Sep 14 2016 - 7:56 pm

Fear retires from Dota 2

One of the most legendary players in Dota and Dota 2 has officially retired from competitive play due to health reasons
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

 One of the most legendary players in Dota and Dota 2 has officially retired from competitive play due to health reasons.

Clinton “Fear” Loomis says he's retiring due to a persistent arm injury will transition to a coaching role for his team, Evil Geniuses.

“I have been living my dream of being a professional gamer for over a decade now, and in that time I've accomplished each of the goals I placed for myself and for EG Dota,” Fear wrote in the official news release. “Now, I have to pursue a new goal - getting healthy. I still have a passion for Dota and for competing, but the long term health of my arm has to come first.”

Celebrated for his individual skill and extreme versatility, Fear’s history with Dota 2 was prominently featured in Valve’s documentary Free to Play, which helped cement his status as a Dota legend.

In 2011, he joined Evil Geniuses and experienced varying degrees of success. Then in late 2013, Evil Geniuses’ roster underwent a complete overhaul, with Artour “Arteezy” Babaev, Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg, and Peter “ppd” Dager joining original members Fear and Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora.

The team soon dominated the North American online circuit. But Fear’s medical situation began to deteriorate. On May. 28, 2014, the team announced that he would be sidelined for two months due to wrist injuries. And that meant he'd miss out on the International. But he'd return in 2015, which would become his most successful year ever as a competitor. Evil Geniuses won both the Dota 2 Asian Championship as well as the International 5, which combined secured the team roughly $7.9 million in prize money.

Now, Fear is putting an end to a career that has spanned roughly a decade. But he's already forged a legacy that will surely influence the competitive game for years to come.

Today - 12:27 am

University of Toronto students can now apply for an esports scholarship

Who said gaming was a waste of time?
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Image via CC 3.0

Canada's top-rated university will begin taking applications for an esports scholarship to be awarded next year.

University of Toronto alumnus Victor Xin started the scholarship program as a way of providing extra support to students who want to hone their skills in competitive gaming. While this is the first such scholarship to be introduced in Canada, several U.S.-based universities such as University of California, Irvine began offering esports scholarships in 2016.

Xin works at Toronto-based wealth management firm Athena Capital Partners, which also funds the scholarship. He told the university that students that display competitive drive through computer games shouldn't be distracted from trying achieving success in the world of esports.

"There are trailblazers on campus who are rallying a different set of students to build campus organizations focused on an alternative way of learning to lead and succeed in life," Xin told the university. The former student, who graduated in 2008 after studying at its Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, began following StarCraft during his tenure at the institution and also founded the University of Toronto eSports Club. For Xin, the fund is aimed at making sure that students who show drive and leadership through esports won't "fall through the cracks."

Are you thinking of applying for the Victor Xin scholarship? The requirements are: That you're an undergraduate at the university's Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, you've got a 3.5 GPA, and participate regularly in gaming-related extra-curricular activities. If it means we get to play League of Legends during school hours, we're totally in.

Jan 19 2017 - 5:57 pm

Astralis secures Audi sponsorship

The deal is worth just shy of $750,000, according to sources close to the situation.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Image via Valve | Remix by William Copus

The biggest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive franchise in Denmark has just secured a massive deal with German auto-giant Audi.

Astralis, one of the favored teams competing at the upcoming ELEAGUE Major from Jan. 22-29, just unveiled that it has been sponsored by Audi, one of the largest car manufacturers in the world. The size of the deal isn't minor, either. According to sources close to the situation, the sponsorship is valued at just below €700,000 ($750,000).

This sum puts the deal at roughly the same amount as banking service Visa's recent sponsorship of reigning Valve Major champions SK Gaming. With two high-profile companies investing heavily into esports, it's fair to say that the industry has grown tremendously in the last year.

"It's fantastic news for esports and a validation of our world, that a non-endemic brand like Audi chooses to work with Astralis and Counter-Strike," Astralis' founder Frederik Byskov told Dot Esports after the announcement. Considered a veteran within the esports industry, Byskov founded Astralis in late 2015, along with the five Danish CS:GO players that made up TSM's former CS:GO roster.

Now, just shy of a year later, Astralis is positioned as one of the biggest brands in CS:GO. "I've been in esports for more than 10 years, and we only created Astralis a year ago. It's a fantastic way to celebrate the anniversary today. I'm very thankful for the work RFRSH Entertainment has put into this, making it a possibility for Astralis to enter a partnership with Audi," Byskov said.

Additional reporting by Thiemo Brautigam.