Twitch for me is the go-to place when I need a game viewing fix - especially the eSport kind. The video streaming service is worth a pretty penny, being recently purchased by Amazon for a cool $970 million. They’re now looking to grow even more and are set to acquire GoodGame.
Remember back in 1998 when everybody used to pack up their Master Race devices and head off to their local LAN get? Neither do I! I only started lanning much later, say the early 2000s or so. It’s something I haven’t done for years, and for good reason. My PC weighs the equivalent of two giraffes, plus my connection to the Internet means I never have to leave this chair… EVER! You on the other hand, might actually enjoy the sun in your eyes and the wind in your hair, as well as a bonus gym workout thanks to carrying your PC around. Do you stay near Brits? There’s a LAN happening this weekend.
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.
DreamHack Winter 2014 took place this weekend, bringing some top teams together to battle it out for some amazing loot (MONEY). Unfortunately, the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene suffered a blow just a few days before the start of the tournament thanks to three of its top players being banned for hacking. That wasn’t the last controversy though. In one of the event’s quarterfinal games, a team used a questionable tactic to gain an advantage which helped them pull off an amazing comeback. They then went on to forfeit.
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.
DreamHack Winter 2014 kicks off on the 27th of November which is this Thursday.Three top Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players have received in-game bans through VAC. This has raised questions on not only their previous performances (tournaments and such that they have won), but also the horrible thought that other players of the same calibre could be using this specific cheat too.
The Do Gaming Championship is arguably the biggest event on the South African eSport calendar. In its wake, it’s not unusual to see teams reshuffle or get snapped up by larger MGOs. This is the case with F34R, a local Call of Duty: Ghosts team who won their respective DGC tournament. They have now joined Energy eSports, and mark the first entry into the console division for the MGO.
I am so obviously not a PC gamer - I only really heard of people overclocking their rigs recently, and I wasn't quite sure that I got the point. I mean, if you want better performance, surely you should just upgrade your kit? However, overclocking is actually quite a big deal, and a local South African is heading to China to compete, with the help of ASUS Republic of Gamers.
rAge may be well behind us, but that doesn’t mean that every game has reached its annual conclusion. As you know, TrackMania Nations Forever is a racer all about precision and speed. The best of our local community will be going against each other this Sunday in the Do Gaming Online Final. Who will be the fastest?
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is out next week. That sort of bundle is perfect for me, as I have only ever finished the first game. Single player is one thing though. The Halo multiplayer is what firmly cemented the popularity of the franchise. The developers of the collection have just announced the Halo Championship Series, an official Halo eSports league.
Bravado Emotion has had quite a year. The team is doing really well, and grabbed the African slot at the MSI Beat IT 2014 Global Finals. The prizes were designed to help with travel costs, and now they get to make use of it, flying off to Taipei to show the world what African Dota is all about.
It’s quite something to see how our local eSport scene is developing. rAge alone had insanely high prize pools, something which made me incredibly happy. We’re not done for the year though, as there are still other tournaments taking place. One is the Orena Lifechild Invitational. It will not only bring together top Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams for a shot at a possible R75000+ prize pool, it will also raise funds for charity.
Dreamhack is one of the biggest eSport events on the gaming calendar. It takes place twice a year in Sweden, bringing together the best teams from around the world to take part in the festival. The CEO was recently sacked, just a month before the winter leg of the event kicks off.
FIFA is a big deal globally. A lot of the time we forget that eSports don’t only exist in the MOBA and shooter realms, but also leak over into sports titles. Competitive FIFA has been growing locally thanks to MainGaming, but this year it took a massive step forward. Meet Shuaib Hassen, South Africa’s representative at the Electronic Sports World Cup this year.
I really planned on watching the League of Legends final this past weekend. Problem is, it took place in South Korea, so the time difference was something I completely forgot about. By the time I arrived home from my morning cycle, a champion had already been determined. Korean team, Samsung Galaxy White, defeated the Chinese Star Horn Royal Club to take the top spot.