At Brooklyn Video Games, Fuerte Beatdowns III was keeping the spirit of old-school King of Fighters 2002 alive over the weekend. One tense match between Darkwhip and Cimus came down to slivers of health as the timer ticked down. Old games are still hype.
At Blizzcon 2017, the Heroes of the Storm team announced the debut of Overwatch's Hanzo and World of Warcraft's Alexstrasza with a cinematic featuring the two dragon-themed characters facing off. In it, Alexstrasza transforms into her massive red dragon form, towering over her measly human opponent. But Heroes of the Storm game director Alan Dabiri couldn't make her that big and powerful in the game.
Team Liquid confirmed last night that League of Legends head coach and former Overwatch coach Dennis "INTERNETHULK" Hawelka died yesterday, at age 30.
After skipping 2016, long-running Super Smash Bros. tournament series Tipped Off is set to return to the state of Georgia this weekend for its twelfth instalment. But while the weeks leading up an event of this calibre are typically a time to promote the upcoming competition, the festivities have taken on a dour tone after the head organiser announced he was forced to sell off his house in order to fund the tournament.
The grand finals of a recent Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite tournament would have normally passed by without much fanfare, if not for the buzz that passed through the scene as it became known the winning player, a relative unknown named Brian "Abbock" Murphy, was in fact an infamous gamer known since 2012 as Cryin' Brian.
Earlier this year the Adelaide Crows AFL club made waves by becoming the first major Australian sporting organisation to buy into esports, via the acquisition of Legacy Esports. And later today, they took another first step for the industry: by building a high performance centre exclusively for esports.
A woman said earlier this week that Max Bateman, former manager of the San Francisco Shock of the forthcoming Overwatch League, sexually assaulted her in September after a drink he gave her made her feel dizzy and confused, and later had her "in and out of consciousness".
Fourteen hours after the woman posted about what happened on Twitter, using the handle "Krystlin," the Shock fired Bateman.
With its colourful cast and proclivity for wild plays that are equal parts tactical and mechanical, Overwatch is brimming with esports potential. Problem is, it can be a mess of exploding mechs, screen-engulfing ghost dragons, and middle-aged men in Scream Halloween costumes -- too much of a mess, sometimes, to actually sit down and watch.
The most memorable image from this weekend's League of Legends world championships wasn't of the winner's podium, the trophy, the stadium, or even the freaking dragon in the arena.
It was of Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok, a godlike figure in League of Legends, brought to tears after a crushing 3-0 loss.