Category: eSport

The Power of Video Games

User submitted article.

Competitive video games are becoming more popular than ever. Whether it’s a battle royale, a first person shooter or a fighting game, the chances are you are competing, either against friends or strangers online. With multiplayer becoming even more of a focus to game developers lately we are seeing huge Esports tournaments taking place around the world, culminating in finals for cash prizes (with the largest amount for a prize pool being $25,532,177 for Dota 2) or land winners medals, trophies and other goodies. Naturally, more and more countries are starting up their own Esports organisations and Scotland is no exception. This article will look at what that will potentially mean for the gaming community of Scotland and beyond. . . . .  . . . read more

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.

Important note: The “Console Stage” is downstairs and has disabled access. The “PC Stage” is upstairs and does not have disabled access. An unfortunate limit of the venue and we profusely apologise if this affects you. . . . .  . . . 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

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

Upcoming UKDota Tournaments

This week, one of the biggest ever esports tournament in the UK is happening; ESL One Birmingham 2018. It is the UK’s first ever Dota 2 Major and has caused tournament organisers to increase capacity 4 times at Birmingham Arena. ESL have even gone on record to say it’s the fastest selling ESL tournament there’s ever been worldwide. The prize fund is $1 million with the winning team getting $500,000. 12 teams will be playing at the tournament. 6 have been invited with a further 6 coming through regional qualifiers. Out of these 12 teams, none are from the UK. There isn’t even a UK player in the tournament. . . . .  . . . read more

Rainbow Six Siege – Operation Para Bellum

Some news coming from Ubisoft regarding Season Two of Year 3 in Rainbow Six Siege earlier in the week, with a full reveal happening on Rainbow6 Twitch channel on May 19th-20th

“Year Three Season Two brings a breath of innovation, spawning a new intel gadget, a Clubhouse map buff, an Echo buff, lots of gameplay fixes, and the Pick & Ban settings.” . . . .  . . . read more

ESports in the UK

Submitted by user Pelega through Discord.

A friend recently asked me, “What is esports?”

At first I was shocked that this guy is the same age as me – even used to be in my class in school many years ago. I even came close to questioning our friendship but his genuine expression got me thinking about the esports situation in the UK, or rather the lack of esports in the UK. . . . .  . . . read more