Is Multiplayer The New Norm For Games?

MOBAs, MMOs, team-based online shooters, Minecraft servers…

More and more often, game developers are releasing games that cater to group and team-based play. In fact, multiplayer has become so ingrained and expected in modern game development that players are often shocked when a developer elects to publish a game without some sort of multiplayer component.

For a lot of people, this begs the question, “Is multiplayer becoming the norm in gaming?”

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Indie Games With Competitive Scenes

In recent news, Rocket League has been rising in the world of eSports. However, there are several other independent games that have their own competitive communities around them and those scenes have also been on the rise. Here are four independent games (besides Rocket League) with competitive communities.  Continue reading Indie Games With Competitive Scenes

Rocket League is Redefining eSports

With high-octaned racers outfitted for one of the most popular international sports, Rocket League is changing the face of eSports.

Rocket League came out of nowhere. Effectively a sports game where you ram your car into giant soccer balls, Rocket League doesn’t seem to have the surface potential to become an eSport. While there are competitive communities in some sports games and some racing games, they pale in comparison to the eSports communities that gather year round to watch people play MOBA’s, for example.  Continue reading Rocket League is Redefining eSports

Manners Matter: A Guide to Video Game Etiquette

That player. Most of us dread that player. Hopefully, none of you are that player.

One bad apple may not always ruin the bunch, but one bad teammate almost always ruins your game. They seem to have no idea that etiquette exists. Sometimes they’re too green to know better, and sometimes they just hate fun. Either way, it’s never a good experience to play with someone who doesn’t pay attention to etiquette.  Continue reading Manners Matter: A Guide to Video Game Etiquette

How to Pick a Great Guild or Clan Name

Picking a good clan or guild name is only about 75% harder than finding the right name for your pub quiz. This is the name that may, in part, define your group for years to come. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have trouble naming my hard drives, let alone a group of people.

If you’re like me, you’ll need a little bit of help so that you don’t end up naming your clan or guild “People We Tend to Raid With.”  Continue reading How to Pick a Great Guild or Clan Name

How to Find Amateur eSports Tournaments

If you care about eSports,you probably know some of the big tournaments already. Red Bull Battle Grounds, ESL One, League of Legends World Championships, the International. These are where the best of the best get together, sometimes under one roof, to play the games they love.

But what if you’re not playing for Na’Vi or the LA Renegades? What if it’s just you and your friendly team of 5 that want to get together and play some League in a friendly competition? Well, what you’re looking for is an amateur tournament.  Continue reading How to Find Amateur eSports Tournaments

The Best Games for Your Guild: MOBA Edition

Just a few weeks ago, we compiled a list of the best (read: most active) MMOs for guilds. But team play happens in more than just one genre. Although the word “guild” might be specific to MMOs, the need for a good team and an active community is not. So this time around, we’re going to shine the spotlight on some MOBA games that are perfect for you and your guild.

MOBAs are great for groups that want shorter play times and more competitive elements. They tend to be much more fast-paced and goal-oriented than MMOs, and don’t demand as much of a time commitment. (But we can’t promise you won’t willingly sink all your hours into them anyway.)  Continue reading The Best Games for Your Guild: MOBA Edition

Everything about World of Warcraft: Legion’s Gamescon live stream event

Blizzard Entertainment has been bursting with new updates on all of their franchises during Gamescom this year. Wednesday, they shared a new mechanic for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, three new heroes for Heroes of the Storm and prepared battle.net launchers for Overwatch beta in the fall.

The only big name missing was World of Warcraft, which was scheduled to get its own event!  Continue reading Everything about World of Warcraft: Legion’s Gamescon live stream event

The Best Games for Your Guild: MMO Edition

Deciding which MMO you’ll sink your time into is an important task for any guild. Whether you’re an established guild looking for a new game, or a newly-formed guild looking for an active community to take part in, there are a lot of games out there for you. The trick is finding which one is the best fit.

There are a lot of things your guild will need to consider. Do you want something fantastical or science-fictional? Are you focusing more on questing as a group, or do you want to kick butt in PvP encounters? Do you want participate in competitive tournaments? How much grinding are you willing to do?

Overwhelmed yet? That’s okay. We’re going to help you out. (And not just by being the best place to host your guild site.) We’ve done the research and collected a list of guild-friendly MMOs that currently have active online communities. Let’s take a look at what these games have to offer you and your guildmates.  Continue reading The Best Games for Your Guild: MMO Edition

How to Host an eSports Tournament

So you wanna host an eSports tournament?

Maybe you’ve heard about the money that Valve made off their DotA 2 tournament, the International. Maybe you just want to try and do some regional organizing for your local school. Whatever the reason, you have eSports tournament fever.

This article is going to focus on the small time basics for starting up your own eSports tournament.  Continue reading How to Host an eSports Tournament