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  • 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.

  • Tekken 7 Player Knee Gets Signed With ROX

    tekken 7 knee roxROX has taken their first steps into the world of fighting games by signing legendary Tekken 7 player Knee.

    Knee is a South Korean Tekken 7 player that's currently considered to be amongst the very best. Knee is a very respected Tekken player, and many in the Tekken community will often look up to him and his fighter tier lists.

    After Knee's recent performance at the 2017 Evolution Championship Series, in which Knee placed third, ROX approached Knee with a deal. As expected, Knee happily took the deal and he's now a part of the ever-growing ROX family.

    Knee has pulled in wins and trophies from around the world in Tekken tournaments since 2007. 10 years later, Knee is still going strong and he's still considered to be one of the best players, if not the best, in the scene.

    ROX made a statement on the recent acquisition of Knee. "We were impressed with Knee's consistent level of play and his ability to perform at the highest level for over a decade now," said Eliot Namgung, Director of Esports for ROX Gaming. "His personality, skill level and class all align with the ideals that ROX instills in its players and teams."

    Knee also made his own statement, mentioning that Knee will try even harder now that he's joined the ROX family. Does this mean we'll be seeing Knee going in even harder in future events? That'd certainly be exciting to see.

  • 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?

  • Overwatch League Gets First Competitive Teams

    overwatch league teamsA number of teams have now been chosen to participate in the Overwatch League. More details are provided in the article.

    When the Overwatch League was first announced, it had high ambitions to turn their eSports league into a league similar in proportion and style to the NFL or the NHL. Blizzard had hoped to allow cities and popular locations across the world to host their own teams, just like in the NHL and NFL.

    Some of the first teams in part of this new formula have now been announced, with some of the teams being backed by some very well-known (and wealthy) individuals.

    To begin with, Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, recently purchased an Overwatch team for the Boston area.

    Jeff Wilpon, the COO of the New York Mets, is looking to build a team for the New York area.

    It's not just traditional sports names getting involved with the Overwatch League, either. Noah Whinston, CEO of Immortals, has confirmed that he's building a team for the Los Angeles area.

    Two more eSports organizations are also getting involved. With Ben Spoont, CEO and of Misfits Gaming, covering the Miami area, and Andy Miller, founder of NRG eSports, bringing Overwatch to San Francisco.

    And of course, we can't forget the international teams. Over in China, NetEase will be getting a team for Shanghai sorted, and finally, the Seoul team will be sourced by Kevin Chou, co-founder of Kabam.

    Announcements for more teams are sure to roll in soon, and after that, the Overwatch League will be underway.

  • COD WW2 Dev Very Dedicated to eSports

    COD WW2 esportsCall of Duty has always had a strong eSports focus - in recent years the developers and publisher responsible for the Call of Duty franchise have worked hard to push out more support for eSports in the series, and this support isn't going to stop with Call of Duty World War 2.

    In fact, Sledgehammer Games, the developer in control of COD WW2, has been in contact with professional Call of Duty players to help shape the competitive aspects of World War 2.

    Michael Condrey, co-founder of Sledgehammer games, had a few positive things to say about their interaction with pro players and their work on making COD WW2 an eSports friendly title.

    When asked about pro players, Micheal Condrey mentioned that "They've been fantastic and excited and in many ways, I think they enjoyed returning to a grounded experience with more strategy without the mechanical element. It plays right into what they've been asking for."

    Michael was impressed by the amount of positive comments they received for COD WW2 after the recent Infinite Warfare release. Recently, WW2 was playable at E3 2017, and many top competitive players and COD content creators were invited.

    "Apart from having hands on the floor and at our building with influencers and eSports athletes over the last few days has really shown what we expected all along which was a huge appetite for a return to boots on the ground, to have it feel strategic and have it reinforce team play a lot more."

  • 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
  • Shockwave is an Illegal Move in CWL Matches

    shockwave infinite warfare bannedAfter a lot of discussion from esports analysts and pro players, the Shockwave ability in Infinite Warfare has finally been banned in CWL matches.

    Going forward, any CWL matches will no longer allow the Shockwave ability and we wouldn't be surprised if other event organizers outside of the CWL circuit follow suit.

    For those unaware, the Shockwave ability was something that the Merc combat rig could use if they equipped it on their loadout. With Shockwave, players were able to jump into the air and then use thrusters to quickly hit the ground below them, killing any players in the nearby area. Because of the verticality of many Infinite Warfare maps, it was too easy for Merc players to get the high ground and take easy kills on players passing by.

    To begin with, Shockwave wasn't too difficult to counter, but in April the Shockwave received a buff that made it hard to counter. Unsurprisingly, Shockwave has now received a ban from CWL events - we'd expect it to get a slight nerf in the near future.

    Interestingly enough, the Infusion trait is also currently banned at CWL events, so Merc players will be limited to the Man-At-Arms trait, which allows players to have maximum ammo capacity and increased mobility.

    It's great to see CWL looking out for their community like this. Have you tried the newly updated Shockwave trait yet? Do you think it's overpowered? Let us know by leaving a message below.

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