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  • Southeast Asia Major Details for Street Fighter V

    southest asia major 2017 sfvThe Southeast Asia scene for fighting games is growing even stronger. We now have more details about the Southeast Major for Street Fighter V.

    The Southeast Asia Major is considered to be the largest event in the region, and it gained a lot of attention last year. We're expecting to see the Southeast 2017 Major be even bigger

    This year, the Southeast Asia Major will take place at GameStart 2017 in Suntec City, Singapore, on October 14. The event will end on October 15.

    It won't just be Street Fighter at the SE major this year. Players from three different games will be making their way to the event. Street Fighter V is, of course, the biggest game to make a return this year with the Capcom Pro Tour 2017. We'll also see an event for the Tekken World Tour Asia Pacific Regional Championships and the Windjammers Asia Championships.

    Street Fighter V players will be fighting for a chance at a $30,000 prize pool. The Tekken 7 tournament will have a total of $15,000 up for grabs, and the Windjammers tournament has $6,500 on the line.

    Guilty Gear XRD REV 2 and BlazBlue Central Fiction will also be getting their own, smaller events.

    Prizes for each event will be split between players, with the grand final winner receiving the majority of the prize pool money.

    Are you interested in the Southeast Major? Will you just be watching Street Fighter V or will you be keeping an eye on Tekken 7 or other games as well?

  • eSports May Join Paris 2024 Olympics

    FILE PHOTO - The logo of the Paris candidacy for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games is seen on the Montparnasse tower in PariseSports is growing at an incredible rate. It's a new industry that showcases the competitive potential of gamers across the world.

    While it hasn't traditionally been seen as a sport, many professional sports players and sports bodies are starting to respect eSports as a sport that takes dedication, practice, and sportsmanship, just like any physical sport.

    The next milestone for eSports is for the Olympics to accept it as a sport. The next Olympics event will happen in Paris in 2024. Paris has mentioned that they believe eSports does deserve a spot on the Olympic stage.

    Their argument is that the youth are very interested in eSports as a whole, and it should be considered a sport when taking the competitive environment of eSports into account.

    The difficulty with an eSports Olympic event is that in the current eSports space, competitive players and teams are very stretched between events as it is. Players and teams are often forced to pick between events and the deciding factor is usually down to prize money.

    It's unlikely that the Olympic eSports event will have prize money on the line, so getting the best of the best players to attend will be difficult. Another issue is that eSports spans across dozens of different games. Deciding a single game to be showcased at the Olympics would be incredibly difficult. Alternatively, supporting too many games may be seen as a bad choice, which would give less weight to the medals earned from traditional sports.

  • MotoGP eSports Championship Underway

    motogp esports championshipWhile MotoGP eSports hasn't really been a thing before, it is now - a brand new eSports championship for MotoGP has started and it'll give players a chance to win a brand new car.

    The new MotoGP eSports championship started on July 27th. The event will start with six challenges.

    The first challenge will be a time trial on the Circuito de Jerez track. Players must play as Marc Marquez on the HRC Honda. If players beat the qualifying time, they'll be taken to the next challenge.

    In total, there are 5 more challenges like the first one. By the end of it all, players will be taken to the MotoGP Challenge - a chance for all players that have made it through the challenges so far to race against others.

    The players with the quickest cumulative time in the MotoGP Challenge will have a chance to qualify for the Grand Finals.

    The Grand Final event will only see two of the fastest players out of the entire event. The final will be held in Valencia on November 11, and both players will be given VIP access to the Grand Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana event on November 12.

    The player that wins the final on November 11 will also be awarded a BMW 240i M-Series and will be given the MotoGP eSports Champion title.

    Do you think MotoGP eSports could catch on, or do you think this will be a one-off thing?

  • EVO 2017 Super Smash Winners Revealed

    EVO 2017 Super Smash WinnersEVO 2017 has now slowly shifted to a halt, and the winners for both Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Bros. Melee have now been revealed.

    If you don't want spoilers, you can check out recaps on the EVO 2017 Twitch channel before reading our EVO 2017 finals overview below.

    We'll first start with the least surprising turnout of the event. In the Super Bros. Melee tournament at EVO 2017, Armada and Mang0 ended up facing up against each other in the grand finale.

    Armada managed to pull out an almost clean 3-1 victory over Mang0 to take the grand final win after coming from the winner's bracket. This is now the third year in a row that Armada has made it to the EVO 2017 grand finals.

    In 2016, Armada came second after losing in the grand finals. Armada also took the 2015 EVO Smash Bros. Melee win.

    The results for the EVO 2017 Smash Bros. for Wii U tournament were a little more interesting.

    As expected, ZeRo made his way to the grand finals after staying at the top of the winner's bracket. However, out of nowhere, Salem, pushed out a very close victory in the grand finals.

    Salem had a tough time making his way through to the grand finals. With a number of close wins behind him, Salem ended up beating ZeRo 3-2 in both grand final best of five matches. It was one of the most exciting Smash Bros. games to watch this year.

  • Nintendo Looking to Take a 'Different Approach' to eSports

    nintendo switch esports]Nintendo has always been an important player in esports. While the spotlight in recent years has quickly been focused on PC titles like Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, and League of Legends, Nintendo has always been giving out love to its grass roots esports communities.

    If you've ever been part of a Smash Bros. event, whether it's as a competitor or a spectator, you'll know that the eSports communities surrounding some of Nintendo's games are some of the best communities in the world.

    Despite the healthy scenes that exist for some of Nintendo's top titles, they still haven't broken out to the mainstream audiences as massively as Counter Strike or League has in recent years.

    Nintendo wants to work to bring their eSports titles to mainstream audiences, and they're interested in taking a different approach to get there.

    Nintendo of America's president Reggie Fils-Aime has got a few words to say about Nintendo on eSports. He shared his ideas in a recent interview with The Verge.

    In the interview, Reggie Fils-Aime mentioned that "We were in esports back in 1995 with the very first Nintendo World Championships. I think what Nintendo is doing, as we always do, is our unique view on this, and finding ways to make it a bit more mainstream and a bit more massive, maybe than others have done. We're going to do it differently."

    To begin with, Nintendo will look at pushing out eSports opportunities for three of the most recent game release announcements; Pokken Tournament, Splatoon 2, and ARMS.

  • Tencent to Invest Billions into eSports

    tencent billions esportsYou may not have heard of Tencent yet, but if you're into eSports, you'll certainly be introduced to them during the next few years.

    Tencent is a Chinese internet investment company that has purchased or invested in some of the biggest names in internet and video game history. Tencent has subsidiaries including Riot Games (League of Legends), Supercell, (Clash Royale) Epic Games, (Gears of War) and a range of other internet companies.

    Over the next five years, Tencent has pledged to invest close to $15 billion dollars in the eSports industry. This $15 billion will go towards running tournaments across the globe, improving prize pools and payouts, developing new talent, and helping to lay the groundwork for the future of eSports and providing tools for upcoming teams and organizations to get off of the ground.

    Tencent hasn't given too much information about what exact plans they have prepared for the next five years, but they seem very dedicated to turning eSports into an even bigger industry than it already is. With Tencent owning both Riot Games and Supercell, it's clear that they're looking to bring this new eSports growth to all platforms that support competitive video games.

    With Tencent's connections, the $15 billion will also go towards building the kind of infrastructure that a long-lasting industry needs. This will be especially true for Chinese eSports, but Tencent's contributions are no doubt going to help eSports on a global level as well.

  • E3: Intel and ESL Partner for eSports

    intel esl esports e3Intel and ESL have taken to the stage of E3 to announce their plans for partnership on bringing esports to a bigger crowd.

    ESL has long been one of the biggest players in the esports event industry, so it's clear that Intel is serious about making esports big with their new esports partnership.

    Some may not be aware, but Intel has also been in the esports game for a long time. The ESL and Intel partnership has also been ongoing for a good few years. The IEM (Intel Extreme Masters) esports event, for example, started back in 2007.

    IEM has always been an event co-hosted by Intel and ESL, so with this new partnership, you may be wondering what will actually come out of it that hasn't already been done in the past.

    Intel will essentially be the driving force of all Intel events going forth - Intel will be responsible for the operation of all PCs needed for eSports events, and Intel will also be in control of all live streaming events.

    Intel has also confirmed that a new event, called the Intel Grand Slam, will be coming to competitive Counter Strike. In the Grand Slam event, Intel is offering a bonus of $1 million for any team that wins 4 out of the 10 matches that are to be played.

    Finally, Intel is putting their chips on esports in VR - they have announced a VR Challenger League that'll support a competitive scene for the Echo Arena VR game.

  • Injustice 2: War of the Gods eSports Tournament Announced

    injustice 2 war of the gods esportsWarner Bros. wants to make Injustice 2 esports a thing. Even though the game hasn't even hit release day yet, Warner Bros. has already announced their first esports tournament for the game.

    The upcoming pro circuit for Injustice 2 has been named War of the Gods and it will have an initial prize pool of $15,000. To begin with, the event will be limited to those in North America, so this includes the United States and Canada.

    The qualifiers will be open for everybody - the first event will open on May 20, 4 days after the game gets its release. Player pools will be created and players will take part each Saturday for the next 10 weeks. Players will have a chance to earn league points each week and eventually the points will be tallied up and the top players will take part in the Season Finale, which will take place on September 17. Here are the tournament rules:

    • Best of Five Games
    • Double Elimination
    • Competitive Mode: Enabled
    • Game Timer: 99 seconds
    • Stage: Both players are to choose Random.
    • Characters: Winner must select the same character & variation, Loser may switch.
    • All characters and variations are allowed and may use hidden select.

    Here's a look at the season finale prize pool:

    • First Place - $4,000
    • Second Place - $2,500
    • Third Place - $1,500
    • Fourth Place - $1,000
    • Fifth Place - $500
    • Sixth Place - $500

    Finally, here's a look at the weekly prizes awarded for participation in the weekly events:

    • 1st Place - $250 and 150 league points
    • 2nd Place - $150 and 125 league points
    • 3rd and 4th Place - $50 and 75 league points
    • 5th through 8th Place - 50 league points
    • 9th-16th Place - 25 league points
    • 17th-32nd Place - 10 league points
  • OpTic Take Halo World Championship Win

    optic world championshipOpTic gaming has managed to hit their second consecutive Halo World Championship win this month after they faced up against EnVyUs in the grand finals.

    OpTic has been dominating the Halo scene recently. Unfortunately, they didn't quite perform as well as they may have liked to throughout the majority of the Halo World Championship. EnVyUs, on the other hand, looked as if they had the entire championship in the bag.

    Even though they had performed incredibly well during the tournament, we weren't ruling out the nV grand final win. In fact, to begin with, EnVyUs had won 12 games in a row. By the time EnVyUs had reached the finals, they had only lost a total of two games. With the two teams facing off in the finals, it looked as if EnVyUs could have easily taken the game from OpTic's grasp after the incredible performance from EnVyUs earlier in the tournament.

    Things took a turn for the worst on EnVyUs's side, however. While EnVyUs scored a quick 2-0 lead in the first game, which was CTF, OpTic managed to pull it back to score themselves a first win with a 3-2 scoreline.

    The next game was Slayer. It was also incredibly close, but OpTic took the win 50 kills to 44. nV took a huge lead over OpTic in game three, but OpTic pulled it back with a 100-65 scoreline in Strongholds.

    With game 4 on the way, things were now looking in OpTic's favor. It was a tight race, but game 4 CTF saw OpTic pull out a 1-0 victory.

    As a result, OpTic gaming are now two time Halo World champions and they happily took home the $500,000 first place prize. Team EnVyUs, on the other hand, took home $200,000 which is still something to write home about.

  • New Gears of War League in May

    gears of war 4 league IGLIt's about time Gears of War got some more love from tournament organizers. It's now been confirmed that a new Gears of War 4 league is on its way.

    The upcoming Gears of War 4 league will feature a $25,000 prize pool and live LAN finals in Huntington Beach, California. The new Gears of War 4 League was announced by International Gaming League and it will be open to existing pro teams and amateur players.

    The new Gears of War 4 League from IGL will not be a part of the Gears Pro Circuit, but it's still quickly become an event on everybody's radar.

    The League will kick off with 4 open qualifiers, all of which will take place on March 18. After that, three more open qualifiers will he held on March 25, April 8 and April 15. Four of the best teams from each qualifier will move to ladder play. The ladder will run for a month, after which the twelve teams at the top of the ladder will be taken into league play.

    No invitations have been sent out for the Gears of War 4 League from IGL, so it'll be an open event up for grabs by any potential rising talent. Players will need to visit the proIGL website to sign their team up for the open qualifiers to take part.

    With this newly announced $25,000 event and the Gears Pro circuit, we potentially have a lot of pro Gears of War 4 events on our plate this year.

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