Posts Tagged ‘eSports’

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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Report: Counter-Strike And Controversy At Dreamhack

By Rich Stanton on December 1st, 2014.

Dreamhack Winter was held over 27th to 29th of November, and included the last major Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament of 2014. It was held in the recent context of professional players being outed as cheaters, a commensurate fug of spectator paranoia, and CS: GO’s ever-rising popularity – viewer figures for the final topped out at around 430,000 people, which rises to just over half a million with syndication, meaning the largest audience the series has ever had. The tournament delivered, in scarcely-believable fashion, another huge cheating scandal, a new era for CS: GO’s most popular team, and some of the best games in recent memory. Let’s roll.

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Dote Night: The Perfect Crowd

By Philippa Warr on November 12th, 2014.

My favourite musician from League of Legends' Worlds final

Part of a miscellany of serious thoughts, animal gifs, and anecdotage from the realm of MOBAs/hero brawlers/lane-pushers/ARTS/tactical wizard-em-ups. One day Pip might even tell you the story of how she bumped into Na’Vi’s Dendi at a dessert buffet cart.

This column usually focuses on Dota 2 exclusively but today I’m looking at the experience of going to live eSports events so it’ll dip into League of Legends territory. I’m not sorry!

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Dote Night: BTS and joinDOTA On Fixing Match-Fixing

By Philippa Warr on October 29th, 2014.

Arrow taking a tower, not yet aware of their disqualification

Part of a miscellany of serious thoughts, animal gifs, and anecdotage from the realm of MOBAs/hero brawlers/lane-pushers/ARTS/tactical wizard-em-ups. One day Pip might even tell you the story of how she bumped into Na’Vi’s Dendi at a dessert buffet cart.

Last week I went into detail about the match-fixing scandal which affected three teams from the South East Asia region. For this week’s Dote Night I’ve been in touch with David ‘GoDz’ Parker of Beyond The Summit (BTS) whose tournament was affected by one of the teams, and with Dennis ‘HolyMaster’ Schumacher, who’s responsible for the joinDOTA organisation’s tournaments. I wanted to talk to them about how eSports organisations handle match-fixing allegations as well as why doing so is important.

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Wot I Learned: League Of Legends Q&A

By Philippa Warr on October 26th, 2014.

Dustin Beck - a man with a strong backdrop

On the eve of the biggest event in the League of Legends calendar – the World Championship finals – Riot were in the mood for a Q&A. To that end, founders Marc Merrill and Brandon Beck took to a little stage in Seoul’s World Cup Stadium, alongside Vice President of eSports Dustin Beck. They were sitting on metal stools holding mics, so I was vaguely wondering whether there would be an announcement like “Well, this eSports stuff is great and all but we’ve decided to form a boyband.”

That didn’t happen, more’s the pity. They also didn’t use the term “esport-thlete” for pro gamers. Seriously. What’s it going to take to get that one into common parlance? In fairness, despite the aforementioned shortcomings they did say a fair bit about the direction they’re hoping to take LoL over the coming year – particularly the competitive side of things. I’ve pulled out some of the themes and highlights for your consideration below and also added in a few bits and bobs from my own brainbone.

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LoL World Championships Kicks Off, Has Ridiculous Trailer

By Ben Barrett on September 18th, 2014.

E-sports continues, wonderfully, to become its own parody. The League of Legends World Championships kicked off today with the sixteen best teams, having qualified throughout the year, competing over the next month to decide who’s best. Chances are you can watch it right now, either live or on rebroadcast as they seem to be aiming for a 24/7 schedule. In celebration, Riot have put together an animated trailer showcasing the most common attributes of League players – hoodies and superpowers. It’s likely sillier than you’re imagining.

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