August 12th – August 18th: Welcome to the third edition of the newest weekly Esports newsletter entitled ‘Too Long, Didn’t Read’. Check in at Esportsnow every Sunday and find the most up to date, to-the-minute Esports news, a summary of everything that has been happening over the last week in Esports. Missed out on last weeks? No problem. Catch up on last week’s edition of Too Long, Didn’t Read by clicking here. So what’s been happening this week in Esports?
Early last week, Australian Esports group Mogul confirmed the Dota 2 Alliance League will be taking place and announced that they will be partnering up with Esports organisation Alliance. The Australian Esports tournament platform confirmed the launch of the Dota 2 Alliance League tournament series and a prize-pool of over $100,000 that will be up for grabs.
The Dota 2 Alliance League will be open to players and teams from Europe and Southeast Asia. The tournament format will consist of quarterly qualifier seasons over the next year before the Alliance Majors finale which will take place at some point in 2020. The global prize-pool will total over $100,000 and will see the top team in each region taking home a minimum prize of $25,000.
Esports fans this week heard the announcement that a university in California will become the first ever US university to offer Esports players the chance at a scholarship program for playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The University of California, Irvine (UCI) plan to be the first US university to offer a Smash Ultimate scholarship program, confirming its commencement for the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year.
In an interview with CSL, Deppe stressed his hope that UCI’s involvement in Smash might inspire other collegiate programs to follow suit. He stated, “I think a lot of folks look to UCI as a leader and this investment could convince other schools that Smash is a top-tier Esport worth considering. Hopefully our entrance will encourage others to look at it and help the scene grow”.
This week in Esports sees the Dota Pro Circuit’s biggest event of the year, The International 2019 is taking place this coming week, between the 15th and 25th of August. It will be the 9th edition of the annual Dota event and is being held in the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, the first time it will be held on Chinese soil.
The International 2019 is the last and concluding event of the Dota Pro Circuit, and 2019’s will be the ninth annual edition of the event. Last year’s event took place in Vancouver and saw OG Esports take top prize of a stunning $11 million USD. The Valve sponsored event will feature a total of 18 teams and this years prize pool is already hitting $33 million USD, for comparison, last year’s reached a total of $25.5 million.
The Call of Duty World League Championship is taking place in Los Angeles between the 14th and 18th of August. The multi-day event announced during the CWL Anaheim back in June, the Call of Duty season’s final event comes to UCLA and will see 32 of the top Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 teams battle it out for their share of the $2 million USD prize pool.
The Call of Duty World League Championships are returning home to Los Angeles for 2019 after a two year sabbatical. This year, teams from around the world and Call of Duty fans alike, will flock to Southern California once again to compete for the biggest prize in Call of Duty Esports.
Echo Fox leaves LCS, this is confirmed by Riot Games, they will be selling the LCS slot currently owned by the North American organisation. Echo Fox leaves LCS was confirmed on August 13th by Riot Games after the team failed to meet the conditions of an agreement made earlier this year.
Riot Games and Echo Fox entered into an agreement earlier this week, that will see the organisation removed from the League of Legends LCS, and their slot being put up for sale ahead of the 2020 Spring Split that will take place early next year. Following a scandal involving a shareholder making racist remarks, Echo Fox was given an ultimatum by Riot Games, stating that they must remove the shareholder in question within 60 days. This timeframe was extended by 7 days, but the necessary changes were not made and the ultimatum ultimately not met.
Update: Yesterday Echo Fox announced that the contracts of its entire League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) roster have indeed been terminated. Echo Fox’s official LCS Echo Fox roster included 14 people. Ten players, three coaches, and an analyst.
Riot Games and Echo Fox this week entered into an agreement that will see the organisation removed from the League of Legends LCS, and their slot being put up for sale ahead of the 2020 Spring Split that will take place early next year. Further updates coming out of the team today have confirmed that the League of Legends franchise would be terminating the contracts of all members of the active roster.