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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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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”

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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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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.