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Even esports had a montage: watch the Katowice 2014 highlights

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Even esports had a montage: watch the Katowice 2014 highlights

Katowice, Poland played host to one of the biggest esports events to date, recently. Intel Extreme Masters World Championship finals featured both Starcraft II and League of Legends, while the EMS One finals pit Counter Strike: Global Offensive players against each other for a prize of $250,000. It was won by Virtus Pro, who walked away with $100,000 of the sizable prize pool. 

If you missed the live streams, you can catch up with the highlight reel ESL has put together. Take a gander below. 

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Starcraft II tournament being sponsored by Ender's Game on Blu-Ray, of all things

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Starcraft II tournament being sponsored by Ender's Game on Blu-Ray, of all things

Lionsgate and OddLot Entertainment are sponsoring an upcoming Starcraft II tournament to plug the Blu-Ray and DVD release of sci-fi romp Ender's Game. It's a first, a movie studio sponsoring an e-sports event, and it's a little bit peculiar. 

The tournament, awkwardly titled "The Ender's Game on Blu-Ray Tournament", will be broadcast on Twitch and MLG.TV between February 5th and 22nd with 32 participants and $20,000 in prize money up for grabs. You can vote for the final 4 of 16 competing in the MLG leg of the tournament between February 3rd and 5th.

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Stay in with Starcraft II's Arcade Holiday Marathon

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Stay in with Starcraft II's Arcade Holiday Marathon

Unless you live down south, the holiday season is probably a cold and bleak time for you, where sleet and snow and drunk family members keep you stuck indoors. Blizzard understands this, presumably, which is why its hosting The Holiday Arcade Marathon on Friday, December 20 from 10AM to 10PM PST. 

The Blizzard Community Team will be messing around online all day, and "special guests" from the Starcraft community will be popping in for shenanigans. A full schedule of events will be posted near the end of the week.

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Red Bull Starcraft finals playing out right now

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Red Bull Starcraft finals playing out right now

Eight players are duking it out in Starcraft II for a tasty prize of $50,000 at the Red Bull Battle Grounds NY this weekend, with Day[9] and Totalbiscuit providing commentary. Here's a breakdown of all eight competitors, if you want to find your favourite or get initiated. Today's the final day, so it's sure to be filled to the brim with dramatic, desperate clashes. 

You can watch the whole thing on Red Bull's Twitch stream right below. 

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DreamHack Valencia recap and the best games of the weekend

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DreamHack Valencia recap and the best games of the weekendOver this last weekend, DreamHack Valencia played host to some outstanding professional StarCraft 2 as Yoon “TaeJa" Young Suh took first place, and $10,000 prize, and an automatic slot in the DreamHack Winter Grand Finals.

If you missed the Valencia tournament, however, you can get caught up thanks to the replay videos available for free via Dreamhack.tv. There were some great matches you won’t want to miss, particularly an instant classic Game 1 between TaeJa and Ilyes “Stephano" Satouri on the first day of competition.

After the jump, we’ve got links to our coverage and the videos. We also highlight some matches worth checking out, with time stamps to help you find them.

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Blizzard "looking at" the possibility of Starcraft II multiplayer going free to play

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Blizzard "looking at" the possibility of Starcraft II multiplayer going free to play

During a panel about eSports at the Valencia eSports Congress, Dustin Browder, Lead Designer on Starcraft II, was asked whether Blizzard had any plans for free to play in regards to their strategy behemoth. Free to play opens up the game to a huge number of people, and the more people that play, the more likely it is that you’ll unearth talent for your pro eSports scene.

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Tryst Preview: How a tiny Indian studio are taking on the giants of the RTS arena

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Tryst Preview: How a tiny Indian studio are taking on the giants of the RTS arenaTryst is a sci-fi RTS with a difference. Or with two, in fact. First of all, it’s a fast-paced game, with most matches lasting twenty minutes or less, but it’s also a product of India’s fledgling video games scene. We talked with Vinnie Reddy and Julio Torres, of developer BlueGiant Interactive, about the project and about the growth of game development in India.

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GLHF issue 2

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The making of Warcraft

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The First Ever Broadcast of Brood War

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Starcraft has come a long way...

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Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm is 99% complete says Blizzard

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It could be the case that the final 1% will take an eternity. A bit like some updates...

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Middle-East journalist discusses the lack of free press coverage at eSports events

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A veteran journalist who has covered high profile stories in the Middle-East, declares the exclusive and inward looking regimes of eSports events, detrimental to their health. I would have to agree that although these eSports organisers are companies, at these crucial early stages, the more...

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*SPOILER* MLG SCII Champion is crowned - No surprises.

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After an extraordinary weekend of mega-battles, a champion is finally found among the droves.

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CBS Will Broadcast Major League Gaming On TV This Fall... Maybe

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Okay, so as great as this sounds, Sundance (Founder of MLG) has qualified on Twitter that this is only in talks. Fingers crossed everyone.

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*SPOILER* Stephano faces MKP in MLG SCII championship bracket winner's semifinal - Epic match. Epic result.

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This was too good. As soon as the VODs are out watch it if you didn't watch it live. If you did watch it live, watch it again. And again. And again.

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*SPOILER* MLG SCII World Championship Series Loser's Finals - Daisuki vs Insur

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Daisuki vs Insur

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* SPOILER* MLG SCII KeSPA invitational winner has been decided!

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Flash took 2 -0 against Bisu not dropping a single map. Looks like the master is back in business.

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