Over the weekend, 20 top PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds teams faced off at Intel Extreme Masters in Oakland, California. From inside a series of what we might call PlayerUnknown's BattleCubicles, squads squabbled over a $US200,000 ($264,396) prize pool. When the smoke cleared, a team that didn't even get invited took top honours, besting big-name teams, without even winning the final match. This shows that PUBG has potential to be a very different kind of esport, but it isn't there yet.


On Saturday, Marcus "The Cool Kid93" Redmond fought his way back through the losers bracket in Red Bull Battle Grounds' Street Fighter V last chance qualifier for Capcom Cup, eventually securing himself the first-place trophy and a spot in the North American Regional Finals the next day.

Redmond held his trophy aloft for the cheering crowd with tears streaming down his face -- but there was a distinctive voice missing from the audience.


This weekend brought some of the best Street Fighter V players in North America to Boston to compete in one last Pro Tour event before Capcom Cup next month. While there wasn't a whole lot on the line for many of the attendees, the matches still proved to be fast and furious, with one notable veteran falling victim to a young upstart in one of the most surprising ways possible.


This weekend, scores of players in Busan, South Korea, will compete in a LAN pulled from Ready, Player One's wildest dreams. Stacked up in double-decker computer hubs, 100 competitors at a time will drop onto the abandoned island of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and scrap, shoot and crawl until only one person is left standing at the centre of the blue circle.


It's a cliche at this point: Every esports experience starts with you sitting in your DXRacer gaming chair, watching some Dota 2 footage in Windows Media Player, with a half-eaten pizza and several print magazines on either side. Then, a redheaded babe wearing a peaked cap and stiletto pumps rings your doorbell to deliver your VR headset.


Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S: Jougai Rantou!? Shuyaku Soudatsusen (roughly, Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon: Outdoor Brawl!? Star Scramble) is a fighting game that was developed for the Super Famicom in 1994.

Although the game never officially left Japan, the competitive fighting game community has taken a shine to this anime-based release. And with a variety of staple fighting game mechanics wrapped up in the iconic imagery of one of the most cherished franchises of all time, what's not to love?