By: Drew Martz

               It’s been a while, and there’s quite a bit to cover, so let’s get up to speed with the latest E-Sports News!

First and foremost, it’s worthwhile to mention that the word “eSports” has been added to the dictionary (more specifically, Dictionary.com)!  It joins several other pieces of gamer jargon, such as “permadeath” and “completionist”.  It may seem trivial, but it is interesting to watch the slow but steady legitimizing of eSports in our culture.

Next, with the recent release of the much-anticipated Mortal Kombat X game, the developer of the game, NetherRealm Studios, has announced that they have partnered with The Electronic Sports League to create at least two major tournaments for the game, including the Mortal Kombat X ESL Pro League Tournament, boasting a prize pool of $100,000.  The finals will take place July 11th in Los Angeles, and you can donate to the prize pool by purchasing the “Blue Steel” skin for Sub-Zero.

Valve announced the Dota Major Championships recently, a remedy for Dota 2’s long off-season.  The structure of the championships will consist of four seasonal tournaments, including the International in the summer, hosted by various third-party groups at various locations around the world. Valve is also requiring teams adhere to limited roster trade periods during the year.  More details will be released by Valve as the fall season approaches.

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               After 25 years, Nintendo has announced they are bringing back the Nintendo World Championships at the next E3 conference!  Back in 1990, the Nintendo World Championships pitted gamers from all across the United States (creating a little bit of a misnomer) against each other in three games: Super Mario Bros, Rad Racer, and Tetris.  It hasn’t been explicitly stated what games are going to be played at the event, but according to Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President, the event will have an “innovative and nostalgic focus on fun”.  Qualifiers begin on May 30th, and you can watch the live stream of the event on June 14th.

Finally, the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational came to a close on Sunday, with a small upset.  The Chinese team EDward Gaming claimed first place over the fan-favorite Korean team SK Telecom T1 in a close 3-2 series.  The latter team is famous for their mid laner, Faker, but EDward Gaming proved that they were just as worthy of being in the finals.  It was the first time a non-Korean team has beaten a Korean team in a best-of-five series in years, surely making the $100,000 prize even sweeter.

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That’s all for this post!  Check back next time for more breaking eSports news!

aaaaAbout the Blogger

Drew 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.