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Gaming Bars

London's greatest gaming hangouts


Thirsty and got itchy thumbs?
Apr 08
// Glowbear
So say you're thirsty in London for some sweet nectar and for sweeter gaming? Maybe you want to hang out with other gamers or fans of tabletop games. Where do you go? Thankfully, you're in luck because London has a handful of...
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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...
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ESL retracts CS:GO ban

Valve and ESL retract ban on ex-ESC Gaming CS:GO team


With so much drama with the iBP, it's kinda hard bein' ex-ESC
Feb 08
// Jason Faulkner
Last Friday, Valve and eSports League Europe, issued tentative bans on three Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competitive teams. Epsilon eSports, the former ESC Gaming team, and WinneR had players who were accused of match fi...
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CS:GO

Gambling, match-fixing scandal rocks highest level of competitive Counter-Strike


Bans handed down
Jan 27
// Brett Makedonski
The world of eSports has a Pete Rose-style controversy on its hands. Yesterday, Valve levied a series of bans against Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players that were found to be involved in a gambling scandal that inc...
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Sporting YP

YouPorn is sponsoring an eSports team


More like spornsporning an eSporn team
Dec 04
// Steven Hansen
YouPorn, which a cursory Google search tells me is a streaming adult video webpage, has announced its sponsorship of a Spanish eSports team (Hearthstone, League of Legends). Play2Win will now be known as Team YP, which s...
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It looks like Sony will be launching an official eSports league


Starting in Spain, with other countries soon
Oct 15
// Dale North
Spanish site Gamereactor has details on what looks to be an official PlayStation League for eSports on the PS4. The PlayStation Official League initiative was created in Spain, with other countries following. The report says ...
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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...
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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...
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Are eSports sports?

ESPN: eSports are not actually sports


Okay
Sep 07
// Kyle MacGregor
Are eSports real sports? ESPN's intrepid leader doesn't seem to think so. “It’s not a sport — it’s a competition," ESPN president John Skipper said Thursday at the Code/Media Series conference in New Y...
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lol

ESPN 'delighted' with Dota performance, expanding eSports coverage


Still not a sport
Jul 28
// Steven Hansen
ESPN 2 has aired competitive hot dog eating, log cutting, and a lot of boring poker. Still, it surprised me that ESPN 2 aired a brief bit on Dota 2's The International, and that the online-based ESPN 3 aired the entire compet...
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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...
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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 ...

EVO 2014 recap: Here's who won

Jul 14 // Jordan Devore
Ultra Street Fighter IV [embed]278083:54883:0[/embed] Grand Final: Louffy vs. Bonchan 1. MD|Luffy (Rose) 2. Bonchan (Sagat) 3. RZR|Fuudo (Fei Long) 4. RG|Snake Eyez (Zangief) 5. RZR|Gackt (Fei Long) 5. EG|Ricky Ortiz (Rufus, Rolento) 7. EG|Momochi (Ken, Juri) 7. HORI|Sako (Ibuki, Evil Ryu, Elena, Gen) Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 [embed]278083:54885:0[/embed] Grand Final: Justin Wong vs. Chris G 1. EG|Justin Wong (Wolverine, Storm, Akuma) 2. GG|NYChrisG (Morrigan, Dr. Doom, Vergil | Others) 3. RG|Filipino Champ (Magneto, Dormammu, Dr. Doom | Others) 4. CTRL|RayRay (Magneto, Dr. Doom, Sentinel) 5. RG|Flocker (Zero, Vergil, Hawkeye | Others) 5. Jan (Hulk, Shuma-Gorath, Haggar | Others) 7. MRN|Marn (Zero, Vergil, Strider) 7. BIFU|Insaynne (Nova, Spencer, Dr. Doom) Super Smash Bros. Melee [embed]278083:54884:0[/embed] Grand Final: Mango vs. Hungrybox 1. C9|Mango (Falco, Fox) 2. Crs|Hungrybox (Jigglypuff, Fox, Falco) 3. EMP|Armada (Peach, Young Link) 4. EG|PPMD (Falco, Marth) 5. EMP|Mew2King (Marth, Sheik) 5. MOR|Axe (Pikachu) 7. Fly Amanita (Ice Climbers) 7. GC|Silent Wolf (Fox) Killer Instinct [embed]278083:54886:0[/embed] Grand Final: CDJR vs. Rico Suave 1. RM|CD Jr. (Sadira) 2. RG|Rico Suave (Thunder, Glacius, Jago, Sabrewulf, Fulgore) 3. EG|Justin Wong (Sabrewulf) 4. Gutter Magic (Thunder) 5. TSwagg (Sadira) 5. IC|MyGod88 (Sabrewulf) 7. Pretty E (Orchid) 7. Mr. Grimmmz (Jago) BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma [embed]278083:54892:0[/embed] Grand Final: Garireo vs. Dogura 1. Garireo (Litchi) 2. Dogura (Azrael) 3. BE|DoraBang (Bang) 4. Yoshiki (v-13-) 5. Tiku (Tager) 5. N-O (Rachel) 7. Tochigin (Azrael) 7. SG (Litchi) The King of Fighters XIII [embed]278083:54887:0[/embed] Grand Final: Xiao Hai vs. Tokido 1. Qanba|Xiao Hai (EX Iori, Mr. Karate, Kim) 2. MCZ|Tokido (EX Iori, Chin, Mr. Karate) 3. LDA|ET (Clark, Mr. Karate, EX Iori | Others) 4. CafeID|MadKOF (Duo Lon, Daimon, Kim) 5. Woo (King, Takuma, Kim) 5. TC|Yoshi (EX Kyo, Benimaru, Shen | Others) 7. VGM|Misterio (Yuri, Saiki, King) 7. TC|Chris KOF (Duo Lon, Iori, Shen) Injustice: Gods Among Us [embed]278083:54888:0[/embed] Grand Final: Pig of the Hut vs. Sonic Fox 1. RG|Sonic Fox (Batgirl) 2. AK|Pig of the Hut (Zod) 3. IC|Mit88 (Deathstroke, Batgirl, Aquaman) 4. GGA|PimPimJim (Hawkgirl, Raven, Shazam) 5. EMPR|Noobe (Doomsday) 5. IC|DJT88 (Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman, Doomsday) 7. GGA|16-bit (Catwoman) 7. FRQ|Emperor Theo (Aquaman) Tekken Tag Tournament 2 [embed]278083:54889:0[/embed] Grand Final: JDCR vs. Gen 1. Twitch|JDCR (Heihachi, Armor King) 2. Twitch|Gen Kids (Bob, Leo) 3. BE|Ao (Alisa, Miguel) 4. Jimmy J Tran (Bryan, Dragunov) 5. ATL|HOA (JACK-6, P-JACK) 5. Inkognito (Bryan, Bob) 7. JustFrameJames (Marshall Law, Yoshimitsu) 7. BMNS-13 (Hwoarang, Baek) Mortal Kombat 9 [embed]278083:54890:0[/embed] Grand Final: Sonic Fox vs. DAB 1. RG|Sonic Fox (Sonya Blade) 2. IC|DAB88 (Liu Kang, Jax, Johnny Cage) 3. IC|DJT88 (Cyrax) 4. FNATIC|Perfect Legend (Kung Lao, Raiden) 5. GGA|16-bit (Kitana) 5. KIT|Forever King (Kung Lao, Kabal, Freddy Kreuger) 7. RM|CD Jr. (Jax, Kung Lao) 7. IC|WoundCowboy88 (Shang Tsung) Persona 4: Arena [embed]278083:54891:0[/embed] Grand Final: Lord Knight vs. Ho-chan 1. TS|Lord Knight (Mitsuru) 2. Ho-chan (Yukiko) 3. BrkrDv (Teddie) 4. Rath (Mitsuru) 5. Dacidbro (Akihiko) 5. Lode Knight (Chie) 7. BananaKen (Shadow Labrys) 7. Pain (Aigis) X-Mania's three-on-three Super Street Fighter II Turbo tournament [embed]278083:54897:0[/embed] 1. Team M3 - TMF (Zangief) - Mattsun (Ken) - Mao (Vega) 2. Team Japan2 - Noguchi (Vega) - Kurahashi (Ryu) - Hanashi (Fei Long) 3. Team Special Forces - Ganelon (Vega) - AfroLegends (Balrog) - Damdai (O. Ryu) EVO 2014 results [Event Hubs]  Other highlights (post yours in the comments!) Pikachu destruction (skip to 6:21) [embed]278083:54894:0[/embed] Filipino Champ's comeback against ApologyMan (skip to 12:20). [embed]278083:54893:0[/embed] Sako special (skip to 8:00) [embed]278083:54895:0[/embed]
EVO recap photo
The grand finals and other notable moments
And just like that, another EVO has come and gone. What a weekend. Despite not playing fighting games much myself, I'll never miss watching the year's big tournament. The audience's energy, the drama that unfolds on stage -- ...

EVO 2014 LIVE photo
EVO 2014 LIVE

EVO 2014 finals: The year's biggest fighting game tournament ends here


This is where things get really exciting
Jul 13
// Kyle MacGregor
The third and final day of EVO 2014, the largest fighting game tournament of the year, is about to begin and you can catch all the action live from Las Vegas right here. Today we get to see how it all unfolds for Ul...
EVO 2014 LIVE photo
EVO 2014 LIVE

EVO 2014 keeps the hype train rolling, watch it here


The year's biggest fighting game competition continues into the weekend
Jul 12
// Kyle MacGregor
EVO 2014 is still going strong! The largest fighting game tournament of the year is now in its second day of competition and you can catch all the action live from Las Vegas, Nevada right here. Today's bouts include Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, the Injustice final, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Killer Instinct, and BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma. Check out all the streams and schedules below.
EVO 2014 LIVE photo
EVO 2014 LIVE

EVO 2014 is underway, see all the fighting games here


GET HYPE!
Jul 11
// Kyle MacGregor
EVO 2014 is a go! The largest fighting game tournament of the year is underway and you can catch all the action live from Las Vegas, Nevada right here. Today's competitions include Super Smash Bros. Melee, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Ultra Street Fighter IV, and Injustice: Gods Among Us. Check out all the streams and schedules below.
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Dark Souls as an eSport

Here's what Dark Souls II would be like as an eSport


A glorious peek into a potential future for professional gaming competitions
Jul 05
// Kyle MacGregor
A lot of us would find eSports far more alluring if the genres associated with these competitions were more diverse. We see plenty of first-person shooters, RTS, fighting games, and MOBAs. But what about something atypical l...
Indianapendencepokemon photo
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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Better

eSports tourney keeps women only event, opens men's division to all


Now women can play Hearthstone, too
Jul 03
// Steven Hansen
The International eSports Federation recently announced, in an "effort to promote e-Sports as a legitimate sport," its upcoming tournament would be segregated based on gender. Because, you know, that's what the real sports do...
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eSports discrimination

Gender segregation in eSports tournament ignites controversy


International eSports Federation believes division will help legitimize pro gaming
Jul 02
// Kyle MacGregor
The International eSports Federation is in hot water today, following news of the organization's discriminatory plans for its upcoming World Championship in Baku, Azerbaijan. The tournament finalized its lineup last...
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League of Legends

League of Legends added to Robert Morris University athletics program


The university's also offering scholarships for it
Jun 19
// Brett Makedonski
The rise of eSports just keeps becoming more and more prominent. Last year, the United States government began recognizing League of Legends players as professional athletes. Now, an American university's added the game ...
League of Legends photo
League of Legends

Riot launches Fantasy LCS for League of Legends


Digital sports
May 16
// Jordan Devore
League of Legends fans can now create their own fantasy leagues and draft North American and European League Championship Series pros with Riot Games' new Fantasy LCS beta. Once you create or join a four-, six-, or eight-per...
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2014 Wargaming.net eSports league starts now


Five regions fight for $2.5 million
May 07
// Dale North
It's just starting to hit me now that if I were to become good at videogames I could get some money. These prize pools are ridiculous! It's too bad I'm terrible at games. Wargaming announced the start of the first season of t...
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Dota 2 tournament: The International qualifying rounds begin May 12


Dates and deets
Apr 30
// Dale North
Valve has announced the date and some details for its annual Dota 2 tournament, The International.  Now going into its fourth year, The International kicks off on July 18 in Seattle, at Key Arena. But they have to get th...
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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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Ryan 'Fwiz' Wyatt Joins MLG as VP of Programming


Fwiz
Apr 17
// Dale North
Top commentator and eSports personality Ryan "Fwiz" Wyatt started his career at MLG, but later moved to Machinima as head of Live and eSports, where he has worked for the past three years. Now, armed with expertise, he comes ...
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MLG.tv viewership grows 1,376 percent in Q1


Holy chicken fingers
Apr 14
// Dale North
Ha! "1,376 percent" is something a kid might say when you ask him how much he loves chicken fingers dipped in honey mustard. It's the percent of dislike I have for when people describe themselves as irreverent. It's the perce...

Wargaming.net League Grand Finals recap from Warsaw, Poland

Apr 08 // Dale North
World of Tanks matches are slower than your typical eSports match, but that doesn't mean that they're any less exciting. The 7-on-7 battles are tighter and more focused than the game's typical online bouts, which usually have teams of 15 fighting each other. Special maps have been developed for competitive play to keep the action hot, though that doesn't stop competitors from taking their time to work out the best possible positions and formations. As I learned, placement is everything in a World of Tanks eSports match. After each team finds their formation and preferred positions, much of the remaining match time is spent camping. My casual play experience with World of Tanks has always had me heading right into battle as a sort of lone ranger in online matches, fighting for the greater good of my team. But these pro players sit and wait, keeping their eyes peeled for any opportunity to gain an advantage. A few shots are fired in the first half, but they're as rare as movement. A defensive hold of formation and some careful sniping seems to be the name of the game, and as you would guess, this kind of play leads to draw matches more often than not.  But Wargaming was smart in how they structured prize payouts. In an effort to get away from camp-heavy matches, they reward those that get out there and get into the action, which is why you'll see the last two or three minutes of matches heating up very quickly. Players are usually left relatively damage free for the first two thirds of the round, but kills come quick at the end. The first match of the event had all the action saved for the last few minutes, where one of the teams suddenly decided to take a hill by force, moving in formation for some very quick takedowns. What was a mostly quiet crowd immediately jumped to their feet and began screaming and cheering in those last few minutes. While not necessarily intentional, the move between these phases of positioning and action make for a pretty entertaining viewing experience. Those that favor devising strategies will likely enjoy watching teams scramble to the best defensive or offensive points of maps. You'll see where they lock down choke points or make moves toward crucial map features, and then speculate on how they'll use them when the action heats up. And when it does, expect some pretty great face-offs. Even with the draws, watching pro World of Tanks players go at it is a pretty good time.  [embed]273007:53316:0[/embed] The excitement level stayed high for the whole weekend. It started early on with admirable play from the American team -- all attendees seemed to be impressed with their performance. Of course, there was plenty of fan support for the local team. Even Poland's vice mayor was in attendance; he's also a World of Tanks player, and says that they have an office league that he plays in. But the favorites were always the Russian teams. They fought it out until Natus Vincere took top prize. You can watch their final match against Vitus in the video above. This event took place in Warsaw, Poland this past weekend, in a venue tucked away on the top floor of a large shopping mall. I thought it was odd to be going to a mall, working my way up a zigzag of escalators, passing shoe stores to watch an eSports tournament, but the venue turned out to be great for the event. A massive theater with stadium style seats welcomed fans from all over Europe and beyond. The action was projected on the large theater screen while both teams played live directly below it.  And for their first big show, the presentation of the Grand Finals was top notch. Professional sets, lighting, broadcasters, cameras, and announcers had the event feeling like it was just one more year of an event that had been going on for years. Crowds packed the event's seating, eateries, and viewing areas all weekend, taking it all in.  Wargaming CEO Victor Kislyi is happy with how far they've come for the league, but he expects an even bigger show for next year, with many more teams competing for even more prize money. To meet his expectations, Wargaming has upped their eSports budget by 25 percent, taking their 2014 budget to $10 million. Aside from bigger prizes for more teams, these funds will also go towards sponsor programs and outreach this year. Warsaw, Poland worked out to be an ideal host for the League Grand Finals. The city has played host to several other eSports events in the past years. Being in central Europe and having plenty of lodging and venues helps, but what really made this particular event a success was that Warsaw has one of the largest concentration of World of Tanks players in the world.  The city itself is also quite nice to visit. It's packed with historical sights, museums, attractions, and fantastic food. Following the Grand Finals, I had the pleasure of snapping photos in Warsaw's Old Town, brushing up on WWII history at the Warsaw Uprising museum, and eating probably too much sausages and pierogi dishes this past weekend. Wargaming isn't set on the next location for the 2014 Grand Finals yet, but from what Kislyi told us, it sounds like they're at least considering coming back to Warsaw. You can explore the results of the League Grand Finals on Wargaming's dedicated Grand Finals page. Beyond this, replays are available on their twitch.tv channel.
Wargaming.net Finals photo
Na'Vi takes top prize
The skinny arms of one of the team members of team Natus Vincere (also known as Na'Vi) were warbling dangerously as he attempted to lift the massive block of solid metal that is the trophy for the Wargaming.net Leag...

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Wargaming to invest $10 million in 2014 toward eSports


25 percent increase over 2013
Apr 07
// Dale North
At a press conference held right before the Wargaming.net League Grand Finals in Warsaw, Poland this past weekend, CEO Victor Kisyli pledged an investment of $10 million toward eSports in 2014.  Wargaming eSports Di...

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