ESL Testing eSports Players For Drug Usage

Gaming is a big market, and with games like League of Legends, Counter-Strike, Smite and Dota offering hundreds of thousands in prizes the competition heats up every year with each competition. As with all competitions, people use every chance to get ahead and sometimes these methods are seen as morally bad.

The Electronics Sports League (ESL) are hoping to combat one of the most popular methods for getting ahead in competitive sports, the use of drugs. Pairing up with the National Anti Doping Agentur (NADA) ESL hope to create rules that will enforce an anti-PED (performance enhancing drug) that will allow competitive gaming to continue without being drawn into an area other sports are often resistant to discuss. Hoping to also meet the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), they hope to enforce the ruling and prevent any performance enhancing drugs being used in any area of competitive gaming.

The reason for the sudden and swift response comes after professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player, Kory ‘Semphis’ Friesen who stated that not only did he use Adderall, but that other players were using the stimulant, often used to treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).

Personally I think this can only be a step in the right direction, taking anything that may help or hinder your performance for something which is meant to be for fun and a little challenge not only ruin the spirit of the games but also the reputation of those who hold such events.

Thank you Polygon for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of ESWC’s Interview with Semphis

Battlefield 4 Tournaments Announced For ESL 2013 – 2014, €132,000 Up For Grabs

Electronic Sports League (ESL) announced this week that the brand new FPS from EA, Battlefield 4, will be joining their European gaming competition. With more than €132,000 on the line, players will compete in both amateur and professional tournaments for a chance at glory and bragging rights on the battlefield. Over the course of a year they will battle it out in leagues using ‘Domination’ mode, in the hopes of making it in front of thousands at offline events.

Ulrich Schulze, Managing Director Pro Gaming for Turtle Entertainment – “We are looking forward to hosting great competitions for what we believe to be an amazing game. With all its eSports features, Battlefield 4 will make a lasting impression on the scene and give us many moments to remember.”

Battlefield 4 will be featured in four ESL leagues including:

EMS One – Featuring the best professional Battlefield players on the scene, the EMS One tournaments showcase the highest level of competitive play provided by ESL. Consisting of four seasons spread across the course of a year, starting this December, the EMS One tournaments let Battlefield 4 teams wage all-out war online. Each season will then be culminating in live event finals with a total prize pool of €120,000.

Go4 Battlefield 4 – Geared towards serious teams that want to take it to the next level as well as professional teams, the Go4 Battlefield 4 will be players proving ground as they compete for cash prizes. The Go4 Battlefield 4 matches will happen every weekend with the first one taking place as soon as the 10th of November.

A-Series – Looking to get accustomed to the demands of professional play in Battlefield 4? Then the A-Series is for you and your team. The A-Series features the European A-Series, a pan-European online league, and the National A-Series that includes local level tournaments in countries including the UK and Ireland, France, Germany and Austria, Poland, Russia and Spain. The best teams from both series qualify for the highest level of competition, the EMS One.

Versus – Designed for teams and individual players to hone their competitive Battlefield 4 skills, Versus utilizes ESL’s matchmaking system and additional anti-cheat measures to provide a fair and level battlefield while giving you the tools to create your own team.

Battlefield 4 is already shaping up to be pretty epic and with launch pretty much upon us for both current gen and next gen consoles, as well as for PC, it couldn’t be a better time to get the game involved in eSports. One thing is for certain, with the Frostbite 3 engine powering the game it will make for some serious eye candy when watching the pro gaming matches.

Battlefield 4 will be available in Europe October 31 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation and PC. Battlefield 4 will be available November 22 for Xbox One, and November 29 for the PlayStation 4.

The official ESL portal for Battlefield 4 can be found at battlefield.esl.eu/.

Thank you ESL for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of ESL.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Online Announces First Official Competition

Ubisoft have announced the launch of its first official competition for its free-to-play PC shooter, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Online. The team is working together with the Electronic Sports League, ESL (EU) and North American Electronic Sports League, NESL (US) to deliver the title’s first worldwide competition. Along with the competition, this month players can look forward to the new impressive tier 8 weapons as well as a new player and developer committee, known as the ATHENA Council.

The largest contest in the history of Ghost Recon Online begins on Sunday September 15th at 14:00 UK time and all challengers have until 14:00 UK time Sunday September 15th to register for the first cup, but are free to register at any time for the later cups. Once registered, players can enter a 7-week series of matches, which they can jump into at any time with a new mini cup being awarded each week. Even if they miss the first cup, every victory counts. At the end of the series, the 4 teams who earn the most points will qualify for the continental Final Playoffs (US and EU).

The much anticipated tier 8 weapons will be available in Ghost Recon Online’s upcoming 0.12.4 update, set to be released on September 12th. As the first set of completely new weapons released since entering Open Beta, they provide veterans with new endgame content. From the high-caliber Nemesis 50 sniper rifle to the beastly SPAS-12 semi-auto Shotgun, the tier 8 weapons raise the bar for combat in game.

Community ownership is a pillar of Ghost Recon Online’s identity and the ATHENA Council is the next step in the community’s evolution. All players can apply to join the council, but only a handful will be chosen based on strict criteria and screening. As a platform for communication, this exclusive group will meet regularly with developers to share their perspective as gamers and contribute their feedback on everything from user-interface to game design and beyond.

Register for the competition on the official website here: www.esl.eu/eu/gro/news/227863/

Thank you GhostReconOnline for providing us with this information.

Gamescom’s eSports Hall Exceeded Trade Fair Capacity, People Turned Away

Undoubtedly one of the most popular halls at this year’s gamescom was the ESL CM Storm Arena, which housed four main stages showcasing professional tournaments from some of the most popular eSports games. The sold-out five day event, which was well attended throughout, reached its boiling point on Sunday when Hall 8 (ESL CM Storm Arena) was forced to temporarily close its doors due to the sheer number of people eager to experience eSports competitions live as they unfolded. The competitions hosted by ESL were some of the biggest tournaments in eSports, with notable mentions being the Regional League of Legends Finals, StarCraft II’s World Championships as well as the Season 2 World of Tanks European Finals.

“Over 340,000 people stormed the gamescom this year, forcing officials to close the doors to Hall 8 when capacity was reached on Sunday.”

The League of Legends stage alone attracted so many trade fair visitors that officials were unable to contain them to Riot Gaming’s allocated stage floor. Fans from all across the world crowded the area, overflowing into the Bistro and down the walkways in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the action relayed over the mammoth screens, that in some cases was several tens of yards away.

Those unable to attend the sold-out five day event, were able to watch the eSports tournaments online. ESL TV, who stream most of the European professional and semi-professional leagues, reported several hundred thousand concurrent views across all streams. In recent times ESL TV have reported a 400% increase in broadcast reach with numbers expected only to grow as the eSports scene expands, overtaking many long-established traditional sports in more than just popularity.

If you can’t quite work out just how busy that would look, here is a photo we took on the Friday when it was “very busy” but not at it’s 340,000 capacity. Keep in mind this is just one of 10 10 hall ways that joins 2 of the 12 halls at the event!

Thank you Turtle Entertainment for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of eTeknix.

Intel Extreme Masters Pro Gaming Tour To Wow Fans In Shanghai and New York City

The ESL has announced that the elite global pro gaming tour will stage two of its live finals for the upcoming Season VIII in Shanghai, China and New York City, USA. Fans of gaming will be able to see a host of stars live and in person as they battle one of the most coveted awards in esports: the Intel Extreme Masters Champion’s Trophy. They will be joined by millions that tune in live via streaming on Twitch TV and video-on-demand.

Preparations for the upcoming Intel Extreme Masters Season VIII are well underway and confirming the global eSports tour’s stops in Shanghai and New York City emphasizes the uniqueness of the Intel Extreme Masters tour: its global aspect. On July 25-28, 2013, we will see the world’s best gamers gather in Shanghai, China to open the tour’s season at China’s most important game show ChinaJoy.

The second stop will take place in New York City, USA on October 10-13, 2013 at New York Comic Con. It will be the 6th ever Intel Extreme Masters event on US soil and the third one at the New York Comic Con. The game titles for both stops will be announced at a later date but will include an RTS (real time strategy) and a MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) title.

George Woo, Event & Sponsorship Programs Marketing Manager at Intel said “I am very excited that we are announcing our eighth season so we can continue to provide a global platform for the best players around to compete in. Our goal is to continue to be a leader in gaming community and to provide the best PC gaming technology for all gamers to experience and to enjoy!”

Michal Blicharz, Director of Pro Gaming at Turtle Entertainment added “New York and Shanghai both really represent what we are creating with the Intel Extreme Masters: diversity and a truly multi continent approach to the eSport phenomenon.”

The dates for Shanghai are: July 25-28, 2013 and the dates for New York Comic Con are: October 10-13, 2013

Thank you Intelextrememasters.com for providing us with this information.