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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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...
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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...
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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.
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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.

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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...
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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...
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...
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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 ...
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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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Smash Tourney

Going to Comic-Con? Nintendo's doing a 3DS Smash Bros. tourney


You can stream it if not in attendance
Jul 10
// Steven Hansen
E3 attendees could take part in a t-shirt-prized Wii U Smash Bros. tournament, but it looks like Nintendo's letting the 3DS version strut at Comic-Con (July 25), ahead of its October 3 release.  "Starting at noon, t...
International 2014 photo
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

Pokmon 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...
Dota 2 International photo
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 ...
Pokemon photo
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...
MLG photo
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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