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2 years ago

Blizzcon Gets First Overwatch World Cup Winners With Clean Sweep Grand Finals

This weekend saw the finals of the Overwatch [official site] World Cup at Blizzcon. I told you about that one on Friday, if memory serves? Ah yes! Good good. It was essentially an exhibition match with a title at stake. I've been catching up with the action this morning over my porridge and I have to say, the final itself was pretty lopsided. I won't…

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Blizzard’s Overwatch League Will Start Next Year

Blizzard is capitalizing on the huge success of Overwatch [official site] by launching a new eSports league. The Overwatch League aims to give every Overwatch player a chance to rise in the rankings and have a chance to join a pro team while avoiding some of the pitfalls that have plagued other eSports leagues in recent years.

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KeSPA Announces Closure Of StarCraft Proleague

The Korea e-Sports Association, KeSPA, has announced it will be discontinuing the world's longest-running esports league, the StarCraft ProLeague as of 18 October. Its closure comes after 14 seasons of competitive play across the Brood War and SC2 iterations of the franchise. You can read the statement in full after the jump but I wanted to say that the golden years of competitive StarCraft were…

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Overwatch’s Plans For Symmetra And New Gamemodes

Overwatch [official site], aka The MOBA Where The Camera Is Lodged In Your Head, is in a permanent state of flux. The creators at Blizzard consistently fiddle with every little thing like a gang of fussy monks micromanaging a Zen garden. Latest on their list of tiny stones to shift are the power and abilities of Symmetra, a hero who can place small turrets which…

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Dota 2: The Boston Major, Plus Fall Battle Pass Arrives

Dota 2's [official site] schedule for the latter part of 2016 will see pro players focusing in on the next Major tournament, which will take place in Boston in early December. Meanwhile, everyone else (and maybe the pros too) can take a peek at the latest battle pass if they fancy seasonal loot/cosmetics/competitive mini-tournaments. I'm grouping these announcements together because there's an autumnal map reskin…

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Dota 2 Patch Brings Tiny Adjustments, Meta Thoughts

A non-major but still interesting Dota 2 [official site] patch has dropped. 6.88e is all about tweaks, as you'd expect from a patch with a letter on the end of it, rather than one which heralds a whole jump forward in numbering. The reason it's interesting is more that it gives me a chance to talk about a thought related to patches and living games…

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Rocket League Rumble Racing to Release Next Week

Rocket League's [official site] new Rumble mode will bring a slew of delightful new powerups, we already knew, and now we know a few more things. For one, you'll get to play with all of these new features when Rumble launches on September 8, at long last. It's not all car-soccer silliness, though. Psyonix are preparing for the next spate of Rocket League tournaments, and…

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League Of Legends: The Importance Of Laneswap Patch And Revenue Drama

Catching up on what I missed while I was out of town means I'm currently picking through the fallout from an interview with Andy 'Reginald' Dinh about how a major change to a part of the early game involving swapping lanes wrought by a League Of Legends [official site] patch affect affects professional players. Regi owns one of the most well-known teams on the LoL…

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eGames Announce Which Games Are Going To Rio

The competitive games being featured as part of the eGames competition over in Rio from 15-16 August has been announced. Remember the eGames? They were announced a little while ago as an esports tournament that would run alongside the Olympics in Rio but wouldn't actually be part of the Olympics. So a kind of Olympics-ish-by-proximity affair which seemed to be experimenting with the idea of…

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Mei The Best Team Win: Overwatch Open Starts Today With $300,000 Prize Pool

The biggest Overwatch [official site] tournament organised so far starts today, where teams will compete for a share of a $300,000 prize pool. The Overwatch Open will run until September, when its grand final will be held in Atlanta. The final will see the ultimate winner take away a grand prize of $100,000, while the runners-up will get $32,000. You could say they will be…

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Overwatch Competitive Mode: Jeff Kaplan Talks Changes, Rewards And MMR

Overwatch [official site] launched in May but Competitive Play mode has been notable in its absence. The team will be relaunching Competitive Play at the end of June but until now details of how it was being reworked were scant to say the least! Now game director Jeff Kaplan has offered a far more in-depth insight into what's changed and how the mode will work…

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Dota 2: Manila Major Succeeding Where Shanghai Failed

Now that we're a few days into the Manila Major [official site], and given how unimpressive the Shanghai Major was in terms of showcasing professional Dota 2 [official site], I wanted to say how much I'm enjoying this event and how much better of a production it is. This isn't an in-depth look, more of a pat on the back, but I think there are…

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3 years ago

ESL And Pro Teams Form Esports Governing Body

ESL have announced the formation of the World Esports Association (WESA), an organisation which aims to "oversee standardized tournament regulations, player representation as well as revenue sharing for teams." If you're aware of the mishmash of acronyms that forms the world of esports tournaments, this might not seem of much interest, but WESA is different in that it's not a new league but a regulatory…

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Dota 2: Direct Invites To Manila Major Revealed

Valve have announced the teams getting a direct invite to its Dota 2 competition in the Philippines; the Manila Major [official site]. The Manila Major is the final Valve-sponsored uber tournament for Dota 2 before the massive annual event that is The International. It's the first year the Majors have taken place and some have worked out better than others but they've been a big…

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Rocket League Official Championship Announced

Rocket League [official site] and Esports may seem like a match made in heaven, yet, somewhat surprisingly, the ball-cage-cars 'em up has gone without an official competitive league since launch last July. Enter the inaugural Rocket League Championship Series, which will see players compete for the first ever Rocket League Championship title and a prize pool of $75,000 (£53 grand).

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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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