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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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OpTic Gaming will keep both Jason "jasonR" Ruchelski and James "hazed" Cobb on its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster for at least another month, as the team heads into the Americas Minor.
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dignitas newest addition Jesper "TENZKI" Plougmann shuts down the A-bombsite with four USP-headshots vs. Heroic in the semi-final of ESL One Cologne 2017 - Closed Qualifier.
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Orgless has become part of Riot Gaming. The team, which has previously played in tournaments like IEM Katowice and ESWC, will now be preparing for the ESU Masters in June.
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The autobiography of Emil "HeatoN" Christensen is set to be published in September later this year.
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New Operation and UMP nerf in CS:GO update

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Tonight's patch gives us a huge update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, where Operation Hydra gets most of the spotlight.
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The largest third-party matchmaking platform FaceIt has recently released its desktop client, and has a result been able to release statistics of how many players that have been caught cheating on the service since December last year.
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DreamHack Open Summer will see eight very exciting teams compete at the $100,000 event.
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Despite undergoing a roster change on the deciding day of matches, Heroic made their way through the European qualifiers for ESL One Cologne without dropping a single map. Similarly, the Turkish Space Soldiers roster also impressed.
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keev Ace with AWP vs. FlipSid3 on Overpass

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The German player Kevin "keev" Bartholomäus gets five quick frags with the AWP to secure the twelfth round for his team in the ESL One Cologne 2017 Closed Qualifiers against FlipSid3.
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Counter-Strike teams have traditionally been run by the players themselves, with the star players and the in-game leader often having the most say in personnel decisions. The routine stems from the days when a team comprised nothing but five players and perhaps a manager-figure, in charge of seeking sponsorships. As the game has evolved to the point where the top players all make six-figures in guaranteed salary and millions of dollars are paid out annually in prize money, little has changed.
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Virtus.pro were unable to retain their spot in the ESL Pro League, after losing two straight series in the league's ongoing relegation tournament. This is the second time the Polish league has been eliminated from the league's main division, and perhaps this will be the first time the team actually ends up playing in ESEA Premier.
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Following a poor showing on the opening day of the European closed qualifier for the PGL Kraków Major, Swedish legends Ninjas in Pyjamas found themselves eliminated after a one-sided beating from the Turkish Space Soldiers line-up.
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NiP Gaming's recent recruit William "draken" Sundin answers a couple of questions regarding his preferences in and around Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
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The parties have come to an agreement, letting Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi out of his contract with NiP Gaming, meaning he's a free agent for the first time since december 2015.
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Dennis "dennis" Edman with four deagle headshots vs. dignitas in an ECS Season 3 Europe match.
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ScreaM Ace with M4A1-s vs. FaZe on Inferno

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The French superstar Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom gets five quick frags with the M4A1-s in the match against FaZe in the ECS Season 3 tournament.
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After playing through the first round of the CIS Minor's closed qualifier, Russian team Hala Ares has been disqualified due to one of its players having been VAC banned in the past.
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Savage returns to Vici Gaming

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After a series of poor results, one of China's most legendary Counter-Strike players is returning to Vici Gaming.
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NiP, EnVyUs, and Heroic are some of the names that will be looking to qualify for the PGL Minor.
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The Swedish player Fredrik "RoQuEy" Honak gets five quick kills with the P2000 versus the Swedish academy-team Rogue Academy in the PGL Minor Qualifier EU #4 matchup.
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