Category: News

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

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

Bethesdas Knockout E3 Presentation

I personally can’t say I’ve checked out an E3 stream before and found myself in the crowd watching a terrifying rock band on stage playing music with a video game played on a screen above them. Perhaps it’s been done before but I can’t imagine on this calibre. Bethesda announced Rage 2 earlier this year and decided to bring along Andrew W.K. to play Ready to Die to capture the feeling of Rage 2. With a gameplay showcase to back up the music, I can definitely see why Andrew W.K. was chosen to provide the soundtrack. Explosive carnage with solid, beefy gunplay we can recognise stemming from the recent Doom (2016) game and abilities seamlessly merged in between the gunshots and blood-splatters of raiders. Rage 2 is definitely on my watchlist this year. . . . .  . . . read more

Fighting Game Events Coming Up

Along with our own Scottish Esports League events, we are keen to support local events. So I have compiled a short list of just some of the events that are coming up in the next couple of months:

Maximum Impact Glasgow – Burn to Fight Glasgow

Dates: 9th June/ 7th July      Location: Max-XP Gaming . . . .  . . . read more

Operation Para Bellum – Release Patch Notes

With Operation Para Bellum going live today, I’m going to take a look at both the original patch notes and the patch notes addendum that they released after TTS servers were closed.

Original patch notes:

The main changes we’ll see with Operation Para Bellum are the addition of the new map and 2 new operators.

Villa

The villa was specifically designed to offer a competitive showdown. It sets the stage for diverse gameplay, providing wide staircases, narrow tunnels, and secret hatches. Don’t let the lush décor fool you, the villa is deadly: some of its floors are destructible and can fully expose you.” . . . .  . . . read more

Overwatch Gets Its Most Anticipated Update Since Mercy Got Nerfed

Last night the PTR got its newest patch update and with it comes a few important changes for Doomfist, Orisa and, the most anticipated since her last rework, Symmetra.

Symmetra has always been a controversial pick with some stating that anyone who picks Symmetra, under any circumstances, is throwing the game. Now, Symmetra has moved forward from being a purely defensive character by design (despite what some Symmetra one-tricks might say) to becoming a very viable offense pick. . . . .  . . . 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