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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?