2013 is here and it’s time to start thinking about eSports in the year ahead with Insomnia48 not actually that far away (10 weeks!).
We wanted to start pushing out some more blog style content to you guys from the eSports department here at Multiplay towers* so you can see some of the reasoning behind some of the many hundreds of choices we make regarding rule-sets, schedules and other tournament details. So here I am, Matt ‘Kharne’ Macdonald writing my first eSports blog for the Insomnia community.
This week I want to tell you about the 5 tournaments we have already announced just before the Christmas break. On PC we have Starcraft 2 – The ESET UK Masters, The Multiplay Counter Strike: Global Offensive Cup and The Multiplay League of Legends Cup, and on Xbox360 we have FIFA13 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
Starcraft 2 and ESET UKThis honestly is one of the most exciting things I have been a part of in a LONG LONG time. The 2013 ESET UK Masters is an amazing full-on set of tournaments leading up to the RIDONCULOUS** £10,000 finals prize pool. The insomnia47 tournament was just a toe in the water compared to what is going to be happening at the March event.
We are going to invite back the top two players from insomnia47, Krass and BlinG (we usually only invite the previous winner) and they are going to battle against all of the hopefuls from the online & BYOC qualifiers that are yet to be announced. With this prize fund expect another level of competition from Europe and maybe even further. I still will make it my personal quest to get SK MC to attend and show the UK what being the BossToss is all about.
Once again, thank you ESET UK for such an amazing opportunity and supporting the UK Starcraft community.
Counter Stike: Global OffensiveCS is at the heart of the Insomia Gaming Festivals ever since it was released in 2003, and has seen almost 10 years of continuous tournaments run at our events.
The first of many CS:GO cups saw fm-esports Toxic team take the gold and the £2,000 first place prize. With another £4,000 in cash guaranteed for the tournament in the spring, we will see another hotly contested finals in Telford. Get yourselves signed up now!
League of LegendsPossibly the most popular game in the entire world at the moment, the League of Legends tournament at iSeries is growing from strength to strength. We are expecting to at least double last spring’s attendance and hit around 30 teams for LoL at insomnia48, and with the prize pool at a tasty £2,500 the community is in for a treat. Also expect the always awesome RIOT games to look out for its fans and provide some free stuff!
FIFA13FIFA at insomnia has been getting more popular every year, we hosted the UK qualifiers for WCG in the summer and then at Eurogamer expo, which showed that it’s not always the same 2 guys that win everything. There are so many players out there that don’t realise how good they really are, and should really consider getting down to the event and having a good go at these pro players. I would get my brother involved but since I am naturally better at everything then him I may as well enter first (:P). Make sure you go and pay a visit to Sweetpatch TV where our tournament admins have an awesome FIFA community.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2BLOPS! One game where the developers and publishers have actually decided it needs tools to work as an esport game. Spectator tools a plenty ensure that we made the switch from Modern Warfare last year. The WGL are the competitive gaming community (check them out if you want to play!) that volunteered to get stuck in and make sure the console team games at our events run smoothly. So far they have been nailing the tournaments, overcoming some difficulties to bring fair, enjoyable Xbox tournaments to insomnia since insomnia45.
Get Involved!You don’t have to be a professional gamer to enjoy our tournaments. Signups are open for the CS:GO cup here, League of Legends cup here and the Black Ops 2 cup here. FIFA13 will be sign ups during the event as usual, and SC2 we have more to announce in the coming weeks. Make sure you get yourself or your team registered – fun, fame and fortune awaits many.
Until next time…
*The Multiplay offices may or may not actually be based in a tower or towers.
**May not be an actual word.
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