I am in love with 6.84. Gone are those longwinded, 60-90 minute affairs that made Dota 2 far too stale and time consuming for my liking. The current meta is way more action packed, making the game not only a lot more fun to play, but equally fun to watch. If like me, you spent most of the weekend lost in Valve’s MOBA, I have no doubt that you also found some time to watch bits and pieces of The Summit – a more laid back Dota 2 event showcasing some of the game’s top talent. The finals concluded in the wee hours this morning. Team Secret defeated Evil Geniuses to claim the top spot.
Between their tough training schedules, tournaments, and other time sucking activities, where do professional gamers find the time for romance? Some do, certainly, but others avoid relationships completely, or at least, choose not to pursue love during the height of their career. Why? Because it could affect gaming performance negatively, or so claims a professional League of Legends gamer.
If you’ve ever considered getting into the MOBA scene, Heroes of the Storm is definitely the best entry point. Blizzard stripped away a lot of what makes the genre difficult, making their game accessible to even the most inexperienced players. This is not to say it is easy though – it’s still very much competitive and difficult to be good at, and if you’re really good, you can now turn that skill into money. Blizzard have announced a World Championship for their MOBA title.
If it’s one thing I miss, it’s my glory Counter-Strike days. I used to be amazing - my spray and pray tactics yielded more headshots than a typical episode of The Walking Dead! That time is long gone sadly, as each time I give Valve’s bomb-defuse simulator a go, I end up rage quitting thanks to some pro shooting me through a wall from the other side of the map with a glock while aiming at the ground with their eyes closed. No really, the game takes true skill*, which is why only the best can have a shot at the large prize pool in the upcoming CS:GO World Championships.
I can’t believe it’s nearly time for E3 again. There is lots to look forward to at this year’s event; new game reveals, details on upcoming titles, and of course, fresh tales of Alessandro misery… I hear Zoe and Darryn have big plans to make his first time in Los Angeles truly special! Anyhow, all the big companies will be at E3 as usual, showing off their big plans for the future. Nintendo is one of them, and they are doing something extra special this year – they’re hosting the Nintendo World Championships.
eSports is big, big business. While there’s still a grand ol’ debate over whether or not eSports can even be considered a sport – but there’s no deny the impact that competitive videogaming has had. It’s become a multi-million dollar industry, with a 134 million-strong viewership that generates $612 million in revenue.
Apparently CS:GO is a big thing in South Africa - like the biggest online game in the country which I find quite extraordinary as it gets very little coverage and even when we talk about it there is little traction.
Over the weekend, something glorious happened for eSports. ESPN 2 showed a Heroes of the Storm tournament, Heroes of the Dorm, live on air. Despite being really cool, twitter exploded over it. Then, an ESPN presenter decided to mock eSports, its announcers and its players.
So, a funny thing happened on social media at the end of last week, and it's a real deal. It all started when the guys from Super 2-bit made a video. This prompted a response from Darryn. Of course, everyone thought this was hilarious, and wanted to see it happen for real. Now, it will.
Mortal Kombat X is finally out this week - tomorrow actually, so less than 24 hours! You’ve endured all the articles about character reveals, fatalities, and so much more, but with good reason – the game looks like its going to be fantastic. I think it’s safe to say that we’re all a little excited here at Lazygamer… just a little. I know Darryn and Geoff especially will take great joy in beating the crap out of the rest of us. Anyways, back to the point - this weekend saw the very first eSport event for the title, yes before its actual release, and Mortal Kombat X now has its very first champion.
I’ve been giving far too much time to League of Legends lately, so much so that my real lover, Dota 2, has started showing signs of jealousy. One part of LoL I haven’t gotten around to experiencing though, is its professional scene. I have no idea how the best of the best play, what champions they use the most, or what strategies they adapt. I hope to change that this year when the 2015 World Championship kicks off.
One of the best video game memories I have is back in the days of Quake 1 where I played for Damage Clan for a while and went on an amateur tour of South Africa playing in Internet cafes and getting stupidly drunk while pretending to be training.
We've all seen those funny or traumatic movies about military boot camp. It's all about getting whipped into shape and doing whatever it takes to be successful under fire. Esports teams also do boot camp, but it might be different than you imagined. I went to The Hive this weekend to see what it was all about.
What does it take to go pro? We often get asked this - plenty of people like to play games, and some of them even like to play competitively. Some of those people are even pretty good. But that's not the whole story. Aperture Gaming (APG) is making waves in Battlefield 4 - they're even part of that South African team competing internationally; they're doing so well, they've landed some cool sponsors.
There’s a lot of money to be made in not only recording your gameplay, but doing so in a live format. The popularity of live-streaming services have turned Twitch into a gaming juggernaut, and of course YouTube wants a slice of that pie with their own similarly-themed service. A service that will also focus on the growing eSports scene.