A week ago the Electonic Sports Association has opened it's doors and went into public beta. ESAGamer.com is what you can call a fundraiser website with a prize distribution promise for eSports tournaments, not just for pros, but for everyone. All you need to do is put in £5 to get everything going.
Of course when a new site like this has been launched people have a lot questions. We had the chance to sit together with the director of ESA over a Skype call and ask him some questions, so we dove straight in with questions about the prize distribution.
Today the Quake Live world championship kicks off but it's interesting to see that the players are not nervous at all and instead of training hard are giving interviews here and there
I smell a lot of boasting but still, have fun reading:
The guys at EUQL recently did an interview with 2008's Quakecon and ESWC Quake (Live) champion Alexey "Cypher" Yanushevksy.
Everybody was allowed to send in questions for the young Belarusian which resulted in some mildly interesting conversation:
How do you turn the tides of a game when the opponent has item-locked you? (Cabelekse)
That depends a bit on my opponent. When you play someone like Av3k, it is very different to get control back then when you play an aimbased player. So either you wait till your opponent makes a timing mistake or like in Av3ks case you need to show extreme patience cause he doesnt make a lot of timing mistakes. You need to get well positioned so you can draw first blood if it comes to a fight or gradually wear his health/armor down.
Tonight shoutcast legend djWHEAT and pro-gaming guru Slasher will be talking about Quake Live in the 5th episode of the Live On Three: The Pro-Gaming podcast, at djWHEAT.tv. The show airs at 7 PM EST / 1 CET (Feb 26th) and phone calls will be taken.
For those who don't know who either djWHEAT or Slasher are, here's a short introduction:
Marcus "djWHEAT" Graham is a legend in the Quake community. After having shoutcasted some of the biggest and most memorable Quake 3 tournaments in history, djWHEAT went on to work for the Championship Gaming Series. Upon the recent failure of the Championship Gaming Series in November 2008, djWHEAT announced his return to both the Quake scene and his podcast shows Epileptic Gaming & Live On Three at djWHEAT.tv, promising a return to his good old no bullsh1t style of commentating.
Rob "Slasher" Breslau is deeply rooted and well connected in the internet gaming industry. Slasher headed sections of some of the largest gaming websites such as Gotfrag, SK-Gaming and Gameriot. In addition to that, Slasher also makes his presence known as a shoutcaster at some of the biggest Quake events in the world. His most recent appearance being at the 2008 Quakecon finals.
A stream of this episode is embedded below:
In this interview, John and Marty discuss several aspects of Quake Live such as backend infrastructure, their work with mod authors to bring additional features to the game and the hiring of developers from inside the Quake community.
This is a review of the fourth group in the 2009 Quake Live TDM Nation Cup.
Today's teams up for review are United Kingdom A, Estonia, Finland and Germany.
Earlier I already did a review of both group 1 with the Netherlands, Italy, Poland A and the Czech Republic, group 2 with Portugal, Spain, Lithuania and France and group 3 with Sweden, Belgium, Poland B and Hungary.
Today's overview will be a rather one sided overview, focusing mainly on the UK. For this I apologize in advance . The other Nation captains were unfortunately unavailable for any questions.