We’re recapping the results and news from last weekend’s International main event, talking about Google’s purchase of Twitch, TI4′s coverage on ESPN, the return of an original Dota hero, and the retirement of one of …
Britannia is ruling some strange unknowable waves these days.
Jul 25 2014
We’re recapping the results and news from last weekend’s International main event, talking about Google’s purchase of Twitch, TI4′s coverage on ESPN, the return of an original Dota hero, and the retirement of one of China’s best players. This and more in this week’s eSports weekly.
The International 4 Results
Well, the biggest eSports event of the summer (in terms of prize money) is now over, and what a main event it was. The grand finals saw Newbee, the surprising team emerging from the winner’s bracket, defeat Vici Gaming 3-1. Vici, the #1 seed after round robin play, won the first game out of the best of five, but then dropped the next three to the eventual champions. Newbee displayed exceptional dominance as the series progressed, taking consistently less time to win each game. Game two was won in 26 minutes, game three was won in 17 and a half, and game four in just over 15. What’s most impressive about Newbee’s victory was how challenging their road was. Going just 7-8, they had the lowest seed going into their phase three bubble bracket, but won all three rounds, defeating Titan, Na’Vi, and Invictus Gaming to earn a spot in the winner’s bracket. Their run didn’t stop there, as they defeated their eventual grand finals opponent Vici, as well as the #2 seed and crowd favorite Evil Geniuses to lock up their spot in the grand final. With a perfect 6-0 record in phase three and the main event, including two wins over the #1 seed, there’s no question that Newbee earned the $5 million prize. Here’s a Dota 2 Liquipedia table that shows the final standings, and details the complete distribution of the near $11 million prize pool.
Jul 25 2014
Jul 24 2014
Jul 24 2014
Comic Book movies have certainly taken off in the past few years (not just in popularity, but financially as well), so why shouldn’t this trend go work for video games too? While I know we can all think of many examples of terrible video game movies, there have been only a few good ones that I can think of. Regardless I’ve got high hopes for the upcoming Uncharted film which Sony has just announced will be released on June 10th, 2016. This date was previously held by The Amazing Spider-Man 3. I take this time slot switch-up to mean that Sony has a lot of faith in this movie and thinks it can stand up alongside the other big name summer blockbusters. Director Seth Gordon has stated that shooting will start in early 2015, despite the fact that a lead actor has yet to be cast in the role of Nathan Drake. Also if you’re curious, the screenplay is being written by David Guggenheim whose credits include Stolen and Safehouse and no I’ve never heard of those movies either.
Jul 24 2014
EA has recently announced that they will be pulling their support plug on The Sims 2, which saw release in 2004. EA will now be upgrading all Sims 2 owners to the Ultimate Collection, and for a limited time, anyone can go and download the game for free. To get your free copy of The Sims 2, which will also come with every expansion for the game, simply boot up your Origin account and redeem the code “I Love The Sims” without the quotation marks. The offer is only valid until July 31st, so get to it while the offer is still good. While I personally only got into the original title, I have indeed taken advantage of this offer. My first order of business will be to trap someone in a pool, light someone on fire, and then trap someone in a closet. Happy Simming!
Jul 23 2014