Sep 4 2016 - 9:52 pm

Unicorns of Love and Cloud9 advance to the League of Legends regional qualifier finals

After another day of one-sided matches, two more teams are now one step closer to this year’s iteration of the League of Legends World Championship
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

After another day of one-sided matches, two more teams are now one step closer to this year’s iteration of the League of Legends World Championship.

The first series of the day saw Unicorns of Love and Fnatic fight for the spot in the gauntlet grand final against Splyce. And for the first time in three years, Fnatic will not be representing Europe at the League World Championship after falling in three straight games to the Unicorns of Love.

While the Unicorns’ so-far flawless run through the European Regionals is unexpected, there was no denying the fact that Fnatic has looked like a shadow of its former self. Having already been toppled by H2K-Gaming in the European LCS Summer Playoffs quarterfinals, the team with the most amount of split victories in European LCS history looked all but defeated in its series against the Unicorns.

We'll see whether the Unicorns of Love continue their successful streak or if Splyce joins G2 and H2K at Worlds tomorrow.

Similarly to their European counterparts, Cloud9 left little room for doubt against EnVyUs in the North American gauntlet. The Summer Split finalists absolutely demolished the EnVyUs side who looked dominant in their series yesterday against Team Liquid.

The stand-out player of the series was once again Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong, who continues to live up to his reputation as the best toplaner in the league. Impact dominated his opponent in all three games of the series and looks poised to challenge Immortals in tomorrow’s North American Gauntlet grand finals.

Tomorrow two of the final spots in the 2016 World Championships will be decided, as either Splyce or Unicorns of Love and Cloud9 or Immortals will win the right to represent their region in the biggest competition of the year.

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.