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10 months ago

Plunkbat tournament ends in a desperate standoff

Over the weekend, 20 teams duked it out at IEM Oakland Playerunknown's Battlegrounds Invitational, fighting over cash and bragging rights. Most games were won by different teams, and places two to five were hotly contested, but by the end there was a clear winner with a sizeable lead. If you don’t want the tournament spoiled, I suggest not reading on.

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1 year ago

IEM drops League of Legends from its 2017 schedule

League of Legends [official site] has been dropped from Intel Extreme Masters pro-gaming events as it is no longer viable to try to work around LoL developer Riot's own pro-gaming calendar. IEM is a professional gaming tournament season run by the ESL organisation. It features a varied lineup of games and hosts high-profile LAN competitions in various locations around the world. The huge shindig in…

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3 years ago

Feature: The best of the action from Poland

League Of Legends: The Best Of IEM Katowice

IEM (Intel Extreme Masters) is noteworthy in the professional League of Legends [official site] calendar as it's one of the last international tournaments not to fall under Riot's own umbrella. Katowice is the IEM World Championship; a culminating event that takes the winners from a year's worth of IEM tournaments as well as selected teams who are invited from the more popular regions. With $100,000…

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AnyKey: ESL, Intel Announce Esports Diversity Initiative

Esports company ESL [official site] have partnered with Intel to found the AnyKey organisation. The group's aim is "supporting diversity in and around the competitive gaming industry." ESL goes on to add: "The organisation’s core goal is to create more opportunities and inclusive spaces, whilst advocating for the underrepresented members of competitive communities, such as women, LGBTQ participants, and people of colour."

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League Of Legends: UK Teams And The Path To LCS

Riot is increasing support of regional amateur League of Legends [official site] teams and will be giving a UK squad a chance at joining the EU pro scene's Challenger Series. That's the one which carries with it a chance of promotion into the top tier of play - the LCS. By now I suspect RPS readers are familiar with the existence of seasons of top…

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Heroes Of The Storm: How Spring Esports Is Shaping Up

Blizzard has announced the full details of its Heroes of the Storm [official site] Spring Global Championship with eight regional shindigs culminating in a Global Championship event in April. The various prize pools for all of this top $1m and the company will be rinsing and repeating for a Summer and Fall season as well. I'll put their more detailed breakdown below with prizes and…

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ESL Announce Dates For $250,000 CS:GO Event

"You used to call me on my cell phone," announced ESL in a press release. No wait, I have Drake stuck in my head. He is the one banging on about a girl not phoning him anymore and being tedious about it. ESL were getting in touch about the 2016 dates for their mega Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament, ESL One Cologne. It'll be taking place…

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Feature: The skinny on ESL's big Dota 2 event

Dote Night: Capitalist’s Ones To Watch At ESL One Frankfurt

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 WEEK, however, she will be chatting to Dota 2 caster Capitalist about the upcoming ESL One competition! I went to the inaugural ESL One Frankfurt…

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4 years ago

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

Photo: Kelly Kline 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…

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