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Dota 2 wildcard matches photo
Dota 2 wildcard matches

Dota 2 wildcard matches are now underway


Fighting for a chance at millions
Jul 26
// Patrick Hancock
The wildcard matches for the biggest eSports tournament of the year have officially begun! Dota 2's International 2015 tournament has already raised over $17 million, and four teams are about to fight for their shot at the pr...
eSports done wrong photo
eSports done wrong

Ladies-only Hearthstone tournament does it wrong


How hard is it to treat people equally?
Jul 22
// Jed Whitaker
Over 150,000 people watched the International Women's Invitational, a female-only Hearthstone tournament that took place in China this weekend with players from all over the world. With only eight players, the tournament...
EVO cashs in photo
EVO cashs in

EVO charging $12 for 60fps live streams


Is it worth it?
Jul 18
// Jed Whitaker
As you are probably aware, the largest fighting game tournament in the world, EVO 2015, has started and fans are watching the activities on their various Twitch streams. EVO is now only allowing 30 frames per second and high ...

EVO guide photo
EVO guide

EVO 2015 schedule


Your guide to fighting game goodness
Jul 12
// Ben Pack
Evolution, the world's largest fighting game tournament, kicks off July 17 in Las Vegas, Nevada. But fear not if you couldn't make it out to sin city, as the entire weekend of the highest-level fighting game footage will be a...
ESL MKX Pro League photo
ESL MKX Pro League

cR Sonic Fox wins Season 1 of the ELS MKX Pro League and 60k


Kitana's low-tier?
Jul 11
// Nic Rowen
Today marked the end of Season 1 of the ESL MKX Pro League with cR Sonic Fox taking the belt and a massive $60k grand prize purse after a dominant performance as Kitana in the finals. After hearing so much about how Tany...
First! photo
First!

King of the Iron Fist: $80,000 Tekken 7 tournament


Are you good at Tekken?
Jul 07
// Steven Hansen
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series and the upcoming Tekken 7, Bandai Namco is hosting the "King of the Iron Fist 2015" Tekken 7 tournament. There's a 10 million yen cash grand prize ($81,463) for the winner, so ...
Nintendo @ EVO photo
Nintendo @ EVO

Nintendo's Bill Trinen set to compete at EVO 2015


'See you in Vegas'
Jul 03
// Jordan Devore
Coming off of E3, we'll be seeing even more of Nintendo's Bill Trinen. The senior product marketing manager is signed up to participate in the Super Smash Bros. tournament at EVO later this month. "Appreciate all the EVO supp...
CEO 2015 highlights photo
CEO 2015 highlights

My favorite matches from CEO 2015


The best of the best!
Jun 29
// Patrick Hancock
CEO 2015, one of the biggest fighting game tournaments of the year, took place this weekend and had some insane moments. My favorite was probably the above match between Armada and Leffen in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Yes, it'...
CEO 2015 finals! photo
CEO 2015 finals!

Tune in to the final day of CEO 2015


All the fighting games you could want
Jun 28
// Patrick Hancock
CEO 2015 has been underway all weekend, and today is the peak of all the hype. Just about any fighting game you could ever want to watch will be streamed today with some of the best players in the world competing. The events ...
Dota 2 raking in dough photo
Dota 2 raking in dough

Dota 2 International prize pool is now the largest in eSports history


Plus, Faceless Rex courier!
Jun 05
// Patrick Hancock
The prize pool for the 2015 International Dota 2 tournament is now at $11,617,319, making it the largest eSports prize pool in history. The previous record was held by last year's tournament, which capped off at $10,930,...
Nintendo photo
Nintendo

The Nintendo World Championships will have The Legend of Zelda


It's so bad
Jun 02
// Joe Parlock
Fuck all the game and console announcements and fuck the cringe-worthy businessmen in blazers and t-shirts pretending to be excited about games, because the Nintendo World Championships is coming to E3 2015. It’s the mo...
Ultra Street Fighter IV photo
Ultra Street Fighter IV

EVO 2015 will use the Xbox 360 version of USFIV


One day Zangief's chest hair will be HD
Jun 01
// Joe Parlock
Ultra Street Fighter IV’s PlayStation 4 launch was, to put it politely, a total fucking mess: netcode problems, massive input delay, lag in single player modes and more. It seems like everyone but Destructoid’s ow...
Pokemon photo
Pokemon

'To Be the Very Best' follows real Pokemon trainers


Team Rocket steals all their 3DSes
May 28
// Joe Parlock
I’ve never paid much attention to the confusing world of competitive Pokémon. EV training, natures, actually caring about a Pokémon's stats... it all confuses me. However, a documentary currently on Kickst...
Smash Bros. photo
Smash Bros.

Smash Bros. player is being bounty hunted


Kick his ass for cash
May 21
// Laura Kate Dale
If you're a competitive Super Smash Bros. player, chances in in the last year you may have started hearing a lot about Gonzalo "Zero" Barrios. Appearing somewhat out of nowhere, he has come first in every single one-on-one Sm...
Nintendo @ E3 photo
Nintendo @ E3

Reggie's body is almost ready for the return of the Nintendo World Championships at E3


Reggie stole my workout routine
May 13
// Alissa McAloon
If you've ever wanted to see Nintendo of America's president stuff bananas into his mouth or fall off of a Wii Balance Board, you're in luck. Nintendo is bringing back the Nintendo World Championships for E3 2015, and R...
Killer Instinct photo
Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct fans maxed out the community fund in under 72 hours


$50K is going to EVO 2015
May 04
// Jordan Devore
Last week, Iron Galaxy Studios said that for a limited time, it would funnel up to $100,000 in revenue generated by digital sales of Killer Instinct into the game's tournament scene. Players had two weeks to reach that cap bu...
Fatal 8 Results photo
Fatal 8 Results

Mortal Kombat X Fatal 8 tournament ends with a bang


Good? Bad? I'm the guy with the gun
Apr 12
// Nic Rowen
Dominique “cR|Sonic Fox” McLean shot and stabbed his way through the competition to become the first official Mortal Kombat X tournament winner this weekend. Sonic Fox dominated the ESL hosted Fatal 8 tournament a...
Three-hour Dota match photo
Three-hour Dota match

Record breaking competitive Dota 2 match lasts over 3 hours


The last Hobbit movie was shorter (and less entertaining)
Mar 22
// Nic Rowen
Dota matches have a reputation for becoming grindy slogs, but I'm pretty sure they aren't supposed to resemble the intractable grind of WWI trench warfare. On Friday a qualifying match between competitive teams Cloud9 and SFZ...
Dota 2 tournament photo
Dota 2 tournament

The Dota 2 Asian Championships now has the second highest prize pool in eSports history


Main event is underway now
Feb 06
// Patrick Hancock
The Dota 2 Asian Championships' (DAC) main event is underway now, and currently boasts a prize pool of just under $3,000,000. This brings it to the second highest prize pool ever, behind the 2014 Dota 2 Internationa...
Apex in trouble photo
Apex in trouble

Apex fighting game tournament changes venues over safety concerns (Update)


Hotel ballroom collapses, forces location change
Jan 30
// Kyle MacGregor
[Update: The show must go on! Apex is relocating to the Garden State Convention Center. However, all events planned for today have been cancelled.] Authorities have put Apex 2015 on hold over concerns about the venue's struct...
Smash Bros. photo
Smash Bros.

Tiiiimberrrr! Falling trees will be the death of you in Smash Bros.


That's a new one
Dec 22
// Brett Makedonski
At this weekend's Shockwave 11 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U tournament, player Lord Cat God found out the hard way that the Villager's tree isn't necessarily loyal to whoever created it. The result was a room full of suddenly boisterous people, and one of the more memorable and unexpected victories for opponent, Awestin.

World's first Street Fighter V match premieres at Capcom Cup

Dec 13 // Alessandro Fillari
In person, SFV looked very sharp and very colorful. The new visuals show a lot more action and detail during matches, and it runs at a very solid pace. Though it looks to take major influences from its predecessor, which is understandable, there were a number of noticeable changes. For instance, stages are far interactive and can be destroyed to force players into new areas, and characters have new moves and abilities not present in past titles. Further more, the producer of SFV Yoshinori Ono teased that each character in the upcoming fighter will feel more unique and different than ever before. I'll let the video do the game justice (and pay attention to Chun-Li during the second match), it has definitely got me excited to see more of what Capcom's got in store. And the fans definitely share my sentiment. Being in the same room where it was unveiled for the first time was an incredible moment. One that will certainly be remembered by fans for a long time.
Street Fighter V photo
Mike Ross and Combofiend throw down in SFV
Closing out the incredibly tense Capcom Cup, Capcom producer Yoshinori Ono surprised the audience with a live demo of Street Fighter V. With the audience giving them their full attention, Mike Ross and Combofiend, both legendary players within the fighting game community, took the stage to compete in the world's first public match in Street Fighter V.

Super Smash Bros. photo
Super Smash Bros.

Official Nintendo Super Smash Bros. tournament begins on October 4


64 entrants at each of 16 locations around the United States
Sep 25
// Darren Nakamura
The North American release for the 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. is just a week away, and Nintendo is celebrating its highly competitive fighting game with a tournament. The initial rounds will be held at 15 GameStop locat...
Battlegrounds Day 2 photo
Battlegrounds Day 2

The final four duke it out today at Red Bull Battlegrounds


I hope you like Terran
Sep 21
// Patrick Hancock
Yesterday was some of the most intense StarCraft II play that I have ever seen. First of all, if you missed it, you should watch the recording on Red Bull's site. Secondly, the rest of this post does contain spoiler...
Red Bull StarCraft II photo
Red Bull StarCraft II

The Red Bull Battlegrounds StarCraft II grand finals are live!


Some of the biggest names in SC2 are competing
Sep 20
// Patrick Hancock
Man, it feels pretty good to talk about StarCraft II esports again. I've been way more focused on Dota 2 recently and it's nice to go back to what helped get me into the scene. Anyway, the grand finals for the Red B...
Dota 2 photo
Dota 2

This is it: Watch Dota 2's The International grand finals live


Winner takes home over $5 million
Jul 21
// Jordan Devore
[Update: It's over! Newbee has been named champion of The International 4 and will take home $5,028,308 in prize money. For reaching second place, ViCi Gaming will bring home a still-impressive $1,475,699. Watch the final mat...
Dota 2  International 4 photo
Dota 2 International 4

The biggest esports tournament in history continues


Dota 2's International tournament enters day 3
Jul 20
// Patrick Hancock
Note: there will be no spoilers in this post for day one or two, but expect them in the comments!  Yesterday was as exciting as it was heartbreaking for some, but that's just the way things go when over $10 million is on...
The International 2014 photo
The International 2014

Day 2 of The International is live, let's talk about it!


Biggest Dota 2 tournament will crush hopes and dreams today
Jul 19
// Patrick Hancock
First of all, don't worry I won't spoil anything from yesterday here. There will, however, be spoilers in the comments! Yesterday was an intense start to The International 2014, with great teams like DK, Newbee, and EG playin...
Dota 2 photo
Dota 2

ESPN3 will carry Dota 2's The International


Wow, good for Valve
Jul 17
// Jordan Devore
You can watch the $10+ million Dota 2 tournament The International on Twitch, or in-game, or, huh, even on ESPN. Valve is collaborating with the sports network for coverage this weekend. Notably, ESPN2 will have an exclusive ...
Hancocked photo
Hancocked

Dota 2 International: There can be only one (but right now there's eight)


Hancocked
Jul 15
// Steven Hansen
Eight teams are left fighting for the $5 million first prize in Dota 2's International tournament. The grand final will be played Monday, July 21. Among the teams fighting for it are ViCi, NewBee, Evil Geniuses, Team DK, Cloud9, 2011 champions Natus Vincere, 2012 winners Invictus Gaming and LGD Gaming (the China qualifier winner).  Patrick was dead wrong. Team MVP didn't come close.

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