Esports: A new era of professional sports

By Jourdan Kerl Medill Newsmakers Professional video gaming, formally known as esports, is transforming ordinary people who play games into professional paid athletes through leagues like the NBA 2K League and Madden Championship Series. In this edition of Medill Newsmakers, we take an in-depth look at one of the fastest growing sports that is sweeping […]

When girls go gaming, the trolls soon follow

Actual Xbox Live messages received by a female gamer

By Yifan Wu Ellen “DreamCrazzy” Elizabeth learned a lesson early in her life: Boys can be sore losers. The professional “Call of Duty” player preferred a controller to a Barbie Doll at 3, after watching her 11-year-old brother, Chris, drive a “Mario Kart” on a Super Nintendo. Their living room, in Waukegan, Illinois, heated up […]

Wildcat gamers ask for a little respect — and club status

By Yushun Wang Getting video games recognized as a Northwestern “club sport” might be harder than reaching the Challenger tier in League of Legends. Last week James Yoon, the president of Northwestern University’s eSports group, met with the athletics department to see about upgrading from a “registered student organization” to this next level.