All posts tagged with sunday esports
MLG Dallas

By on November 4, 2012 at 12:52 pm

This weekend, one of the largest contingent of Australians and New Zealanders than ever before will take part in two of the world’s biggest gaming tournaments. But while playing in an overseas competition is the one of the pinnacles of gaming, the barriers in doing so are also some of the most difficult to overcome. Alex Walker explains.

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Sydney Barcraft

By on October 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm

A divide has always existed within gaming, a historical canyon that has made it difficult to connect the medium with mainstream culture. That divide has since narrowed over the last few years, thanks to the growth of consoles, mobile gaming and a general shift in attitudes over time.

But the gap between casual and even hardcore gamers to the competitive community is still as large as ever, even with the popularity of games like DOTA 2 and League of Legends. One movement that has helped bring fans out of the woodwork, however, has been the BarCraft movement around the world.

Peter Du is a member of the Australian Pro League, which hosts BarCraft and MOBAR events in Sydney. I sat down with him to chat about how it all got started, what makes them so popular and how the growth of Barcraft/MOBAR has affected the image of gaming not only with gamers but with the wider community.

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Sunday eSports: Mentality

By on October 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm

One of the most difficult aspects of tournament play is holding your nerve, finding the strength to recover from a humiliating loss and making the best decisions under pressure. Most players often spend years learning the tricks of the trade, finding their own ways to cope and their own methods of squeezing out that extra 1% or 2% that could be the difference between winning and losing.

But it doesn’t have to be a hard slog in solitary confinement. One of the greatest advantages of the internet is being able to learn from others – and there’s no better person to ask than a gamer when it comes to dealing with tournaments. So I rounded up three hardened pros and asked them how they coped in the heat of battle.

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WCS Australia

By on September 23, 2012 at 10:32 am

Many people will have seen or watched a live tournament and perhaps even experienced a little bit of the drama and adrenaline that it brings. But few understand or even appreciate the effort involved into creating that experience for others. To better appreciate just how much work is required to make eSports happen, I spoke to the dean of planning: Derek “Dox” Reball.

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Terror Australis

By on September 16, 2012 at 1:02 pm

The idea and industry of professional gaming aren’t going to go away, especially when gaming is becoming more socially acceptable and more common around the world. But there are some hurdles in the way before things can kick off in earnest down under, and it’s time to look at bringing together some of Australia’s bigger e-sports organisations for greater representation. Alex Walker discusses.

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League of Legends

By on September 2, 2012 at 10:30 am

While there’s always a bit of drama and intrigue in the world of eSports, this week’s column locked itself in when the League of Legends divisions for Team Dignitas and Curse NA delivered the journalist’s equivalent of a grubber outside off-stump with their stunning performance in Raleigh.

Why is this important? Major League Gaming awarded the pair the dubious honour of being the first winners and runners-up in competitive gaming to be disqualified for collusion…

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XSplit Streaming

By on July 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm

The ability to stream has fundamentally changed the face of gaming, creating revenue for pros that otherwise would have never earned a cent and effectively functioning as a host of gaming-focused channels for casuals. But how can you get on the streaming bandwagon yourself? Alex Walker investigates.

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ESGN Winter

By on July 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Despite being only two weeks in, this month has been one of the most jam-packed for Australian competitive gamers, with the recent Gigabyte Slam and Australian Cyber League events. This weekend, Esports and Gaming Network throw their hat into the mix with their Winter event. Alex Walker reports.

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Archived Post Warning

By on June 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm

The world of digital competition might be a unifying force for many gamers – as is the way they deal with cheaters. Alex Walker writes about the consequence this past week when both the Australian and international scenes were forced to persecute one of their own.

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