March 24, 2020

ESL One Rio cancelled and now the only 2020 CS:GO Major

ESL One Rio Major will now take place in November, replacing the second CS:GO Major of the year. There will be only one Major in 2020 as the esports industry slows down to a crawl due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. With ESL One Rio canceled, what happens next in the CS:GO scene? When is […]

March 23, 2020

Gaming and Esports Surge During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Despite all the negative news and event cancelations because of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, there is a silver lining. For esports and gaming, coronavirus increases viewership and popularity with fans stuck at home. A new initiative called Gamers Vs COVID-19 brings esports players and streamers together to inform gamers about the pandemic. One step that […]

March 4, 2020

ESL’s Michal ‘CARMAC’ Blicharz on Coronavirus Concern in Katowice, Valorant and ESL Pro League

IEM Katowice is one of the most anticipated CS:GO events of every year. Thousands of people make the trip to Katowice’s Spodek arena to watch the best teams in the world compete. Unfortunately, this year, the regional polish government decided the congregation of fans in the arena carried too much of a health risk with […]

March 3, 2020

Navi Conquers IEM Katowice 2020

Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2020 is over. Ukraine swept G2 Esports with a 3-0 game score and cemented their names as the grand champions of the ESL Pro Tour event. Na’Vi takes home $250 thousand, the grand trophy and an MVP medal at IEM Katowice. CS:GO Greatness Group Stage Preparation Na’Vi performed exceptionally well during […]

February 27, 2020

“Spodek Will Be Empty” IEM Katowice CS:GO to be Played Without Audience Due to Coronavirus

The regional government in Katowice, Poland has decided to close off the arena for IEM Katowice to fans due to concern over the Coronavirus. The move comes right before the event was scheduled to begin with thousands of fans already in the city. The actual competition will continue as planned, but fans will not be […]

February 12, 2020

Top CS:GO teams to look out for in 2020

Esports has a lot to look forward to in 2020 with some top CS:GO, teams. The scene is constantly developing and this year brings new and high potential teams. They may not be world-beaters, yet, but the potential is there for these teams to reach greatness in 2020. FaZe Clan Whilst they looked troubled for […]

February 11, 2020

GenG Co-Founder and Cloud9 President exchange insight over CS:GO’s FLASHPOINT

FLASHPOINT is a CS:GO tournament series announced last week that is poised to become one of the more important circuits in the CS:GO landscape. Founding teams in the series include Cloud9, GenG, MiBR, C0ntact Gaming, MAD Lions and Dignitas. The league operates under a unique ownership split that gives teams a legitimate stake in events […]

February 7, 2020

CS:GO update quiets abusive players

Valve finally gave meaning to in-game CS:GO reports of “Abusive Voice Chat” and “Abusive Text Chat”. Their latest CS:GO update, appropriately named Squelching the Noise, aims to put an end to audio and text chat spammers. The system, not yet deployed, combines the “Abusive Voice Chat” and “Abusive Text Chat” report options into a single […]

February 5, 2020

FLASHPOINT Introduces a New Format for CS:GO With Big Backers

In a London press conference, esports tastemakers made lofty promises for the future of CS:GO. “B Site” has officially become FLASHPOINT, a new series of CS:GO tournaments that will begin in March. With a $2,000,000 prize pool in 2020, the tournament series is prepared to compete with the biggest events in CS:GO. The league will […]

February 3, 2020

The History of Esports Betting

At the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, a sportsbook ticket writer talks with a security guard, the last two workers surrounded by black TVs. As I approach, he gets the look in his eye of a worker who has dealt with too many drunk bettors. “We’re closed.”  But I’m not there to […]

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