Rounding some more news, one more sports figure decided to try and dabble in eSports, Team Liquid announced their plans to expand the number of games teams with their name compete in, and the teams, invited to Dota2’s Boston Major have been announced.
First, one of the wide variety of NBA players, who were definitely some of the best, but not on the level of LeBron James, for example, Stephon Marbury, announced on Weibo, the Chinese answer to YouTube, his intention to start an eSports team, according to thescoreesports.com.
It seems as if Mr. Marbury is planning on establishing a team and recruiting players from the ranks of his fans. Playing in China, the 39 year old former Point Guard is a huge star in the region, even becoming a permanent resident. That, together with the fact that the player used Weibo to break the news, makes it likely that the new organisations is going to be Chinese. This speculation gains further weight when you consider that Marbury is probably more popular in China than he is in America. He’s played his last NBA game in 2009, building a great career overseas. The fan following for a Chinese team would grow much faster in the Asian country.
Up next, following the release of Sid Meier’s Civilization VI on October 21st, Team Liquid, the org which had its start in RTS like StarCraft with teamliquid.net becoming a community center for players all around the world, announced recently that they believe Civilization VI, one of the most complicated games in the world, could become an eSport.
To help it make come true, Liquid are going to establish a team and even start running tournaments. Helping them along the way by serving as the team’s captain, will be one of the legends of Civilization games, Stephen “MrGameTheory” Takowsky. From what we could gather from the press release, MrGameTheory is to Civilization what Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok is to League of Legends. If that is anywhere close to the truth, he seems to be the best man for the job.
Finally, the teams invited to the Dota2 Boston Major have been announced. Two teams from most of the major regions will have a chance to go straight in, while Europe will only put up OG to China’s three. From North America, Evil Geniuses and Digital Chaos, Newbee and EHOME, as well as Wings Gaming, will go to the tournament from China, while Southeast Asia will be able to send Execration and MVP Phoenix.
The invites weren’t without controversy, the competitive community started buzzing like a swarm of bees on Twitter, expressing wildly differing opinions on the matter. Who doesn’t deserve a Golden Ticket in your opinion? Who deserves it more? Let us know in the comments below.