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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.

Ninja Thinks Esports Are Harder Than Football

Are playing video games competitively actually harder than football? Ninja seems to think so... WWE2K20 is so bad it may impact future games in the franchise. Plus, we take a look at the various trades that will end up impacting the 2020 season of both Overwatch league and League of Legends.

Games For Kids We Play As Adults feat Mathieu Cote, Developer for Dead By Daylight

Half of the crew are playing Pokemon so what are some other games made for kids we still play and enjoy as adults? Plus, Mathieu Cote, Developer for Dead By Daylight answers a few questions and we find out who can spot the fake horror movie: Nate or Mathieu. 

Stadia, The Game Awards & China vs Arcades

Google entered the gaming space with Stadia, Joe shares hands on thoughts, we also take a look at the nominees for this years Game Awards. China continues to crack down on video games by asking arcades and net cafes to ban anyone under 18 unless its a school holiday. Plus, what will it take you…

Disney+ Launches and Overwatch Home Games

This week the internet could only talk about one thing and that’s the launch of Disney+. From the Mandalorian to Avengers: Endgame, the 90s X-Men and Spider-Man to Gargoyles, there’s something for everyone. Plus, Robbie got to talk with the general manager of the Houston Outlaws about why the home and away game concept is…

League of Legends and Death Stranding

The League of Legends World Championship went down this week bring an end to the 2019 season and it was a stomping as FunPlus Phoenix dominated G2 Esports. Norris and Joe walk us through all the action. We also talk about what we did over the weekend before the Snowmageddon hit on monday. Joe and…

Ninja, FIFA Dodging and Gaming Sequels

A streamer was recently banned from Fortnite for using an aimbot in his content creation and was banned as a result. Ninja has cone on record stating that content creators should be treated differently from ‘normal gamers’. Plus, the Pro FIFA scene is in a rough spot as it comes out that some major pros…

China Restricts Gaming and Call of Duty League

China has always had a strong arm when it comes to the gaming industry and being one of the biggest countries in the world it’s a hot market for gaming profits. This week China’s newest laws on gaming restricts the amount of time those under the age of 18 can play as well as limits…

Terry Bogard, Top Games of the 2010s and Fortnite.

Terry Bogard has finally gone live for Super Smash Brothers Ultimate and Norris can’t talk about anything else. So we talk about our favorite DLC’s of all time. Plus, we bring you another list and this time we’re looking at the top 25 games of  the 2010s courtesy of Polygon. Finally, we’re joined by Weird…

Twitch Loses Another and Overwatch World Cup

Jack “CouRage” Dunlop joins the ranks of Ninja and Shroud as he signs an exclusive streaming deal outside of Twitch. CouRage, however, didn’t sign to Mixer but to YouTube. We cover this and other headlines from this past week in the gaming world. Plus, Team USA brought home the gold at Blizzcon 2019 as they…

Blizzcon 2019, Single Player and Riot feat Dr Amine Issa of Mobalytics

Blizzcon 2019 is officially underway and the opening ceremonies brought with it some major announcements. We talk about the unveiling of Diablo IV, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, Hearthstone: Descent of Dragons and Overwatch 2. We also talk about the idea of whether or not the single player game is really dead. These past few months…

Halloween, Overwatch and the PlayStation 4

It’s Halloween and we’re all dressed up in studio! We talk about what our plans for the weekend are and what we love (or hate) about Halloween. We also talk about the new format being used for this years Overwatch World Cup at Blizzcon 2019. We also preview some of the teams favored to win…

Death Stranding, the 90s and EA.

Since leaving Konami and starting his own studio at Sony, Hideo Kojima’s hotly anticipated game Death Stranding is coming out on November 8th. The final trailer has been released and we talk about how much we know, which is still not a lot. Plus, Joe brings us a new list from the 90s and we’re…

Call of Duty League and Getting Old

The eagerly anticipated Call of Duty League has finally got a start date and it’s going to be overlapping with just about every other major esports league. The League starts in January of 2020 and will take place over Friday through Sunday. We also cover other huge headlines in both the gaming and the esports…

Esports Hit SNL & Blizzcon is Coming!

As esports become more and more popular, mainstream media is starting to latch on. This past week Saturday Night Live did a skit where Chance the Rapper played a clueless NBA correspondent covering an esport event. Plus, with Blizzcon 2019 right around the corner we preview all the leaks and rumors flying around. We also…

Mixer Strikes Again!

Massively multiplayer online games are considered a dying breed of game right now, but could the success to their future be in virtual reality? Also, there are two major Tv networks that are developing esports sitcoms, but is the mainstream tv world ready to accept it? Plus, Mixer has struck again stealing away one of…

Bethesda, HBO and Black Holes

Fallout 76 has received no end of criticism since it’s launch nearly a year ago and it once again finds itself on the receiving end, both good and bad. We talk about the new Fallout 1st Premium Membership and more. Plus, Axios covered esports from the perspective of Blizzard and the Overwatch League 2019 Grand…

The Great North American LoL Culling

League of Legends has been center stage in esports as group stages reach their conclusion for Worlds. Sadly, all three North American teams, Cloud 9, Team Liquid and Clutch Gaming all suffered disappointing losses and will not continue on to the World’s stage. We also take a look at what each of the hosts did…

Easter Eggs and a Star Wars Intervention

Video Games have always been about exploration and finding hidden secrets or easter eggs. We talk about some of our favorite moments of personal discovery in games. Plus, Joe and Norris gives us the rundown on what’s happening in League of Legends Worlds and where the North American teams are at. Finally, Joe’s getting hyped…

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…