It’s hard to recognize a tipping-point until it’s come and gone. This year, like every other year since 2011 or 2012, esports are poised to break through into the mainstream. But with companies like Turner set to broadcast a Counter-Strike league on TBS (the unfortunately-named ELEAGUE), and ESPN getting into esports…
Ever since I began covering the League of Legends World Championship this year, I have received complaints from readers asking (or demanding) that I stop spoiling the outcomes of games in my articles. After a lot of deliberation, I’ve decided that I can’t do that. You all deserve an explanation as to why.
On the last day of the 2015 League of Legends World Championship group stage, European pro player Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten said in an interview that he expected American team Cloud9 to lose their match that was about to begin. Star C9 player Hai “Hai” Du Lam responded by flipping him off. That cost Hai $556. Rekt?
Today’s League of Legends World Championship quarterfinals match-up was between KT Rolster and KOO Tigers, two top Korean teams. Korea is the strongest region in the world for League eSports, so the games were incredibly close. KT Rolster ended up losing the fourth and final game because of a bad call to take Baron.
The Korean eSports star Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok is so good at League of Legends that fans have taken to calling him “God.” The honorific makes a lot of sense, given how wrathful the pro player just showed himself to be.
If you’ve been on the gaming parts of the internet over the past month, you’ve probably seen or heard something about the League of Legends World Championship. Having trouble grasping what’s going on right now with the most popular video game in the world? Fear not, I’m here to help you understand.
The North American League of Legends Championship Finals (NA LCS) that went down this past weekend at Madison Square Garden was a mostly epic affair. There was one major exception: the actual finals match that took place on Sunday night.
On Wednesday night, the pro League of Legends team Renegades won a victory against Team Coast, securing themselves a spot in the next League of Legends Championship Series (LCS). Making it into the big leagues is normally routine news, but RNG’s win was special. It was the first time a woman made it into the LCS.
Yesterday afternoon, Riot Games published an explanation for why it hasn’t added an oft-requested sandbox mode to its hit online multiplayer game League of Legends. The statement was bullshit.
Professional League of Legends player Yu “XiaoWeiXiao” Xian was suspended from the game’s ongoing championship series today as Riot began an investigation into allegations that he played on other people’s accounts to help level them up in exchange for money.
They may be sat behind a desk instead of being out on a field or court smashing into other humans, but that doesn’t mean esports players are immune from career-threatening injuries.
Turns out, trying to balance a game with more than 120 unique characters can sometimes end in disaster. At least this latest one in League of Legends was a lot of fun.
When Riot Games said that it was suspending the coach of the European League of Legends team Copenhagen Wolves, it seemed like the team had managed to survive its brush with a major eSports scandal. But two high-profile departures this week and a series of leaked documents show the team is still reeling.
Oh, the irony.
The high profile European League of Legends broadcaster Martin “Deficio” Lynge was suspended from commentating on upcoming League Championship Series (LCS) games this week. His suspension is punishment for not telling Riot he was negotiating for a job on one of the pro teams that falls under his purview of coverage.
Burnt out and tired of playing for a losing team, professional League of Legends player Austin “Link” Shin announced last night that he was leaving the game. He did so in a bombastic way: writing an 18-page screed that called out nearly all his former teammates, coaches, and ultimately the game itself.
Today, Seoul hosted the League of Legends world championships. It's a big enough event that it occupied the outdoor soccer stadium built for the 2002 World Cup. The New York Times has a decent 40,000-foot overview of the rise of professional gaming in South Korea.
It's hard not to get pumped while watching Korean shoutcasters comment League of Legends matches—they're just so freakin' excited! You don't even have to play League of Legends to appreciate the hype.
Oh god. Oh god, someone call an ambulance please.
Over the past few years, we've seen a remarkable rise in the popularity of competitive gaming. The fighting game community gets bigger and bigger; the Dota 2 International's prize pool is almost up to $10 million; and League of Legends remains one of the biggest games around.