Sometimes it's enough just to not die. Survive, and the rest might follow. That was certainly the case for G2 Esports' Jesper "Zven" Svenningsen at today's European League of Legends Summer Final.
European esports organisation H2K issued a letter yesterday to the League of Legends community, saying it will not continue to participate in the European League Championship Series unless Riot Games creates a better financial structure for teams.
On August 9, the co-president of the Paris Olympic bid committee announced that the 2024 Games would consider including esports as a medal event, saying: "There is some time to look at it, to interact, to engage. The IOC will have the last say, if they want esports on the program." This week, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach threw a bucket of cold water on this idea.
Rocket League has been steadily growing as a scene, both fostering its own league and spotlighting on networks like NBCSN. It's easy to see why — rocket-car soccer is inherently simple to understand as a spectator. The high-flying automotive game has space for wild plays, but when it comes to competitive action, simple has proven better.
When fighting game players aren't devising new ways to squeeze extra damage out of their combos or crafting deadly setups to trap opponents, they're usually figuring out how to defeat fellow competitors in the most stylish ways possible. Skullgirls makes that a little easier thanks to a character named Big Band, who can utilise his musical moveset to bust out some sweet tunes in the right circumstances, and a recent tournament showed how amazing these skills can be in the right hands.
Winning by any means necessary is a core staple of fighting game competitions, but it's still unsettled whether fighting game pros need to entertain spectators while trying to do so. It's been an issue in Street Fighter for decades, and top Super Smash Bros. players have even been booed for their controversial approaches to competition. This conversation cropped up again after a recent Pokken Tournament event came to a close with two players sniping at each other from afar.
It's been almost a year since Daigo "The Beast" Umehara has won a premier level SFV tournament. That changed earlier today when he took first place at the Hong Kong Esports Festival, a victory many in the fighting game world were glad (and possibly relieved) to see the ageing star a achieve.
The Gamescom PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Invitational hopes to prove that the popular battle royale game has what it takes to become an esport, poor camerawork aside. But as the tournament continues, quirky tactics and unorthodox wins have raised questions about the rules.
Overwatch's Summer Games end on August 29, which means there isn't much time left to get good at Lucioball. Except no one is that good at Lucioball, even the players ranked in top 500. But while players who hate it have already gone back to playing Rocket League, the competitive Lucioball players left standing have done their best to rise above the game's quirks.