The Overwatch League’s city-based ambitions finally make sense to me

The Overwatch League has been busy in its off-season, announcing eight new teams that will join the competition when it starts back up again in January. Like the 12 that came before them, each will bear the name of a city: Paris, Guangzhou, Vancouver, and so on. But, for now, they’ll continue to play entirely from Blizzard’s arena in Burbank, California, with no real connection to the places they’re named for. The League wants to change that by 2020, shifting to a travelling format that will see each team play…

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Chinese Taipei disqualified from Hearthstone Global Games

Chinese Taipei was officially disqualified from Hearthstone’s Global Games yesterday, after it emerged that some of their members were ‘stream sniping’ – watching the broadcast of the event in order to gain an advantage over their opponents. In the wake of the announcement, fans are questioning how easy the practice may be to pull off, and whether more measures should be taken to prevent it. Per Blizzard’s official statement, the Chinese Taipei team uploaded a video which included evidence that they had “used the delayed tournament broadcast to aid them…

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How Immortals are tackling inclusivity in the esports industry

In 2014, Noah Whinston was struggling to see why he should support any specific esports team. He felt as though each was only branding itself on how good their players were, and, as he puts it, “no team wins forever.” In the same year, Sabrina Wong attended her first esports event: MLG Anaheim. Thousands of fans watched hundreds of professionals face off in a variety of games, from Smash to Starcraft. “I think throughout the weekend I only saw four women,” she tells me. “I really enjoyed it, but I…

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Chinese city’s government might cancel Dota 2 Major over player’s racist comments

Last month, Dota 2 pro player Carlo “Kuku” Palad caused outrage over racist taunts he made in a non-tournament game. This month, Chongqing’s government – the city where Dota 2’s next big tournament is due to be held in January – have claimed they might cancel the Major if Palad attends. The information comes from Palad’s team, TNC Predator. They also relayed that the organisers “couldn’t guarantee” Palad’s safety if he chose to come. He is, however, not forbidden from trying. 3. The organizers will not be able to guarantee…

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Valve ban Dota 2 player from tourney over racist remark cover-up

Valve have banned Dota 2 player Carlo “Kuku” Palad from their upcoming ‘Major’ tournament in China over a racist comment he made mocking Chinese players in a non-tournament game earlier this year. Kuku’s team, TNC Predator, initially tried to pass a cover-up story and have further muddied waters with unsupported claims that Major host city Chongqing’s government threatened to cancel the tournament if he attended. Now Valve have stepped in and accused the Filipino team of behaving unprofessionally and “making the situation much worse than it needed to be.” straight-up…

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Overwatch Contenders controversy has once again made things more difficult for women in esports

Late last year, tier two professional Overwatch team Second Wind announced that they’d signed a female player. The woman, who went by the tag “Ellie” but kept much of her identity private, was lined up to be one of very few to play in Overwatch Contenders. Though many were excited to see some variety in the male-dominated scene, Ellie was immediately subjected to harassment, including doxxing threats. Before playing her first game this week, she chose to step down. Then Second Wind announced that Ellie was “not who they claimed…

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CSGO Danger Zone Blacksite map: best locations, where to land, best loot

CSGO’s Danger Zone features a brand new map, Blacksite, which dwarfs regular CSGO maps in size, but remains absolutely tiny compared to the maps of other battle royales such as Fortnite and PUBG. But despite its modest scale for its genre, Blacksite is absolutely packed with buildings, loot, trees, cliffs, and other details that are well worth learning the ins and outs of if you want to survive there. After spending an unhealthy number of hours in Blacksite, I’ve put together the below Danger Zone map guide on the best…

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CSGO Danger Zone Battle Royale guide: best upgrades and purchases, weapons and drones, how to play

  Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s latest major update brought with it one of the finest battle royale game modes we’ve yet played. Using CSGO’s tried-and-true physics and gunplay mechanics as a foundation, Valve’s new Danger Zone game mode flips the battle royale formula on its head, introducing a number of major innovations which set Danger Zone well apart from its rivals. Our CSGO Danger Zone guide will answer all your questions about this exciting new foray into the overwhelmingly popular battle royale genre. Whether your question is “how to play”, “how…

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Fortnite Storm guide (V8.00) – Fortnite Storm Eye, Storm stats, Storm tips and tricks

The Fortnite Storm is one of the battle royale’s key ingredients, forcing players into each other’s paths as they struggle to stay within the ever-shrinking Safe Zone and remain standing at the end of the match. Anyone who’s played even a little bit of Fortnite is likely to have a general familiarity with the Storm’s slow conquest across the map, but actually the Storm’s inner workings are more complex and interesting than you might expect. Our fully updated V8.00 Fortnite Storm guide will walk you through everything you need to…

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Fortnite locations guide (V9.00) – Fortnite map locations, best place to land, best locations in Season 9

Fortnite’s map is no stranger to change, with its many locations altering or even disappearing altogether over the course of each season. And now Season 9 has begun, offering up a plethora of new areas where we can all go and die together. Our Fortnite map and locations guide collates all our formidable knowledge on the ever-changing Fortnite map. We’ll tell you not only all the best locations and where to find the best loot, but also how to go about deciding where to land on a match-by-match basis. If…

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