Smash @ Xanadu has been one of the Super Smash Bros. most notable weeklies for years, but this weekend will be the end of an era. Xanadu will be closing its doors after its last hurrah: one more Smash Bros. tournament.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
The Florida Mayhem are known for, among other things, their elaborate entrances each week of the Overwatch League. After the shooting in Parkland last week, the team chose to make a different kind of entrance for their first match of stage two - a tribute to the victims, survivors and community in Florida.
Twitch recently introduced "cheering" functionality to its Overwatch League streams, allowing viewers to express team loyalty with actual money. Oddly, however, none of that money is going directly to teams.
Overwatch League has a talent desk crowded with men who can't seem to find a button-up shirt that fits them. But every now and then, the hosts step out of the box and show off a look that catches the eye, one way or another. I sat down with Kotaku's seasoned fashion writer Gita Jackson to run down the OWL hosts' outfits in Stage 1.
The so-called "fighting game community" is really a blanket term for an archipelago of dozens of games and scenes of wildly varying size and content. Each has its champions, but they rarely get a chance to cross lines and challenge one another. But that's exactly what's happening with Dragon Ball FighterZ.
Most of the people in the esports community know Jake "Spawn" Tiberi for his work in front of the camera, acting as a shoutcaster and colour commentator for League of Legends. But the Australian is increasingly having a bigger influence off-screen, serving as the general manager for ORDER, which recently announced a crowdfunding equity campaign.
Prior to the crowdfunding announcement, I caught up with Tiberi on the phone to ask him about League, broadcasting, and where esports is headed in Australia.
Over the past few years, Capcom Pro Tour has evolved from the collection of direct qualifiers organised for the Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Tournament in 2012 to something much more inclusive. In order to ensure global representation at Capcom Cup, leaderboards were established in four distinct regions - North America, Asia, Europe, and Latin America - allowing players from across the world the chance to earn a spot at the main event with strong performances in or around their home countries.
Twitch is all aboard the Overwatch League train, which makes sense, considering that the streaming service reportedly paid $US90 million ($115 million) for a ticket. Now it's offering Overwatch players incentives to tune in.
Last week, the Evolution Championship Series announced that the main lineup for its 2018 event won't include Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite; I was able to confirm just a few days later that the game will also be left off this year's Capcom Pro Tour. These developments have left Marvel vs. Capcom on life support and its players in a state of shock.
Yesterday, struggling Overwatch League team Shanghai Dragons confirmed that they'd signed Kim "Geguri" Se-Yeon - the first woman to join the league - as well as three other Korean players. Those champing at the bit to see Geguri melt fools with impossibly fast Zarya lasers, however, might want to rein it in a little.
Overwatch League's first stage had some big moments, but it felt like everybody was still trying to find their footing. With the big OWL slumbering in a mighty oak somewhere until February 21, teams are fine-tuning their rosters.