Tag: Overwatch

The Overwatch League is almost here

What you need to know about Blizzards ambitious project

The official Overwatch League logo.

The esport industry has been steadily growing over the last decade alongside an already booming video game industry. The industry is said to have produced an estimated $493 million dollars in Revenue during 2016 which is up 50% from 2015. The video game industry as a whole is estimated to break over $100 Billion in 2017. For some perspective, the total box office ticket sales in 2016 was around $38.6 billion. The North American Sports market in 2015 was sitting at $63.9 billion. So while esports doesn’t have the big numbers yet, nearly half a billion dollars in revenue in an industry that is exploding ahead is nothing to sneeze at. Esports is also excelling in viewership numbers of it’s major events. League of Legends has been one of the biggest esports in the world both with popularity and revenue. In 2016 43 million people tuned in to watch the world championship, 2nd only to the Intel Extreme Masters topping out at 46 million. With more and more people turning away from TV and focusing more on social media and live streaming platforms like twitch where esports thrives, the popularity of esports will continue to rise.

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[Apex] The road to the Semi Finals

Season 3 is set for a epic conclusion as the final 4 have been decided

2 great seasons of Apex are behind us but their presence is very much felt with this seasons final 4 teams. We have 2 previous winners and a runner up among the final 4, all battling each other for the right to meet in Busan. While the quarter finals ended up being slightly lackluster, we were still privileged to some great action and now we have the top 4 teams ready to go head to head.

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[Apex] Fallout from the round of 16

Flex or be destroyed

After a month of intense competition, 8 teams have separated themselves from the pack. These teams now face off in a double elimination quarter final series, fighting for a chance to be the champion of Apex Season 3. During the first round of 16, we were privileged to a lot of action both on and off screen as well as an interesting evolving meta that has made the current competition season very exciting. Not to mention a lot of smack talk, teams disbanding, players leaving and big teams being eliminated. If the round of 16 is anything to go by, the quarters are going to be intense!

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OGN’s SPLEX is an Awesome Esports Stadium

But there are problems

Last week I was lucky enough to finally attend my first Apex game live at the OGN e-Stadium. I was even more lucky because that night Lunatic Hai was playing and tickets are generally sold out to those games courtesy of Lunatic Hai’s raging fan girls.

Located in Digital Media City, in the western part of Seoul, the OGN e-Stadium sits on the top couple of floors of the S-Plex center and is really set up nicely. Seating for a few hundred people on the main level and more seating on the top floor gallery gives spectators a great view of the massive main screen set up above the stage. Player booths are set to either side and fans can easily see each team and snap pictures of them through the glass. The lights and set all work nicely as a center piece of this simple yet impressive stadium.

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Two Weeks Into Apex Season 3

A new patch, an evolving meta, and rule tweaks in the early rounds

The first week of games have finished in OGNs 3rd Apex season and already we are seeing some big differences from the first 2 seasons. New rule adjustments and a change in the meta has seen a shift in the premier Overwatch competition. While the format remains mostly the same, the adjustments to the rules have helped even things out and provided some exciting new options for teams. The newer patch with the 1 tick capture (tie breakers) for assault maps has come into play (even if it was a day late). The patch also features the Lucio changes and Orisa is now available to play. Also the map pool has been expanded, meaning all maps are now available for selection in each map type, removing any map selection advantages some teams were able to enjoy in season 2. Read on to see some more takeaways from the early games.

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