Apex Legends continues to dominate the Twitch charts, despite a decline in viewers as of late. In the past week, the latest battle royale sensation has managed to conjure up 23 million hours watched on Twitch, which is a decline of eight million that had been achieved previously.
The world of eSports is growing at an impressive rate, though there are those who do not consider the prospect of competitive gaming becoming an Olympic sport. According to Deutschen Olympischen Sportbundes president Alfons Hörmann, there is a lack of legitimacy where eSports are concerned, stating that “Esports does not exist. And it will not be included in the Olympic program.”
It has been another enthralling year for eSports, with viewers flocking to platforms such as Youtube and Twitch to check out their favourite teams and games in action. The likes of League of Legends, CS:GO and Dota 2 have been amongst the most watched games throughout 2018, with it coming as no surprise that LoL’s World Championship was the most watched of the year.
This year has been a prosperous one for eSports and its players, with a number of eye-catching competitions offering a substantial range of prize pools to say the least, and leading the pack was Dota 2, which offered $41,326,628 across 117 events throughout the last 12 months.
Test 123, the Dota 2 eSports team formerly known as paiN X, have been disqualified from the Chongqing Major’s South America qualifier by Valve.
Two players appear to have been banned from taking part in the Dota Pro Circuit Chongqing Major in January, allegedly for the use of racial slurs. The bans were handed out by the Chinese municipal government to Team Secret’s Rolen Andrei Gabriel “Skemberlu” Ong and TNC Predator’s TNC Predator’s Carlo “Kuku” Palad, with a statement still yet to be made by Valve.
Team Secret have been crowned champions of the Dota 2 ESL One Hamburg 2018 event, beating a valiant Vici Gaming side in the best-of-five Grand Finals.
Next weekend’s ESL One Hamburg will honour John “Totalbiscuit” Bain by inducting him into the Esports Hall of Fame. Running from 26-28 October, the Dota 2 competition will pay homage to the British content creator and it also marks the first non-player to be inducted into ESL’s Esports Hall of Fame.