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Posts tagged “e-sports”

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An E-Sporting Chance: Teeming With Teams

Our e-sports Eye (Of Sauron) is Jeb Boone. In E-sports, teams come and go like the tides. Even after the e-sports boom of 2010, stability is difficult to seize and maintain. Last week, Quantic Gaming disbanded. Quantic fielded StarCraft 2, League of Legends and Call of Duty squads that performed with relative success for two years. For teams to do well financially, it takes a…

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An E-Sporting Chance: Hacked Dreams

Our e-sports correspondent is Jeb Boone. In an unprecedented bout of cooperation among e-sports companies, three of the world’s largest tournaments organizations have announced a partnership – creating what is effectively the largest global e-sports conglomerate in the history of the industry. Germany’s Electronic Sports League, Sweden’s Dreamhack and the US’ Major League gaming announced the partnership earlier this week.

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An E-Sporting Chance: Eventboom

Our e-sports correspondent is Jeb Boone. The e-sports community is in the midst of a mad scramble to organize tournaments. There are such a large number of events this month it’s enough to overwhelm even the most dedicated fans. While many prominent members of the community argue over tournament oversaturation and eschatological speculations, this November is one of the most important months for the industry…

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An E-Sporting Chance: OSL

Our e-sports correspondent is Jeb Boone. A dearth of tournaments outside of Asia has left western e-sports of every stripe wallowing in controversy. The StarCraft 2 community continues to cannibalize itself with vitriol and a player shake up has League of Legends fans up in arms. A few glimmers of hope have steered StarCraft fans in a more positive direction and, with any luck, an…

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An E-Sporting Chance: The Fates

Our e-sports correspondent is EFSI World's Jeb Boone. This week he looks at the worries around Starcraft 2, and the impact League Of Legends is having on the pro community. On Wednesday, October 17th, the Fates seemed to be conspiring to kill e-sports. Like their Roman counterparts, the e-sports Parcae spin, measure and cut the USB cord of life, deciding what will live, and who…

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From Our Tank Correspondent, Part 2: The As-Liveblog

[Part one is here.] I found myself in Moscow at the weekend, reporting on the Ural Steel 2012, a World of Tanks tournament with a top prize of $35,000. There were many tanks, as evidenced in part one of my adventures. But there was also lots of tense team-based drama. Being both unprepared and a terrible person, I found myself unable to liveblog the event…

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Blizzard Crafts One SCII Championship To Rule Them All

E-sports are complicated - and not just because they involve phrases like "300 actions per minute."  Planet Earth, you see, is broken up into these colossal rocks - oft-believed to be kept afloat by a colorful assortment of giant sea turtles - called continents. And within these continents are countries, states, cities, and provinces, each with their own rich cultures and unique perspectives. Which is…

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MLG Winter Championships: ESFI Coverage, Day Three

Our e-sports correspondent is ESFI World’s Samuel Lingle. It’s been a long time coming, but Jung-Hoon “MarineKing” Lee deserves his crown. The man famed for his uncanny ability to be the first loser quelled all talk of second place curses by following his MLG Winter Arena victory with an MLG Winter Championship itself, earning $25,000.

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MLG Winter Championships: ESFI Coverage, Day Two

The second day of Major League Gaming’s Winter Championship culled a field of nearly two hundred competitors to a lean twenty-four. The Columbus Convention Center was packed for the meat of the Starcraft 2 tournament, with fans cramming into MLG’s massive seating area while cheering, dancing with MLG commentator Sean “Day[9]” Plott, watching some great Starcraft 2, and generally having a good time. The story…

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MLG Winter Championships: ESFI Coverage, Day One

Our e-sports correspondent is ESFI World's Samuel Lingle Spring is here! Flowers are blooming, the grass is greening, the birds are back from their migrations, and the nerds are flocking to the Columbus Convention Center. It’s time for Major League Gaming’s Winter Championship. Yea. Winter Championship. So MLG may not be good at naming things, but that’s not what they do. They throw video game…

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E-Sporting Chance: The March Round-Up

Our e-sports correspondent is ESFI World's Samuel Lingle It’s been a month since the last e-sports update, but fear not. They’re returning with weekly regularity. In theory. Today I’m going to recap most of the bigger events of the past month or so, considering there was a lot of exciting stuff you guys may have missed. It’s StarCraft heavy by necessity, as the majority of…

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E-Sporting Chance: Around The World

RPS' e-sports correspondent is ESFI World's Samuel Lingle. E-sports lacks many of the catalysts that foster rivalry in other professional sports. There are no Manchester Derbies, since teams and players are not regionally associated. There isn’t a Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees clash; there is no division to fight over or playoff spot on the line throughout a season. Instead, rivalries in e-sports…

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E-Sporting Chance: 2012 Kick Off

Our e-sports correspondent is ESFI World's Samuel Lingle. E-sports in 2012 got going quickly as a number of January events opened the year. The Global StarCraft 2 League (GSL) kicked off their new season. The fighting game community knocked off APEX 2012, featuring Super Smash Bros and various other titles. The DotA 2 beta continues to chug along with various tournaments and leagues. The biggest…

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E-Sporting Chance: 2011’s Achievements

ESFI World's Sam Lingle wraps up the events of 2011. Two years ago, it would have been easy to give e-sports up for dead, especially in North America. MLG’s console league was having some success, and ESL was still puttering along in Europe, though without the growth that marked the earlier years of this decade. E-sports seemed to have hit a wall after the disastrous…

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E-Sporting Chance: A Tale Of Two Heroes

We've decided that it's time for the hivemind to turn its unblinking gaze on the world of e-sports, and to do that we've recruited our chums over at ESFI World to give us a weekly taste of what's happening on the various competitive and pro-gaming circuits around the world. Introducing this new column is the story of the recent MLG finals in Providence. E-sports drama,…

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The $100,000 North American Star League

Starcraft II's competitive side is really beginning to catch fire, with the North American Star League announcing that their first season will have $100,000 of prize money available. Three seasons have reportedly secured funding, with the last one bringing in $200,000 in prizes. That first season is taking place from April 5th for thirteen weeks. It'll be viewable five nights a week at 5pm PST,…

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Talk Sport: Street Fighter IV vs. StarCraft 2

There's something distinctly feminine about choosing to get really good at a game. Unlike the very male experience of playing whatever, whenever, basically playing as much as you can get, basically waddling around the game shop with your trousers round your ankles, choosing to get good at a game requires commitment, or even devotion. More difficultly, it also requires that you choose a suitor.

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