Overwatch World Cup 2018: Team UK Will Play Their First Game On Friday

Sunday marked the end of the Bangkok Qualifier with China and Australia placing in the top 2 teams for the Qualifier. Friday will be the first day of the Paris Qualifiers and will be the debut of Team UK in this years Overwatch World Cup. Lead by YouTuber ‘Stylosa‘, coached by ‘Hayes‘ and followed up with Twitch streamer ‘ChipSa‘ in the role of Community Lead, they’ll be up against 5 other European countries in a bid to make it to the finals held at BlizzCon this year starting on the 2nd of November through to the 3rd at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. . . . .  . . . read more

CS:GO Free Edition Announced

If you are one of the few who haven’t yet played Counter Strike: Global Offensive you now have the chance to play for free. Although, it does mean that you have to play offline with bots as it is only available for “offline play against bots and spectating matches through GOTV.”

Inside the release notes for the 29th of August it was noted that CS:GO would get a free edition, available on the Steam store along with a host of other improvements. This free version will be a great way to get into the game without facing more experienced players and getting a taste of one of Steam’s top games. . . . .  . . . read more

Big Fest Viewer Games Tournaments Program

Hope your thumbs are ready for some action. The program of the Viewer Games Tournaments for the Big Fest 2018 is finally out, and it’s gonna be FIRE.

We’ve got everything sorted out for you. So gather your pals, subscribe to your favourite game, and show Scotland your mad skills.

Day Starting time Game Tournament format Maximum players Entry fee Prize
Saturday 1pm Street Fighter V Open bracket 32 £5 Up to £160

(The prize pool will depend on the number of participants)

Saturday 1pm

(Finals stream at 1pm)

Rocket League Open bracket

2v2 bracket

16 teams Free entry Medals
Sunday To be defined Fortnite Squad elimination To be defined Free entry Medals
Sunday 1pm

(Finals stream at 3pm)

Under Night In-Birth Exe:late Open bracket 32 £5 Up to £160

(The prize pool will depend on the number of participants)

Sunday 3pm

(Finals stream at 5pm)

Tekken 7 Open bracket 32 £5 Up to £160

(The prize pool will depend on the number of participants)

We advise to arrive at least 2 hours in advance of a tournament to be sure to have space left. . . . .  . . . read more

smooya: A New Hope for UK CS?

At ESL Cologne 2018, smooya fired his way into the public consciousness as he became the first player from the UK to reach the final of a premier international tournament. At the age of 19, and with his future firmly in front of him, could we be seeing the birth of a UK superstar?

The Good

Prior to adding smooya to the roster in April 2018, BIG seemed to be missing something. After a lacklustre group stage exit at the Boston major in January, the team floundered. They found themselves rarely qualifying for offline events, often losing to much less experienced teams in online qualification. Their style of play wasn’t particularly dynamic and, to be brief, most opponents had their number. The addition of smooya added some much needed flair to the line-up and, perhaps more importantly, gave veteran tactician gob b a talented new tool to work with. . . . .  . . . read more

BIGFest Update: Price Changes, Disabled Access, Lineup Changes, Open Tournaments

So there hasn’t been much in the way of announcements for BIGFest since the initial announcement of the event. The team has been busy at work preparing for the event, but it has taken a bit of extra time to get to the stage where we can share more about what is happening on the 6-7th of October. This update will also have a mix of good and bad news, but it’s a large update, so we hope you will look forward to BIGFest and future events. . . . .  . . . read more

BIG Fest Update: Retro Games Area

BIG Fest 2018 is going to be an exciting one! Not only will we have our LAN finals for our SEL tournaments, we will be hosting a retro games area amongst other activities!

This retro area will be like a shooting gallery, with a range of light gun games that will be available to play. The number of setups we will have is not 100% definite yet but you can expect there to be at least 3 or 4. . . . .  . . . read more

EvE Online Continues Being Awesome

Chances are that you’ve heard of EvE Online. Whether it’s a comment someone made about it being a “spreadsheet simulator” or an article about it on a major news site talking about the game setting records. Regardless, EvE online is arguably the most successful MMORPG ever to be released. The game is now over 15 years old and has shown no signs of slowing down with the developers, CCP, starting to release 2 major updates each year with the most recent being the Into The Abyss expansion. Introducing new ships, new skills, new weapons and new activities. Since then we’ve had new skins, remodels of ships, faction citadels etc etc. . . . .  . . . read more

Esports Scotland Partners With Foam Dart Thunder

Esports Scotland Partners With Foam Dart Thunder

Esports Scotland are pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with Foam Dart Thunder, a Nerf event organiser based in Scotland. They have been operating Nerf events since early 2013 and are now the largest Nerf organisation in the UK. FDT are passionate about getting kids and adults to have fun while also taking part in exercise. . . . .  . . . read more

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: UK Invitational

With a little over 4 months away from the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate release date, Nintendo UK VS Live: London hosted the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Invitational on the 29th July.

The Invitational saw 8 top Super Smash Bros. players all showing their abilities and competing for the top spot. Scottish players Andrew “Ander” Bruce (ranked #2 in Scotland) and Jack “Yackabean” Payne (ranked #1 in Scotland) were both invited, with Ander competing alongside Northern Irish player David “MagiMagi” Cosgrove (ranked #1 in Ireland) and Yackabean invited as a reserve. . . . .  . . . read more