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Caught in the Act

All real sports have cheaters. It’s human nature to exploit the system and find any way possible to get a competitive edge, be it for monetary gain, glory, fame, or just for fun. Cheating has always been pertinent to Counter-Strike and CS:GO. It’s almost like a small industry working out of esports and its tournaments, offering premium programs and services to other players. The usage of hacks is rampant for…

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Start-ups Powering eSports

This is the tipping point of massive esports growth. The competitive gaming industry also has a huge spectator fan base, the third highest viewed sports in the US. The online streamer content flows each day is much larger. People watching, reviewing, interviewing, casting and all other esports content is coming in and made to reach the audience. What draws the fans in? The statistical war between pro players and the…

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Risks in the professional gaming scene

Esports today is a gigantic industry of net worth $900 million and counting. It has penetrated most of the other industries which are more or less gaming related. The growth of esports we see today is fast paced and can independently match the standards of few traditional sports like the MLB and NBA. The NBA finals viewership in 2015 lagged by a staggering 13 million to the League of Legends…

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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…