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Ministry of Gaming (MoG) are running yet another massive 'Pubstomp' located at the famous Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia.
This craze started off with StarCraft II's massive popularity in 2011 - hundreds of nerds would pack out various pubs and bars to huddle around TV's and projectors and watch their favorite players go at it in tournament grand finals for massive wads of cash. Here in little old Australia we saw the biggest live viewing events as seen globally - with Silicon Sports in Melbourne often capping 300+ attendee's and the Sydney crews having to hire out two whole bars just to fit their 600+ spectators inside.
Now that Dota 2 has become a massive success globally, we've seen a transition to massive Pubstomp events being held at world-class establishments become the norm. During The International 2014 global finals, MoG ran a 450+ person pubstomp in Crown's Largerfield room, which is generally reserved for 'real life' sporting viewership and finals.
Following their gigantic success in 2014, Valve are back once again - announcing the dates for their 2015 Dota 2 extravaganza - The International Dota 2 Championships (TI15).
TI15 will kick off in Seattle, WA on August the 3rd and run through until the 8th - promising six full days of world-class Dota 2 action. However this is just the finals - there will be numerous weeks of online qualifiers to help determine the top 16 teams to attend this all-expenses-paid journey.
Last year we saw the tournament topple the $10 million dollar mark, with around $9 million of this being funded by the community themselves. There's no guessing what heights TI15 can reach, but I certainly know that I'll be putting in for it.
Set as Twitch TV's biggest competitor, Azubu TV are kicking off their 'best Zed' charity tournament tomorrow, at 1PM Pacific time.
They're giving away a bunch of prizes and streaming the action live, with this event including a bunch of professional and top level players fighting it out over who is the best 'Zed' player in the popular MoBA title - League of Legends (LoL).
This tournament will feature 32 Challenger and Master LoL players, facing off in a series of 1v1 matches to determine an ultimate victor. If you wish to read some mroe information, donate to the cause or watch it for yourself, please feel free to check out the official announcement page.
Originally reported by Kotaku, Riot Games are working on building their own network across North America and Europe to help combat and defeat lag in their popular MOBA title - League of Legends (LoL).
This goes to show how big LoL has really come. These days if you're travelling into the city on a train or bus, you can often hear the youngsters going on about a penta-kill they achieved last night, or how they think Teemo is the cutest and most annoying character on the planet.
Read more for the full information and spiel from Riot Games.
The Call of Duty $1 million 2015 Championship information has just been released, following their massive success during 2014.
Advanced Warfare is the platform this year, seeing the finals held in Los Angeles over March 27-29. This year's tournament is sponsored by Microsoft and Xbox One, alongside the popular tournament and event conductor, MLG.
The online qualifiers will be run on Xbox One consoles, seeing the finals streamed live over Xbox Live and 'other networks' - likely involving Twitch TV, Azubu and YouTube streaming platforms.
Today Valve announced their first Anime Games Sale through their popular gaming and messenger platform Steam.
Beginning today and running through until Monday the 12th at 10AM PST, this sale features games up to 75% off - in true Steam fashion.
Their announcement points out that some of their largest titles on special include Agarest: Generations of War, Long Live the Queen, and Analogue: A Hate Story.
The basics of this game have been described in their recently issued press release as - "Lead a party of brave adventurers through the dangerous winding dungeons of the Warhammer world in the search for wealth and glory, as players uncover and explore new settlements. In their quest for legendary weapons, players encounter enemies including evil Night Goblins, dangerous Orcs, gigantic River Trolls and hordes of the evil Skaven, hellbent on destroying the band of adventurers."
As with any game looking to keep its player base - You level up your heroes through battle, gaining new abilities, spells and blessings along the way as you continue on the path to become one of the Heroes of the Legend and play as various races including the Marauders, Dwarf IronBreakers, Grey Wizards and Wood Elf Waywatchers.
CES 2015 - The Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) ecosystem was announced during CES 2015, with Razer and other industry leaders hoping an open source SDK will help get more developers on the VR bandwagon. The OSVR platform will support all VR devices, including the Oculus DK 2 and Vrvana Totem headset.
OSVR includes hardware and software support for the gaming industry, working with the Unreal 4 Engine, Unity 3D, for example - with hardware device plugin support from the likes of Razer, Bosch, Sixense and LeapMotion.
The OSVR SDK limited developer access is available now, with public release slated for Q2. The OSVR hacker dev kit, designed by Razer, will be available in June with a $199.99 MSRP - and features the HMD module.
CES 2015 - Gaming peripheral company Mad Catz launched the TRITTON Swarm wireless mobile headset, designed for use with PCs, mobile and smart devices.
Swarm is a gaming headset but also can be switched as a method to receive and answer phone calls, since the headphones can be paired with two separate devices at the same time.
"TRITTON is known for its outstanding audio quality and we believe now is the time to further broaden the appeal of the brand," said Darren Richardson, president and CEO of Mad Catz, in a press statement. "We believe the Swarm will resonate with today's fashion conscious gamer, who typically plays across a variety of devices."
CES 2015 - Gaming peripheral company Mad Catz launched its F.R.E.Q. Stereo Gaming Headset, designed for Microsoft Windows PCs and Mac OS X. As part of the company's Tournament Edition range of gaming products, F.R.E.Q. was created with help from professional e-sports gamers.
The padded ear cups support precision 50mm speakers and the microphone is a uni-directional Boom Mic. The headset doesn't require any drivers or complicated software, a welcome decision as many gaming peripherals ship with occasionally complicated software.
"Our Tournament Edition range appeals to the passionate gamer who plays at a professional level," said Darren Richardson, President and CEO of Mad Catz, in a press statement. "By focusing on quality and only the features needed to win at a competitive level, we believe the F.R.E.Q. will prove a common fixture at LAN tournaments and allow us to grow our share in the rapidly growing e-sports arena."