Connect with us

Esports

The time for esports’ professionalization is now

Avatar

Published

on

With traditional sports and entertainment evaporating overnight amid the COVID-19 outbreak last spring, esports became the solution for stakeholders across many industries to ensure the show did indeed go on. This resulted in the injection of professional gaming into the social mainstream, providing hours of entertainment for content-starved audiences while playerbases skyrocketed as a means of staying connected during a time when many were apart.

While the surge of esports during the pandemic has proved competitive gaming is more than capable of living up to the hype, it also highlighted that the industry isn’t quite yet ready for its primetime role in mainstream media. The accelerated production and heightened attention on esports exposed some of the fundamental cracks in the foundation and many of its pain points. To address these, we need to prioritize professionalization, especially in regards to player care, competitive integrity, and growing diversity and inclusivity.

Improving player care

As esports became a critical content provider, the rush to fill airtime came at the cost of players’ health. While fans enjoyed schedules packed with tournaments and matches, players were sometimes pushed to their physical limits, forgoing essential recovery activities like ample rest. If we wish to continue growing esports, our players must be treated like what they are: professional athletes. The call for industry resources that ensure physical and mental health tools are widely available for players is high, and teams and organizers must band together to standardize schedules that are complementary to one another, much like professional sports leagues.

Above: Complexity has a “mind gym” to help its players train.

Image Credit: Complexity

At Complexity, we are learning best practices on player care from the Dallas Cowboys and taking  advantage of research, science, and data to improve the holistic health and well-being of our players outside the game servers in order to boost in-game performance. We’re partnering with companies like Herman Miller to boost player longevity by researching and testing new products that help to improve posture and prevent injury. Through our partnership with We Are Nations, we’re monitoring the comfort, function, and mobility of Complexity athletes and measuring the impact that new training materials, like haptic technology, have on cognitive and physical performance. Our intention is to ultimately share our findings with our peers and make these products available to the esports community at large.

Ensuring competitive integrity

While the industry’s pivot online enabled esports to ultimately carry on, it stripped away many of the critical in-person elements, such as the electric energy of the crowd and collective fandom of rooting for your home team, that bring the competitive gaming experience together. Unfortunately, an unavoidable casualty of that was player oversight, causing several serious violations of rules and regulations to flare up; this included the discovery of a widespread bug exploit in Counter-Strike, which saw more than 30 coaches banned, suspicious player disconnections in the Call of Duty League playoffs, and other risks that come with the transition to online play when tournament admins can not be physically present.

Competitive integrity is essential to players, fans, and stakeholders; providing assurance that the matches they are watching or competing in are being played in a fair and transparent manner. As we hopefully move toward in-person events in 2021, the safeguarding of integrity and instating industry-wide standards must be recognized as a pain point and brought to the surface of industry conversation so we can collectively move towards a brighter future. The issue is only exasperated if our heads are turned, though together, we can identify and resolve many of these issues by creating a benchmark for the industry to adopt broadly at the top-level.

Addressing diversity and inclusivity

As we all know, esports is a male-dominated industry and not enough changes have materialized over the past decade. That conversation came to a head in 2020 as esports saw its #MeToo movement last year. The increased attention on esports has sparked cries for change and acceptance; the first steps to making esports a more open and tolerant community for everyone starts by tackling these roadblocks head on. AnyKey, for example, is fostering a safer online atmosphere for all by encouraging gamers, streamers, and professional esports athletes to take the ‘Good Luck, Have Fun’ pledge to make a difference as positive and inclusive participants in the gaming space. Those who take the pledge receive a global chat Twitch badge, which signifies their commitment to combat toxicity and to not engage in or perpetuate disruptive behavior. Anyone found in violation of this will have their badge revoked.

The greatest attribute of video games is that ability and skill is not confined by age, gender, and ethnicity, nor do games favor those who are physically gifted. Because of its inherently digital nature, esports has an opportunity to create an even playing field for everyone, and for a majority, serve as an outlet for self-expression and place of acceptance. We need to meet these challenges with an open mind and proactively work toward resolving them as an industry. If we succeed, esports will be better equipped to tap into its potential to be a far-reaching, gender-neutral, and global industry with long-term staying power in modern culture.

Jason Lake is considered one of the founding fathers of American esports and is the founder and CEO at Complexity Gaming, one of the longest-standing and most successful esports organizations in North America, now owned by Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys and investor John Goff.

GamesBeat

GamesBeat’s creed when covering the game industry is “where passion meets business.” What does this mean? We want to tell you how the news matters to you — not just as a decision-maker at a game studio, but also as a fan of games. Whether you read our articles, listen to our podcasts, or watch our videos, GamesBeat will help you learn about the industry and enjoy engaging with it. How will you do that? Membership includes access to:

  • Newsletters, such as DeanBeat
  • The wonderful, educational, and fun speakers at our events
  • Networking opportunities
  • Special members-only interviews, chats, and “open office” events with GamesBeat staff
  • Chatting with community members, GamesBeat staff, and other guests in our Discord
  • And maybe even a fun prize or two
  • Introductions to like-minded parties

Become a member

Coinsmart. Beste Bitcoin-Börse in Europa
Source: https://venturebeat.com/2021/02/27/the-time-for-esports-professionalization-is-now/

Esports

Fortnite: DreamHack Cash Cup Extra Europe & NA East Results

Avatar

Published

on

We take a look at the EU and NA results from DreamHack’s Cash Cup Extra


DreamHack is back after a brief hiatus as the organization took a step back to formulate a new plan of attack in competitive Fortnite. Last year’s DreamHack Open series produced some of the game’s most exciting moments, like Polish player teeq winning three competitions and Slovenian competitor k1nzell winning two solo tournaments. The absence of DreamHack created a void in the community. Thankfully, the Swedish production company made its triumphant return.

That came in the form of Fortnite’s first-ever Cash Cup Extra, a tournament based on the game’s weekly Trio Cash Cup results. The top 132 teams from the European and NA East regions secured themselves a spot in DreamHack’s inaugural Cash Cup Extra, where they went to war for a share of over $17K USD. Some of the world’s best trios, including two reigning FNCS Champions, did their best to elevate above the rest. Let’s see who came out on top in each region.

Also Read: Team Liquid Signs Scoped to Roster

TaySon, 4zr and Nayte Seem Unstoppable

The European scene outside of this week’s Cash Cup winners — TaySon, 4zr and Nayte — played for second. This newly formed and already dominant trio flexed their abilities with 79 eliminations and two Victory Royales across nine matches. Chemistry and teamwork are no concern for this trifecta of talent. This week included a regular Cash Cup tournament win followed by a win in the first-ever DreamHack Cash Cup Extra, showing that TaySon, 4zr and Nayte are looking to dominate Season 6.

Vadeal, Noahreyli and Rezon ay, who finished third in FNCS Chapter 2 – Season 5, grabbed a second-place finish in the Cash Cup Extra. Their eight-match effort included 71 eliminations and two Victory Royales. Nebmaster, bubakmaster and Devour WaiZ were the only other team to break 600 points and claimed third place for their efforts. FNCS Chapter 2 – Season 5 Champions — JannisZ, Chapix and Hen — took tenth place with 539 points. The EU leaderboard featured a who’s who of elite players, which you can see below:

  • 1st: Grizi 4zr, GUILD TаySon, grizi nayte – $2,100
  • 2nd: Wave Vadeal, BL Noahreyli, rezon ay лол – $1,800
  • 3rd: AOS nebsмasteя, bubakмаsteя, Devour WaiZ – $1,500
  • 4th: Solarу BlastR, Vitаlity Nikof, TrainH Alphaa – $1,200
  • 5th: Lnuef, BL SliX, GAMMA Merijn – $900
  • 6th: VP Kiryache32, Stormyrite 7, Gambit Toose – $750
  • 7th: BL Setty, GAMMA Kami, GXR teeq – $750
  • 8th: MCES Andilex, Grizi Snayzy, xsweeze.mces – $750
  • 9th: TrainH Umplify, TrainH Matsoe, NRG benjуfishу – $750
  • 10th: GUILD Hen 75, GUILD JannisZ, oogway 74 – $750

Also Read: Epic Issues Sudden Balance Changes to Weapons & Crafting Materials

Acorn, Jahq and Slackes Continue to Demolish NA East

There might not be a better trio in the world right now than Acorn, Jahq and Slackes. These three North American players joined forces in Chapter 2 – Season 4 and have improved immensely with each passing week. Fresh off of winning last season’s Fortnite Champion Series, Acorn, Jahq and Slackes won the FaZe Clan Elite Cup, the first Season 6 Cash Cup, and can now call themselves DreamHack Cash Cup Extra Champions.

Their Cash Cup Extra performance saw the reigning FNCS winners win three of nine matches and accumulate 652 points overall. A combined 63 eliminations out of this trio was the second-most in the competition. The era of Acorn, Jahq and Slackes continues emphatically.

Emerging NA East players Plege, Pandushh and Ganzo finished in second with three Victory Royales and 609 points. These three won back-to-back games out of the gate with 12 eliminations in each. FNCS Chapter 2 – Season 4 winners — Reverse2k, Deyy and Mero — rallied back after four shaky games to start the Cash Cup Extra festivities. They rifled off four top-ten finishes and 59 eliminations to close out the competition, landing them in third place. Some other recognizable NA East trios also topped the leaderboard.

  • 1st: LG Slackes, 1P Acornski, G2 Jаhq – $2,100
  • 2nd: Plege, Pandushh, Pure Ganzo – $1,800
  • 3rd: ENDL8SS DEYYRITO, mero2k, ENDLESS Reverse – $1,500
  • 4th: Cоmmandment, FaZe Cented, NRG Edgey – $1,200
  • 5th: elite gabe89, 9LIVES Tahi, sprite dabdabdab – $900
  • 6th: noob teyo, Сhimp, Tabnae – $750
  • 7th: Speguu, OUTCAST GOKU YT, strawhat charlie – $750
  • 8th: 9LIVES VOIL, XPRT Xccept, Snakeccept – $750
  • 9th: FS SHERIFF DEG, skqughaski2k, BBG PIECE

The next Cash Cup Extra tournament will occur on April 21, barring any setbacks. Remember that your trio must place top-132 in that week’s Trio Cash Cup to be eligible. DreamHack also resurrected the Online Open tournament, which is on the schedule for this weekend!

Coinsmart. Beste Bitcoin-Börse in Europa
Source: https://estnn.com/fortnite-dreamhack-cash-cup-extra-europe-na-east-results/

Continue Reading

Esports

Don’t Miss Out on the Rogue Energy x Esports Talk Giveaway!

Avatar

Published

on

by
Dustin Steiner
in General | Apr, 15th 2021

Esports Talk and our energy drink sponsor Rogue Energy have teamed up to give away some of Rogue’s newest Shake flavor, the Caramel Vanilla Latte. This exciting giveaway is being done to celebrate our new partnership with Rogue Energy, who have become Esports Talk’s exclusive energy drink sponsor.

For the giveaway, Rogue will be selecting five winners to receive a tub of the new flavor. Winners have to be located within the continental United States, so apologies in advance to our fans in Hawaii, Alaska, or those of you who live outside the United States.

We wil have many more opportunities for you to enter giveaways in the future both from Esports Talk as as well as our sponsors, so stay tuned for more information, and check out how to enter below.

How to Enter the Rogue x Esports Talk Giveaway


The giveaway couldn’t be simpler to enter. All you need to do is head over to Rogue’s giveaway page, which uses Gleam. There are 18 ways to enter, including following Rogue Energy, Esports Talk, our own Jake Lucky, Rogue co-Founder Zac Dudzik, following our Youtube Channel, and much more.

And don’t worry – if you’re already following (and you should be) Gleam will allow you to simply verify that to get the same amount of entries, no re-following required.

Why We Partnered With Rogue Energy in the First Place


For those of you who may have missed it, here’s how the partnership with Rogue Energy came about in the first place. Don’t forget, that you can use code EsportsTalk to get 20% of your purchase on the Rogue Energy shop.

Rogue Energy is an energy drink made with the gaming community in mind and they’ve stood out from day one as a good fit for Esports Talk. Why Rogue Energy? First and foremost, after drinking their products in the office ourselves, we can confidently say they’ve got one of the best products in the business. With an expansive selection of flavors, they’ve got something for everyone whether you’re looking to jumpstart your day or trying to stay hydrated. Not only that, but Rogue is truly a part of the gaming community, and it shows in the way they work to provide the best possible product for gamers and streamers everywhere

Coinsmart. Beste Bitcoin-Börse in Europa
Source: https://www.esportstalk.com/news/dont-miss-out-on-the-rogue-energy-x-esports-talk-giveaway/

Continue Reading

Esports

Top creators to compete in the Hearthstone Crossroads Inn-vitational

Avatar

Published

on

Blizzard has announced the Hearthstone Crossroads Inn-vitational, where 20 creators of the Hearthstone community will be duking it out against each other. A prize pool of $100,000 will be on the line.

The Hearthstone Crossroads Inn-vitational event will consist of two teams. Team Northwatch Hold will include players like Octavian “Kripparrian” Morosan, Chen “tom60229” Wei Lin and Thijs “Thijs” Molendijk. Recently, Thijs became the Week 1 champion for Hearthstone Grandmasters America.

Going up against Northwatch Hold will be Camp Taurajo. This team consists of players such as James “Firebat” Kostesich, Jeffrey “Trump” Shih and Dima “Rdu” Radu. Like Thijs, Rdu also fought in the Week 1 Hearthstone Grandmasters tournament. Rdu represented the Europe region.

Forged in the Barrens artwork. Image via Blizzard Entertainment.

Hearthstone Crossroads Inn-vitational format

In terms of how the upcoming event will work, each Hearthstone player will create a Standard deck that consists of at least 10 cards from the newest expansion. Each competitor will duel in two best-of-three rounds against players from the opposing team.

Within each round, players will receive one point for each individual game victory. Players who achieve a score of 2-0 will receive three team points.

After this, there will be a third round that will involve Nozdormu the Eternal. At the start of a game, this particular Hearthstone card will make turns last for only 15 seconds if it’s in both players’ decks.

A team point is given out to individual game victories within the round. Five points will go to players who manage a 3-0 clean sweep.

Additionally, when a competitor loses a round for the first time, they will be given the “Frenzied” status. This means they will be able to earn double the team points.

The Hearthstone Crossroads Inn-vitational begins April 21 at 10 a.m. PDT. Fans can watch the action over on Twitch and YouTube.

Coinsmart. Beste Bitcoin-Börse in Europa
Source: https://www.dailyesports.gg/top-creators-to-compete-in-the-hearthstone-crossroads-inn-vitational/

Continue Reading

Esports

MSI 2021 To Be Played On Patch 11.9

Avatar

Published

on

by
Petar Vukobrat
in League of Legends | Apr, 15th 2021

It’s official: MSI 2021 will be played on patch 11.9. This, in short, is quite exciting news as it means all twelve teams will get to prepare and eventually compete on even footing. Moreover, patch 11.9 is bound to bring a slew of exciting changes (Hecarim and Udyr nerfs are basically a given), some of which will build upon the “foundation” Riot has established with 11.8

MSI 2021 Groups

Speaking of which, do not underestimate the potential said patch carries and how big of an impact it could possibly have on pro play. For instance, champions like Cassiopeia, Darius, and Zed will all become somewhat viable junglers which may or may not affect competitive play as well. Pro players are always looking for that extra bit of something to gain an edge over their opponents, and these new changes and champion updates definitely fit the bill. 

Furthermore, Gnar and Orianna have both received nerfs with Aphelios, LeBlanc, Lee Sin, Vladimir, and Zac getting nuanced (but important) buffs. These changes alone will surely affect pick and ban priority, so at least we won’t be seeing the exact same picks over and over again. Furthermore, changes to Moonstone (and other support Mythics) might usher in the enchanter support meta, although it’s still too early to predict anything with confidence. 

No one can be too sure of the direction the meta will evolve in, but at least there’s ample potential. Either way, we’re bound to see a lot of experimentation!

Unfortunately, it’s not all good news. 

No New Champions


As previously reported, Viego will remain unplayable, and the same goes for LoL’s latest champion — Gwen, the Hallowed Seamstress — as well. This, in short, is quite depressing as we were all hyped to see the absolute best players in the world try their hand at these hugely powerful champions, both of which have the potential to be meta-defining. 

Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a bit longer for that to happen. Either way, there’s definitely a reason to tune in to the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational, regardless of these relatively minor hindrances!

Coinsmart. Beste Bitcoin-Börse in Europa
Source: https://www.esportstalk.com/news/msi-2021-to-be-played-on-patch-11-9/

Continue Reading
Esports4 days ago

chessbae removed as moderator from Chess.com amid drama

Esports3 days ago

DreamHack Online Open Ft. Fortnite April Edition – How To Register, Format, Dates, Prize Pool & More

Esports3 days ago

Hikaru Nakamura drops chessbae, apologizes for YouTube strike

Esports23 hours ago

Free Fire World Series APK Download for Android

Fintech4 days ago

Australia’s Peppermint Innovation signs agreement with the Philippine’s leading micro-financial services provider

Esports4 days ago

Twitch bans Adin Ross after ZIAS uses Homophobic slurs during his stream

Esports5 days ago

The best way to play Hecarim in League of Legends season 11

Esports4 days ago

Coven and Abomination highlight the new TFT Reckoning Traits

Esports4 days ago

Ludwig has announced when he’ll end his subathon Twitch stream

Esports3 days ago

Apex Legends update 1.65 brings five new LTMs for War Games

Esports3 days ago

Ludwig Closes Out Month-Long Streaming Marathon in First Place – Weekly Twitch Top 10s, April 5-11

Esports2 days ago

Position 5 Faceless Void is making waves in North American Dota 2 pubs after patch 7.29

Esports3 days ago

Fortnite: Patch Notes v16.20 – Off-Road Vehicle Mods, 50-Player Creative Lobbies, Bug Fixes & More

Esports4 days ago

Heroic defeat Gambit Esports in ESL Pro League 13 grand final

Esports23 hours ago

Dota 2: Top Mid Heroes of Patch 7.29

Fintech4 days ago

SME finance platform offers advanced commission product

Blockchain4 days ago

Stock-to-Flow-Analyse: Bitcoin bei 288.000 USD

Esports3 days ago

Complete guide to romance and marriage in Stardew Valley

Blockchain4 days ago

Welche Probleme bringen US-Bitcoin ETFs mit sich?

Esports3 days ago

flusha announces new CSGO roster featuring suNny and sergej

Trending