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DeepMind’s AlphaStar AI Hits Top StarCraft II Rank, Findings Published in Nature | The Esports Observer

AlphaStar has become the first AI system to reach StarCraft II’s top Grandmaster rank without any game restrictions. The feat was detailed in a paper published in the peer-reviewed science journal, Nature. AlphaStar was created by DeepMind Technologies, currently owned by Google parent Alphabet Inc.  On Oct. 30, artificial intelligence researchers DeepMind Technologies announced that […]


Overwatch 2, Hearthstone Battlegrounds Announced at BlizzCon 2019 | The Esports Observer

Overwatch 2 will add new maps and heroes alongside a fresh game mode. Hearthstone’s Battlegrounds mode is Blizzard’s take on the auto-battler genre popularized by Auto Chess. New expansions for Hearthstone and World of Warcraft are also coming, alongside action role-playing game Diablo 4. Blizzard Entertainment began its annual BlizzCon convention today with an opening […]


Competitors, Influencers Express Concerns with Crowdfunding for WoW Esports Events at Blizzcon | The Esports Observer

Kelvin “Snutz” Nguyen said that Blizzard used deceptive language in its crowdfunding efforts for World of Warcraft esports.  Blizzard confirmed to competitors that it was not contributing $500K USD to the Arena World Championship and Mythic Dungeon Invitational prize pool. The news came following successful sales of in-game cosmetics meant to crowdfund the prize pools. […]


Esports Tournament Company Mainline Secures $6.8M in Series A Funding Round | The Esports Observer

U.S. esports tournament software and management company Mainline raised $6.8M USD in a Series A funding round led by Work America Capital. The company plans to use the investment proceeds to improve its product, increase marketing, as well as talent and customer acquisition. Mainline’s current customers include ESPN’s Collegiate Esports Championship, as well as major […]