This weekend, – the first Call of Duty tournament of the 2017 season, a $100,000 Overwatch invitational and the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ELeague Major qualifiers.
When:Thursday to Sunday, starting at 10 a.m. ET. Where to watch: Twitch.
With the first Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major of 2017 approaching, 16 teams are competing in LAN qualifiers this weekend for the remaining eight spots in the ELeague Major. Over four days, teams will compete in Swiss format —
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare— MLG Vegas-PT, Saturday open bracket starts at 10 a.m. PT, pools start at 3 p.m. PT, championship bracket starts at 7:30 p.m. PT, Sunday championship bracket runs from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. PT. on Twitch
Saturday starting at noon PT, Sunday semifinals starting at 11 a.m. PT, Sunday finals starting at 3 p.m. PT.
Sunday finals at 3 a.m. ET.
Where to watch: Twitch.
Smash will be in the Midwest this weekend with the UGC Smash Open in St. Louis, Missouri. Some of the best Melee and Smash 4 players in the world are convening on UGC Smash as they battle for $40,000 spread across both games.
The action starts at 10 a.m. CT Saturday and Sunday Dec. 3 and 4. The Smash 4 singles top eight starts at 4 p.m. CT Sunday, followed by the Melee singles top eight at 7:30 p.m. CT. The matches will be broadcast live on UGC’s Twitch and Melee Everyday’s Twitch.
ELeague Season 2 is one of the last big tournaments of the year and one of the last LAN events for these teams to prove themselves before the first Major of 2017 in January.
The quarterfinals matches begin at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday and Thursday on Twitch, followed by the first semifinals match at 5 p.m. ET Friday and the second match at 10 p.m. ET broadcast on both Twitch and TBS. The finals finish off Season 2 of ELeague on Twitch and TBS at 4 p.m. ET Saturday.
Amazon continues to invest in eSports, and the company’s latest initiative expands the experience to the types of casual games that many people play on their smartphones.
The tech giant on Monday announced the Champions of Fire Invitational, a new eSports tournament it will host via the Amazon Appstore.
On Dec. 2 in Las Vegas, 16 top gaming celebrities will play five popular casual mobile games and compete for a cash prize pool of $100,000. The event will be live-streamed on Amazon-owned Twitch, as well as via Amazon Fire TV, Amazon.com, and other social media networks. CBS Sports Network will air a two-hour highlights TV show on Dec. 12.
The single-elimination tournament will feature five games: Disney Crossy Road, Pac-Man 256, Bloons TD Battles, 8 Ball Pool and the all new Fruit Ninja Tournament Edition. Matches will only take a few minutes, while each game has a $30,000 grand prize.
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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.