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SuperData Digital Sales April 2017: FIFA 17 No.1, Persona 5 No.8; PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Made $34 Million

EA’s FIFA 17 tops SuperData’s digital sales charts for the month of April, while PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds racks in an impressive $34 million. …Read More The post SuperData Digital Sales April 2017: FIFA 17 No.1, Persona 5 No.8; PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Made $34 Million by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.


Report: Korean League Players Say Team Isn't Paying Them

According to a report from Inven Global, players and staff members say that for several years, Longzhu Gaming has not beenpaying them on time. A member of a Korean League of Legends circuit called the LCK, or League Champions Korea, the Longzhu Gaming organization has, players and staff claim, held back tens of thousands of dollars in payouts. Several players, including Bontaek “Expession” Gu and Jinhyun “Emperor” Kim, came forward with their stories of their pay being withheld without prior notice. Some, like a staff member who talked to Inven under the condition of anonymity, say they eventually received salary. Others, like Emperor, have only been paid part of their contractually obligated wages. Advertisement “I was not paid a single dime while I was on contract,” Emperor told Inven. “If I knew this was going to happen, I wouldn’t have joined Longzhu Gaming in the first place. The issue affected my performance as a player, and my relationship with the team. How was I supposed to focus on the game?” When Inven contacted Longzhu head coach Hirai, he confirmed many of the allegations brought against the organization. Contracts were not being signed on time, READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Reigning League Champs SKT Scrape Past Challengers To Win Mid-Season Invitational

GIF SKT T1 has long been the most dominant force in League of Legends, winning three Worlds championships. Given the results of today’s Mid-Season Invitational finals, it doesn’t look like that’s changing anytime soon, as SKT T1 beat G2 for the MSI title, 3-1. The South Korean team as the top seed from their region, after a 3-0 victory over KT Rolster. Boasting some of the best players in the world in every role, SKT T1 looked dominant coming into the grand finals, but European squad G2 Esports were hoping to topple the titan and prove that this year’s Worlds wouldn’t be a sure thing for SKT. Faker Keeps His Throne In Korean League Finals This weekend marks the final week of playoffs for every region in the League Championship Series,… Read more Right out of the gate, G2’s mid lane player Luka “PerkZ” Perkovic established himself in against the intimidating Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok. Throughout the early game, G2 kept pressure on Faker, repeatedly attacking his lane and killing him to prevent him from getting too much gold and experience. Despite the early lead on SKT’s star mid laner, the rest of the team READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Apotheosis is the real life version of Katarina from “League of legends”

I am going to admit right away that it’s been a very long time since I played “League of legends“. However, to my defense I’ve been rather busy with other titles, work and whatnot. Nevertheless, I couldn’t help to notice one of THE best Katarina cosplays that I have ever seen before. Yes, I’m talking about Apotheosis (Art recruiter at… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

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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!


League of Legends Pro Dances Before Pushing For The Win

In game two of today’s series between Splyce and Roccat, top lane player Martin “Wunder” Hansen chose to counter Roccat’s Shen pick with the mad alchemist Singed. The results? Fairly impressive. Hansen was in prime form in game two of the series, looking comfortable on the pocket pick of Singed. In the clip above, you can even see him dancing in the middle lane, taunting the Roccat squad that can’t touch him. Advertisement After a few early Dark Seals, an item which gives the holder bonus healing from potions, Hansen went for a full rush-down build. Boots of Swiftness, Righteous Glory and his ultimate (which significantly boosts almost all of Singed’s stats) meant he could run in and out of fights with reckless abandon. Using Singed’s poisonous chemical trail, he was able to zone out players and flip out-of-position champions over his shoulder, into the waiting arms of his team. With the damage output coming from Jonas “Trashy” Anderson’s Kha’Zix and Chres “Sencux” Laursen’s Corki, Splyce made quick work of Roccat and closed the series out at 2-0. Advertisement The win helped solidify Splyce’s READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Blaming Girlfriends For Ruining League of Legends Pros Is Bullshit

Image credit: LoL Esports When a sports star doesn’t perform, fans look for something to blame. Aaron Rogers of the Green Bay Packers, for example, couldn’t hear the end of relationship questions this season. Conversations happening in the League of Legends community right now prove that this phenomenon of blame occurs in esports as well. Advertisement In a video titled “Girlfriends are Ruining the LCS,” former League of Legends pro player and coach Alberto Rengifo discusses the “controversy” of pro players who pursue relationships, often to the detriment of their practice and team schedule. Sitting at over 98,000 views, Rengifo’s two-minute video is a dip into the the role of pro player relationships, and how it affects competitive play. “It begins with the life of your average pro,” says Rengifo. “Socially awkward, young and unable to take on the responsibilities of the real world.” He goes on to describe young League of Legends players who have an obsession with the game, yet lack in basic everyday life skills. Rengifo references a player who tried to make a grilled cheese in a toaster, which would be hard to believe if Team SoloMid READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Riot's New Replay Tool Could Seriously Affect League Matches

After a bug halted a match in last week’s League of Legends Championship Series matches, Riot Games casually unveiled a new resume-from-replay feature. In a blog post, the company goes into detail on how this will affect officiating the league’s weekly matches moving forward. Advertisement In a series between FlyQuest and Cloud 9, Johnny “Altec” Ru teleported forward and attacked a vulnerable Cloud 9 player with his ultimate. His champion, Miss Fortune, is a pirate queen whose ultimate unleashes a barrage of bullets in a cone in front of her; only, that didn’t happen this time. It may be difficult to notice if you haven’t played League of Legends before, so I’ve highlighted the relevant portion below. Miss Fortune’s ultimate not only appears to not go off, but it gets blocked by an enemy minion. The ultimate is intended to deal damage to everything in a cone, not just the first person hit, and so FlyQuest missed out on a potential kill. The tool that rolled back the game has been dubbed “Chronobreak” by Riot, and in a post on the company-run LoL Esports website, READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


League of Legends Debuts Okay-ish Practice Mode

A Valentine’s Day update to League of Legends brought a long-awaited practice mode for aspiring competitive players and newbies alike. In a vacuum, it provides a much-needed feature in an accessible manner; but in doing so, it misses the mark for becoming a more ubiquitous asset. Advertisement League’s new mode, called the Practice Tool, is a sandbox for training basic and complex skills. Booting it up, you can enter a game solo or alongside an enemy bot, and get to work using the suite of tools available in order to better yourself as a League player. For years, Riot Games rebuffed the idea, saying in a blog post that “playing games of League of Legends should be the unequivocal best way for a player to improve,” adding “We never want to see a day when a player wants to improve at League and their first obligation is to hop into a Sandbox.” Still, once it became clear that players and pros alike wouldn’t change their minds, Riot announced a Practice Tool as part of its updated League client. Are you bad at last-hitting, especially in the READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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2016 in review

The Best Esports Plays Of 2016

In 2016, esports experienced even more highs and lows than the previous year. That’s what it means to be growing. But while the industry surrounding competitive gaming continues to expand on the backs of enthusiastic investors and hype-men, it’s important not to forget why anyone actually watches it in the first place: the people playing are really damn good. Advertisement Beyond the pageantry and rivalries, the shout-casters and sponsors, the reason esports exist at all is because putting top talent into tense situations where it feels like everything is on the line turns out to be a magnificent way to bring out the best in competitive games. Unexpected triumphs, brilliantly orchestrated defeats, all combine to add an extra layer of drama and artistry to games that would otherwise feel hollow and incomplete. With that in mind, here’s our selection for some of the best plays in professional gaming we witnessed in 2016. Hearthstone Blizzard’s collectible card game has always been criticized for the outsized roll that RNG (random number generation) can sometimes seem to play in pivotal games. But those moments of unexpected good fortune (or bad if you’re on the receiving end) are also part of what make the…


South Korea Still The Best At League Of Legends According to World Championships

ROX Tigers on stage in Chicago, IL last night after beating EDward Gaming. There were three teams representing South Korea when the League of Legends World Championships began late last month. Now, a few weeks and many matches later, all three teams have made it through to the semifinals. SK Telecom T1, ROX Tigers, and Samsung Galaxy even did so without seeming to break a sweat, showing just how dominant South Korea remains in the pro League scene. Advertisement ROX Tigers were the final representative of that region to secure their spot in the final four after defeating China’s EDward Gaming three games to one. This came a day after their home region rivals, Royal Never Give Up received a similar 3-1 thrashing at the hands of SK Telecom T1. Within the short span of 24 hours, any hope of seeing a Chinese team make it through the quarterfinals was extinguished. The form that took EDG through the Chinese LPL championship to edge out RNG for the region’s top seed has seemed inconsistent at best since Worlds 2016 began, and the best-of-five series against ROX was no exception. EDG, led by Ming “Clearlove” Kai, seemed slow to adapt to their…


The Weekend In Esports: Capcom Pro Tour And League of Legends Quarterfinals 

While the rest of the competitive gaming world is relatively quiet this weekend, things are heating up in League of Legends with the Worlds 2016 finals quickly approaching at the end of the month. The Capcom Pro Tour is also going strong, with a ton of action kicking off in Italy as Milan Games Week comes to a close. Advertisement You can find out everything that’s going on, and where to watch, below. League of Legends The World Championship continues this weekend with the conclusion of the quarterfinals. ROX Tigers will take on Edward Gaming later today at 6:00PM EDT, followed by H2K vs. Albus NoX Luna on Sunday, beginning at the same time. The winners of those games will go on to face South Korean powerhouses SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy next Friday and Saturday in the semifinals. Advertisement You can watch those games, as well as rebroadcasts of previous matches, here. Hearthstone The Americas Last Call Invitational takes place this weekend, in search of the final contender for the World Championship in November. Eight players will face-off beginning at 12:00PM EDT today. You can watch all of the matches right here. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Matches throughout the…

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League of Legends’ New “Star Guardians” Anime-Style Music Video is Awesome, and it’s for… Skins

When you handle a massively popular game like League of Legends, which results in beefy budgets, you can afford to let your imagination run. That must be the case with Riot Games, that can afford to create a whole fiction and an anime-like music video (which happens to be fantastic) over a set of… skins. To celebrate the release of the Star Guardian skins (inspired by the one that Lux had for a while), Riot built up an entire spin-off story based on Sailormoon and similar majokko anime, including a theme song titled “Burning Bright” and a music video that could easily pass for an anime opening animation. Don’t believe me? Just check it out below. [embedded content] [embedded content] [embedded content]