League of Legends’ $1.6B year, another visa problem

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After a brutal start to the season, what’s going on with Jang “MaRin” Gyeong-Hwan, reigning League of Legends World Championships MVP?

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League of Legends was the highest-grossing digital game in 2015, according to a report by SuperData, making $1.6 billion last year.

Another day, another visa issue for a League of Legends player. This time, it’s Edward “Edward” Abgarya from Team ROCCAT of the European LCS.

Before that news broke, Thorin chimed in on the recent visa crackdown by Riot Games and the curious timing of it.

The visa issue was also addressed on a roundtable discussion hosted by The Daily Dot.

Esports startup FaceIt has raised $15 million in venture-capital fundingand is opening a Los Angeles office.

Fresno Bee columnist Rory Appleton on why ESPN’s involvement in esports hasn’t done anything for the industry, at least not yet.

Esports attorney Roger Quiles on what to look for in player representation.

A look at the scarce use of Rengar in the early weeks of the LCS.

Counter Logic Gaming’s Trevor “Stixxay Hayes” said he sees CLG as a top-four team in the North American LCS.

Fighting games commentator David “UltraDavid” Graham gave his input of the best and worst in the FGC last year.

A broad look at what to expect from the StarCraft II scene this year.

The French government’s hesitance to accept esports as a viable work option is one of the many issues facing French technology this year.

Upcoming Dota 2 tournaments have the Philippines esports scene buzzing.

Interviews with a group trying to push esports forward in South Africa.

Tomi “lurppis” Novanen on whether organizations are relevant or not in CounterStrike: Global Offensive.

An in-depth look at the history of CounterStrike.

Rick Fox talked to ESPN about expanding Echo Fox into CS:GO.

Two more teams, Virtus.pro and Ninjas in Pajamas, have been invited to Dreamhack Masters Malmo in April (CS:GO).


League of Legends Champions Korea

Afreeca Freecs 2:0 SBENU

ROX Tigers 2:1 SK Telecom T1

WePlay Dota Season 3: Group Stage

SEA Division

Team Taring 1:0 Execration

Team Taring 1:0 Signature.Trust

European East Division

Team Empire 1:0 Team TORNADO ROX

European West Division

Team Liquid 1:0 No Logic Gaming

Ad Finem 1:0 London Conspiracy

MarsTV Dota 2 League LAN Finals: Group Stage


Group A

Vici Gaming 2:0 OG

Evil Geniuses 2:0 Team Spirit

Group B

Team Secret 1:1 LGD Gaming

EHOME 1:1 compLexity Gaming


Group A

OG 2:0 Evil Geniuses

Team Spirit 1:1 Newbee

Vici Gaming 1:1 Newbee

OG 2:0 Team Spirit

Vici Gaming 2:0 Team Spirit

Group B

LGD Gaming 1:1 EHOME

compLexity 2:0 Mineski

LGD 2:0 Mineski

EHOME 1:1 Team Secret


WePlay Dota Season 3: Group Stage

SEA Division

Execration vs. MVP Phoenix, 9:15 a.m.

European East Division

Vega Squadron vs. Team TORNADO ROX, 11 a.m.

Prodota Gaming vs. Vega Sqadron, 12:15 p.m.

Americas Division

Leviathan vs. Infamous, 5 p.m.

European West Division

COOKISS vs. Mamas Boys Dota, 1 p.m.

Mamas Boys Dota vs. Steak Gaming, 3:15 p.m.

MarsTV Dota 2 League LAN Finals

Group A

Newbee vs. OG, 10 a.m.

Evil Geniuses vs. Vici Gaming, 10 a.m.

Group B

Mineski vs. EHOME, 10 a.m.

compLexity Gaming vs. Team Secret, 10 a.m.

Playoff winners bracket: 9 p.m.

League of Legends Champions Korea (Thursday)

Jin Air Green Wings vs. CJ Entus, 3:30 a.m.

KT Rolster vs. Samsung Galaxy, 6:30 a.m.

League of Legends Pro League (Thursday)

Invictus Gaming vs. Vici Gaming, 4 a.m.

EDward Gaming vs. Hyper Youth Gaming, 6 a.m.

League of Legends Masters Series (Thursday)

eXtreme Gamers vs. Machi, 6 a.m.

Midnight Sun vs. Flash Wolves, 8 a.m.

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