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The International Dota 2 Championships 2017


cand15_001 The International 7, the seventh iteration of Dota 2’s premiere event, begins today in Seattle. The International Dota 2 Championships 2017, but “TI7” for short – is the Super Bowl of Dota 2. Hosted each year in Seattle by the game’s publisher, Valve, it is an esports extravaganza that draws in fans from all over the world. This year’s prize pool is approaching $23,000,000, over $10,000,000 of which will go to the winning team.

Valve pays for the event via crowd funding. Each year, the company releases a Battle Pass (previously known as the Compendium), an interactive booklet filled with goodies that players can buy and spend money to level up. A portion of the proceeds from Battle Pass sales goes to funding the prize pool, and it’s something of a tradition among Dota 2 fans to try to outdo the previous year’s outlandish sum.

There are 18 teams competing in Seattle from six regions: Europe, North America, South America, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS, A.K.A. former Soviet republics), China, and Southeast Asia. Teams could qualify in one of two ways. Six teams received direct invites to The International based on their performance since the last International, while the other 12 teams were forced to qualify through a series of regional competitions.

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Washington D.C. Soon To Be eSports Hub


North American esports team NRG Esports is now being sponsored by Washington D.C.’s, district’s official convention and sports authority, Events D.C. revealed to me in a series of interviews yesterday. Not only is the city’s sponsorship one of the first of its kind, it marks the District of Columbia’s official push into the world of professional competitive gaming.

NRG Esports — which has professional teams and players competing in Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Hearthstone, Super Smash Bros., Rocket League and more — was founded by Sacramento Kings co-owners Andy Miller and Mark Mastrov, and has big name investors like four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal and MLB stars/World Series champions Alex Rodriguez and Jimmy Rollins. Washington D.C. will have logos on the teams’ jerseys, players’ streams and the NRG website, plus it will host NRG bootcamps where players get together and practice for long hours for days on end.

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Open qualifiers for the “Overwatch” Winter Premiere will be held for four days starting December 10 and will be presented at NGE’s official website. The Next Generation Esports said that all “Overwatch” teams for North America will be able to play for the event and team registration can be filled out online.

In the “Overwatch” Winter Premiere by Next Generation Esports, only the top eight teams will be able to battle it out after the open qualifiers. The top eight “Overwatch” teams will then face off in a Double Round-Robin group play for three weeks until two teams are left.

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New Game Out-Silent Hill


Silent Hills, it’s a collaboration between Hideo Kojima/Kojima Productions, Guillermo del Toro, and The Walking Dead TV series star Norman Reedus. Konami  not set a release date for Silent Hills, or even reveal anything about the game itself. The Walking Dead” star Norman Reedus lends his voice and likeness to “Silent Hills.


Amazon Buying Twitch Gaming





Amazon is paying $970 million in cash for the online gathering place for gamers. Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive officer, has made video games a focus of a strategy to add more entertainment services. Google and Twitch were in talks earlier this year on a transaction that valued Twitch at about $1 billion, a person familiar with discussions said in May. While the deal with Google was being discussed, investment banker Frank Quattrone introduced Twitch to other potential bidders.

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Why Are People So Mean?


The Psychological Point of View

There is  popular belief that people are mean to others in order to feel better about themselves. Humans have a need to feel unique from others in positive ways. As they naturally form groups, this need for positive distinction extends to the groups we belong to. Meaning, we tend to view our in-groups more favorably than out-groups (groups we do not belong to). And as a consequence, we tend to see people who are not part of our group less positively than people who are. This is especially likely to occur when there is competition between the groups or when people feel like the identity of their group has been challenged. Research  often reveals that people display in-group favoritism, and further, that degrading out-group members can have a positive impact on self-esteem and feelings of positivity towards one’s groups.

When self-esteem is threatened, humans are more likely to compare themselves to people they think are worse off than them to see other people as having more negative traits, to degrade people who aren’t members of our groups, and to become more directly aggressive towards people in general. Insulting or criticizing someone else, may say more about how you are feeling about yourself than the other person. Insecurity over ourselves drives much of the cruelty in the world.

Another Point Of View

They’re hurt. Here’s the long answer: They’re really hurt. At some point, somebody did them dirty. They were crushed. And they’re still afraid the pain will never stop, or that it will happen again. “I am a victim; people want to hurt me; I must hurt them first to be safe.” This is why mean people may turn ugly when you say something like “Please pass the salt” or “Hey, it’s raining.” They immediately rewrite whatever they hear to support their story line (“She’s saying I’m a bad cook” or “He’s bringing up the weather to avoid talking about us”). The story, not other people’s behavior, both motivates and excuses their hostility.



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