The first sentence of this story about Activision Blizzard’s reported acquisition of Major League Gaming kind of sums up the whole situation, doesn’t it? (And if you haven’t read it yet, here’s the original story from the Esports Observer, which hasn’t been credited nearly enough by other reporting outlets.)
The League of Legends Championship Series begins next week, so the preseason stories have already started. Retired Team SoloMid player Marcus “Dyrus” Hill posted his preseason North American power rankings on Facebook, which has yielded a wide range of reactions. Unikrn’s Chase Wassenar also continued his preseason podcast series on the NA LCS teams.
Forbes has released its 30 Under 30 series, including a section for gaming.The list is mostly devoid of esports personalities. Most conspicuously absent is Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, widely considered the best League of Legends player in the world. (Slingshot CEO Joe Ragazzo wasn’t too shocked at the list, seeing more of a development-based group of people, asking me “Is Steph Curry on the sports list?” He is.
The groups have been set for this weekend’s Hearthstone Gold Series Finals. The double-elimination tournament begins Friday.
Gosugamers also released its end-of-the-year CounterStrike: Global Offensive awards. In a relative no-brainer, European powerhouse Fnatic took home team of the year honors.
Speaking of year-end awards, Duncan “Thorin” Shields and Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles handed out theirs on this afternoon’s “Summoning Insight” video.
Finally, Vulcun announced on its blog that it’s shutting down paid fantasy esports, which is undoubtedly tied to the larger debate about the legality of DFS in all sports.