Last Week in E-Sports: Competitive Microsoft Office?
Last week was a busy week in e-sports. With the end of The International 7 and the transition into the COD WWII preparation season, teams were at it again, rapidly ditching their old players and signing new ones during this period of e-sports downtime. That’s not to say nothing but the roster shuffle happened last week, however. Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds has seen a recent surge of popularity in the e-sports scene. We also saw victories in lesser known e-sports like FIFA, Pokken Touranment, and…. Microsoft Word.
The World’s Weirdest E-Sport: Competitive Microsoft Office
No, I’m not joking, there is really an international competition to see who is best at using Microsoft Office, and it’s no joke. First place winner take home seven thousand dollars, which is more than some of the more obscure e-sports in the scene. So the next time you think your e-sport of choice doesn’t stand a chance, just remember, someone out there is making money being pro at PowerPoint.
Nielsen Launches E-Sports Division
Whenever someone talks about a TV show’s ratings, they are talking about its Nielsen ratings. Nielsen’s job is to figure out who is watching what and deliver that data to networks, in order to allow them to make informed decisions on what content to create. Well, now the same company that tells you whether or not your daytime soap operas are doing well will be entering the realm of e-sports to provide “sponsorship valuation, fan insights, custom industry research and consulting services” to companies in the e-sports marketplace.
“There’s a high demand for reliable, independent measurement of value in esports,” says Howard Appelbaum, Nielsen Entertainment President. “We’re excited to enhance our client offerings and provide the industry with solutions that will help guide and optimize investment decisions in this exciting, growing space.”
One of Nielsen’s first e-sports findings actually has to do with the popularity of e-sports in Germany. Apparently, one in five Germans between the ages of 14 and 49 is a fan of e-sports. That’s a huge attachment rate compared to other countries in the world.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Is the Quickest Growing Streaming Sensation
Fans of PUBG have been wondering for a while whether or not the unique shooter has what it takes to enter the world of e-sports. Well, you might be surprised to hear that, a few weeks ago, PUBG beat League of Legends in hours watched on Twitch. The only game that beat them was DOTA2 specifically since The International 7 was going on at the same time. According to Twitch viewership data site Gamoloco, this is the first time that League of Legends has been beat without a push from a major e-sports event in three years. “It’s key to understand here that no AAA industry blockbuster even came close to that kind of performance on Twitch,” said Gamoloco’s report. “And no other ‘top tier esports candidate,’ including the highly-heralded Overwatch, got close either.”
Blizzard Now Notifies You When a Player You Report is Punished
Player reporting systems are always hard to manage. While having a game’s community police themselves is a good way to save on manpower, often times it simply isn’t effective at producing real community change. This is largely because reporting a player is generally just shouting into the darkness. No one knows if that player will ever receive their comeuppance.
Blizzard is changing all this by actively notifying Overwatch users when their player reports result in a punishment. While the notification doesn’t go into detail, it does let players know that reporting toxic behavior is actually making a difference.
CS:GO Now Free in China
Chinese fans of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive can now play the game completely free, provided they can prove they aren’t a robot. Any player that can verify their identity through Perfect World, CS:GO’s distribution service in the region, will have access to the game free of charge. However, if they cannot verify their identity, they will have to pay for a game license. Fans of CS:GO are hoping that Valve will follow suit, making the game free-to-play on Steam for an international audience.
Tespa to Give Away One Million Dollars in E-Sports Scholarships
Tespa, the most well-known North American college gaming network, has a lot of plans for the upcoming academic year. They have announced that they will give away over one million dollars in scholarships and prizes next year. In addition, they will field leagues for Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, StarCraft 2, and World of Warcraft.
T-Mobile Sponsors Two E-Sports Teams
T-Mobile is the next company to get into the e-sports sponsorship game. They have recently announced that they will sponsor both TSM and Cloud 9. The company will become the official cellular data partner for both organizations.
“At Cloud9, we’re always looking for partners who are going to elevate us to the next level and we’ve found just that,” Jack Etienne, Cloud9 CEO & Founder, said in a statement. “Partnering up with T-Mobile will allow us to work together on some really exciting projects that we can’t wait for the fans to see.”
The Big Wins
- Jakub “Alernakin” Palen won the inaugural For Honor Season 3 tournament by taking advantage of an exploit that Ubisoft has, as of yet, refused to fix. The exploit allows the Nobushi’s attacks to become unparryable, allowing them access to near infinite pressure. Nothing in the tournament rules said this was illegal, even though the developer said the behavior was unintended. He walked away from the tournament $10,000 richer, much to the ire of the For Honor community.
- Pokken Tournament continues to chug forward on the Wii U despite its rapidly diminishing fanbase and its inevitable replacement by the Switch version of the very same game. A tournament was held at the 2017 Pokémon World Championships and Hisaharu “Tonosama” Abe took the gold piloting Briaxen, a character that isn’t often represented in top 8 tournament standings.
- Cloud9 was the last team to qualify for ESL One New York’s CS:GO championships. They will be joining the recently qualified Team EnVyUS in the $250,000 eventCS:GOCloud9 was the last team to qualify for ESL One New York’s
- CLG took down EnVyUS in a LoL playoff match. They will be going up against Immortals next week.
- G2 triumphed over Splyce in the EU LCS quarterfinals, securing their progress into the semifinal round.
- The LMS’ ahq e-Sports Club are the sixth team to officially secure their spot in the 2017 World Championships in China on Sept. 28 after defeating Raise Gaming.
- SK Telecom T1, perhaps the best LoL team in the league, beat KT Rolster to qualify for the LCK Finals and World Championships last week.
- Spencer “Gorilla” Ealing of England won the FIFA Interactive World Cup last week. The finals match over Germany’s Kai “Deto” Wollin was played on both the PS4 and Xbox One, in order to make sure both players had equal advantage. He took away $200,000 for his victory.
The Roster Shuffle
- Linus “Limmp” Blomdin, Jonas “jonassomfan” Lindholm, and team captain Simon “Handsken” Haag have all been removed from Alliance’s DOTA2 roster after failing to qualify for The International 7.
- Enzo “Timado” Gianoli is leaving Infmaous after a poor performance at The international 7. He was the only salaried player in Infamous’s squad.
- Dota 2 analyst and coach Murielle “Kipspul” Huisman will be leaving TNC’s DOTA2 squad after The International 7.
- Evil Geniuses CEO and The International 5 grand champion Peter “ppd” Dager is considering a full time return to competitive e-sports, though nothing official has been announced.
- GODSENT and Fnatic have made another trade. Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson will be heading to Fnatic while Dennis “dennis” Edman will be heading to GODSENT.
- FaZe clan has obtained Olof “olofmeister” Kjajber from Fnatic’s CS:GO team. Olofmeister will replace the French support, Fabien “kioShiMa” Fiey, who will be returning to the bench.
- Cloud9 has recently signed Tarik Celik and William “RUSH” Wierzba, formerly of OpTic gaming, to their CS:GO team
- OpTic is rumored to be adding four new players to its CS:GO team, including Aleksi “allu” Jalli, Emil “Magisk” Reif, Adam Friberg, and Kevin “HS” Tarn. This change would force Keith “NAF” Markovic to the bench.
- Gambit has bought out Bektiyar “fitch” Bakhytov’s contract from Tengri. Fitch will fill in Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko’s recently vacated roster spot.
- All of Cloud9’s Call of Duty team will be entering free agency for the new Call of Duty: WWII season.
- Christopher “Parasite” Duarte and Colt “Havok” McLendon have been released from Evil Geniuses Call of Duty roster.
- Emmanuel “Pikachu” Correia, Ben “Domo” Shives, and Matthew “Mpaac” Ball will all be coming out of retirement when Call of Duty: WWII is released on November 3. All three of these players haven’t played COD professionally since 2011.
- Lee “Leetaejun” Tae-jun will be returning to Lunatic-Hai’s Overwatch roster after being accused of inappropriate fan relations.
- Aleksi “Zuppehw” Kuntsi will leave Gigantti for Misfits. Gigantti has turned to former Hammers Esports support Jonas “Shaz” Suovaara to replace Zuppehw.
- Tempo Storm has decided to join in on the recent PUBG craze, signing a new team for the up and coming e-sport. It includes Keane “Valliate” Alonso, Diondre “YaBoiDre” Bond, Luke “Meluke” Laing, Randy “Randingo” Joiner, and Trey “Afflux” Bourne as coach.