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5,000 accounts VAC banned, NBA considers launching esports league in China

Our top stories from Wednesday:

Interviews with Nickolas “Hakuho” Surgent and Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett from the North American League of Legends Championship Series.

An interview with G2’s Kenny “KennyS” Schrub from the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals.

Comments from SKT’s Blank and Wolf after defeating Longzhu Gaming 2-1 in League Champions Korea action.

Natus Vincere was invited to ESL One New York.

Azir could be in line for a makeover on an upcoming League of Legends patch.

Kindred and Rek’Sai could receive further tweaking.

Red Bull announced the Smash Gods and Gatekeepers tournament.

Graham Pitt will serve as interim coach for Godsent.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

An interview with Team Liquid’s Steve Arhancet.

A look at the impending fight between Fnatic and G2 for the European LCS crown.

An interview with Immortals’ Jake “Xmithie” Puchero.

An interview with Fnatic’s Finlay “Quaye” Stewart.

Interviews with Immortals’ Eugene “Pobelter” Park, Envy’s Apollo “Apollo” Price and Counter Logic Gaming’s Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes from the North American LCS.


Valve banned almost 5,000 accounts in one day for cheating.

The ESL says sound-proof booths dampen the energy of a live event.


Overwatch will close its anniversary event with double XP this weekend.

A peek inside the Overwatch art book.


Behind the scenes with Victor “Punk” Woodley at the ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational.

CaptainZack signed with Phoenix1 (Smash 4).

The NBA is considering launching a Chinese esports league.

An interview with Planet Odd’s co-founder (Dota 2).

Evil Geniuses dominated the EPICENTER group stage (Dota 2).

Twitch affiliates can now make money on game sales.

A report suggests 33 percent of esports viewers are women.

Why Flash is all in on Brood War.


ECS Season 3 (CSGO)


FaZe Clan 1:1 Godsent (16-3, 10-16)

G2 1:1 Ninjas in Pyjamas (16-12, 11-16)

North America

Team Liquid 2:9 Luminosity (16-1, 16-9)

NRG 2:0 Renegades (16-11, 19-17)

CLG 2:0 Ghost (16-6, 16-8)

CIS Minor (CSGO)

Spirit Academy 1:0 Nemiga (16-13)

Vega Squadron 1:0 Tengri (16-14)

Vega Squadron 1:0 Spirit Academy (16-4)

League Champions Korea (LoL)

Samsung Galaxy 2:0 MVP

Afreeca Freecs 2:1 bbq Olivers


(All times Eastern)

Americas Minor (CSGO)

Immortals vs. compLexity, 1 p.m.

NRG vs. Luminosity, 2:30 p.m.

CIS Minor (CSGO)

Group A

Team Spirit Academy vs. Tengri/Nemiga, 11 a.m.

Group B

Spirit vs. Quantum Bellator Fire, 4:15 a.m. Friday

Spartak Esports vs. pro100, 5:30 a.m. Friday

ECS Season 3 (CSGO)


Dignitas vs. EnVyUs, 11 a.m.

FaZe Clan vs. mousesports, 1 p.m.

G2 vs., 3 p.m.

European League Championship Series (LoL)

Misfits vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas, 11 a.m.

G2 vs. Fnatic, 2 p.m.


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