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Depression in esports, Valve’s Counter-Strike ban, 2015 in esports photos

The best story of the day comes from Tyler ‘Fionn” Erzberger, former reporter for The Score eSports. On Medium, Erzberger documented his struggles with anxiety and depression and how it often gets overlooked in esports, though it’s likely a larger problem than many would think.

As the ripple effects of Valve Corporation’s CounterStrike: Global Offensive ban continue, one of the exiled players made a statement. Joey “fxy0” Schlosser posted his thoughts on his ban to HLTV.org. Regardless of personal opinions on the ban, fxyo made some good points about Valve being both the judge and the jury, so to speak, in the case.

This came out a week ago, but it’s worth passing along for any who haven’t seen it. Helena Kristiansson, photographer for ESL, documented 2015 in esports photos in a fascinating feature.

The Guardian published a story documenting what many in esports already believe: Activision Blizzard’s hopes of becoming “the ESPN” of esports are, at best, misguided.

A large StarCraft tournament began today, and fans are complaining about its streaming home, DingIt, which requires an odd plugin, according to The Daily Dot.

The field is set for Major League Gaming’s minor CS:GO tournament, which begins next week. The winning team gets $50,000 and a spot in the February LAN finals for a spot in March’s major tournament in Columbus, Ohio.

DreamHack announced a $250,000 major CS:GO tournament to take place in Sweden in April. It adds another event to what expects to be a loaded year for CS:GO.

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