I’ve worked in esports for nearly 18 years now, having started out as a Jolt League admin in 1999, mainly running tournaments for Unreal Tournament.
Imagine a group of people standing around their friend, showering him with a loud, late-night rendition of “Happy Birthday” at a midtown Atlanta bar.
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast There was a strange parallel I noticed when I was watching DreamHack Vegas yesterday. The end of the day had Na’Vi play Mouz. In that game, NiKo returned to his legendary self and dropped a 37 bomb on Na’Vi. He basically won the game and was
Astralis has claimed the throne of the Counter-Strike world.
The Majors are landmark events in the Counter-Strike calendar. They are attributed as the be-all, end-all of CS:GO competition. They events have the most prize money, prestige and popularity and are rightfully considered the most important events of the year.
Slingshot’s Vince Nairn caught up with Gambit Gaming’s Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev (and Gambit CEO Natalia Larchenko) during the ELEAGUE Major to talk about AdreN’s gaming origins, the funniest person on the team and drinking away visa worries.
Nikola "NiKo" Kovač has finally left mousesports after being acquired by FaZe Clan. NiKo has long been considered one of the strongest players in the scene, but he was unable to leave mouz because of his required buyout (which was reported to be $500,000).
Slingshot's Vince Nairn talked to FaZe Clan's Fabien "Kioshima" Fiey during the ELEAGUE Major to reflect on life away from the game, what it was like growing up as the youngest of four brothers, and how he planned out life in case Counter-Strike didn't work out.
Slingshot’s Vince Nairn caught up with Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo during the ELEAGUE Major to talk about his demeanor and SK Gaming’s steady rise to the top of professional Counter-Strike.
The Majors provide perhaps the most magical moments in professional Counter-Strike. Whether it’s teams breaking through to win after years of struggle, like Astralis did last month in Atlanta, or the craziness of an individual play or match, it seems everyone has a favorite.
Fans and analysts all have their ideas about who the best Counter-Strike player in the world is, but who do the pros themselves find difficult to defeat?
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast Rogue announced on twitter that they were moving to Las Vegas to compete in North America full-time. The details are scarce as it doesn’t mention if the team administration is moving or if all of their team is moving. And even if their team is
During the Major, Slingshot’s Vince Nairn asked nine pro players what they thought of the Swiss format, and the results were overwhelmingly positive.
European Counter-Strike team FaZe Clan has acquired Mousesports superstar Nikola "NiKo" Kovač, according to multiple sources close to the player and organization.
Slingshot’s Vince Nairn had the chance to talk briefly to Craig Barry, executive vice president and chief content officer for Turner Sports, while at the ELEAGUE Major.
ELEAGUE GM/VP Christina Alejandre on hosting the Major, evaluating Year 1 and expectations going forward
Slingshot’s Vince Nairn caught up with ELEAGUE general manager/vice president Christina Alejandre during the ELEAGUE Major.
Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz was merely a strong support player six months ago.
Slingshot’s Vince Nairn caught up with caster James Bardolph before the playoffs of the ELEAGUE Major in Atlanta to talk about the state of the game, his affinity for traveling and becoming a scuba diver.
ELEAGUE announces numbers from Major; grand final had a total reach of more than 3.6 million, including 1.8 million first-time ELEAGUE viewers
ELEAGUE released Friday a handful of numbers and statistics from the weekend's ELEGUE Major, most notably that the grand finals had a total reach of 3.6 million viewers, with 1.8 million of them being first-time ELEAGUE viewers.
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast A lot of roster shuffle news has happened, and it looks like even more will happen. So I’ll just give some quick thoughts about each roster shuffle. SK + felps: seems like the best bet as they proved to me that can integrate an anti-synergistic
With the removal of Lincoln "fnx" Lau from the SK Gaming lineup, it has long been presumed that João "felps" Vasconcellos will take his place (which crescendoed last week when he was seen with SK at the Major).
At least one notable professional Counter-Strike player seems to be fine with how many events are in the game today.
The story of the Astralis core has always been one of “almost.”
Slingshot’s Vince Nairn had the chance to talk to Karen Brodkin, the president of business affairs for WME|IMG, which partners with Turner Sports for ELEAGUE, during the ELEAGUE Major.
The European Commission, an executive body of the European Union, has opened an investigation into Valve and five other PC games publishers to determine if geo-blocking agreements between them are against the region’s competition rules.
Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz will join North American Counter-Strike team Liquid in the coming days, according to multiple sources close to the player.
Virtus.Pro is a unique Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast Variety released an article about ESL tapping David Hill to make esports more like TV. The only stated goal is to make the broadcast more professional as opposed to amateurish — and to find the esports equivalent of Joe Buck and Terry Bradshaw. I can’t comment on
‘Chiu on this’ is a short and regular opinion blast. During the Major, it was announced that oskar was to be back on the main lineup of Mouz and ChrisJ was out. This is surprising when you consider that ChrisJ was playing well, while denis and spiidi have not been. While I understand that denis
Slingshot’s Vince Nairn caught up with Peter “dupreeh” Rothmann after Astralis won the ELEAGUE Major by defeating Virtus.pro 2-1 (12-16, 16-14, 16-14) in Sunday’s thrilling grand final.
Dupreeh: “All I remember from that moment was that I just ran, hugged Zonic and fell to the floor crying like a baby.”
Astralis won the ELEAGUE Major championship after defeating Virtus.Pro in a thrilling 2-1 match (12-16, 16-14, 16-14).
After defeating Fnatic to qualify for the finals of the ELEAGUE Major, Astralis spoke with members of the media. Watch the full press conference below, and here are a few of the highlights:
Greg “IdrA” Fields was a unique character in the history of Starcraft 2.
Slingshot's Vince Nairn talked briefly with Virtus.Pro's Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas after VP's quarterfinal win against North on Friday at the ELEAGUE Major.
TaZ on playing through adversity: “For us, we are lucky that we had China, and China really showed us.”
Virtus.Pro defeated North 2-1 in the third quarterfinal match Friday of the ELEAGU Major.
After defeating Gambit Gaming in the quarterfinals of the ELEAGUE Major on Friday, Fnatic spoke to members of the media. The full clip is below, and here are some of the highlights:
Dupreeh: “What is great for us this time is that we didn’t peak in groups but we are about to peak in playoffs.” (w/ press conference video)
Astralis beat Natus Vincere 2-1 (16-7, 14-16, 16-10) in the quarterfinals Friday of the ELEAGUE Major.
Slingshot's Vince Nairn caught up with Lukas "Gla1ve" Rossander and Andreas "xyp9x" Højsleth after Astralis' quarterfinal win against Natus Vincere in the ELEAGUE Major on Friday.
Slingshot's Vince Nairn talked to SK Gaming's Epitacio "TACO" de Melo after the defending Major champions reached the playoffs of the ELEAGUE Major.
With a day between the group stages and playoffs of the ELEAGUE Major, it seems like an appropriate time to reignite this feature.
Aizy on Karrigan: “We just needed to get the last piece of the puzzle. So now we are legends at a Major.”
Slingshot's Vince Nairn briefly talked to Philip "Aizy" Aistrup after FaZe Clan qualified for the playoffs of the ELEAGUE Major.
Cajunb on K0nfig’s OT knife kill: “I was happy he managed to do it, but it was frustrating at one point as well.”
Slingshot's Vince Nairn caught up with Rene "cajunb" Born after North qualified for the playoffs of the ELEAGUE Major.
Slingshot’s Vince Nairn caught up with North’s Ruben “RUBINO” Villareal after their win against G2 on Wednesday to improve to 2-2 and stay alive at the ELEAGUE Major.
Dupreeh on Audi partnership: “We’re all fighting to get esports recognized as a big thing and something that everyone knows about.”
Slingshot’s Vince Nairn talked to Astralis’ Peter “dupreeh” Rothmann after Tuesday’s win in the ELEAGUE Major against G2 to improve to 2-1 and move one win from reaching the playoffs.
G2 Esports announced Wednesday its professional esports players will stream on Facebook in what it calls a "non-exclusive" precedent starting Feb. 1.
Slingshot’s Vince Nairn talked to OpTic Gaming’s Will “RUSH” Wierzba after OpTic defeated Flipsid3 16-13 on Tuesday to stay alive in the ELEAGUE Major.
Slingshot’s Vince Nairn talked to Emil “Magisk” Reif after North picked up its first win of the ELEAGUE Major in overtime against HellRaisers to avoid elimination and advance to the final day of group stage play.
MSL: “There are really no excuses. It’s just about our individual play, and we are not there individually.”
Slingshot's Vince Nairn talked to North's Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen on Tuesday after North stayed alive in the ELEAGUE Major with a 19-15 win in overtime against HellRaisers.
NBK on Major format: “I think it should be still seeded until we have some logic to the matchups because, I mean, poor OpTic.”
Slingshot’s Vince Nairn talked to EnVyUs’ Nathan “NBK-” Schmitt after Tuesday’s win against Godsent on Cache at the ELEAGUE Major. Envy (2-1) is one win from qualifying for the playoffs.
“Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast I’ll just write up some reactions to the first few days and what I’m thinking. Na`Vi has dominated the field and many are pegging them as the tournament favorites. Where I can see where they’re coming from. Flamie/s1mple are destroying everything and GuardiaN only having