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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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Counter Logic Gaming has joined the bandwagon of transfers by securing their new coach Steve "Ryu" Rattacasa. The acquisition of the coach is supposedly a small step in the right direction for the newly acquired organization.
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After the unfortunate leavings of both Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko and Mykhailo "kane" Blagin, Gambit has responded to the problem by revealing their most recent signing, Bektiyar "fitch" Bakhytov.
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The transfer drama moves over to the American side as Cloud9 announced that Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert and Mike "shroud" Grzesiek are getting replaced. Will "RUSH" Wierzba and Tarik "tarik" Celik are the new faces that are now a part of Cloud9.
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ESEA has revealed their up-and-coming LAN final where the greatest of teams playing in their Premier Season 25 will compete for a part of the $50,000 prize pool. This time, the Global Challenge will take on the ESL Studios located in Burbank, California.
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The recent unbanning from ESL events have recently struck over us. Cloud9 were the first ones to capitalize as they pulled their rabbit, Braxton "swag" Pierce, out of the hat. Pierce has now been granted a place in the Cloud9 roster under the ESL One New York Qualifiers.
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Sixteen days remain until DreamHack will make its entry onto Malmö in this year's edition of DreamHack Masters Malmö. Today, DreamHack revealed the fourteen talents that will guide you through the happenings on August 30.
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A potential showmatch between NiP Gaming and VeryGames has been a hot subject lately. We contacted Adam "friberg" Friberg to get his opinion on the match, and the answer will certainly make the fans happy.
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Vexed Gaming is supporting an academy team consisting of three Swedes and two Lithuanian players. According to Mark Weller, COO of Vexed, there will be a discussion regarding a potential contract extension after Legend Series #3.
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After six qualifiers, only one spot to the G:Loot Cup finals remain before the finals will kick off. The two upcoming qualifiers will mark the last qualifying opportunities as we finalize the last four teams for this week. This Thursday will be the final qualifying day as the last ticket to the G:Loot Cup finals will find its owner.
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Tempo Storm have announced their return to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive by acquiring two new rosters across two different continents. Brazil and Sweden were the ones to stand together under the American organization's new return.
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Hellraisers has decided to place Vladyslav "bondik" Nechyporchuk on the transfer list. The solutions for the departures of both Nechyporchuk and Martin "STYKO" Styk are some new faces that are set to play under the red banner.
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DreamHack has announced a small change of format for its next Masters-stop, DreamHack Masters Malmö. The anticipated Swedish crowd can wait to get their seats at the Masters Malmö event this year, featuring the regular GSL-format.
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The sixth edition of the ESL Pro League Finals has been set to play out in Sparkassen Fyn Arena located in Odense, Denmark. The worlds elite will clash with the hopes of clinching on to the million dollar prize pool in the finals that fires off on December 8.
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It is common knowledge that in sports teams generally have a material home advantage. Some of the impacting factors are the lack of travel – which is far, far more substantial in North American sports leagues, despite involving mostly domestic travel, than in Counter-Strike – having your team’s support staff and functions available at all times, and most importantly, friendlier whistle (i.e. referees).
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Prior to this announcement, Fragbite revealed that Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács and Denis "seized" Kostin stepped down from Natus Vincere. As the story continues, the Ukrainian organization have now announced the addition of Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko, Mykhailo "kane" Blagin, and the revival of Kostin to complete their lineup.
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STYKO team up with Mousesports

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Martin ”Styko” Styk has today been announced as another Mousesports signing. The 23-year old rising star has said that he is certainly looking forward to the opportunity given by the German organization.
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The Swedish player Fredrik "FREDDyFROG" Gustafsson takes three quick frags to win his team, 30minuter, the round!
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After the departure of Christian 'loWel' Antoran, Mousesports quickly sought to fill up the empty position as they today announced the acquisition of their last player, Miikka "suNny" Kemppi.
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The shuffle-drama continues as Faze Clan announced their new superstar, Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács. His new home is now together with with the likes of Finn "karrigan" Andersen and Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač who are certainly looking forward to the firepower gained.
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At PGL Major Krakow we asked players about their plans for the now ongoing vacation. Watch the video to see what the stars like Freddy "KRiMZ" Johansson and Peter "dupreeh" Rothmann are doing during their time off.
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