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 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 9, 2019

The top 5 most-watched esports events of all time

League of Legends’ 2019 World Championship will be decided by a showdown between G2 Esports and FunPlus Phoenix this Sunday. It’s been a record-breaking few weeks for Riot Games’ premier tournament. Last weekend’s Semifinal between G2 and SK Telecom’s T1 reportedly reached the highest peak viewership of any esports event ever. And before that match […]

November 4, 2019

StarCraft II 2019 WCS Finals Come to a Dark Conclusion

Ever since the release of the original StarCraft, the game’s competitions have been dominated by South Korean pro gamers. In recent years, though, change has come. In part due to Blizzard splitting its competitive scene into South Korea and the World, the talent in the latter region has had more of a chance to develop. […]

November 4, 2019

Team USA take Overwatch Cup with Dominant Performance

This weekend BlizzCon returned and with it the Overwatch World Cup (OWC). The balance to the Overwatch League’s more club-based competition, the OWC pits national teams against each other. Not surprisingly, the countries with the most OWL players tend to have an edge in this tournament. This doesn’t mean there can’t be upsets though and, […]

October 21, 2019

CR4ZY Defeat Heroic for DreamHack Open Win

Counter-Strike fans are a passionate bunch. This is not to be confused with loud, although they’re that too. Where the audience of DreamHack Rotterdam’s other games golf clapped slow drafts and politely applauded plays, hall six roared. They were there at night and they were back at ten in the morning. There was no live […]

October 18, 2019

Starcraft II WCS Global Final Groups Confirmed

Blizzard Entertainment has confirmed the participants for StarCraft II’s WCS Global Finals. Unofficially, the final standings in the game’s professional circuit had already been decided after the second GSL Super Tournament earlier this month. All that was left was ensuring that all qualified players were in possession of the necessary travel documents. With this taken […]

October 1, 2019

GSL Season 3 Finals: A Nydus affair

This weekend StarCraft 2’s final 2019 GSL Code S season concluded with a best-of-seven between Lee “Rogue” Byung Ryul and Cho “Trap” Sung Ho. Teammates on Jin Air Green Wings, both players have been professionally involved with the game since its early days. They’ve tasted different degrees of success throughout their careers, however, Rogue is […]

September 19, 2019

Gears 5 esports kick off this weekend

Earlier this month Gears of War developer The Coalition released the latest installment in its acclaimed franchise. Gears 5 is actually the sixth in the series and the first to drop the “of War” postfix, but none of this has hurt its popularity. According to numbers provided by Microsoft, the game attracted 3 million players […]

September 12, 2019

Valve details the next Dota Pro Circuit

The ninth edition of The International is now behind us, capping off Dota 2’s 2018-2019 season. While players are enjoying a well-deserved break, Valve is hard at work putting together the competition’s next iteration: the Dota Pro Circuit To this end, the developer put out a request for proposals from prospective event organizers back in […]