PAC 12 esports, White House must respond to petition, LCK begins

Our top stories from Tuesday:

How Michael “Nintendude” Brancato has turned himself into one of the better Super Smash Bros Melee players in the world and the top Ice Climbers.

Short interviews with the coaches of five mid-tier League Champions Korea teams.

A former CJ Entus player is the third Korean to move to Japanese League team DetonatioN Focus Me.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

Origen’s Enrique ‘xPeke’ Cedeño Martínez talked about his team’s recent roster decisions.

Three important things to know heading into the start of League Champions Korea summer split.

Breaking down the top three LCK teams.


An interview with Jason “Moses” O’Toole about ELeague.

Catching up with casters Anders Blume and Auguste “Semmler” Massonnat as ELeague begins.

Two players said they are no longer part of NRG’s starting lineup.

ZPG will qualify for the ESL Pro League Season 4 because of lineup problems for KKona.

DreamHack announced the first four teams invited to DreamHack Summer.

An interview with Chad “SBUNJ” Burchill of Renegades.

An interview with Renegades’ coach Nick “peekay” Wise.

Dignitas has a new coach.

Images of the ELeague studio in Atlanta.

Super Smash Bros

Kevin “PewPewU” Toy and Zachary “SFAT” Cordoni talked about their success as a duo.

An interview with Weston “Westballz” Dennis.

How to balance the top players’ time to make them more accessible to the community.


The PAC 12 announced it will begin hosting esports competitions this fall.

The White House must respond to a petition about esports players being viewed as athletes after it reached 100,000 signatures.

Echo Fox has partnered with marketing agency VFD Esports.

Other games

Weekly roundup of the Capcom Pro Tour.

Team YP has responded to its ban from the Capcom Pro Tour.

Overwatch sponsorship: The great esports gamble.


ELeague: Week 1 (CS:GO)

Luminosity 2:0 Renegades (19-17, 16-0)

Cloud 9 2:0 Team Liquid (16-11, 16-2)

Luminosity 2:0 Team Liquid (16-6, 16-14)

ECS 2016 (CS:GO)

North America

Counter Logic Gaming 2:1 Team SoloMid (16-1, 14-16, 22-18)

Team Liquid 2:1 OpTic Gaming (1-16, 16-7, 16-12)

League of Legends Champions Korea

Afreeca Freecs 2:0 Longzhu Gaming


(All times Eastern)

ELeague: Week 1 (CS:GO)


Renegades vs. Team Liquid, 12 p.m.

Cloud 9 vs. Luminosity, 2 p.m.

Renegades vs. Cloud 9, 4 p.m.

League of Legends Champions Korea


CJ Entus vs. EVER, 7 a.m.

ROX Tigers vs. Samsung Galaxy, 7 a.m. Thursday

ECS 2016 (CS:GO)



Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Fnatic, 7 a.m.

FaZe Clan vs. mousesports, 9 a.m.

North America

Team SoloMid vs. OpTic, 7 p.m.

Counter Logic Gaming vs. Team Liquid, 10 p.m.

League of Legends Pro League


EDward Gaming vs. Newbee, 5 a.m. Thursday

Snake eSports vs. Game Talents, 8 a.m. Thursday