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Hundreds of eSports Athletes Descend on Dallas This Weekend

Competitive gamers are vying for $200,000 in Call of Duty World League tournament

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    Hundreds of eSports Athletes Descend on Dallas This Weekend

    This weekend, hundreds of professional and amateur gamers from around the world will descend on the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. (Published Friday, Dec. 8, 2017)

    Here is proof all that time your kid spends playing video games may not be a waste: There is real money to be made in the world of competitive gaming.

    This weekend, hundreds of professional and amateur gamers from around the world will descend on the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas for the opening event of the 2018 Call of Duty World League.

    800 players on 200 teams will compete for $200,000 in total prize pool money this weekend. That bounty is part of a total $4.2 million up for grabs during the entire season – a record for Call of Duty gaming

    Call of Duty is a wildly popular first-person shooter video game franchise. Activision, the video game publisher that distributes Call of Duty, told investors that as of last February the Call of Duty franchise had sold more than 250 million copies and generated sales of more than $15 billion.

    Domino's Pizza Launches Outdoor Delivery

    [DFW] Domino's Pizza Launches Outdoor Delivery

    Domino's Pizza is tweaking its home delivery service for those times you're not at home.
    After years of delivery right to your doorstep, Domino's drivers will now deliver to outdoor locations.
    That includes beaches, parks, landmarks, and other outdoor locations across the country.
    Domino's says its drivers will deliver to 150-thousand locations from the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, to the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign.
    The locations are now active and show up in the company's app or website as "Domino's Hotspots."
    Customers pre-pay for their orders, select a location, and your pizza is on the way.
    Previously, Domino's delivered to offbeat locations, but, the new service sets up designated drop off points.
    The service was tested last fall in Miami before being rolled out nationwide.

    (Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

    This weekend’s event is hosted by Major League Gaming, the country’s premier eSports organization.

    eSports – short for electronic sports – is a term that encompasses a wide array of competitive video gaming. And eSports generates hundreds of millions of dollars annually and they’re played before an audience of hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

    Kevin Flynn, who runs the Call of Duty World League, told NBC DFW the question he gets most often during interviews are whether the players in his league are athletes.

    The answer, Flynn said, is easy – yes.

    “The fact that this is all underpinned through competition [is proof that this is a sport.] This is about competing,” Flynn said. “Now from my country games like snooker and darts - you are certainly not working up too much of a sweat there. But they’re sports, right? And that's what these guys are. These guys are athletes. They’re the athletes of the 21st-century.”

    The defending champions of the Call of Duty World League – OpTic Gaming – are based in North Texas.

    Canada Lawmakers Hold Moment of Silence

    [DFW] Canada Lawmakers Hold Moment of Silence

    Canadian lawmakers wore hockey jerseys on Monday to honor the victims and their families of that tragic bus crash in Canada that killed 16 people.
    The bus was carrying the junior league Humboldt hockey team to a game when a tractor-trailer slammed into the bus.
    Sixteen were killed and thirteen people were injured in the crash.
    Today's remembrance was one of a number of events that honored the team and their families.
    Earlier the lawmakers honored Rusty Staub, a major leaguer who played for the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets.

    (Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

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