December 5, 2019

Going pro from Tier 2 to Tier 1

Traditional sports emphasize a distinction between their college and professional divisions. Esports, in turn, has adopted similar labeling known as tiers. Games’ top talent, professionals equipped with full salaries, are dubbed Tier 1 (T1). Those closest to them are referred to as Tier 2 (T2). But the difference between the two levels is much more […]

December 4, 2019

Rivalry Features: TSM vs CLG

Team SoloMid and Counter Logic Gaming are two of the oldest North American esports teams in the history of League of Legends. These teams also have one of the most storied rivalries in esports. And it all started because Andy “Reginald” Dinh and George “HotshotGG” Georgallidis couldn’t get along. The Beginnings In April 2010, Reginald […]

December 4, 2019

Rainbow Six Siege: Is Kali’s rifle underpowered?

With the launch of Rainbow Six: Siege Operation Shifting Tides, a unique operator joined the roster. Kali and her bolt action rifle can potentially change the way Siege is played. However, this new weapon may not be enough for Kali to find a place in the competitive scene. When it comes to casual players, Kali […]

December 4, 2019

Smash Melee, now 18 years old and strong

On Nov. 21 of 2001, Super Smash Bros. Melee first released in Japan, recently passing its 18th birthday. The game later released to North American audiences on December 3 in the same year. Now, 18 years since the release of Smash Melee, the Melee community is without a doubt one of the most dedicated esports […]

December 3, 2019

The Nexus, a League of Legends event in Middle East

Riot Games made headlines recently with their upcoming event, The Nexus. The Nexus is the first official League of Legends event held in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Along with this regional accomplishment, The Nexus is also a part of various activities making up the Riyadh season. The Nexus will be held […]

December 3, 2019

CS:GO Plans for 2020

The end of 2019 has been a great time for CS:GO fans. Operation Shattered Web brings a plethora of new content to the game, though some of it is controversial. Tournament organizers still provide fans with a packed calendar in December. With the new year less than a month away, what is there to look […]

December 2, 2019

Riot Games drops player salaries

Riot Games has informed Oceanic Pro League teams that they will end the team stipend ahead of the 2020 season. To compensate for the financial setbacks to the OPL teams, Riot is removing minimum player salaries for OPL players. The team stipend was an operating subsidy helping teams offset various costs. To ensure that OPL […]

December 2, 2019

Astralis Group becomes a public company

DENMARK – Esports organization Astralis Group recently announced historic plans to go public next week. Shares in Astralis Group will become tradeable on NASDAQ’s First North Growth Market Denmark on December 9. A “subscription period” took place through November, giving investors the opportunity to back the company before going public. Børsplanerne er klar. Vi har […]

November 27, 2019

Smash Ultimate’s Competitive Tier List

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, there are 75 players to choose from in the largest roster ever assembled in a fighting game. While casual players stick to recognizable figures from other games, the competitive scene is an entirely different monster and playing to win thins out the roster to a select, structured few. The hierarchy […]

November 27, 2019

Outlanders reshaping Dota 2

After The International 9, the Dota 2 community was promised the Outlanders patch. And after a long wait, the most awaited update of the year finally arrives. Outlanders is comprised of two new heroes, map reworks, massive courier tweaking, new buildings called Outposts, new items that drop from neutral camps and more. The update consists […]

November 26, 2019

Team house history

Competitive gaming as fans know it is now an established industry after being a novelty in the 1980s. Events like the Nintendo World Championships, QuakeCon and the Evolution Championship Series proved the interest in tournament-level competition. South Korea’s tech-boom would professionalize it. With cable channels televising matches in titles like StarCraft, its players suddenly found […]

November 26, 2019

Aphelios, League of Legends new champion

League of Legends’ next champion is one of difficulty balanced by the payout. Aphelios, the Lunari monk-assassin wields an array of weapons. Five moonstone weapons, to be exact. Aiding Aphelios, his sister Alune supports him with mysterious and magical powers. Fortifying the champion in battle, Alune guides and empowers him from the backlines, becoming the […]

November 26, 2019

India: A Unique Growth Opportunity for Mobile Esports

The fast-growing esports industry brings visuals of professional players wearing team jerseys and sitting in front of computers. However, the Asian esports market is seeing the rapid expansion of mobile gaming. An esports segment that lagged behind PC gaming for a long time but has shown healthy signs of growth with battle royale games. Mobile […]

November 25, 2019

The Philippine Phoenix take home the MDL Chengdu Major

TNC Predator, known asthe Phoenix of the Philippines are victorious at MDL Chengdu Major. The professional Dota 2 team, won the first major event of the Dota Pro Circuit season, adding to their recent success at ESL One Hamburg. TNC Predator, stormed the battlegrounds strategically with ease, winning the major with six match wins out […]

November 25, 2019

PUBG Global Championship: Who took the Crown?

This November has been filled to the brim with high-octane Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds action. The PUBG Global Championships saw 32 teams gather from across the globe. After 48 total matches played over two weeks, Gen.G from the PUBG Korea League have triumphed over the rest of the field to claim the lion’s share of $4 […]

November 25, 2019

Call of Duty League franchise called a “mistake”

The Call of Duty League starts its inaugural season in January 2020 but criticism over its scheduled format created waves in the professional scene. Many popular players and figures are highlighting the model’s flaws. In the midst of securing team rosters and adapting to game patches, the recent Modern Warfare is full of controversy since […]

November 22, 2019

Emerging esports markets in 2020

If one reads this site, it’s unlikely that they’d need to be convinced of how big esports is becoming. The industry is expected to top $1 Billion in revenue this year. Its events regularly have millions of dollars on the line and as many viewers watching where they’ll land. Yet, for all its potential, esports’ […]

November 22, 2019

How can the LEC dominate?

The 2019 League of Legends World Championship had a lot in common with its predecessor. A Chinese winner, a European runner-up and Kaisa or Xayah played in nearly every game. With a few nerfs, Riot Games is working on the latter, but what can G2 Esports and the rest of Europe do about the other […]

November 22, 2019

Splyce to be rebranded as MAD Lions for LEC 2020

Splyce’s League of Legends European Championship team will be no more this coming year. Their parent company, OverActive Media, has shut down their New York based office which Splyce has ran since 2015. The new headquarters is underway to move to Toronto, Canada. During this move, many key employees have been let go. The move […]

November 22, 2019

Dota 2 Veterans Reunite to Form Brothers United

Malaysian Dota 2 veteran players Chai ‘Mushi’ Yee Fung, Khoo ‘Ohaiyo’ Chong Xin, and Ng ‘YamateH’ Wei Poong will compete together in the upcoming Dota Pro Circuit events. The team will also include two Filipino players Benhur ‘Benhur’ Lawis and Ryan ‘Bimbo/Raging_Potato’ Jay Qui. The players will play under the banner of ‘Brothers United’ according […]

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