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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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Mikail "Maikelele" Bill is on his way to make a comeback to the professional CS:GO scene, and has been seen practicing together with a quartet of well-known players.
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Immortals twins Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles and Henrique "HEN1" Teles have requested to leave the team, this was first reported by ESPN Brazil. A departure of the two would leave Immortals without the important Legends status, giving them a spot in the next CS:GO major.
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Following a catastrophic debut at DreamHack Masters Malmo, where FaZe fell short against NiP and Gambit en route to a group stage elimination, NiKo’s team delivered a masterpiece of a performance at ESL One New York. In perhaps the most dominant tier-one tournament victory of all-time in Counter-Strike, FaZe finished the event with 7-0 map record, allowing only a Liquid comeback from a 4-11 deficit to win over seven rounds against them, and averaging a ridiculous 16-6 score in their championship run. Could FaZe already be the best team around?
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Vito "kNg" Giuseppe is no longer a part of Immortals. The news was announced on Twitter on Tuesday evening and comes after a time of turbulence around the young Brazilian player.
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Philips OneBlade Cup set to start with the Swedish Qualifier — register now

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Fragbite is back to host a new tournament, this time in collaboration with Philips. Be a part of the Nordic countries biggest grass root tournament, Philips OneBlade Cup, and prove that your team is amongst the best.
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NiKo 4K with AK-47 vs. Liquid on Inferno

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NiKo taps away with the AK-47, taking four Liquid-players down in the ESL One New York-tournament.
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The German organization Alternate Attax has secured the services of Danish CS:GO player Nicolai "HUNDEN" Petersen. Petersen will replace Christian "crisby" Schmitt on the team and make his first official appearance during the upcoming ESEA Premier season.
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After a month long trial with Hellraisers, they have now decided to sign Turkish player Özgür "woxic" Eke on a permanent basis.
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Dreamhack Open Montreal has crowned its new king after a dramatic clash between North and Immortals. The Danish contestants won the game by merely triumphing on one map as Immortals got map punished by the rules.
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Mousesports have won the ESG Tour Mykonos after defeating Liquid in a five-hour long best-of-five.
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The million-dollar ELEAGUE tournament has just begun its first group week where the Ukrainians based Na'Vi fell on the finish line twice. Victorious came G2 and Faze who both secured their playoff positions throughout the week.
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The recent unbanning of all previous iBUYPOWER players from ESEA, ESL, and Dreamhack events have risen the opportunity for Sam "DaZeD" Marine and, among others, Braxton "swag" Pierce to bond a new alliance.
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During a Dreamhack Montreal 2017-match vs. compLexity, Tim "autimatic" Ta managed to clear the A-site all by himself using only his deagle.
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IEM Oakland has now completed its invite list with the last invitation going to NiP. The $300,000 tournament will feature world class teams like Faze Clan and SK in The Oracle Arena between November 16-19.
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The latter edition of Epicenter certainly imprinted itself as one of the most interesting CIS-events throughout history. After an amazing show on-stage in 2016, Epic Esports Events are back once with even more firepower brought to the table.
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Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert has found his way back to Counter-Strike as he will take on the analyst role for the upcoming event ESL One New York. He will accompany Duncan "Thorin" Shields who will also be present at the event.
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According to Noah Whinston, the Immortals CEO, Rafael "zakk" Fernandes will replace Vito "kNg" Giuseppe in the starting roster throughout Dreamhack Open Montreal and ELEAGUE Premier. Giuseppe has to return to Brazil and retain an athlete P1-visa.
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After the previous changes in the ESIC ruleset, ESL did not hesitate to regulate and lift the previous lifetime bans. A mere month later, DreamHack has joined the alignment and readjusted their rules ahead of upcoming tournaments.
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An exciting partnership brings new features to Fragbite, making it possible for us to provide you, the reader, with even more information on players, teams and matches.
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The first stop for the ESG tour tournament is right around the corner, featuring eight high-class teams in Mykonos, Greece, the contestants are set to compete for a €200,000 prize pool in an exotic environment at Destiny Villa.
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