eSports News Update – July 3rd, 2015

By: Drew Martz

               Welcome back to another eSports News Update!  Can you believe summer is halfway over already?

 

First up in the news, Twitch may be finally getting some competition in the live streaming department.  I covered the announcement that YouTube was gearing up to launch a new streaming service made specifically for covering eSports events and other gaming-related videos, but a few weeks ago YouTube officially announced YouTube Gaming.  For the most part, the service will offer standard features commonly found on Twitch, such as 60 fps streaming, the ability to subscribe to a channel, and a centralized live chat for each stream, YouTube Gaming also has the potential to bring some new things to the table, such as easier ways to convert your stream to a YouTube video (I would hope, all things considered) and a recommendation system that recommends channels and games based off of the streams you watch.  It also sports a sleek red and black design that I am a big fan of.  You can find all the details on YouTube Gaming on its official Twitter page, and you can be notified of its launch by subscribing to its website.

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The 2015 League Championship Series Summer Split is almost halfway through now, and it has certainly been spawning a lot of news as of late.  FNATIC is making waves as they have officially surpassed the longest win streak in EU LCS history with an astonishing 10-0 record, defeating every other team in EU.  However, not everything is quite so rosy for the Copenhagen Wolves, currently taking last place in the region at 2-8.  Their coach, Karl “Dentist” Krey got involved in some controversy during the first week of the LCS along with caster Martin “Deficio” Lynge over tampering with contracted players and the leaking of SK Gaming’s strategies during the split.  A week ago, these happenings proved too much for their jungler, Airwaks, as he announced his departure from the team citing a poor environment.  Now, the Copenhagen Wolves top laner Youngbuck and the support Unlimited announced that they also want out for similar reasons.  We also just learned yesterday that a “poor environment” was just the beginning: the players allege that their salaries were being delayed several months at a time, and the living conditions are incredibly scarce despite being promised adequate funding from the organization.  After all of the departures and rampant controversy, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the last split for the Wolves.

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Finally, it was announced two weeks ago that Denial, the reigning champs of the Call of Duty Championship, will no longer start with any of the players who originally won the coveted title, as the last two championship-winning members of the group, Clay “Clayster” Eubanks and Dillon “Attach” Price have left to join FaZe.  However, it seems like this will be a strong move from FaZe, as the current powerhouse OpTic Gaming have been dominating the scene.  With these substitutions, FaZe might just have what it takes to triumph over them again and put them back in their place.

That’s all for this update!  Check back next time for the latest in eSports news.  I also hope everyone has a lovely Fourth of July weekend!

About the Blogger

aaaaDrew Martz is a junior at the University of Michigan studying Computer Science, and has been an avid gamer since he was only 5 years old. His favorite games include League of Legends, Pokémon, and Animal Crossing, but also is a big fan of the RPG genre.  His dream job is to be a character designer.  In his downtime, when he’s not playing games or following E-Sports, Drew enjoys binge-watching TV shows on Netflix and YouTube videos.