eSports

Posted by Matthew Figueira - 28 Aug 2014

It’s that time of the year for Dota 2. The International is long gone and players have rested. Some teams have remained identical, while others have changed and new teams have been formed. Being a big Na’Vi fan, I was extremely sad to see long time captain Puppey as well as support player KuroKy leave. Who are they playing for now?

Posted by Matthew Figueira - 28 Aug 2014

The year is slowly but surely drawing to an end. With it comes the Do Gaming Championship, a tournament that takes the best teams from their respective game and league, and puts them to the test to determine who really is the best. Here’s all you need to know about this year’s event if you plan on playing or spectating.

Posted by Matthew Figueira - 27 Aug 2014

I’m quite fond of Heroes of the Storm. True to Blizzard and their game formula, it’s easy to pick up, but difficult to master. I’ve been interested to see it played from a professional point of view for a while now. It looks like I may finally be getting my wish. The game now has its own league.

Posted by Matthew Figueira - 21 Aug 2014

I really don’t think people realise how big Gamescom was. Sure there were the big stands and stalls, but there was also a whole eSport area where some ESL games were taking place too. One of those games was Counter-Strike, and it shattered all sorts of previous viewership records

Posted by Zoe Hawkins - 19 Aug 2014

Telkom's DGL already has some awesome sponsors. The Dota league winners are getting some awesome goodies, as are players across a variety of games. Now Xbox South Africa is jumping into the Call of Duty sponsorship, and it might just make you kick yourself for not getting involved sooner.

Posted by Gavin Mannion - 07 Aug 2014

I’m loving all the attention eSport is getting lately. The International saw some impressive growth, and even got some love from ESPN. Our local scene is also constantly on the rise, with more sponsors hopping on board and more tournaments being hosted.

Posted by Matthew Figueira - 02 Aug 2014

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that eSport is well on its way to being recognised by not just gamers, but people all over the world. Battlefy is a site that allows people to create and manage custom eSport events. Their latest stats are pretty darn interesting.

Posted by Gavin Mannion - 01 Aug 2014

My life long nightmare is about to come true. People who know me know I have a terrible aversion to cameras and will do just about anything to avoid being in the front of one. However when the producers of a local current affairs program asked if I’d be willing to chat about local eSports and the MSSA I couldn’t really say no.

Posted by Matthew Figueira - 30 Jul 2014

The International is well behind us,  and it saw Chinese team Newbee winning a very casual $5 million in prize money. I know there are many of you in the Lazygamer community who strongly dislike or have little regard for Dota 2 (or MOBAs in general), but I take comfort in knowing that there are at least 20 million other people who find it as fascinating as I do.

Posted by Alessandro Barbosa - 29 Jul 2014

It's been a while since Riot teased a new champion for their extremely popular MOBA, League of Legends. Before I was bitten by the DOTA bug, I was a massive LoL player, and I remember champion releases being a rather frequent thing. Riot could be getting back into that, with another Teemo-like character.

Posted by Matthew Figueira - 23 Jul 2014

StarCraft is possibly the only game in existence which can make me stress like a madman. Micro? Macro? APM? You need to know how to manage all of these and more, all at the same time, if you ever want to be any good on a competitive level. There are gods among men players who are capable of such feats, and South Africa is home to some of them. Want to see them in action? Some of our best players will be taking on the best New Zealand has to offer this weekend.

Posted by Alessandro Barbosa - 22 Jul 2014

If you had to sum up this year’s DOTA 2 International tournament, you’d probably end up using the word ‘unpredictable’. The giants crashed out early, the favourites slowly fell near the end and the underdogs ruled the roost. I mean, who would’ve thought a team that nearly failed at the Playoff stages would end up dominating the competition at the Main Event, eventually taking the crown? Not many, but NewBee were out to impress.

Posted by Matthew Figueira - 21 Jul 2014

Hey, it is finally here, the grand final that will determine which Dota 2 team is the best in the world! It was a crazy weekend of MOBA goodness, with some of the best games I have ever seen. Who will be taking home the $5 million dollar grand prize?