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title="Permanent Link to What to Watch: The Week in eSports (January 25-February 1, 2013)">PlanetSide 2 Bio Lab bust







This week in our new competitive gaming column: could PlanetSide 2 be the first competitive shooter to achieve RTS/MOBA-level worldwide success? MLG and Sony think it just might. Plus: Who will secure their spots in Dota 2's The Defense 3 playoffs? This and much more below. gl hf!



PlanetSide 2 + MLG = Profit?

The big news today is that Major League Gaming has partnered with developers Sony Online Entertainment to bring PlanetSide 2 into the eSports spotlight. This is an interesting twist, as nothing on the scale of PlanetSide's continent-spanning warfare, often involving hundreds of soldiers, has been presented in a major, competitive context before now. Shooters in general, actually, tend to struggle in terms of viewership beside the more easily-readable presentation of top-down strategy and MOBA games.



The idea of PlanetSide as an eSport presents a lot of interesting questions. Could we see professional teams with dozens of members, operating under a military command structure? On top of this, MLG has officially announced two games for their Winter 2013 Pro Circuit season: League of Legends and Black Ops 2 (on the 360.) They are being rather mum about the unannounced third game. It seems almost ludicrous that a game with the worldwide popularity of StarCraft could get the boot, but this new partnership with Sony certainly has me wondering if we might be seeing Auraxis in place of Shakuras at the Winter Championship in Dallas this March.



StarCraft 2





IEM Katowice has concluded, with South Korea's First of Incredible Miracle and Dream of Team MVP claiming the first and second spots, respectively. PartinG and Socke secured the 3rd-4th spots. All four of them will get the chance to face off again among the 24 qualified participants at the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship in Germany, starting on March 5. In the GSL, the unsponsored South Korean BBoongBBoong pulled a major Code S upset in group D, defeating StarTale's Squirtle in the winner's match.



Upcoming Events

 

The Iron Squid — Chapter II offline semifinals and finals are set to run this weekend in Paris, France, with a $12,500 top prize. From a bracket practically bursting with fan favorites, only four players remain: MarineKing, Life, NesTea, and DongRaeGu.



Watch it: Ironsquid.tv



Other Stuff

 

I got to sit down for a massive interview with StarCraft II Game Director Dustin Browder last week. Give it a look to find out more about the state of Heart of the Swarm, and what's yet to come.



Day's Funday Monday topic this week: As Terran, you can only build one Factory and one Barracks. Check out some creative Terran air play in the Heart of the Swarm beta.



Axslav has a Rules of Engagement to help you learn how to stay cool and hold the line when you're being attacked from everywhere at once.



League of Legends





Two pro players have been issued lifetime bans for toxic behavior: StunnedandSlayed and Veigodx of Team Solo Mebdi. This effectively disqualified the team from the LCS Qualifiers this weekend.



Upcoming Events

 

Riot's LCS European Qualifiers begin tonight (technically tomorrow) at 1 a.m. PST/4 a.m. EST. For us North Americans, that means some serious caffeine will probably be required to tune in live. There are definitely incentives to do so, however, as we'll get to see the likes of Curse EU and Fnatic compete for five spots in the Season 3 Championships.



Watch it: LeagueofLegends.com



Other Stuff

 



Thresh, the Chain Warden is now available for purchase. He's a support champion with some good tankiness and a focus on positional play.



Dota 2





The active player count in Dota 2 has climbed above three million per month. While still only a fraction of League's numbers, that's pretty impressive for a game that's not even technically released. Team Fnatic has also just announced that their North American team has released four of its five players. According to JoinDota, they hope to build around the remaining member, Johnathan "SMURF" Gorriz.



Upcoming Events

 

The Defense 3 group stage is getting down to the wire. Fnatic.eu has achieved a perfect 7-0 record. The 6-0 Mousesports would need to win their final game in Group A to catch up. Only one team from each group will advance to the playoffs, meaning we'll be seeing a couple of tiebreaker matches. The deadlock will have to be broken between Empire and Dignitas (both 6-1) in Group B. Group C also currently has a tie, as North American Evil Geniuses managed to match Sweden's No Tidehunter in Group C, at 5-2. The winners of these matches will go on to face Mousesports and Fnatic in a double-elimination bracket for the championship.



Watch it: The-Defense.com



Other Stuff

 

The Troll Warlord has just joined the roster of heroes, an Agility monster whose pedigree goes all the way back to the mohawk-sporting troll axe-throwers of WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness. His effectiveness up close and at range make him a very flexible carry.



That's it for this week, eSports faithful. Let us know in the comments what you think of this week's stories, and what eSports events you're most looking forward to in 2013.



gg!
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title="Permanent Link to Why you should watch eSports">Rain vs Flash - Tournament of Champions - Game 1.mp4_snapshot_11.47_[2013.01.25_14.52.12]







Got eSports? The competitive gaming scene has grown enormously in the last couple years, with PC titles like StarCraft II, League of Legends, and Dota 2 leading the charge. Many of you have probably already joined in the excitement and insanity, but if you haven't, I want to change your mind.



All I ask is that you take a few minutes to watch our latest video, in which I Zerg rush the main reasons I keep hearing for why people haven't gotten into eSports. Too boring? Too complicated? Can't take it seriously? Prepare to defend the worker lines of your brain against some three-pronged drop harass.
Product Update - Valve
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Fixed a client crash during demo playback
TF2 Blog
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:


  • Fixed a client crash during demo playback
Product Update - Valve
- Updated the icons for the new Warlock and Lone Druid sets.
- Fixed units not pathing around invisible enemies.
- Fixed stolen Berserker's Rage not restoring the original attack type on death.
- Fixed for LP mode not limiting 40 heroes.
- Fixed Battle Trance affecting units like Spirit Bear.
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title="Permanent Link to Portal 2 mod used as recruitment tool for data applications company">Portal 2 WibiData mod







WibiData, a startup data applications developer, uses a rather interesting recruitment process: it tasks prospective hires with puzzling out a lost PIN code in a recreation of the company's offices in Portal 2. Yes, that includes hearing modulated insults from a GlaDOS soundalike as you gather reset keys and jump through walls.



Speaking to the New York Times (via VentureBeat), WibiData CEO Christophe Bisciglia said the mod's genesis arose from how Portal 2's layered puzzles "makes me feel like I exercise the same part of my brain that programming and problem-solving does."



Bisciglia commissioned modder Doug Hoogland to design and create WibiData's virtual workspace and the puzzles housed beneath it. Hoogland earned Bisciglia's attention after he fashioned a Portal-ized wedding proposal for an earlier customer, which is both romantically adorable and the best chance to see a murderous computer become a third wheel.



We presume WibiData's employee insurance policy now covers injuries sustained from teleportation ovals and scheming sentient AIs. You can check out the mod for yourself on the company's website.
Product Update - Valve
An update to Half-Life 2: Deathmatch has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Half-Life 2: Deathmatch. The major changes include:

  • Fixed a server crash caused by spawning npc_zombie entities in the map
Jan 24, 2013
Community Announcements - Finol
Don't feed this guy.



In happier news, our new Calendar system is now available. Leagues can add events to the calendar making pro games easier to follow than ever before.



 

And what better way of using this new feature than by following the new SEA League? That GoDz guy is so dreamy.

 

We've also added All Random mode and tweaked Least Played to now hide a player's top 40 heroes.

And unlike last week, I will properly link to the changelog this time.
Product Update - Valve
Updates to Team Fortress 2, Day of Defeat: Source and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:


Source Engine Changes (TF2, DoD:S, HL2:DM)
  • Fixed a bug that was preventing some crashes from being reported
  • Fixed the chat window not accepting characters for some languages

Team Fortress 2
  • Added raw mouse input for the Linux version
  • Fixed missing text in the recipe descriptions for The Rescue Ranger, The Loose Cannon, and The Vaccinator
  • Updated the equip_region setting for The Bootie Time
  • Updated The Menpo to be paintable
  • Updated The Last Straw to be paintable
  • Updated The Digit Divulger with new styles
  • Updated The Rescue Ranger so it can be used as an ingredient when crafting
  • Updated the localization files
  • Updated the Item Import Tool
    • Improved UI layout
    • Added support for facial animations
    • Fixed skins sticking after a different DMX was loaded
    • Added support for LOD testing
    • Hats will automatically add an Unusual attachment point to bip_head
  • Vintage-quality items and Botkiller items that are otherwise tradable can now be listed on the Steam Community Market
TF2 Blog
Updates to Team Fortress 2, Day of Defeat: Source and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:


Source Engine Changes (TF2, DoD:S, HL2:DM)

  • Fixed a bug that was preventing some crashes from being reported
  • Fixed the chat window not accepting characters for some languages


Team Fortress 2

  • Added raw mouse input for the Linux version
  • Fixed missing text in the recipe descriptions for The Rescue Ranger, The Loose Cannon, and The Vaccinator
  • Updated the equip_region setting for The Bootie Time
  • Updated The Menpo to be paintable
  • Updated The Last Straw to be paintable
  • Updated The Digit Divulger with new styles
  • Updated The Rescue Ranger so it can be used as an ingredient when crafting
  • Updated the localization files
  • Updated the Item Import Tool

    • Improved UI layout
    • Added support for facial animations
    • Fixed skins sticking after a different DMX was loaded
    • Added support for LOD testing
    • Hats will automatically add an Unusual attachment point to bip_head

  • Vintage-quality items and Botkiller items that are otherwise tradable can now be listed on the Steam Community Market

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