PhoenixUK the esports talk show created by Tom “Gumpster” Gumbleton returns on Friday evening on the epic.LAN Twitch channel and will be talking over insomnia60, the issues surrounding the LAN Formats deployed in the UK, the seedings issues that plague our scene and how to improve it. The show was founded early last year as part of epic.LAN’s Stream Team project. For a few months last year, it was an incredibly successful show that provided the UK esports scene a talk show that covered a wide variety of talking points.
If you missed my very special article this week, I talked a lot about some of the immediate feedback that happened from insomnia60 over the weekend, around LAN [...]
UKGT is fast becoming a bit of a joke around the UK scene, with players taking snipes at it on Twitter, and a general air of distrust surrounding the tournament. The four qualifying team were announced on March 20th, with information being put on Twitter the following day announcing finals dates and ticket prices for the live finals. Since then, all has gone a bit quiet on the UKGT front. Between the notice that dates would be released soon and now, UKGT has posted three Twitter updates, one congratulating the qualified teams, another confirming the delay in announcing the live finals, and finally a short, but sweet “Happy Friday”.
The two biggest issues that plague UK LANs for the many years that we have seemed to enjoy them, are the following, seeding and format. Whether you are a believer in best-of-three all the way through, or best-of-one lower bracket, more group games, less group games, there is always a huge talking point every LAN. It always causes great debate’s around the scene. It should be noted though, this isn’t directed at specifically Multiplay, it is one for both UK LAN events to actually work on and continue tweaking.
It is frustrating for event organisers, because there have been expectations placed upon them by the community, but the competitive teams want something [...]
The new league season of ESEA has been officially announced over the weekend. As is now the tradition, there is included an Open United Kingdom division, so if you are a UK team, you can compete against hundreds of other UK teams and play for a chance to move up divisions to the Intermediate Division. This season sees a bump in prize pools too and an additional division given to Turkey.
Last season saw 157 UK teams participate in the UK Open Division and 49 UK teams have already signed up. If you are looking for a league to play in the coming weeks after LAN has concluded, this would be the best place to go at current time. It was fm-eSports who simply reigned supreme last [...]