eSport isn’t

To start off I think I should mention I live in Europe. I’m a huge fan of sports as a whole and have been following different kinds of sport since I could walk. I also follow American sports if nothing else is on – the first Super Bowl I was was in 1990 season. I’ve been involved in competitive gaming since I was a kid at different LANs or just tournaments at the local arcade.
Other sports I follow or has followed include football, motorsports, rugby, tennis, martial arts and golf – just to mention a few.

If we’ve witnessed anything this past week or so it’s the fact that eSport really isn’t. Two of the biggest studios in competitive gaming these days (Riot and Valve) proved this without a doubt.
It seems like studios is content with just competitive gaming and not willing to make it into a true eSport. Continue reading eSport isn’t

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Exile: the ultimate Arma 3 mod

Info: I’ve only played Arma 3’s original content for a very short time. I actually got it just to play the Exile mod. So if some of my excitement about Exile might be the same in the base game by now don’t pay too much attention to my bias towards the mod over the original. Also the information given is based on the servers I’ve played on so some things might not apply to all servers. There’s many servers but not many that has the same setup of Exile and extension mods.
– at the time I’m writing this I have close to 170 hours played in Exile.

If you like survival games where it’s you against the content, then you’ve come to the right place. Excile will give you just that and way more.

Background
It is the year 2039. After the resource depleting conflict in Greece, Europe suffers from a new deflation crisis, leading the crime rate to a new peak in history. Members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Security Council are forced to react. Being a desperate alternative to overcrowded and prohibitive prisons, offenders are now being sent to EXILE.
– taken from the Exile Beginners/Veteran Guide

With this in mind the player is kicked out of a plane in the standard orange prison suit. Only thing you’ve got is a bottle of water… and your parachute to ensure your survival till you hit the ground.
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World of Tanks – WGL EU

While my piece on Rocket League kicked off this site I felt I’d do short pieces on some of the other eSports I watch on a regular basis. As a minimum the eSports covered in the short series will be World of Tanks, League of Legends and CS:GO.

Roll out
So the tanks are back in action. Personally World of Tanks is one of my favorite games to both play and watch so I’ve been waiting for what seem like an eternity for them to return in WGL this summer.

I’ll be honest and say I had some issues with the previous setup used in WGL (I mainly watch the EU scene). The hosts got on my nerves the past few seasons so I see a great improvement in having Jordy “Dakillzor” Versmesse take over the studio. I find it hard to believe there’s a single person on this planet that know more about this game than him. And as a player in FAME he can back up every word on the battlefield. Superb asset for the community, game and Wargaming. Continue reading World of Tanks – WGL EU

eSport Potential: Paragon

The eSport Potential is a series of articles where I try to look at games I see a potential in as an eSport. It can be old games as well as new or upcoming games. The thing that tie them together is that I feel they have the potential to be great for players and viewers on the competitive scene.

First impressions
MOBA games have been arround for some time and many have come and gone in the competitive scene. Right now LoL and Dota2 are the dominating games from that genre and they don’t leave much space for other MOBA games.
But that memo didn’t reach the studio Epic Games when they announced their next-generation take on the MOBA genre; Paragon.

At first glance you will be blown away by the graphics of the game. It’s beautiful beyond any other MOBA. But as we all know graphics isn’t everything (I’m looking at you MineCraft!). What is the driving factor that could make this game a potential game in eSports?

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eSport – what and where?

If you’re new to the whole concept of eSport but want to get your feet wet then there’s a few things to keep in mind if you’re not used to competitive gaming or gaming at all.
Some games are harder to follow for players who have no experience with the specific game. This article only mention team based eSports as they tend to be more entertaining for viewers who are either new to the games or the scene of competitive gaming.

If you already know what games you’d like to watch but don’t know when there’s some good games going on or where to find the streams, then have a look at this nifty calendar at Abios – you might just find what you seek. Otherwise just got to Twitch and knock yourself out. Continue reading eSport – what and where?

The Elephant in eSports

It’s crazy how eSports are expanding almost on a daily basis. A new game makes the scene, a new tournament, a new major organization – it is always growing.
If you don’t follow eSports or maybe just keep up with a single game in eSports then maybe you’ve missed how major sports clubs have entered eSports.

The days where eSports were just a few happy gamers are over. Football clubs like Schalke 04, Sporting FC, Besiktas, Manchester City, Wolfsburg, Santos, West Ham and Valencia all have teams in eSports – and from the next season split in 2017 they will be joined by at least Fenerbache.

We’re talking some huge clubs compared to even the biggest pure eSport organizations. This will do a lot for eSports in many areas. It will firstly bring the worlds of regular sports together with eSports as one. As a product of that synergy I hope that an eSport association will rise from this. Without such a third-party association we’ll just keep feeding the elephants in eSports.

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Celebrity Millionaires of Competetive Gaming (video)

For those who might not have seen it, never heard about it or need to show others about the world of eSports this is a great place to start. It’s Vice who takes a peak into the biggest League of Legends tournament – Worlds. The year is 2014 and South Korea is hosting Worlds in a scale never seen or matched in eSports to this point.

Let Vice take you on a journey into the cosplay, gaming and rockstar status of the gamers.

Youtube Link (playtime 1h 8m)