Ng "blitzchung" Wai Chung, who was banned for six months by Blizzard and disqualified from the "Hearthstone" Grandmasters tournament last week after he shouted a pro-Hong Kong slogan. The company was met with outrage from gamers and calls for boycotts.


LoL Esports Manager: The new League of Legends sports-simulator

LoL Esports Manager is Riot’s first experiment in the sports-manager genre of games, which is primarily dominated by the likes of Sports Interactive’s Football Manager, a game that has a new installment drop year after year that people sink hundreds of hours into. Effectively, the player gets to act as manager of a professional football club without controlling the actual in-game action.

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