IEM World Championship

Another Week in eSports

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The American eSports fan faces a dilemma tonight. Do you brew coffee and stay up until the Intel Extreme Masters finals start at 3 AM Eastern (9 AM Central European Time), or do you go to bed early and wake up in time to watch the games? Or do you do none of the above and catch the replay? The day starts with Counter-Strike, ESC v. Na`Vi, then moves on to StarCraft 2 and PuMa (Terran) v. MC (Protoss) at 6:15 AM Eastern. Finally, it's the League of Legends final between M5 and Dignitas, and even that, if the last few days have been any indication, will have a far, far larger audience than either StarCraft or Counter-Strike. If you need to be caught-up on what you've missed at the IEM, you can check out the video archives here.

As dilemmas go, choosing how to enjoy the IEM finals is not a bad one to have. Especially when you compare it to what the Evil Geniuses team is dealing with right now.

The week in eSports

Rob Zacny at

We're still waiting on the MLG StarCraft 2 Winter Arena videos go become available for free (that happens on Monday), but in the meantime you can check out the highlights from the Leenock - NaNiwa matchup I mentioned earlier this week. There was some stuff I had forgotten, particularly NaNiwa's maneuvering to open a line of attack on one of Leenock's expansions. It's worth watching.

On a related note, the MLG's Sundance DiGiovanni will be in Boston tomorrow to talk about the future of eSports with Evil Geniuses CEO Alex Garfield, noted caster Sean "Day[9]" Plott, and Blizzard President Mike Morhaime. MIT will stream the discussion here ($21 fee for the conference streams), at 1 P.M. Eastern time.