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Howard Eskin Placed New Jersey’s First Esports Bet

Kevin Kinkead - November 8, 2019

The King.

Howard Eskin, who did not purchase his own Super Bowl ring, has been breaking down barriers and setting trends for years now. He’s never had a bad day in his life.

You can add another item to Howard’s distinguished resume. He is now the first person to place a bet on Esports in the great state of New Jersey, which Kyle mentioned Thursday morning.

Howard then went on Joe Giglio’s show later in the day to elaborate:

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Ground is Officially Broken on the New $50 Million Dollar Fusion Arena

Kevin Kinkead - September 25, 2019

This may be the biggest day of all time for the Crossing Broad commenter known as “ESPORTS ARE THE FUTURE.”

He was right, you know?

He told us that eSports were the future, and today Comcast-Spectacor and The Cordish Companies broke ground on the new Fusion Arena at South Philly’s sports complex with the mayor and other dignitaries on hand.

The $50 million dollar arena is being built next to Xfinity Live and will stand as the “largest new-construction, purpose-built esports arena in the Western Hemisphere,” according to the press release. The venue, which is set to open in 2021, will additionally host live entertainment of other sorts, though the primary tenant is your town, your team, your Philadelphia Fusion.

More from the release, plus photos, after the jump off:

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The Fortnite World Champion, Who is From Pottsgrove, Was “Swatted”

Kevin Kinkead - August 13, 2019

So I had to read this story twice to understand exactly what the hell happened.

Apparently the 16-year-old kid who won $3 million by becoming the Fortnite World Cup champion is from Pottsgrove, so he’s one of us. He’s a Philly suburbs guy. I had no clue.

Now that he’s world-famous as an eSports TITAN, Kyle Giersdorf has a bunch of assholes on his trail, and one of those people called the police in a false alarm situation known as “swatting.”

ESPN explains after the jump:

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On Philadelphia and Video Gaming: A Conversation with Fusion Chief Business Officer Joe Marsh

Kevin Kinkead - April 5, 2019

The Philadelphia Fusion lost last night, but it happens.

They went down to the New York Excelsior, which is a dumb team name. I hate losing to New York, but losing to the “Excelsior” is even worse.

I checked out the Twitter replies last night and people didn’t seem too happy with the performance of “Sado,” who I think is our main tank. Some fans were calling for “Fragi” to play instead, so it seems like we’ve got a bit of a controversy brewing. I might even call up Sports Radio 94 WIP to share my feelings.

Anyway, I stopped by the viewing party at Xfinity Live last night before the match started. I didn’t have time to stay for the actual thing, since I had to roll back to the Wells Fargo Center for the Sixers game, though it looked like a nice crowd was there for the event.

I did have a candid and interesting conversation with Joe Marsh, who is the Fusion’s Chief Business Officer. We talked about the popularity of esports and the growth of a nascent Fusion fan base, and even though I load my Fusion articles with satire and humor, I tried to keep it pretty straight with Joe while learning some things about gaming along the way.

Here’s the full discussion:

Crossing Broad: I gotta be honest; the last time you guys did this, for the season opener, I looked at the crowd photos and was kind of shocked. This place was packed. I assume you were not shocked.

Joe Marsh: Not anymore. But if you would have asked me that in January of last year, I think our first watch party had something like 300 people at Wahoo’s. As the season progressed we started building the fan base. This was all from scratch, you know? We were a hockey team with no esports experience, so we had no fans. Then we had to shoot content and shoot video for a team that was playing on the west coast, so it’s kind of hard to attract a fan base when your talent is across the country. But once we reached the playoffs it kind of spiked from there with the underdog video. We brought the guys to (Philadelphia) and did a thousand people twice. The first watch party had 800 people pre-register before they even walked in the door. Consistently drawing a thousand people each time is pretty good.

Moe after the jump:

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The Philadelphia Fusion Are BACK

Kevin Kinkead - February 13, 2019

Not sure about you, but I was pissed off when the Fusion lost in the Overwatch League finals last summer.

I expected more out of my man Carpe, but it just wasn’t his time. Those wankers from England, the London Spitfire, beat the Fusion in a best-of-three series to claim whatever trophy the Overwatch League hands out. Some guy named “Profit,” who is likely a total douche bag, ended up being the difference maker. He’s the Al Horford of esports.

But time heals all wounds, and the Fusion are back for a second season, which begins tomorrow night with a revenge game against the Spitfire.

There will be an epic watch part at Xfinity live, according to this press release:

Coming back with a vengeance!  The 2019 Overwatch League season kicks off with the long-awaited Grand Finals rematch between the Philadelphia Fusion and London Spitfire.  On February 14, the City of Brotherly Love’s first professional esports team will take to the main stage with three-time Overwatch Contenders North America Champion, Elk, and returning star, Carpe, as they begin their quest for the Overwatch League Championship title.

Beginning at 6 p.m., the Fusion will set the stage for over 700 pre-registered fans eager to kick off Philadelphia’s second season, including a live Overwatch gaming zone powered by N3rd Street Gamers and on-site prize giveaways.  The watch party will host its first-ever cosplay contest, featuring appearances of fans dressed as Overwatch heroes prior to a live stream of the match.

The Fusion, who are part of Comcast Spectacor’s portfolio of professional sports teams and live entertainment assets, were the assumed underdogs throughout the inaugural season and clinched the last spot in the Overwatch League Playoffs.  After an incredible display of perseverance, the Fusion advanced to the first-ever Grand Finals, finishing their season in second place.  The Overwatch League expanded to 20 teams for the 2019 season, with all teams competing at Blizzard Arena in Burbank, California.  Overwatch is a team-based, first-person survival game with more than 40 million players worldwide. Philadelphia’s nine-man roster includes players from eight countries.

I don’t know who this “Elk” dude is, but he’d better be good. I hope he’s a real blue collar, Philly type of athlete.

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The Philadelphia Fusion are Actually Going to Play in Philadelphia

Kevin Kinkead - November 30, 2018

You know me. Huge Fusion fan.

I was pissed when they lost to that London team in the Overwatch League final last season. I expected more out of my boy, Carpe.

One thing that bothers me is that the Fusion don’t have any American players and don’t even live or play in Philadelphia, but that changes this weekend:

Press release:


Fans, Gamers and Esports Enthusiasts to Gather for Philadelphia Fusion’s First Professional Overwatch League Match in Philadelphia vs. New York Excelsior to be Streamed Live on Twitch

Amateur Matches, An Appearance from Gritty, and Access to Exclusive Merchandise Tee Up Fusion’s Homecoming Showmatch

WHAT:  The Philadelphia Fusion are here to play! On December 1, the Philadelphia Fusion will compete in the first full-squad professional Overwatch League match played in Philadelphia against their East Coast rivals the New York Excelsior.

Beginning at 3 p.m., the Fusion will set the stage for their hometown fans eager to watch the team compete live and in-person for the first time. The event will kick off with four pro-am matches focusing on fan engagement with the Fusion roster. Following those matches, the Fusion will take the stage at 5 p.m. for a 6v6 professional exhibition match against New York to see who will be crowned the “Champion of the East”. The entire event will be streamed live on Twitch.

The Fusion launched in January 2018 as one of 12 teams in the first season of the Overwatch League from Activision Blizzard. Heading into the 2019 season, the Overwatch League added eight new teams, bringing the league total to 20. Overwatch is a team-based, first-person survival game with more than 35 million players worldwide. Philadelphia’s nine-man roster includes players from eight countries.

WHERE:  Lucky Strike Philadelphia, 1336 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

WHEN: Saturday, December 1, 2018

2 p.m. – Doors Open

3 p.m. – Live Stream Begins

5 p.m. – Fusion vs. NYXL Exhibition Match

Alright, so it’s just an exhibition match, but it’ll be nice to welcome our boys back to town.

And Gritty will be there too.

Go Fusion.

Our First Time Watching the Philadelphia Fusion

Kevin Kinkead - July 31, 2018

The Philadelphia Fusion lost this past weekend. They will not be Overwatch League champions. They didn’t play particularly well. Maybe the moment was too big for them or maybe the underdog story just ran its course. For whatever reason, they didn’t have it.

But they gave it a good go. And from what I watched on Friday night, they seem like a scrappy, blue collar, lunch-pail carrying Philadelphia team, just like any other squad in town. I think we can all safely say we’re now “five for five” instead of “four for four.”

Friday night was the first time most of us at Crossing Broad have watched eSports, at least intensely, so we thought it would be fun and/or mildly entertaining to share the log of our Slack chat from series one of the finals. Most of it is us just sort of fumbling over the rules and trying to figure out what’s going on. I’ve been a lifelong gamer but don’t know too much about Overwatch or the Fusion in general. Other guys really had no clue what has happening, and eventually started talking about the proper way to grill a steak.

Here ya go:

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The Philadelphia Fusion are Trying to Become World F$%^#@! Champions

Kevin Kinkead - July 27, 2018

I know everyone is excited about the Super Bowl champion Eagles and the first-place Phillies, but let’s pause for a second to talk about your team, your town, your Philadelphia Fusion, who feature a grand total of zero Americans on the roster.

But that’s okay, because they’re our boys, and tonight they’ll play in the Overwatch League final at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. Match one against those London Spitfire wankers is televised on ESPN at 7 p.m.

So apparently the Fusion were pretty big underdogs heading into the playoffs. As a six seed, they knocked off the #1 seed New York and #3 seed Boston, which I think any Philly fan can appreciate. London had a similar path to the final, dispatching a pair of Los Angeles teams as the fifth seed.

The format for the finals is a best-of-three series played in best-of-five matches, and each individual game is referred to as a “map.” If the teams split the first two matches, the Spitfire pick which “map” they want to play for the third and final match. Makes sense, right?

Our best player is this dude named “Carpe,” who is one of the best “DPS” players in the league. DPS is an old RPG term meaning “damage per second,” so the guy is basically like the Fusion’s best attacker. Carpe was an Overwatch All-Star this season alongside “Poko,” who is a “flex.” I think that means he just plays whatever role they need.

Edit: I stand corrected –

Got it? Good.

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