Category Archive: News

Jul 18 2014

eSports Weekly Special: The International Edition

The Dota 2 International Championships Main Event kicks off this Friday, and one of the biggest developments was announced yesterday by Valve. For the first time ever, the Dota 2 International championships will be streamed through the ESPN networks. Matches will be taking place on ESPN3, ESPN’s online streaming channel, and an exclusive grand final …

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Jul 18 2014

NEWS: Microsoft to Close Xbox Entertainment Studios

Microsoft has officially confirmed that Xbox Entertainment Studios will soon close. The studio was in charge of the coming Xbox original programming including the live action Halo series and the Atari documentary. Though these programs are slated to continue, the status of some others, such as the live action segments of Quantum Break, is unknown. …

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Jul 16 2014

NEWS: Huge Lay Offs Expected From Microsoft

Bloomberg is reporting that Microsoft is gearing up for its largest round of lay offs since 2009. The 2009 actions saw the loss of 5,800 jobs. Obviously these jobs could be cut from all around the company, but the Xbox team could be in for some trouble. The group’s UK marketing team has stumbled many times …

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Jul 14 2014

Same Awesome Site, Brand New Look!

Well we’ve finished shaving and we’re proud to present the brand new HalfBeard’s HUD!

Jul 11 2014

Don’t Adjust Your Sets…. HalfBeard’s HUD will be Back.

There’s some big changes coming here to HalfBeard’s HUD but we need a couple of days to make them happen. That being the case, as of 10:00PM PST tonight, we’ll be temporarily shutting down the site so we can get to work. We’ll be back up at 10:00AM PST Monday morning with a whole brand …

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Jul 11 2014

eSports Weekly (Week of 7/7-7/13)

A recap of what’s going on at the International, Nintendo officially sponsors one of the biggest fighting tournaments, and the upcoming ESL CS:GO tournament gets some map changes. This and more in this week’s eSports Weekly. The International 4: What’s Happened So Far (Author’s Note: With the International carrying over into the weekend, this recap will …

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Jul 08 2014

NEWS: New Battlefield 4 Expansion Comes Early for Premium Members

BF 4 Dragon's Teeth

The 4th expansion in EA’s shooter franchise will be released on July 15th, and will be free for Premium members. The new expansion will add 4 new maps, 5 new weapons, a new gadget, game mode, 10 assignments, and vehicle. The pack will be made available to non-Premium members on July 29th for $15. The new …

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Jul 04 2014

eSports Weekly (Week of 6/30-7/6)

Fnatic will compete with their original five at the International 4, a Finnish Hearthstone tournament gets flak for its ban of women, the next phase of the International kicks off soon, and more, in this week’s eSports Weekly. ‘Era’ of Fnatic Will Compete at the International After tumultuous months of battling with anxiety and panic …

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Jul 03 2014

Fnatic, Valve, and The International: The Full Story

Scott recaps the weeklong struggle over a Dota player’s health and the upcoming International tournament.

Jun 30 2014

NEWS: Stephen Toulouse to Work on New Gears of War


Stephen Toulouse, who left Microsoft in 2012, is back again and working with Black Tusk and Rod Fergusson’s team. He will be doing work on the next Gears of War project as Director of Community Engagement. Before leaving Microsoft in 2012, Toulouse was Xbox Live’s Director of Policy and Enforcement. While under the role, he …

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