eSports

The 2022 Asian Games will feature Esports as a medal event

Esports has become more and more mainstream in the last couple of years, and it’s only a matter of time before it gets the recognition that is deserves, which seems to be getting one step closer. The Olympic Council of Asia announced that they have signed a partnership deal with Alisport, a subsidiary of Alibaba, a Chinese online retailer, to bring Esports to the Asian Games in 2022. HE, She...

StarCraft Remaster rumoured to be revealed soon

As it does every few months, the long rumoured StarCraft Remaster is back up again although this time, it seems like it is hitting closer than many imagined. Sports Seoul is reporting [via TeamLiquid] that StarCraft Remaster (which is the official name) is coming in the next few months, estimating a May or June release. This would be simply a visual upgrade with no changes to original gameplay fro...

Watch this Heroes of the Dorm documentary and fall in love with Esports

During Blizzcon 2016 they screened A New Hero: The Rise of College Esports and I was blown away. Besides the insane production quality, watching these university students struggle with balancing game time and studies, the pressures of being launched into the spotlight and more, I sat spellbound. Take a look into how Heroes of the Storm is being used in America to literally change the lives of a ha...

EVO 2017 gets dates and an intense trailer

When people think of the large eSports events their attention is quickly drawn to Dota 2’s International or the League of Legends World Championship and that’s quite unfortunate. While those events are spectacles to behold and are always enjoyable to watch, they just don’t have that community feel to them. Don’t get me wrong, they bring in the fans of the games but it’...

BlizzCon 2016: The Overwatch League will include player salaries and regular events

  Get ready for a lot more competitive Overwatch! The Overwatch League was announced and it looks like a pretty crazy ecosystem for professional Overwatch players. The league is focused on creating long-term stability for players, just like how traditional sports do. Starting next year, the Overwatch League will start at a combine for invited players to try out for teams through a obstacle co...

Today I am watching eSports live in a cinema. Pinch me, I’m dreaming

What a time to be alive. We have AI in charge of datacentres to manage electricity bills. Rockets that can be re-used for missions into space. Self-driving buses (or busses). Hordes of people playing Pokémon and talking about them. We also have eSports events being live broadcast to cinemas. Yeah, times are pretty good. The Telkom DGL Masters for Dota 2 happens this weekend, with eight teams battl...

Valve finally starts throwing money at its other child – CSGO prize pool grows

If you talk about money in eSports, someone will mention Dota 2’s The International. Valve has another game with a strong eSports following, but CS:GO is in a completely different league from its own MOBA. Now, things are finally starting to change. Beginning with MLG Columbus 2016, each CS:GO Major Championship prize pool will be $1 million. That is a massive jump from $250,000. [quote]R...

22 Year Old Brit Signs With VfL Wolfsburg… To Play FIFA

A 22 year old Wolverhampton local , David Bytheway, has recently signed with Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg who, last season, finished 2nd in the league. The spin to the story is that he won’t be training with the like of Bas Dost, Max Kruse or any of the other team members. He’s one of two professional FIFA players signed by the club to partake in the FIFA Interactive World Cup. By the...

Activision buying out MLG?

Activision Blizzard are set to buy out Major League Gaming and pretty much close down the eSports company if documents obtained and posted by Esports Observer are to be believed. The unconfirmed deal is set to be worth in the region of $46 million and it has been reported that the deal was approved on December 21st 2015. No official announcement has been made by Activision or MLG but there are spe...

EA announces ‘competitive games division’ with Peter Moore in charge

eSports is a bigger deal than most make it out to be these days. In some instances there is more money to be made with eSports than some traditional sports (have a look if you don’t believe us) and that amount of money invested in eSports is only growing every year. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, League of Legends, Starcraft, DOTA 2 and many more games have succeeded when it comes the the compet...

StarCraft 2 players and coach arrested for matchfixing

The Korean eSports scene is reeling after a matchfixing scandal was discovered. A number of players and their coach have been arrested. They will also be banned from the competitive StarCraft 2 scene for life. Prime’s head coach, Gerrard (Park Wae-Sik) and YoDa  (Choi Byeong-Heon) have been banned for life. 10 others were arrested, including  former progamer and esports journalist Enough (Se...

Sorry CS:GO, no International type event for you

With Dota 2’s International 5 all wrapped up and some $18 million given away in prizes, you would think that other games from Valve might get similar events to up their competitive standards and prestige. You thought wrong. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the second most played game on Steam, behind Dota 2. Counter-Strike was big in eSports before Dota 2 was even something we could play,...

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