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Checkpoint XP is the first nationally syndicated radio show for esports and video games. The Checkpoint XP: Daily Podcast is the Monday - Friday recordings that comprise the national show - plus additional conversations every single day! Catch up on the latest esports and gaming news with Nate, Robbie, Norris and Joe.

Riot versus the World & Player One, Mark Cooper

Riot Games is currently celebrating 10 years of League of Legends and boy, do they know how to celebrate. They’ve announced several new games in development including; a tactical shooter, a fighting game, a trading card game and mobile versions of both League of Legends and Team Fight Tactics. We also take a look at…

Fortnite Ends and 10 Years of League

The Internet was stunned earlier this week when Fortnite had seemingly ‘ended’ in a Black Hole sucking up the entire map. Eventually, when the game came back online, players were treated to Fortnite Chapter 2, the newest season that some players are saying feels like the early days of Fortnite. We also cover the biggest…

Blizzards Really Bad Year & Gaming's Mt Rushmore

It all started with the Diablo Mobile at Blizzcon 2018, included lay-offs, Activision CEOs, rumored sequels and now the Blitzchung suspension. Blizzard has not had the best year. Plus, if the gaming world had a Mount Rushmore who would you put on it? We also talk about the ballooning size of games and the hard…

Trump on Twitch and Video Game Movies

Joining the likes of Bernie Sanders and the UK House of Lords, President Donald Trump aired his most recent rally on Twitch.tv. We talk about the possible future of politics on twitch and what that could mean. Plus, Robbie found a list of the top 10 worst video game movies of all time...and there are…

Boss Battles, Scares and Worlds, Oh my!

We talk about what makes a great boss battle theme song and we list some of the best of all time. We also talk about the horror genre and decide which medium does it better, movies or video games? And finally with League of Legends Worlds starting up, Norris and Joe decide their picks for…

Our Holiday Wish Lists & Esports Goes Mainstream

Last year as we approached the Holiday season we decided to make a holiday wish list for the year. Today, we take a look back and see what came true and what didn’t. We also talk about where esports sits in the eyes of the mainstream media with Andy Miller, CEO of the San Francisco…

Blizzard's Big Ban & Retro Refresh: Final Fantasy

A Hearthstone player in on stream voiced his support for Hong Kong’s liberation and as a result was banned and lost his winnings. It’s brought up an interesting conversation about politics place in esports. We also cover the biggest headlines coming out of the gaming scene and the esports industry. Plus, we debuted a new…

The Fortnite Addiction & Social Media Misery

Epic Games the creators of Fortnite are being sued for knowingly creating a game that is as addictive as drugs. Also, after seeing the Joker movie and then participating in some annoying debates on social media, Robbie wished he had never seen it to begin with. This led us to ask, does Social Media just…

Playing Outside, Government in Esports

Technology has come so far and become so readily available and easy to use that children have access to tablets, smart phones, computers and consoles. Is the idea of going out to play becoming dated? Germany has introduced a new bill that could make them a future destination for esports athletes and streamers and caused…

Tuesday, October 1st 2019

Over the weekend Robbie got to attend the Overwatch League Grand Finals and Joe and Norris got to attend Twitchcon 2019, we break down each of those events. Plus, Joe walks us through some of the biggest headlines in gaming and esports including the return of Evil Geniuses to the LCS. Plus, we asked our…

Wednesday, September 25th 2019

This weekend will play host to Twitchcon 2019 and the Overwatch League Grand Finals. Norris and Nate are flying out to San Diego for Twitchcon while Robbie heads to Philly for the Grand Finals. Everyone talks about their plans while Joe has to stay at home and hold down the office. We also play a…

Friday, September 20th 2019

As more and more games are made availible through subscription services or digital downloads, does it make sense to pay full price for something you dont really own? And at what point will an esports athlete or streamer become so well known they reach true celebrity status? Joe also brings us a list courtesy of…

Thursday, September 19th 2019

Red Bull Gaming put out a documentary about OG in DOTA2 and it’s got us asking why there aren’t more films and series about esports. What other stories from esports history deserve to be told? Joe also brings another round of the Better Bargain to the show. Plus, we look ahead to see what games…

Wednesday, September 18th 2019

PlayVS is a program that’s helping to tackle High School Esports and they’re set to do a phenomenal job at doing so. With season one set to start in October, over 13,000 schools are on the waitlist. For comparison, 14,600 schools participate in football programs. We talk about the impact esports could have on High…

Tuesday, September 17th 2019

On today's show we visit Joe at the newsdesk to get the latest headlines in the gaming and esports industries. Like Ash Ketchum finally winning a League Championship title in the anime. Or the controversy surrounding the esports scene in Japan where a Street Fighter V winner gave up most of his winnings in protest…

Friday, September 13th 2019 Live from Esports Business Summit 2019

The Esports Business Summit may be wrapped up and done, but we've still got tons of content from it. Joe and Norris talk about the LCS Gauntlet tournament. Plus, they get a chance to sit down with Matt Edelman of Super League Gaming and Felix Lahaye the CEO of United Esports.

Thursday, September 12th 2019 Live from The Esports Business Summit 2019

At their final day at the Esports Business Summit, Joe and Norris bring us interviews with; Zach Wigal the founder of the charity Gamer's Outreach, Matt Archambault from Riot Games, Podcast host Lisa Foils from '...and a bag of chips!" and Joshua Kell the CEO of Horizon AVL.

Wednesday, September 11th 2019 LIVE from the Esports Business Summit

For Day 2 at the Esports Business Summit Joe and Norris got to talk to several key players behind major organizations making the industry tick. Including; Bennett Newsome the Esports Strategist for Full Sail University, Mark Deppe the Director of Esports at UCI, Colin Smith the President of 704 Games, Justin Dellario the Head of…

Tuesday, September 10th 2019 Live From the Esports Business Summit 2019

For Day 1 of the Esports Business Summit, Joe and Norris start off talking about some of the changes to the Esports Business Summit from last year. They also sit down with Megan Kucynski, Managing Director of the Esports Business Summit. They also have a chance to speak with Jacob "PR" Arce, a Gears of…

Monday, September 9th 2019 feat Chuck Bean of Nerd Radio

Norris and Joe are out of the studio this week for the Esports Business Summit, so we’re joined by Chuck Bean of Nerd Radio. We catch up with Chuck about how he’s living the Checkpoint XP Studios and what he’s been doing recently. We also preview several categories of the Tempest Awards, set to take…

Friday, September 6th 2019

The Overwatch League is one of the few esports scenes using traditional Nielsen Metrics to track their viewers, something that’s been a book for them when competing for non-endemic sponsorship. We talk about how this has affected their success and what it could mean for the future. Norris also hosts a game of his creation…