The Weekly esports news
Quote of the week:
Virtus.Pro emerged victorious over Team Secret at the Dota 2 Major in Hamburg this weekend. The Major winners will be taking home the $500,000 grand prize, as well as 750 qualifying points for the CIS region. Virtuous.Pro player Alexei “Solo” Berezin will also be walking away with the title of MVP and $50,000 towards a new Mercedes Benz after fans voted him the top performer at ESL One Hamburg.
South Korea looked strong once again at the League of Legends Worlds Semifinals this weekend. The defending champions SKT pulled ahead in another close 5 game series against China’s RNG on Saturday. Then on Sunday South Korea’s Samsung Galaxy decisively defeated China’s other representative Team WE 3-1. Giving viewers a repeat of last year’s finals. SKT will be facing off against Samsung Galaxy battle that will give Korea the number one spot yet again, no matter who comes out on top.
The worldwide effort to have esports included in the Olympic games continues. Recently the International Olympic Committee (IOC) released some of its expectations regarding the steps esports would need to take before they can be included. Esports will need an official governing committee that the IOC can work with. And the IOC has concerns about the content of the games themselves stating “In order to be recognized by the IOC as a sport, the content of eSports must not infringe on the Olympic values.” Overall the pursuit seems to me making progress and we may one day be watching esports athletes from around the world competing for gold medals.