Stages of WePlay! Tug of War: Mad Moon and IEM Katowice 2020. Esports News21 February 2020
How did a 59-year-old female esports player become a news star? What disciplines were acknowledged the most popular in the last year’s rankings? Read about these and other esports news in our hot digest.
A 59-year-old female esports player – a news star
Tatyana Silenko aka Valkyrie became a star in the Ukrainian Internet segment after she appeared on the 1+1 TV channel. The news about the Ukrainian woman playing CS: GO was posted and reposted by most of the country’s sites. Tatyana is a member of the Ageless Shooters team, made of players older than 55 years old.
Valkyrie joined the team by chance and enjoyed the game: now she trains several hours per day and wants to develop her career in esports. Last autumn, Ageless Shooters won a friendly game with a well-known Swiss team Silver Snipers, scoring 16:1. Currently, the team has a sponsor, and players keep training and participating in tournaments.
Virtus.pro and Secret – in the semi-final of WePlay! Tug of War: Mad Moon, Dota 2
The capital of Ukraine is hosting the WePlay! Tug of War: Mad Moon tournament. Dota 2 competitions involve eight esports team, including Nigma, Virtus.pro, Secret, and others. Matches of the group stage will define six participants of the play-off.
The next stage is scheduled for February 21-23. The winner will get $130,000, the second place – $60,000, and the third place – $30,000. Besides, the tournament will award the best players chosen by the jury and viewers: the coolest core hero and support will get $10,000 each.
Ukrainian esports players entered closed qualifier of IEM Katowice 2020
The main stage of the IEM Katowice 2020 StarCraft II will involve 24 esports players. Currently, 12 names are known, including such popular StarCrafters as Joona “Serral” Sotala, Riccardo “Reynor” Romiti, Park “Dark” Ryung Woo, Mikołaj “Elazer” Ogonowski, and others. Closed qualifiers, Elazer” Ogonowski and others. Closed qualifiers involving six Ukrainians will define the next 12 participants.
Closed qualifiers will consist of four grids, in the first of which the Ukrainian Alexey “Awers” Chistiakov will play against the German player Gabriel “HeRoMaRinE” Segat. The second match will feature three more Ukrainians – Mykhailo “Kas” Gaida, Yaroslav “ZipperTheFly” Voloshin, Aleksandr “Bly” Svysiuk. The fourth grid will involve Dmytro “DIMAGA” Filipchuk and Bogdan “HellraiseR” Kozar. Closed qualifiers will start on February 24 and the main stage – on February 27. The IEM Katowice 2020 offers a $400,000 prize fund.
LoL beats CS: GO in popularity
The MOBA game League of Legends took first place among gamers in terms of popularity in 2019. The game outperformed the closest competitors CS: GO in the number of watch hours of online streams – 478 million hours per year versus 284 million hours, respectively. Dota 2 follows them with 282 million hours.
Besides, League of Legends had a record peak number of viewers in 2019. Around 3.9 million people watched the World Championship semi-final, interested in the game between G2 Esports and T1 teams. Dota 2 has the second place in terms of the record peak number of viewers with 1.9 million users that could not stop watching The International 2019 final.
The host of Redeye tournaments wrote a book on esports
The commentator of esports tournaments Paul “Redeye” Cheloner announced on Twitter that Bloomsbury would publish his book “This Is Esports (and How to Spell It)”. The publication is rather big consisting of 256 pages in the paper format. The book will go for sale on May 28 at a price of $15.
It will add to the list of themed esports literature such as “How to Be a Professional Gamer: An eSports Guide to League of Legends” by Mike Diver, “A Newborn Business: Esports” by Zoltan Andrejkovics and many others. Besides, the former NaVi CS: GO team member released a book about his career in esports last year.
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