Ludwig “Zai” Wåhlberg isn’t even 20-years-old and he’s already won over $1.1 million in esports prize money. In an exhibition match on Friday against recently formed Onyx, the Evil Geniuses player decided to transform into a tree and try to mess with his opponents just for the hell of it.
Yesterday, Counter-Strike received its first new Valve-developed map in quite some time. It’s called Canals, and it’s based on a (conspicuously unnamed) “historic Italian city” that is definitely Venice. The initial reaction, however, has not exactly been love at first sight.
Gambling on esports matches is, right now, unsafe and unfair for bettors, just as gambling on traditional sports is. As you’d expect, people are still doing it anyway; and as you’d expect, laws and regulations have struggled to keep up.
Steam reviews are changing again. This time, it’s a subtle thing that could have big reverberations. If you got a game for free—say, as a gift, during a free weekend, or what have you—your review no longer counts toward that game’s overall score.
Champions of the most recent Counter-Strike: Global Offensive major, Astralis chalked up another tournament win today in Katowice, Poland at the Intel Extreme Masters, defeating FaZe 3-1.
Several Dota 2 teams that participated in last November’s Northern Arena BEAT Invitational have yet to see their prize money from the tournament, and the tournament organizer and event production staff say they haven’t been paid for their services either.
The invites for the next Dota 2 major in Kiev were announced today. Eight teams receive a direct invite to the tournament, while a mixture of regional invites, Battle Cup Champions and the winners of the open qualifiers will fill out the field.
With so many games coming out on Steam each week and the service’s fondness for focusing on “popular” and “recommended” new releases, it’s easier for smaller games to fall through the cracks. What’s On Steam is a website that gives every new game on Steam equal treatment.
After missing December’s Boston Major and struggling the past few months to stay abreast of a tough European Dota 2 scene, it looked like Team Liquid might have to go through the gauntlet of European qualifying for the upcoming Kiev Major. Performing well at the StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season Three finals was…
Team Secret’s Clement “Puppey” Ivanov made a great play call only to have the enemy team do him one better.
The Kiev Major, the second and final major of the Dota 2 season before the next International (Dota 2’s world cup), is facing a raft of problems. Travel issues, ticket scalpers, and changing dates are dredging up ghosts of majors past.
Yesterday, a court dismissed game developer Digital Homicide’s $10 million case against YouTube critic Jim Sterling. Fortunately for those of us who write about video games, Sterling’s scathing critique of Digital Homicide’s game Slaughtering Grounds won’t create precedent for developers slamming critics with…
Counter-Strike players are currently coping with an exploit that allows bots to spam text and partake in games without being kicked.
Video game bugs are like a foul odor. The cause might be some tiny thing, but if you can’t isolate it, it’ll stink up the whole dang place. Such was apparently the case with a Team Fortress 2 bug that took Valve ten years to finally eliminate.
There’s nothing worse than going on a tear in Counter-Strike, only to get gunned down by some asshole who’s spinning around, one-tapping everybody. He’s obviously cheating. Why hasn’t he been caught? According to Valve, it’s complicated, but they’re working on a new system to bust fun-killers.
“...two months before we shipped Half-Life 1, we lost the whole history; our VSS exploded”, Valve’s Erik Johnson told Gamasutra last week. “And so we had to put that all together off people’s machines. So yeah, we don’t have the history going back to the very start. We have the snapshot from that month.”
Not one. Not two. But three.
“We get really frustrated working in walled gardens,” said Valve’s Gabe Newell.
In a chat with the press in Seattle earlier today, Valve boss Gabe Newell spoke about the effects President Trump’s (temporarily halted) travel ban would have on the company’s employees, along with its esports events.