starcitizenhelp – The fan-project Starcraft Universe launches open beta with original CG trailer.

The most ambitious project in SC2 modding is finally seeing the light of day.

The Starcraft 2 modding scene have always been living in the shadows of the immense success of the WC3 modding scene. The Galaxy editor is stronger than the WC3 editor and offers many more options but the added complexity meant that modding became way harder. The change in time from the 2003 to 2010 also had a huge impact leaving many projects without hope of a fanbase.

A few projects stood out though, taking the challenge of the new editor and bringing themselves up to new heights. And yet even among those, none come close to be compared to Starcraft Universe. A fan-made Semi-MMORPG featuring some of the most iconic battles in history, new original characters and an intriguing story.

Originally presented all the way back in 2011, the development of this mod has been quite the story. In 2013 it launched a successful Kickstarter with Blizzards permission. It was also around this time they also released an early beta for the prologue of the story.

Plenty of projects that were orders of magnitudes less ambitious than this have fallen flat in the past. But Upheaval Arts, the guys behind the project, have proven they had the organization to keep it going and now after more than 3 years since the kickstarter they are ready to launch.

Today they announced the open beta with a complete gameplay trailer AND an original CG trailer for the project. The trailers are not amateur work and you could easily be fooled into thinking you were looking at one of Blizzard’s own trailers when watching.

The story behind the universe follows the timeline orignally presented by Zeratul in SC2 Wings of Liberty. After the protoss fall in “In utter darkness” we follow the few remaining survivors as they try to endure the hellish universe that was Amons vision.

The open beta is available on the SC2 Arcade with the full launch coming later in August. Go check out this amazing work made by fans of Starcraft to the fans of Starcraft.

Image courtesy of Upheaval Arts

Sporting Lisbon officially lauches eSports department on starcitizenhelp

One of Portugal’s biggest teams, Sporting Clube de Portugal, today announced the official formation of their eSports department

Will the Sporting faithful take the new eSports division to their hearts?

As reported first by The Esports Observer and subsequently in other publications, one of the largest clubs in Portuguese football are making their way into the eSports light. Sporting Clube de Portugal, more commonly known worldwide as Sporting Lisbon, today officially announced the formation of an eSports department, headed up by Steelshock founder Márcio Figueiredo and Pedro Silveira, organizer of XLParty and Portugal’s 2011 World Cyber Games.

Early stories about the club making this move suggested they would follow West Ham and Manchester City in starting their journey with a FIFA pro, and the statement released by the club does seem to suggest that will be the case. Francisco ‘Quinzas’ Cruz, formerly of Team Dignitas, will join as the first eSports star to represent Sporting, with rumours suggesting their next port of call will be League of Legends.

Cruz himself is a long time FIFA competitor that actually attended the 2011 Ballon d’Or event and was interviewed by FIFA in the run-up to the 2012 Interactive World Cup, and as a Portuguese star seems a logical choice for the club. A statement on the club site, which can be found in full here, described Cruz ‘as one of the best FIFA Players in the World’, and went on to say that ‘it made perfect sense to get the best player in the Portugal and one of the best in the World playing for Sporting Clube de Portugal.’

With all due respect to Cruz, the next moves the club makes will probably be more impactful in the eyes of the online community overall, and their entry into League of Legends is sure to create some serious waves, but for now this is still a significant sign that eSports is continuing to become more mainstream. With partners like G2A and Elgato on board they also have a wealth of industry knowledge to call upon, and it will be fascinating to see how their eSports department evolves.

Images courtesy of Wikimedia

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starcitizenhelp Shop – 15% discount on all team apparel!

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Always wanted that Fnatic hoodie? Perhaps the Team EnVyUs jersey took your fancy? Here’s your chance to purchase all of your favourite team-themed apparel at a whopping -15% discount. With eSports now on ESPN, the BBC and more, there has never been a better time to represent your heroes in the real world, and with a wide range of extremely well-made and stylish apparel in the store this is your chance to do so at a significantly discounted rate.

The offer coincides with ESL Cologne, held this month in Germany. Many of the competing teams have apparel in the store, so look out for what your favourite players are wearing, or maybe take the chance to choose a new team to follow with this golden opportunity to dress to impress currently on offer.

Whether you’ve already got what you want picked out or you’d like to browse, you can follow this link to our shop and enter code “ESLONECGN2016” on checkout to receive a 15% discount on all team apparel! The offer only lasts for a limited time, so be sure to hurry and take advantage of this deal before it’s too late.

 

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starcitizenhelp – Compete in our July GosuBet contest for state of the art ROCCAT hardware

starcitizenhelp - Compete in our July GosuBet contest for state of the art ROCCAT hardware

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Prove yourself the best GosuBetter in our July GosuBet contest and be among the first in the world to try out ROCCAT’s new gaming peripherals.

Next month, bet on matches in all GosuGamers sections to win awesome prizes from our friends and partners from ROCCAT. The top betters in each section will win the brand new ROCCAT Suora frameless mechanical keyboard, a product that’s yet to be released on the market! For the better with most currency across all sections there awaits a full ROCCAT bundle with Kova mouse, Taito Control mousepad and Renga headset.

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Winning the prizes: Be the top GosuBetter in one of the games listed and/or have the most currency across all sections at the end of the month
 

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British eSports Association announced – starcitizenhelp.net

The wave of official bodies aimed at promoting eSports shows no sign of slowing, with a British version announced today, apparently with Government backing.

Another national eSports federation was brought into the world today, with the news that a group of Great British enthusiasts has decided to form a ‘British eSports Association’. The timing may have raised a few eyebrows due to Brexit uncertainty, as well as the fact that Britain might not exist much longer if the Scots get their way, but it definitely proves the expansion of eSports into the mainstream is set to continue apace.

According to their press release, the group will be based at the famous Pinewood Studios, and their goals and aims seems fairly lofty. ‘British eSports, acting as the National Governing Body for eSports in the United Kingdom, will work in conjunction with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to help and represent players at all levels; develop a grassroots competitive video game scene that will nurture future talent; support existing professionals and provide the infrastructure to create future British global champions.’

The group claims to have been given authority by the UK Government, although the absence of any official quote from said elected officials is glaring in the press release. They will be chaired by Andy Payne OBE, known for his work both in the industry proper, and his time spent working with UK games bodies including trade organisation UKIE and games charity GamesAid. Mr Payne stated he was an admirer of groups like British Cycling and their work to encourage others to participate, going on to say, “These are exciting times in eSports and the time is right to build this organisation from the grassroots up”.

It remains to be seen as to what concrete moves the group can make, and judging by their pleas for ideas within the press release it may well be that the Association themselves are still working out what impact they can actually make. Either way, the continued movement across the world to make eSports part of the mainstream has taken another step, and it will be fascinating to see what, if any, benefit British eSports gleans from their existence.

If you’d like to suggest a way the British eSports Association could help, contact them at info@britishesports.org by September 30th 2016.

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starcitizenhelp – Twitch.tv to add an HTML5 Video player, brings faster and smoother streams.

“Our top priority in building an HTML5 video player has been to make sure you can watch the same streams you love in a noticeably smoother package.”

During last years TwitchCon, it was announced that the latest feature to the most popular video game streaming service in the world would be HTML 5.

What is HTML5? The easy answer is the 5th and current standard version of HTML. But to understand why this feature will benefit streaming (and the people who watch streams) a deeper level of understanding is required. For starters, HTML 5 has ideal processing models that would help Twitch perform better on low-powered mobile devices. This and many more state of the art features would allow Twitch to “fine tune” the streaming experience and providing smoother streams for the user.

HTML 5 and Twitch were planned on being released June 30th, but after some delays due to concerns that the final product just wasn’t up to a high enough standard, the release of HTML5 BETA has been pushed back to sometime this month.

If you want to try out HTML 5 for your self, you will have to subscribe to Twitch Turbo, as it is currently the only way to access Beta when it goes live.

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starcitizenhelp – One of StarCraft’s best foreigners is making the move to Overwatch

David “Lilbow” Moschetto says he has “no more passion for StarCraft 2 anymore” and will be switching to Blizzard’s team-based shooter.

In 2015, many StarCraft 2 fans in the west cheered as Lilbow – a French Protoss player for team Millenium – made back-to-back WCS grand finals. Although the non-Asian scene still had its firebrand players, competitive StarCraft remained much in South Korea’s dominion.

Lilbow’s break-out was historic.  Since Ilye “Stephano” Satouri’s run in 2013 in the first season of WCS, no foreigner had made it to the grand finals of Blizzard’s official circuit. A close 2-4 loss to Dong Won “Hydra” Shin in June 2015 then left Lilbow with the silver, but also the combined hope of western StarCraft 2 fans across the scene. Three months later, Lilbow prevailed over Polish player Grzegorz “MaNa” Komincz to take the WCS Season 3 gold of 2015.

With that, Lilbow became the first foreigner in almost three years to win a premier title in StarCraft 2. He also became the one of only two foreigners to have ever qualified for the WCS Global Finals, the other one being Johan “Naniwa” Lucchesi in 2013.

With all his StarCraft pedigree, however, the Frenchman is now looking to move away from Blizzard’s iconic RTS and seek to continue his gaming career elsewhere. In a reddit post, Lilbow revealed his lack of passion for StarCraft and how he’ll try to switch to playing Overwatch as the next step.

“I’m indeed trying to switch into Overwatch as I have no more passion for StarCraft 2 anymore, basically haven’t played the game since four months except a tiny bit to prepare for DreamHack Tours which I lost 3-2 (again….) I don’t want to say too much, just thanks for your support and do not expect a come back for now as my Overwatch experience is truly great.”

 

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starcitizenhelp | Manchester City sign FIFA player as sports clubs continue to move into eSports

The English giants made their first moves into the area today with the signing of Kieran ‘Kez’ Brown, a FIFA pro, as rumours circulate that Sporting Lisbon may be the next club to pick up an eSports department.

With the movement of eSports to the mainstream becoming an almost daily source of headlines, it is not a surprise to see large companies trying to exploit this new market. Over the last few weeks and months, football teams such as Schalke 04 in Germany, West Ham from England and Valencia in Spain have all added eSports departments, and that continued today with the news of two more teams buying into the market.

First to announce their intentions were Manchester City, for long the poor relation to United across town but a modern giant thanks to a lot of oil money. The addition of 18-year old FIFA player Kieran ‘Kez’ Brown didn’t excite fans in the way Pep Guardiola or Leroy Sane might, but it was still significant for eSports, especially when it was followed by the announcement that one of Portugal’s biggest and oldest clubs has also made a move toward the future.

This is a natural evolution for Manchester City. . . we wanted someone with a hunger and a desire to grow. We strongly believe we have found that in Kieran. He is full of potential. Not only is he a great player, but we also believe he will engage and interact brilliantly with our fans all around the world.    

Diego Gigliani, SVP, Media and Innovation, City Football Marketing
                                                                           

Sporting Lisbon, once home to Cristiano Ronaldo amongst others, has been the focus of many rumours today that they are seeking not only to get into FIFA, but also to pick up a League of Legends squad if possible. According to eSportsObserver, the department at the Lisbon club will be headed up by former Copenhagen Wolves Business Director Guilherme Fraga, and comes a couple of months after the first eSports television show hit the Portuguese airwaves.

The majority of the eSports crowd seem fairly happy to see large organisations across Europe dipping a toe into the electronic pond, with persistent rumours circulating around some of the biggest names, like Barcelona and Bayern Munich, but this must also come with more than a hint of caution. The investment required to get into eSports is totally insignificant even to mid-level clubs like Schalke and West Ham, and it remains to be seen whether their presence is a long-term thing, or if this is just clever marketing men trying to jump aboard a gravy train.

 

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