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5 months ago

Fortnite’s first major esports season starts this weekend

Fortnite may have taken over the world and forced the BBC to dedicate a comical number of hours to silly dances and pondering if they're corrupting our youth, but until now it hadn't entirely dominated esports. That's liable to change soon, as Epic are putting $8,000,000 in the pot for their upcoming Summer Skirmish series of competitive events; eight weeks of big money matches, with…

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6 months ago

Ready Steady Pan is a TF2 tournament where you can only attack with frying pans

There's a 'this is the pinnacle of esports' joke right there on the table, but I'm gonna say straight up that Ready Steady Pan is an absolute mess to spectate. But what a spectacularly daft mess it is. This is 6v6 Team Fortress 2, where everyone is only allowed to attack with frying pans and food. And urine, for some reason. The community-run "semi-competitive tournament"…

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OpenAI’s Dota 2 bots sets their sights on the big leagues

It's easy enough to make a bot that can trounce a human player in a first-person shooter - just react faster and shoot straighter - but anything strategic presents a fresh set of exceptionally complex problems. To this day, few Starcraft or Dota bots could rival a decently skilled player or group, at least until now. AI research group OpenAI reckon that their Dota 2…

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7 months ago

Clickuorice Allsorts: burnout in the Overwatch League

As Blizzard's Overwatch League nears the end of its first season, Nicole Carpenter on Dot Esports takes a look at the "blurred line between work and play" and the stresses and strains it has placed upon players. With at least one team working 70-odd hour weeks, some players are experiencing mental and physical exhaustion, burning out before even the first season's done. Blizzard are experimenting…

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9 months ago

Oh, Canada! Dota 2 International moves venue

In the period of my life where free time basically equated to Dota time, I'd have loved nothing more than to go the International - especially if it was the one where my friends managed to get themselves trapped in a lift with Blitz. No doubt to avoid a repeat of that incident, Valve are moving this year's main Dota 2 tournament to Canada, where…

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10 months ago

Rainbow Six Siege Invitational’s Quarter-Finals are live

It took a lot of tactical face-shooting to get here, but the virtual bloodbath that is the Six Invitational is in its final days. Down to just 8 teams, the final few matches will be playing out over the course of today and the weekend. At the time of writing, Brazil's Faze Clan are in a very close-fought match against US-based Evil Geniuses. The high stakes match…

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Japan’s esports players can now earn money, despite country’s gambling laws

Despite holding some of the first televised videogame battles back in the ‘80s, esports has been all but nonexistent in Japan. This is due to the cheerily named “Act Against Unjustifiable Premiums and Misleading Representations,” a law which was chiefly aimed at curbing the growing Yakuza interests in video poker but which had the side effect of making it extremely difficult for players in the…

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11 months ago

Overwatch launches $5 Overwatch League team kits

Blizzard's swanky Overwatch League kicks off on Wednesday, with 12 teams representing cities across the globe, and what sport would be complete without flogging expensive merch? Blizzard today launch "jersey" skins, letting Overwatch characters wear your favourite team's clobber for $5 each. Five dollars! If you just like pretty skins, hey, Blizzard are letting all players buy one outfit for free so pick yourself something…

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12 months ago

Valve pull support from major Philippines Dota 2 tournament, citing privacy concerns

Valve have stopped supporting an upcoming Dota 2 tournament over concerns that the Philippines government would make "unreasonable infringements on the privacy" of players entering the country. Valve don't elaborate on why they're dropping the Galaxy Battles 2018 tourney, which was due to run January 15-21, but it seems mandatory government drug testing for esports players is likely to blame. The tournament might continue in…

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1 year ago

London team confirmed for Overwatch League

eSports organisation Cloud9 will represent London in the Overwatch League [official site], Blizzard have confirmed. The team won't have an official stadium until after 2018, but when they do I'm envisaging half-time pies, coloured scarves and chants of Overwatch is coming home, it's coming home, it's coming etc etc (I know that's not accurate at all, but it's the first England-specific football chant I could think of,…

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Dota 2’s $23.3m tournament kicks off!

1. The International 2017 - the seventh annual Dota 2 [official site] megatournament has just started and there's a noteworthy $23.3m prize pool at stake. 2. I forgot to tell you that before it got underway because I was having a capslock conversation with Alice about how DEREK ACORAH AND PAUL DANAN ARE IN THE CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER HOUSE TOGETHER RIGHT NOW. 3. There is…

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BBC Three showing live esports for next six weekends

Well, East me Enders and Pano my Rama: live Esports is coming to to the BBC this month. BBC Three (which is now online only) will broadcast the new Gfinity Elite League Series One, which means four hours of Rocket League, CS:GO and Street Fighter V on iPlayer every weekend for the next six weeks. There's a proper schedule and everything: Fridays at 9pm is…

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Dota 2 newcomer stream returns to megabucks tourney

With mega Dota 2 [official site] competition The International 2017 on the esports horizon, Valve have gone into more detail about what fans can expect from the tournament. There's a new host in the form of Sean "Day9" Plott (you might know him from his work in the pro StarCraft scene, the Hearthstone scene, or the pro Dota 2 scene, or for hosting cheery fanzine…

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Imagine Dragons. Go on. Imagine them.

Sometimes I don't think we make the most of being a blog and thus less formal than our online counterparts. I mean, I was thinking about it today and there's... nothing stopping me from writing a news story just to announce that Warriors by Imagine Dragons is still out there and I'm still listening to it and that it's still the pinnacle of League of…

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2 years 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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League of Legends: The MSI 2017 winners are…

PREAMBLE BEFORE THE JUMP BECAUSE SPOILERS BLAH BLAH BLAH AND REMINDER THAT THE MID-SEASON INVITATIONAL IS THE CROSS-REGIONAL TOURNAMENT BETWEEN SPRING AND SUMMER. IT'S A TOURNAMENT IN ITS OWN RIGHT BUT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE DOING WELL AT MSI HAS A POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOUR SEEDING FOR THE WORLDS CHAMPIONSHIP ETC ETC! The winners of the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational 2017 tournament are:

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YouTube lands another competitive CS:GO exclusive streaming deal

If you want to watch the competitive CS:GO action of the Esports Championship Series this weekend, you'll need to fire up YouTube. ECS organisers Faceit have signed a multi-year partnership with Google to streamed ECS games exclusively through YouTube, taking them away from Twitch. Even if you've no interest in CS:GO or digital sports at large, it's interesting to see YouTube try to become an…

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League of Legends taking Worlds 2017 to China

League of Legends' [official site] developer, Riot, has announced the 2017 season's main event locations - the Mid-Season Invitational will be setting up shop in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro while the World Championship will be spending a month moving around China to top off the season. There are also some structural changes which are interesting if you follow the professional LoL scene like…

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Burn, baby, burn: Inferno replaces Dust2 in CS:GO

Valve has announced that the iconic Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [official site] map, Dust2 will be removed from active duty and replaced with the Inferno map. Dust2 will still be playable, but it exists as a separate map group for the casual and deathmatch game modes. As a result of this swap, you'll no longer see Dust2 in professional esports tournaments.

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