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An E-Sporting Chance: Teeming With Teams

By ESFI World on December 12th, 2012.


Our e-sports Eye (Of Sauron) is Jeb Boone.

In E-sports, teams come and go like the tides. Even after the e-sports boom of 2010, stability is difficult to seize and maintain.

Last week, Quantic Gaming disbanded. Quantic fielded StarCraft 2, League of Legends and Call of Duty squads that performed with relative success for two years. For teams to do well financially, it takes a bit of charity and a willingness to sacrifice.
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An E-Sporting Chance: Stories

By ESFI World on November 27th, 2012.


This week Jeb Boone looks at the story of Flash versus Grubby, and the Electronic Sports League (ESL) Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) tournament in Singapore.
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An E-Sporting Chance: Hacked Dreams

By ESFI World on November 18th, 2012.


Our e-sports correspondent is Jeb Boone.

In an unprecedented bout of cooperation among e-sports companies, three of the world’s largest tournaments organizations have announced a partnership – creating what is effectively the largest global e-sports conglomerate in the history of the industry.

Germany’s Electronic Sports League, Sweden’s Dreamhack and the US’ Major League gaming announced the partnership earlier this week.
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An E-Sporting Chance: Eventboom

By ESFI World on November 13th, 2012.


Our e-sports correspondent is Jeb Boone.

The e-sports community is in the midst of a mad scramble to organize tournaments. There are such a large number of events this month it’s enough to overwhelm even the most dedicated fans.

While many prominent members of the community argue over tournament oversaturation and eschatological speculations, this November is one of the most important months for the industry in recent memory. And it’s been an important time for that e-sports staple, Starcraft II.
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An E-Sporting Chance: OSL

By ESFI World on October 28th, 2012.


Our e-sports correspondent is Jeb Boone.

A dearth of tournaments outside of Asia has left western e-sports of every stripe wallowing in controversy. The StarCraft 2 community continues to cannibalize itself with vitriol and a player shake up has League of Legends fans up in arms. A few glimmers of hope have steered StarCraft fans in a more positive direction and, with any luck, an OSL finals will remind many of the reasons why a hobby became an infatuation that just wouldn’t quit.
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An E-Sporting Chance: The Fates

By ESFI World on October 23rd, 2012.


Our e-sports correspondent is EFSI World‘s Jeb Boone. This week he looks at the worries around Starcraft 2, and the impact League Of Legends is having on the pro community.

On Wednesday, October 17th, the Fates seemed to be conspiring to kill e-sports. Like their Roman counterparts, the e-sports Parcae spin, measure and cut the USB cord of life, deciding what will live, and who will disband. On that day, beloved StarCraft 2 team SlayerS disbanded in a fury of controversy and vitriol, and with concerns about Heart Of The Swarm, the future of e-sports as a whole. Here’s what happened.
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MLG Winter Championships: ESFI Coverage, Day Three

By ESFI World on March 26th, 2012.

Our e-sports correspondent is ESFI World’s Samuel Lingle.

It’s been a long time coming, but Jung-Hoon “MarineKing” Lee deserves his crown. The man famed for his uncanny ability to be the first loser quelled all talk of second place curses by following his MLG Winter Arena victory with an MLG Winter Championship itself, earning $25,000.

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MLG Winter Championships: ESFI Coverage, Day Two

By ESFI World on March 25th, 2012.


The second day of Major League Gaming’s Winter Championship culled a field of nearly two hundred competitors to a lean twenty-four. The Columbus Convention Center was packed for the meat of the Starcraft 2 tournament, with fans cramming into MLG’s massive seating area while cheering, dancing with MLG commentator Sean “Day[9]” Plott, watching some great Starcraft 2, and generally having a good time.

The story of the day had to be Complexity’s newest player, the Korean Terran “Heart”. When Complexity recently announced the acquisition of a trio of Korean players, including aging superstar Yoon-Yeol “NaDa” Lee, a Beckham-to-LA type pickup for the American based esports franchise, the addition of Heart was an afterthought. Now, it’s looking like the smartest deal of the three.
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MLG Winter Championships: ESFI Coverage, Day One

By ESFI World on March 24th, 2012.

Our e-sports correspondent is ESFI World’s Samuel Lingle

Spring is here! Flowers are blooming, the grass is greening, the birds are back from their migrations, and the nerds are flocking to the Columbus Convention Center. It’s time for Major League Gaming’s Winter Championship. Yea. Winter Championship.

So MLG may not be good at naming things, but that’s not what they do. They throw video game tournaments, and their first big one of 2012 is this weekend in Columbus, Ohio.
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E-Sporting Chance: The March Round-Up

By ESFI World on March 22nd, 2012.

Our e-sports correspondent is ESFI World’s Samuel Lingle

It’s been a month since the last e-sports update, but fear not. They’re returning with weekly regularity. In theory.

Today I’m going to recap most of the bigger events of the past month or so, considering there was a lot of exciting stuff you guys may have missed. It’s StarCraft heavy by necessity, as the majority of e-sport events these days feature Blizzard’s popular RTS.

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E-Sporting Chance: Around The World

By ESFI World on February 5th, 2012.


RPS’ e-sports correspondent is ESFI World’s Samuel Lingle.

E-sports lacks many of the catalysts that foster rivalry in other professional sports. There are no Manchester Derbies, since teams and players are not regionally associated. There isn’t a Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees clash; there is no division to fight over or playoff spot on the line throughout a season. Instead, rivalries in e-sports must grow more organically, from chance meetings in important matches to drama outside the game. But there’s one thing that players of both electronic and traditional sports are sure to get pumped over – (pride in) their nation of origin.
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E-Sporting Chance: 2012 Kick Off

By ESFI World on January 15th, 2012.


Our e-sports correspondent is ESFI World’s Samuel Lingle.

E-sports in 2012 got going quickly as a number of January events opened the year. The Global StarCraft 2 League (GSL) kicked off their new season. The fighting game community knocked off APEX 2012, featuring Super Smash Bros and various other titles. The DotA 2 beta continues to chug along with various tournaments and leagues. The biggest of the past week, though, was the StarCraft 2 tournament at HomeStory Cup IV. Coverage and results right here.
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E-Sporting Chance: 2011′s Achievements

By RPS on January 9th, 2012.


ESFI World‘s Sam Lingle wraps up the events of 2011.

Two years ago, it would have been easy to give e-sports up for dead, especially in North America. MLG’s console league was having some success, and ESL was still puttering along in Europe, though without the growth that marked the earlier years of this decade. E-sports seemed to have hit a wall after the disastrous end to the Championship Gaming Series. 2011 changed that.

A slew of new e-sport titles have energized the scene. Fans have turned out to events in throngs unimaginable compared to previous events in North America and Europe. Streaming media platforms like Twitch.TV, Own3D.TV, and UStream have helped create a community around the fans and players no one ever dreamed possible. Developers have committed to e-sports in ways never before seen. It was an important year. Let’s look at the details.
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