The rAge expo is drawing closer and closer. With it comes all the usual tech and expo stuff, but also the Do Gaming Championship. Logitech have come forward with an interesting initiative leading up to the event. They are looking for a team to sponsor, and will choose one following the Logitech Dream Team Cup which will happen this weekend.
I wrote a piece a while back telling you all about the CMaster Invitational, a TrackMania Nations Forever tournament that is being hosted by South Africa’s current champion. The tournament is now well underway. What has happened thus far?
A little over a month ago, I told you that ESPN was going to be expanding their eSports coverage. They obviously liked all the attention they got during The International, but did it also mean more acceptance for eSports? Well, not exactly.
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
Two weeks ago the Afrikaans current affairs program, Fokus, that I was part of was aired. I’ve finally got the clip thanks to some great YouTube searching by dogaming’s Rob Clegg and now I’ve cut out all the crap we don’t want to see and added in some sub titles for my best friend in the whole world.
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.
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.
ESPN has slowly been building up their eSports coverage. They had a COD tournament with MLG during the X Games in Austin, and they did coverage of Dota's International. Now it seems that they are looking to expand their scope.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare definitely had a better showing than previous Call of Duty titles at E3 this year. Even though the basic formula was intact, subtle changes to the gameplay made the game stand out. The addition of verticality and items that radically change information fed to the player made the single-player demo quite exciting to watch. Good news is that these changes will make the jump to multiplayer, and change the formula quite a bit.
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.
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.