Outsider in esports: Nintendo talks @ E3

There is only one real title that deserves the label esports from Nintendo, and that is ofcourse Super Smash Bros. On the E3 they revealed the latest offspring called Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. As a promotion, Nintendo invited some of the best Melee and Smash Wii U players from around the world. They battled each other in a exciting invitational tournament.

There are some peculiarities to Smash Bros that make the esports so interesting. For instance, the controllers were made in different factories and in different periods of time. There is a significant difference in functionality, with the controllers made in the early 2000’s being the best by far. Professional players go wild on their hunt to find these. It gives Nintendo a headache, since players are modifying their controllers and even the hardware to get an edge. Something Nintendo is trying to prevent, and has to prevent, to ever become a serious contender in esports. Players want a leveled playing field.

Looking at you Capcom

Capcom wasn’t to proud to partner with established tournaments when they started their Pro Tour. With many Nintendo Games being popular in the amateur circuit and potential esports candidates, could this be the road the Japanese developer decides to take as well? Think of games like Splatoon, Arms and Mario Tennis Aces. Nintendo is looking at multiple angles to really kick-start these games, from sponsoring amateur circuits to setting up a solely online competition. But Nintendo wouldn’t be Nintendo if they didn’t push their games in their own unique way.

It’s 2018, time to make a move already

Nintendo is in secrecy about their strategy to launch their esports titles. All good and all, but Nintendo; it’s 2018!! You should already have been investing a lot! Reserve some prize money already, set up an competitive scene with franchise already, give players like Hungrybox the podium that they deserve already! 2024 is the year esports will make their entrance on the Olympics, if Nintendo wants their titles to compete there, they have to act now. Currently, based on hours viewed, Super Smash Bros hangs around 11th/12th on Twitch, that is just not gonna be enough.

Hopefully, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Is gonna be the title that brings the community together and that will get the support it needs from a publisher that sometimes might be a bit to stubborn. Then again, that is one of the reasons we love Nintendo.

Spotlight: Cloud9 CS:GO eSports

Cloud9 made history this weekend by becoming the first North American team to win a CS:GO Major. The underdog team made an incredible run through the ELEAGUE Major Boston, right in front of their home crowd. After being down 0-2 in pools and on the verge of being eliminated, Cloud9 stepped up their game. Virtus.pro, Astralis and Vega Squadron were defeated to qualify for the playoffs. The Americans beat G2 and SK (#1 ranked team in the world) to reach the finals against FaZe.

Cloud9 Tarik

Breathtaking Finals

Cloud9’s map pick Mirage went to FaZe, the heavy favourites. Cloud9 however struck back and dominated FaZe’s map pick Overpass. Skadoodle’s skills with the AWP gained him the top rating in both games. The final game on Inferno became one of the most nerve wracking games in CS:GO history. FaZe got to match point with a 15-11 score. Cloud9 managed to tie Faze 15-15 to force Overtime.

First Overtime ended 3-3 with a clutch double kill by GuardiaN to save the final round. Cloud9 however dominated the second Overtime 3-1 on the back of their leader Tarik. The Boston crowd went wild as their American team finally lifted the trophy. The Major reached a record breaking peak of 1,8 million viewers online.

Cloud9 celebrates

Cloud9’s Stars

Cloud9’s members weren’t part of the most elite CS:GO players before. A team like FaZe fielded four top 20 players of 2017. Cloud9 also didn’t have much success against the top teams before. Yet everything came together this tournament.

Cloud9 Skadoodle

Longest lasting member of Cloud9 is Skadoodle. His quick and aggressive snipes with the AWP gained him the title of best sniper of the tournament. Skadoodle had to wait five years to finally gain his first big success at the Major.

Cloud9 Stewie2K

Stewie2K is the entry fragger and secondary AWPer of the team. Although he is one of the newest professional players, Stewie already got multiple tournament MVP awards in 2017. He single handedly defended the B bomb site on Inferno against the entire FaZe team.

Cloud9 Autimatic

Autimatic is regarded the the most versatile player in Cloud9. He currently plays as a lurker, one of the most dangerous roles in the game. He’s shown that he is even capable of taking over the leader position if necessary.

Cloud9 RUSH

RUSH left his team OpTic Gaming together with Tarik to join Cloud9. OpTic fell apart after their departure and the two received heavy criticism. RUSH is one of Cloud9’s staple players and always in the thick of battle.

Cloud9 Tarik

Team leader Tarik was crowned MVP of the Major. His CS:GO career started as a streamer on Twitch. He streamed his funny antics from his closet at home. Tarik is originally the entry-fragger of the team, which means he plays aggressively and goes in first. Tarik slowly evolved from a solo player to a real team player. He took up the role as in-game leader for Cloud9 and put together a Major-winning team.

Cloud9 looks like a new top tier contender in CS:GO. In 2018 they will need to show that their victory wasn’t a fluke. Make sure to follow eSports and make money on mastermazuma.com.

Overwatch League has started!

The brand new Overwatch League has officially kicked off. And what a start it was, featuring the classic rivalry between Dallas Fuel (formerly EnVyUs) and Seoul Dynasty (formerly Lunatic-Hai). West versus East. The League seems successful in its efforts to make Overwatch one of the top eSports and to increase professionalism in eSports.

Overwatch League - Dallas Fuel vs Seoul Dynasty

Most professional eSports ever

The first season of Overwatch League features 12 teams, which each paid $20 million for their spot. The League aims to emulate professional sports leagues like the NBA, MLB and NFL. Each team represents a city – Dallas, Seoul, Shanghai etc. The teams play their Season 1 games in Los Angeles, but future seasons will see home and away games. The players receive minimum salaries of $50,000, housing, health insurance, retirement savings and more. eSports has never seen such a professional league before.

The highly anticipated start of the League attracted over 400,000 viewers on Twitch. Twitch paid over $90 million for exclusive broadcasting rights for Overwatch League. Expect exclusive virtual merchandise coming soon to your Overwatch streams.

West vs East

Dallas Fuel versus Seoul Dynasty turned out to be a classic power struggle between West and East. The American team took the lead on Junkertown. The second map, Temple of Anubis, was a tight race. The Koreans ended up winning 6-5 in the best game of the week. Seoul closed it out with a win on Ilios and a draw on Numbani. Munchkin’s Tracer was the MVP as he created chaos and disrupted Dallas’ strategy.

Overwatch League - Seoul Dynasty D.VaOverwatch League - Los Angeles Valiant Mercy

Seoul Dynasty and London Spitfire were the big favourites in the league and both delivered. New York Excelsior and the big surprise Los Angeles Valiant managed to keep up with 2-0 scores. LA Valiant has a tough upcoming week. They play against top teams New York Excelsior and London Spitfire.

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Overwatch Mercy

Speedrunning event AGDQ 2018 has begun!

Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) kicked off last Sunday from Herndon, Virginia. AGDQ is an annual event featuring top speedrunners from around the world. The speedrunners play in a week-long marathon of 130 hours, covering dozens of games. The event raises millions of dollars for charity each year. AGDQ has raised over $6.6 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation since 2011.

AGDQ gameplay

Speedrunning is the sport of beating a videogame as quickly as possible. You might have raced your friends to see who can finish the game the quickest. Speedrunners take this competition to the next level. They’ll use obscure tricks or glitches to gain any advantage. Speedrunners might run a level backwards to go faster. They might squeeze their character through walls into areas that were never intended to be seen. They might even glitch their way past entire levels.

AGDQ gameplay

Speedrunning can be done with multiple rulesets. Here are the most popular ones:

  • Any%: The classic run where you finish the game as fast as possible.
  • 100%: The runner must collect every item in the game.
  • Low%: A run that completes the game with the least amount of levels and items possible.
  • All bosses: Every boss in the game must be defeated.
  • Glitchless: Players can’t use glitches in their run. This mode is mainly used in extremely exploitable games.

AGDQ features games of all generations, from the original Mario games to Skyrim. The most popular games will be played on Friday and Saturday. This includes many Mega Man games, Zelda games, Super Mario games, Final Fantasy, Warcraft, Diablo, Mass Effect and Bloodborne. The weirdest run of the week might be Prey, on Thursday.

The marathon event even runs at night and is broadcast live on Twitch. You can find the full schedule at the AGDQ website. Don’t forget to visit mastermazuma.com if you’re interested in competitive games.

The best gamer girls in Counter-Strike

Ever got beaten by a girl in video games? Those girls are nothing compared to these professional gamer girls. They are smart, hot and kick major ass. Master Mazuma brings you the best gamer girls in Counter-Strike. And if you want to earn money with eSports yourself, check out mastermazuma.com!

 

Gamer Girls Counter-Strike: missharvey

missharvey

This girl has been playing competitive Counter-Strike since 2005! missharvey really broke through when she won the Electronic Sports World Cup in 2007 on SK Gaming. She’s one of the most successful girls in eSports, with seven major titles under her belt. missharvey most recently played for Counter Logic Gaming Red. She’s one of the biggest and best-known personalities in women’s eSports.

 

Gamer Girls Counter-Strike: vilga

vilga

vilga only recently emerged on the eSports scene. She quickly climbed the ranks and joined Team Secret. This became the most successful CS:GO team in 2016 and 2017. In 2017, the entire team switched from Team Secret to Dynasty Gaming. vilga is often the most aggressive player in the team and scores a lot of kills.

 

Gamer Girls Counter-Strike: potter

potter

The experienced team captain of CLG Red. potter was an inseparable duo with missharvey since 2006. Together, they won seven major championships. potter combines her excellent leadership with great individual skill and is often the highest rated player on her team.

 

Gamer Girls Counter-Strike: juliano

juliano

The second of the Dynasty Gaming trio in this list. juliano is the leader of the most successful female team in CS:GO. She personally led her teams to nine major eSports titles. juliano and zAAz teamed up in 2014 and are currently the most successful gamer girls duo in CS:GO.

 

Gamer Girls Counter-Strike: zAAz

zAAz

The best gamer girl to ever play Counter-Strike. zAAz won two premier and eight major tournaments in her career, an unrivaled record. She’s been kicking ass since 2008, when she was 16 years old. Her individual skills and K/D of 1.25 often carry the team to victory. zAAz is also the top female earner in Counter-Strike eSports with $27.000 earned. She’s indisputably the best ace player in the game.

A 50 Million Dollar eSports Prize Pool?

Biggest eSports prize pool ever

Imagine playing your favourite videogame for a 50 million dollar eSports prize pool. You win, lift the trophy and get handed a cheque. You just earned 20 million dollars for winning first place. Crazy fantasy, right?

This tournament might actually happen in the next five years. Prize pools in all eSports are rising. The biggest tournaments of the year make their winners millionaires. The biggest of them all is The International. This is the yearly Dota 2 world championship. The International 2017 had a total eSports prize pool of 25 million dollars. Team Liquid took home 10 million dollars for winning first place.

A 50 Million Dollar eSports Prize Pool? - Team Liquid

An eSports Revolution

The International had its first edition in 2011. Valve, developer of Dota 2, funded the 1.6 million dollar prize pool. This was a revolutionary eSports prize pool in 2011. Almost no eSports tournament ever exceeded 100.000 dollars, and certainly not 1 million! Na’Vi won 1 million dollars for first place and became legends. But this was just the start.

In 2013, everything changed. Valve introduced crowdfunding to increase the prize pool. Players could purchase in-game items, and 25% of sales were added to the prize pool. These items included the ‘Compendium’ and ‘Battle Pass’ and gave in-game benefits. The total increased to 2.8 million dollars, again the biggest in eSports history. But this was just the beginning. Each next year saw a massive increase: 10 million in 2014, 18 million in 2015, 20 million in 2016 and finally 25 million in 2017.

A 50 Million Dollar eSports Prize Pool? - TI7 prize pool

Bigger than the Super Bowl

If The International continues to grow, 2022 might feature a 50 million dollar prize pool. This would be more than the Super Bowl! However, it is unlikely that Dota 2 will keep growing at the same rate. Experts predict that The International won’t grow as much in the next years. So, is a 50 million dollar eSports prize pool still a crazy fantasy?

No! Dota 2 might never hit 50 million. But new eSports games will emerge and become even more popular. The International showed us how to run successful crowdfunding campaigns. Maybe in five or ten years, Dota 3 will launch and set new records. The prestigious 50 million tournament will happen within ten years, you can count on that.

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A 50 Million Dollar eSports Prize Pool? - eSports prize money

Counter Logic Gaming exit CS:GO

Counter Logic Gaming have “stepped back” from Counter-Strike, the organisation announced Thursday.

They will no longer field their primary or academy rosters, but will retain CLG Red, their women’s team, a spokesperson for CLG said.

This news follows a report by independent journal Jarek “DeKay” Lewis that CLG was leaving CS:GO due to internal financial issues within the team. CLG’s press release does not explain why the organisation is leaving CS:GO.

“CLG has been in competitive Counter Strike since the beginning of 2015. Since then, the competitive sport, community, and industry has grown massively into what it is today,” CLG wrote in a press release. “It has been amazing to see the collective rise of esports and CS:GO at the forefront of it. After several months of analysis and internal discussion around our business strategy, as well as the economics of the sport, we reached this difficult decision.”

“As great as the organisation is, I never felt that they were convinced in CSGO enough to dish out money to get the players needed to succeed,” FNS wrote.

“My entire goal in 2017 was to win or at least make a grand final and when we were coming close and making deep runs at tournaments, it seemed like a good idea to stay, but looking back, I should have just departed when Imapet did. Regardless of that, I’m glad I was able to fulfil my contract with CLG and stick out the entire year with them. Again, I wish the players and organisation nothing but the best of luck.”

CLG first entered CS:GO in 2015, and were often considered one of the stronger North American teams in the scene. CLG were also recently purchased by the Madison Square Garden Company, who own the New York Knicks, and acquired a spot in the  North American League of Legends Championship Series.

In the press release CLG say they are “parting ways” with their main and academy CS:GO rosters, though DeKay’s initial report alleged that CLG would keep players under contract to sell them to other organisations.

Counter Logic Gaming

Whether this is the end for Counter Logic Gaming, or they rise up again and conquer the CS:GO scene, we don’t know. One thing we do know; it’s going to be an interesting story to follow.

Spotlight: FaZe Clan CS:GO eSports

FaZe Clan’s Superstars

FaZe Clan made their debut in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in 2016. The team was known as the most prestigious Call of Duty eSports team and as YouTube famous. FaZe was initially plagued with bad results and roster changes. Finally, the eSports dream team is here. Five of the best players in the game joined up to form the ultimate team. Just like Master Mazuma is the ultimate eSports betting site.

 

FaZe rain

Longest lasting member of FaZe is rain. His team G2 was bought by FaZe for $700.000. rain is the entry-fragger of the team, which means he plays aggressively and goes in first. He often gets the most kills but also the most deaths.

 

FaZe Olofmeister

Olofmeister was player of the year in 2015. He gained notoriety for boosting (jumping on a teammate’s back) in tournaments to get to unfair spots on the map. Regardless of the scandal, Olofmeister remains a top 10 player in the world. His role as lurker means he tries to flank and surprise enemies.

 

FaZe NiKo

NiKo is one of the faster rising stars of the game. He was the number 11 player of 2016 and has only gotten better. FaZe bought NiKo from Mousesports for over $500.000, the biggest transfer in CS:GO history. NiKo is one of the best in the world with assault rifles and sniper rifles.

 

FaZe GuardiaN

GuardiaN played Counter-Strike professionally since 2009. His highest ranking came in 2015, when he was the second best player in the world after Olofmeister. GuardiaN is known for his skill with the AWP sniper rifle.

 

FaZe karrigan

Team leader karrigan brings discipline in the team. He often sacrifices his own life and weapons for the team. Without karrigan, FaZe would be four superstars each trying to play 1 versus 5. karrigan makes sure everyone sticks to the gameplan.

FaZe Clan finally has its CS:GO dream team. Master Mazuma predicts that the team will end SK Gaming’s reign and dominate 2018. Make sure to follow eSports and make money on mastermazuma.com.

Top 10 videogame cosplay girls

These are the hottest videogame cosplay girls

Master Mazuma brings you the top ten hottest videogame cosplay girls. These girls dress up sexily as your favourite videogame characters. And they make big money doing it. Scroll down to discover these hot girls in sexy cosplay. And when you’re finished, make sure to earn some real money yourself with videogames on mastermazuma.com!

Vera Chimera

Australian videogame cosplayer Vera Chimera is a cosplay veteran. She’s a big name at conventions and regularly talks at panels.

Favourite cosplay: Lilith (Borderlands)

Fun fact: Vera loves motorcycles!

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Marie-Claude Bourbonnais

Marie-Claude Bourbonnais Videogame Cosplay

This French Canadian beauty used her popularity to create a successful brand. Marie-Claude has her own website, original merchandise and numerous magazine appearances.

Favourite cosplay: Power Girl (DC Universe)

Fun fact: Because of her curvy body type, she’s able to cosplay as the most big-breasted videogame characters. Definitely worth checking out.

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Jannet Incosplay

Jannet Incosplay Videogame Cosplay

This Russian beauty cosplays videogame, anime and comic book characters. Jannet definitely doesn’t shy away from sexier characters.

Favourite cosplay: Widowmaker (Overwatch)

Fun fact: Jannet is an expert wig-stylist. She creates her own amazing hairstyles.

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Adrianne Curry

Adrianne Curry Videogame Cosplay

This babe won the first season of America’s Next Top Model! She also modeled for Playboy and other big magazines. Adrianne uses her gorgeous looks to create amazing cosplays.

Favourite cosplay: Mileena (Mortal Kombat)

Fun fact: Adrianne recently retired from cosplay. Luckily she left a large collection!

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VampyBitMe

VampyBitMe Videogame Cosplay

Asian hottie VampyBitMe appeared in the Playboy and For Him Magazine. It’s easy to see why: She might have the hottest body among videogame cosplay girls.

Favourite cosplay: Psylocke (Marvel)

Fun fact: VampyBitMe is of Vietnamese-American descent.

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Tasha Cosplay

Tasha Cosplay Videogame Cosplay

Tasha is the leader of Korean cosplay group Spiral Cats. She does both incredibly sexy and super detailed realistic cosplays.

Favourite cosplay: Kerrigan (StarCraft)

Fun fact: Tasha worked as professional cosplayer for League of Legends and StarCraft 2.

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Katyuska Moonfox

Katyuska Moonfox Videogame Cosplay

This curvy cosplayer from Australia loves skin tight costumes. She has cosplayed as many sexy videogame characters.

Favourite cosplay: Tifa Lockheart (Final Fantasy)

Fun fact: Katyuska also studies game development, because videogames are her passion!

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Yaya Han

Yaya Han Videogame Cosplay

Yaya Han is one of the most experienced videogame cosplay girls. She pioneered cosplay in the West almost 20 years ago. Yaya is known for being extremely well-endowed.

Favourite cosplay: Chun Lee (Street Fighter)

Fun fact: Yaya is in her thirties but looks like she’s still in her twenties!

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Alodia Gosiengfiao

Alodia Gosiengfiao Videogame Cosplay

Alodia Gosiengfiao is not only a succesful cosplayer, but also a film and tv star. Her career can only get better with her incredible looks.

Favourite cosplay: Baroness (G.I. Joe)

Fun fact: Alodia is a big name in the Phillippines. She regularly appears in the Top 100 Sexiest Women.

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Jessica Nigri

Jessica Nigri Videogame Cosplay

The queen of videogame cosplay. Jessica Nigri is by far the most popular cosplayer in the world…. and it’s easy to see why. She’s even appeared in movies and tv shows. Jessica can cosplay anything from realistic to sexy.

Favourite cosplay: Sexy Pokémon

Fun fact: Jessica loves to cosplay as sexy versions of popular videogame characters. She became famous with her sexy Pikachu costume.

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