Category: General News

The Cups Before Christmas: Schedule and Prizes

Ho, ho, ho, the Cups Before Christmas are underway!

If you want to get involved, it’s not too late to sign up. For your chance to win, head over to our Smash.GG page and register to play.

What’s more, Esports Scotland has partnered with GT Omega Racing to provide some awesome prizes for our tournament winners. Check out the full of events and prizes below. . . . .  . . . read more

Cosplay at BIG Fest 2018

With BIG Fest coming up in a matter of days, the cosplay contest details are a bit overdue. To keep things simple, here is the information you’ll need.

When and where

Noon on Saturday the 6th.
2pm on Sunday the 7th.
5-15 age bracket goes first, followed by the 16 and older contestants.

Masquerade takes place on the ground floor in the console stage room.

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Nintendo fans – don’t miss BIG Fest 2018!

BIG Fest is just around the corner and it will be a must-attend event for all Nintendo enthusiasts.

We recently announced that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is coming to BIG Fest! There will be four pods set up with the upcoming instalment ready to play. These pods will be open to all attendees, so, if you love Super Smash Bros. don’t miss this rare opportunity to play the newest game in the series two months before it’s released to the public. If that isn’t your bag, don’t worry. There will be two other pods with different Nintendo games available for all to play, including the brand new Super Mario Party. . . .  . . . read more

Esports Scotland Announce Partnership With Currys PC World

Esports Scotland are excited to announce a new partnership with Currys PC World. As part of the partnership, Currys PC World will be sponsoring the upcoming BIG Fest 2018 event in Edinburgh.

Currys PC World is one of the biggest retailers of computers and electronic goods in Europe, we are confident that this partnership will enable us to provide bigger and better events for the esports community in Scotland. . . . .  . . . 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