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Survey: 42 Percent Of Esports Viewers Don't Play The Games They Watch

Not everyone who watches the Super Bowl plays football, and it turns out the same is true for the League of Legends World Championship. According to research done by analytics firm Newzoo, 42 percent of esports viewers surveyed do not actually play the games they watch. Advertisement Specifically, Newzoo studied the esports viewing habits of people in 10 different Western countries: the United States, Canada, Germany, the UK, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Sweden. Their findings focused on three heavy-hitters in esports: League of Legends, Dota 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. 191 million people surveyed reported watching esports “frequently,” and another 194 million reported “occasionally” watching esports streams. Because almost half of these viewers don’t play the game that they watch, Newzoo speculates that esports live-streams and commentary provide a source of engagement for “lapsed” players who don’t have the skills to keep up with the pros. Newzoo also found that 70 percent of esports viewers only focused on following one game in particular, with League of Legends raking in the highest share. Advertisement Newzoo also found that Overwatch viewership has exceeded Dota 2 viewership in READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Counter-Strike Caster Gets Tossed Into Giant 'Pie' After Loss 

GIF This is what happens after you shout “Fuck you all, god save the queen” to a crowd full of Aussie Counter-Strike fans. Advertisement In a showmatch prior to the IEM Sydney grand finals for CS:GO this morning, analyst Chad “SPUNJ” Burchill led his Australian team to a dominating win over British caster Henry “HenryG” Greer’s UK team. As a result, HenryG, whose shtick for ESL Counter-Strike is being a cheeky dick or something was tied up and carried over to a giant rolled up tarp covered in “pie stuff” and left to plummet into the abyss of a 1950s punchline. The gag was part of an ongoing “beef” between HenryG and everyone else at the Sydney tournament, I suppose in part because he’s a condescending Brit and Australia began as a former penal colony of England’s. Advertisement This is some Counter-Strike “smack talk” prior to the showmatch. And this is the crowd flipping HenryG off during the showmatch. And of course, here’s HenryG getting thrown into a trough of complex sugars after losing to Australia. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Brazilians Prove Unstoppable At Australian Counter-Strike Tournament

The hierarchy of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gets a shakeup at the IEM Masters Championship in Sydney, Australia as the European powerhouses make room for the resurgence of South America’s SK Gaming. Even Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač, bought earlier this year for $500,000, couldn’t save FaZe Clan. Advertisement The shadow hanging over the IEM Sydney grand finals was in the shape of a star. Despite SK Gaming thrashing Optic Gaming in the semifinals, it was FaZe Clan’s triumph over rivals Astralis seemed more prophetic. If one of the top teams in CS:GO was able to unseat the champion of ELEAGUE 2017, the IEM XI World Championship, and Esports Championship Season 2, than it seemed almost axiomatic that they would go on to eek out a win against whoever they met in the grand finals. But SK was the only team in the tournament to go 3-0 during the group stage, and while Optic might have looked like a mid-tier scrimmage partner during the semis, the clockwork performance by the Brazilians spoke for itself. GIF A quick double-tap from Fallen was symbolic of SK’s edge all series long. That said, FaZe looked to be closing the distance in the second half of game…

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Here's A Dope Quad Kill From The Newly Competitive Counter-Strike Map

Earlier this month, Valve took the infamous “Dust2″ map out of rotation to make room for a remodeled “Inferno.” Today, at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas, team North inducted the new map with a vicious quad-kill through smoke to take a round off opponent OpTic. The above round had North on the Counter-Terrorists side, after a grueling first half for the team ended 4-11 in opponent OpTic’s favor. On the CT side, North sought to rally back for the 12 rounds it would need, and it was René “cajunb” Borg who came up strong with a spray into a smoke grenade that almost completely wiped OpTic. Though Inferno has been around since the days of Counter-Strike 1.1, the map wasn’t available in the modern Global Offensive until Oct. 2016, and was not added into the pool of competitive maps until Feb. 3, when it replaced longtime favorite “Dust2.” Because of its relative age in the competitive CS:GO scene, professional teams like North and OpTic are likely to less accustomed to the nuances of the map. In the video, you can see the moment where OpTic’s Óscar “mixwell” Cañellas realizes he can penetrate a READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Counter-Strike Player Banned For 1000 Years For Allegedly Harassing A 15 Year-Old Girl

In a ban spanning several lifetimes and then some, third-party Counter-Strike tournament service ESEA has banned a user until 3016 for allegedly harassing a minor. Advertisement This story originally appeared on Kotaku Australia. The ban was dolled out to Reece “bloominator” Bloom, whose ESEA account will remain banned until June 6 in 3016, or 365,000 days to be precise. The official reason listed on the account is “Malicious Activity”, although the specifics come down to a series of chat logs and photos between Bloom and an alleged 15 year old. Advertisement The chat logs, which are still available online, show Bloom saying things like “there’s just something about being able to influence young minds” and “I just don’t care that I’m a paedophile”. Bloom was announced as a member of Armor Esports, although most of his profile in the Counter-Strike community was courtesy of his time on the ESEA Invite team Exertus. Exertus has since disbanded, but it once sported players that would go on to gain prominence in other teams, including Mike “shroud” Grzesiek and Jaryd “summit1g” Lazar. Bloom’s ban makes him the READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Counter-Strike: Classic Offensive Gets the Steam Greenlight

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Faced With Criminal Charges, Valve Denies Facilitating Illegal Counter-Strike Gambling

A few months ago, Valve finally got around to cracking down on Counter-Strike skin gambling, a sketchy secondary market potentially worth billions of dollars. The saga, however, is far from over. Valve is now facing potential criminal charges from the Washington State Gambling Commission. Advertisement A couple weeks ago, the Washington State Gambling Commission said that Valve had until October 14 to “respond and explain” how Steam, despite all the recent gambling controversy, is now in compliance with state gambling laws. After missing their initial deadline to respond, Valve has issued a lengthy letter against assertions that skin betting—which led to an unregulated gambling market where minors were able to participate with little hassle—was in any way their doing. Valve begins the letter by saying they do not engage in or promote gambling in any way, nor do they “facilitate” it. “There is no factual or legal support for these accusations,” they add, noting that they’re “surprised and disappointed” that the Commission decided to go public with all of this. They go on to isolate two features that might appear to aid gamblers in seeking their illicit thrills: skin trading and OpenID. The first is swapping of in-game items, often…

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Counter-Strike Pro Gets Best Play Tattooed On His Own Body

Over the summer, Olkesandr ‘S1mple’ Kostyliev pulled off one of the most awe-inspiring pro Counter-Strike plays in recent memory. Now that play lives on in the hearts and minds of millions. And also in the level where it happened. And also on S1mple’s arm. Advertisement Here’s the play: While falling from a platform on de_Cache, S1mple pulled off a double no-scope, at which point everyone lost their whole entire shit. This didn’t happen against scrubs in a pub match. It happened against one of the best teams in the world, Fnatic, during the ESL One Cologne major. Shortly after the career-defining moment, one of de_Cache’s creators, FMPONE, added a graffiti tag on a wall near where it happened. The platform S1mple fell from is often referred to by players as “heaven,” so the art depicts a falling angel wielding a scope-less rifle. It’s insane to think about. This play, this single moment among millions that have happened on this level, is now a piece of its history—etched right into the walls. Plenty of other sports have had legendary moments commemorated, but this strikes me as a uniquely eSports way of doing it. Advertisement Now, months later, S1mple has gotten the moment…

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Counter-Strike Pro Obliterates Other Team Without Using Crosshair

We all knew Spencer “Hiko” Martin had mad skills. Despite losing to his former brother in arms, Oleksandr “S1mple” Kostyliev, in last weekend’s semifinals where Team Liquid fell to the eventual ELS One New York champions, Natus Vincere, there are few people more terrifying to meet in a lonely CS:GO alleyway. Advertisement Hiko did nothing to dispel that after recently going on to ace a round during a livestream without using any crosshair. With nothing but a pistol and his own eagle eyes, Hiko goes on to systematically dismantle the other team while trying to plant the bomb at site A. The last, lone soul from the opposing team tries to confront Hiko at the end, only to hesitate and be punished for it by the Team Liquid lurker’s god-like precision. Advertisement You can watch the full round below. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

10 Counter-Strike Bugs Valve Still Hasn’t Fixed

Counter-Strike is a game of skill and precision. In theory, it’s the sort of shooter where, if something goes wrong, you have only yourself (or your teammates) to blame. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Advertisement In the past, I’ve posted about how unreliable the game’s guns can be. Sometimes, shots that look like hits will miss… just because. That appears to be an intentional design decision on Valve’s part, for better or worse. The game also has some bugs, however, that have been around for months and, in some cases, years. As 3kliksphilip outlines in this video, they affect the game more than you might think: Here are the worst of the 11 bugs he highlights (one of which has since been fixed): Weapons can be picked up through walls, which is a) silly and b) leaves room for exploits. Game code that’s used to push people off ramps is busted. You can sometimes see through smoke grenades. Given that smokes are crucial to keeping enemies from zeroing in on your position, this bug can lead to disaster. Entire matches sometimes hinge on well-placed smoke grenades. A glimpse through the fog is akin to the heavens briefly parting to…

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Valve's Decision To Charge For Limited-Use Sprays In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Infuriates Fans

The latest patch for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive brings back a long absent feature: graffiti and sprays. They are now a consumable item that can be purchased. Fans lobbying for their return are displeased to say the least. Advertisement Sprays have existed in Valve based shooters as far back as the original Team Fortress Classic and Counter-Strike. Players could even upload their own designs or pictures. The feature lasted all the way up to Counter-Strike: Source before being removed in Global Offensive. Graffiti is returning with some major changes. Much like gun skins, they can be received from ranking up, gained randomly from loot boxes, or bought directly on the Steam Marketplace. Boxes average close to $4.00 at the time of writing while individual spray costs on the market fluctuate. The highest costing spray I found initially sold for $100 before settling towards $30. Advertisement These sprays consumable items and good for 50 uses only. After that? You’ve lost your spray and better pony up more cash to buy another. This monetization has many players angry. “Is anyone else upset or mildly enraged that Valve literally took away a feature that was in the game for over a decade and are…

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An Intense 1v4 And Other Amazing Plays From Last Night's Counter-Strike Tournament

The final rounds of the ESL One New York Counterstrike: Global Offensive tournament were held last night. You’ve already seen someone toss their gun at another player in the semi finals. Here are some other amazing plays from the final match between Natus Vincere and Virtus.pro. Advertisement NaVi defeated Virtus in a three round contest, taking home a $125,ooo prize. An initial steamroll by Virtus on Cobblestone was answered by strong play on Train and Mirage. Here are some of the best plays, as collected by the ESL. Keep a particular eye on Virtus’ Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski as you check out these clips. He pulled off an amazing 1v4 pisol clutch that stole the show, even if his team lost in the end. The match ended with a sneaky defuse as Ladislav ‘GuardiaN’ Kovács steathily made his way through the smoke at Mirage’s bomb site A. It was a bold move that paid off, ending an energized finals with some guile. It was a great match all around. Well played to both teams! You had us on the edge of our seats the entire time! READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Counter-Strike Pro Clutches Round By Throwing His Gun

In the ESL One New York 2016 semi-finals for CS:GO, European powerhouse Natus Vincere took a three game series against the previously unstoppable Team Liquid 2-1. Despite Ice-T telling everyone not to fuck with Team Liquid, NaVi dared to and came out the other side looking better than ever. Advertisement Perhaps the match’s best moment came early in the third and final game when recent addition to the team, Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostylev, did something a bit unorthodox. Left in a 1 vs. 1 scenario against Nicholas “nitr0″ Cannella with a wall between them on at bombsite B on Dust, S1mple flung his AWP sniper rifle over top of it before hopping across himself and catching his opponent utterly confused. Every once in a while, a Counter-Strike player takes the game and transforms it into something more with brief instant of intuitive brilliance. While not as ridiculous as throwing a gun to block a sniper shot, it’s certainly up there in the pantheon of clutch plays. Most chilling of all is how S1mple executes the trick-play without showing an ounce of hesitation. Advertisement You can watch the rest of the ESL One CS:GO tournament here. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!