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Pokemon Let's Go Eevee/Pikachu: is the £44.99 Pokeball Plus controller worth it? 

Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee are two of the most highly anticipated games of the year and we got to play it with the Pokeball Plus controller at E3. The Pokeball is a neat bit of kit which adds a bunch of extra goodies but is it worth the £44.99 price tag?

I was fortunate enough to spend an hour with Ubisoft's new title, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, at E3 this year and found my time-slot flew by. A robust narrative sets this game apart.

'Toys-to-life' are a ton of fun for kids but aren't great for their parents' wallets. I was admittedly skeptical about the game but after spending some time with Starlink Battle for Atlas, I was pleasantly surprised.

The Division is getting a sequel and judging from our first impressions, it should be able to live up to the hype. I got to play one of the online co-op levels and found the game to be refreshingly difficult.

FIFA 19 will launch worldwide September 29 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

PlayStation opted for a rather unusual approach to their E3 conference this year, moving the audience through different areas to experience their latest announcements.

Festival of FUTball revealed: FIFA 18 has a new fastest player

EA Sports has revealed the first Festival of FUTball squad, containing the best players from the first round of matches at the World Cup. These players have had special cards added to FIFA 18 Ultimate Team, containing some massive upgrades, some of which are even better than the Team of the Season cards. The Festival of FUTball squad is for the standard FIFA 18 Ultimate Team mode, not the World Cup UT mode, which contains different ratings and a separate chemistry system.

Exclusive interview with Leicester City's Christian Fuchs on his new FIFA esports team

As we previously reported, Leicester City defender Christian Fuchs is starting up his own esports team in FIFA 18 but is open to expanding into other games. The team will be called 'No Fuchs Given' and will represent the former Premier League champion at events.

The Hearthstone Global Games is an official Hearthstone esports tournament where selected nations compete to see who's the best. 

One of the greatest League of Legends players of all time has announced his retirement from competing professionally. We will never see Hong 'Madlife' Min-gi  play pro again.

This weekend, Amazon's Mobile Masters esports tournament is taking place in Seattle, with $100,000 on the line across a number of games.

M'Baye Niang receives huge six rating upgrade in FIFA 18 World Cup mode

We've seen plenty of upsets in the World Cup already and yesterday was no different. EA Sports have handed out massive upgrades of five and six overall to Niang, Cheryshev and Osako in the World Cup, Ultimate Team mode. Niang looks paricularly great with 92 pace.

Forge of Champions: What is it, how does it work, and how to sign up

Riot Games hasn't been involved in the UK League of Legends scene much, but things are starting to change. Riot now has offices in the UK, and with the introduction of Mo Fadl as head of UK esports, the company is planning big things over the next few years. As part of a three year plan to develop the competitive scene, Riot is teaming up with LVP to introduce a brand competition called Forge of Champions, giving professional and amateur teams opportunities to compete.

Microsoft and Xbox had a massive conference at E3 which showcased 50 games including many we hadn't seen before.

Massive changes are coming to Rocket League with the new Rocket Pass and cross-platform play. You'll be able to party up with friends from other platforms and earn cosmetic rewards.

Competing online from 111 different territories (from A for Albania to Z for Zimbabwe), there were 66,000 players competing to make it into the F1 Esports Pro Draft, now just 40 remain.

Harry Kane's World Cup heroics against Tunisia earn him a well deserved upgrade in FIFA 18

It was a true captain's display by Harry Kane last night as he ignored bad referee decisions and held his nerve in the dying moments to give England a huge victory in their World Cup opener. EA have rewarded him with an upgrade in FIFA 18 Ultimate Team World Cup mode.

How EU LCS and esports organisation Unicorns of Love were created

Unicorns of Love quickly won over the hearts of League of Legends fans when they debuted in the EU LCS back in 2015. Their achievements so far are quite astonishing when you realise that they're a family-run business which began by a Dad helping his son's passion project.

AJ Styles has for a long time, been on the best wrestlers in the world but for years, it looked like he would never step foot in a WWE ring. Now, he's the sole cover star of the next WWE video game.

League of Legends is currently in a state of chaos and Patch 8.11 has lead to bizarre changes in the meta. Currently, the strongest bot lane duo is Heimerdinger carry with Fiddlesticks support.

The EU LCS is back for the 2018 Summer Split. With the EU LCS moving to permanent places next season, all 10 teams will be keen to impress. Here is all you need to know about each of them.

FIFA 18: EA Sports reveals World Cup MOTM Coutinho for Ultimate Team

EA Sports are understandably being very active during the World Cup, especially when it comes to upgrading cards in FIFA 18 Ultimate Team.  The latest round of Man of the Match cards are from today's three games, which were arguably three upsets. Even though Brazil couldn't get a win against Switzerland, Philippe Coutinho's wonder-strike has bagged him a MOTM card. 

The success of ESL One Birmingham proves the UK is great for esports

2018 is a massive year for the UK when it comes to esports.  The UK just hosted its first ever Dota 2 Major, ESL One Birmingham, and later in the year we'll have a CS:GO Major for the first time too. The Rocket League World Championships will be held here, and the FIFA eWorld Cup is coming to the UK as well. Plenty is happening in London, which makes sense as the capital is the biggest city in the UK by some margin. But another, perhaps unlikely, region is looking to become the home of UK esports, and the Midlands are making an excellent case.

Overwatch League Stage 4 Playoff Final, RECAP: LA Valiant beat NYXL

The first season of the Overwatch League is nearing its end. After tonight, the four Stages will be over, and we'll be heading into the Season Playoffs next month to find the overall winner. First though, we need to find the Stage 4 champions. The esports teams still in the running for the title and the $100,000 prize money are the Los Angeles Valiant and the New York Excelsior, after Dallas Fuel and Los Angeles Gladiators were eliminated earlier. Watch the final live below, and keep up with our live commentary below.

The London Spitfire have some of the best Overwatch players in the world. They won Stage 1 of the Overwatch League and made it to the playoffs in Stage 2.

For many, esports commentating would be a dream job. Who wouldn't want to get paid to travel around the world and talk about their favourite game? However, it's a job that comes with a price.

There are currently 12 teams in the Overwatch League. Nine of them are from North America, while only two are from Asia, and just one is from Europe. 

London Spitfire won Stage 1 of the inaugural season of the Overwatch League, and they're in a position to do it all over again this weekend with the culmination of Stage 2.

FIFA 18 predicts Spain will win the World Cup, England out on pens

Everyone has their own predictions about who's going to win the 2018 World Cup. No one knows what will happen, but Mail Esports has turned to the most accurate simulation of football on the market, FIFA 18, for guidance. We simulated the entire tournament, and there were shocks, surprises, penalty shoot outs, red cards, and goals galore as Spain went on to lift the trophy, sending them back to the top of the international pile.

FIFA 18 World Cup mode release date, new features and Ultimate Team content

EA Sports are releasing a massive update for FIFA 18 which brings a plethora of World Cup content for free. There will be new modes, players, stadiums, kits and crowds to give players an authentic experience before the real tournament in Russia this Summer.

  

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Pokemon Let's Go Eevee and Let's Go Pikachu: is the £44.99 Pokeball Plus controller worth the money?

20/06/18 17:29

20/06/18 17:03

EA Sports has revealed the first Festival of FUTball squad, containing the best players from the first round of matches at the World Cup.

20/06/18 16:21

The Hearthstone Global Games is an official Hearthstone esports tournament where selected nations compete to see who's the best. 

20/06/18 16:10

One of the greatest League of Legends players of all time has announced his retirement from competing professionally. We will never see Hong 'Madlife' Min-gi  play pro again.

20/06/18 15:50

This weekend, Amazon's Mobile Masters esports tournament is taking place in Seattle, with $100,000 on the line across a number of games.

20/06/18 14:57

We've seen plenty of upsets in the World Cup already and yesterday was no different. EA Sports have handed out massive upgrades of five and six overall to Niang, Cheryshev and Osako.

20/06/18 09:07

It feels like we say this every year but this may have been one of the strongest E3’s ever. There really hasn’t been a better time to be a gamer.

19/06/18 18:00

Massive changes are coming to Rocket League with the new Rocket Pass and cross-platform play. You'll be able to party up with friends from other platforms and earn cosmetic rewards.

19/06/18 16:37

Competing online from 111 different territories (from A for Albania to Z for Zimbabwe), there were 66,000 players competing to make it into the F1 Esports Pro Draft, now just 40 remain.

19/06/18 15:08

AJ Styles has for a long time, been on the best wrestlers in the world but for years, it looked like he would never step foot in a WWE ring. Now, he's the sole cover star of the next WWE video game.

19/06/18 12:18

It was a true captain's display by Harry Kane in England's win over Tunisia. EA Sports have rightfully rewarded him with a nice upgrade in FIFA 18 Ultimate Team World Cup mode.

19/06/18 11:33

'Toys-to-life' are a ton of fun for kids but aren't great for their parents' wallets. I was admittedly skeptical about the game but after spending some time with Starlink Battle for Atlas, I was pleasantly surprised.

19/06/18 09:51

I was fortunate enough to spend an hour with Ubisoft's new title, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, at E3 this year and found my time-slot flew by. A robust narrative sets this game apart.

18/06/18 17:01

The Division is getting a sequel and judging from our first impressions, it should be able to live up to the hype. I got to play one of the online co-op levels and found the game to be refreshingly difficult.

18/06/18 12:27

League of Legends is currently in a state of chaos and Patch 8.11 has lead to bizarre changes in the meta. Currently, the strongest bot lane duo is Heimerdinger carry with Fiddlesticks support.

18/06/18 03:23

The first season of the Overwatch League is nearing its end. After tonight, the four Stages will be over, and we'll be heading into the Season Playoffs next month to find the overall winner.

18/06/18 00:28

EA Sports are understandably being very active during the World Cup, especially when it comes to upgrading cards in FIFA 18 Ultimate Team. 

16/06/18 15:52

The EU LCS is back for the 2018 Summer Split. With the EU LCS moving to permanent places next season, all 10 teams will be keen to impress. Here is all you need to know about each of them.

15/06/18 18:43

Cloud9 has formed a brand new Fortnite esports team, signing four Korean players.

15/06/18 18:22

The NA LCS is back tomorrow, bringing the pinnacle of North American League of Legends esports competition back to our screens.

15/06/18 17:55

FIFA 19 will launch worldwide September 29 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

14/06/18 00:30

Everyone has their own predictions about who's going to win the 2018 World Cup, so we turned to FIFA 18.

13/06/18 21:46

We all think we're the best at FIFA, especially when we can consistently beat our mates on the couch or online.

12/06/18 22:38

It takes a lot to be good at any video game, especially when it comes to competing at the highest level.

12/06/18 22:34

Seoul Dynasty have had a Kpop song created exclusively for them which they will use to walkout to before their Overwatch League games. They partnered with Korean-American Hip Hop stars.

12/06/18 22:02

Astralis took the ECS Season 5 crown at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London on Sunday, along with the $250,000 first prize. 

12/06/18 21:07

EA Sports has announced that FIFA 18 is available to play for free via a trial until June 16 at 7am.

12/06/18 20:32

PlayStation opted for a rather unusual approach to their E3 conference this year, moving the audience through different areas to experience their latest announcements.

12/06/18 03:23

Microsoft had a pretty impressive showing last night, so Sony needed to respond with their own blockbuster press conference.

11/06/18 23:36

With Nintendo back on form and Sony dominating the single player market with console exclusives such as God Of War, this year's E3 is a big one for Xbox.

11/06/18 23:03

Microsoft and Xbox had a massive conference at E3 which showcased 50 games including many we hadn't seen before.

10/06/18 23:06

E3 2018 is upon us, and kicking off the ever expanding list of E3 press conferences is EA.

10/06/18 22:54

Microsoft just showed off all of its new games for PC and Xbox One at its E3 Press Conference.  

08/06/18 17:10

Overwatch has already been out for two years. As Overwatch's anniversary event comes to a close we caught up with Overwatch developers to look back on crazy features which never made the game.

08/06/18 15:41

As we previously reported, Leicester City defender Christian Fuchs is starting up his own esports team in FIFA 18 but is open to expanding into other games. The team will be called No Fuchs Given.

08/06/18 12:09

FIFA 19 is coming and EA Sports will give us our first taste of the game during the week of E3 at their own EA Play. We searched through the rumours to give you everything we know so far.

08/06/18 10:05

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship has teamed up with Virtually Live to create a gaming app with which you can race against real Formula E drivers.

07/06/18 17:47

Watch as we take on Team Vitality's proffesional Rocket League player FreaKii in a series of matches at the Gfinity Arena before he competes at the RLCS Season Five World Championships.

07/06/18 15:08

EA Sports are releasing Nation SBCs for the World Cup mode. You can trade a squad of players from one country for their best player. However, many FIFA fans are furious at the requirements.

06/06/18 17:54

The FIFA 18 Ultimate Team World Cup mode has made created super squads a lot easier and it may get even simpler as EA Sports are releasing new Squad Builder Challenges.

06/06/18 17:45

The former Premier League champion and current Leicester City left-back is going to become the first ever Premier League footballer to have his own video game teams in FIFA 18 and more.

06/06/18 13:04

We caught up with Gen.G's new Head of Sponsorships Jordan Sherman to find out more about his new role, how much he knows about esports and how his experience will help.

05/06/18 16:00

Gen.G have added MLB and NBA experience to their team as they aim to take over esports' global market. They have hired Jordan Sherman as their new Head of Sponsorships and Revenue.

05/06/18 13:58

2K has announced that LeBron James will be the cover star for NBA 2K19's 20th Anniversary Edition.

05/06/18 13:05

Despite his high overall of 87, many players may overlook including Paulinho in their squads - not realising that they're missing out on the best non-Icon player in the new mode.

05/06/18 11:32

Psyonix have announced new DLC is releasing for Rocket League later this month themed around the upcoming film, Jurassic World. The DLC pack will cost $1.99 and will release June 18 on all platforms.

04/06/18 17:15

Jonathan 'Loda' Berg has retired from playing Dota 2 professionally, but he isn't leaving the esports scene altogether.

04/06/18 16:22

Iceland's run at Euro 2016 captured headlines, as did their 'Viking Clap' celebration they did with the fans at the end of matches. 

04/06/18 14:00

Riot Games hasn't been involved in the UK League of Legends scene much, but things are starting to change. 

03/06/18 17:31

League of Legends new Clash mode is returning for one day as Riot continue their maintenance on the highly anticipated mode. The global launch was cancelled due to bugs.

03/06/18 16:48

PES 2019 has been dealt a massive blow as they fall further behind FIFA in terms of licensing. Dortmund have ended their deal with Konami while EA will reportedly partner with Serie A.

03/06/18 13:12

The annual Overwatch World Cup will return this November and we could see some surprises at the tournament including the on-stage return of controversial tank player Felix 'xQc' Lengyel.

02/06/18 17:22

PUBG looked absolutely untouchable last year, with millions of players playing every day and breaking records.

02/06/18 16:49

The You Can Play Project is an initiative dedicated to ensuring safety and inclusion for everyone who plays sports, and it has just partnered with esports team Los Angeles Valiant.

02/06/18 16:02

Epic Games has announced some of the celebrities who will be teaming up with Fortnite pros and streamers at the Celebrity Pro-Am taking place at E3 this year.

02/06/18 15:18

This week's patch has made a number of changes to the all-random-all-mid (ARAM) mode in League of Legends, most of them for the better.

02/06/18 13:59

Don't worry if you missed the limited time Team of the Season for each of the major leagues, you now have a chance to get the best FIFA 18 players once again.

02/06/18 11:40

We're close to the end of Stage 4 of the inaugural season of the Overwatch League, and we'll soon be heading into playoffs. 

01/06/18 13:26

Esprorts fans have already purchased over 20,000 tickets for the Overwatch League grand finals at the Barclays Center in New York.

01/06/18 13:08

Although useful in certain situations, grenades weren't previously used all that often in PUBG.

01/06/18 12:34

Everyone has their own opinion on who's going to win the FIFA World Cup in Russia, and EA Sports is giving you the chance to make your predictions.

01/06/18 11:14

Every four years, people around the globe come down with World Cup fever, including League of Legends fans.

01/06/18 11:01

Fighting games are often left out of the esports discussion. When talking about competitive video games, people talk about esports, and then they talk about the fighting game community. 

31/05/18 17:56

Schalke have completed their roster ahead of the EU LCS Summer Split with the signing of veteran jungler Maurice 'Amazing' Stuckenschneider. The 24-year-old has been competing since 2010.

31/05/18 16:58

FIFA 18's massive World Cup mode is out now with a plethora of new Ultimate Team cards including four new Icons. One of those is Gary Lineker who now has his highest ever FIFA rating of 92.

31/05/18 15:14

South Korea have chosen the six League of Legends players and coach who will represent them at the 2018 Asia Games in Jakarta Palembang, Indonesia as LoL becomes a demonstration sport.

31/05/18 15:03

The EU LCS will culminate this season in Spain's sunny capital of Madrid in what will be the last LoL event held in Europe this year. The Summer Split finals will be held in the Palacio Vistalegre.

30/05/18 14:25

16 FIFA 18 players on Xbox One have qualified for the FIFA eWorld Cup, the biggest tournament in FIFA esports.

30/05/18 14:21

The third map for PUBG, Sanhok (previously known as Codename: Savage), will be available this weekend for what should be the last round of testing.

30/05/18 12:33

Guy 'Dr DisRespect' Beahm and Michael 'Shroud' Grzesiek are two of the most popular Twitch streamers around, currently known for playing PUBG.

29/05/18 17:38

EA has announced Battlefield V will be released on October 19 on Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4.

29/05/18 17:36

With FIFA 18 fans flooding to the new World Cup mode which is out now , it's caused some interesting changes to the Ultimate Team market. Mainly, a huge price drop on Cristiano Ronaldo.

29/05/18 16:43

Unicorns of Love quickly won over the hearts of League of Legends fans when they debuted in the EU LCS back in 2015. Their achievements are astonishing when you realise they're family-run.

29/05/18 14:05

The Battle Royale genre has exploded in popularity over the past year or so, firstly thanks to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), and more recently thanks to Fortnite.

29/05/18 13:43

The FIFA 18 World Cup mode update is now live on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. The update file is only about 6GB but brings a ton of new content to the game.

29/05/18 12:30

2018 is a massive year for the UK when it comes to esports. 

29/05/18 10:30

EA Sports has already revealed the FIFA 18 World Cup mode ratings for Mexico, but the rest of the CONCACAF nations have now been updated too.

28/05/18 17:05

The highlight of the FIFA 18 World Cup update will undoubtedly be the new version of Ultimate Team with hundreds of new cards to be found. We opened loads of packs and bagged amazing players.

28/05/18 16:54

The FIFA 18 Wolrd Cup update will bring loads of new content including a brand new version of Ultimate Team with all new cards based on the World Cup. We had amazing cards in our first draft.

28/05/18 14:37

EA Sports are releasing a massive update for FIFA 18 which brings a plethora of World Cup content for free. There will be new modes, players, stadiums, kits and crowds to give an authentic experience.

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