Category Archives: eSport

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

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 – 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.

Continue reading The Elephant in eSports

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)

Rocket League Finals

A few hours after the RLCS finals I was still very excited about the level of the entire event. I wanted to let the people behind the event know how I felt. But I also wanted to spread the word and ideas to the community as a whole.
These two combined made me create this site. To share my views on eSport and gaming.
So welcome to the SaltyGamer.

The event that changed eSport
The last two days the first ever Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) had it’s finals – and I for one want more asap! It may have been close to 8 hours since the final ended but I’m pumped. 

Eight teams were in the arena fighting for the right to call themselves champions of the 3v3 format. To make it a good fight between continents (gamers like that!) there was four teams fron the NA region and four from the EU region. Before you rage because of the lacking Asian teams I can asure you they’re all busy playing SC2 or LoL – so no worries. This whole sport genre is not too much in their taste as it is. Continue reading Rocket League Finals