The inaugural season of Gfinity's Australian city-based esports league wrapped up over the weekend with a southern rout. Having solidified their position in the finals of all three games, Melbourne Order turned the weekend into a whitewash, taking home the trophy in all three matches and the club championship to boot.
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Despite Valve's crackdown on CSGO gambling sites that use Steam in 2016, there's still an active cosmetic skin trading (and yes, sometimes gambling) scene around the game. A recent set of trade limits from Valve, though, has skin lovers selling off their collections for fear that the scene is on its deathbed.
A new record was set for modern Counter-Strike this week, with one player upping the record for most kills in a professional match to a staggering 47. In an era where defuses doesn't add three to your score, it's a huge accomplishment - and one that was only possible thanks to the generous contributions of Australians.
Gunfire, spells, commentators talking a mile a minute, momentum shifts, plays you can literally miss by blinking: There's so much going on during esports events that there's hardly any time to spare a thought for what's going on behind the scenes, let alone what's happening right in front of your eyes.
Despite how different they are, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is, in some ways, the new CSGO. It's the big Steam shooter du jour, and it's stolen Counter-Strike's realistic gun porn crown. But there's one thing CSGO has CS-going for it that PUBG doesn't: the ability to consume all other games, thanks to mods.
At the height of the controversy surrounding microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront 2, a Reddit user who goes by the name Kensgold posted an open letter to publisher EA and other developers in the video game industry. "I am 19 and addicted to gambling," he wrote. Kensgold wasn't talking about roulette tables or online poker. He was talking about spending over $17,000 on in-game purchases over the last several years.