PUBG is gearing up for the Europe League LAN qualifiers, British parliament is considering the potential of esports, and the League of Legends Worlds 2018 final happened. Here's all you need to know from this week in esports.
China is #1
Chinese Invictus Gaming beat down Europe's Fnatic in the League of Legends Worlds 2018 final. It was a best of five, which resulted in a 3-0 victory for the Eastern squad. While many have moaned about the performance of Fnatic in the final, it must be said that the West did well this year to knock out Korea and make it to the grand final.
What makes this win for IG even more surreal is the team is actually the second seed from the China LPL. Royal Never Give Up was the first seed, but lost out to G2 Esports. Many viewers wanted to see a close five games, but in reality, the Chinese players stomped their European counterparts in each of the three matches.
There's always next year.
PUBG Europe League LAN-qualifier teams announced
The Kiev Cybersport Arena will host 17 winners of the open qualifiers, as well as 15 invited organizations in a tournament for 10 spots at the PUBG Europe League and 6 positions at the Contenders League. These games will be held between December 10 and 16.
Here's the full list of teams that will be participating:
- G2 Esports.
- Oyun Hizmetleri eSports Club.
- Penta Sports.
- Quantum Bellator Fire.
- Team Reciprocity.
- Team SoloMid.
- TORNADO ENERGY BATTLE.
Registrations are open should you wish to get involved in the open qualifiers.
Esports heads to the British Parliament
UK games industry trade body Ukie held the very first esports parliamentary event on October 29. In partnership with Intel, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Video Games discussed the potential of esports in the UK. Riot Games — developer of League of Legends — has previously held events in the country and Mo Fadl from the company joined the discussions.
The event housed various professionals, including Michael O'Dell from Team Dignitas, professional gamers, business owners and industry executives. The goal was to allow MPs to better understand the scale of esports, as well as offer the opportunity to network with personnel involved in the scene.
How this will affect esports in the UK is unknown at this point, but it wouldn't surprise me to see a push from within government and in the public domain, especially with Brexit just around the corner.
Upcoming live events
- Red Bull London Sphere Free For All - November 07, find out more info.
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Forgetting that the first ever non-Korean won StarCraft 2 at Blizzcon this weekend, and Korea beat China at the Overwatch World Cup!
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