Counter-Strike is not exactly a sport where North American teams dominate. North American Counter-Strike is something of a joke in the CSGO community, known more for drama and sloppy team play than stunning site takes or bodacious bomb defusals. But that might be changing.
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What started out as an underwhelming tournament for North American Counter-Strike ended on a more hopeful note as Team Liquid, Counter Logic Gaming and Cloud9 eked out victories on Sunday to qualify for the MLG Columbus Counter-Strike tournament next month, where they will compete for a $US500,000 grand prize.
According to a report from eSports Observer, Activision has entered into an agreement to purchase a majority of North American eSports organisation Major League Gaming's assets for a sum of $US46 ($63) million.
The grand finals of the 2015 Call of Duty Championships are happening today. Which of the 32 competing teams is going to walk away with $US400,000? Head over to the Major League Gaming event site to watch live and see which 29 teams are definitely not winning.
" link="lightbox" size="xlarge" align="center" nocrop="true" clear="true"] Video gaming's not a sport? Don't tell that to MLG.TV — an Internet-broadcast network that'll showcase the league's major events and, yes, broadcast a studio show with highlights and news, akin to the coverage that, yes, real sports get.
This must be one of the funniest e-Sports stream hijacks I've seen so far. During a League of Legends event at this year's Gamescom, someone in a classic creepy horse mask continuously kept distracting viewers from the commentators. So good.
Over the weekend, many professional League of Legends, StarCraft II and Call of Duty players convened in Anaheim, California, to compete in Major League Gaming's Spring Championship. But one of the most riveting battles involved American pro Xpecíal's incredible, 40-minute play displaying some of the most impressive unit-control and micro-management I've seen.
You press play. A homemade logo or two pop up — maybe a clan or a made-up studio. You notice the name of the player — lots of X's, maybe a 420 reference, and the rest seems incomprehensible. That's when the top 40 song begins. Then it happens: a man dies. Cause of death? Headshot, intentionally timed to connect when the bass dropped (if the song happens to be dubstep.) We're watching an earnest kill montage video of a popular shooter, likely from an MLG hopeful.
Australia's top pro Halo squad Team Immunity headed over the to world's first major Halo 4 tournament at MLG this weekend. 260 of the world's best teams attended and, despite the fact some of the top seeds had two weeks to practice the game, Team Immunity still managed to place 9th. Such an incredible result guys — very well done.
As we are all aware, Halo 4 is out this coming week, and the thing I'm most looking forward to is getting involved in multiplayer again. In preparation I've been watching MLG over the weekend, since they've been running a series of pro matches using the game. It's been pretty insightful in terms of learning the basics of the game, and getting an idea of some of the maps.
There aren't many video game series where I care more about the multiplayer than the main campaign, but Halo is one of them, and that's partly because I love Halo multi, but also because I'm pretty engaged with the Halo competitive scene. This video shows off multiple new features destined for Halo 4, including promothean vision, and it's played by one of the best Halo pros to ever pick up a controller, Neighbour.
I know! I couldn't believe it myself. Most mainstream coverage of e-sports tends to be negative, or done from that patronising 'you thought e-sports was completely meaningless, but it's actually a pretty big deal' angle. So to see Reuters actually do a good job of covering e-sports in a positive, fair light is quite encouraging.
The dreaded, and ridiculous "Stop Online Piracy Act" has upset a lot of people, who in turn have spent a lot of time saying how upset they are. It's also upset a rather large gaming enterprise, who have put their money where their mouth is.
Some people like eSports. Others think the idea of broadcasting competitions of people going at it in Starcraft 2, Black Ops or Halo: Reach won't ever get mainstream media attention. But it turns out that it may not be necessary, if the new numbers released by the Major League Gaming promotion are any indication.