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International 2014

The Dota 2 International 2014 wildcard round is underway


Two wildcard matches and solo championship today
Jul 08
// Patrick Hancock
The day has finally arrived! The biggest Dota 2 tournament of the year is about to officially begin! Today, four wildcard teams will battle it out for one remaining position in the tournament and their shot at a pri...
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EVO schedule

When's Marvel? Just consult the EVO 2014 schedule


I'm out of fighting game memes
Jul 08
// Steven Hansen
EVO 2014 is this weekend. We had a lovely time covering it last year, though it doesn't look like we'll have a get together watch party this time around. That's okay. There are three different streams to watch home and a...
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Dota 2 Streams

There will be a newbie-friendly stream for Dota 2's International tournament


For those who don't know a BKB from a CS
Jul 04
// Patrick Hancock
The 2014 website for The International Dota 2 Championships is now live, and with it comes some great new information. The best of which is that there will be a specific stream for players brand new to the esport. This s...
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Indianapendencepokemon

Pokémon Nationals are this Independence Day weekend in Indianapolis


Indianapendencepokemon day
Jul 04
// Steven Hansen
The most American thing is happening this weekend: the Pokémon National Championships. That's both Pokemon the videogame and Pokemon the trading card game. Both will be live streamed through Twitch at the above channel (during the times listed below). Someone call me when they have a national championship for X and Y trainer videos because mine is the best. 
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QuakeCon

Here are your QuakeCon 2014 tournaments and trials


Go forth and frag
Jul 02
// Brittany Vincent
Quake Live players from all over the world will be competing for money and ego at QuakeCon 2014. The event is being held at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. Players will be competing from a prize pool of more than $40,000...
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Dota 2 International

Dota 2 International prize pool up over $8 million


Might run out of stretch goals
Jun 02
// Steven Hansen
Ten bucks gets you the Dota 2 Compendium, which guy who actually knows about Dota 2 Patrick Hancock says is better than last year's. A portion of the purchase also goes towards raising The International tournament prize pool. Last year, the prize pool was $2,874,381. Right now it's $8,304,958. The stretch goals only go up to $10 million. Crazy!
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Nintendo at E3

Here are the details on Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. tournament at E3


Live at the Nokia Theatre
May 29
// Brett Makedonski
It's sort of beginning to feel as if Nintendo's engaging in guerrilla warfare with the E3 festivities. Most of the things that it has planned aren't necessarily traditional, but have people excited nonetheless. A Super Smash...
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Nintendo invites public to E3 Super Smash Bros. tourney


Don't line up early!
May 20
// Dale North
Remember that Super Smash Bros. Invitational tournament that Nintendo is going to hold during E3? They're inviting the public to that. But you'll have to line up for a wrist band to get in. On June 10, Nintendo will host the ...
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Pokemon

The Pokemon International Challenge takes place this month


Registration begins May 8th
May 02
// Chris Carter
The time has come again for the online Pokemon International Challenge, and this year it's taking place in May. Registration will begin on May 8th, and will feature 50,000 participants at its cap -- so sign up soon! The actua...
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Major League Gaming

Major League Gaming to be featured at X Games Austin


That's certainly a big step for eSports
Apr 28
// Brett Makedonski
There's going to be a fresh set of faces at this year's X Games event in Austin among all the familiar high-flying, trick-pulling daredevils. The new guys on the scene will be professional gamers, eschewing traditional X Game...
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MLG

MLG is building a gaming arena in China


Betting big on the future of eSports
Apr 24
// Jordan Devore
Major League Gaming, Lai Fung Holdings Limited, and eSun Holdings Limited are constructing a competitive gaming arena in China, scheduled to open to the public in 2017. The structure will be located off the coast of Macau wit...
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The International tickets on sale this Friday, from $99, $199, & $499


Valve's DOTA 2 tournament
Mar 31
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Valve's DOTA 2 tournament, The International, is taking place on July 18 through July 21 in Seattle at the KeyArena this year. General admission tickets are $99, floor seats are $199, and a VIP package for $499 will get you a...
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Capcom/Twitch SF league

Capcom & Twitch teaming up for pro Street Fighter league


Culminating in the 16 person Capcom Cup Grand Finals in December
Mar 10
// Steven Hansen
The Capcom Pro Tour, a yearlong Street Fighter tourney from Capcom and Twitch.tv,  is attempting to provide an infrastructure for professional fighting game play to grow. Not that it hasn't been doing so already. EVO 20...
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Pokémon

Pokémon X/Y Beta Competition set for next month


Online event opens up access to the Kalos region
Jan 29
// Jordan Devore
The first Pokémon Global Link tournament to allow Pokémon from the Kalos region happens next month, on Thursday, February 20 at 4:00pm Pacific. Registration details for this Beta Competition will be available at...
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Smash Bros.

World's largest Super Smash Bros. tournament kicks off


Apex 2014 live on Twitch.TV all weekend
Jan 18
// Wesley Ruscher
An impressive 630 participants are set to duke it out in the Super Smash Bros. Melee singles tournament at this year's Apex 2014 fighting game tournament -- making it the second largest in the game's history. As the world's p...
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Button Smashing Night

SF Dtoiders: Check out Button Smashing Night this weekend


Fighting games, classic console play, and more!
Jan 15
// mrandydixon
This Saturday, our friends at Bay Area Fight Night are hosting an Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Street Fighter AE tournament, and you can join! The details are all over on their Facebook page, but here are the basics: it's ...
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Call of Duty: Ghosts receiving eSports focused update


Plus the next $1 million tournament announced
Jan 09
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Call of Duty: Ghosts latest updates is all eSports focused. An upcoming update will restrict Ghillie suits, tracker sights, danger close, and disable third-person spectating in competitive rules. They will also add a kill fe...
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Capcom

Ultra Street Fighter IV hits PS3 and 360 in early June


Followed by the PC release in August
Dec 05
// Jordan Devore
Capcom has come out with updated release info for Ultra Street Fighter IV and there are a few different dates to keep track of across the multiple versions. Up first is the $14.99 digital upgrade for Xbox 360 and PS3, out in ...
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Killer Instinct

Microsoft Stores hosting Killer Instinct tournaments


Someone's taking home every Xbox One launch game
Nov 18
// Jordan Devore
On Thursday, November 21, six Microsoft Stores will host the Killer Instinct Ultra Fighter Tournament and if you're among the first 256 people in your city to register, you could ultimately win a trip for two to the store ope...
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Counter-Strike

Earn Counter-Strike: GO drops by watching Twitch


2013 DreamHack Championship
Nov 07
// Jordan Devore
As of this week's update for Counter: Strike: Global Offensive, players can now link their Steam accounts on Twitch. This is something you'll want to do if you're planning to catch the 2013 DreamHack SteelSeries CS:GO Champio...
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Forced tournament

BetaDwarf to celebrate launch of Forced with a tournament


And loads of loot
Oct 03
// Fraser Brown
Forced, BetaDwarf's co-op arena title, might not have PvP, but that doesn't mean that the spirit of competition can't seep into it. To celebrate the game's launch on October 24, the developer is hosting a tournament sponsored...
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Fighting games

Fighting game tournament Evo 2014 announced for July 11


Start practicing if you haven't already
Sep 17
// Jordan Devore
Whether you're a competitor, an attendee, or a casual observer, it's never too early to start planning for next year's Evo. The legendary fighting game tournament returns to Las Vegas on July 11-13, 2014 at the LVH. Xbox 360...
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1,300 more Steam codes up for grabs for the Dtoid community
[Update: Codes all gone!] Remember those Skullgirls PC beta keys we posted earlier this week? Yeah, they were so popular, they were claimed before the post was even live! (Sorry about that, by the way.) Thankfully, we're maki...

Skullgirls PC Beta photo
800 Steam codes up for grabs
[Final update: New giveaway is live!] [Update 4: I have codes in hand and they are being loaded by our engineers as we speak. I've just finished personally PMing everyone in this thread a code; for the rest of you, stay tuned...

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FIGHT!

Injustice added to EVO 2013's official lineup


A surprising but welcome late addition
May 08
// Allistair Pinsof
After fans of NetherRealm's Injustice made noise about it not being part of EVO 2013's eight-game lineup, the fighting game tournament will now feature the excellent DC Universe fighter, according to EVO lead organizer Joey &...
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Virgin and Microsoft launch Xbox Tournaments app


Get in on $100,000 tournament challenge
Apr 09
// Dale North
Virgin Gaming has partnered with Microsoft to bring Xbox Live Gold subscribers the Xbox Tournament App. This app lets users browse, track, and enter tournaments directly from Xbox Live.  At launch, Madden NFL 13, FI...
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Call of Duty

Team Fariko wins the first Call of Duty Championship


Fariko Impact wins $400,000 for playing games good
Apr 09
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Team Fariko Impact won big after three days of intense Call of Duty: Black Ops II multiplayer action in the first ever Call of Duty Championship. 32 teams from around the world came together to battle it out, with the ultimat...
Call of Duty photo
Call of Duty

Million dollar Call of Duty tournament begins today


Watch a bunch of dudes win money by playing a freaking game
Apr 05
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The Call of Duty Championship kicks off today and sees teams from all around the world competing for up to $1 million dollars in prizes. The tournament begins with a ceremony starting at 12PM Pacific, and then the 32 teams go...

Trends of this Generation: The Rise of eSports

Feb 14 // Daniel Starkey
Competitive, head-to-head gaming has been around for quite some time. Since the invention of arcade culture and games like Wolfenstein in the early '90s, it has seen a steady increase in popularity among core gamers. In the past couple of years though, especially since the introduction of massive online battle arena, or MOBA games, the sheer number of players taking part has increased dramatically. According to some statistics that are only a few months old, League of Legends, a free-to-play MOBA, is now the most popular online game. Each day there are over 12 million people logging in to play LoL, and with nearly 30 million monthly active players, the game eclipses other industry juggernauts like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft. Each month, there are over one billion hours of play put into LoL -- that's roughly equivalent to half the hours logged in the entire history of the Halo franchise. It is entirely possible that at any given point, LoL is the most played game in the world. These numbers alone are certainly impressive, but when viewed within the trend among the rest of the gaming industry, it becomes pretty clear that competitive gaming in general, and eSports specifically, is definitely on the rise.  The real power of sports is in the dynamic narrative, the creation of new stories, conflicts between countries or cities that inspire audiences and give them a stake in the outcome. eSports has traditionally had a hard time garnering the same following, and the same sense of intrinsic drama. Twitch.TV and the proliferation of easy-to-use streaming software and platforms have been a boon for accessibility, however. Personalities like Day9 have given eSports that sense of dramatic tension, and helped bring an understanding and a fluency to the games these people play that we simply haven't seen before. By making the games easier to understand, more and more players and audiences have been able to learn about the history of different teams, their rivalries, their conflicts, and what they've had to do to succeed; though that doesn't even tap the sheer ease of learning the rules of these games, or the intricacies of higher-level play. Competitive games still have a long way to go before they see the kind of mainstream adoption as something like American football, tennis, or soccer, but their rapid expansion has led to something of a revolution in gaming. These days, unless your game's on a console, there's an excellent chance that it's free-to-play and built from the ground up to fit into the growing niche of eSports players. At the very least, this new system directly challenges the current understanding of what makes a top-selling game. When grizzled heavyweights like Call of Duty and Halo don't see the same audience that a comparatively cheaply produced and freely accessible game does, then we can safely assume that something has changed, and chances are good that many of the things we've taken as given in the past can and should be re-examined. I can't say I've ever been too big of a fan of eSports. Competitive gaming generally fills me with an unholy rage and the absolute necessity to begin questioning the matrilineality of those around me. I like playing games, I even like playing games competitively, but as my roommates will tell you, when we get into it in Halo 4, it gets BAD. I learned long ago that spewing hate-filled diatribes at my best friends wasn't too conducive to actually keeping those people as friends. All that said, there is something special about eSports which I've neglected until relatively recently. It's the pageantry, the narrative that really draws people in. I, for example, have been a pretty dedicated Super Smash Bros. Melee player for the past few years. One of my friends is the best in my state, and we used to play quite often, especially when we were still in the dorms at university.  My favorite character for the 12-year-old fighting game/Nintendo circlejerk is Young Link, protagonist of my favorite game, Majora's Mask. But he's a low-tier. Generally considered to pretty damned awful. Then, I saw a match between two of the players in the world -- Armada and Hungrybox -- at a tournament.  Armada is generally a Peach player and Hungrybox exclusively plays Jigglypuff. Both of those characters are in the top tiers for Melee. In quarter-finals, the two squared off and Armada switched from his tried-and-true character to... Young Link. That little kid sitting 11 spots down on the tier list from Peach. It was huge. Stunning. And it gave me an odd sense of connection to the player.  That kind of connection, that narrative is vital for sports to carry any kind of weight with its audience. The struggle of people in some tenuous way connected to you through, typically, geography, is what helps pull audiences in. When two teams square off at the Super Bowl or the World Series, there is so much more there than a few dozen people running around and passing a ball. It's the collective effort of a city and its fans to produce the best team they can and show them off for all the country to see.  Last year, shortly after E3, I was invited by Blizzard to go check out StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm at the MLG Spring Championship. Besides getting to check out HotS, I was expecting a day of annoying eSports fans getting way too excited about things that don't matter. I'm glad to admit that I was wrong. Geography doesn't really lend itself as the primary driver of the all-important narrative of eSports. Instead, who you play matters. Like I mentioned before, seeing Armada win tournaments with Young Link was really inspiring to me. It felt like a validation of my choice, of my character. Similarly with games like StarCraft and LoL, race or champion selection is something that connects players. In time, you'll learn the intricacies and idiosyncratic of your character or faction. It's not something that can be explained to someone who doesn't play, and it's something that outsiders will never really understand. I think, ultimately, that's what separates the modern era of eSports from those that came before. If you play Halo, who can you really get behind? If you watch a competitive match, how are you connecting to the players at the tournament?  With StarCraft, I will always have the back of any Terran player out there. I may not be that great a player, but I can at least understand those who are competing, in a sense, on my behalf because of it. 
Rise of eSports photo
These games are serious business
Leading up the possible PlayStation 4 announcement on February 20, I've been looking into some paradigm shifts we've seen over the past generation. This is stuff that will likely be with us for a while; these are things that ...

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EVO 2k13

Super Smash Bros. Melee will be the eighth EVO game


Registration for EVO now open too
Feb 01
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The EVO charity drive has raised an amazing $225,744 for breast cancer research. Yay! And the game that brought in the most donations to become the eight game that will be played in the tournament? Super Smash Bros. Melee for...

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