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Intel Inspires giving $150,000 in scholarships to fuel esports careers

Published: 27/Aug/2020 20:30

by Alan Bernal

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Intel and AVGL, BOOM.tv’s collegiate gaming event platform, are working together to award over $150,000 in scholarships to budding talent with Intel Inspires, as a part of a larger esports discovery initiative.

The showcase will start on August 28 and aims to bridge the gap between talented young recruits with colleges, universities, and esports orgs. Players from every skill level can strut their abilities in Rocket League, League of Legends, and Fortnite, or as an entertainment in the Streamer Showdown.

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“We’re able to create opportunities for aspiring competitive gamers to be discovered and rewarded for their skills and attributes by colleges and universities around the country” General manager of Intel’s Gaming & Esports Segment, Marcus Kennedy said. “Intel has been dedicated to supporting gamers and esports for over fifteen years, and there’s no better way to do that than igniting the esports careers of tomorrow.”

The partnership is identifying the “industry’s discovery problem” by giving US residents, 13 years and older, a chance to be noticed by institutions who can further their career goals.

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The top 100 players from every game title will be invited to a “combine-like” showcase that will have its hundreds of event partners there to “identify talent and extend try-out invitations with the hopes of pairing qualified, regionally-available players with local programs.”

It’s here at the combine where people will be invited to apply for the $150,000 in scholarships, where entrants will have to enter a two-minute video essay explaining individual academic qualifications and career pursuits.

While anyone can compete in Intel Inspires, only high school juniors, seniors, and freshman college students will “will be invited to final Invitational” to claim the scholarships.

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While there might not be a trophy, aspiring esports players will have the chance to get noticed by orgs at the Intel Inspires event.

There will be two types of scholarships: “Honorary” for individuals, and “Recruitment Confirmed” for students who have been recruited through Intel Inspires events. It’ll be a chance for anyone to attend to potentially walk away with some prospects.

For more information, aspiring-esports players should go to AVGL.org/intel-inspires to register and put their name in contention to be the next big star in the industry.

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EA removes FIFA 21 ad selling loot boxes to children after backlash

Published: 1/Oct/2020 5:30 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 5:47

by Bill Cooney

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September 30 update (9:30pm PT): EA has pulled the advertisement from all toy magazines, including the one shown in Smyths, promoting buying FIFA points in the lead-up to FIFA 21.

They have also apologized for not upholding their “responsibility we take for the experience of our younger players.”

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“We take very seriously the responsibilities we have when marketing EA games and experiences in channels seen by children,” they told Eurogamer in a statement.

Earlier: EA is under fire after users on the internet posted pictures of advertisements for FIFA 21 in-game purchases placed inside a children’s toy magazine.

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It’s that time of year again, the air is getting cooler, the holidays are fast approaching, and there’s a new FIFA game about to come out on October 6.

In the year 2020 it’s not strange at all to see ads for video games amongst other kinds of toys in your usual holiday catalogs (if you don’t already do all your shopping online). However ads for in-game transactions and not the games themselves are becoming more and more common, and people don’t seem to be too thrilled with the idea.

On Sept. 26 A Twitter account by the name of AllFifamistakes posted a picture from one of the latest in-store magazines for UK company Smyths Toys. The ad, for FIFA’s popular Ultimate Team mode, lists four steps for players to play FUT, with the second being “use FIFA points to open packs.”

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As any good FUT player knows, FIFA Points are the digital currency that is used specifically for that mode to unlock player packs, which are basically random loot boxes containing player cards and other upgrades.

Enough arguments have been made for and against loot boxes being a form of gambling than we could list in a series of articles, but they are one of the most unpopular features in modern-day gaming, and seen as a way for companies to keep cashing in on consumers after the fork out the sticker price just to play the game.

The fact that it’s in a toy magazine where a kid will most likely see it and bother his or her parent about buying them FIFA Points for some player packs is what seems to have ticked most people off, with some accusing EA of promoting gambling to their younger fans. However, this isn’t even the first FIFA game to employ such marketing tactics.

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As you can see above, EA SPORTS has been advertising using FIFA Points to open packs as part of their “four steps to FUT success” for at least a year now, with the exact same wording appearing on adverts for FIFA 20 back around holiday season 2019.

Like gambling itself, it doesn’t seem as though loot boxes will be going away any time soon no matter how unpopular they may be, but people obviously aren’t too fond of ads for them being waved under kids’ noses.

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