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ESL One Katowice breaks Twitch record with million-viewer weekend

The Intel Extreme Masters and ESL One weekend in Katowice last month broke the Twitch concurrent viewership record as more than 1m people tuned in to watch. The eSports event hosted world-class tournaments for four of the most popular games in the Spodek Arena, in Katowice, Poland, over March 12-15. …

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OPINION: The pitfalls to avoid in eSports documentaries

With the rising cultural phenomenon eSports has become, it’s no wonder there is a rush to explain its many (many) facets to the confused uninitiated. The complex world of competitive gaming is hard enough to keep track of when already inside its mile-high walls, so the intention to produce documentaries …

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ESL to show live eSports in cinemas

Five live eSports events are to be shown by over 1,500 cinemas as part of ESL’s ‘eSports in Cinemas’ series. The tournament organiser is to kick off eSports in Cinemas with a documentary entitled All Work All Play: The Pursuit of eSports Glory by Patrick Creadon. It will feature a …

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Gfinity continues raft of new hires with ESL presenter Paul "ReDeYe" Chaloner

Gfinity today continued to expand their ranks with news that veteran shoutcaster, ESL One and WCS host Paul "ReDeYe" Chaloner would join the company as Head of Broadcasting. Chaloner is known best as one of the first professional shoutcasters, and the host of Blizzard’s StarCraft II tournament WCS Europe. The …

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ESL announces $1m prize pool for 2015’s Dota 2 series

ESL continues a raft of big eSports investments today with news that the $250,000 ESL Frankfurt Dota tournament this June will be the first in a 12-month series totalling $1m in base prize money. The announcement comes off the back of another $250,000 pledge to August’s ESL Cologne CS:GO tournament, …

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ESL hosting $250,000 CS:GO tournament in Cologne stadium

ESL announced today the “world’s largest” Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament will be held this August in Cologne’s LANXESS arena for a $250,000 prize pool. The tournament, from August 22-23, will tie for largest prize pool in CS:GO history along with the previous two DreamHack Winters and last year’s ESL One …

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ESL reveals biggest UK tournament for CS:GO and LoL

The ESL UK Premiership, the company’s largest tournament since 2010, has been announced today for UK-only Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and League of Legends players to win 12,000. The tournaments will be spread over two months of online brackets to culminate in an offline finals at London MCM Comic Con over …

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ESL releases matchmaking devkit to debut in WipEout spiritual successor

The biggest eSports league in the world, ESL, has released a white label development toolkit called ESL Matchmaking. The tool, to be first used in UK indie developer R8 Games’ upcoming anti-gravity racer, Formula Fusion, will allow competitive-grade ranked multiplayer matchmaking. The game, hailed as a spiritual successor to the …

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Intel’s $30,000 female CS:GO tournament draws fire from pros

Intel has announced a $30,000 (19,600) tournament for female Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams. The event, to be played at Spodek Arena on March 15, the last day of ESL One Katowice, will invite four teams to compete for the prize. The Intel Challenge Katowice purports to be bringing in "the …

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PlayStation and Xbox Twitch accounts hacked

The Twitch accounts of PlayStation, Xbox and ESL were compromised overnight. Polygon reports that a number of videos were renamed to include racist and homophobic language. Others were changed to messages making fun of Microsoft’s Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusivity while some were altered to appear as if they …

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