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$8 Million Won by Top 10 Mobile eSports Athletes in 2018

Zoltan Tundik

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For the Second Year in a Row, Women Represent 7 of Top 10 Annual Skillz Winners

Skillz, the worldwide leader in mobile eSports, today announced the top mobile eSports athletes of 2018. The top 10 competitors won more than $8 million in combined prizes, with 7 of the 10 rankings claimed by women. The prizes earned by this year’s winners were three times larger than that earned by 2017’s top players.

Rankings

Username

State

Prizes Won

1

Kmamba1090

CA

$1,418,508

2

SirLastBit

OH

$1,321,255

3

HestiaX

NJ

$978,551

4

LegalEnormousPhds

NY

$976,269

5

yutourmaline

NY

$873,526

6

kk8245

VA

$681,863

7

Goinhiking

NC

$639,234

8

jpark87

MI

$627,191

9

zZzSleepyzZz

NY

$625,858

10

CaliCountry5

NJ

$618,005

“When I first started competing on the Skillz platform, I never realized this was something I could do professionally,” says Jennifer Park (jpark87), a college engineering student from Westland, Michigan. “The prizes I’ve earned from playing Skillz games have helped put me through college.”

The mobile gaming industry is projected to grow into a $70 billion market in 2019, accounting for over half of the $138 billion gaming space. As the industry’s revenue has increased, competitive gaming prize pools have also grown in tandem. Prizes from eSports tournaments such as the “Dota 2” International topped $25 million last year, now exceeding those of prestigious offline sports events such as the Indy 500 and the Masters.

According to eSportsEarnings.com, global eSports prize pools grew 31.5% from 2017 to 2018. In comparison, the top 10 Skillz competitors generated over a 300% year over year increase in prizes won, with the top player ranking #6 on the list of highest-earning 2018 athletes across the global eSports industry.

“Top mobile eSports athletes bring the same inspiring dedication you see in world-class NBA or MLB players to our increasingly digital world,” says Andrew Paradise, CEO and founder of Skillz. “Similar to how radio and television revolutionized the future of sports, Skillz is using mobile technology to do the same for eSports.”

Skillz was recently recognized for disrupting the technology industry and shaping the future of eSports, being named to both the 2018 Forbes Next Billion-Dollar Startups list as well as the 2018 Entrepreneur 360 list. The company also reported doubling its revenue run-rate twice in 2018 to a current total of over $400 million.

The top Skillz competitors are ranked based upon total tournament prizes won by each player, excluding any entry fees paid to enter those tournaments. For more information on Skillz-enabled games and implementing mobile eSports competitions, visit www.skillz.com or email launch@skillz.com.

After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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Kim Phan Quits Blizzard

Niji Narayan

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Blizzard’s global esports director Kim Phan has left Blizzard to pursue a “new endeavour” in the gaming industry. She did not harbor ill will against Blizzard in her farewell post, but the move came just under a month after Overwatch League Commissioner Nate Nanzer left for Epic Games.

On top of the departures of Phan and Nanzer, there have been rumours of low morale and additional resignations. The company also scuttled Heroes of the Storm esports plans in December. Stability is not Blizzard’s strong suit at the moment, even if efforts like Overwatch League continue to draw in large crowds.

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US Blocks League of Legends in Syria and Iran

Niji Narayan

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The U.S. government has blocked League of Legends, one of the most played video games of all time, in Iran and Syria.

Trade sanctions, tariffs and threats of military conflict are the frequent sights when countries are in active dispute, but blocking the access to video games is a novel course of action. Players from Iran and Syrian have expressed despair about this situation.

Right now the ban applies only to Syria and Iran, but if the U.S. enters into future conflict with another country, those citizens potentially may have their access to League of Legends revoked. The sanctions placed on Iran detail that any business in that country cannot trade with the U.S. and that any business caught trading with Iran is in trouble as well. League, like many other free games, has to sustain itself with microtransactions, which undoubtedly counts as a form of trade and, therefore, has to abide by the sanctions.

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The 5 Best CS:GO Teams You Need To Follow In 2019

George Miller

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has been on the global eSports scene for several years now. The competitive play of the game has crafted some magnificent teams whose phenomenal matches surprise even their keenest fans.

Today, we’ll take a look at the 5 best CS:GO teams you need to follow in 2019.

Astralis – the Unprecedented Leader

Originating in Finland, the former Danish Questionmark/Team SoloMid lineup obtained the rights to the name Astralis from the Finnish CS team.

The beginning was hard. The first event of the Danish dream team happened in January 2016 at DreamHack Leipzig. Astralis championed their group, defeating team after team, but Luminosity Gaming eliminated them in the semi-finals.

The next two years were a nerve-wracking mix of ups and downs. Until February 2018 came. Astralis’s team member Kjaerbye left, and was luckily replaced by Emil “Magisk” Reif. This substitute marked the start of a mind-blowing rise to the top and a complete domination of the Counter-Strike Global Offensive scene.

Astralis’s excellence shined in ECS Season 5 Finals, ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018, and FACEIT Major: London 2018, where they trudged over their opponents. After Katowice 2019, both spectators and commentators consider the current team the most dominant lineup in the history of Counter Strike.

team astralis

Team Astralis. Credits: Astralis.gg

 

Liquid – from StarCraft to CS:GO

Team Liquid was founded in 2000 in the Netherlands. Originally incepted as a StarCraft: Brood War team, Liquid got into StarCraft 2 in 2010, and in 2015, the clan formed a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team.

At first, Liquid had mixed results. When 2016 started, the team continued to dominate domestically, but on a global level, it struggled to secure major wins. Although at MLG Columbus 2016, Liquid lost to the Brazilian Luminosity Gaming, the event proved that Team Liquid would soon be a promising global contender.

In 2017, the team had several fascinating competitive plays, beating Astralis and Brazil’s SK. Liquid’s big event breakthrough was the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals, where they lost in a close matchup against Astralis.

A peculiar fact about Liquid: The team plays exceptionally well in most major CS:GO tournaments until they reach the semi-finals or even the final stage where their mental fortitude often outplays them.

Team Liquid. Credits: Liquipedia.net

 

Natus Vincere – Born to Win

Natus Vincere, often abbreviated as NaVi, originates in Ukraine. “Born to win” as the name translates from Latin, is the first team in the history of CS, which to dominate three major tournaments in one year.

The team’s history goes back to December 2009 when it was founded. In 2010, NaVi secured wins at major events, including IEM, ESWC, and the WCG. This made them the first team to win the three most prestigious tournaments in just one calendar year.

Another new record, which the team owns is winning $220,000 in one year, which also occurred in 2010.

Team Natus Vincere. Credits: Liquipedia.net

 

MIBR – the New Kid on the CS:GO Block

Owned by the American eSports organization, Immortals, MIBR (Made in Brazil) is a professional CS:GO team established in January 2018. In their short history, the team has played over 140 maps, prides itself on 89 wins and 49 losses, and is one of the most promising Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams as of late.

In June 2018, MIBR announced their new roster, consisting of former SK Gaming players. Made in Brazil has taken part in most major championships, including IEM, Blast Pro Series, DreamHack Masters, and ZOTAC Cup Masters. They won the last one against Kinguin with a solid 3:0, and took home $200,000.

MIBR’s current lineup includes Fallen, fer, coldzera, TACO, and felps. TACO and felps, aged 24 and 22, whose headshot % is around 50, just recently joined the team.

Team MIBR. Credits: mibr.gg

 

FaZe – American Organization with a European Flavor

DreamHack Leipzig 2016 marked FaZe’s entry into the world of CS:GO. Although FaZe is an American eSports organization, its current CS GO team is mostly made of Europeans, including Sweden, Denmark, Slovakia, and Bosnia’s “beast” NiKo.

In 2017 and 2018, FaZe was in a top-notch form, reaping wins here and there. Currently, their win rate is 59%, with 308 wins and 208 losses. FaZe’s top achievements include offline and online tournament placements, consisting of:

Offline championships

1st place at ECS Season 4 – Finals

2nd place at ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018

1st place at ESL One: New York 2017

1st place at SL i-League StarSeries S3

Online championships

1st place at ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017

2nd place at Intel Extreme Masters XII – Oakland

3rd-4th place at Intel Extreme Masters XI – Oakland

5th-6th place at Esports Championship Series Season 2 – Finals

 

Team Faze. Credits: Liquipedia.net

Besides Astralis, who’s been the undisputed leader lately, all other four teams regularly exchange places. Sometimes, other teams like ENCE, mousesports, NiP, and Renegades enter the Top 5.

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene is dotted with legendary fights between fantastic teams.

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