For many esports players, choosing the right peripherals can make or break your gameplay. And for athletes in the fighting-game community, the most important tool in their arsenal is the fightstick. Every movement, every fireball, and every use of meter demands precision, as every single input matters and is…
For the millions of players and fans worldwide, there’s no question: Esports require training, endurance, mental focus, and, yes, physical precision that absolutely qualify them as a form of sports.
On Saturday, three hundred esports fans and players had the rare opportunity to challenge professional gaming masters at Can You Beat An Esports Champion? Hundreds more watched live on Twitch. The event was hosted by Compete at our New York City HQ, in partnership with Gillette, Kotaku, and Deadspin.
Why do we keep coming back to games that make us want to throw our controllers across the room? A hard video game is a measurable challenge. We play, we die, we play again. We practice, we memorize levels, and we find ourselves getting better. What we’re really doing is fine-tuning and honing our precision until we’ve…
The world of esports is perceived as a boy’s club, so women in competitive gaming already face an uphill battle. But superior gameplay is superior gameplay, and precision skills are not the exclusive province of any gender.
We’ve all seen it, and some of us have lived it: The stigma, which has long afflicted the gaming community, of downing soda, potato chips, and energy drinks during an hours-long gaming run, without a break or a non-packaged food in sight.
Would all of the meta-obsessed competitive gamers raise their hands? Thanks. I’ve got a bone to pick with you.
In traditional sports, leadership roles are well-defined — the quarterback sets the play, and the team listens up. In competitive gaming, the need is just as strong for someone who can make choices under pressure, who can quickly size up an opponent’s weakness and leverage his team’s strong points against them: a…
Enrique “xPeke” Martínez has been playing competitive League of Legends since the very beginning, with Fnatic during Season 1 of the LCS. As such — and in his current capacity as owner and manager of Origen — the world champion has a uniquely 30,000-foot view of the game that made him famous.
You’ve got the perfect PC build (or a brand-new console). You’ve chosen the right monitor or TV for your setup. Now it’s time for… everything else.
Esports is a relatively new phenomenon. Being good at video games is not. But how to make the leap from one to the other?
Wading through the throngs Saturday at Spodek Arena for the League of Legends championship at IEM Katowice, sponsored by Gillette, it wasn’t hard to see which team thousands of Polish fans had come out to watch. The clear favorite was H2K, especially their countryman Jankos, H2K’s star jungler.
This weekend the Studio@Gizmodo team is headed to Katowice, Poland, for the Intel Extreme Masters League of Legends World Championship tournament. Sponsored by Gillette, the event is part of their big push into esports (including this very site, Compete). It’s going to be real cold, real competitive, and real fun.