eSports psychology – let the mind games begin

The image one makes up in his mind on thinking of a psychologist is a typical tweed jacket guy with elbow patches and a lie-down sofa. Well, that’s not really like it, at least not in esports. Just like our everyday chores take a toll on our health, gaming too has its effects on the mental workability. Mental wear out, anxiety, performance pressure, low self-esteem on losing etc. are the…

LoL World Championships 2016, Finals Preview

The stage is set for an all Korean Finals. Two Korean gaming giants, SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy will lock horns in Staples Center, Los Angeles on October 29th. Cuvee chasing down H2K Odoamne in the bottom lane, others taking down inhibitors and Ambition cutting down Ryu to push the rest of the H2K into the fountain is how they sealed the final’s berth. With that victory SSG registered…

eSports as a Business

As a phenomenon, eSports is intriguing, as a business, it has challenges. The $500 million industry has turned out to be the investing hub of many big and small industries that sensed the great potential in it. When one can give $20 million prize money to win video games, just assume that they are rich enough. And gamers are not simply gamers anymore, they are called professional cyber athletes who…

Gears of War – The falling pieces

  History The current esports landscape as we all know is inhibited by MOBA games like DotA 2, League of Legends and shooter games like Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Call of Duty. Gears of War once sighted above top shooters like CoD and Halo is now nowhere to be seen in the esports circuit. Released in 2006 by Epic Games, GoW fulfilled the fantasy of every shooting loving gamer.…

Mid-Laners Battle

Less than a week ahead of the League of Legends World Championship 2016, the hype is soaring with predictions and game plans pouring in from everywhere. 16 teams (qualified and invited) are set in 4 groups of 4 teams from where 8 teams will go into the knockout stages. As we move closer, all eyes will be on the top players predicted on the basis of gameplays and previous records.…

LOL World Championship 2016

Another edition of the League of Legends World Championship is nearing in. Over the past week several teams competed in the single elimination gauntlets from North America, Europe, China, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Wildcard qualifiers to reach the group stages starting on 29th September, 2016. The invitees and qualified teams are divided into groups of four: Group A: Rox Tigers (LCK) G2 Esports (EU LCS) Counter Logic Gaming (NA LCS)…

LEGENDARY OG ROSTER SPLITS UP

The most distinguished rosters of DOTA 2, team OG part ways with 3 of its greatest players in the wake of The International 2016. The shakeup came as a shocker when a Facebook announcement by OG said ‘change is never easy’. MidlanerAmer “Miracle-” Barqawi and Andreas “Cr1t-” Franck Nielsen part ways by choice while David “MoonMeander” Tan was taken off from the active roster by the organization. https://goo.gl/sGL84t Team OG…

ESL Pro League Season 4

The much awaited ESL Pro League has kicked off on 17-Aug-2016 with top 28 CS:GO teams competing for a prize pool of $750,000. The teams will be split into two divisions, European and North American and will compete for 11 weeks. Let’s take a look at the teams: European Division Astralis FaZe Clan FlipSid3 Tactics Fnatic G2 Esports Hellraisers Mousesports NatusVincere Ninjas in Pyjamas PENTA Sports Team Dignitas Team Envyus…

HOW THE INTERNATIONALS CHANGED THE GAMING WORLD

For every MOBA player living on this planet, Dota 2 and The Internationals mean the same thing. Everything directly or indirectly related to The Internationals is so hyped and anticipation kicks in months before the tournament. Dota 2 was released at TI1. The development of Dota meant success for Valve Corporation in every means. Since its release, Dota made way into every major tournament around the world like the Blizzcon…

A look into the TI6 Direct Invitees

OG The two time Major winners and the recent Summit 5 runners up will have a lot of momentum to take into The Internationals. The victory at Frankfurt raised hopes for them but the Shanghai Major saw a downhill ride as they were knocked from the upper bracket and finally being pushed out by Fnatic. But they soon got back to winning ways and drawing revenge on Fnatic at the…