The Overwatch League is on Stage 4 and viewership is declining.
Day 2 of Stage 4 has the least amount of views with an average of 63,000. Stage 3 wasn’t super entertaining but did pick up during the playoffs with 133,000 views. Stage 4 starts with 113,000 views through Twitch, a 15.2% drop from Stage 3. There isn’t a certain answer for why viewership declined however it started with New York Excelsior dominating the other teams.
Today the London Spitfire take on the San Francisco Shock,
the LA Gladiators vs Florida Mayhem & Philly Fusion vs Shanghai Dragons
Esports at Tokyo Game Show
The visual theme for this year is esports, for the Tokyo Game Show. The Tokyo Game Show is a huge expo filled with different games whether from Indie devs or big game companies, exhibitors. This is Smartphone Game Area which focuses on games for smart devices and social games for portable devices. Indie Game Area is where games for every platform are on display to help generate new trends in the computer entertainment industry. Esports Area is for esports gaming, game devices, hardware and other related products. VR/AR Area is for VR games, hardware and other services. Game School Area is for professionals schools and universities to gather together and be inspired for future creators.
2014’s theme involved Sony sponsoring the Indie Game Area. This meant the developers didn’t have to pay for a booth.
ELeague’s new hostess
With Richard Lewis stepping down as ELEAGUE hosts there leaves an empty spot which Michele Morrow is more than ready to fill. She’s hosted many events including the Tekken Team Takedown this past year and DirecTV Virtual Ticket for BlizzCon events. The SFV Invitational starts on June 1 until July 13, the winner receives $250,000.
Brazilian Team Liquid blew everyone out the water by becoming Season 7’s Rainbow Six Siege champs. Team Liquid flowed through FNATIC with a 6-5 then Oregon 5-2 making it to the semifinals. To get into the grand finals Millenium had to beat Team Liquid the score was 3-5. Team Liquid took PENTA in the map Consulate 5-1 crowning Liquid as the champs. Source
BAM 10, Battle Arena Melbourne, is a masters for the Tekken World Tour. A few notable Tekken professional players showed up like ROX|Knee, Uyu|Jeondding and FOX|Saint. A note worthy match is Knee & Saint’s, who were in the grand finals. Saint made it out of Losers’ Finals and fought a good fight but couldn’t beat Knee. https://clips.twitch.tv/FairMushyRabbitRlyTho
Overwatch League Update
Philly Fusion shut down the Florida Mayhem 4-0. The Dragons could not bring the heat to the Valiants, 1-3. Excelesior is the only one spitting that hot fiya; they took the victory against the London Spitfire 3-1. Source
They are called Royal Never Give Up for a reason! They are the new Mid Season Invitational LoL champs. Sunday morning in Paris, South Korea’s Kingzone DragonX went up against China’s RNG and takes the L. The odds were always in RNG’s favor. DragonX did a bit of gambling in the first three games which gave RNG the advantage from jump. RNG capitalized and take the MSI Champion title. Source
Epic Games is funding Fortnite community competitions with $100,000,000 worth of prizes.
They haven’t fully released the details but they did say;
“We’re getting behind competitive play in a big way, but our approach will be different – we plan to be more inclusive, and focused on the joy of playing and watching the game.”
Stay tuned for more info.
This is a great opportunity for those of us in the community to help them see diversity and be inclusive. Stay tuned for more info for tournaments hosted by your community.
As esports gains more traction there are going to be more rules and scrutiny like underage gambling and drug abuse. Mind you, when I came across this info I’m thinking, ‘OH NO! METH?!?!’ I feel like we all know people in the Fighting Game Community or any competitive esports player that smoke weed or inhale edibles, hopefully not the whole thing in one sitting. The drug that is being referred to is Adderall. Some of the players are taking Adderall as a prescription but is it giving the players an unfair advantage? And what type of law are they going to pass that allows these players to take their meds and play professionally? There doesn’t seem to be a clear line. Instead of baseball and steroids we’re talking video games and Adderall.
As far as gambling goes, it’s more talk about loot boxes, skins for characters and guns from gamers under 21. Not to say that I’m for buying loot boxes, pay-to-play or pay-to-win but I’ve been saying ‘bet’ since I knew what it meant and what it could make people do. There needs to be regulations from companies for sure about the way they present loot boxes to its consumers. I haven’t met anyone addicted to buying lootcrates; but, I think that term addicted may apply to the person who spent $500 on Smite. It’s a fine line between dedication, favorite game and addiction. If you have something that you love, then yes induldge in it and it aint tricking if you got it.
Ubisoft’s annual sales grew 18.6%, $2.04 billion dollars, since it’s fiscal year 2016-2017. It biggest contributor is the esports title Rainbow Six Siege. This is a big year for Rainbow Six Siege. It broke Twitch viewing records with over 30 million viewers plus 300% growth in esports viewership since last year.
Rainbow Six Siege esports season 7 finals starts today with North America’s Rogue vs Japan’s NoraRengou
Fortnite Battle Royale Competitive mode
Fortnite Battle Royale Competitive mode is here until May 21 so get it in while you can!
The competitive mode makes you “prove yourself on the battlefield, as K.L smith, dev of Fortnite puts it. You have prove yourself 50xs over. Each game gives you 100 points therefore if you should win all 50games your score would be 5,000. Right now the top player on the leader board is
PierXBL on Xbox with 50 games played and 4,703 points
Abdul_Keceli58 on PS4 with 50 games played 4,554 points and
MikeyxISTHEBEST on PS4 with 50 games played and 4,478 points.
To keep track of the baord you can go to the Fortnite Tracker, https://fortnitetracker.com/custom-lb/solo-showdown
Overwatch Score Update
The Gladiators showed stomped out the Fuel with 4-0 shutout. I guess Boston could not continue their uprise, the Outlaws won 3-1 and the Shock left the Dynasty shooketh with a 3-1 win.
The matches today are Fusion vs Mayhem, Dragons vs Valiant and Spitfire vs Excelsior
$1.2 million goes Mobile Esports game
Gamelynx raised over $1.2million to create team based mobile esports games.
Gamelynx is a game development studio established in 2016 by a former dev of League of Legends with their first title releasing later this year.
There are many people backing this movement like Y Combinator, Skycatcher Fund, M Venture and Riot Games. This effort of creating an esports mobile game has been attempted in the past but failed because the games were similar to other games readily available on PC or console. Yesterday in my piece about mobile esports on the rise I mentioned mobile gaming broadening the competitive gaming community’s demographic. I believe that the games that were made for esports on mobile may have failed to bring in a different demographic. There are few people who will have a game on PC/Console and then want to turn around and put it on their phone. I’m not saying it hasn’t been done but, it is a bit much. According to CEO of Gamelynx, Alexander Mistakidis, they are given the technology needed to succeed in making a good mobile esports game.
As the line between mobile and PC/console continues to blur, the portability and accessibility of mobile creates an even brighter future for competitive gaming and esports,” said Mistakidis.
Eleague Street Fighter V Invitational
If you’ve been paying attention to Eleague’s fighting game reality show on TBS don’t forget that tonight is the night we find out who will win the spot at the Eleague Street Fighter tournament. It’s Commander Jesse vs JB. http://www.eleague.com/street-￼fighter-v-2018
Last night Philly took Boston for a joy ride with a 3-1 win. NY blew Florida out with a 3-0 victory and Houston showed London they were about that life with a 4-0 win.
Tonight’s games are Fuel vs Gladiators, Uprising vs Outlaws, and the Shock vs Dynasty, tonight starting at 5pm CT
Red Bull Esports Online Tourneys
International Centre in Toronto will host the first ever Red Bull esports online tournament from July 27-29. Fortnite and DOTA 2 are amoungst the hype of this Red Bull AdrenaLAN tournament. Registration is opened for both tournaments and you are allowed to compete in either one. This is a Bring Your Own Computer tournament. Players can arrive on Friday to the venue. Team slots are open for two day matches from July 28 & 29. Players are allowed to freely switch teams. 400 players will be battle in 200 duo competitions, the battle bus is leaving every 5 minutes from 10am to 7pm every day. The winning team of eat match takes home $156. The team with the most victories play a winner’s match at the end of the weekend.
Will you be playing Overwatch Anniversary?! Event starts, May 22nd, 2018.
Thankful I get another opportunity to snag the Pajama Mei Skin that I just missed in the Retribution event and the Mercy Witch Skin from the original Junkentstein’s Revenge. I am hoping we see a really nice skin for Pharah because she’s always seemingly shortchanged when it comes to elaborate skins. Which skins from previous events are you keeping an eye out for?