The end of eSports largest gaming tournament drew to an end yesterday with team Samsung White winning the coveted title of League of Legends World Champion. Held in Seoul’s Sangam stadium, the event also drew a crowd to see popular rock outfit Imagine Dragons perform the theme song of the tournament.
The reputation of competitive eSports took a hit over the weekend as accusations of match fixing and bribery surfaced during the Summit 2 League. Arrow Gaming were pulled into the affair after investigations reveal suspicious betting activity surrounding the team. Reports of the scandal began when screenshots of a conversation between Michael Vincent Vallejos and Jonathan Radores, two Filipino Dota 2 players, surfaced. In it, they had apparently discussed the outcome of the MSI-Mineski match during the Starladder 10 SEA qualifiers.
Next month, Cyberjaya will be turned into multifaceted festival ground as the renowned tech hub of the country will be hosting the Cyberjaya Creative Playground from 14 to 16 November. Taking place in the city’s Multimedia University (MMU) and Lim Kok Wing University of Creative Technology (LUCT), the festival will be focusing on three main themes: gaming, music and techpreneurship.
The Dota 2 pro-gaming scene took a turn for the controversial as organisers of the Girls War SEA tournament disqualified Team Dolls for supposedly having a male player. This was due to the nature of the online tournament where organiser Dota2zone failed to verify the identity of each of the participants, and later accused one of the players of being too good to be a girl.
The League of Legends World Championship isn’t happening until later this month, but that isn’t stopping the team from having some other events. LoL will be collaborating with Health Department of Kuala Lumpur and Kuala Lumpur City Hall to clean up sections of the city in an effort to combat the rising number of dengue cases. It’s scheduled to take place 11 October (this Saturday) and Garena is even providing lunch once everything is over.
The Gamergate issue that swept across the gaming industry two months ago is still making its presence felt. Intel has recently pulled its ads from gaming news site Gamasutra, apparently due to the company being flooded with complaints. Most of the complaints were aimed at an opinion piece that was critical of the insular nature of gamer culture.
Blizzard’s Hearthstone has been doing well to sell the idea of an online card game, but that is because it has yet to release a proper expansion set. The recent single player campaign in Curse of Naxxramas added roughly 30 or so cards to the environment, but it overall didn’t have as much as the rebalancing of some of the cards like Starving Buzzard. This will change as the developer is preparing to release its first 100+ card expansion set.
The F.E.A.R series goes free-to-play this next month with F.E.A.R Online. Originally developed by Monolith, the online multiplayer version of the hit horror shooter is now developed by Korean InPlay Interactive. The game offers co-operative modes similar to the Left4Dead franchise, while also coming up with some new twists to PvP gameplay.
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez’s ban from all football apparently extends past the barriers of the real world and all the way into Electronic Arts’ FIFA 15. Players beginning the game in charge of Barcelona will receive a message saying that he is banned from games until 26 October; which is incidentally the same time his real ban ends.
Every real major sporting event needs a theme song, and Riot Games apparently thinks that this applies to eSports as well. The company has teamed up with Imagine Dragons to create an entirely new song for the League of Legends Season 4 World Championship that begins this week.
Steam is holding a Warner Bros Games weekend; but more importantly, it is also the first weekend sale for the platform in RM. If there will ever be a good time to catch up on some Batman games, this would be it. Almost all the titles from WB Games are going for 75% off; the only exceptions being the unreleased Shadows Over Morder and Gauntlet.