Google Stadia Game Streaming Service Announced

Google has announced Stadia, a game streaming service, at today’s GDC event in San Francisco.

Stadia will allow gamers to play the latest releases in 4K resolution from “any screen”, including laptops, mobile devices and televisions.

Games will be run remotely in a Google data centre; the player does not need a high-end computer, console or set-top box; they only need to be able to connect to the game session. . . . .  . . . read more

ESPN Announce North American College Esports Championship

ESPN has announced the formation of the College Esports Championship in a press release this Tuesday.

According to the statement, CEC will feature esports teams from hundreds of colleges across North America. Colleges will compete in online qualifiers with the top teams qualifying for offline finals.

Houston will host the first CEC LAN finals on May 10-12 during the Comicpalooza event at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The winners of the first competition will receive scholarships, ESPN has said. . . . .  . . . read more

Dota 2: DreamLeague Stockholm Major Primer

DreamLeague Season 11, the third Major tournament of the 2018/19 Dota Pro Circuit, begins tomorrow in Stockholm. Sixteen qualified teams spanning every region will battle for their share of a million dollar prize pool. This article introduces the four top teams heading into the competition.

Team Secret, the most recent Major champions, aim to sustain their dominant start to 2019 in Sweden. The international team followed up a win at the Chongqing Major in January with a commanding victory at ESL Katowice, finishing the tournament with a 16-1 record and enter this tournament as many peoples’ favourites. . . . .  . . . read more

CSGO: Bracket For ESL Premiership Spring 2019 Finals Revealed

The four teams to appear at ESL UK’s Premiership Spring 2019 Finals in Manchester are now known after this evening’s playoffs.

The Pensioners, featuring former BIG star Owen “smooya” Butterfield, overcame LFAug 2-0 in the first match of the day to secure their place in the finals. The Pensioners struggled early in the group stage but have won all five maps played since the popular AWPer started standing in. . . . .  . . . read more

UK Players Head To China For WESG

WESG kicks-off in Chongqing, China this Thursday and will host tournaments in CSGO, Dota 2, Hearthstone, PES, StarCraft and Vainglory. We will be taking a look at the two players from the UK will compete at the tournament.

Joshua “RiSky” Hayward will feature in the StarCraft II tournament which starts on Monday.  RiSky, a Zerg player, frequently competes at international offline events including the recent IEM Katowice. A familiar name in the UK StarCraft II scene; he has been victorious in seven of the last eight Epic.LAN tournaments. . . . .  . . . read more

Following on from Herald on Sunday article “How Scotland is missing its chance in the esports industry”

There was a tremendously positive response to the recent article in the Herald on Sunday which asked why there wasn’t a fully professional esports scene in Scotland. We would like to thank the Herald on Sunday for taking an interest in raising the awareness of Scottish esports and producing this article. However, members of the Scottish Fighting Game Community (SFGC), as well as other parties, have spoken up to say that the article did not fully represent their scene and all the support professional companies such as Currys PC World and GT Omega put into it.  . . . .  . . . read more

CSGO: Astralis Make It Two In a Row @ IEM Katowice

Astralis won their second consecutive Major championship at IEM Katowice after beating ENCE in Sunday’s final. The win marks Astralis’ third Major title overall, a record they share with Fnatic.

The Danish team had a flawless run through the knock-out stages; they beat NiP and MIBR 2-0 en route to the final. On the other side of the bracket, Finnish outsiders ENCE eliminated two top three ranked teams, Liquid and NaVi, during their fairy-tale run through the tournament. . . . .  . . . read more