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Overwatch: New hero, map, and mods

Ecostation Overwatch

Overwatch was recently updated and now Sombra was added in hero list. Also developers add new map for 1×1 and 3×3 game mods – Ecostantion: Antarctic, and of course completely new mod – Arcade. Now in quick matches you can not take same hero in team, just like in competiteve, and they greatly reworked almost all heroes.

Welcome – Sombra

Sombra Overwatch

Sombra – universal hero of Assault role. Deal damage at medium range with her sub machine gun, and hack all that lies at her way – First aid kits or enemies.

Sombra Abilities:

  • Hack. Sombra hack an enemy and he can not use his abilities or medkit, making him useless.
  • Disguise. Sombra cover her self in the cloack of shadows and becaming invisiable for enemies, and her movement speed greatly increased. If you use any attacking ability then your disguise will be revealed.
  • Translocation. Sombra throw a small beacon. While this beacon is active she can teleport toward to it (even if it still in air).
  • Impuls. Sombra release impuls that hack all nearby enemies, destroy barrires and shields.
  • Opportunist. Passive ability. With this Sombra see enemies that have low hp at any time.

New map – Ecostantion: Antarctic

Ecostation Overwatch

Map arena for 1×1 and 3×3 mods. First map for these new mods.

Ecostantion: Antarctic was built for the study of abnormal natural phenomena that began to emerge after the Rise of the Machines. Once on this ecostation blizzard appear, and researchers have been cut off from civilization. When food supplies began to come to an end, the scientists decided to dive into cryostasis, in the hope that someday Overwatch find and rescue them. But no one came to help. While scientists were cryogenically frozen, Overwatch disbanded, and all other ecostations was closed. After many years of cryogenic sleep they could be awakened only one researcher – it was Mei.

New game mode – Arcade

Arcade Overwatch

Arcade” – a game mode where players can take part in the matches of various formats with modified rules. It is a converted mode “Brawl”. “Arcade” was announced on November 4, 2016 at BlizzCon 2016.

For every 3 wins in any “Arcade” mode,  you will be rewarded with 1 container. You can get up to 3 containers per week. If you try some new “Arcade” mode for first time, then you will also receive the container.

New Genji outfit – Oni Genji

The appearance can be obtained by following the conditions of the promotional campaign “Nexus Challenge“. From November 15, 2016 to January 4, 2017 you need to play 15 games with friends in Heroes of the Storm in “Against AI” modes, “Quick Play”, “Draft unrated” or “Rating Game”.



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KeSPA President continues to fight for the recognition of eSports at the international level

KeSPA

Jun Byung-hun – President of the Korea e-Sports Association (KeSPA), member of the National Assembly from 2004 to 2016, has an additional post at the International e-Sports Federation (IESF).

Founded in 2008 by agreement of the nine countries as founding members, IESF headquartered in Seoul holds an annual eSports World Cup, in which professional players from all over the world take part. IESF now expanded and includes 47 countries.

KeSPA

Why eSport deserves to become an official Olympic sport?

As head of his country in the global e-Sports Federation, Yun Byung Heon said that his ultimate goal: “Make eSports official Olympic sport.”

E-sport was regarded as a next generation business model in the whole world, and this trend could be confirmed by the example of many countries in Europe, Asia and North America. Companies are increasingly investing in E-sport.- Jun Byung-hun

This interview with The Korea Times at headquarters KeSPA and IESF in Yongsan, central Seoul, on 21 October.

IeSF

The IESF working with members-countries in order to strengthen the status of e-sports as well as other sporting events like baseball and football. Our main goal is to ensure membership in the International Olympic Committee (IOC), we want that electronic sports acquired the status of official Olympic disciplines. – Jun Byung-hun

IESF taking steps to gain recognition by the IOC. IESF carries out doping tests on players participating in competitions and tournaments. checks became official since the signing of the agreement with the World Anti-Doping Agency three years ago.

Look at China, Europe and the United States. Internationally renowned media and platforms, such as Yahoo, ESPN, YouTube and Naver are expanding their investment in e-sports. Famous European football clubs such as Manchester United, Paris Saint Germain, Valencia and many others begin to join this business. – Jun Byung-hun

Frenchman Lucas «DaXe» Kyuiyre, who signed a contract with the football club “Paris Saint-Germain”, became world champion in FIFA 17 by the version of Electronic Sports World Cup (ESWC) 2016.

Results of these steps

eSport

Let us remember that the Korea e-Sports Association at a special conference in January 27, 2015 put forward a proposal for assigning e-sports  to a “second-level discipline” status. The Olympic Committee is supported. An important step towards the inclusion of e-sports in the Olympic Games. “Second level” means that not all conditions for official recognition by the International Olympic Committee was made. But things are moving.


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Winners of the LoL World Cup

Winners of Summoner Cup

SK Telecom T1 win the World Cup in League of Legends

Winners of Summoner Cup

October 30, 2016 ended the World Cup finals for the popular MOBA game League of Legends. Winners are cybersportsmans from the South Korean team – SK Telecom T1.

In the final they met with their compatriots from the collective Samsung Galaxy and won them with a score of 3 : 2. Many say that this was the most exciting grand finale of the World Cup in the history of League of Legends. “This series was the most difficult match of my career in the League of Legends. We are all very exhausted, – said Lee Sang-Hyeok nicknamed as Faker, which is a player in the middle line of team SK Telecom T1. – Thank you for rooting for us. But leave the force for the future – we shall return. ”

Professional Korean team, which is considered as one of the best in the region. The team was formed from the merger of SKT T1 S and SKT T1 K at the end of 2014, after which the team stepped on the championship trail in the spring LCK 2015. Repeated LCK champions, winners of the All-Star 2014. SKT1 prestigious tournament is one of the strongest teams in the world, regularly showing its high level.

SKT T1

Therefore, SK Telecom T1 captured Summoner Cup for the third time, what can not do any team before them. The winning team also took to home a cash prize of more than $ 2 million. Winning of Samsung Galaxy amounted to slightly more than $ 760 thousand. Five of Russian from Albus NoX Luna completed performance at the quarterfinals stage. The most valuable player of the tournament is Faker.

We should recall, that grand final of League of Legends – World Championship 2016 was held in sport complex “Staples Center” Los Angeles. Detailtd description of the final match you always can find on this blog, and records of all game – on YouTube Channel LoL eSports.

SK telecom T1

 


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Whats new in Overwatch?

Overwatch League

Blizzard will make a Overwatch League

Overwatch League

During the conference, Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit Executive director of Activision Blizzard Bobby Kotick said that the company is planning to create their own league of eSports Overwatch for professional teams.

The head of Activision Blizzard reported that the cyber competitions already bypassed American sports leagues like the NFL and NHL by the number of spectators. Therefore the company has decided not to stand aside and create Overwatch League.

Commentary from Bobby Kotick:

“You will have the Overwatch league which will have a certain number of teams. Those teams will be a combination of professional sports teams as owners and endemic sports teams as owners”

DIVA Soldier Zarya

This year, Blizzard has established a Overwatch world championship. On it 16 national teams will compete in the BlizzCon 2016 festival. This tournament does not have a prize fund, but all participants will receive a small bonus and a free trip to BlizzCon. The final stage of the competition will be held in 5-6 November, in Anaheim, USA.

Third competitive season of Overwatch will start at 1 December

Overwatch season 2

Blizzard Entertainment Company published information about the third season of competitive games in the Overwatch. The second season will last until November 25, 2016, and the next will begin in a week after.

Developers have already begun preparations for a third season. Test server received an update that changed the algorithm for calculating the competitive ranking. The amendments are designed to ensure that players do not receive an inflated number of points, then lost ten matches to stronger opponents. The company has not released details of the new mechanism.

Competitive mode appeared in Overwatch in June 28, 2016. Up to August 18 players fought for the unique icons and points of competitive modes, for which you can buy gold coloring weapons. The second season began on 1 September. Blizzard increased the maximum number of rating points from 100 to 5 thousand. And introduced the classification of players through the ranks.

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Players of League of Legends may increase prize pool of Worlds 2016

LoL Fan prize pool

In brief

25% of the amount of each image sold Championship Zed this year will be used to increase the prize pool Worlds 2016 of League of Legends. This feature will become traditional for all future World Cup games events.
If you’re familiar with The International of Dota 2, then you probably know that the money in the prize pool collected by the players of Dota 2 themselves, ~25% of each TI goods that was sold during some period of time will be added as a prize pool of The International.

New step of the LoL Esports

League of Legends Worlds

Riot Games previously don’t use that approach, highlighting their own prize pool at Worlds (analogue of The International in the League of Legends). Nevertheless, the division LoL Esports experiencing unstable times, a lot has happened in the course of this season, and some changes are made to the structure.

While most of the changes concerns the owners of cyber commands and other organizational nuances, there are some changes that can be directly participated by usual players of League of Legends. From this Worlds, 25% of the sales of each Championship skin will start to increase the Worlds prize pool.

Soon, Riot will release a Champion Zed skin. If players will buy this skin, the will not only get the Champion Zed himself, but also they will increase the prize pool of the Worlds 2016, group stage of which will start at 30 September.

This condition will be applyed to a set of images, based on the winners of the Worlds. In other words, the team that will win this year’s Worlds, get theirs own set of skins to personally chosen champions, and 25% of the sales of each will go to the team’s pro-player pocket on which a set was created.

Such innovations have a positive impact on the development of eSports for League of Legends, which is already at the highest level.

At this Moment Prize pool of Worlds was increased in 2 times!

LoL Fan prize pool

 Although it is less effective if you compare it with crowdfunding of the Dota 2, since when we talk about League of Legends it comes to buying a specific image on a particular champion, but Riot still managed to increase the prize pool by 2 times.
25% of sales Championship Zed and Championship Ward in 2016 came in about $ 2 million in addition to the original pool.
To the result was much greater, Riot should think about a special set for the next Worlds, which would be interested in a lot of players League of Legends. Anyway, it’s a start and definitely good.

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Overwatch World Championship 2016

Overwatch World Championship 2016

Overwatch – Best of the Best

Overwatch World Championship 2016

Blizzard Entertainment Company announced the list of the national teams, the last qualifier for the Overwatch World Championship 2016. The qualifications involved more than 50 teams, but the ending was reached only by 16. The group stage of the tournament will start on October 29 in Anaheim, USA.

Overwatch World Championship 2016

Overwatch World Championship will take place in two stages. In the group stage, teams will compete in the round tournament format, but in the playoffs – for single-elimination system.

List of participants of the tournament:

Finland

  1.  Jonas «zappis» Alakurtti
  2.  Timo «Taimou» Kettunen
  3.  Lauri «mafu» Rasi
  4.  Calle «hymzi» Honkala
  5.  Jiri «LiNkzr» Mashalin
  6.  Yani «Tseini» Kahkonen

France

 

  1. «AlphaCast»
  2.  «Mickalow»
  3.  «Kitty»
  4.  Lyuron «DeGuN» Prinderr
  5.  Jonathan «Kryw» Nobre
  6.  Jean-Louis «KnOxXx» Boyer

Russia

  1.  Ruben «Rubikon» Zurabyan
  2.  Alex «Cypher» Yanusheuski
  3.  Andrew «uNFixed» Leonov
  4. Stepan «Godspeed» Serov
  5. George «ShadowBurn» Hushcha
  6.  «Redzzzz»

Spain

 

  1. «Linepro»
  2.  Alberto «neptuNo» Gonzalez
  3.  Sergi «Winghaven» Torres
  4.  Jose Antonio «Bromas» Ramos González
  5.  Jonathan «HarryHook» Tessedor
  6.  Pescanova

Sweden

  1.  Andre «iddqd» Dahlström
  2.  Calle «Zave» Haag Nilsson
  3.  Sebastian «chipshajen» Vidland
  4.  Sebastian «Zebbosai» Olsson
  5.  Christian «cocco» Jonsson
  6.  Kevin «TviQ» Lindstrom

Germany

  1.  Dennis «INTERNETHULK» Haveyka
  2.  Martin «BUR1X» Burik
  3.  Tarek «kr4tosdigga» Ekmekchi
  4.  Arthur «art1er» Bischoff
  5.  Nicholas «skipjack» Rosada
  6.  Arthur «Eissfeldt» Marx

USA

  1. Brandon «Seagull» Land 
  2.  ster
  3.  Ronnie «Talespin» Dupree 
  4. Adam «Adam» Esquel
  5.  Denial «Gods» Greyzer
  6.  Adam «MESR» De La Torre

Canada

  1.  Lane «Surefour» Roberts
  2.  whiz
  3.  Poke
  4.  iid
  5.  LoganDaBest
  6.  Chris «HuK» Laranzher

Brazil

  1.  BRKsEDU 
  2. ziG
  3. Flawz 
  4. Nextage
  5. soulive 
  6. Insanityz

Chile

  1.  Vardoc 
  2. Roarscrach 
  3. Shal 
  4. SIRPETTERNOW 
  5. Blanco 
  6. yibraN

China

  1.  iGFireRoy 
  2. iGiCELee 
  3. iGFireLinkin 
  4. iGFireYjjPP 
  5. iGFireNai8 
  6. GFireTresor

South Korea

  1.  Miro 
  2. zunba 
  3. 류제홍 
  4. EscA 
  5. AFTaiRong 
  6. AFArHaN

taiwan

  1.  聶寶 
  2. Lu «Zonda» Jong
  3. Danny 
  4. Lilgho 
  5. LazyTitan 
  6. EDIBOSS

Singapore

  1.  Dest 
  2. Pamyu 
  3. Phython 
  4. Doubted 
  5. Marcus Tan «Revenant»  Sin
  6. RebornZ

Thailand

  1.  oPuTo 
  2. KOKFC 
  3. NzNr 
  4. hymzi 
  5. Mickie 
  6. keRLos

Australia and New Zeland

  1. Muselk 
  2. Refz t
  3. ermo 
  4. Kura 
  5. yuki 
  6. HeyKatie

Overwatch World Championship 2016

Playoff Championship will be held from 4 to 5 November. It is noteworthy that in this tournament will be no prize pool, and participants will receive a small bonus and a free trip to BlizzCon.

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Weekly news: Morgan Freeman in StarCraft2, and another CS:GO event

Weekly major events: Microtransactions in StarCraft2, Another CS:GO LAN-event


Snoop dog meets Star Craft II

In the Reddit a few users publiced screenshots of an Blizzards questionnaire. In it developers want to know players opinion about the potential microtransactions in StarCraft2 multiplayer.

Snoop dog starcraft2

Blizzard was interesed in how player would react to the appearance an additional skins, various voice actings and new emoji in StarCraft2. The cost of the planned microtransactions ranged from 2 to 4 dollars.

But peoples attention are attracted not by skins but by possible voice acting acters wich will tell every player’s actions in multiplayer matches. In addition to Arthas, Thrall and the owner of Hearthstone Tavern, comment events could Morgan Freeman and Snoop Dogg. In comments to posts on Reddit, some users have said that for the voice of Morgan Freeman they are willing to pay several times more than indicated in the questionnaire development.


Gfinity CS:GO Invitational

Gfinity announced another LAN event for CS: GO as part of the British Eurogamer Expo. 4 teams selected by the organizers will fight for $ 100,000 on Gfinity CS: GO Invitational at 22-25 of September. Invitation to the event was received only by GODSENT team.

gfinity cs:go
Participants of Gfinity CS: GO Invitational start with the single-elimination grid into 4 teams. In the first day professionals will play a show match with the visitors of the Expo, and in 23, 24 September semi-finals will start. At September 25 we will know the names of the holders of the trophy and the largest share of the prize pool, which is $ 100 000. The format of matches remains unknown, but at last year Gfinity Champion of Champions all games were Best of 5 . Then the victory was celebrated Team EnVyUs.

Gfinity – the largest organizer of eSports competitions on the territory of the United Kingdom. The company was founded in early 2013 and since then has spent 4 LAN Event for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and several championships in other disciplines.

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New documentaries, promoting in eSport and the new champions

Riot documentary

Another Documentary from RIOT and other news


PES 2017: eSports League

PES eSport

Konami has confirmed that Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 will receive a feature that will allow anyplayer who wishes to take part in PES eSports League.

PES eSports League – a competition that will allow to fight for the title of best player of PES 2017. That function will be available after the game’s release in mid-September. Representatives of Konami said that they are trying to make the game better and more attractive for gamers and to eSports market – one of the steps to promote the series.

PES 2017 and FIFA 17 both become more and more interesting.


Trailer of the new series of documentaries about the League of Legends competitive players

Riot documentary

Riot Games recently released a new documentary Live / Play movies about ordinary players of League of Legends, and now it is the turn of competitive players.

A series of documentary films Legends Rising began last year and will return traditionally before the “Worlds” championship, in which the best teams in the world will compete for the title of world champions in League of Legends. Starting from September 7 will be released six series of such well-known players like Rekkles, Wildturtle, Clearlove, Chawy, Revolta and Smeb. Watch for the release of documentaries on the official channel LoL eSports.


SK Gaming – champions ofCS: GO

CS GO Champions

Without much struggle in the final of ESL One Cologne 2016 Brazilian part of SK Gaming became the world champion in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

The victory was won with a score of 2: 0 in Bo3, so we can safely say that they win this championship quite easy. The winning team received 500 thousand dollars, thanks to a new prize pool championships, approved in February of this year.

It is worth mentioning that the opponents of SK Gaming, Team Liquid, for the first time participated in the final competition of this level, so they are getting here is already an achievement for the team.

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Overwatch – new cybersport hit?

Overwatch – new cybersport hit?

Red Fox Insights followed the Overwatch and the anticipated surge that caused the game to the eSports (cybersport) scene.

Overwatch esport

607 survey of the target audience of gamers have been conducted that have asked whether they watch the cyber competition on a weekly basis. Responded positively asking for some of the upcoming FPS they followed most readily – Battleborn, LawBreakers or Overwatch. In 75.6% of cases it was the Overwatch.

  • Look eSports every week: 75.15% more like Overwatch
  • All respondents: 68.86% more like Overwatch

Overwatch Focus on e-sports

Creating a new phenomenon in eSports – is a complex and unpredictable process. Developers and publishers announce competitive games and declare their intention to bring them in cyber disciplines. But by themselves, such statements do not guarantee that the game will gather around the lively community. To this end, it should be something exceptional, it must be spectacular and include a space for the development of game skills and comparisons of competitive ability.

Overwatch meets these criteria and therefore attracts more attention.


Partnership in eSports

Overwatch competitive open
Open beta test ended in Overwatch, and took part in it by millions of players. Released on May 24 and we’re seeing more and more signs of the future success of the new game from Activision Blizzard. ESPN recently explained why Overwatch waiting popularity of eSports. Professional teams such as Cloud9, Luminosity Gaming and Team Liquid, already selected and recorded Overwatch compositions. For tournaments, the game has already found sponsors and made up the schedule. Close partner in the face of Dolby «sponsor the tournament Overwatch, which will be held a few days after release.” The prize pool will be $ 10,000.


The growth of eSports community

Overwatch cybersport
Major partners and well-known teams have already noticed the potential of Overwatch. However, the main factor determining success is the community of gamers, watching games and participating in them.


Entertainment

Scott Mercer, chief designer of Overwatch, well aware of the importance of the eSports community. In an interview with ESPN, Scott says:

“We understand that we can not achieve the popularity of Overwatch in eSports, just make the game exciting. It is necessary that at it was fun to watch. We must give the commentators the tools to not only explain to the audience what is happening, but also to tell amazing stories … We have also applied for potential ideas in the field of conventional sport broadcasting to the professionals. So we have something to strive for in terms of functionality broadcasts Overwatch, and we will continue to work in this direction. “

Red Fox Insights study shows that Blizzard efforts were not in vain.

Blizzard not only has ideas for new maps and characters, they consider the best option “to add them in the form of free patches, not in the form of [paid] DLC“.

Free DLC will maintain interest in the game, not allowing the separation of the players on those who bought and who have not acquired the paid content.


Results

Interest of professional teams, in addition to other familiar shooter game style, attracts sponsorships money, and focus on strengthening of community growth. A mass audience attracted to simplified management and entertainment. All indications are that the Overwatch waiting eSports (cybersport) success after release.

Red Fox Insights study includes 607 interviews and more than 7800 responses from the target audience of gamers with MMOHuts.com site

  • 93.8% of them are men, 6.2% women
  • 51.4% in the 18-24 age group
  • 31.3% aged 25-34 years
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Riot: Live/Play, new client. Footballer that choose eSport

Riots: Live/Play, new client. Footballer that choose eSport


Draft-pick in new client

Riot new LoL client

Riot Games already testing testing new client of League of Legends, and the new update will add to it the draft pick – an integral part of the rank of games where you can beat the opponent before the game.

The team has worked on the system, highlighting the steps of draft and their significance. For example, bans on stage now highlighted much brighter than it is now on the primary client. In addition, the Champions now react on their ban, they say some new phrases. Firstly draft-pick will be tested in the casual(quick) games, and only then, when the Riot make sure that everything works as it should, in the customer’s alpha introduce ranking games and the accompanying tables, statistics, divisions and other .

At the same time very soon the store will appear in the client, which will open the opportunity to make purchases for real money. In other words, the new client is close enough to a state where developers will be able to replace the current version, which really is time to rest.


Live/Play

Riot live/play

If you actively follow the Riot Games out of League of Legends, you probably are familiar with her documentaries that illuminate the lives of ordinary players of the most popular MOBA and their history.

Live / Play – just a documentary, which this year decided to split into several mini-movies. Trailer of the series already appeared on the network, and in addition to all the rest you can see the popular YouTuber Foxdrop known as one of the best foresters among the creators of video content on the League of Legends.

It remains to look forward to the beginning of the series.


eSport > Sport

Brazilian footbaler

27-year-old Brazilian footballer Wendell Lira, being a professional player of the FIFA, decided to leave the real sport, and to go into the virtual to become a pro player and a champion in one of the most famous football simulator from EA.

Until recently, Wendell was a player of one of Brazilian football clubs, Goianesia, as a striker. However, after he won FIFA’s 2015 Puskas Award for the best year and has signed a contract with another club, Vila Nova. Footballers things went no better, and in May this year, a few days before the 9th anniversary of his professional career Lira broke an agreement with the club, and after some hesitation decided to go in eSports.