Eleague Boston: An Experience

In three years of going to esports events I finally found an event that could rival a Combo Breaker Grand Finals..and I didn't even get to see the Grand Finals.

eleague_boston_2018_offline_qualifier-696x456.png


Eleague hosted a Counter Strike Major event that put the best teams in the world against another in a series of matches and qualifiers that began months ago. Last weekend was finals weekend and was truly a sight to behold.

The venue was perfect for the scale. Tucked away near the Boston University, the Agganis Arena didn't have the gravitas of the Garden but was perfect for the event and it was obvious that the staff made sure the stage layout was both functional and appropriate for spectators.

In between matches, there were your standard sports "in between" content. Replays, mini games and there was even a Jackbox.tv game setup for the early birds.

Typically I am apprehensive about comparing esports events to traditional sports events but Eleague truly nailed the production level and atmosphere that, I feel, rivals traditional sports.

All of the ingredients are there. World class competition, fans from around the globe and a killer production team.

There were chants for everything and everything. From the standard "FNATIC", the quintessential "USA", and even custom to the event "We can't hear you!". The atmosphere was electric, although I would be remiss not to point out the crowds fatigue during the SK v. FNATIC match that lasted nearly four hours, and there was a lack of artificial hype from the production and I'm glad for it. The crowd and player cams were more than enough to keep the crowd invested and excited for the events on screen. Oftentimes the crowd was so loud that the casters couldn't be heard!

stage.png



The giant screens showing off the action in a resolution CS:GO rarely sees captured the action perfectly. Between the crowd and jumbo-trons, the fan experience was fantastic.

Only one thing stuck out to me as a flaw in the programming. The "fan experience" area was incredibly underwhelming. It served mostly vendor space with a 1v1 setup and while I definitely am not against additional retail space...calling it the "fan experience" area is a little bit of a let down

The experience of attending Eleague was really something I will carry with myself for the rest of my life. I look forward to the next Major!

 

 

ELeague Major Boston: Walkthrough and Swag

Hey O&G fans, this past weekend we got an opportunity to attend E-League Major Boston CSGO. (Counter Strike Global Offensive) Over the past few weeks, the ELEAGUE Major: Boston has been host to some of the world’s best Counter Strike action of 2018. Here are some of the things we experience this weekend.

Read More

Cloud9 Makes History as First American Lineup to Win CS:GO World Championship at The ELEAGUE Major: Boston

Posted by Justin D Williams

boston_major_champions_T1_versionA.jpg

ELEAGUE hosted its second CS:GO Major in two years – with Cloud9, the first American CS:GO roster to win a Major Championship – defeating FaZe Clan 14-16, 16-10, 22-19 (2OT) in the Grand Final, live from Boston’s Agganis Arena.

The Grand Final of The ELEAGUE Major: Boston generated more than 1,130,000 concurrent streams to set an all-time record for a single Twitch channel (ELEAGUE TV), breaking last year’s record-setting mark established during the inaugural  ELEAGUE Major.

"As a first Major playoff appearance, it is amazing.”

- Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham on leading the first American roster to win a Major Grand Final.

"That is the most insane way to win a Major. They were heavy underdogs but they did it for North America." 

- ELEAGUE Caster Daniel 'DDK' Kapadia on the odds being stacked against Cloud9.

A Quick Chat With Jake ‘Stewie2K’ Yip (Cloud9)

A Quick Chat With  Jake ‘Stewie2K’ Yip (Cloud9)

At the ELEAGUE: MAJOR Boston 2018 press conference. I had the pleasure to have a quick chat with Jake "Stewie2K" Yip of Cloud9. You can listen to the quick chat below to hear his thoughts on the future of Counter Strike and how is preparing for his match at CS GO.

Read More

ELeague Major: Boston CS: GO 2018 Press Conference

ELeague Major: Boston CS: GO 2018 Press Conference

ELEAGUE  Major: Boston CS Go kicks off this Friday, January 26th, 2018 in Boston, MA at the Agganis Arena, However before the kick off to the quarterfinals begins Otakus & Geeks and various outlets attended the ELEAGUE MAJOR: Boston 2018 press conference

Read More

The ELEAGUE Major: Boston to Begin Friday, Jan. 12, Featuring Stacked Field of 24 Teams

The ELEAGUE Major: Boston to Begin Friday, Jan. 12, Featuring Stacked Field of 24 Teams

ELEAGUE, the premium esports tournament and content brand from Turner and IMG, today revealed the star-studded teams set to compete in The ELEAGUE Major: Boston, the 12th Major Championship in CS:GO history and the first to use newly-unveiled competition stage names from game publisher Valve.

Read More