February 21, 2020

Rivalry Features: San Francisco Shock vs Vancouver Titans

No esports scene is complete without a great rivalry story. For the Overwatch League (OWL) that rivalry came in the form of the San Francisco Shock (SFS) and the Vancouver Titans (VT). These talent-packed teams stood head and shoulders above the rest of the competition, unhindered by meta shifts or roster fluctuations. Across the entirety […]

February 6, 2020

2020 Overwatch League preview

Season 3 for the 2020 Overwatch League kicks off this weekend at 1 PM EST  in New York on Saturday, Feb 8. Unlike previous seasons, OWL will no longer be available to watch on Twitch, moving instead to an exclusivity contract with Youtube. Alongside these changes Blizzard has implemented a slew of format changes designed […]

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 […]

November 21, 2019

Path to Pro: Overwatch

Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League has rapidly become a prominent titan within the esports scene. The heavily funded franchise league is host to the highest level of international Overwatch competition found anywhere in the world.  OWL’s highly televised matches have created massive fan followings, turning players and teams into esports celebrities. Professional players enjoy contracts with […]

November 19, 2019

A Look at Smash Ultimate’s Newest Fighter: Terry Bogard

Fatal Fury’s Terry Bogard joined the Smash Ultimate roster on Nov 6. As an import from another fighting game, many were skeptical of how well the character would flow within Super Smash Bros. However, in the weeks since his release players have already recognized Terry as something promising. Terry Bogard feels very different from the […]

November 5, 2019

Path to Pro: CS:GO

Professional Counter-Strike (CS) can be an incredibly alluring sight. The best players get to travel the world every year, competing in massive tournaments in front of thousands of fans. They sign autographs, live in luxurious team houses, and are paid salaries over six figures for playing a video game. As the popularity of esports grows […]

November 1, 2019

Esports viewership analysis by game

Total revenue for esports is on track to hit over 1 billion dollars by the end of 2019. The industry now boasts over 5 premier titles, many of which are quickly becoming household names. Viewership for some of these games are even starting to contest the numbers of traditional sports. Since 2017, esports viewership has […]

October 29, 2019

Getting into Esports: Dota 2

Dota 2 is one of the hottest eSports in the world right now with The International 2019 (TI) boasting a prize pool of over $30 million. The Dota Pro Circuit 2019-2020 will begin at DOTA Summit 11 on Nov 7. The Dota Pro Circuit is the perfect time for anyone with an interest in the […]

October 22, 2019

Inside Ex-Evil Genius Midlaner: SumaiL

Syed “SumaiL” Hassan is professional Dota 2’s “young prodigy”. At 20 years old Hassan has already placed first at The International 2015 (TI) and finished third at TI6 and TI8. Not only is he one of the youngest players to enter the scene, he is also the youngest esports professional to cross a million dollars […]

October 17, 2019

All OWL 2020 Off-Season Roster Changes

Overwatch League’s free agency period for 2020 began Oct 7. Teams have until Nov 15 to sign a minimum of eight players to their rosters.  After that point any extra roster signings or player transactions must resolve by June 15.  Roster changes by team are listed in chronological order: Boston Uprising Changes: Assistant coaches Shake […]