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League player Maria "Remi" Creveling made headlines last August when her team, Renegades, qualified for the League Of Legends Championship Series (LCS), making her the first woman to ever play at that level. Even then she wasn't sure whether she would continue on to play in the LCS, and last week she confirmed that she would be stepping down from the Renegades.
The recent Counter-Strike. Global Offensive tournament in Taipei, which functioned as a qualifier for the Valve-sponsored IEM Katowice major and the MLG offline qualifier in Columbus later this year, was entertaining for a number of factions. The two Australian teams were favourites, which isn't a sentence you write often these days, both of whom ended up losing to a team from Mongolia. But that wasn't the only surprising turn of events; Tyloo, one of the more prominent Chinese teams, caused some waves by getting disqualified moments before the tournament began. And their reasoning after the fact is just as amusing.
The culture of team houses was always going to make its way to our fine shores at some point, but with Australia being somewhat behind the 8-ball in terms of esports infrastructure it's only inevitable that it took a while before major associations, like the opening of last week's ASUS ROG Gaming House, came to fruition. The support structure around esports and team houses in Australia is a little behind as well. But Legacy Esports, whose members are renting out the ASUS house in Lidcombe, are catching up fast -- and the state government is helping them out.