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Ireland vs Wales live stream: how to watch 2020 Nations League from anywhere

It’s the second of three matches in six days for Stephen Kenny’s side, but fatigue will be the least of the Boys In Green’s concerns going into this match at the Aviva Stadium. Read on for your full guide to getting a Ireland vs Wales live stream – no matter where in the world you are. Ireland vs Wales live stream Sunday’s Nations League Group H clash is set to take place behind closed doors at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin with kick-off set for 2pm IST/BST local time – making it a 9am ET / 6am PT in the US. Full streaming and Nations League TV channel details are below, plus you can take your preferred coverage with you wherever you are – just try ExpressVPN free for 30-days. Ireland must somehow pick themselves up after losing to Slovakia in a penalty shoot-out on Thursday in Bratislava – having had plenty of chances to put the game to bed in regulation minutes. While fielding something of a second string, Wales boss Ryan Giggs will nevertheless be looking for an improvement from his side following their 3-0 humbling in their friendly with England on Thursday.  Kenny is still searching for his first win since succeeding Mick McCarthy as Ireland manager, while his side will be looking to claim revenge for two defeats at the hands of the Welsh in the previous Nations League campaign. Wales lead the Group H with six points from six, following a 1-0 win in their…Continue readingIreland vs Wales live stream: how to watch 2020 Nations League from anywhere

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IBM teams up with Activision Blizzard to manage tech for the Overwatch League

IBM will manage the technology for Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League in a sign that esports is starting to demand the most sophisticated cloud and AI technologies. The idea is to put esports on the road to being a mainstream phenomenon alongside traditional sports. This is the kind of marriage that we can expect to see more of in the future as gaming and entertainment demand high-end technologies from AI to cloud computing. In a multi-year deal, IBM is teaming up with Activision Blizzard, one of the biggest players in the game industry. IBM will provide cloud, Watson AI, and machine learning for the Overwatch League and become a presenting partner of the Overwatch League Grand Finals. IBM will power interactive and analytical content for the league, which is one of the powerhouses of the $950 million esports industry. The IBM sponsorship component kicks off at this year’s 2020 Overwatch League Grand Finals, which started October 8 and run through October 10. With the agreement – IBM’s first-ever esports deal – the technology company becomes the official AI, cloud, and analytics sponsor of the Overwatch League. The deal covers the 2020 Grand Finals and the entirety of the 2021 and 2022 Overwatch League seasons. Above: Overwatch League before the pandemic. Image Credit: Seoul Dynasty Through the course of the deal, IBM and the Overwatch League plan to leverage IBM’s suite of advanced cloud and AI products. Starting in 2021, IBM and the Overwatch League will develop technology leveraging IBM’s expertise in…Continue readingIBM teams up with Activision Blizzard to manage tech for the Overwatch League

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After a rough 2020 season, the Overwatch League aims to end on a high note

This year has been a tumultuous one for the Overwatch League. It wasn’t supposed to be this way: the 2020 season was slated to be a breakout year, a chance to finally realize the ambition of having a truly global league with teams traveling all over the world to compete against one another. That dream was halted due to the ongoing pandemic and the inability for teams and players to travel. To make matters worse, viewership dropped after a shift from Twitch to YouTube, and the rapid rise of Riot’s team-shooter Valorant kicked off an exodus of big-name players, led by 2019 OWL MVP Jay “Sinatraa” Won. At one point, the second-best team in the league dropped its entire roster. But things have steadily been turning around. After shifting to online play, the league eventually adopted a tournament structure, which added some much-needed excitement to the regular season and, later, the playoffs. It seems to have worked: the league says viewership peaked in the playoffs with an average minute audience of 375,000 viewers. Now, OWL is looking to build off of that momentum with its annual championship, the Grand Finals, which kicks off on October 8th. Given the state of the world, the competition will look a bit different than it has in the past, but it’s still one of the biggest esports events of the year. Here’s what you need to know to jump in. What’s different The first big change in 2020 is the structure. For the past…Continue readingAfter a rough 2020 season, the Overwatch League aims to end on a high note

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League of Legends’ virtual K-pop group K/DA is releasing its first album in November

As promised, K/DA — the virtual K-pop group that’s part of the ever-expanding League of Legends universe — has its very first album on the way. Today, developer Riot revealed that the band’s first EP, titled All/Out, will be out on November 6th. K/DA released its first single following a two-year hiatus back in August. If you’re wondering what any of that actually means, here’s a quick explainer: in 2018, the annual League of Legends World Championship opened with a stunning AR concert, which featured a K-pop group made up of both in-game characters and real-world pop stars. It was an intriguing mix that turned into a big hit, and now Riot is bringing the band back in a big way. In addition to the EP, there’s also an ongoing comic series and a TikTok-style dance competition. The band also got a new member through an elaborate reveal involving a virtual influencer. Also of note: the 2020 edition of the World Championship is currently underway in Shanghai, with the finals slated for October 31st at the newly opened Pudong Football Stadium. The event is known for its striking opening ceremonies, which typically revolve around music; the 2018 K-pop event was followed by a holographic hip-hop concert last year. Given all of the recent announcements, it seems likely K/DA will be involved in this year’s event in some way — just in time to promote the album. Source linkContinue readingLeague of Legends’ virtual K-pop group K/DA is releasing its first album in November

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NRL Finals Week 2020: where to watch the Rugby League qualifiers live online

We’ve finally entered the closing stages of the 2020 Telstra NRL Premiership and, as always, there’s been no shortage of sweat, blood and tears. All those battles and the drama has been for a place in the Grand Final, but before that can happen, the top eight teams will need to fight hard through the qualifying rounds. And that begins tonight (Friday, October 2). The road to Grand Final glory kicks off today with the first of four qualifiers this week at 7:50pm AEST, with the Penrith Panthers taking on the Sydney Roosters at Panthers Stadium.  The Panthers have a hard task ahead as defending champs, Roosters, have won back-to-back Premierships and will be looking to redeem their fourth-place drop in the ladder after losing to the Bunnies. The excitement, of course, doesn’t stop there. Saturday has two qualifiers back-to-back – the Raiders from Canberra will be taking on the Cronulla Sharks at 5:30pm AEST on October 3 at GIO Stadium, after which Melbourne Storm and the Parramatta Eels face off from Suncorp Stadium at 7:50pm AEST. The fourth match for the first week of qualifiers will be at 4pm AEST on Sunday, October 4, with South Sydney’s Rabbitohs against the Newcastle Knights at ANZ Stadium. How to watch NRL 2020 Finals Week online The best place to catch all the qualifiers live online would be on Kayo Sports. This streaming service is dedicated to sports and designed to be a die-hard sports fan’s best friend. It’s feature-packed with things…Continue readingNRL Finals Week 2020: where to watch the Rugby League qualifiers live online

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Epic Games is essentially paying you to download Rocket League

Rocket League has now gone free-to-play, and those who download the game from the Epic Games Store before October 23 can earn a $10 / £10 voucher. The voucher can only be used on qualifying games and add-ons priced at $14.99 / £15.99, and expires on November 1, 2020. You literally have nothing to lose, then, other than some hard drive space. The vehicular-based soccer game was snapped up by Epic Games, and is no longer available to purchase on Steam. The game will continue to be fully supported for Steam owners, though, and cross-platform progression support has been enabled, allowing users to link their Epic Games Account across Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and Steam.  Rocket League is currently holding a Llama-Rama event that allows players to unlock rewards for both Rocket League and Epic’s other popular online multiplayer game, Fortnite. A Battle Bus is also coming to Rocket League as a new playable vehicle. Drive of your life Rocket League was extremely well-received when it debuted as a PlayStation Plus title way back in 2015 and continues to be popular with players on all platforms. Now that Rocket League has gone free-to-play, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch owners won’t need either a PS Plus or a Nintendo Switch Online membership to play. Xbox One users will still require Xbox Live Gold, however. The Epic Games Store continues to give away free games each and every week. This week’s title is RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition.  Today’s best rocket…Continue readingEpic Games is essentially paying you to download Rocket League

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Fortnite’s Battle Bus is dropping into ‘Rocket League’

Rocket League is going free-to-play on Wednesday, and Psyonix and Epic Games are marking the occasion with a crossover with the publisher’s other big free-to-play title, Fortnite. Llama-Rama is Rocket League’s first in-game event after the switch, and it’ll drop Fortnite’s famous Battle Bus into the car soccer arena. The event starts on Saturday at 6PM ET and runs until October 12th. You’ll need to complete challenges to unlock llama-themed event items, including a topper, wheels, decal and antenna. Once you’ve earned them all, you’ll snag the Battle Bus as well. Just remember to thank the driver whenever you score a goal with it. Source linkContinue readingFortnite’s Battle Bus is dropping into ‘Rocket League’

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The DeanBeat: The Call of Duty League delivers a throne and a $4.6 million prize pool this weekend

This weekend, the Call of Duty League Championship will take place in a virtual esports tournament, and the winner will take the throne. In this case, it’s an actual throne, designed for the winning team to take home and sit in. The event will cap a grueling season for virtual esports and a big week for the Call of Duty franchise, which announced its new Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War game this week. Four teams will compete for the throne: the Atlanta FaZe, Dallas Empire, Chicago Huntsmen, and London Royal Ravens. The winner will take home $1.5 million, and the total purse is around $4.6 million. For the first time, the league has been organized along a city-based franchise model, like the Overwatch League that preceded it and professional sports franchises. Disrupted by the pandemic, this year’s physical events were canceled and everything moved online in April. I am frankly surprised that, given all of the events that have happened this year, this league is pushing toward a finish line with viewership that shows significant growth. Somehow, in a year full of Warzone and George Floyd and #MeToo, spectators found enough reason to watch a bunch of nerds play video games. When the lockdown happened in March, the league took a pause. Physical esports was the biggest revenue generator for the industry, but it vaporized, hurting everything from ticket sales to merchandise stores. Without crowds to cheer on the esports pros in big stadiums, it looked like online-only…Continue readingThe DeanBeat: The Call of Duty League delivers a throne and a $4.6 million prize pool this weekend

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Spotify is launching an official ‘League of Legends’ podcast

Spotify is making moves to lure more gaming fans to its platform, with the announcement of a new original podcast dedicated to dominant esports game League of Legends. It’s part of a partnership announced on Monday between the music streaming service and League of Legends developer Riot Games, which will run over the next few years and involve a special branded-up hub on Spotify that hosts gaming music playlists, live event audio, and podcast series. Spotify and Riot are actually planning to launch multiple podcasts related to the enormously popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game, with the first a nine-part series of interviews and previous game highlights called Untold Stories: Top Moments from Worlds, leading up to the 2020 League of Legends World Championship which kicks off Sept. 25.  It’s not completely new ground for Spotify, as the official League of Legends soundtrack clocks up over 4.8 million Spotify listeners per month. But it’s now the exclusive audio streaming partner for LoL’s global events, which is extremely lucrative ground to nab extra ears — the 2019 World Championship saw , including a peak of 44 million concurrent viewers. But it’s not just about the games themselves; over the five weeks, fans consumed more than 1 billion hours of content. It’s also a smart move from the music streaming platform which has been going hard on its successful podcast strategy within the last year, championing original content and launching its own podcast charts. In 2019, Spotify with the Obamas’ production…Continue readingSpotify is launching an official ‘League of Legends’ podcast

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Spotify is launching an exclusive League of Legends esports podcast

Spotify keeps adding to its exclusive podcast arsenal, and today, it’s getting into the esports space. The company announced a multiyear partnership with Riot Games that’ll make Spotify the hub for all League of Legends audio content, including exclusive podcast series. At least one show will launch this year, called Untold Stories: Top Moments from Worlds, a nine-episode series that’ll lead up to the 10th League of Legends championship this fall. Listeners will hear about the players and top anthem through game highlights, interviews, and game sound effects. Two music playlists, including the existing, “This is League of Legends,” will be updated regularly, too. Spotify’s also planning to dedicate a day to the Worlds Anthem, a song Riot releases every year to kick off its annual championship competition, to give listeners a behind-the-scenes look at how the music was made. The partnership might seem somewhat unlikely, but it makes sense given how popular League of Legends’ music appears to be. The game’s YouTube channel has a playlist dedicated to music videos from the game, and more than 21 million people have watched. The game is also an official user on Spotify with its top track counting more than 154 million listens. Spotify clearly sees an opportunity here to beef up its marketing and lure gamers onto the platform. Once they’re there, it can start marketing other audio content, possibly other game-related podcasts, and eventually encourage them to make Spotify their go-to music and audio player. An esports podcast is also…Continue readingSpotify is launching an exclusive League of Legends esports podcast