After an extended qualifier set, the teams for the 2017 Spring Season of the ESL Premiership have been confirmed. The qualifier kicked off with 72 teams in a Swiss-format qualifier. Sixteen teams were then in a double-elimination bracket to determine who were to qualify.
After three qualifiers, and four contentious invites, the ten teams for the inaugural season of the UK Gaming Tours have been completed. All of these teams are set for play, when the league starts on the 17th January. All of which intend to battle it out for spots to the LAN finals.
Ben Bagg, the frontman of CAZ eSports, has recently announced that he will be stepping down from his role at the organisation to pursue a new path inside UK eSports. We took this opportunity to sit down with him and discuss this time at CAZ, and what he had planned for the future.
Six days in to the World Cyber Arena’s tri-nation tournament between Russia, China and the United Kingdom, and the UK are firmly sat in the last position having been trumped by both of the opposing nations. That being said, days three and six, versus Russia and China respectively, played out better in the favour of British sides in comparison to the three days prior.
It is clear now that the UK will not be competing in the final nation showdown, in which the top two nations duke it out in order to bag as much of the prize as possible and show whom out of Russia and China are the dominant force. Much like in reality, the small pitiful island known as Britain did not stand much [...]