This Week in Gaming is your definitive weekly guide to the biggest stories and controversies behind the latest esport and gaming headlines. This is everything you need to know about the week that was, but on steroids.
MSI’s last western hope
This year’s Mid-Season Invitational has had its number of highs and lows.
We saw TSM struggle to beat a wildcard team at the play-in stage, only to be promptly eliminated from the tournament during group play. We witnessed a little-known Vietnamese team make headlines for narrowly losing a best-of-five series against North America’s top team — only to steal our hearts as the tournament progressed.
Unsurprisingly, three of the tournament’s remaining four teams hail from Asia, leaving Western fans with one last hope to cheer on. That’s right folks, G2 Esports are the last remaining Western team in the tournament and a whole hemisphere’s hope rests on their shoulders. No pressure, bros.
With that said, the upcoming Summer Split is set to kick off shortly after MSI concludes, but I think that Riot should give G2 a well-deserved break should they win MSI, so they have time to take a well-deserved vacation.
Everything about Overwatch’s one-year anniversary
Overwatch’s first birthday is right around the corner, and Blizzard hasn’t wasted any time getting us excited for the game’s inevitable anniversary event, teasing the release of three new arena maps and four new skins.
Overwatch has an incredible track record with their special events, and the anniversary event will likely live up to the hype.
Translation: Blizzard is very good and making us pay more money for a game that we’ve already paid full price for… have you seen how cool that Soldier 76 skin looks!? Don’t judge me.
We Don’t Like…
Having to say goodbye to Alan Wake
Remember Alan Wake, the awesome third-person horror game that didn’t get nearly as much recognition as it should’ve? Well, due to a music licensing issue that saw the game pulled from Steam and the Xbox Live Store, you may never get to experience what being a badass novelist is like.
To help get the game out to as many people as possible ahead of its inevitable demise, the game was on sale via Steam for less than $4, and if you didn’t buy it then I’m not quite sure how you can look at yourself in the mirror every morning.
Sure, we may not be saying goodbye forever — Remedy Entertainment’s head of communications told Polygon that they are trying to renew the licenses — but it won’t help you from missing out on one of the decade’s most underrated games.
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Twitch’s Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood Marathon
Hot off the heels of their über successful and, in my professional opinion, highly entertaining Power Rangers marathon, Twitch decided to start streaming all 886 episodes of the beloved PBS series Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.
Now let me preface this by saying that, like many kids who grew up in the ‘90s, I loved Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood as much as the next person, but unlike Power Rangers or other PBS mainstays like Bill Nye the Science Guy, it lacks the same pop culture relevance and the accompanying enthusiasm as previous Twitch marathons.
As I’m writing this, the channel has surpassed 2.8 million views, however has just over 4,000 concurrent viewers
And regardless of your thoughts on Mr Rogers’ Neighborhood, Twitch viewers can donate to PBS on the channel. And considering that President Donald Trump would like to cut all funding to public broadcasting, donating a couple of bucks to the network that housed Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood is a worthy cause in my books.
This is even coming from a guy who developed a lifelong fear of puppets and dolls from watching this show.
To let Sheever know that our thoughts and prayers are with her
Beloved Dota host, content creator and all-around awesome person Jorien "Sheever" van der Heijden revealed this week that she’s been diagnosed with breast cancer, and as you read this she’ll have recently started treatment. On behalf of theScore esports, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Sheever.
Sean Tepper is the Senior Supervising Editor at theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.