Esports Nutshell Weekly | May 13, 2016

Welcome to Esports in a Nutshell Weekly having fun with the world of Esports one week at a time.

 

I am your host Mark Register and the guy to your right is Brian DiBiagio. We’ve got a fantabulous show for you. First we’ll get into our top stories Riot forcing Renegades, Team Dragon Knights, and Team Impulse to sell their teams & Magic the Gathering Esports scene. Then we’ll give you a rapid fire overview of everything that happened in Esports. After that we’ll dig into the hard questions like…do Esports inspiration stories ruin your life? What’s so terrible about the Call of Duty Infinite Warfare trailer? Is Riot overreacting by making Renegades, Team Dragon Knights, and Team Impulse sell their teams? And Will Magic the Gathering make a comeback to beat out Hearthstone? We’ll watch the best moments of the Counter Strike DreamHack Austin Tempo Storm vs Luminosity game. Then we’ll wrap it all up by bringing some levity to Riot’s team selloff rulings with a Parody Song in the key of Reel Big Fish’s Sell Out. So let’s get this party started…

 

For this week’s top story

  • Whalen Rozelle from LOL Esports reports that Riot permanently bans Chris Badawi from Riot sanctioned leagues, Christopher Mykles Monte Cristo gets a one year ban and they have to sell their team by May 18th. Chris and Sean Shim owners of Team Dragon Knights are indefinitely banned until a review January 2019 and need to sell their team as well by May 18th. Why you ask? Christopher Mykles had a deal with Chris Badawi that gave him a 50% stake in the company once his previous ban was lifted and Badawi was still very active in running the organization and there were reports of confrontations, refusal of payment for services, and creating an unsafe environment. Team Dragon Knights got roped in when they hid their overlapping financial and operations relationship when Riot asked. As if two teams weren’t enough, let’s throw in a third…Team impulse fails to pay their players on time and provide valid contracts for their players after multiple interventions from League officials so they are ousted from Riot sanctioned Leagues and have until May 18th to sell their spot as well. Christopher Mykles commented on the situation saying, “Riot’s not Judge Judy and Executioner!” But Chris, they are.
  • CML from Daily Dot reminds us that Hasbro’s Magic the Gathering makes $300MM a year and provides a $250k annual prize pool tournament which is on par with Hearthstone but Hasbro’s previous Wizard’s CEO Greg Leeds actually pushed to eliminate their Pro Tour even going so far as cutting the $11k a year support they gave to each of their top tier players, which due to backlash will resume next year. Hasbro’s CEO Brian Goldner expresses that Hasbro wants to lift up the game’s storylines using their upcoming Magic Digital Next project moving gameplay more to digital so maybe Magic will be like Dota and Hearthstone will be like League of Legends. Regardless the future’s unsure for Magic’s pro players so let’s take a moment of silence for those going through this now.

 

There’s a lot that happens in the Esports space so this is section of the show is dedicated to giving you an overview of everything it’s like giving you all the stars of the sky so you can make little constellations out of them, if you want the in depth stuff you in the description below you can skip to the next segment that goes more in depth, buckle in cause here we go.

  • Anders and Semmler launch their new RoomOnFire Podcast, “State of CS.”
  • Esports Hall of Fame announces their Counter Strike voting panelists as you can see on the right.
  • UBC wins their second League of Legends North American Collegiate Championship and $180k.
  • The International Egames Committee Announces their advisory board members, here’s the list.
  • West Ham Hammers signs their first Esports player 24 year old Sean Allen “Dragonn” to represent the organization playing FIFA.
  • Dolby sponsors a $10k Overwatch LAN tournament at Esports Arena in California, AskJoshy and FishStix will be hosting the event.
  • Redbull lists the top three League of Legends prize pool earners Pawn at number 3 with $306k, Bengi at number 2 with $466k, and Faker at number 1 with $504k.
  • Machinima announces their platform Mach-1 providing Esports data and analytics to potential sponsors and when they’re hooked in they can get involved with their Machinima Preferred Media Solutions.
  • Thiemo Bräutigam from Esports Observer reports German based Bundesliga club FC Schalke 04 purchases Elements and their EU LCS spot. And the Berlin Pirate Party files a motion to recognize Esports in Germany.
  • All Work All Play documentary launches on Netflix chronicling teams competing in season 9 of the Intel Extreme Masters League of Legends tournament and the sacrifices individuals make to compete at the highest level.
  • Twitch partners with Next Generation Esports to produce the Rocket League Championship Series in Burbank with a $75k prize pool with 20k people signing up so far. 300k people watched the first week qualifiers. No Big Deal.
  • At DreamHack Austin Counter Strike Splyce standin player Summit pulls the clutch to win the map but then walks through his own molotov fire and CLG comes back to win the map and beat Splyce. Remember it’s not over until the stand in walks through his own fire and dies.
  • EA announces their next upcoming Battlefield Game will be set in World War 1 but will have some semi & fully automatic rifles that were not around at the time, so as far as historical accuracy it’s less Lincoln and more Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.
  • And while EA goes back in time Activision goes to infinity and beyond or more specifically…Infinite Warfare who’s Trailer set to a rock rendition of David Bowie’s Space Oddity gets over 1.8MM dislikes and counting, fans of the game respond with “Ground Control to Ben Chichoski, your game is dead, there’s something wrong, can you hear me Ben Chichoski?”
  • Nevada Gaming Control Board will hold a committee meeting May 13th to talk Esports led by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval hearing representatives from organizations like ESL and Echo Fox who will explain what Esports is and what it could offer Vegas.
  • Pilgrim Media Group makers of “My Big Fat Fabulous Life” and ESL partner to create Digital Programming for their 24/7 Esports TV channel facilitated through Lionsgate President of Interactive Ventures and Games Peter Levin who invested in Pilgrim last year.
  • ESL announces their European and Australia/New Zealand Challenge Division Cups each with a $5k prize pool. They also announce their ESL Premiership, with the largest Indian based Esports tournament prize pool of $64k culminating in a December Grand Final.
  • World Esports Association unveils their founding members, when asked what they do here they replied, “we are good at dealing with Esports, why can’t Esports understand that!?”
  • Blizzard moves from ranking players 1-50 to a Tier system with ranks 1 – 5 within each tier. When you reach rank 1 within your tier you can then compete in a promotion match to move up to the next tier. Some of the Tier names may sound familiar…”Hearts, Bronze, Horseshoes, Clovers, and Balloons, Pots of Gold and Platinum, Diamond Master too.”
  • Jeffrey Lin Riot’s Lead Game Designer of Social Systems focused on eliminating negative player behavior peaces out of the company, he explains the reason he left was quote “to the get the fuck out of these motherfucking pussy shit eating cock sucker bitches sight, I ain’t got time for their fuck up shit anymore, Lin out”

 

Do you wonder why you don’t sleep well? It’s because there are big questions on your mind that have yet to be answered. Would you like to sleep well tonight, well you can, now with me answering your big questions of the week like…do Esports inspiration stories ruin your life? What’s so terrible about the Call of Duty Infinite Warfare trailer? Is Riot overreacting by making Renegades, Team Dragon Knights, and Team Impulse sell their teams? And Will Magic the Gathering make a comeback to beat out Hearthstone? Such good questions…I know they are because I made them. Let’s start with the…

 

  • All Work All Play documentary which made it’s debut on Netflix chronicling teams competing in season 9 of the Intel Extreme Masters League of Legends tournament and the sacrifices individuals make to compete at the highest level.  Stories of sacrifice to perform at the highest level are inspiring but what about the people who make the same sacrifice and don’t find success. Are stories like this inspiring people to push themselves to their best or landing them into their worst situations?

 

    • Both. On the positive you watch a documentary like All Work All Play, Eddie the Eagle, Cool Runnings…individuals and teams that despite the entire world against them find success in their tenacity, discipline, faith, gambling their life for a chance of greatness giving their life meaning on a level that money can’t buy, and when they obtain it the means to get there are justified & validated because they got to the end of the struggle. On the negative the reason stories about sacrifice to succeed at the highest level are so powerful is because the rise above the other 99% of people who don’t make it and sacrificed big parts of their life like their health, family, and finances. But back to the positive let’s look at it this way, stories like this help us sacrifice the things that aren’t important in life to free up time and energy so we can work towards the thing we were put on this earth to do and do it in a great way.

 

 

  • Call of Duty Infinite Warfare’s Trailer is approaching 2MM dislikes on YouTube, what is so terrible about the trailer and the unveiling of this game?

 

    • They’re crossing the line from Earth to Space, guess who else is in space, Microsoft’s Halo so now there’s just a little less distinction between the two. Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg responded to the haters saying first you gotta love the passion of gamers, second Black Ops 2 was the first game in the Call of Duty series that went into the near future, Black Ops 3 went even further with more futuristic tech and weapons. He’s right, the series has been moving into the future, and as Elon Musk can tell you, the future is in space so it’s a logical progression. But fans do have a point that even though Black Ops 2 & 3 were in the future they were still very grounded figuratively and literally on Earth making it more realistic and connectable but hey, don’t knock it until you try it. The other part of the uproar comes with Activision’s release of Modern Warfare Remastered which long time fans can only buy if they buy it packaged with Infinite Warfare, the game that is on it’s way to being as disliked as Justin Bieber’s baby. Eric ended with saying to fans, “you know you love me, I know you care, And I wanna play it cool, but I’m losin’ you. This game is going down, down, down, and I just can’t believe my fans won’t buy my game”

 

 

  • Riot forces Renegades, Team Dragon Knights, and Team Impulse to sell their teams by May 18th. Is Riot overreacting and making examples out of these leaders and teams?

 

    • No with a hint of Yes. Renegades Co-Owner Chris Badawi got called out for trying to poach players and got a one year ban from the League, the unfair part of this is there should be a larger window for players to be able to talk to teams and field offers. But after the ruling, Renegades other half co-owner Christopher Mykles Monte Cristo set up a contract to give back Badawi his 50% stake in the company at the end of the ban and allowed him to be very involved with the team which led to reports of creating an unsafe environment and not paying people. On top of that both Chris’ were sharing finances and resources with Team Dragon Knights who they lied about their relationship when asked by Riot so yeah you can’t lie about stuff like that when you know it’s against the rules of the game you’re playing in. As far as Impulse, they weren’t paying their players and leadership on time or at all sometimes and they had multiple interventions with Riot about it but did not remedy the situation. From the information we have it sounds like Chris Badawi doesn’t have a place in the Riot ecosystem, Christopher Mykles does but needs to recalibrate, and the leadership of Team Impulse needs to sell because if they can’t pay their employees and guess what, there’s a lot of other people who will and will buy your team to do just that.

 

 

  • CML from Daily Dot reminds us that Magic the Gathering is very much still in the game with $300MM in revenue a year and $250k in annual prize pools. Will Magic the Gathering make a comeback and share the collectable card game space with Hearthstone?

 

    • I want it to be true so badly but it won’t. Do you know the game Warhammer 40k? Probably not, but if you do, it’s a beautiful game, it’s a battlefield playing with works of art. Do you know the game Warcraft? Probably. Blizzard used Warhammer 40k as their inspiration to launch Warcraft I. Blizzard also used Magic the Gathering as inspiration to create their World of Warcraft Trading Card Game which got discontinued in 2013 when Hearthstone took over. There will continue to be a place for Warhammer 40k & Magic the Gathering but when Wizards of the Coast releases Magic Digital Next they will have Dota success but not League of Legends or Hearthstone success.

 

We’ll be right back with game highlights from Counter Strike DreamHack Austin Tempo Storm vs Luminosity.

 

And we’re back! Let’s watch the meat and potatoes of this industry…the tournaments. From DreamHack Austin we have Counter Strike Brazilian natives Tempo Storm and Luminosity having their first Texas shootout for a piece of the $100k prize pool. Let’s jump right into it 🙂

 

  • Coming into this match Luminosity has a Kill to Death Ratio of 1.23 and lead with their top player coldzera with an HLTV rating him at 1.26. Tempo Storm trailing behind with a 1.07 Kill to Death Ratio leading with their top player hen1 with a 1.14 HLTV rating. But those are just numbers let’s look at the good stuff.
  • In Game 2, Round 4 – Boltz Snipes Coldzera taking him from 84 to ONE health looking like he can pull of the clutch, misses the second shot, repositions to catch up with him but FNX swaps him like a fly. Coldzera rushing to defuse the bomb Tempo Storm planted and like every movie the time stops at one…but when I say stop I mean blows up in Coldzera’s face. Yes, Yes oh let me taste your tears Luminosity, mmm your tears are so yummy and sweet, oh the tears of unfathomable sadness, mmm yummy you guys.
  • Round 5 – Coldzera and Fallen with 2 pistols against Tempo Storm 4 AK 47’s…Coldzera pops a cap in Boltz, misses his shots on Lucas, reloads, ⅓ of a second after his reload headshots Shoowtime, Lucas picks off Fallen, Coldzera is all alone now, faces his enemies head on takes Hen1 in two shots. Lucas with only 13 health left shuts down Coldzera’s streak, still quite impressive on Tempo Storm’s part.
  • Round 8 – Fallen evens Tempo Storm’s 3 to 2 advantage by snipeing out Shoowtime, his teammate only has one health left so he he sneezes he’s dead, Fallen hovering over the bomb spots Hen1 behind the crates, gives him a flesh wound taking 57 health so he’s still standing, but it gets his teammate Felps to come out and play and Fallen knows he’s coming through the arch, sets his sights waits and takes the kill, swings right to finish the job on Hen1, diffuses the bomb and gets a near ace with 4 kills in the round.
  • Round 13 – Boltz does a slalom jump to his left, Coldzera flicks his aim up and avalanches his ski trip, immediately reloads and goes back for more, Shoowtime wrongly thinking he could take him goes down, Hen1 like that one little cockroach that won’t die receives three body shots taking him down to 19 HP in a 3 on 1, takes the high ground, “and Saint Hen1 raised the Moltov Cocktail up on high saying ‘O Lord, bless this thy Moltov Cocktail, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy’” Unfortunately the Lord does not bless Hen1 this round.
  • Round 16 – Shoowtime in a 3 on 1 allows Fallen to join the Fallen, not pressing his luck falls back and let’s Luminosity sweat it out while he takes a walk around the block gathering his thoughts, Taco throws a smoke grenade but before the smoke rises, Shoowtime gets eyes on Coldzera getting a 37 HP body shot empties his clip into the smoke, falls back on reload, jumps into the cloud to get a closer position while he has the chance, Luminosity plants the bomb, Shoowtime moves in on Coldzera, Coldzera lobbing a flash grenade, Shoowtime averts his eyes, slowly walks right up to Coldzera and dishes out a chest shot then a headshot, Taco takes cover, Shoowtime lines up his aim so when he jumps out he takes him out taking the 4 Kill clutch for the round.
  • Round 25 – Taco jumps down to Boltz level while he’s flash banged while Taco practices his Bend and Shoot, oh my god the Bend and Shoot works every time, Hen1 gets shut down, Felps pushes through the smoke to surprise Fallen, misses his shot so Fallen takes the kill, who then takes Tempo Storm’s last man Shoowtime taking the round, the map, the tournament, and $50k dollars. Congrats 🙂

 

Well that’s it! We hope you learned and laughed a little and here’s a song in the key of Esports because it’s all a game and this is us having fun with it.

 

Well, I know you can’t Cast On Game Net all your life

But don’t sell team rights tonight, she said, but it’s too late

And I don’t remember what I read, I don’t remember what they said

I guess it doesn’t matter, I guess it doesn’t matter anymore

 

‘Cause you’re gonna go to the Riot store

You’re gonna give ’em all your money

Riot patches what they want you to play

They tell me it’s cool but I just don’t believe it

 

Sell Rights to Renegades

Sell Claims to Renegades

The Esports V C Craze’s gonna give me lots of money

And everything’s gonna be alright

 

No more casting games and 40 hour VODs

You know I don’t want that no more

So I started LA Renegades, kept my day job anyway

I guess it doesn’t matter, I guess it doesn’t matter anymore

 

‘Cause you’re gonna go to the Riot store

You’re gonna give ’em all your money

All hail Riot government

They tell me it’s cool but I just don’t believe it

 

Sell Rights to Renegades

Sell Claims to Renegades

The Esports V C Craze’s gonna give me lots of money

And everything’s gonna be…

 

And I know they’re making you sell

You got Grace till May 18th

Cause Brandon Beck said, that’s the way it is

Mark Merrill said “It don’t get better than this” no no no

 

So I got warnings from the Riot company

They say they’re gonna give me one more chance

If I ban Chris Badawi

Of course I don’t, so they make me sell my baby

 

Sell Rights to Renegades

Sell Claims to Renegades

The Esports V C Craze’s gonna give me lots of money

And everything’s gonna be alright

 

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

The Esports VC Craze’s gonna make everything alright

Baby don’t you sign that paper tonight she said

But I can’t watch League replays all my life

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