Category Archives: Opinion

Who would represent GB in a League of Legends Olympic Games? Scene reacts

Could a League of Legends team represent Great Britain in the eGames at Rio this summer? We took to Twitter to ask UK pros and people in the scene what they thought of the UK Government backing an Olympics-style eSports tournament, and which players could potentially represent GB at League of Legends. Specific games haven't…
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A new era for UK eSports: Behind the scenes at ESL UK’s new Studio 1

eSports News UK was lucky enough to check out ESL's new Studio 1 facility in Leicester last week - here's our views and pictures from the launch day. Although it's rather inconspicuous from the outside, as soon as you step into the new studio it's clear this is something special. While it's pretty dark, there are hues…
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Sky begins covering eSports on Sky Sports 1 as Brit loses out in FIFA Interactive World Cup final

UPDATE (March 22nd): Sky has begun broadcasting FIFA eSports coverage on Sky Sports 1 and online. Previously it aired the Intel Extreme Masters CSGO tournament on Sky 2 only. The broadcaster covered the FIFA Interactive World Cup in New York City this evening, where British player Sean "xL Dragon" Allen lost out to Mohamad Al-Bacha in a thrilling final. Al-Bacha clawed…
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Does the UK eSports scene need more female players?

eSports News UK speaks to Hege "Hedje" Botnen (centre) from the LGB eSports female CSGO team eSports has long been a male-dominant area - but now Intel and ESL are trying to attract more women into the scene to make it more diverse. They have launched the AnyKey initiative in a bid to create more opportunities…
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‘We’re at a point where we have to take eSports staff members seriously’ – breaking down the Team Huma debacle

This week The Daily Dot posted an article stating that EU Challenger Series organisation Team Huma hadn't paid its players on time, nor provided them with expenses for essential amenities like accommodation. While payment and accommodation issues have plagued some UK orgs in the past, player contracts are slowly becoming the norm which should gradually help improve the scene. However, Team Huma's story is utterly appalling…
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Where are all the UK eSports fans?

When I attended the ESL UK Premiership League of Legends finals in Leicester last December, there was only a handful of spectators in the audience. It was unsurprising, and probably more due to the fact that ESL advertised ticket sales late, but still disappointing to see. ESL UK is pushing tickets nice and early this time, and…
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‘No female player is good enough, but I have tricks up my sleeve’ – Team Paria’s UK female mid-laner Vicksy

Female pro gamers will struggle at the top level of competitive League of Legends because they aren't yet as good as male players, says Team Paria's UK mid-laner Victoria "Vicksy" Doman. She recently joined Paria's first-team roster and will compete in this weekend's promotions tournament to qualify for season three of the ESL UK Premiership. When asked…
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