This week in eSports – February 2019

Keeping yourself connected to the novelties of this specific domain is a troublesome task, as it implies, as any other research, finding one or more reliable sources of information, knowing how any new rumor or public statement is affecting those involved in the phenomenon, having the ability to analyze statistics and shape of the moment for every player or team. The same way Arcane eSports has it covered, with detailed analysis that goes to the bone.

Let’s see what surprises the world of eSports has prepared for its fans in the week that’s passed.

Image boosting partnership

The star of EpicGames, Fortnite Battle Royale has managed to rise to success in less than a year, to the point it has already become a cultural phenomenon. 2019 is the first year that Fortnite is an official professional eSport. Such an achievement had to be celebrated with an unheard of the budget for the year’s total prize pool of 100 million dollars. Just to have a taste of what it’s all about.

Seeing how it was decided that “exceptional” is the keyword for this year’s way to go, Epic Games decided to the partnership its game with the image of the Australian Open, the first major event in the world of pro tennis. As it was announced on the Australian Open’s official website page, during finals weekend, the Margaret Court Arena will host the Fortnite Summer Smash. An event operated by Tennis Australia with ESL Australia, in which 100 of the best players in the world will compete for a share of the 400,000 dollars prize pool with an additional 100,000 that are going to be donated to a charity of their choice.

Popular gamers with millions of subscribers on their Youtube channels or social media followers will test their game in this tournament. Among them, we find Vikkstar, Valkyrae, Muselk, Lachlan or Lazarbeam, to name a few.

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And they have full coverage on the Chongqing Major tournament of Dota2, an event offering a prize pool of no less than 1,000,000 dollars. The event takes place as we speak, having started on the 19th of January.

So far, we’ve gotten to know the upper bracket final. has managed a 2-0 win over PSG.LGD and securing enough points to receive a direct invite to TI 2019. They’re off facing Team Secret who score a 2-0 victory against EHOME, recent Bucharest Minor tournament winners.

Also, the losing teams are waiting in the lower bracket on their opponents, EHOME bound to battle the winner between Vici Gaming and Evil Geniuses, while PSG.LGD awaits on whoever comes on top in the Fnatic versus Team Liquid clash. We are eagerly awaiting to see the grand final programmed on the 27th of January.

Simple the best

On the 20th of January, HLTV announced its list of 20 best CS:GO players for the year of 2018. Much to no one’s surprise, s1mple has booked the number one award. Considered to be a legend among CS:GO players, deemed by many the greatest player in all of the game’s history, his latest season got him in the perfect place to lead HLTV’s preferences.

Closely behind, came and secured runner-up spot, dev1ce. Undoubtedly the star player of Astralis, his individual play got the team through more than one tough game. Thanks to him, the team managed in the second part of the year to score 10 first place finishes. And as for dev1ce himself, he got to be awarded the MVP title more times than any other CS:GO player in the beautiful history of this game. Unfortunately, he was outcast by the perfect season s1mple pulled off.

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