Blizzard CEO on gaming’s past and future, major networks’ esports intentions

Our top stories from Tuesday:

Immortals won’t have an undefeated spring in the North American League of Legends Championship Series, but Giants won’t go winless in Europe, either, Joe Cannavino writes.

This week’s LCS power rankings will be a two-day hypothetical recreation of the Battle of the Atlantic. Here’s Part I.

Lane swapping, as done right now, is hurting professional League of Legends, but it can be saved.

Best from around the web:

Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime talked about the past and future of the gaming industry.

As esports grows, major networks such as ESPN and TNT are looking to cash in.

An interview with 20-year esports caster Paul “ReDeYe” Chaloner.

The problems with an article published on Natus Vincere’s website about women in esports.

Esports betting company Vulcun responded to charges issued earlier in the week by the Federal Trade Commission.

The Economist produced a documentary about Cloud 9’s run to The International last year.

A quick look into the life (and diet) of Immortals’ Eugene “Pobelter” Park.

An interview with lead Hearthstone designer Ben Brode about the changes to the game.

Duncan “Thorin” Shields’ “Reflections” with CS:GO player Nathan “NBK” Schmitt.

How tacticians brought CS:GO back to life.

An interview with Renegades general manager Rob Leonyx about his team’s LCS performance and the departure of Maria “Remi” Creveling.

Speaking of Renegades, Luke “Havoc” Paton is stepping down into a substitute role for Renegades’ CS:GO team.

HellRaisers announced that Ilya “Illidan” Pivcaev will stand in for its Dota 2 team, which is currently in the WePlay Dota Season 3 qualifiers.

An interview with Korean League of Legends team KT Rolster’s Go “Score” Dong-bin(translated).

An esports event-producing organization in Australia reportedly owes prize money for events as far back as July.


ESL ESEA Pro League (CS:GO)

Astralis 1:1 Natus Vincere (16-13, 14-16)

Team EnVyUs 2:0 SK Gaming (22-19, 16-6)

Renegades 1:1 Enemy (16-12, 10-16)

OpTic Gaming 2:0 Team AGG (16-10, 16-11)

WePlay Dota Season 3: Group stage

European East Division

HellRaisers 1:0 Team TORNADO ROX

European West Division

Team Liquid 1:0 Wombat Gaming

Samurai Champloo 1:0 PRIES Gaming

Americas Division

Power of Friendship 1:0 Leviathan

Team Archon vs. Infamous, ppd.

European League of Legends Challenger Series

Millenium 2:0 Copenhagen Wolves

Inspire eSports 2:0 SK Gaming

Huma 1:1 Mousesports


ESL ESEA Pro League (CS:GO)


Astralis vs. G2 Esports, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. vs. FaZe Clan, 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

compLexity Gaming vs. Team Liquid, 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

NRG Esports vs. Enemy, 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.

WePlay Dota Season 3: Group stage


European East Division

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

Team Spirit vs. HellRaisers, 12:15 p.m.

European West Division

PRIES Gaming vs. London Conspiracy, 2 p.m.

COOKISS vs. Ad Finem, 3:15 p.m.

North American League of Legends Challenger Series


Dream Team vs. Apex, 9 p.m.

Enemy vs. Ember, 11 p.m.

Team Liquid Academy vs. Team Dragon Knights, 12 a.m. Thursday