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.
Last year, a bunch of South Africans made international waves in Battlefield 4. They swept the winner's bracket of the ESL's Battlefield 4 Conquest Country Championship and emerged victorious. Can they do it again, and will drama follow them once more?
The Do Gaming League is the biggest league in South Africa. Sure, some other tournaments can get a bunch of people involved, but no one has a bigger claim to fame in SA than the DGL. The summer leg is drawing to a close which means that the boards actually have some meaning. So, what's happened in the premier league that you should know?
theScore already had a sports app. You could customize it, keep track of fantasy teams, get real-time alerts for scores and stats and customize it to only follow the sports, teams or players that you care about. They now have an eSports app that promises much of the same thing, and this might be what eSports needs.
My long-running court case with Colin Webster has come to its conclusion and the end result is what I believe was an appalling decision by the judge to award Colin’s team costs even though virtually everything I posted in the original article has been proven to be fact. To draw a line under this sorry debacle this will hopefully be the last article relating to Mr Webster and his actions. The following section of this article is simply fact, followed by my personal requests to those involved.
The first Lazygamer Tournament finished up last week Friday with a fair amount of success and being praised as the most successfully run tournament on the PS4. I am particularly proud of this feat and it has opened the door to further tournaments and opportunities which will hopefully grow even more. So statistically how did we do?
I gave my review of Evolve and I still stand by my thought that it's an awesome game when you play with a bunch of cool friends, and otherwise it just doesn't have the same charm. However, eSports is all about teamwork and these guys really know how to cooperate and make the most of the game. Now they can show what it's all about at PAX East.
Tonight we host the finals of the Lazygamer Advanced Warfare tournament and I hope you are going to join us in the stream (Click here for the link) to watch because if these matches are anything like the semi finals were on Wednesday, it’s going to be a cracker. The first match will be the 3rd and 4th place between ExiLe Gaming vs Snow Gaming at 20:00 CAT and the 1st place finals Insane Gaming vs eN F34R will be at 21:00 CAT. For those that didn’t join us, here is a rundown/recap on how hotly contested the matches were.
If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone accuse a male eSports pro of actually being a woman, I'd have... no nickels. Unfortunately, as soon as a woman climbs the ranks of eSports, speculation starts about if she really has those skills. The latest bit of internet harassment has driven a female eSports pro to leave the industry.