Big money in esports, Riot Games changes, lots of CSGO

Leading off today is a fascinating Bloomberg story about what will come of big-money investors getting involved in esports.

Dustin “RedBeard” Beck will be stepping back from his role on Riot Games’ esports team to transition to a part-time role of League of Legends Championship Series chairman.

A look at the new jungling talent in Korean League of Legends.

A fascinating blog post on Riot Games’ website about chat servers.

Immortals’ Adrian “Adrian” Ma said his signing bonus this year was as much as last season’s entire salary in the LCS.

Thorin’s Thoughts tackle Fnatic’s CounterStrike: Global Offensive dominance.

Speaking of Fnatic, here are interviews with ESPN Esports after its StarSeries XIV win.

A look at how am August 2013 update sparked a popularity surge in CS:GO.

Tomi “lurrpis” Kovanen answered CS:GO questions in his first readers mailbag.

In a CS:GO-heavy day, Team SoloMid announced a new roster for this season. And Team Questionmark officially became Astralis.

Astralis and Fnatic were the first two teams invited to DreamHack Masters Malmo, which will take place in April.

An interview with Dota 2 manager Milan Patel.

Travis Gafford talks with NRG Esports’ Jun “Impact” Eon-yeong about Week 1 of the LCS.

Evil Geniuses, one of the top Dota 2 teams in the world, apparently declined an invite to ESL One Manilla in April, undoubtedly softening the tournament field.

Results

League of Legends Champions Korea

Samsung Galaxy 2:1 Longzhu Gaming

Jin Air Green Wings 2:0 e-Mfire

Schedule

We play Dota Season 3, group stages

(Stream at http://weplay.tv/dota2)

Team Spirit vs. Prodota Gaming, 11 a.m.

Team Empire vs. Prodota Gaming, 1 p.m.

Team Liquid vs. Wombat Gaming, 2 p.m.

Team Liquid vs. Steak Gaming, 3:15 p.m.

Team Archon vs. Elite Wolves, 5 p.m.

Team Archon vs. Shazam, 6:15 p.m.

League of Legends Champions Korea (Thursday)

(Stream at http://www.twitch.tv/riotgames)

KT Rolster vs. ROX Tigers, 3:30 a.m.

SBENU vs. CJ Entus, 6:30 a.m. (time dependent on end of first game)

League of Legends Professional League (China) — Thursday

Snake Esports vs. Masters 3, 4 a.m.

Qiao Gu vs. Energy Pacemaker, 6 a.m.

Slingshot Editor-In-Chief. Former newspaper reporter from Cleveland, Ohio, who appreciates clean copy and good Counter-Strike. You can reach him at Vince@slingshotesports.com

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