Last Week in E-Sports: Tournament Edition

Last week the world of e-sports was filled with new tournament announcements, from a new H1Z1 League to Rocket League Season 4 to Pokemon.

The influence of e-sports is spreading and before too long all your favorite games could have itheir own e-sports leagues.

Players Can Vote on Which Charity Will Get a Percentage of League of Legends Championship Item Sales

Riot Games has revealed that it will donate a percentage of the sales of Championship Ashe and the Championship Ward to charity. Which charity will get the cash will be decided from the fans. The three charities that fans can vote for are BasicNeeds, which helps people with mental illness and epilepsy, LearningEquality, which brings education to countries with few resources including internet access, and the Raspberry Pi Foundation, which creates educational programs that introduce young people to coding and computer hardware. 

The highest voted charity will receive 50 percent of the total donations, while the other two charities will receive 25 percent.

Details on Rocket League Championship Season 4 Finale Announced

The season four finale of the Rocket League Championship Series will be held in Washington D.C. at the MGM National Harbor from November 10 to the 12. It will be the first major Rocket League event held on the East Coast and will feature a $150,000 prize pool.

Daybreak Games Announces H1Z1 Pro League

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Survival shooters are breaking into the e-sports scene. H1Z1 developer Daybreak Games has partnered with Twin Galaxies to produce the H1Z1 Pro League. The league will feature 14 teams competing in two ten week splits with a world championship series at the end of 2018. Players in the league will receive a minimum $50,000 salary, along with revenue sharing. Daybreak will reveal more information about the league in the near future.

Registration Opens for Pokemon Europe International Championships

Do you wanna be the very best like no one ever was? Well now you have an opportunity to be, provided you are in the EU region. Registration has just opened for this year’s Pokemon Europe International Championships. Divisions will be held for both the video game and card game. The event will feature a $250,000 prize pool and will be held from November 17 through 29 in London.

Games List for AGDQ 2018 Announced

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The official games list for this year’s Awesome Games Done Quick speedrunning marathon has been posted. To the disappointment of many, Super Metroid will not be played this year, breaking a tradition that has lasted since the beginning of the GDQ marathons. There are quite a few other interesting runs to take its place. The Link to the Past randomizer run will certainly be interesting, and fans of bad knock-offs will be happy to know that this is the first year the masterpiece Titenic will be run.

4 New E-Sports Shows Coming to Hulu

Hulu has partnered with the ESL to create a lineup of e-sports themed programming. The lineup includes Player vs. Player, a talk show about e-sports with some light game show elements, Bootcamp, a docu-series following the Immortals CS:GO team, Defining Moments, an e-sports history show, and the ESL Replay, a tournament recap show similar to ESPN’s post-game breakdowns.

“The partnership with Hulu marks ESL’s first original series on an on-demand streaming service, and will showcase the diverse nature of esports through high quality storytelling,” said Nik Adams, senior vice president of global media rights and distribution for ESL. “Esports appeals to a younger, more digitally savvy audience so Hulu is a perfect platform to build out our original content and expose the world of esports to new audiences.”

The shows will release weekly and will debut sometime this fall.

PUBG Passes 2 Million Concurrent Players

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has broken the all-time record for concurrent players on Steam. Last week, over two million concurrent players were recorded playing the game, shattering DOTA2’s previous record of 1.3 million players. PUBG just surpassed ten million in sales last month and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down. While it hasn’t yet hit the heights that Overwatch has, it’s still an astounded feat for a game that spent so much time in early access.

3 CS:GO Players Banned During Online Open European Minor Qualifier

Cheating is a problem in CS:GO, but you have to really have guts to cheat in the middle of a qualifier. However, this is exactly what happened. KerZe of Team Optimistic, Ciocardau of Invictus Aquilas, and SodaH of PlanetenOG were convicted of cheating by CEVO, the server client host, during their online qualifier matches for the ELEAGUE Boston Major. All three teams were disqualified as a result.

Big Wins

  • Fnatic came back from a 0-4 start to secure their League of Legends World Championship quarterfinal spot. Cloud 9 also made their way into LoL World’s, as did Misfits and Royal Never Give Up.
  • In the final Hearthstone Championship Tour event of this year, Kim “Surrender” Jung-soo of Korea won the $60,000 title, and a passage to world’s in January.
  • FaZe swept Astralis 2-0 in the grand finals of the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier.
  • RunAway and GC Busan will both be moving on to the OGN Overwatch Apex finals.

The Roster Shuffle

  • Fnatic has announced that its new academy squad will be made up of reality show contestants. Whoever wins the second season of Gamerz, a reality show themed around e-sports with CS:GO at its centerpoint, will become part of their new team.
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas has joined the world of PUBG by signing a new roster.  “Today we’re glad to announce our venture in to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, the game many of us have that special love/hate relationship with ever since its explosive launch in late March this year,” NiP said. “With such a rapid growth in playerbase and millions of gamers dropping onto the island of Erangel every single day, we’re happy to see that this game has struck the hearts of gaming enthusiasts all across the globe. Of course the Ninjas in Pyjamas want to be a part of that journey.”
  • FlyQuest is also diving into PUBG by signing the roster formerly known as Off Constantly. It includes Jonathan “Hetror” Bent, Dylan “Comet” Boden, Joseph “SomeThang” White, and Chris “Blue” Cofeld. “We couldn’t be more excited to officially expand our reach to the most played game on Steam,” said FlyQuest general manager Ryan Edens. “The sheer growth of the scene and the announcement of a large scale tournament at IEM Oakland is a sign of things to come. We feel the boys of Off Constantly give us the best chance to succeed while also giving back to the community as a whole.”
  • Even though Cloud9 has a slot in the Overwatch League, they are still pulling away from the scene in many regions. Even after acquiring KongDoo Panthera and Laser Kittenz, they have recently released all of their North American players and will likely focus on their regional slot in the league alone.  The Overwatch League is slated to begin on January 10th, and we will likely hear about Cloud9’s final roster before them.
  • After being rejected by the Overwatch League, Rogue has released the entirety of their Overwatch squad. ” had no option but to break up the most accomplished Overwatch team in the game’s history so that the players could accept offers,” Rogue said. “We will continue to pursue putting together more great teams in the future and hope next time to be able to keep what we’ve worked so hard to build.”
  • Immortals have dropped George “Hyped” Maganzini. They have not yet announced his replacement. “Hyped is a respected player who brought a veteran savvy and presence to Immortals,” said general manager Nick Phan. “We thank him sincerely for his contributions and wish him well in future endeavors.”
  • Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek has left League of Legends team, the Mysterious Monkeys. Kikis is currently looking for new opportunities in the EU and NA regions.
  • Team Dignitas’ application for an NA LCS franchise slot has supposedly been rejected. Their future in the e-sport is uncertain. 

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