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Serious Gaming adds StarCraft II team (34 comments)
Posted by Zerter @ 13:10 CDT, 14 April 2010 - iMsg
Serious Gaming / Team Razer, best known on this site for their star Quake players Poland av3k and Belarus Cypher, has today announced the addition of a StarCraft II division consisting of various new and oldschool top RTS players, the team will consist of none other than (with descriptions as given in the announcement newspost):

United States of America Nikolaus "SonKiE" Cassidy - TerranKorea (Republic of) Dong Hwan "viOlet" Kim - Zerg Netherlands Lennart "Sushilicious" Roest - ZergNetherlands Patrick "DaBoO" Bolleboom - Zerg
Netherlands Jos "Zerter" Buijvoets (Manager) - Protoss
Sweden Oskar "Zubie" Rudberg (Support) - Protoss

The original newspost also contains various statements and additional information surrounding the StarCraft II division, including plans to add additional players in the future.
Edited by xou at 17:23 CDT, 14 April 2010 - 8636 Hits
ESL StarCraft II invitational announced (41 comments)
Posted by Zerter @ 11:06 CDT, 17 March 2010 - iMsg
Scheduled: 11:00 CDT, 19 March 2010 to 16:00 CDT, 19 March 2010
Schedule: Passed

The Electronic Sports League has announced a StarCraft II invitational featuring 16 of Europe's finest players which is to take place upcoming Friday at 10:00 CST and is estimated to last roughly five hours.

The tournament will consist of a single elimination bracket with best-of-three matches, excluding the finals which will be best-of-five. At stake in the event is 200€ as well as five beta keys which will be raffled away among viewers. The matches will be streamed by ESL TV and provided with German commentary.

Final: SpainSC_Terran Lucifron 3-0 NetherlandsSC_Protoss Liquid`Nazgul (Replay)


Links: Brackets including Replays, ESL TV
Edited by xou at 12:34 CDT, 20 March 2010 - 11902 Hits
Razer and Blizzard to release SC II gear (28 comments)
Posted by Zerter @ 15:58 CDT, 12 August 2009 - iMsg
It was announced on tuesday that computer peripherals manufacturer Razer and video game developer Blizzard Entertainment will be cooperating to create high end, StarCraft II themed, tournament grade gaming gear designed to maximize the StarCraft II experience. Mouses, keyboards and headsets are to be expected.

According to Razer's Robert 'Razerguy' Krakoff: “It has been a little over a decade since StarCraft first rocked the video game industry and began a legacy that continues to this day. We’re extremely excited to be working with Blizzard Entertainment on the StarCraft II gaming peripherals and gear. The project is in the development phase with a focus on serving up innovative features while offering precision, cutting-edge technology, accuracy, speed and comfort.”

More information can be found at a StarCraft 2 section at razerzone.
Edited by Zerter at 16:03 CDT, 12 August 2009 - 6703 Hits
Regional eSports Player of the Year vote (46 comments)
Posted by Zerter @ 11:30 CDT, 29 June 2009 - iMsg
Similiar to last year, Turtle Entertainment's eSports Award has started a voting process to determine which six players they will recognize as the Player of the Year of their respective regions. The regional winners will eventually be compared to eachother in order to determine who will be recognized as eSports Player of the Year.

The categories and voting sites are:

Northern Europe eSports Player of the Year (SK Gaming, fragbite, rakaka.se)

Includes
- Sweden Magnus 'fox' Olsson (Quake)
- Sweden Sebastian 'Spart1e' Siira (Quake)


Western Europe eSports Player of the Year (SK Gaming, readmore, fragster.de, eSportsFrance)


Eastern Europe Player of the Year (SK Gaming, Gameinside, eSport.pl)

Includes
- Poland Maciej 'av3k' Krzykowski
- Belarus Alexey 'Cypher' Yushanevsky


Korea eSports Player of the Year


China eSports Player of the Year (nicez, Replays.net)

Includes
- China Fan 'Razerj' Zhibo


America eSports Player of the Year (Teamplay.com.br, Team EG, SK Gaming)

Includes
- United States of America Shane 'rapha' Hendrixson


Source: eSports Award
Edited by xou at 12:55 CDT, 29 June 2009 - 11756 Hits
Razer releases Razer Sphex (94 comments)
Posted by Zerter @ 07:12 CDT, 28 May 2009 - iMsg
Razer has released a new gaming mouse mat, according to Razorzone.com:
"With the Razer Sphex, Razer introduces the first gaming grade desktop skin. With a value proposition unmatched by other gaming mouse mats, the Razer Sphex delivers high tracking quality on the thinnest mousing surface ever. Additionally the multiuse adhesive of the Razer Sphex lets you attach and remove it on any surface, allowing you to take it with you wherever you go."

It is made with gamers in mind and costs 15$.
Edited by Nukm at 07:38 CDT, 28 May 2009 - 22067 Hits
Serious.Razer.Cypher mouse goes for $501 (67 comments)
Posted by Zerter @ 08:20 CDT, 19 March 2009 - iMsg
We recently reported that one of the limited edition Serious.Razer.Cypher mouses was put for sale on ebay with its winnings to be donated to charity. The mouse has now been sold after 38 biddings for no less than 501$, which will go to the Red Cross International.
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serious.RAZER.Cypher mouse released (50 comments)
Posted by Zerter @ 12:15 CST, 4 March 2009 - iMsg
Previously we reported that a mouse would be released to celebrate the ESWC 2008 victory of Quake III champion Belarus Alexey ‘Cypher’ Yanushevsky. Now the "RAZER Deathadder ‘Cypher’ ESWC 2008 Commemorative Edition" mouse has been released in limited numbers, several of which will be winnable in various contests.

"RAZER, Cypher and Serious have the honor to give away three of these highly anticipated mouses via three different ways: a Wallpaper Contest, a Logo Contest and a Charity Auction to be held via EBAY. The revenue of the auction will be donated to Red Cross International. - Serious Gaming"

The wallpaper contest will require you to design a wallpaper including Serious, Razer and Cypher, not only will the winner win a mouse but also a Serious.Razer jacket and a a RAZER Goliathus Speed mousepad, signed by Cypher.

The logo contest will require you to design a Serious Gaming logo, winnable will not only be a mouse but also a Serious.RAZER shirt, a RAZER Lycosa Mirror keyboard and a RAZER Goliathus Speed mousepad signed by Cypher.

The ebay auction is what it says, one mouse will be auctioned on ebay and the revenue is to be donated to the red cross. Not only a mouse will be purchable, a RAZER Lycosa Mirror keyboard, a RAZER Carcharias headset, a RAZER Goliathus Speed mousepad, a Serious.RAZER shirt signed by Cypher and a RAZER Messenger bag are included as well.

Find the ebay link here. The auction will start tonight; 13:00 CST, 4 March 2009. Bidding is possible until 11:00 CDT, 14 March 2009.

For more information about the contests go to the Serious Gaming website.
Edited by Nicky at 12:59 CST, 4 March 2009 - 41307 Hits
Cypher mouse contests (No comments)
Posted by Zerter @ 12:04 CST, 4 March 2009 - iMsg
Previously we reported that a mouse would be released to celebrate the ESWC 2008 victory of Quake III champion Belarus Alexey ‘Cypher’ Yanushevsky. Now the "RAZER Deathadder ‘Cypher’ ESWC 2008 Commemorative Edition" mouse has been released in limited numbers, several of which will be winnable in various contests.

RAZER, Cypher and Serious have the honor to give away three of these highly anticipated mouses via three different ways: a Wallpaper Contest, a Logo Contest and a Charity Auction to be held via EBAY. The revenue of the auction will be donated to Red Cross International.
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eSports film in renowned Dutch theater (16 comments)
Posted by Zerter @ 07:12 CST, 18 February 2009 - iMsg
Earlier we reported on the festival premiere of the Beyond the Game documentary featuring two-fold WCG champions, China Xiaofeng "Sky" Li & Netherlands Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen, as well as former BWI champion, Sweden Fredrik "MaDFroG" Johansson, by renowned Dutch filmmaker Jos de Putter. Now the highly anticipated film will finally make its way to film theaters. Its cinema premiere will be in Pathé Tuschinski, the most famous Dutch film theater, at March 15 11:30 CET before being shown in theaters throughout The Netherlands starting on March 19.


Taking place at the event as well will be the WarCraft III finals of the Dutch ESL Pro Series, letting the audience feel the excitement of a live WarCraft III match with real stakes. Tickets can be purchased through the Pathe website and more information can be found at the Beyond the Game website (Official trailer).

Overview
Pre première and ESL Pro Series Final
Sunday March 15th 2009
Pathé Tuschinski 1 - Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
11:30 – 12:50 screening film (open at 11:00 am)
13:15 – 14:30 ESL Pro Series Final, Warcraft 3, possibly featuring World Champion Grubby
Edited by xou at 11:32 CST, 18 February 2009 - 8343 Hits
Beyond the Game trailer (24 comments)
Posted by Zerter @ 09:19 CST, 27 November 2008 - iMsg
For those of you interested in the Beyond the Game film featuring China Sky, Netherlands Grubby and Sweden MaDFroG there is now a trailer available!

Beyond the Game trailer

The Dutch headlines read:

"The battle between two living legends"
"Grubby and Sky"
"The life stories"
"The goal"
"The sacrifices"
"For the first time on film and DVD"
"In Beyond the Game"
"Order the DVD with film and all extras"
"Extras include Moon, ToD, Blizzard [Entertainment] Gari Kasparov"
" www.beyondthegame.nl "
Edited by Zerter at 09:25 CST, 27 November 2008 - 9404 Hits
Dates and tickets for Beyond the Game (13 comments)
Posted by Zerter @ 11:10 CST, 17 November 2008 - iMsg
As reported earlier, eSports documentary 'Beyond the Game' will debute at the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam four days from now.

More information about the screening date has now been released and tickets are now available online.

The premier of the film will take place Friday November 21 in Pathé de Munt at 11:00 CST, it is scheduled to last until 12:30 CST. Standard tickets cost €8,50, tickets with a Discount card or IDFA-coupon cost €6,00. A second screening will take place Monday November 24 in Pathé Tuschinski at 05:00 CST lasting till 06:30 CST. A third screening will take place at Thursday November 27 15:00 CST lasting till 16:30 CST once again in Pathé de Munt. Tickets to all screenings have the same prices.

To order tickets to see the Friday Nov 21 screening click here
To order tickets to see the Monday Nov 24 screening click here
To order tickets to see the Thursday Nov 27 screening click here

Source: BeyondtheGame.nl (English language website)

Edited by Nicky at 12:49 CST, 17 November 2008 - 7187 Hits
Documentary 'Beyond the Game' Created (64 comments)
Posted by Zerter @ 07:51 CST, 4 November 2008 - iMsg
At the upcoming International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, which will take place from November 20 till November 30, a documentary film titled 'Beyond the Game' is to be aired featuring several WarCraft III players as they battle for World Cyber Games gold.

Made by renowned Dutch filmmaker Jos de Putter, the film mainly revolves around rivals China Xiaofeng 'Sky' Li (pictured) and Netherlands Manuel 'Grubby' Schenkhuizen who clash at WCG 2007 in United States of America Seattle. Featured as well is eSports Player of the Year 2004 Sweden Fredrik 'MaDFroG' Johansson, who reflects back on his competitive years as he is now living a life in Sweden that has nothing to do with gaming.


For a full synopsis read the film's entry at IDFA here, for more general information read it's Wikipedia entry and to stay updated and learn more about the film there are a series of on-going blogs which include entries by Jos de Putter and Manuel Schenkhuizen which can be found here.
Edited by Nicky at 08:37 CST, 4 November 2008 - 17235 Hits
ESWC Masters of Athens 2008 participants (367 comments)
Posted by Zerter @ 12:22 CDT, 22 September 2008 - iMsg
The international participants for the eswc Electronic Sports World Cup's Masters of Athens have been announced.

They are:

Quake III: Arena
Poland av3k - cup_gold 2007
United States of America Chance
Russia Cooller - cup_gold 2003, cup_bronze 2004, cup_gold 2005, cup_silver 2007
Belarus Cypher - cup_silver 2006, cup_gold 2008
Sweden fox - cup_gold 2004, cup_bronze 2005
China Jibo
Germany K1llsen - cup_silver 2008
France Linkin
Russia Makaveli
Austria Noctis
United States of America Rapha - cup_bronze 2008
Sweden Toxjq


Announced as well are the computer regulations and computer specifications.


Source: ESWC
Edited by Aaron at 03:32 CDT, 23 September 2008 - 89515 Hits
ESWC Masters of Athens 2008 announced (125 comments)
Posted by Zerter @ 11:45 CDT, 12 September 2008 - iMsg
Scheduled: 02:00 CDT, 17 October 2008
Schedule: Passed

eswc Electronic Sports World Cup just announced the ESWC Masters of Athens to take place from October 17th to 18th and will feature Quake 3 Quake III and wc3 WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne competitions.

Both games will have a 15.000$ prize pool and 12 international participants as well as 4 Greek champions. The champions of the event will receive an auto-berth to ESWC 2009.

Those interested in applying to enter the event can do so here until September 21, participants will be announced the next day, seeding will be announced October 8th and groups will be announced October 10th.

Edited by Nicky at 02:43 CDT, 13 September 2008 - 50307 Hits
Razer & srs release Cypher mouse (318 comments)
Posted by Zerter @ 03:38 CDT, 9 September 2008 - iMsg
The computer peripherals manufacturer Razer has announced in a press release that they will be release a mouse to celebrate Belarus Alexey ‘Cypher’ Yanushevsky's recent victory at the ESWC 2008 Finals.


The white 'serious.razer.Cypher Limited Edition Deathadder mouse' carries Cypher's signature and nickname and fifteen of them will be attainable alongside a signed Cypher shirt and a Razer Messenger bag through participation in online contests which are to be announced at razerzone and Razer's fan page at Facebook.

Five will also be given away at the Igromir Expo in Russia Moscow from the 6th till the 9th of November where Cypher will be playing demonstration matches.

An interview with Cypher alongside more detailed pictures of the mouse can be found at the team razorzone website.
Edited by xou at 04:01 CDT, 9 September 2008 - 70466 Hits
Razer & srs release Cypher mouse (No comments)
Posted by Zerter @ 03:24 CDT, 9 September 2008 - iMsg
computer peripherals manufacturer Razer has announced in a pressrelease they will be releasing a mouse to celebrate Belarus Alexey ‘Cypher’ Yanushevsky's recent victory at the 2008 Electronic Sports World Cup.


The white 'serious.razer.Cypher Limited Edition Deathadder mouse' carries Cypher's signature and nickname and fifteen of them will be attainable alongside a signed Cypher shirt and a Razer Messenger bag through participation in online contests which are to be announced at razorzone and Razer's fan page at Facebook.

Five will also be given away at the Igromir Expo in Russia Moscow from the 6th till the 9th of November where Cypher will be playing demonstration matches.
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Competitive Gaming Sites - The Stats II (97 comments)
Posted by Zerter @ 09:19 CDT, 21 April 2008 - iMsg
Last February United Kingdom Nicky made a overview of the estimated traffic for various esports sites titled 'Competitive Gaming Sites - The Stats'. Fourteen Months later it seems like a appropriate time to do this again.

Overall ranking (200,000+ visits)
1. ESL.eu 1,981,300 visits (+1,133,500)
2. China Replays.net 1,310,700 (+367,100)
3. GotFrag.com 1,287,900 (+535,000)
4. GGL.com (ClanBase) 1,263,100 (+266,200)
5. SK-Gaming.com 1,118,100 (+793,600)
6. Germany GIGA.de 944,200 (+497,300)
7. Mousesports.com 662,900 (+595,600)
8. Russia ProPlay.ru 636,000 (+?)
9. teamliquid.net 608,700 (+436,500)
10. myMYM.com 586,700 (+362,100)
11. Germany Readmore.de 530,700 (+396,600)
12. WCReplays.com 513,300 (+60,200)
13. GosuGamers.net 477,500 (+244,100)
14. Russia cyberfight.ru (.org) 359,200 (+7,600)
15. Korea (Republic of) fighterforum.com 327,100 (+176,900)
16. Sweden fragbite.com 297,100 (+52,700)
17. crossfire.nu (xfire.be) 295,800 (+203,580)
18. WorldCyberGames.com 211,500 (+91,600)
19. ESreality.com 207,200 (-21,000)
20. Replayers.com 206,000 (+100,100)

All of the above statistics are estimated, for the previous 30 days and probably off by about 15-30% or more. Visits are presumed to be unique hits.

Anyone that knows any other esports site with 200,000+ hits at trafficestimate should feel free to mention them in the comment section.
Edited by Zerter at 09:30 CDT, 21 April 2008 - 85675 Hits
ESWC Netherlands 2008 announced (70 comments)
Posted by Zerter @ 13:41 CDT, 9 April 2008 - iMsg
Scheduled: 02:00 CDT, 7 June 2008 to 12:00 CDT, 7 June 2008
Schedule: Passed

The Dutch qualifiers for the 2008 eswc Electronic Sports World Cup (ESWC) have just been announced by WSquared Entertainment. Taking place on June 7 at the CineStar Colosseum in Enschede qualifiers will be held in:

- wc3 Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (two spots)
- Quake 3 Quake III: Arena (one spot)
- tmn Trackmania Nations (two spots)

A Counter-Strike qualifier for the ESWC Masters will also be held from May 17-18.

Trackmania player Netherlands Freek 'XenoGear' Molema will be part of the Dutch delegation as well because of his status as defending champion. The delegation can also increase depending on success of any Dutch players at the ESWC Masters.

Edited by Nicky at 14:53 CDT, 9 April 2008 - 27767 Hits
The Warcraft III Prize Money List 2007 (No comments)
Posted by Zerter @ 09:21 CST, 2 January 2008 - iMsg
In a Gotfrag article just released the 2007 prize money winnings in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne by tournament, player, race and nation have been gathered and broken down in various numbers.

Read it to find out various interesting information, such as:

Tthe combined winnings total over one million dollars with the player topping the list winning more than a Counter-Strike team ever has in a season. One Warcraft III race can claim more winnings than the other three combined, the players of a certain nation in Asia can claim the same.
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The Warcraft III Prize Money List 2007 (No comments)
Posted by Zerter @ 09:21 CST, 2 January 2008 - iMsg
In a Gotfrag article just released the 2007 prize money winnings in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne by tournament, player, race and nation have been gathered and broken down in various numbers.

Read it to find out various interesting information, such as:

Tthe combined winnings total over one million dollars with the player topping the list winning more than a Counter-Strike team ever has in a season. One Warcraft III race can claim more winnings than the other three combined, the players of a certain nation in Asia can claim the same.
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