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Game developers weigh in on the rising popularity of esports.

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The ban and uncertainty regarding Bulgarian CS:GO player Simeon “dream3r” Ganev.

Tomi “lurppis” Kovanen on if Team Dignitas’ run of CS:GO success is sustainable.

European LCS team Origen announced its coach Nicolai “Hazel” Larsson has stepped down.

After Thursday’s match, Origen’s new coach, Enrique “xPeke” Cedeno Martinez, said the team was not uncoachable.

A look at the surprising start to the season for Team Impulse in the North American LCS.

An interview with new LCK caster Seth “Achilios” King.

After initially turning down an invite, Team Secret will attend the ESL One Manilla Dota 2 event in April.

Team Archon’s Brian “Fluff” Lee talked about trying to surprise teams in the Dota 2 Shanghai Major.

Super Smash Bros. pro Bronson “DaShizWiz” Layton was arrested late last month in Floridafor alleged assault.

A prediction about who will be Rookie of the Year in StarCraft II.

Breaking down the week in esports business news.

An interview with Riot Games’ head of esports in Australia.

What Overwatch means for Blizzard’s approach to esports.


European League of Legends Championship Series

H2k Gaming 1:0 Unicorns of Love

Fnatic 1:0 Elements

Origen 1:0 Splyce

Team Vitality 1:0 G2 Esports

Giants Gaming 1:0 Team ROCCAT

League Champions Korea

Longzhu Gaming 2:1 SBENU

ROX Tigers 2:0 e-mFire

ESL ESEA Pro League (CS:GO)

SK Gaming 2:0 Natus Vincere (16-7, 16-12)

Fnatic 2:0 (16-12, 16-9)

Cloud9 2:0 Counter Logic Gaming (16-12, 16-5)

Luminosity Gaming 2:0 Team Liquid (16-13, 16-11)

Acer Predator Masters (CS:GO)

mousesports 2:0 White (21-18, 16-13)

Flipsid3 Tactics 2:1 Lounge Gaming (14-16, 16-11, 16-10)

HellRaisers 2:0 Vexed Gaming (16-14, 16-14) Esports Club 2:0 ALTERNATE aTTax (16-7, 16-8)

WePlay Dota Season 3: Group stage

European East Division

Tem Empire vs. Power Rangers, ppd.

Vega Squadron 1:0 Team TORNADO ROX

European West Division

London Conspiracy 1:0 Team Liquid

Americas Division

Infamous 1:0 Enemy

Power of Friendship 1:0 Enemy

ESL One Manilla Qualifiers (Dota 2)

European Qualifiers

Team Empire 2:1 HellRaisers

American Qualifiers

Team Archon 2:1 Power of Friendship, 6 p.m.



European League of Legends Championship Series


Origen vs. Team Vitality, 12 p.m.

Unicorns of Love vs. Fnatic, 1 p.m.

H2K Gaming vs. G2 Esports, 2 p.m.

Elements vs. Team ROCCAT, 3 p.m.

Splyce vs. Giants Gaming, 4 p.m.

Acer Predator Masters (CS:GO)


Losers bracket

Lounge Gaming vs. Vexed Gaming, 8 a.m.

Team White vs. ALTERNATE aTTax, 10 a.m.

Winners bracket

mousesports vs. TBD, 1 p.m.

Flipsid3 Tactics vs. TBD, 4 p.m.


WePlay Dota Season 3: Group stage


Southeast Asia Division

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

European West Division

Samurai Champloo vs. COOKISS, 3:15 p.m.

Americas Division

Digital Chaos vs. Infamous, 5 p.m.

Digital Chaos vs. Shazam, 6:15 p.m.

ESL One Manilla Qualifiers (Dota 2)


European Qualifiers

Natus Vincere vs. Ad Finem, 12 p.m.

Team Spirit vs. London Conspiracy, 2:30 p.m.


League of Legends Champions Korea


CJ Entus vs. Afreeca Freecs, 3:30 a.m.

SK Telecom T1 vs. KT  Rolster, 6:30 p.m.

North American League of Legends Championship Series


Echo Fox vs. Renegades, 3 p.m.

NRG Esports vs. Counter Logic Gaming, 4 p.m.

Cloud9 vs. Team Liquid, 5 p.m.

Team Impulse vs. Team SoloMid, 6 p.m.

Immortals vs. Team Dignitas, 7 p.m.

WePlay Dota Season 3: Group stage


European East Division

Team Spirit vs. Power Rangers, 11 a.m.

Natus Vincere vs. Prodota Gaming, 12:15 p.m.

Americas Division

Elite Wolves vs. Digital Chaos, 5 p.m.

Enemy vs. Digital Chaos, 6:15 p.m.

Acer Predator Masters (CS:GO)


Loser’s bracket quarterfinals, 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Loser’s bracket semifinals, 1 p.m.

Winner’s bracket final, 4 p.m.


North American League of Legends Champions Series


Echo Fox vs. NRG Esports, 3 p.m.

Counter Logic Gaming vs. Team SoloMid, 4 p.m.

Immortals vs. Cloud9, 5 p.m.

Team Liquid vs. Renegades, 6 p.m.

Team Dignitas vs. Team Impulse, 7 p.m.

WePlay Dota Season 3: Group stage


Southeast Asia Division

Team Taring vs. Team Redemption, 8 a.m.

European East Division

Team Spirit vs. HellRaisers, 11 a.m.

Natus Vincere vs. Team TORNADO ROX, 12:15 p.m.

European West Division

Team Liquid vs. Ad Finem, 2 p.m.

COOKISS vs. Team Liquid, 3:15 p.m.

Americas Division

Team Archon vs. Leviathan, 5 p.m.

Acer Predator Masters (CS:GO)


Loser’s bracket final: 8:30 a.m.

Grand final: 11:30 a.m.


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