articles by Anand Krishnaswamy

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Chess as an eSport? Theories and trends suggest there's a case to be made

Given the nature of how chess tournaments are now possible to hold in an online format with the use of an ‘electronic system,’ it is, in essence, no different from an eSport. The chess tournaments held in an offline format could be considered the same as a LAN event type of tournament for other eSports.

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PUBG Corporation severing ties with Tencent may set a trend of gaming companies stepping out of Chinese shadow

If the decision by Krafton Game Union does allow PUBG to make a comeback into the Indian mobile gaming industry, the number of games having ties to Chinese organisations may see a drop. This may spell worry for Chinese firms such as Tencent if, following this decision, PUBG does really make a comeback into India.

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No end to Ubisoft's woes as new game draws flak over racist overtones

If Ubisoft are unable to salvage their reputation and make drastic changes to the way they function, the firm may even be subjected to boycotts by gamers.

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No flattening of Dota 2’s growth curve as 'TI10’ poised to break eSports prize money record

Dota 2's The International has grown each year since its inception in 2011, and this year, we are seeing a per day average of over $355,000. This is an increase of over $58,000 each day. The prize pool this year looks set to cross $45 million.

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Epic Games' war on Apple, Google may ease entry of new players in gaming industry

The war on Apple and Google, if won by Epic Games, may remove a lot of barriers for new players, leading to greater innovation and growth in the industry.

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Cheat codes, fixing, friendly software, how unfair practices operate in eSports

In the world of eSports, players are always attempting to find new and creative ways to give themselves an advantage. Here's a lowdown on the most common unfair practices prevalent in the eSports universe.

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Coaching, commentary, analysis and more, gamers' post-retirement careers make for happy ending

Should a professional gamer work hard for a slim chance at success and retire by the age of 30? Are they really left with no prospects or future to speak of once they retire?

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Esports: Why spending big on high-end gear could spell the difference between success and failure for gamers

Gamers have the mindset of professional athletes, and investing in high-end versions of equipment such as the monitor, keyboard, controllers and even furniture can make a difference as far as their performance is concerned.

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Is online gaming for couch potatoes? Old-fashioned grind fuels million-dollar babies

So for all those, who assume gaming and Esports is about sitting on a chair all day and having fun on the computer, think again. The grind is hard, but the rewards are great. Just like any other sport.

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Easy, affordable, and varied: How no-frills mobile gaming industry thrives in India

The number of mobile gamers in the country will reach 368 million by 2022 from 269 million in 2019.

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Physical stress to phishing: Real challenges of virtual gaming and how to counter them

The rapidly-growing Esports industry has its own issues that manifest in the form of various risks associated with online gaming. Here's a look at some with their possible remedies.

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MeToo movement brewing in eSports industry as scores of women allege exploitation

Over the last few days, the world of gaming and esports has been shaken as many women have come forward with allegations ranging from unwanted flirting to blatant sexual abuse within the industry.

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As growth mounts, Esports sits on cusp of Artificial Intelligence-powered revolution

As in the world of professional chess, AI can be used for both analytics as well as practice by professionals in Esports.

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Direct showdowns, merging geographies and level playing field, what makes Esports unique

During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we have seen a slowdown or halting of all sporting events, however, Esports has continued to have events take place over online platforms.

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Esports: Valve Corporation creates most comprehensive Battle Pass to date for postponed ‘TI10’

Valve Corporation has shown its commitment to the community and the tournament by releasing what is easily the most rewarding Battle Pass to date.

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Free GTAV download crashes Epic Games' online store; 2K gives golf another shot after teaming up with PGA Tour

Epic Games, a well-known game developer, based out of South Carolina in the United States, has for some time being giving away a free game every week for sometime on its online store.

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One of the world’s richest esports, The International 10 postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19 crisis

The International 10, referred to as TI10, has been postponed indefinitely. The 2020 edition of the event, which attracts huge audiences, was to mark its 10th anniversary at the Ericsson Globe, Stockholm, Sweden in August this year.