Fortnite World Cup: the $30m tournament shows esports’ future is already here

The question is not whether esports is the future of sports entertainment, but whether theres any possible scenario where its not Nearly all established sports are going through some degree of hand-wringing over attracting younger fans as their older core ages out. The death of monoculture and explosion of entertainment options, many accessible without leaving ones bedroom, have seen attendance drops across the board. MLB and NFL teams have fallen over themselves installing the addition of skateboarding, surfing and three-on-three basketball to next years Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The demographic theyre so thirsty for could be found in droves over the weekend at New Yorks Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, where three days of sold-out crowds turned out for …

My secret shame: I am (still) addicted to Pokmon Go

Dominic Rushe has caught over 11,000 Pokmon, walked 1,841km in Pok-land, and doesnt plan to stop anytime soon A thunderstorm is rolling towards Chicagos Grant Park. The thousands of people gathered for the citys third annual mon Go Fest, already sodden after a day of drizzle and rain, are now being told to evacuate for fear of lightning strikes. But I need to take a snapshot of a Bulbasaur, Pokmon Go is an augmented reality game where players, armed with their phones, collect Pokmon in the real world. The cute little creatures pop up on a map of your surroundings as you explore on foot, and you just have to catch them. At Pokstops dotted around the world, you spin …

Gotta catch ’em all over again: the return of Pokmania

It made adults walk into lamp posts and kids throw sickies: now Pokmon fever is back. Whats the appeal? When it was released in 1996, Pokmon made zealots of children. Desperate to catch em all (as the slogan goes), they would Pokflu apparently), steal and bankrupt their parents. Exasperated schools moral panic. In November 1999, as the phenomenon reached its climax, Pokmon graced the cover of highest grossing media franchise of all time. Now, with the release of Detective Pikachu, starring Ryan Reynolds, this month, the franchise gets its first ever live-action film. Not only is it expected to be a early reactions indicate it is cleverly positioned to appeal to both die-hard fans and those who dont know their …

Apple event: 10 things you may have missed

Heres what Tim Cook didnt reveal, from Apple Card details to the Arcade game service Apple is throwing money at its bank Its US-only (for now?) but Apple is pushing its new credit card hard. The company is offering 2% cashback, paid daily, on any purchase made with the card using Apple Pay, and 3% on any purchase made with Apple itself, including the App Store and Apple Music. For purchases made in stores and online that dont take Apple Pay, of which there are a lot, the rate is lower, at 1%. But those figures show how much Apple is willing to pay to make its card a success. For comparison, the best cashback card in the US, reports …