eSports Wrap-up: The what’s what in eSports
This week in eSports StarCraft 2 has stolen the limelight once again, lots happening around the IeSF World Championships and South Africans take on the internationals in a racing sim.
The Battle.net World Championship kicks off this weekend, seeing some of the world’s best StarCraft 2 and World of Warcraft players battling it out for the World Champion title and some money too!
Gamers can tune in to watch the most epic finale of the StarCraft II World Championship Series and the World of Warcraft Arena Global Finals. A totally free and HD stream will be available at http://us.battle.net/bwc/en/ along with lots of other information. The event starts at 4 am (GMT +2) tomorrow morning, 6 pm tonight (PST).
Valve has released a documentary on their The International 2 Dota 2 tournament, which was their second-annual tournament. How many 2’s are in that sentence!
Coinciding with The International 2 tournament held at PAX prime this year, Valve made a documentary which has finally landed. The video features interviews with the 16 teams who took part in the tournament, from the preliminaries to the finals.
Registrations are open for the 2012 MSSA S.A National LAN eSports Championships, this serves as part of the selection process for the 2013 IeSF World Championships and open to any registered players.
This is probably the simplest way to get into international competition and compete against the world’s best players; it’s one of the things that catapulted our local StarCraft 2 pro Robert ‘PandaTank’ Botha into a career of gaming internationally. Gamers should really take advantage of this awesome opportunity. Registrations will close on 26 November 2012 and the event will take place on 8 and 9 December this year.
Six South Africans will start a season of Formula 1 simulation racing this Friday in an international tournament, braving it against some serious business drivers from all over the world.
The guys over at East Rand Racing have decided to enter this international racing tournament called IRON F.Reiza Championship and commit to it for the next couple of months. So far two of the South African drivers have been showing dominance right from the start during practise sessions, topping the leaderboards in the number one and two spots. Team mates Riaan Lamprecht and Dewald Nel continue to prove why we should be seen as serious contenders.
Blizzard has confirmed the release date of StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm and detailed the Deluxe and Collector’s Editions.
The game is set to be available from 12 March, 2013; the Collector’s Edition (retail) will be available in stores for about R700 and the Deluxe Edition (digital) will be available on Blizzard’s online store for about R525.
The MSSA is asking local gamers to make suggestions for five new titles to be played at the IeSF World Championships next year, there’s been a couple of great suggestions, Dota 2 seems to be the favourite.
The IeSF initiated the process of choosing the titles to be played at the 2013 World Championships and each member nation is being required to submit a list of five titles, this included South Africa. Our submission is done through the MSSA, who has made a post on our local eSports SA Facebook page as well as their own page. Many gamers have responded and you can too by commenting on those threads.
Blizzard has announced that they’ll be adding Global Play in an upcoming patch in the coming months. This means that players will now be able to access game servers in other regions, expanding the possibilities for eSports.
Global Play will expose players to maps and games that aren’t published everywhere yet and will make it easy to play with friends in other parts of the world. This also means that now players can compete in ladders outside their regions, such as South Africans competing in Asian ladders. This should open up doors to smaller, self-operated tournaments world-wide.