I only really tune in for major eSports tournaments. I know that's a bad thing, but I do the same for most sports - it just doesn't interest me to watch unless there's a lot on the line. However, this could be damaging the eSports industry according to a variety of insiders.
The Do Gaming League is the biggest thing in local eSports. Other players are coming onto the local scene, but the DGL has the most experience and prestige in the country. Entries for the summer leg are closed, so how many people are hoping to be the next eSport professionals?
HTC is a bit of a strange brand to me. They make some cool things, like their incredible smartphones, but locally they just aren't as present or visible. That might be changing, though, as they are jumping into the world of eSports, and teasing upcoming products for home entertainment.
eSports has been breaking out of its niche market and going mainstream. The sports themselves are broadcast on ESPN in the states and generally grabbing more attention. Now Disney is jumping on the bandwagon in the weirdest way.
League of Legends is the biggest eSports game in the world, as well as the most popular MOBA. No, the championships don't have the ridiculous prize pools of Dota. And thanks to a confusing schedule leaving up to the finals, I honestly don't get as interested in it as The International. However, it's returning to Europe and might recapture my imagination.
While we're excited to be organizing our first ever COD tournament, other people have been in the tournament organizing game for a lot longer. Semper Vincemus Gaming (SVG) is one such organizer, and their local tournament sounds really awesome. There's even a cool local reason that you should watch the games.
When we talk about streaming games, we invariably talk about Twitch. Twitch streams are poised to overtake YouTube's video consumption dominance, and the amount of people watching other people play games is astounding. However, other companies want to get in on the action.
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.
SMITE is the latest MOBA seeking to grab some of the Dota and LoL magic. In a bid to garner more players, they've released a a sexy video to promote their championship, gameplay and the fact it's coming to Xbox. And I'm serious about the term sexy.
It's that time of year again! What time of year, you ask? That time to become a part of local eSports and see if you have what it takes to compete against the best gamers South Africa has to offer. This time, there are far fewer games available, and possibly even larger prizes.
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.