Posts Tagged ‘ESL’

Plunkbat tournament ends in a desperate standoff

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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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IEM drops League of Legends from its 2017 schedule

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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 Katowice, Poland, where the season culminates in a world championship is potentially the best-known.

Now, according ESL’s VP of pro-gaming, Michal Blicharz, who takes care of IEM, League of Legends is being benched for the 2017-18 season because it’s simply too hard to work around Riot’s own leagues, competitions and team transfer periods. Read the rest of this entry »

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 at stake there’s plenty to play for.

Without further ado here are the teams who made it to Katowice for the IEM Season X World Championship and the stand-out moments of the tournament!

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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 level League of Legends play taking place around the world. I’m less sure how many of you know about how LoL works for the lower level teams so I’ll go into a bit more detail about how that works and also why this particular move is interesting, because it’s not just the UK getting a dedicated regional spot. Germany, Spain, France, Poland and the Nordic regions all have them too.

(FYI: Germany, Poland and Spain are in the mix for this spring split while the other three arrive in Summer)

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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 regional partners and dates and things. I suspect that when the full details for the Spring Global Championship are announced it’ll explain more about how this all feeds into the next World Championship.

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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 in Cologne’s LANXESS arena again from 8-10 July and features a beefy $250,000 total prize money.

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ESL Announces List Of Banned Substances

Remember how ESL said they would be developing anti-performance-enhancing drug policies after a CS:GO player claimed his entire team were using Adderall at an eSports event? While I was enjoying the fug of jetlag ESL announced further details on that policy including which substances will be forbidden during competition.

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ESL Speaks Out After CS:GO Adderall Usage Claims

eSports organisation ESL has issued an official statement regarding the use of performance enhancing drugs in its competitions. The statement comes after a pro CS:GO player stated “We were all on Adderall” when speaking about his team’s performance at the ESL One Katowice event.

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

Cap casting at ESL One Frankfurt 2014

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 event last year. It featured one of the best games of pro Dota 2 I’ve ever watched (Alliance v Cloud9) and, as it took place shortly before Valve’s mega-tournament The International, it was an interesting opportunity to size up some of the competitors before Seattle. This year’s event will offer similar fare – big-name teams and a chance to see how they perform on LAN in front of a massive audience – but a lot has changed over the past year. Teams have undergone massive shakeups and enchanted mangoes, octarine cores and glimmer capes abound on the battlefield. In case you’ve lost track of competitive Dota 2, here’s caster Austin ‘Capitalist’ Walsh on the current meta, the teams to watch, and the relationship between casters and players.

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

Ninjas in Pyjamas winning at Gamescom 2014
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 pool for ESL ONE Katowice’s CS:GO event). What they’re trumpeting here is the capacity of the venue. The tournament will be held in the LANXESS arena which holds 15,000.

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