The 2014 Hearthstone Championship Trophy Is An Egg

Hearthstone is a game of ups and downs, where anything can happen at the drop of a card. That sentiment is even more true at competition level. This past weekend, China's Blizzard operator, NetEase, held the quarterfinals to their new Gold League e-sports event, and the HearthStone competition was fierce. » 1/19/15 7:00am 1/19/15 7:00am

The Many Ways You Can Pay To Be “Good” At A Game

How badly do you want to win? Enough that you'd pay to strap on a gaming headset that shocks your brain? Maybe that sounds insane, but then again, many of the things people do to gain an edge in multiplayer games are ridiculous. » 7/01/13 6:00pm 7/01/13 6:00pm

Let's Make Our Own Olympics and Not Invite All the Jocks

With the world's eyes on the 2012 Summer Olympics, commenter GiantBoyDetective, awash in newly-discovered marital bliss, takes a moment out of his busy husbandry to ponder the perfect video game Olympics in today's Speak Up on Kotaku. » 8/01/12 5:30pm 8/01/12 5:30pm

I Bought Facebook Credits This Weekend, and I am (Mostly) Not Ashamed

Until yesterday I prided myself on the fact that I never spent a single cent on Facebook's fake game money. Now that pride is gone, but the cause was just: I used real money to kick someone's ass. » 6/25/12 8:30am 6/25/12 8:30am

Fighting Gamers Tell Their Stories of Loss And Redemption

Competitive gamers play to win — it goes without saying, really. The desire to come out on top is what motivates almost every conflict, especially among professional and competitive fighting gamers. » 4/09/12 8:30pm 4/09/12 8:30pm

Studies Linking Game Violence with Real-World Aggression May All Be…

Studies in the past have found that winning competitions can make you mean, and we've all seen the stereotype of the angry gamer yelling at his console. But the latest research on the psychological effects of video games finds that, contrary to popular opinion, what really makes gamers tick is their ability to… » 4/09/12 11:30am 4/09/12 11:30am

America's PremierPokémon-Playing Family Enter the Guinness Book of…

Meet the Arnold family of Frankfort, Illinois, a five-person powerhouse of pure Pokémon battling power. This championship winning team stars in the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2012 as the Largest Competitive Pokémon Video Game Family. » 1/03/12 1:00pm 1/03/12 1:00pm

It's Video Game Competition, Not Violence, That Sparks Aggression

Do violent video games cause aggressive behavior? According to a recent report published in the journal Psychology of Violence, the competitive aspect of gaming is more likely to generate aggro than mere violence. All this from a bunch of university students, some video games, and some hot sauce. Science is an amazing… » 8/30/11 1:20pm 8/30/11 1:20pm

Are You Ready For The 2011 Pokémon Video Game Championship?

You've had plenty of time to play with the two new versions of Pokémon; now it's time to get serious. The 2011 Pokémon Video Game Championship series kicks off next month, with fans across the U.S. and Europe gathering to prove they have what it takes to be the very best in Pokémon Black and White. » 4/19/11 11:40am 4/19/11 11:40am

When Multiplayer Betas Are Better Than The Real Game

Is commenter Cursed Frogurt alone when he says he enjoys multiplayer betas for games like Halo: Reach and Gears of War 3 better than full retail multiplayer? That's the subject we're testing out in today's Speak-Up on Kotaku. » 3/17/11 11:20am 3/17/11 11:20am

Microsoft's Kodu Cup Contest Rewards Underage Game Developers

Today Microsoft fully launches its kid-friendly PC game development tool Kodu Game Lab, along with a contest that could win your child $5,00 cash, a new laptop, and a trip for two to New York's Imagine Cup. » 3/16/11 11:40am 3/16/11 11:40am

League Of Legends Kicks Off Season One Next Week

Oh it's on. After several months' worth of pre-season play, Riot Games is ready to kick things into high gear with next week's launch of League of Legends' first official competition season, complete with ladders, ranked games, and draft mode. » 7/06/10 5:20pm 7/06/10 5:20pm

Nintendo Holds The First Wii Olympics

Are you the best Wii gamer in the country? Nintendo gives you a chance to prove your mettle in the first-ever Wii Games: Summer 2010, and it all starts in the cradle of civilization: New Jersey. » 6/29/10 11:40am 6/29/10 11:40am

How to Use Psychological Warfare To Win at Video Games

As any seasoned professional can tell you, winning at video games starts way before you take controller in hand. GamesRadar has posted some key strategies for defeating your opponent using man's greatest weapon - the power of the mind. » 3/08/10 12:30pm 3/08/10 12:30pm

Hungary Prevails in Dragon Age 24-Hour Contest

Hungary made goulash out of a 10-team field in BioWare's 24-hour competition called Dragon Age: Origins Wardens' Quest, netting each team member a cool $12,500. » 10/31/09 1:00pm 10/31/09 1:00pm

BioWare Hosts 24 Hour International Dragon Age Competition

BioWare has gathered 10 teams from across the globe to compete in the Dragon Age: Origins Warden's Quest, a 24 hour competition to determine which players are worthy of $12,500. » 10/26/09 12:20pm 10/26/09 12:20pm