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Feature: Goats will eat anything, you know

Know It OWL: Goat herding in the Overwatch League

The Overwatch League is finally back tomorrow*! Before that, though, we've got plenty to cover: a turbulent preseason showing, last minute player issues, and a look at the most exciting upcoming games. First, though, we’ve got to talk about Goats.

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Competitive Tennis World Tour will take place alongside this summer’s French Open

Tennis World Tour esports is back for a second year, in the form of the Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas. It’s quite a name for a tournament - not only does it not really roll off the tongue, but I also spy a rogue capital S. This is especially interesting since the PR email I received says “e-sports,” with a small s but a wayward…

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Feature: From Atlanta to Washington

Know It OWL: Previously on the Overwatch League

The Overwatch League is a complicated thing. Who could be expected to keep track of 20 teams with nearly 200 players, playing 16 games per week using 29 heroes? Well, this freelance lifestyle has to be good for something, and that something is going to be synthesising the whole thing down into weekly bite-sized pieces for you, dear reader. So hi! Welcome! We’ve got some…

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Farming Simulator digs into esports with new league

Giants Software have announced that Farming Simulator 19 is moving into esports with the launch of its own league this year. Yes, I was also confused. It seems that following the success of the first series of Farming Simulator Championships last year, Giants Software have created the franchise's first, fully-fledged esports league.

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Overwatch Contenders controversy has once again made things more difficult for women in esports

Late last year, tier two professional Overwatch team Second Wind announced that they’d signed a female player. The woman, who went by the tag “Ellie” but kept much of her identity private, was lined up to be one of very few to play in Overwatch Contenders. Though many were excited to see some variety in the male-dominated scene, Ellie was immediately subjected to harassment, including…

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Valve ban Dota 2 player from tourney over racist remark cover-up

Valve have banned Dota 2 player Carlo "Kuku" Palad from their upcoming 'Major' tournament in China over a racist comment he made mocking Chinese players in a non-tournament game earlier this year. Kuku's team, TNC Predator, initially tried to pass a cover-up story and have further muddied waters with unsupported claims that Major host city Chongqing's government threatened to cancel the tournament if he attended.…

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The best Tekken player in the world is a panda

A panda won the Tekken World Tour grand finals this weekend, rampaging through its opponents with all the anti-human rage you might expect of an endangered species. I say “panda”, I mean professional fighterman Hyeon-ho Jeong of South Korea, aka 'Rangchu', who mauled his way through the top 20 Tekken 7 players in the world using the black-eyed animal as a fighty pal. Eventually, ‘Rangchu’…

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s botmatches and GOTV are now free for all

Valve have released a free version of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, although it's more like a demo. As detailed in their latest patch notes, the free version of the ultra-popular esports FPS is limited to offline play only (including bots) and watching other players through their highly flexible GOTV spectator mode. This update also permanently retires the old 'legacy' UI, in favour of the fancy new Panorama style,…

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Feature: After three years, what state is HOTS esports in?

The rise and fall and rise again of Heroes of the Storm esports

James “Bakery” Baker no longer plays Heroes of the Storm competitively. Before retiring through injury, the 21-year old Brit was the captain and support player for Team Dignitas, widely regarded as one of the best teams in Europe – and even the world. From 2015 to 2017 he played a major role in many of the squad’s biggest tournament successes, collected more than a hundred…

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The best moments (and winners) of the PUBG Global Invitational

I spent the past five days watching the Playerunknown's Battlegrounds Global Invitational, looking on as people shoot at each other in showdowns that aren't officially stag and hen dos gone wrong. But don't listen to Brendan "Plunk" Greene. PUBG isn't about winning, it's about watching people get away with stuff that they shouldn't and laughing when things go horribly wrong.

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England won a thing!

If you're still licking your wounded pride after England stacked it in the World Cup, take solace in the news that an English team have won Blizzard's first professional Overwatch season. At the Overwatch League Grand Finals in New York over the weekend, London Spitfire--a team whose name could only be more mawkishly English if it were Sir Percy Brexitworth And The D-Day 1966ers--lifted the…

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds kicks off Invitational with free outfit

After a slapstick competitive debut with 2017's PUBG Invitational, where some matches stalled with players hiding in the sea or the 'dangerous' blue zone, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds today starts its first "major" official tournament. The PUBG Global Invitational [pubwha? -bants ed.] will bring five days of competition from twenty teams, all scrapping to be the last lads standing and claim their share of a $2 million…

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