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Xerm: Quake Champions has all the tools to become the next big thing

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Counter-Strike, Warcraft, and Starcraft are all examples of titles that have influenced and shaped the history of esports. But at the beginning, there was one more title among them that I'm hoping will be making a grand return.
I have spent countless hours playing Quake in my time, and I played it long before I started taking Counter-Strike seriously. Every title in the franchise seemed to have plenty of incredible mods, such as Ninja Quake II for the second game in the series, as well as Quake 3's Rocket Arena. The latter of which, if memory serves me right, was what seriously kickstarted Quake's ascent in terms of becoming a major esport.

Unfortunately, it's been several years since Quake was a relevant esports title. Sure, Quake Live attempted to introduce a new audience to the franchise but it, ultimately, was unable to ever gain any serious traction. For the past six years, the only major tournament in the game took place at the annual QuakeCon expo, which is organized by the game's developer ID Software. This was an incredibly sad situation due to several reasons.


Fatal1ty during eSports Awards 2008.
Fatal1ty during eSports Awards 2008.

Fatal1ty's era

To start off, we need to talk about Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel. Considered to be one of the very first professional gamers in the world, Wendel experienced success as early as 1999, when he was only 18-years-old. Across his very successful career, Wendel's Wikipedia-page says that he won a total of 450,000 USD during his heyday, an impressive feat given that this was nearly 20 years ago.

Wendel quickly came to be the face of esports, or at least in the western hemisphere. He appeared on an episode of MTV's "True Life", and also started his own brand of gaming peripherals. That era of stars got me dreaming of competing in events. Imagine getting where they are by "only" playing computer games.

Although we have many established faces in esports currently, I often find that the stars in CS:GO have a tendency of not making the most out of their fame. But enough about that. The second reason I find Quake's absence from esports as something sad is perhaps the most important.


All the ingredients are there

Quake is a hard game to master, and I'd suggest that anyone disputing this claim to try and get into the Quake Champions beta to see what I mean. But despite its steep learning curve, the game is very easy for spectators to follow, with very simple rules. With almost constant action across the map and time-limited encounters, the game is almost perfectly structured to entice an esports audience.

So now that Quake is back with its newest iteration, dubbed "Quake Champions". The game is primarily Quake Live with updated graphics, but with a twist. I won't waste any time explaining the game here, as I haven't yet had time to play it for myself. But from what I've seen, I sincerely believe this game can become massive. There's room for more FPS-titles in the world of esports, so why not see what Quake Champions has to offer?

Featuring easy-to-understand gameplay, set game times, and copious amounts of action the game looks perfectly suited for an esports-loving audience. In case we don't wish for esports to stagnate, then innovations must be allowed into the fold. I know that I, at least, will be giving Quake Champions a shot. Hopefully, we'll get to see a whole new generation of Fatal1tys fighting for supremacy.

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After two months worth of qualifiers, we are finally going to see which teams will be advancing to the second Valve Major of the year in the Polish city of Kraków.
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The PGL Major's final qualifier will be kicking off this Thursday. After making their way through various regional qualifiers, and finally the minors, 16 teams will now be fighting for the eight available slots at the major, which will be taking place at the end of July.
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slap and kalle join new roster

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Fredrik "slap" Junbrant and Karl-William "kalle" Haraldsen have together with, among others, Max "quix" Lindkvist, joined the British esports organization Prophecy. The team is expected to compete at the Gfinity Elite Series, which will be starting on the 8th of July.
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The French G2-player Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro gets four quick AK-47-frags to give G2 map point in the ECS Season 3 Finals group stage elimination match.
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The Brazilian coach will be attending the upcoming offline qualifiers for the PGL Major, as well as ESL One Cologne with the Chinese team.
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LDLC has announced that they're replacing Valentin "mistou" Balbastro with Timothée "DEVIL" Démolon in the starting roster. According to Balbastro it had to do with the different playstyles of the team members.
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Vexed Gaming sign UK team

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Vexed Gaming picks up a British lineup containing the likes of Jonathan "Sheekey" Sheekey and Shane "Shaney" Smith. The team debuted against Reason Gaming in UK Masters, and went 1-1.
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With numbers gaining ground on evaluating Counter-Strike players, many have become more and more wary of trusting them. Fans and analysts vocally prefer what is commonly referred to as the eye test – simply watching the game. Sounds fair, because intuitively it makes sense that watching a game will give you more information to go by than a set of numbers supposed to wrap up everything that took place on the server. But what if it's not so simple?
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Epitácio "TACO" de Melo from SK Gaming tells us about his experience in Jönköping, Sweden after winning DreamHack Summer 2017.
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The Russian FlipSid3-player Denis "electronic" Sharipov clutches the round 1vs3 to take it to overtime in the match against Planetkey.
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The French EnVyUs-player Alexandre "xms" Forté fires five bullets in the round - and hits every single one of them.
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The Brazilian player Marcelo "coldzera" David clutches the round with a one on four to get them the first round on the board in the match against Mousesports in the DreamHack Open Summer 2017 tournament.
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Team Secret no longer in Counter-Strike

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In an early morning tweet, Team Secret have announced that they will be parting ways with their female CS:GO team.
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The American player Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham wins the 1vs5 to take it to a 8 - 7 half for Cloud9.
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After losing three players in rapid succession, the Belgian organization is now once again fielding a full Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster.
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The North American AWPer was benched one week prior to the start of the Americas Minor Championship.
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BnTeT ace with USP vs. Flash on Mirage

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The Indonesian player Hansel "BnTet" Ferdinand gets five insane headshots with the USP in the match against Flash.
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NiP Gaming have dropped a bomb on the scene — "the core four" are down to three as Adam "friberg" Friberg is replaced by Fredrik "REZ" Sterner from Epsilon.
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The two Brazilian rosters took down compLexity and NRG on their road to the playoffs.
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DreamHack have announced the group draw for their upcoming ASTRO Open Summer tournament, where we see SK Gaming and Fnatic avoid each other.
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