Valve drops the hammer on skins gambling, Leffen out of EVO

Our top stories from Wednesday:

An in-depth interview with Apex’s Brandon “Saintvicious” DiMarco and Alex “Xpecial” Chuabout their careers and the future of esports.

The Jin Air Green Wings have been penalized one point for a second intentional disconnect during a League Champions Korea match.

A look at MVP, a rookie team in the LCK and how it represents an exception to the rule in Korea.

ESC Ever’s coach said his team is used to throwing because it does it so often. Seriously.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

A statistical look at Fnatic’s lineup switch.

Kevin “Kez” Jeon will apparently start for Echo Fox this week.

Spanish soccer club Valencia CF announced its League of Legends roster.

Comparing champion select trends across the five major regions.


Valve has distanced itself from skin gambling by releasing a carefully-worded statement.

A law firm is accepting applications from U.S. residents for a class action skin gambling lawsuit.

Mountain Dew and the ESEA have combined to form the Mountain Dew League for amateur teams trying to make the ESL Pro League.

A look at the on again, off again relationship between Team Liquid and Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev.

Super Smash Bros

The evolution of EVO, the world’s biggest fighting games tournament.

So William “Leffen” Hjelte won’t be able to make EVO after all.

Previewing Smash 4 and Melee at EVO.

What are the top Melee players fighting for at EVO?

Other games

An interview with Overwatch designer Scott Mercer.


ELEAGUE: Last chance qualifier (CS:GO)

Renegades 2:0 Flipsid3 Tactics (16-5, 16-5) 2:0 Gambit Gaming (19-17, 16-6)

The Summit 5 (Dota 2)

OG 2:0 Friendship, Dedication, Love,

Fnatic 2:0 Digital Chaos

OG 2:1 Fnatic

League Champions Korea

ESC Ever 2:1 Afreeca Freecs

League of Legends Pro League

Vici Gaming 2:0 Invictus

European Challenger Series playoffs (LOL)

Millenium 3:1 Huma

North American Challenger Series playoffs (LOL)

Cloud9 Challenger 3:0 Dream Team


(All times Eastern)

ELEAGUE: Last chance qualifier (CS:GO)


G2 vs. mousesports, 2 p.m.

FaZe Clan vs. Counter Logic Gaming, 5 p.m.

The Summit 5 (Dota 2)


Team Liquid vs. Ad Finem, 1 p.m.

Natus Vincere vs. Wings Gaming, 4 p.m.

Winners match, 7 p.m.

League Champions Korea


Longzhu vs. CJ Entus, 7 a.m.

Jin Air Green Wings vs. KT Rolster, 4 a.m. Friday

League of Legends Pro League


EDward Gaming vs. LGD, 8 a.m.

Snake eSports vs. I MAY, 5 a.m. Friday

European League Championship Series


Giants vs. Unicorns of Love, 11 a.m.

G2 vs. Splyce, 11 a.m.

ROCCAT vs. Vitality, 1 p.m.

Schalke vs. Origen, 1 p.m.

Fnatic vs. H2K, 3 p.m.

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