In a world of ever-increasing prize pools, the Electronic Sports League (ESL) is determined to stay relevant. They are announcing a bunch of tournaments this year that will get a lot of attention thanks to some impressive prizes - while Dota has the top spot, even CS: GO is nothing to sneeze at.
Developers and publishers love to bandy around terms to show off how popular their games are. Perhaps it's "registered users" or "current profiles" or any other number of PR buzz-words. However, we all know that those numbers are useless if no one is playing the game. Dota 2 has lots of players, so many that they've broken Steam records.
We’re a week away from Chinese New Year, which is a festive time for most Chinese communities around the world. More importantly, it’s a festive time for every Dota 2 player on the globe, as the New Bloom update looms. Bringing a new game mode, items and more, New Bloom is one of the biggest events for the game of the year. Only this time, there’s a new character joining the action as well.
Valve really knows what people love, even if people themselves don’t know it yet. It’s why Steam Hats, in the literally and figurative sense, become such a massive market on the digital store front, enticing designers from around the world to try their hand at creation and trade. It’s only been open to a handful of games, but Valve is now busting that wide open.
The Dota 2 Asia Championship just came to a close this morning, with Evil Geniuses taking all the glory in one of the biggest competitions aside from The International. So it seems fitting that around the same time, a brand new trailer for the incoming Dota 2 New Bloom patch appeared online – and it looks like Winter Wyvern could be joining the fray really soon.
You may or may not have known that Dota started as a mod for Warcraft III (That mod itself being based on a Starcraft map). However, the development from popular mod into full fledged game is more complicated than you might imagine - as is the growth into a full fledged eSport.
I love looking at statistics. There's something so solid and factual about the cold, hard truth of numbers, and these numbers are impressive. Minecraft finally has some statistics about how many people are playing the game at any given time, and it's a little on the incredible side.
One of the biggest events in eSports each year is Dota 2's The International. With the top teams going head to head, it is like the Super Bowl or Curry Cup for eSports. Even people who don't play much Dota watch it; it's made particularly accessible with excellent viewing options. And it's coming back this year a little later in the calendar.
We’ve been slacking on the Dota news ever since Matty, intern of the century, left. But that stops right now, because there’s a brand new shopkeeper you can grab for Valve’s MOBA, and it’s the definition of awesome.
I’m incredibly disappointed that Valve have cancelled Christmas in Dota 2 this year. I know they have their reasons (something about an engine overhaul or something), but that doesn’t mean I won’t be a spoilt Internet brat and demand free stuff anyway! Dear Gaben, please send a update with lots of extra snow flakes and candy sprinkles. Lots of love from Porra #2.
One thing I really dig about modern day gaming is that some developers release content that coincides with the season or theme at hand. In Dota 2 for example, Valve gave us Diretide to commemorate Halloween and Frostivus to prepare for Christmas… or at least, that’s how things used to be. There was no spooky celebration this year, and it looks like Christmas has been cancelled too.
I’ve been abandoned…abandoned I tell you! Zoe and Darryn have been struck down by the almighty Eskom (who literally took away their power), Geoff has run off to live his life (pffft), Gavin is MIA (probably off drinking beer), and Sandy is on a flight back to Jhb (from Hipsterland). Looks like I’m alone on this lonely ship today, I hope I can keep it afloat!
It’s been many months since we first heard that YouPorn were looking to sponsor a competitive eSport team. To my knowledge, many people thought it would be Team Secret – the team comprising of former Na’Vi, Fnatic, and Aliiance players, that landed the partnership. This does not seem to be the case. The sponsorship has now been announced, and a Spain-based team has grabbed it.
Have you ever tried explaining the concept of eSports to a non-gamer? It’s really difficult! Those with an old train of thought just can’t get their head around the fact that some people play games for a living. Even then, they don’t understand how stressful and dedicated someone has to be to be truly great. For that reason, I love all the eSport documentaries that have been coming out, as it gives some insight into the world of competitive gaming. Valve kicked off the trend with Free To Play, and not too long after, Riot Games debuted Road to Worlds. Razer are following their footsteps. They’ve unveiled their very own documentary.
I love the smell of fresh Dota 2 news in the morning! A few days ago, Valve gave us a hint of things to come. They’ve now shared details, putting fans (and myself) out of their misery. The update will include a new hero, Oracle, a new arcana set for Phantom Assassin, as well as some other awesome extras!