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. . . . .
Continuing our series of interviews with Scottish esports players, this week we chatted to former Fnatic SFV and Scottish FGC (Fighting Game Community) player Suleymon.
Hello Suleymon, please introduce yourself.
My name’s Assad. I’ve been playing Competitive Street Fighter V through the Capcom Pro Tour and the Gfinity Elite Series for about 3 years and a bit now. . . . .
Esports, by definition, is player vs player; two players or teams competing against each other in a video game. But what do you call it when someone is competing against the game itself? Player vs environment could be one name for it but a more fitting name would be speedrunning.
Speedrunners get from A to B in a video game as fast as is humanly possible. Sometimes the aim is just to complete the game (any%) or to 100% the game as well as finish in the quickest time. The scene covers every platform and game you could imagine. It’s so vast, there isn’t even a point in doing a from this game to that game line here. Basically, if you can think of a video game, chances are there’s a speedrun of it. . . . .
It’s no secret that the Scottish Fighting Game Community (FGC) is the strongest esport scene in Scotland. From Smash being the most popular game up here by far to professional players being sponsored in games such as SFV and Mortal Kombat to even massive FGC tournaments such as Hypespotting, the Scottish FGC has it all covered. But who are the players of this scene? Starting from today, we’ll be looking at interviewing them regularly along with other players and members from various Scottish esports scenes. . . . .
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. . . . .
Psyonix has announced Rocket League has been accepted into Sony’s PlayStation Cross-Play Beta program. This means that it now has full cross-platform play across PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One. This has been implemented immediately so no matter what platform you play on, you can now play together! . . . .
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? . . . .
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.” . . . .
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;
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. . . . .
We are pleased to officially announce Esports Scotland BIG Fest 2018, the evolution to the popular Battles in Glasgow, which is now part of the Esports Scotland family and will be known as the BIG:Events series.
BIG Fest 2018 will be held on 6th and 7th October at The Biscuit Factory in Edinburgh. Tickets are now available from https://esportsscotland.co.uk/big-fest-2018 . . . .