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Red Dead Redemption Finally Comes to Xbox One

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Released in 2010, Rockstar Games’ ‘Red Dead Redemption’ was a critical smash hit and remains one of the development company’s best productions. From my personal point of view it easily makes my Top 10 of all-time favorite games.

What seems like a long-overdue milestone, ‘Red Dead Redemption’ has finally come to Xbox One with enhanced graphics and gameplay. All versions of the game (Red Dead Redemption, Undead Nightmare and Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition) are compatible on Xbox One.

Undead Nightmare is also available in the Xbox marketplace which includes free multiplayer expansions and adding new skins, among other things. The game has already seen significant sale numbers, according to this CNET article.

Relive the story of reformed outlaw John Marston’s journey across the American frontier in seek of revenge. If you haven’t play this epic game, I suggest you “saddle up” to the XBox marketplace and get, what I consider, the best game Rockstar Games has released (yes, that includes all GTAs).

Digital Foundry is offering a visual proof with a side-by-side comparison video showcasing how the Red Dead Redemption runs on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, which you can see below:

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media and DiMoro Enterprises LLC. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony hosts the Anthony DiMoro Show podcast, and formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.

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NBA 2K League Announces Livestreaming Partnership with Twitch

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Last week, the NBA 2K League officially announced a partnership with Twitch that makes the popular streaming platform the exclusive broadcaster for all league games.

Twitch now will be listed as the official livestreaming partner of the NBA 2K League, as well as one of the league’s founding partners, via the new deal.

Earlier in April, the NBA 2K League broadcasted it’s inaugural draft live on Twitch streams, an indicator that the two sides were working towards a more permanent working relationship.

The multi-year partnership deal includes all 199 potential games in the NBA 2K League season and the format includes weekly head to head matches, 3 regular season tournaments, a playoff bracket, and the finals.

Additionally, Twitch will assist in developing interactive custom overlays for use in the NBA 2K League broadcast, including other fan engagement initiatives and projects.

“This is a groundbreaking partnership for the NBA 2K League” NBA 2K League managing director Brendan Donohue said.

“Twitch shares our innovative spirit and commitment to putting the gaming community first, and is the ideal home to provide our passionate 2K, NBA, and esports fans around the world with the opportunity to catch all the excitement of our inaugural season.”

Twith has been in the business of partnerships such as these, as they reportedly paid $90 million for the exclusive broadcast rights to the Overwatch League back in January of this year.

It’s another big “get” for Twitch and will bring even more attention to the millions of Twitch channels on the growing platform, particularly in their Twitch sports section.

It also continues their separation from competitors such as Mixer streams, YouTube gaming, Facebook gaming, Caffeine Streams, and DLive streams, which is being aggressive to become more competitive in the streaming industry.

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U.S. Soccer Federation Announces Search for First eNational Team

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The United States Soccer Federation has announced that the search is underway for it’s first ever eNational Team to compete in the inaugural FIFA eNations Cup set to take place from April 13th to April 14th in London.

The upcoming tournament is looking to become the premier esports competition for FIFA members association and will see six esports teams from all six of FIFA’s regional confederations in action with each side competing for the bulk of a $100,000 prize pool ($75,000).

The first members of the United States national team will be selected via the 2019 eMLS Cup which takes place in PAX East on March 30th. The winner and the runner up will qualify for the team.

“The U.S. Soccer eNational Team will provide a unique platform for the best players in our country to represent the United States in a global competition” United States Soccer Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer Jay Berhalter said.

Argentina, Australia, China PR, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and Sweden will join the United States in the tournament, and will likely be broadcast on Twitch streams and potentially Mixer streams as well.

 

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Major League Soccer, Twitch Ink One-Year Partnership

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Major League Soccer (MLS) has inked a one-year sponsorship deal with popular streaming platform Twitch, per an official announcement from MLS.

Starting in March, MLS will start streaming the second season of their eMLS Cup, their esports league in conjunction with EA Sports’ FIFA franchise.

“FIFA is one of the main generators of the fans that we have” MLS Digital Senior VP Chris Schlosser said, via an official statement. “If you look at it historically – radio built baseball, television built the NFL and NBA, and the internet is building soccer.”

The partnership between Twitch and MLS could also include content outside of the eMLS Cup, featuring highlights or media produced by MLS teams, or clips of MLS games moving forward.

“We are looking to do some esports events – this is something we are taking a hard look at” DC United Chief Executive and Managing General Owner Jason Levin said, via an official statement.

“All of esports is a dramatically growing industry. It’s an opportunity to engage our current fans and connect with some younger sports fans who don’t know as much about DC United. It’s an exciting opportunity for us to grow our fanbase more than anything.”

It’s an exciting time for streaming, particularly on Twitch, as live sports such as the NBA’s G League, and MLS are starting to develop Twitch streams to help tap into the streaming market, diversify their digital content, and get more involved with esports teams and esports organizations.

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