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Greetings everyone, Badfur here again for another article.  Today it is about tournaments; I know I briefly mentioned them towards the end of my last article, and today I will be expanding on some of the tournaments that occur around the year.  There are often different tournaments for different games, and so things can get quite busy for people trying to attend them.

The first tournament to mention is the Electronic Sports World Cup, or ESWC, as people like to abbreviate it.   This tournament is 6 days long and includes events and competitions for 6 different games, Starcraft 2, Counter-Strike 1.6, Counter-Strike: Source, Defense of the Ancients, Fifa 11, and Trackmania Nations Forever.  How does one qualify for the ESWC? You compete in the ESL, The Electronic Sports League.  Yes, this does have a season, which contradicts the title and what I said in my previous article.  Allow me to elaborate.  There are tournaments year round, some tournaments, like the eSports World Cup require you to be in something like the Electronic Sports League to have a chance of competing.  While other tournaments, professional teams get invited to compete, joined by the teams that simply signed up, and then they have the qualifiers, quarter-finals, semi-finals, and finals.

This brings me to the IGN Pro League, also called the IPL.  The IGN Pro League is a series of tournaments.  Often only having 2 games played, the last installment of the IGN Pro League had a Starcraft 2 tournament with a $100,000 prize pool, and a League of Legends tournament with a $20,000 prize pool.

During August One of the large events in the United States known as PAX Prime, occurred. The Penny Arcade Xpo (PAX), has various eSports tournaments as well.  Taking place August 26th to 28th, there were over 50 games having tournaments throughout the 3 days.  Between Console games, PC games, Tabletop, and Handheld games, there were a lot of tournaments.  Some of the games represented here were League of Legends, Starcraft 2, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike Online Edition, Marvel vs Capcom 3, Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition, Mario Kart 3DS, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Team Fortress 2.

DreamHack occurs twice during the year, once in Summer, and another time during Winter.  This year, and next year, the Summer event is in June, and Winter in November.  Dreamhack currently holds the world record for the world’s largest LAN party and computer festival. DreamHack, has broken its old record multiple times in the last 5 years.  This year DreamHack occurred June 18-21, and will be occurring again November 24-27. In November at DreamHack Winter 2011, currently, 4 tournaments have been announced. The games for these tournaments are Starcraft 2, Counter-Strike 1.6, Heroes of Newerth, and Quake Live.

Speaking of events that occur multiple times during the year, now we take a look at MLG.  MLG stands for Major League Gaming, and has competitions during a good portion of the year, starting in April, and continuing into November.  MLG was in Dallas, April 1-3, Columbus June 3-5, Anaheim July 29-31, Raleigh August 26-28.  In October MLG will be in Orlando, that takes place the 14-16 of October. November 18-20, MLG finishes up the year in Providence. MLG this year has 3 main games, Halo: Reach, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Starcraft 2.  Although at MLG Raleigh, League of Legends did make an appearance in the line up.

Lastly, there is the World Cyber Games.  At the last WCG, the following games were present, Tekken 6, Counter-Strike 1.6, Crossfire, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, League of Legends, Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty, Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne, and Fifa 2011. As of last year, 2011, World Cyber Games is the largest global eSport tournament.

There are a lot of games that are played professionally, and at the moment it is too daunting a task to cover every single tournament that is played around the world for all the games, so I have opted to go over some of the major ones. Questions, comments, or concerns? Reply, and I’ll answer anything as well as I can.

This concludes today’s article on tournaments, have a good day.
~Badfur

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