eSports Players

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • New ZeRo Smash Bros 4 Tier List

    zero smash bros tier list 2017After recent events, ZeRo has built a new tier list for Super Smash Bros 4. The list includes each of the SSMB4 characters, besides the Miis, and has listed each one based on their performance in competitive events.

    Whether you play competitively or simply want to know which characters to pick to give yourself a better chance at beating your friend when they come round to play, this new tier list is worth taking a look at.

    Before we share the entire Smash Bros 4 tier list, let's first take a look at the top 10 picks from ZeRo. The top ten characters in ZeRo's tier list have been showcased below:

    • 10: Mario
    • 9: MarchCina
    • 8: Fox
    • 7: Sonic
    • 6: ZSS
    • 5: Diddy Kong
    • 4: Sheik
    • 3: Rosalina
    • 2: Cloud
    • 1: Bayonetta

    Bayonetta was an interesting choice for number 1, especially considering that not a single Bayonetta player has won a major tournament with that character.

    As ZeRo is a Diddy Kong player himself, it's odd to see Diddy Kong so high up in the list. Many other tier lists would put Diddy Kong in the top 3, without a doubt.

    The rest of the choices for the top 10 in this tier list is something that the majority of the community can agree upon. The remaining 42 characters in this list are in-line with what the rest of the Smash bros 4 scene would say, too, although there are a few characters that should arguably be higher or lower.

    Check out the full list in the featured image above.

  • Street Fighter Red Bull Kumite 2017 is Happening

    street fighter red bull kumiteRed Bull is hosting yet another Street Fighter tournament this year, and the player roster just keeps getting better. If you're at all interested in watching Street Fighter V, the Red Bull Kumite 2017 tournament is something worth looking out for.

    The tournament will take place on May 27 - during the event, a total of 256 players will compete for a chance to win a grand prize. On May 28, any winners from the previous days and any prestigious players lucky to have received an invite will fight it out till the grand finals later that day.

    So far we have a total of eight professional players have been invited to the Red Bull Kumite event. The first four to receive their invitations were Tokido, Xiao Hai, PR Balrog, and RB. The biggest name to stand out here is, of course, Tokido - a player that has already battled his way to the grand finals of two previous Kumite events from Red Bull.

    A couple of days after the first four players were announced, four new players were brought into the mix by Red Bull. These four are Nemo, Infexious, Mister Crimson, and Bonchan. All of these players have come a long way in their respective fighting game communities so it'll be very exciting to see them all battle it out in Street Fighter V during the tournament at the end of May.

    Are you excited for this? We'll keep you updated with any more player announcements as they happen.

  • Astralis Take Record Breaking ELEAGUE Win

    Astralis ELEAGUEWhether you're into Counter Strike or not, the latest ELEAGUE win from Astralis should make any eSports fan happy.

    The story behind Astralis' win is a very big one. Despite being a top performing team, the Astralis players, who had previously played under other names, such as TSM and Dignatas, had never managed to break out of their 'semi-finals' curse.

    It seemed as if every major CS:GO tournament that the Danish lads entered would see them with a loss in the semi-finals. This time, things were different. The Atlanta ELEAGUE major, which was televised on North American channel TBS, saw Astralis take the win in an incredibly close battle between them and the Polish team, Virtus Pro.

    After a scary loss on the first map, Nuke, and an unsettlingly close half on the second map, a win for Astralis almost seemed out of the question. Fortunately for Astralis though, they managed to pull it back, taking the second and third maps, although not without hardship.

    With over 200,000 people tuned into the TV channel, and over 1 million viewers between Twitch and GOTV, it was a milestone in eSports history.

    Astralis must be happy with their results, too - the team took home $500,000 in prize winnings, and also showed their recent new sponsor, Audi, that there was a lot of potential in eSports sponsorships. This is the first time such a reputable worldwide brand that's known outside of the eSports scene has stepped in to offer a sponsorship.

  • Smash Summit 4 Dates and Prizes Announced

    Smash Summit 4BeyondTheSummit has released the key dates and details for the upcoming Smash Summit 4.

    It has now been confirmed that the event will take place from March 2 and will end on March 5. To begin with, the prize pool is sitting at $15,000, but it will grow depending on how many fans attend the events.

    Even with a $15,000 base prize pool, this will be an important event to take the win, and it could perhaps be the event that could be open to absolutely anybody.

    Whilst both Hungrybox and Armada are still performing incredibly, Hungrybox's recent broken finger has put some doubt on his upcoming performance. Armada is still looking like a strong contender, but his most recent Smash Summit win was at Smash Summit 3 doubles, at which point he had help from the formidable Mew2King. Mang0 has also been in great form this year, even if he hasn't managed to hit as many first place wins as Hungrybox and Armada.

    In total, there will be sixteen players to attend the Smash Summit 4 event. So far, 10 players have been invited, and six more will be decided by fan votes.

    The following ten players have received official invites:

    Adam "Armada" Lindgren
    Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman
    Jeffery "Axe" Williamson
    Joseph "Mang0" Marquez
    Juan "Hungrybox" Debiedma
    Justin "Plup" McGrath
    Kevin "PewPewU" Toy
    Weston "Westballz" Dennis
    William "Leffen" Hjette
    Zachary "SFAT" Cordoni

    Will you be interested in attending the Smash Summit 4 event later this year?

  • HungryBox has Broken Finger

    hungrybox-broken-finger-genesis-4After going full-time Smash pro, the worst thing that could happen to a Smash player would be to have their finger or hand broken.

    Unfortunately for Hungrybox, exactly that has happened. During a game of Dodgeball, Hungrybox ended up breaking his index finger, which might just be one of the most important fingers for playing games on a controller.

    The injury was a fracture in the top knuckle of Hungrybox's index finger. With Genesis 4 just around the corner, it was first rumored that Hungrybox would not attend the event at all.

    However, Hungrybox is going to soldier on - he will remap his controller so that use of his index finger is kept to an absolute minimum. As a result of this, Hungrybox may not be at top form, but we still feel he has a good chance at ranking high at Genesis 4.

    It's frustrating to see such a thing happen, but we can't wait to see how Hungrybox performs despite his injury. Fortunately, the injury should heal within a few weeks, so he won't be out of the game for very long.

    With Genesis 4 starting on January 20, his finger won't be completely healed until after the event.

    Do you think Hungrybox is doing the right thing to attend the event regardless of his injury, or should he sit it out so that his finger can heal properly? We'd love to hear your opinions on this topic.

  • Surprising Win at 2GGT ZeRo Saga

    2ggt-zero-sagaAfter an incredible performance from ZeRo this year, it was a surprise to see that a player managed to outperform him in an event sporting ZeRo's name.

    Funnily enough, this wasn't the first time ZeRo has lost at his own event. In fact, every event in the past that has included ZeRo in the title has seen ZeRo fail at getting a win.

    This particular event was 2GGT ZeRo Saga, and it saw some of the best Smash players across the globe fight it out for a $10,000 prize. Whilst it was surprising to ZeRo not take the win, it was perhaps even more surprising to see the actual winner.

    MKLeo managed to take the grand prize after fighting his way through, Larry Lur, VoiD and plenty of other players. In fact, Leo originally found himself in the loser's bracket earlier in the tournament. It wasn't until MKLeo beat ZeRo in the loser's finals that he saw himself in the grand finals against Larry Lur.

    MKLeo took the first set of matches in an impressive fashion with a 3-1 score line. However, with MKLeo coming from the loser's bracket, he had to face up against Lur for another time. The fight was close, but MKLeo managed to just peel away with a 3-2 score.

    This win makes it MKLeo's first ever on an international stage and it's also the first time MKLeo has defeated ZeRo. For those maybe unaware of this new and upcoming player, MKLeo is just 15 years old, and after this latest event it's clear he has plenty of potential.

  • Armada Wins UGC Smash Melee

    armada-smash-meleeUGC Smash Open has now ended and after an unsurprising win from ZeRo in the Smash 4 camp, Armada has now taken another victory in Smash Melee.

    The event took place during the start of the month and while there were a few exciting matchups in the tournament, nobody was surprised to see Armada take the win.

    However, something that was surprising was the incredible performance by Mew2King which saw him hastily make his way to the grand finals only after losing a single match earlier against n0ne. After his first defeat, Mew2king ripped through Duck, Ice, SFAT, Leffen and even favorites to place in the grand finals; Mang0 and Hungrybox.

    In the grand finals, Mew2King even managed to defeat Armada with an impressive 3-1 scoreline. However, because Mew2King dropped to the loser's bracket, he still had another 3 wins needed to take the grand final. This then saw Armada turn the tables completely and beat Mew2King in true comeback fashion with a 3-1 score for himself.

    For taking the tournament, Armada will be walking home with roughly $7,000 in prize winnings. We have to give credit to Mew2King's amazing performance so far. We can't wait to see what Mew2King may have up his sleeves next year. He's certainly been a top performer this year and with a bit of extra dedication he has the potential to take a top spot in some of next year's events. Bring on 2017!

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