2017 has been one of the craziest years in esports history.
Just this year, we’ve seen more than a dozen non-endemic investors buy into the scene, the announcement and creation of a franchised NA LCS and a total shift in the Dota 2 pro system.
But 2017 was a transitional year. It was a year where we moved further away from esports' grassroots origins and further into a professionalized model designed to attract outside money and viewers into the scene. It was also a year rocked by scandals, deals gone wrong, and an entire league being left out to dry.
Here is the story of 2017.
Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.
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Josh "Gauntlet" Bury is news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.