November was an incredible month for eSports. First MLG live streamed its StarCraft 2 Providence tournament on YouTube. Secondly IGN announced it’s IPL 4 will be shared live on YouTube with other TV quality eSport entertainment. Third and most amazing League of Legends a free to play game announced how it will share the $5,000,000 USD in prizes over season two.
StarCraft 2 Rank #1
MLG airs live stream of StarCraft 2 Providence on YouTube. Also IGN promises more TV quality eSport shows on YouTube including live streaming IPL 4.
StarCraft 2 Tournaments – $168,050 in Prizes for November
Only tournaments with $1,000 prize pool or more are included.
Team Ace Invitational – $17,00
LAN finals at the Buson G-Star 2011 in BEXCO, Busan, Korea have concluded. This tournament was sponsored by Blizzard and GOMTV. Results:
- MVP won $9,000
- GanZi won 3,575
- BBoongBBoong and SuperNoVa won 1,350
- Oz, DongRaeGu, Curious and NesTea won $625
ASUS ROG Stars Invite – $10,000
StarCraft 2 LAN Tournament at the largest consumer electronics trade fair in the Nordic Counties. The location Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre, Finland. Results:
- IdrA won $6,000
- SeleCT won $3,000
- elfi won $1,000
Polar Fluke November – $1,050
Remember remember 5 gate November. Results:
- Bly won $350
- PandaTank won $250
- viOlet won $150
- ChaosTheory won $100
- rushMePlz, Nibby, DBS, Jaden won $50
Zowie Divina – $10,000
An all female StarCraft 2 tournament. Results:
1. Aphrodite won $5,000
2. Flo won $3,000
3. Colagirl $2,000
Battle in Berlin – $10,000
Eight players will competed in this LAN at the Universal Hall of Berlin. The hall was full with 500 fans. All onstage shows were in English but there was also Russian and German commentating. There were some issues with the HD live stream and for those who bought tickets Battle in Berlin will provide a full refund. Results:
1. Nerchio won $5,000
2. GoOdy won $1,750
MLG Providence – $120,000
MLG’s tour across the US comes to a close with the national championships in Providence. Providence was streamed live on YouTube. Results:
1. Dong Nyung ‘Leenock‘ Lee, $50.000
2. Johan ‘Naniwa‘ Lucchesi won $25.000
3. Soo Ho ‘DongRaeGu‘ Park won $15.000
4. Jong Hyun ‘MVP‘ Jong won $10.500
5. Chris ‘HuK‘ Loranger won $7.500
6. Ming Chul ‘MC‘ Jang won $5.250
7. Hayder ‘HayPro‘ Hussein won $3.750
8. Greg ‘Idra‘ Fields won $3.000
DreamHack Winter 2011 Sapphire AMD Championship – $60,000
DreamHack a LAN that never disappoints with 64 of the best StarCraft 2 players from around the world it was an exciting watch. Results:
1. HerO won $29,000
2. PuMa won $13,300
3. Ret and NightEnD won $5,000
4. Seiplo, Nerchio, Naama, DongRaeGu won $1,500
DotA 2 Rank #2
Many new websites for DotA 2 are appearing as anticipation of its release builds. One such website is JoinDOTA that has hosted its first tournament cast by Tobi Wan. For those of you unfamiliar with Tobi Wan Kenobi he is to DotA as Husky is to StarCraft.
DotA 2 Tournaments – $34,500 in Prizes for November
WCG Asia Championship – $6,000
Tobi Wan wanted to cast this event but sadly the organizer refused him and was live streamed exclusively by rapture gaming in low quality. Tobi Wan says he is working with the organizers of WCG to be able to cast the event next year.
Posted by Tobi at JoinDOTA:
“There will be no stream for this event by joinDOTA as Rapture Gaming are providing ‘exclusive’ coverage of the event – We will keep the match ticker updated tho”
Other than a low quality live stream the tournament went on without any other issues. Results:
- MUFC won $3,000
- Mineski.Infinity won $2,000
- EHOME won $1,000
The Defense – $13,500
Delayed multiple times with poor information provided to the DotA community did officially begin November 22nd 2011. The tournament is still ongoing, live stream and VODs are available on the JoinDOTA website. The tournament is scheduled to complete in early 2012.
DreamHack Vengeance – $15,000
Held in Jönköping, Sweden sponsored by Valve and Corsair the BYOC event sold out. Players who registered with a BYOC DotA 2 ticket all received DotA 2 Beta keys five per team. The grand finals for DotA 2 were held in the Dream Arena Extreme. See the results below:
1. Wild Honey Badgers won 7500
2. FnaticMSI won 3700
3. SK Gaming won 2300
4. TeamShakira won 1500
League of Legends Rank #3
Riot’s $5,000,000 season two prizes are broken into three parts the world championship, competitive circuit and community events. The first World Championship will be $2,000,000 and is the largest prize pool in history beating the previous $1,600,000 record held by both DotA 2 ‘The International’. Second, the Challenger Circuit, will include $2,000,000 and be used for live in-person tournaments hosted by a Riot partner. The current list of Riot partners: Intel Extreme Masters, the IGN Pro League, and Major League Gaming in North America and Europe. There will be more organizers and events to follow. The final $1,000,000 will go to Riot approved community organizers hosting their own LoL tournament online or in person.
Observer mode (beta) has been released! Finally arriving observer mode will allow commentators to cast replays similar to StarCraft 2’s Husky and HD.
League of Legends had a slow start but if they can get Observer mode running with a well organized season 2 we may see League of Legends become the richest, most popular eSport.
League of Legends Tournaments – $30,000 in Prizes for November
MLG Providence – $30,000
League of Legends made an appearance at MLG providence with a $30,000 prize pool. You can expect to see LoL at all future MLG events as Riot has them listed as a partner on their new competitive website. MLG will be eager to make use of the $2,000,000 Riot has set aside for MLG and their other partners. Results:
1. SoloMid won $15,000
2. EPIK Gaming won $8,000
3. Dignitas won $5,000
4. RFLX won $2,000
Heroes of Newerth Rank #8
Without its own million dollar tournament or season HoN is doing well to keep itself competitive by funding its own tournaments and leagues.
Heroes of Newerth Tournaments – $63,000 in Prizes for November
HoNWars League – $20,000
Kingston HoNor – $3,000
DreamHack MSI BEAT IT 2011 – $40,000
LoL has won the most attention this month with the 5,000,000 season 2 announcement, competitive website and observer mode. League of Legends has taken the spotlight for November but rivalry will drive eSports to greater heights.
See PGT’s eSport rankings at: http://www.progamingtours.net/PGT/index.php?/eSport-Rankings.html