Posts Tagged ‘eSports’

ESL Announces “World’s Largest” CS:GO Event

By Philippa Warr on February 19th, 2015.

Ninjas in Pyjamas winning at Gamescom 2014
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ESL has announced a $250,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament to be held in Cologne from August 22-23 calling it the “largest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event in the world”.

The eSports company has had big money tournaments for CS:GO before (a couple of $250,000 prize pool tournaments in 2014 including one at GamesCom) and there’s another one on the horizon (a $250,000 prize pool for ESL ONE Katowice’s CS:GO event). What they’re trumpeting here is the capacity of the venue. The tournament will be held in the LANXESS arena which holds 15,000.

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Gfinity Announce First UK Esports Arena

By Philippa Warr on February 18th, 2015.

G3 in 2014

The UK is getting its own dedicated eSports venue (well, for a while) from March thanks to a partnership between Gfinity and Vue – you know, the cinema people.

The venue, named the Gfinity Arena, will actually be a dedicated section of Vue’s Fulham Broadway multiplex capable of holding 600 people. It’s expected to host 25 events over the course of its lifespan. Some of those will be part of the Gfinity Championships (their own eSports tournament featuring StarCraft 2, Call of Duty, CS:GO, Hearthstone and FIFA 15) but there’s also the potential for other events. As a spokesperson told me via email:

“The Gfinity Championships will focus on this elite level, however, we will also be staging open events, so that UK amateur teams can experience playing in the arena.”

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Phrase Alert: L’Esports D’Escalier

By Philippa Warr on February 12th, 2015.

D'oh

Sometimes you see a phrase and it’s like you don’t know how your vocabulary has functioned without it for so long. Today Chris Hecker’s blog (you know – him off Spy Party) introduced me to to the term “l’esports d’escalier“.

It came into his life via a tweet by a chap called Matthew R.F. Balousek and he’s taken it to mean that moment when you realise the perfect play you should have made in a competitive online game well after the window for making said play has passed.

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Dote Night: LoL Tourney Abandons Awful LGBT Rules

By Philippa Warr on February 4th, 2015.

The Iron Solari tournament

Hello! This edition of Dote Night is about a controversy which erupted yesterday in regards to the rules for a women-only League of Legends tournament run by the Garena organisation. The specifics are obviously about League of Legends and about this particular tournament, but the reason the rules are problematic is because they tap into stereotypes and assumptions which permeate across the pro scene and across games. It’s also a good place to bring up a study which looked at female and male League player skill which is important for how we think about both recreational and professional gaming. Here goes!

eSports organisation Garena has updated the rules for a Philippines-based League of Legends tournament in order to remove restrictions originally placed on LGBT players.

I’ll explain the original rules and why they were problematic in a second but the update means they now state that “any player who self-identifies as female will be allowed to participate” and “We sincerely apologize for any offense we caused to the LGBT and gaming communities.”

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Fantasy League Of Legends And The $1m Prize Pool

By Philippa Warr on February 2nd, 2015.

It spreads out over multiple weeks and contests, by the way.

Vulcun [official site] – a fantasy League of Legends venture – has announced it’s beefed up its prize pool from $250,000 to $1 million.

Fantasy eSports sites aren’t new. Riot has its own fantasy leagues for its MOBA, League of Legends, there was one as part of the International 2013 compendium for Dota 2 and for subsequent events like DreamLeague, Smite has one…

But this one is big and is trumpeting loudly about the available prize fund. I decided to write about it because fantasy leagues in traditional sports are a huge business and Vulcun’s growth seems to be a good demonstration (so far – I mean it’s really early days for the site) of how that’s being taken up in eSports.

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Valve Bans Players Caught In CS:GO Match-fixing

By Philippa Warr on January 27th, 2015.

When you refuse to take shots like this people are going to ask questions, Steel.

Valve have banned seven individuals from all the events Valve sponsor as a result of the recent Counter-Strike: Global Offensive matchfixing scandal. If you weren’t following the story here’s what happened:

A top American team called iBUYPOWER lost a match to NetcodeGuides.com. The match was part of the CEVO Professional Season 5 and featured a lot of bizarre decisions and odd play from iBUYPOWER. Jetlag and lack of map familiarity were the reasons given by the team but a Daily Dot investigation pieced together text and chat messages along with betting behaviour from the CSGO Lounge to put together a convincing case that iBUYPOWER threw the match on purpose.

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League Of Legends Announces Global Invitational

By Philippa Warr on January 16th, 2015.

LoL  fans at Gamescom

Competitive League of Legends will be getting a new Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) event which pits teams from the five major regions against one another. Teams from elsewhere in the world will be getting a separate multi-region event in which to duke it out.

The Mid-Season Invitational will take place in the period between each global region’s spring and summer split. If you’re not familiar with the terminology, splits are periods of weeks over which a number of matches are played between regional teams. It’s kind of like a football season and there are similar opportunities for promotion into the league from the Challenger series, relegation and player transfers.

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Smite Crowns First World Champions

By Philippa Warr on January 12th, 2015.

The Smite World Championship is an eSports event taking place in Atlanta, Georgia. The prize pool is just over $2.6 million making it the third biggest in eSports history. Pip is out there writing daily reports, exploring the event and putting cans of Red Bull in her handbag (just in case).

Day three of the Smite World Championships and SK Gaming squared off against Cognitive Red to settle the matter of third and fourth place. It might not seem too consequential at first glance but the community-boosted prize pool meant the victor of the match would walk away with $391,839 while the losers would score $261,226 – a difference of over $100,000*.

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Smite World Championships: Day 2 Roundup

By Philippa Warr on January 11th, 2015.

The Smite World Championship is an eSports event taking place in Atlanta, Georgia. The prize pool is just over $2.6 million making it the third biggest in eSports history. Pip is out there writing daily reports, exploring the event and putting Hershey bars in her handbag (just in case).

Kicking off day two of the Smite World Championships, Europe’s top seed Titan took on the Brazilian team, We Love Bacon. Titan were in the quarter-finals after dropping a game to the American side, Cognitive Prime while WLB made their way into the match after defeating the Chinese side, Doage Is Dog.

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Smite World Championships: Day 1 Roundup

By Philippa Warr on January 10th, 2015.

The Smite World Championship is an eSports event taking place in Atlanta, Georgia. The prize pool is just over $2.6 million making it the third biggest in eSports history. Pip is out there writing daily reports, exploring the event and putting PayDay bars in her handbag (just in case).

Day one of the Smite World Championships opened with North American favourites Cognitive Red taking on the Chinese second seed Doage Is Dog. It looked briefly like there might be an upset as DID scored first blood on Cog Red’s Hunter, Snoopy. Unfortunately for DID, that was not a sign of things to come and the rest of the kills, and indeed the game, went to the young North American side.

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Smite: Season 2 Getting New Conquest Map

By Philippa Warr on January 9th, 2015.

Turns out the Greek gods have a nice pad - who knew?

Smite‘s Conquest map will be undergoing a serious overhaul in preparation for the game’s second competitive season.

The 5 versus 5 map which gets used in eSports events as well as by regular players has been reworked with the triple goals of increasing legibility of the play area, improving strategic play when you’re playing or countering different classes of characters, and just generally de-clunking the game.

What this means in real terms is ocean vistas, a volcano dripping lava, reworked neutral minions, changes to how leashing works and so on. Wanna see?

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Smite World Championships Cheat Sheet

By Philippa Warr on January 9th, 2015.

Here’s a brief fact dump of Smite facts because the first Smite World Championship is taking place this weekend and it has the third largest prize in eSports history.

Smite. Smite. Smite. (I have typed that word too many times and now it looks unfamiliar and strange). Let’s talk $2.6 million prize pools instead of typing single words repeatedly.

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27 Million Viewers For LoL Worlds Final

By Philippa Warr on December 4th, 2014.

Samsung White and then HUGE SAMSUNG WHITE ON MASSIVE SCREENS

27 million tuned in to watch the League of Legends World Championship finals between Samsung Galaxy White and Star Horn Royal Club, Riot have announced.

That number is down 5 million from last year when 32 million watched SK Telecom T1 defeat Royal Club at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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