The rise of the eSports audience means Xbox have a new target for their charm offensive towards gamers. They’ve been pretty busy doing sterling work serious gamers crowd since their wallet got hit back in 2013 – backwards compatibility being their current piece de resistance – but now they’re aiming to attract eSports developers, unveiling their Xbox Live Tournaments Platform. Xbox has always had a presence on the eSports circuit, with appearances at Halo and Call of Duty competitions, but now they want more of that pie. Like, all of it, preferably. There’s good reason for that decision – eSports ... Read More »
For some time now, here at Xbox One UK, we have been considering the possibility of creating an Esports team. We obviously have a huge amount of members now and so it would be reasonable to suspect that some of us are capable of playing at that level. I spoke to the big boss man about it this week and he gave me the go ahead to get an idea of what games people would be interested in playing at a professional level. There are the obvious choices of Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Halo 5, Rainbow Six:Siege and ... Read More »
In my opinion, Rainbow Six: Siege is probably the best shooter around at the moment. It isn't your usual run and gun shooter, it requires patience and tactical play. It only seemed a natural progression therefore for a Pro League to be next! Ubisoft, Xbox & ESL have partnered up to announce the global competition. Xavier Marquis, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege Creative Director said "Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege was built from the ground up with competition in mind". Season One of the Pro league with kick off in Poland at the Intel Extreme Masters on March the 4th. ... Read More »
It was only a matter of time before another ground breaking title was added to the list of official eSports games. This week Bandia Namco and Slightly Mad Studios announced the arrival of the official ESL online competition for Project CARS. Andy Tudor, Creative Director at Slightly Mad Studios had the following to say in an official press release: When planning our Driver Network features around Multiplayer, Time Trials, Leaderboards, and Community Events we had a hope that the community were going to inspire healthy yet fierce competition amongst the players and a vision that one day this may be ... Read More »
As many of you know, Gamescom 2015 starts this week and with it comes a bunch of exciting news. Personally I'm really looking forward to the Gamescom Invitational by ESL, especially the Halo 5: Guardians part, which is gonna feature 4 teams, 3 European and 1 North American, dishing it out on 2 maps from the coming Halo 5 : Guardians, Empire (from the Beta, though slightly changed since then) and newly revealed underwater map Fathom. The teams that will be joining this "world first tournament" are as follows: Epsilon Esports (EU), Supremacy (EU), CAZ.Esports (EU) and OpTic Gaming ... Read More »
The Electronic Sports League, the world's largest e-sports league, said recently that it will begin randomly drug testing players at its competitive video game tournaments. The e-sports organization, which boasts around 5 million players, plans to work with the World Anti-Doping Agency to create and enforce rules surrounding the use of performance-enhancing drugs. In a statement, the organization said: “In order to maintain the spirit of fair play within e-sports, ESL has partnered with NADA (National Anti-Doping Agentur) to help create an anti-PED policy that is fair, feasible and conclusive while also respecting the privacy of players. ESL will also be ... Read More »
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