The Sims may be a household franchise, but it’s not exactly known for its competitive multiplayer. EA has partnered with ELEAGUE and Buzzfeed Multiplayer to produce a new Esports series…
Women make up about half of all gaming fans and players, yet very few appear in professional esports tournaments. Super Girl Gamer Pro, which began in 2017, aims to provide a safe and encouraging environment for women esports players, and empower women to play a larger role in a traditionally male-dominated space.
Super Girl Gamer Pro is returning in 2020 for its fourth year. Due to the global pandemic, the tournament and qualifying matches will be held entirely online, beginning July 10 and running for nine weeks. The championship will be held October 3-4 at the Super Girl Pro Festival in San Diego, CA, though I wouldn’t hold my breath about any physical gatherings happening this year.
Open tournaments will be held for League of Legends, Hearthstone, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Players will earn points each week for the final championship, which includes cash prizes and products. Registration is free.
“As part of our mission to provide opportunities for women in male-dominated industries, we are excited to expand the Super Girl Gamer Pro to include an online qualifying series,” said Rick Bratman, CEO of ASA Entertainment and producer of the Super Girl Series. “This is an exceptionally important initiative given the lack of opportunity and general toxicity towards women in gaming. The Super Girl Gamer Pro’s empowerment platform is the perfect vehicle to help propel this movement towards equality and inclusion.”
The Super Girl Gamer Pro 2020 series begins July 10. Fans can watch the entire series via the official twitch channel.
Collegiate esports league Collegiate StarLeague have partnered with mobile video-sharing platform TikTok to form The TikTok Cup. The TikTok Cup is a team and school-based esports tournament starting on May 9, featuring four games and $60,000 in cash prizes.
The TikTok Cup games include four of the biggest competitive multiplayer games: Fortnite, League of Legends, Rocket League, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The event will take place over eight tournaments, two for each game, with the initial qualifying matches running May 9 – 10 and May 17 – 18.
“Collegiate StarLeague is thrilled to collaborate with the TikTok team to give collegiate gamers the opportunity to create their own content celebrating the intersection of esports, gaming, and the joy of creating TikTok videos,” says Wim Stocks, CEO, Collegiate StarLeague. “We’re excited to see what sort of creative videos players come up with – huge thanks to TikTok for this wonderful partnership.”
With a TikTok partnership comes a video-sharing contest. Esports fans are encouraged to upload gaming and esports-related videos via TikTok, tagging the official StarLeague account and the hashtag #TikTokCupContest. Fifty winners will be selected on May 22. Winners will receive a price pack containing gaming gear and merchandise worth around $100. See here for full rules and eligibility.
Final matches for all four games will stream May 11 – 14 and May 18 – 21 on the Collegiate StarLeague twitch channel.
The High School Esports League has announced Generation Esports. Generation Esports expands the HSEL beyond High School students to include middle school, military veterans, and other adult and youth organizations.
“Today marks a new chapter for High School Esports League and an exciting beginning for Generation Esports,” said Mason Mullenioux, co-founder and CEO of Generation Esports and HSEL. “As the esports industry continues to evolve, one thing remains as important as ever: the people. Generation Esports is a league for all types of communities, unified by the love of video games and healthy competition. With HSEL, we’ve seen the type of positive impact esports can bring to high school students across the United States, and we hope that Generation Esports can do the same for all gamers globally.”
Given our current global pandemic, the first event for Generation Esports is the Social Distancing Cup. The Social Distancing Cup is a four-week-long tournament with a $30,000 prize pool, including laptops, monitors, and cash. It’s free to register and open to anyone in the continental US, and includes League of Legends, Rocket League, and Teamfight Tactics. Registration is open now, and ends May 10. The tournament runs from April 10 through May 10.
Fans and organizations are encouraged to donate to the Social Distancing Cup Covid-19 Fund via its Varsity Esports Foundation partner. Other sponsors include ASUS, Skullz, Viewsonic, and Zaxby.
The American Cancer Society is partnering with GameChanger Charity to produce a new fund-raising initiative through gaming and eSports, called Gamers Beat Cancer. “For over a decade, GameChanger has embraced…
Fortnite continues to break records, this time for competitive esports. The Fortnite World Cup, which took place July 26-28 in New York City, reached 2.3 million concurrent viewers on YouTube and Twitch, making it the single most-watched competitive gaming event (outside China) in history. And that doesn’t include fans watching through other social media platforms.
The Fortnite World Cup brought the best players in the world together for championship Solo and Duos matches, a Creative Finals, and a Charity Pro-Am. The World Cup was the culmination of 10 weeks of qualifier matches, including over 40 million players from over 200 countries. The three-day sold-out event hosted over 19,000 fans at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. In case you were wondering, Fortnite is still pretty popular.
Here is the list of all the top winners from each event:
Fortnite World Cup Solos Winner: $3,000,000
Bugha – $3,000,000
Fortnite World Cup Duos Winners: $3,000,000 (split)
Aqua – $1,500,000
Nyhrox – $1,500,000
Fortnite World Cup Creative Winners: $1,345,000 (split)
Cizzorz – $336,250
Hiimtylerh – $336,250
Suezhoo – $336,250
Zand – $336,250
Fortnite World Cup Charity Pro-Am: $1,000,000 (split)
Airwaks – $500,000
RL Grime – $500,000
You can see the full standings here.
Over the weekend Epic Games announced the Fortnite Champion Series, beginning with the next season, Season X. Every week players can compete to become Season X champions, with a prize pool of millions of dollars. A leaderboard will be added to track your own progress and follow your favorite players.
Fortnite Season X begins tomorrow, August 1.