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GosuGamers is happy to introduce our very first Chrome Extension. Finding live matches of your favorite games is now easier than ever.

The Official GosuGamers Chrome Extension is a portable version of the match ticker that you can find on our website. Whether you follow Dota 2, CS:GO, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, League of Legends, Overwatch, or Starcraft II, you’ll be able to easily see when a match goes live straight from your browser.

The GosuGamers Chrome Extension comes with two features: matches, and streams which allow you to conveniently access live gameplay, or check match start times.

By selecting the games you’re interested in from the settings menu, you can keep track of your favorite games. With a simple click, the GosuGamers Chrome Extension will take you directly to the match or stream page, and you’re ready to start watching.

 

 

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starcitizenhelp | Sacsri retires from mYinsanity and competitive gaming

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The South Korean Zerg player, Yeh Hoon, has announced his retirement from mYinsanity and the competitive gaming scene.

Sacsri is a South Korean Zerg player that joined mYinsanity almost two years ago, having left the Korean SK Telecom 1 Team. During his time with mYinsanity team he proved his dedication both to the team and StarCraft and commited himself to the success of the organization. Building a healthy relationship with his teammates, Yeh Hon created memorable moments and achievements in both minor and major events. 

In 2014, he competed in the 41st Summer Invitational and claimed 2nd place, then went one step further in the Munich StarCraft Tournament #10, where he claimed the 1st place. His greatest success came at DreamHack Open: Valencia, where after consecutive victories, he was declared champion. 

The mYinsanity team and staff thanked Sacsri for his contribution and memories by creating a video dedicated to him and his success in the team. 

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Welmu joins ENCE on starcitizenhelp

Vesa ‘Welmu’ Hovinen joins Finnish eSports organization ENCE.

ENCE is a Finnish eSports organization, was established in 2013, and this year they’ve attempted to expand and develop in the eSports scene. The CEO of ENCE, Petri Hämälä, had been observing the progress of Welmu and is looking forward to working with the player to provide an environment where he will develop his skills. He states that different organizations have disturbed his career and ECNE, as “the first truly professional eSports gaming organization in Finland” aims to provide the stability Welmu needs to focus on competitive gaming. 

Vesa “Welmu” Hovinen is a Protoss player, also from Finland, who has “been looking for a new team for a while now” and therefore happilly accepted Petri’s offer. Despite coming to Legacy of the Void later than most players and initially having some discouraging results, he kept trying and managed to reach a level he was satisfied with at least. Welmu is now ready to get back to his ambitious plans and his career as a professional player as part of the ENCE organization.

“I’ve been looking for a new team for a while now and when Petri approached me about joining ENCE I knew what I wanted to do. ENCE is most certainly a team that can provide the best enviroment and we both have ambitious expectations. I started playing LotV a little bit behind others and early results were quite disappointing, but now I’m close to my old top shape and with the help of ENCE I will start showing great results again. – Vesa ‘Welmu’ Hovinen said.

We’ve been looking for possible talents in different titles since we launched ENCE back in January. Our mission is to create the first truly professional eSports gaming organization in Finland and now we found the correct player to represent ENCE in the field of StarCraft II. I’ve known Vesa since 2011 and followed his career closely and there have been many setbacks due to different organizations that have disturbed his progress. We will be looking to provide a stable environment where he can improve, focus on the game and be a professional gamer. – Petri Hämälä, CEO of ENCE eSports added.

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starcitizenhelp – WCS win-trading: DnS, MarineLorD, and MajOr suspended

Win-trading and other offenses were detected during WCS Challenger Europe, with Blizzard imposing strong penalities in an attempt to stamp out cheating

As Blizzard stated, after examining DnS matches, it was discovered that the games in question were “win-trades played to increase DnS’s rating without sacrificing either MajOr or MarineLorD’s ladder rank”. As a result, DnS, MarineLorD, and MajOr have lost both their accounts and the 2016 WCS points they have already obtained. Moreover, they have been suspended from all Blizzard-sponsored events that are due to take place before or on June 30. Meanwhile, MarineLorD is no longer qualified for the French National qualifier of DreamHack ZOWIE Open: Tours. 

Blizzard have elected not to list the suspect matches publicly, since despite some suspicious queuing behaviour, it cannot be proven that the players who earned free wins had directly requested them from Major. However, all reports are being examined and some unnamed players will receive warnings for their ladder activity, as well as having their records scrutinized during future ladder competitions.

Finally, Blizzard made clear that violation of rules will not be tolerated in ladder competitions run or sponsored by the company and all parties with access to any guilty account will be punished in cases of rule-breaking. The goal of Blizzard is to prevent professional players from manipulating the tournament standings while preserving ladder competition as a method of qualification and assure its effectiveness. 

In future WCS Seasons, Blizzard will make sure to fully investigate the players’ behaviour after the conclusion of ladder competitions. Eventually, new rules  about replay saving and match forfeits may also be applied.

You can read the full statement of Blizzard here.

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starcitizenhelp | Panda Global gains major sponsorship from GEICO

 

With sponsorships keeping organizations afloat, Panda Global announced a new partnership today from an unlikely company.

Insurance company, GEICO has started dipping deeper into the esports industry sponsoring Team SoloMid last year and now announcing they will be partnering with Panda Global.
GEICO announced Thursday announcing their partnership with the popular North American organization.

We are thrilled to partner with Panda Global because they are great representatives of the eSports community.

They have invested in their players and we are proud to support that investment.

As former players themselves, Alan and David have built a team that puts the players first. They have invested in their players and we are proud to support that investment. The sky is the limit for Panda Global and we look forward to being a part of their continued success. said GEICO’s Senior Marketing Manager, Vince Giampietro in the press release.

As GEICO being fairly new to the esports world (and a seemly random company to sponsor a team), we asked Panda Global’s CEO Alan Bunney MD how this partnership came about.

We met GEICO at PAX East where they were sponsoring a Smash tournament we had entered. We chatted about Smash and esports but it was just light talk. Then we met them again at SXSW and we sat together with them in the audience at Five Gods. When our players hit the stage the energy and excitement from the crowd was incredible, and they felt that. From there we kept talking and reached this point!

GEICO and Panda Global have similar ideas and goals for the future. GEICO isn’t just interested in sponsoring us, they want to grow along with us and become something bigger together. And the best part about GEICO is that they actually care about our players! One of the founding principles of Panda Global is to always do right by our players, and to see GEICO echo that sentiment is incredible.

Last week PG announced two other major sponsorships from Twitch and Vertagear as well.

Panda Global currently has teams in Heroes of the Storm, Super Smash Brothers, Street Fighter V, Pokken, Splatoon, and Marvel v. Capcom 3.

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starcitizenhelp | The Main Tournament of WCA is starting today

starcitizenhelp | The Main Tournament of WCA is starting today

The qualifiers of World Cyber Arena are over and the Main Online Tournament is just about to begin.

World Cyber Arena is a global eSports tournament hosting gaming titles such as Warcraft III, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Hearthstone, Dota 2, and of course StarCraft II. WCA 2016 consists of three seasons and the higher ranked players will meet each other in the Grand Finals, which are to be held in December. 

The applications had been open for professional players of Asian citizenship, excluding China, from April 1st to April 7th. Regarding China, the Group Stages have been completed with iAsonu, TooDming from Group A and Cyan, XiGua from Group B being qualified for the Playoffs. In the Semifinals, which will take place on April 16th and April 17th, iAsonu will meet Cyan, while XiGua will confront TooDming.

Regarding the rest of Asia, the Playoffs are beginning today with Terran players dominating. Curious meets GuMiho, Patience meets Symbol, aLive meets Ryung, and, finally, ByuN meets Seed. All matches will be held on the same day and, thus, the Quarterfinals results are expected to be announced later today. 

The StarCraft II Prize Pool is ¥100,000 CNY (~$15,330 USD) out of which ¥ 50,000 (~$7,670) will be given to the player who manages to reach the first place. You can board on the hype train watch the matches here.

starcitizenhelp | The Main Tournament of WCA is starting today

starcitizenhelp | The Main Tournament of WCA is starting today

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Welcome to the GosuShop – delivering eSports Apparel worldwide on starcitizenhelp

GosuGamers is excited to bring you news of a new feature, with the addition of shop.gosugamers.net to the site. As of 15/4/16, eSports aficionados will be able to take their support to the next level by purchasing gear from their favourite games and teams, all via the GosuGamers website.

Worldwide shipping is available, and the plethora of options means you’ll never be short of a team shirt, hat or hoodie when you want to represent your favourite players or team out and about.

Quality products related to CounterStrike, DOTA, League of Legends, Starcraft 2 and more are all featured in our brand new shop. In addition, you can get your favourite team gear to wear whilst supporting your heroes, or just out and about, and all of this is available on one easy-to-use platform directly available through the GosuGamers site.

Whether you want to dress like your favourite pro or just tell the world about your love of a particular game or eSport, we’ve got the gear you need, so don’t hesitate to check out the store and sign up for email alerts of new items added to our selection. From official jerseys to stylish graphic t-shirts, we’ve got the lot, and can’t wait to see fans representing their heroes from the world of eSports. With a percentage of every team apparel sale also going directly to the organizations themselves, it’s a great way to support your favourite players too.

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Harstem conquers Shanghai on starcitizenhelp

Kevin “Harstem” de Koning won WCS Shanghai after crushing Jens “Snute” Aasgaard 4-1 in the Grand Finals.

WCS Shanghai, which also doubled with Gold Series International 2016, was played over the course of the last five days. Everything started with the open bracket battle, where we saw Harstem, Snute, TooDming and Coffee advancing to the group stage. The group stage felt under the shadow of one Mongolian player, Sioras, who suprisingly topped his respective group, but was later on disqualified from the tournament.

The Playoffs bracket featured the top eight players, where we saw once again the underdogs causing upsets. Finally, the Grand Finals saw Snute taking on Harstem, where the Norwegian player was the one having the favourite role. However, Harstem managed to put up an impressive fight, and to defeat a very strong opponent in a dominant fashion. The series was closed with the score of 4-1 in Harstem favor, which awarded him $16,000 and 1,000 WCS Circuit points.

Show Dates

Round 1

BO5
ZergPtitDrogo
3

ZergTooDming
0

ZergNerchio
2

ZergSnute
3

ProtossHarstem
3

ProtossHas
2

ZergScarlett
0

ProtosspuCK
3

Round 2

BO5
ProtossPtitDrogo
1

ZergSnute
3

ProtossHarstem
3

ProtosspuCK
1

Round 3

BO7
ZergSnute
1

ProtossHarstem
4

WCS Shanghai standings:
1. Netherlands Harstem – $16,000 + 1,000 WCS Circuit points
2. Norway Snute – $8,000 + 700 WCS Circuit points
3. France PtitDrogo – $5,000 + 450 WCS Circuit points
4. United States puCK – $5,000 + 450 WCS Circuit points

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starcitizenhelp | Alibaba announce $5.5million eSports tournament


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Alibaba, a prominent Chinese e-commerce company, has announced that it will be hosting the “World Electronic Sports Games” a $5,500,000 eSports tournament that will host disciplines such as Dota 2, CS:GO, StarCraft 2 and Hearthstone.

Today Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba revealed the World Electronic Sports Games, a $5,500,000 event hosting tournaments for eSports titles such as Dota 2, CS:GO, StarCraft 2 and Hearthstone. Alibaba reportedly invested over $15,000,000 into the project, prize money included. Additionally the prize money will be subsidised by crowdfunding, allowing for the respective amounts to grow in size. The main aim of the tournament is to attract viewership from over 100 countries and regions across the globe. Qualifiers for the event have been said to start as early as April 2016, with the finals held in December 2016 in Shanghai, China. AliSports have expressed that in the future the event will be hosted outside of China.

Thomas Zilliacus, Chaiman of YuuZoo and YuuGames, said:

We are very proud to have been selected by Alibaba Group and AliSports to be their partner and to organise their eSports events throughout China. This comes hot on the heels of YuuGames organizing some of China’s largest eSport events, the highly successful ESCC and CIG games, in partnership with key Chinese Government entities. We are confident that we can make Alibaba’s World Electronic Sport Games a hugely successful and leading event in China’s massive gaming market. As a new partner to China’s largest e-commerce group, we are not only looking to reinforce our position as a leader in China’s eSports sector, but also to discuss opportunities with Alibaba Group to jointly grow YuuZoo’s other China-based businesses, including our gaming business, payment business and social e-commerce business.

CEO of AliSports, Zhang Dazhong, had the following to say post-announcement:

Sports is a multibillion dollar business in China, with massive growth potential. That is why Alibaba is investing heavily in this vertical. Linking sport and technology enhances the quality of life. That is what we want to do through AliSports. We are happy and proud to have YuuZoo as a partner. In YuuGames, we have found a partner who shares our ideals. With YuuGames’ much lauded successes in organizing the top eSport events in China, it was easy for us to choose them as our official partner in organising our events. We look forward to working with them as we kick off World Electronic Sport Games in April.

One of the highlights for this event is the fact that it will sport a larger prize pool than the official Valve-endorsed CS:GO majors ($1,000,000) and WME|IMG/Turner Sports’ ELEAGUE ($1,200,000), claiming to be the largest CS:GO tournament of 2016. 

 

Following are the announced prize pools for the four main eSport titles present at the tournament:
Dota 2 – $1,500,000
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – $1,500,000
Starcraft 2 – $400,000
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft – $300,000

*The prize money will be subsidised by crowdfunding, allowing for the respective amounts to grow in size.

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Patience joins Afreeca Freecs – starcitizenhelp.net

Patience joins Afreeca Freecs - starcitizenhelp.net

Patience joins Afreeca Freecs - starcitizenhelp.net
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Afreeca’s latest pickup is a prime Protoss player, Ji Hyun “Patience” Jo.

Since becoming teamless after leaving Dead Pixels in the middle of March, Ji Hyun “Patience” Jo has now found a new home with Afreeca Freecs.

Patience brings a history of solid finishes along with training from some of StarCraft 2‘s most renowned teams, including Prime.

With Afreeca, Patience will be able to participate in Proleague.

 

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