North will try to enter ECS through the Development League North will try to enter ECS through the Development League
consist of a best-of-two round robin stage.
Below you can find the teams who will be competing in the ECS Development League:
Running from February 28 to March 17, the ECS Development League will see 16 teams duke it out for the chance to secure one of the four spots in the ECS league that are up for grabs across the two divisions.
The organisers of the Esports Championship Series (ECS) have unveiled the invite list for the Development League.
In North America, compLexity and TSM will be hoping to keep their spots in the ECS League, which will kick off on March 31.
Team YPs Overwatch manager 0:00IEM tech fails, Virtus.pros bootcamp and more: 12:36Team Liquids Steve Arhancet: 42:50Click or tap here to listen in on SoundCloud.This week on theScore esports Podcast, hosts Colin, Kyle and Ryan tackle everything from player burnout to the morality of pornographic esports sponsorship.First up the boys get a call-in interview with Team YP Overwatch manager Jessica Schami.
She talks about just how the YouPorn-sponsored squad will make it in the big leagues given ESLs 2016 move to ban them from competition, and how to beat the "stigma" of being associated with a porn streaming company.Then its time to riff, as the guys chitchat about everything from Virtus.pros darkly futuristic new bootcamp house to IEM Katowices brutal technical issues over the weekend.Stick around for the last 15 minutes when Team Liquids co-CEO and co-owner Steve Arhancet calls in.
LiQuiD112 himself opens up about the morality of sponsorship in esports, from gambling to porn, and where tournament organizers fit into it.
He also chats with the boys about The Big Bluff, a charity poker tournament featuring LoL team owners, and where he sees the future of esports on TV.
Only two tournaments will 100 percent guarantee a spot at the 2017 Capcom Cup finals: The 2016 Capcom Cup Finals, and the 2017 Capcom Cup Last Chance Qualifier, to be held on the first day of Capcom Cup 2017.
The LCQs, including the Capcom Cup 2017 LCQ, will be handled by experienced local TOs.
Premier events will only run from April to September, though ranking events will run from March to October, effectively giving Street Fighter a pre-season before ranking events start, and a post-season before Capcom Cup ushers in the offseason.
This means that the only player who will be locked in for Capcom Cup throughout the entire year will be the defending champion, Du "NuckleDu" Dang.
We had an amazing, diverse Capcom Cup with some amazing players, so were really happy about that," Crisan said.
The countdown to the IEM World Championships Counter-Strike tournament has begun, so we have prepared a viewers guide with everything you need to know about the tournament, including the schedule and the casters lineup.
The 11th edition of the IEM World Championship will come to a close with the Counter-Strike tournament, featuring 12 top teams and a $250,000 prize pool.
The participating sides have been drawn into two groups of six teams, who will face off in best-of-one matches.
During the group stage, there will be at least two matches being played simultaneously.
Below you can find the group draw and the schedule in full:
The prize distribution for the tournament has yet to be revealed by ESL. The following broadcast crew will be doing play-by-play commentary and will be breaking down the action live from Katowice:
FW pulled off a reverse sweep to end the series 2-1.They advanced to the Grand Finals to face G2 once again and this series was a repeat of their matchup from the group stage.
Perkz was also named the MVP of the tournament before the Grand Finals.G2 were brought into the tournament to replace Cloud9 who declined their invite.
EDward Gaming were unable to attend due to running into visa issues, while SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy declined their invites for unknown reasons.Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle a P90 my Souvenir Negev Discipline Priest Pharah.
Call it a flash of brilliance.Flash Wolves have won the IEM Season XI World Championship in Katowice after sweeping G2 Esports 2-0 in the Grand Finals on Sunday.đ #IEM World Champions đ@flashwolves2013 pic.twitter.com/w42laU7zA5â IntelÂŽExtremeMasters (@IEM) February 27, 2017
It was a near flawless run for the Taiwanese team as they opened their group by winning their opening best-of-one against G2 and swept Unicorns of Love 2-0 to advance to the playoffs.Their only loss came in the semifinals against H2k-Gaming, with the European giants taking Game 1.
The list of participants for the Development League currently looks as follows:
The invites for the Development League , through which it is possible to secure promotion into the main league, are expected to be announced soon.
The second and last round of qualifiers to ECS Season 3 Development League has come to an end with Rogue, Space Soldiers, Splyce and Denial claiming a spot in the league.
During this weekend thousands of teams in both Europe and North America duked it out in the qualifiers for ECS Season 3 Development League, but the league can only fit two qualified teams for each region so it came down to a close race.
In Europe Rogue, who recently benched Nicolai " " Jensen, had a great run with their coach and stand-in Frederik " " Nielsen.
The other qualified team from Europe is Space Soldiers as they knocked out teams like Spirit, Vega Squadron and DenDD through the qualifier.
Team Liquid have won StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3 following a 3-1 win over Team VG.J in the finals on Sunday.WE ARE YOUR #STARSERIESS3 CHAMPIONS!!! #LETSGOLIQUID pic.twitter.com/AZ00jSTCQS— Team Liquid (@TeamLiquid) February 26, 2017
Liquid quickly swept TNC Pro Team 2-0 in the semifinals, while VG.J overcame tournament favorites OG in a surprising 2-1 upset to advance to the finals.
In the finals, VG.J took the lead with a decisive Game 1 win, but Liquid went on to dominate the next three maps to claim the championship without much difficulty.SL i-League Season 3 is the first LAN Liquid have won in 2017, with their last tournament win being DreamLeague Season 6 in November.Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports whose journalism idol is Dino Ghiranze.
The League system (North American League Championship Series, European League Championship Series, League Champions Korea, etc...) has been integrated into every major region and the consensus from the viewers is that the experience, while still enjoyable, is stagnant.
League of Legends is entering the final stages of its sixth season with the World Championship beginning in September.
The top three teams from each major region will attend the major with a single wildcard team.
To solve these issues I propose a Major Schedule.
A scenario where one team wins all three majors may even hold more allure than a single World Championship.
Im really looking forward to season 2 of Street Fighter V and I feel the game is developing really well," Problem X told theScore esports.
mousesports have entered Street Fighter by signing two of Europes strongest Street Fighter V players, Younes "CCL" Lazaar and Benjamin "Problem X" Simon."I think Street Fighter is a great game with both a lot of history and massive potential," mouz manager Cengiz Tüylü told theScore esports.
Problem X ended the 2016 season at fifth of the European leaderboard, and 30th worldwide.
"It is amazing to be the first Street Fighter player to join them and I believe we can accomplish great things together."Problem X has been a mainstay of the British Street Fighter scene since Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, and was known for his strong Seth and C.Viper back in the SFIV series.
He finished the season at second on the European leaderboard and 20th worldwide, earning him a spot at the Capcom Cup finals that he had to turn down for personal reasons."Im very happy to join mousesports," CCL told theScore esports.
Compared to uLoL teams, players on Big Ten teams do not receive prize money for winning the conference.
Under the current prize distribution for the 2017 season, players in the original four conferences, outside of the Big Ten, will receive $560,000.
Last year, $30,000 was awarded to every player on the first place team of the uLoL championship, while $15,000 was awarded to each player on the second place team.Riot has not responded to theScore esports request for comment.
But Riots scholarships are guaranteed for players on the Big Ten, compared to the performance based scholarships in the other conferences.
Instead, players receive a $5,000 scholarship provided by Riot regardless of their placement, with two members of each teams support staff receiving $2,500 each.
Rogue have announced that Nicolai "glace" Jensen has been removed from the starting roster with immediate effect.
In a statement, Rogue explained that, "after internal discussions", it was decided that benching the Danish player "would be the best for the continued development of the roster".
Rogue will listen to offers for glace Rogue will listen to offers for glace
Rogue began the year with a bang as they won the ESEA Season 23 Global Premier Challenge, but since then they have failed to impress, finishing 7th-8th at DreamHack Leipzig 2017 and 9th-16th in the first online qualifier for the ECS Season 3 Development League.
With glace stepping down, Rogue currently have the following starting lineup:
Today, PENTA has announced that he and the team have reached an agreement and the player will remain with the German organization as they have settled upon terms to extend his contract for one more year.
A big thanks to PENTA, that they gave me the opportunity to think about it!
"After we finally found our team core, I will do my best to get back to the top.
"After a lot of changes in the scene in the last weeks I took some time to decide about my future.
Thank you all for your support for me and the team in the past, I hope you will continue your support in the future."
Fans in Sacramento support Sacramentos team, Miller says, but that kind of local support doesnt yet extend to esports teams.
And lets take a look at these other games that are important to us like Overwatch," Miller explains.
He is a great ambassador for the team," Miller said.
As they made the decision to plunge into esports, Miller told theScore esports, they initially looked at it through a traditional sports lens."When we looked at the season ticket base — the average age of the traditional sports fan, its double the age of an esports fan.
Theres plenty of really cool teams that nobody cares about, and in the long run its not a great business model ...
At the start of the season, most people were dismissing FlyQuest since they were a team that just qualified through Challenger.
Weve made a lot of improvements, but there are still consistency issues that were looking to address.
ADC is now more of a utility carry that provides engage and allows for either Mid/Jungle to carry.
Due to the amount of bans, support players have to have a larger champion pool and it also opens up to more picks.
Supports are basically ranged supports that can lane well and deal damage late game.What’s been your biggest surprise so far in this NA LCS split?Biofrost: Biggest surprise thus far in the NA LCS has certainly been FlyQuest.
Selfless have announced that they bring in Christopher "cJ" Jones to the starting five as Matthew "no_one" Congdon will take a break.
The North American team Selfless have released a post on their website saying that Matthew " " Congdon will step down from the active roster.
no_one has decided to take a break.
Selfless are currently holding a 1-5 record in EPL and will use the starting five in the future:
"Following our relegation matches, Matt indicated the desire to take a break from competition, and we feel this is best for all involved.
The owner of Selfless Steve " " Rattacasa , stated on the website that it is no_one s own wish to take a break from competition:
Following our relegation matches, Matt indicated the desire to take a break from competition, and we feel this is best for all involved.
With DreamHack Masters Las Vegas coming to a close as Virtus.pro clinched their first title in five months following a thrilling final against the new SK, we recapped the $450,000 event and found lessons we had learned last week.
FalleN was able to incorporate felps into SKs system very quickly
Out of all the teams that recently changed lineups, SK got a head start with their fantastic showing in Las Vegas.
We got to see again what NiKo can do nearly on his own at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas, where he garnered an excellent 1.58 rating across four maps including a solo carry performance that got mouz a win over Natus Vincere in groups.
While Im sure the players had a great time having fun in the sin city, Las Vegas was clearly not a great choice of location for a large-scale Counter-Strike tournament in hindsight.
Inferno will quickly make its way into teams map pools
Despite Inferno having been added to the Active Duty map pool a mere two weeks prior to DreamHack Masters Las Vegas began, most teams looked into it according to several players we interviewed.
After much internal discussion, the team has decided to release Devon "PreDevoNatoR" Layton following HWC Online Qualifier #4 and offered the final spot on the roster to Tom "OGRE 2" Ryan, which he accepted, returning to play from his current role as analyst for the Halo team.
Tom will begin practicing and competing with the EG roster effective immediately.Click here for the full article via evilgeniuses.gg
After a long dispute between YuLun "fancy1" Cai and TyLoo, the conflict has finally been resolved and the player will now join the free agent pool.
The last we heard of YuLun " " Cai the Chinese youngster was benched in TyLoo for maintaining discussions with other organizations after the ELEAGUE Major main qualifier while still under contract with his team.
At the time, he was ousted with coach QiFang " " Su, and players HaoWen " " Xu and YuanZhang " " Sheng, the latter two being readded to TyLoo’s active roster ahead of DreamHack Masters Las Vegas.
fancy1 at the ELEAGUE Major main qualifier, his last event with TyLoo
Having been on the sidelines for over a month following the conflict that got him removed from the active roster in TyLoo, fancy1 is now free from his contract and will now be able to pursue other endeavors.
Now, fancy1 will have to decide what to do with his future, whether that is to join an already existing team or try to create a project of his own.
After the recent movements in Chinese teams, which included the splitting of VG.CyberZEN into ViCi and VG.Renascence—the latter with six players on its roster—anything can happen.
EnVyUs are the latest team to be invited to compete at cs_summit, the tournaments organisers have revealed.
EnVyUs are the first European team confirmed for the $100,000 tournament, after the previous invites went to North American duo OpTic Gaming and Cloud9, and to Brazilian giants SK Gaming.
The French team completed their roster on Tuesday with the addition of former Titan and G2 member Adil " " Benrlitom, who followed in the footsteps of Cédric " " Guipouy and Alexandre " " Forté.
cs_summit will take place from April 19-23 in Los Angeles, with the remaining four invitees due to be revealed by the organisers in the weeks to come.
The list of participants for the event currently looks as follows:
Epsilon have announced via Twitter that Karl-William "kalle" Haraldsen has joined their team on a permanent basis.
The Norwegian veteran had been playing for Epsilon as a stand-in since November, helping the team to win the Nordic Championship and the WCA World Finals in his first two months on the roster.
In a video recorded by one of Epsilons sponsors, André " " Möller praised Karl-William " " Haraldsens "great experience and aim", and added that the 25-year-old will help to guide the teams younger players.
kalle, who will take the spot that had been left vacant since Joakim " " Gidetuns transfer to fnatic, brings in a wealth of experience, having played for teams like Lions, Online Kingdoms and ESC Gaming during the final years of 1.6.
He gave competitive CS:GO a try only in early 2016, representing BX3, Epiphany Bolt and Archangels before linking up with Epsilon.
"But its our job, you dont need to cry about it, you just need to do it."Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle a P90 my Souvenir Negev Discipline PriestPharah.Sasha Erfanian is a news editor for theScore esports.
The biggest problem was the amount of online leagues, and the length of some tournaments.
"Its something we take very seriously this year and we have already declined more events this year, than we did whole 2016.
For instance, in January, WESA denied a report from independent esports journalist Richard Lewis stating that they would seek to enforce league exclusivity in 2018.
While CS:GO has seen exponential growth in the past year with ELEAGUE and the Esports Championship Series entering the scene, its proven harder and harder for teams to keep up with every new competition.
ELEAGUE is expanding outside of CS:GO and entering the FGC with the ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational.
Following that, competition will be held on April 7, April 21, May 5 and May 12, with six players competing each week.
The competition will be broadcast live on TBS each week, with special coverage airing on March 31, April 28 and May 26.
Both Red Bull Kumite and Combo Breaker are scheduled to take place on the weekend of May 27.Of the 32 players competing, the top 16 competitors based on the Capcom Pro Tour will be invited, while 16 additional players will be invited by Capcom.Of the 32 players, only 24 will survive the preliminary round, which will run from March 27-30.
It will also be broadcast on Twitch.ELEAGUE will be releasing more details about the event at a later date.Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports whose journalism idol is Dino Ghiranze.
The organisers of the first edition of China Cup have revealed the four teams who have been invited to play in the tournament.
Hosted by CGA and Chinas General Administration of Sport in Chengde from March 17-19, the China Cup will see six teams face off for their share of a prize pool of
TyLoo and 5Power, the top two teams from the Chinese Super League, have earned spots in the cup, joining four foreign sides, among whom are Fnatic Academy and Team123.
The Swedish team raised eyebrows in December, when they won China TOP, a four-team invitational tournament with almost $150,000 in prize money.
The full team list for the tournament looks as follows:
Inero told PVP Live that the team missed two weeks of scrims because of the computer issues.
The players wish to remain private. https://t.co/yiK6FKM84K— Nick (@inerolol) February 22, 2017
Inero told PVP Live the players lawyer has told them that their contracts are legally terminated, and that they are "are not bound to represent Tainted Minds any further."
Other complaints included bad computers that crashed too often to play on, a lack of air conditioning and mold growth in the house.
Please understand that all information is provided by myself and I take full responsibility for it.
Former Tainted Minds coach Nick "Inero" Smith has alleged that the organization severely mistreated some of its League of Legends players, telling PVP Lives James "Obscurica" Chen that it attempted to bar them from leaving the org.According to Inero, the team house was often without power over a period of two months.
The first official team-based King of the Kill tournament is happening this spring!
Find yourself a spot on a team or form your own and get ready to fight.
H1Z1: Fight for the Crown is a six-part esports docuseries coming this spring to The CW Network, with the finale featuring the first ever 5-man H1Z1: King of the Kill tournament!
The 75-person tournament will feature 15 elite teams of five, including Echo Fox, Rogue Gaming, Panda Global and Denial Esports, all competing for their share of a $300,000 prize pool.Click here for the full article via h1z1.com
Esports on TV: 0:51MonteCristo and r/Overwatch: 9:30YouPorns Overwatch team: 20:11Click or tap here to listen in on SoundCloud.Overwatch Reddit drama, esports on TV and YouPorn.Do we have your attention yet?This week on theScore esports Podcast, Colin, Ryan and Kyle (A.K.A. the Esports Grandpas) dissect the relevance of television to competitive gaming after a Canadian cable channel goes full esports, 24-hours a day.Next, things get PG as the guys take on the topic of YouPorn’s latest acquisition — an Overwatch team.
Prepare yourself for the puns and make sure to throw headphones on for this one.
Try not to Google ‘Team YouPorn’ at work.Finally, is ex-League of Legends caster MonteCristo overstepping his watch on /r/Overwatch?
The vocal commentator and community advocate is shopping around a petition to ditch the dank memes and focus on more serious content on the game’s main subreddit.
StarLadder has revealed which teams have been invited to the SL i-League StarSeries S3 closed qualifier, with the likes of fnatic, G2, OpTic and Cloud9 standing out in their respective regions.
The new-old fnatic will have to earn their spot at the LAN finals
The following teams have been invited to the closed qualifier for SL i-League StarSeries S3:
The closed qualifier for each region will feature 16 teams in total, with the eight invited teams being joined with the eight best group stage teams.
Eight teams have already received their invites for the LAN finals—you can find them and more details about the tournament on our SL i-League StarSeries S3 event page.
With the open qualifier group stage already under way, StarLadder released the list of 16 teams—eight from Europe and eight from North America—that will be competing in the closed qualifier.
After a single-elimination best-of-three bracket the two best North American teams and three best European teams will secure spots at the LAN finals that will be held in Kiev, Ukraine on April 4-9.