A few recent international eSports events came and went over this passed weekend with a few more coming up. So for those that prefer their sports more virtual than physical, here’s the wrap.
Columbus in Ohio was the city which saw two firsts for MLG. It was the first Call of Duty: Ghosts tournament (which introduced the eSports update released for the game) and the first Dota 2 tournament.
The Dota 2 tournament had its $50,000 prize pool bolstered by an additional $86,000 due to fans support for the event. Following the Round Robin phase, four teams moved onto the knockouts. Relative newcomers Speed Gaming faced Sigma in the first semi-final which Speed Gaming took 2-0 to take the first spot in the final.
DK and Na’Vi were up against each other for the second spot in the final. Reports are that an epic match ensued, but DK came out tops 2-1 to secure their berth against Speed Gaming. The final proved another mammoth battle between two teams hungry to grab the win. However, Speed Gaming must’ve been just that little bit more hungry, as they clinched the final 2-1 to pocket over $68,000 for their efforts.
- 1st (50%) = $68,381: Speed Gaming
- 2nd (20%) = $27,352: Team DK
- 3rd (10%) =$13,676: Na’Vi
- 3rd (10%) = $13,676: Sigma
Call of Duty: Ghosts
The first major Call of Duty: Ghosts tournament kicked off with 16 teams in attendance, which included some of the best known names in the Call of Duty competitive console scene. With a total of $50,000 up for grabs it was always going to be a competitive affair, and it went down to the final map of the tournament between CompLexity and Team KaLiBeR to decide the winner.
In the end, it was CompLexity who grabbed $20,000 for their weekend’s work and claimed their seventh Call of Duty tournament win in a year.
- 1st = $20,000: compLexity Gaming
- 2nd = $12,000: Team KaLiBeR
- 3rd = $6,000: 8-12 Unite
- 3rd = $6,000: Justus
This upcoming weekend (30th of November to 2nd of December) sees the 50th Insomnia event in Telford International Centre in the UK. The event combines an exhibition, live entertainment, tournaments and more.
For those more interested in the competitive scene, Insomnia will be hosting BYOC tournaments, free play events and a Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts cup. Prizes will be scaled dependent on the number of entries, and the ruleset being used will be the MLG one used in Columbus.
The Swedish Dreamhack event is up this weekend. Like Insomnia, the event is more than an eSports event and will feature an expo, performances and more. On the eSports side of things, there are a total of eight titles to compete in – mainly on PC – including Dota 2, Battlefield 4, StarCraft 2, League of Legends, along with more. The total prize pool is into the 100s of thousands of dollars and should see many of the world’s top players in action.
In the Quake Live tournament, two South Africans will be in attendance. Stephen ‘Ph4ntom’ Cloete and Dimitri ‘Detrony’ Hadjipaschaliare will be battling another 30 players for their share of the around $15,000 prize pool.
UMG looks set to return to Philadelphia for their opening event of the 2014 season. Other than it being a “$20,000 Event” no other details appear to be available at the moment.
StarCraft II World Championship Series 2014
A number of changes have been implemented for the upcoming StarCraft II WCS season. A linear, “easy to understand” schedule, global events and more is promised. You can find out more on Battle.net.
Die Noobs is a new documentary about gaming coming out in ‘Spring’ 2014. This is the trailer for the film.
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