Samsung's Ambition is one of the players you'll need to keep an eye on at Worlds 2017.

Worlds 2017 Preview: Top 5 Players to Watch

The 2017 League of Legends World Championships will bring together the most diverse pool of players we've ever seen. While some international stalwarts will be present--Paul "sOAZ" Boyer, Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok, Jian "Uzi" Zi-Hao come to mind right off the bat--there's a few...
The post-TI7 roster shuffles have happened, and as the dust settles, one question remains: which teams are looking in good shape this season?

Dota 2: Post-TI7 Roster Shuffle Analysis

Ah, the post-TI roster shuffle. Your favorite teams inevitably disband or swap players and you're left looking at your EG shirt wondering why you bought it. Maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration--Universe is still on the team, Fear's...
CEVO is one of several third-party matchmaking services for CS:GO, but these days, it's not in great shape.

The CEVO Experience: Not Quite There Anymore

A few weeks ago, we took a look at FACEIT, one of CS:GO's third-party matchmaking services. This week we'll be paying CEVO a visit and taking a look at what they have to offer. At a macro level, CEVO is...
New player watching League of Legends for the first time? This guide should help.

Worlds 2017: How to Watch League of Legends as a Newcomer

If you follow esports or competitive gaming, you have probably heard of League of Legends. The 2017 World Championships kicked off last Saturday (9/23), and the event runs for 43 days -- that means that now is the perfect...
How do we have a productive conversation about women in esports?

Pride and Prejudice: Absent Women in Esports

Writing about women in esports is a challenging task. Our industry is constantly growing, but the absence of women becomes more apparent with each passing milestone. We have record-breaking prize pools for tournaments, yet we only have a handful of women involved...
Who's the best Hearthstone pro of all-time?

The Best Hearthstone Pros of All-Time

Since Hearthstone was officially released in March 2014, many players have stood out as exceptional. Between tournaments and streaming, certain players have become household names in Hearthstone. These days, there are dozens of professional Hearthstone players, but with this...
What do players want from Valve's Dota card game, Artifact?

Dota 2 as a Card Game: What Do We Want from Artifact?

I wrote a short piece about Artifact taking on Hearthstone last month, and, unfortunately, we still don't have any new information about the game. Valve has set up a Twitter account for Artifact, however, so it looks like they're...
PUBG Battle Royale takes the best parts of other Battle Royale games and serves it up as a streamlined and relentlessly fun game.

PUBG’s Remarkable Reinvention of the Battle Royale Genre

The Battle Royale genre isn’t new. The clearest inspiration is arguably the 2000 film "Battle Royale" about students trapped on an island who must fight to the death. But even then, the concept wasn’t exactly new. Games are no...
In-house leagues give the best Dota players a more structured pub experience, free from the game-ruining riff-raff.

Dota 2: What Is an In-House League?

In-House Leagues for Dota aren't anything new. They pop up around this time of year, after The International, when professional Dota grinds to a temporary halt. The best-known in-house leagues are probably the North American Elite League (NEL) and...
Photo taken from the crowd at Worlds 2015.

The Four Golden Rules of Making an Esport

These days, what game developer doesn't want a piece of the esports pie? It's probably the most lucrative foray that any company can make in the modern video game industry, and for quite a few reasons: dedicated fans, new...
Jeff Kaplan

Game Development Spotlight: The Jeff Kaplan Approach

Jeff Kaplan. The man. The meme. The legend. If you play Overwatch, you’ll have an intimate relationship with the man behind it all. If you don’t, there’s still a decent chance you’ll have seen some videos of Jeff over...
Are esports too violent for mainstream audiences at an event like the Olympics?

Are Esports Too Violent for Mainstream Audiences?

Thomas Bach, the President of the International Olympics Committee, recently remarked that we wouldn't be seeing any 'violent' esports at the 2024 Olympics. According to Bach, esports are "about violence, explosions, and killing" and, therefore, don't have a place in...