France to recognize esports athletes, Valve criticism, brand spending

Our top stories from Thursday:

Q&A with Kailey Shepardson, sponsored League of Legends streamer for Renegades.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

Immortals’ practice style is a bit different than the other LCS teams, and it’s worked.

The OGN casters need Riot Games, but Riot needs them more.

Dota 2

An interview with David “LD” Gorman about the lack of roster stability in Dota 2.

Valve has come under criticism for its handling of alleged match fixing bans.

The rise of MVP Phoenix.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Who are the potential challengers in next week’s MLG Columbus Major?

An interview with James “hazed” Cobb ahead of next week’s MLG Columbus Major

Hearthstone

The most interesting cards so far in the new expansion pack.

Super Smash Bros

William “Leffen” Hjelte will not be able to compete at Smash Summit 2 and has been replacedby Otto “Silent Wolf” Bisno.

Industry

After a lengthy debate, a proposed bill in France would, if passed, finally make esports competitors considered athletes in terms of visas.

Brands will spend an estimated $325 million in esports this year.

A new study by Foundry10 shows there are cognitive benefits of playing esports.

Other games

A new organization called Avyd has announced a $100,000 fighting games tournament later this year.

Results

League of Legends Masters Series

eXtreme Gamers 1:1 COUGAR E-Sport

Hong Kong Esports 1:1 Midnight Sun

European League of Legends Championship Series promotion tournament

Giants Gaming 3:2 Copenhagen Wolves

League of Legends Champions Korea

ROX Tigers 2:0. Kongdoo Monster

Samsung Galaxy vs. Jin Air Green Wings, 7 a.m.

League of Legends Pro League

LGD Gaming 2:0 Qiao Gu

Schedule

(All times Eastern)

Friday

League of Legends Masters Series

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

Machi vs. ahq e-sports Club, 7 a.m.

Elite Wolves vs. Taipei Assassins, 9 a.m.

Saturday

League of Legends Pro League

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

Invictus Gaming vs. EDward Gaming, 1 a.m.

Hyper Youth Gaming vs. Oh My God, 3 a.m.

Royal Never Give Up vs. Vici Gaming, 5 a.m.

League of Legends Champions Korea

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

SK Telecom T1 vs. CJ Entus, 4 a.m.

SBENU vs. Afreeca Freecs, 7 a.m.

League of Legends Masters Series

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

eXtreme Gamers vs. Hong Kong Esports, 7 a.m.

Midnight Sun vs. COUGAR E-Sport, 9 a.m.

European League of Legends Championship Series promotion tournament

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

Splyce vs. Giants Gaming, 11 a.m.

ROCCAT vs. Huma, 1 p.m.

Sunday

League of Legends Pro League

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

Energy Pacemaker vs. LGD Gaming, 1 a.m.

Snake eSports vs. Qiao Gu, 3 a.m.

Masters3 vs. Team WE, 5 a.m.

League of Legends Masters Series

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

ahq e-Sports Club vs. Flash Wolves, 7 a.m.

Machi vs. Taipei Assassins, 9 a.m.

European League of Legends Championship Series promotion tournament

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

Relegation match, 11 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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