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After fan backlash, Riot decided to postpone their perma-ban on cvMax. The squeaky wheel, or in this case the government-petitioned wheel repair, is typically the one that gets fixed fastest. Read more below.

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1/Riot decides to postpone their initial ruling on permanently banning cvMax

Riot just announced that they’re planning to defer the competitive ruling on former Griffin Head Coach Kim “cvMax” Dae-ho. After their initial ruling, there was significant uproar in the community as many believed that he was being punished unfairly for being a whistleblower. The ruling even led to a government petition that accrued more than 200,000 online signatures.

Making a statement: Riot has since released a statement expounding on the ruling and why they will defer the punishment. There is also additional Q&A information to help folks understand what is and isn’t happening.

2/Overwatch 2 story missions are “a more traditional way” to build the canon

Lead writer Michael Chu sat down for an interview with PlayStation Blog to talk about Overwatch 2’s four-player, story-based missions. Not only are they a “more traditional way to tell a story in the Overwatch universe,” but they’ll have “a complete story with beginning, middle, and end.” Revealing canon has typically been reserved to trailers, seasonal events, and headcanon.

Adding to the canon: Overwatch 2 is purportedly a response to a “longstanding community desire to have Overwatch canon advanced by gameplay” versus the less-interactive forms of cinematics. The Seasonal Archives PvE events that they first began in 2017 were viewed as an “experiment” with story-driven content.

Story Experience: Its PvE maps are “2x” the size of regular Overwatch maps, which will add new gameplay and story possibilities. Said Chu, “We like to call the story a Story Experience[…] Players will experience the story together with their friends.”

Will this method of storytelling work? Some players haven’t liked being stuck with a set of locked-in heroes for 20 minute stretches against AI-controlled opponents. But maybe this will strike a harmony for other players who enjoy the PvE grind.

3/Baek “Fissure” Chan-hyung gets fined $3,000 for leaking league secrets

Main tank Baek “Fissure” Chan-hyung is returning to Overwatch League as he joins the Vancouver Titans. However, he’s going to face a $3,000 fine for leaking sensitive League information.

History lesson: On June 26, 2019, the outspoken player retired from Seoul Dynasty and pro Overwatch competitions for unknown reason. Shortly after this announcement, he streamed on his personal Twitch channel with fans. It was during this that he revealed that a “role lock” ruleset would be instituted.

Financial repercussions: This had only been rumored prior to the announcement. And several weeks after he announced it, role lock was officially added to the league. If he’d stayed away from going pro, then he likely would have escaped any consequence. But the return to playing pro means he was cannon fodder for the league’s purposes. After all, professional players should be disciplined.


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/How esports player data is being commercially used

Unlike traditional sports, competitive video gaming is immediately digitized, making the tracking of player statistics much easier to accomplish. Whereas traditional sport data must be digitized before it can be analyzed, video games skip that time-intensive step entirely by offering a massive range of information to sift through. This comes especially handy when scouting for talent or measuring a player’s response behaviors.

Examples of measurements

  • Tobii and SteelSeries offer eye-tracking solutions that allow developing players to better match eye movements to professional behaviors.
  • LolSkill, League of Graphs, and Oracle’s Elixir list the most picked and banned champions in League of Legends, along with their win rates and probability of winning a game.
  • CSGO Scout offers a smart economy tool for managing resources in CS:GO and TrackDota logs data on items purchased and buybacks in Dota 2.
  • Mobaltyics maintains multiple “tier lists” that are updated with each patch and offer the most viable champion choices for both regular players and high-ranking.


/Other Tournament News

  • Here’s how you can watch the PUBG Mobile Club Open 2019 from November 29 to December 1.
  • Here’s a calendar of all the upcoming matches and events for League of LegendsOverwatch League, and more.
  • Dota 2: PSG.LGD skipped out on its first set of DPC qualifiers to give players a longer break, but this may have negative repercussions.


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/Top ten games being watched via streaming

The most-watched games in North America almost all experienced a drop in viewership over the last week with only two able to increase hours watched from the previous week. The only change to the top three games was that a new mobile game took bronze. League of Legends maintained its first-place state despite a near-16% decrease in viewership.

  1. League of Legends (20,154,417 hours watched)
  2. Fortnite (16,865,547 hours watched)
  3. PUBG Mobile (15,533,810 hours watched)
  4. Grand Theft Auto V (12,551,714 hours watched)
  5. Dota 2 (12,050,354 hours watched)
  6. Pokémon Sword/Shield (11,657,873 hours watched)
  7. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (9,653,320 hours watched)
  8. Minecraft (9,032,336 hours watched)
  9. Garena Free Fire (8,291,804 hours watched)
  10. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (7,033,654 hours watched)

/Other Gaming News

  • Here’s a guide on how to switch from a League of Legends to a Riot account so that you can play Teamfight Tactics and Legends of Runeterra.
  • Rocket League: Rocket Pass 5 starts on December 4, following the Blueprint Update and brings a new anime-inspired car.
  • Fortnite: Epic is investigating an issue with one of the weekly challenges not functioning correctly, namely killing opponents without aiming down sights.
  • Fortnite: Players can team up to earn a new special animated Falling Leaf Wrap from the Autumn Queen’s Quest.


/Other Team News

  • League of Legends: T1 brings on former SANDBOX Gaming coach Lim “Comet” Gye-sung, finalizing the team’s 2020 roster.
  • Overwatch: The Philadelphia Fusion have signed on popular streamer and DPS player Philip “ChipSa” Graham.
  • Overwatch: The Vancouver Titans bid farewell to tank player Park “Bumper” Sang-beom and added support player Ryu “ryujehong” Je-hong.
  • League of Legends: FlyQuest confirmed the signing of mid-laner Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage.
  • League of Legends: Dignitas finally found a second player and is bringing on AD carry Johnson “Johnsun” Nguyen.
  • League of Legends: 100 Thieves has recruited mid-laner Tommy “Ry0ma” Le to the roster.
  • CS:GO: The Seattle Surge have announced two substitutes for the 2020 League, Casey “Pandur” Romano and Nick “Proto” Maldonado.
  • League of Legends: JD Gaming announced that Seo “Kanavi” Jin-hyeok will be rejoining the starting lineup as jungler.


/Other Player News

  • League of Legends: Jungler Hung “Karsa” Hau-Hsuan has officially left Royal Never Give Up.


/Other School News

  • More than 200 colleges have begun to offer varsity esports teams and more than 30 of those schools now offer scholarships.
  • Four universities will be using tournament software and management company Mainline for their esports competitions.


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/Other Tech News

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