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Streaming Rights and Choices for ESL Tournaments

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ESL vs. Dota 2 Viewers In case you've been out of the loop, the Electronic Sports League (ESL) and Dota 2 viewers just had an epic face-off. What a way for the Dota 2 community to kick off 2018. In the...
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WESA: The Silent Boogeyman of CS:GO

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The world of esports is often described as a Wild West: a chaotic and lawless frontier, lacking regulation and protections, but full of profit for those willing to take the risk. Enter WESA, the "World Esports Association" serving as self-appointed...
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The Potential of CS:GO’s Newly Unbanned Stars

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The news that the CS:GO community has been longing for since the North American Match Fixing Scandal finally came last week: the ex-iBUYPOWER and Epsilon players have finally been unbanned, albeit only from ESL competitions. The short explanation of what this...
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ESL and YouTube: Healthy Competition or Bad Business?

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When it comes to watching esports competitions online, many people turn to Amazon’s popular streaming platform, Twitch. It's the largest streaming service among Western audiences, with 9.7 million daily active users. For many in the esports industry, livestreamed video...
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Opinion: ESL’s Inconsistent Match-Fixing Punishments

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Any player who has been a part of the CS:GO community for a good amount of time will tell you that Valve does not take kindly to players accused of match-fixing. One of the most prevalent cases of this...
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ESL One New York: OpTic Shows Promise

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What seemed at face to be just a way for tarik to escape his chains soon proved to be a significant improvement for OpTic's CS:GO lineup. OpTic beat hefty competitors during the group stage at ESL One New York, only to fall...
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It’s s1mple: Na’Vi Break Through

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The solution to Na'Vi's stagnation was s1mple after all. With new firepower in the form of a fan-favorite super talent, Na'Vi finally win a tournament after a six month drought. Stagnation Na'Vi's seemingly permanent second-place position could not have been scripted...
CS:GO

Luminosity Take First Place at ESL Finals

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The third season of the ESL Pro League has come to a close, and Luminosity have emerged victorious at yet another major LAN, further solidifying their position at the top of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive food chain. The Brazilian team have...
CS:GO

CS:GO on LAN: The Way It’s Meant to Be Played?

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The LAN is a cultural institution unto itself in the world of professional Counter-Strike. I was talking with a colleague the other day about the upcoming MLG Columbus Major. As an avid League of Legends follower, they were curious...
Can we also have a prize pool for who has the coolest idea for post-Major graffiti?

Valve Increases Prize Pool of Majors to $1,000,000

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On February 23, 2016, Valve announced via blog post that the prize pool for all Majors--beginning with the MLG Columbus Major this April--will be raised from $250,000 to $1,000,000. These events are not only sponsored by Valve, but since the...
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Welcome New Brazilian Overlords: Tempo Storm to Katowice

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After a marathon online qualifier, Brazilian underdogs Tempo Storm have battled their way through the brackets to secure a spot at the IEM World Championships Katowice 2016. The tournament in Poland will feature a prize pool of over $250,000...
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The Longest CS:GO Match Ever, VAC Bans, Minors, and More

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Two of the Valve-sponsored and developed “Minors,” events designed to maximize exposure for newer CS:GO teams and open up a pathway for them to compete at Majors, were held this weekend. In Taiwan, the Asia Minor was hosted by...