Last Week in E-Sports: Speedrunners raise money for a good cause
Last week in e-sports was something of a variety week. We saw the summer’s biggest speedrunning marathon come to a close, an announcement of a new For Honor tournament, a penalty applied to the winners of ESL Cologne, and much, much more.
SGDQ Raises Over 1.75 Million Dollars for Charity
The summer’s biggest speedrunning marathon has come to a close with spectacular results. Summer Games Done Quick raised a record-setting $1,760,400. Over 142 games were played, and over 200,000 viewers tuned in. Unfortunately, it did not raise as much money as AGDQ this year, which raised $2.2 million. Still, it raised more money than any other SGDQ in the past, and SGDQ has, traditionally, been the smaller of the two GDQ marathons.
Unfortunately, the marathon was not without controversy. Throughout the event, fans noticed that the timer they were using was running slow. While this wasn’t particularly an issue for most of the runs in the marathon, one runner, Dr4gonBlitz, nearly set a new world record for Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Unfortunately, the discrepancy between the stream timer and the actual timer made it clear that he missed world record status by sixteen seconds. I guess it’s a good thing he already holds the any% glitchless world record, huh?
Daigo Umehara’s Manga Heading to the U.S.
All fighting gamers wish they were anime characters, but only one actually is…. Well, he’s a manga character, but that’s close.
Daigo Umehara, Street Fighter’s legendary beast, has had a manga series produced about his young life as a Street Fighter player entitled Daigo the Beast: Umehara Fighting Gamers! It was released in Japan in 2014 with a new volume coming out every couple of months, the most recent having been released in January of this year.
Well, now his manga is being translated for the West. UDON Entertainment is responsible for the localization, and they plan on releasing the first volume of the manga by the end of the year. However, if you want to pick up a copy early, you can stop by the UDON stand at this year’s EVO to snag one for just twenty bucks.
More Teams Exit Professional Overwatch
The mass exodus of professional teams out of Overwatch continues. Movistar Riders is one of the most recent casualties. Despite qualifying for Overwatch Contenders Season One, the organization has decided to not renew the contracts of its players. DPS players Johan "CWoosH" Klingestedt and Andreas "Logix" Berghmans, tank player Raymond "Kolsti" Tea, flex player Emil "destro" Krastev, and support players Dante Zegveld and Alberto "neptuNo" González will all enter free agency. It’s unclear what will happen to their slot.
Selfless has also decided to duck out of Overwatch, but for different reasons. The entire team is now up for sale. They are “moving on to opportunities that have arisen in the past few months.” They have said that they fully expect their players – DPS players Lee "Carpe" Jae-hyeok and Jay "sinatraa" Won, flex players Jeff "emongg" Anderson and Mike "Midnight" Ryan, tank Bobby "Kresnik" Wiemer, and supports Michael "Michael3D" Wilbanks and Daniel "dhaK" Martinez Paz – to end up competing in the Overwatch League, but under a different name. Currently, no further opportunities for these players have been announced.
Finally, European e-sports organization LDLC will drop its Overwatch squad following poor performance in the Overwatch Contenders qualifiers. “The contracts of our Overwatch team have expired by the end of June and we do not wish to renew them. Moreover, our results during the Overwatch Contenders and the strategic choice of Blizzard Entertainment, which doesn’t help clubs like ours to continue to invest in this game, makes us decide to stop the story.” LDLC’s Overwatch team consisted of Guillaume “KabaL” Ettori, Hugo “WoRsS” Iwonttellu, Julien “Baud“ Robert, Jeremy “Hqrdest” Danton, Richard “PiPou” Buscemi, Simon “Chubz” Vullo, and Anthony “ythnk” Danly.
For Honor Enters the E-Sports Arena
Ubisoft and the ESL are partnering up to produce a brand new tournament for For Honor. Called the For Honor Hero Series, the tournament will pit the best For Honor players and teams against each other. They will host weekly tournaments, which will allow players to build their ranking and eventually aim for the $10,000 prize pool at the finals on August 12.
“At ESL we are committed to growing the esports landscape and For Honor’s competitive ecosystem has been something we've all been looking forward to,” said Sean Charles, VP of Publisher and Developer Relations, ESL. “With the For Honor Hero Series and the addition of ranked mode, there is a lot in store for future For Honor players.”
SK Gaming Penalized After Time-Out Shenanigans
SK Gaming won ESL Cologne’s CS:GO tournament earlier in the week, but that win spawned a little bit of controversy.
The team called a technical time-out during the second half of the second map. A technical time-out is used when a piece of equipment is malfunctioning. It’s meant to make sure that each competitor’s setup is running at peak performance.
Depending on the tournament, technical time-outs are pseudo infinite. As long as something is actually wrong with the equipment, you can call a time-out to make sure it’s fixed. You are not, however, allowed to talk with your team during this time. Discussing strategies with your team requires a “tactical time-out,” which are more limited.
The controversy here is that SK Gaming’s members were discussing strategy with each other in team chat during the time-out, giving them an unfair advantage. As a result, they will receive a penalty in the form of reduced prize money. The deducted money will be redistributed to the other 15 participating teams.
The Big Wins
- Rogue beat the Immortals in the Overwatch BEAT Invitational.
- FaZe Clan and Enigma6 qualified for the CWL Global Pro League Stage 2 Playoffs, vying for a prize pool of $500,000.
The Roster Shuffle
- Jacob “Pimp” Winneche will be leaving Team Liquid’s CS:GO team. "I no longer feel that playing for Liquid fulfills my personal expectations and goals, nor do I feel I can provide the commitment necessary to continue with the team on a long-term basis," Pimp said in March.
- Chet “ImAPet” Singh has stepped into a role as OpTic Gaming’s new CS:GO coach.