Riot Games buys, weak punishment, Smash groups announced

Our top stories from Tuesday:

Amid somewhat of a rut in Super Smash Bros. Melee, can Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman rebound next week?

Because nobody can get away from the Shanghai Major fast enough, Valve released information about the Manila Major in June.

After another unsettling performance at a major event, Team EnVyUs made a lineup changeto its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

Riot Games gave just a formal warning to the Team Huma owner accused of delaying payments to his players.

Catching up on the League Masters Series.

Johnny “Altec” Ru is set to return to NRG Esports’ lineup for this week’s North American League Championship Series.

Longzhu Gaming is an expensive roster having a troubling spring split in League Champions Korea.

A lengthy feature from Duncan “Thorin” Shields about Echo Fox player (and longtime League veteran) Henrik “Froggen” Hansen.

Dota 2

EHOME has reportedly added two former Vici Gaming players to its roster.

A very serious recap of the Shanghai Major.

CS:GO

Tomi “lurppis” Kovanen provided an extended Q&A with Splyce’s MLG Major-qualifying team.

Hearthstone

A look at some memorable cards leaving Hearthstone in the new expansion.

Smash

The groups for next week’s “Battle of the Five Gods” have been released.

How next week’s tournament is the next chapter in the growing Melee scene.

Industry

Riot Games, owner of League of Legends, acquired Radiant Entertainment, which excited fans of Rising Thunder.

Streaming company DingIt sure seems determined on competing with Twitch.

Legal issues to consider when it comes to esports contracts.

What place does virtual reality have in esports?

Other games

The Pokken Tournament World Championships will be for $100,000 (and the game isn’t even out for another nine days).

Results

ESL ESEA Pro League (CS:GO): Week 4

Europe

Astralis 2:0 mousesports (16-12, 16-4)

Ninjas in Pyjamas 2:0 FaZe Clan (16-7 16-9)

North America

Renegades 2:0 Winterfox (16-4, 16-3)

Splyce 2:0 Team AGG (16-12, 16-6)

League of Legends European Challenger Series

Spring playoffs-semifinals

Team Huma 3:2 Inspire eSports

League of Legends North American Challenger Series

Spring playoffs-semifinals

Team Dragon Knights 3:1 Ember

League of Legends Champions Korea

Longzhu Gaming 2:0 Kongdoo Monster

Jin Air Green Wings 2:0 KT Rolster

Schedule

(All times Eastern)

ESL ESEA Pro League (CS:GO): Week 4

Stream: http://pro.eslgaming.com/csgo/proleague/season-3/week-4/#live-streams

Europe

Virtus.pro vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas, 1 p.m.

G2 Esports vs. Team EnVyUs, 3 p.m.

North America

Coud9 vs. OpTic Gaming, 8 p.m.

Winterfox vs. Luminosity, 10 p.m.

League of Legends European Challenger Series

Stream: http://www.twitch.tv/riotgames

Spring playoffs-semifinals

Millenium vs. Copenhagen Wolves, 12 p.m.

League of Legends North American Challenger Series

Stream: http://www.twitch.tv/riotgames

Spring playoffs-semifinals

Apex vs. Team Liquid Academy, 9 p.m.

League of Legends Champions Korea

Stream: http://www.twitch.tv/riotgames

CJ Entus vs. Samsung Galaxy, 3 a.m. Thursday

SBENU vs. ROX Tigers, 6 a.m. Thursday

League of Legends Pro League

Stream: http://www.twitch.tv/riotgames

Qiao Gu vs. Hyper Youth Gaming, 4 a.m. Thursday

LGD Gaming vs. Oh My God, 6 a.m. Thursday

League of Legends Masters Series

Stream: http://www.twitch.tv/riotgames

Midnight Sun vs. Machi, 6 a.m. Thursday

eXtreme Gamers vs. Flash Wolves, 8 a.m. Thursday

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