Pro gaming league ESL has decided to start administering tests for performance-enhancing drugs. If they’re serious about it, though, they’ve still got a lot of work ahead of them.
And it was absolutely ridiculous.
On March 11, a pro DOTA 2 game in the Star Ladder Europe tournament (between Team Secret and DUZA Gaming) suffered from connectivity issues, so much so that two of Team Secret's five players were disconnected. Rather than pause the game and wait it out, though, one of Secret's players put da team on his back.
Watch as a team of Destiny players win matches despite having handicaps. This match, for example? It's melee only. No shooting. The team still wins. By a lot.
The video gaming live-streaming business is huge right now. Amazon purchased Twitch.TV for $970 million last year. Well, in the land where everything has a Chinese version, China, the Chinese equivalents of Twitch are in a legal war over the Dota 2 Asia Championships.
Team We, which stands for Team World Elite, one of China's earliest and largest professional e-sports groups, is now expanding its base, this time by directly nurturing new up and coming players in its own e-sports training camp in Shanghai.
How much is a good League of Legends player worth? Well, if Korean media reports are correct, a cool million dollars. That's supposedly how much is being offered for LoL super star Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok.
It's easy to think that the people who play video games for a living are just lucky enough to have fast reflexes that make them good. But, pro players study the games they excel at from every possible angle. Here's what it looks like when a top-level player explains the best way to aim and shoot in Valve's long-lived …
For 15 years, a young Chinese man was called a video game addict. He was looked down upon because of his hobby. But now, 15 years later, he's been vindicated. He's now an manager for a e-sports club in China.
Pro-gamers dedicate long hours honing their skills to compete on a world class level. According to one team manager, in the world of Dota, the stress to win is heavy.
Starting next year, if you are really, really good at video games, you can use your gaming skills to get into one of South Korea's best universities—just like being a talented football or basketball player can help your admissions odds.
Professional gaming is on the rise. Everyone's playing, everyone's getting paid to play, everyone's watching, everyone's happy. Right? Nope. Just like any other sport on the planet, for every winner, there is a loser.
Like any form of competition, pro gaming is full of smack talking and rivalry. And like any smack talk, things can get a bit intense.
In August, the U.S. government, for the first time ever, gave a professional gamer the kind of special visa it issues to professional athletes. It was largely thanks to lobbying by Riot Games, makers of League of Legends. Now the first visa has gone to a professional StarCraft player, and it gets him out of military…
Pro gamers may now travel to the United States on the same visas given to professional athletes, thanks to a long lobbying effort by Riot Games, the makers of the eSports staple League of Legends.
There were some close calls in this weekend's latest round of matches during the 2012-2013 StarCraft II Proleague. We hand-picked five of these games to recap for you, focusing on those that really show the current state of the competitive StarCraft II scene, highlighting incredible unit control and decision making
Major League Gaming will "one day" make their own ideal eSports shooter, the PA Report reports. Makes a lot of sense!
A game where you become a pro gamer... by playing games? How meta!
Well, if there's a big lesson of the past week, it's that cretinous online behavior may not be illegal in and of itself, but that doesn't mean you won't face consequences for engaging in it. Take the case of Ilyes "Stephano" Satouri, a member of the StarCraft team for Evil Geniuses, the renowned pro gaming clan.