CSGO: EU & CIS Qualifiers For Katowice Confirmed

ENCE Esports and AVANGAR have qualified for the IEM Katowice 2019 Major after winning the EU and CIS regional minors respectively.

After the EU final, an emotional Joona “natu” Leppänen, part of the team behind ENCE, said: “I was a part of the last full Finnish team that played at a major and that was Katowice in 2015 so it’s been 4 years. I think that it’s due time that we have a full Finnish roster at a major.” . . . .  . . . read more

LoL: LEC Power Rankings – Week One

The new League of Legends season has arrived in Europe and everyone is speculating which teams will find themselves on the top of the pile come the end of the season. During week one, we saw strong statements of intent from a couple of teams while others were found severely lacking. Join us as we start our weekly rankings of the best, and worst, the LEC has to offer. . . . .  . . . read more

UKDota Player Picked Up As Coach

Been wanting to write something about UKDota for a number of months now but there hasn’t really been any activity in the scene especially in Scotland. There are currently no UKDota tournaments announced for this year, ESL One Birmingham doesn’t count, and a lot of the tier 1 players (usually immortal with couple LAN wins) have moved on from competitive play.  . . . .  . . . read more

CSGO: Katowice EU Minor Teams Ranked

As the Katowice CSGO Major is less than a month away, eyes look to Poland for the regional Minor Championships. This is an opportunity for teams from all over the world to prove their worth and secure their place at the Major. We’ve ranked all the teams from the EU Minor, read and find out who we think are the favourites to win the tournament. . . . .  . . . read more

Pedestal Games

Everyone has that one game they defend, even though they know full well there are much better games, it doesn’t stop them from arguing that their game is the greatest of all time. These are what I like to call pedestal games. You have elevated your opinion of this game to such a level that nothing anyone can say will change your mind. Now I’m not saying these games are bad, far from it. Every game on this list, in their own way, are some of the best examples of the video game industry and show just how far our medium has come. All I’m asking is, should you elevate these games beyond human understanding? . . . .  . . . read more

Activision Blizzard and Bungie Part Ways

After eight out of a planned ten year partnership, Activision Blizzard has parted ways with Bungie who have retained full control over the Destiny IP.

In a blog post on their website Bungie said,

“We have enjoyed a successful eight-year run and would like to thank Activision for their partnership on Destiny. Looking ahead, we’re excited to announce plans for Activision to transfer publishing rights for Destiny to Bungie. With our remarkable Destiny community, we are ready to publish on our own, while Activision will increase their focus on owned IP projects.” . . . .  . . . read more

CSGO: IEM Katowice 2019 Minors Groups Revealed

ESL have announced the group draw for the Katowice 2019 Minor Championships which take place later this month in Poland.

There will be four regional minors where teams will battle it out against other squads from their region to qualify for IEM Katowice 2019, the first Valve Major of the year.

The top two teams from each region will join the fourteen sides who have already qualified by placing highly at the last Major. . . . .  . . . read more

Let’s End G.O.A.T.S – Overwatch PTR Update

With only just over a month to go till OWL Season 2, it seems Blizzard is looking to completely destroy G.O.A.T.S with this latest PTR patch which nerfs armor, D’Va and Brigitte while massively buffing Reaper. Here’s the rundown of the changes from Blizzard’s website;

General

Damage reduction from armor reduced from -5 to -3
Developer Comments: Before this change armor reduced all incoming damage by up to 5, maxing at half of the normal amount. This change reduces the damage reduction to 3, while still capping at half. This change will be mostly noticeable on heroes that fire quickly or in a burst of shots (such as shotguns), and which do more than 6 damage per shot. For example, Soldier: 76’s Heavy Pulse Rifle will now do 16 damage per shot to armor, up from 14, an increase of 15%. Armor was a bit too strong overall, especially when being healed quickly and often. This change will help more heroes fight against higher armored enemies. . . . .  . . . read more

Glasgow Fortnite Event is a Huge Success

Article by Adam Lyon

The Fortnite craze landed in Glasgow this past weekend and the game’s Scottish fans turned out in huge numbers to take part. The EStars with Fortnite tournament, held at Celtic Park from Friday to Sunday, gave gamers of all ages the chance to compete against others and win prizes.

Playing on either PlayStation or Xbox, competitors had an hour to secure as many victories as possible, with the number of kills per victory being a factor as well. The top nine players from across the weekend at Celtic Park would go on to the grand final, held at Stamford Bridge in London later this year, with those in the final competing to win the ultimate prize of £25,000.

As well as the tournament, competitors could take part in dance competitions alongside their favourite characters and have the chance to win great prizes. Anticipation was high throughout the day as over 200 competitors played game after game, with shouts of joy and fist-pumping from those who were successful. There was a real sense of excitement that only a game like Fortnite can bring, and with 10 more stops on the EStars tour, gamers up and down the country are in for a treat.