ESEA League

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E-Sports Entertainment Association League (ESEA League) is an esports competitive video gaming online league & community founded by E-Sports Entertainment Association (ESEA). The company is widely known for their anti-cheat software. ESEA features a system that allows players of all levels to play matches with others.[1]

History[edit]

ESEA League began offering lessons to improve gaming skills in 2003 providing instruction in Half-Life, Counter-Strike, and Warcraft III.[2] ESEA created the first professional fantasy e-sports league in 2004.[3] ESEA began its league history with Counter-Strike,[4] but later added Team Fortress 2 (TF2) a game which gained more popularity after its adaption to "Free-to-play" gaming.[5] However, due to the lack of players in its TF2 leagues, ESEA announced its intent to shut down the TF2 leagues.

Viewing[edit]

ESEA League games can be viewed by fans as live streams from internet broadcasting channels such as eXtv, Nova Spivack's Live Matrix, TeamFortress.tv, streams on Twitch and clips on YouTube.[6] The annual sponsored ESEA League LAN Finals are held in Dallas, Texas.[7][8][9]

Bitcoin mining incident[edit]

On May 1, 2013 a user reported that the ESEA's anti-cheat software was being used to mine bitcoins without the user's consent. This was confirmed by ESEA's co-founder Eric ‘lpkane’ Thunberg in two subsequent forum posts. As of the date of discovery, the claimed dollar value of bitcoins mined totaled $3,713.55.[10][11][12] As of November 2013, ESEA has agreed to a US $1 million settlement, though a separate class action lawsuit is still ongoing.[13]

Middle East region[edit]

In 2017, the company announced new server expansion in Dubai to serve CS:GO community in Middle East. in April 2018 ESEA announced Rank S division for players in that region[14], later in May ESEA announced the first CS:GO League for Middle East teams[15].

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ESEA Stats". E-Sports Entertainment. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  2. ^ "E-Sports Entertainment Association". ESEA News. 2003-08-17. Retrieved 2012-06-30.
  3. ^ Walker, Rob (2006-02-05). "Double Fantasy". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  4. ^ "ESEA's Fantasy E-Sports League Opens". sk-gaming. 2004-09-10. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  5. ^ Hussain, Tamoor (2012-06-29). "The five biggest problems with free-to-play gaming". CVG. Retrieved 2012-06-30.
  6. ^ "EG.casey vs Loaded: an ESEA-I match". YouTube. 2009-09-08. Retrieved 2012-06-28.
  7. ^ Gaudiosi,John (2012-03-03). "Pro Gaming Captivates Dallas with ESEA League Season 10". gamerlive.tv. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  8. ^ Breslau,Rod (2012-06-27). "ESEA Season 11 LAN Finals This Weekend". gamespot. Retrieved 2012-06-30.
  9. ^ "90k prizes new CS:GO ESEA LEAGUE". HLTV. 2012-06-28. Retrieved 2012-06-30.
  10. ^ "ESEA accidentally release malware into public client, causing users to farm Bitcoins". PC Gamer. 2013-05-01. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  11. ^ "E-Sports League Mined Bitcoins with Subscribers' Computers". Kotaku. 2013-05-01. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  12. ^ "E-Sports League Stuffed Bitcoin Mining Code Inside Client Software". Slashdot. 2013-05-01. Retrieved 2013-05-02.
  13. ^ Michael Mcghee (20 Nov 2013). "ESEA In $1m Settlement". Cadred. Retrieved 22 Nov 2013.
  14. ^ "Highest ESEA ranking arrives to the Middle East for CS:GO". eSports Middle East. eSports Middle East. 2018-04-18. Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  15. ^ "Sign up now for ESEA CS:GO Middle East League -". 2018-05-13. Retrieved 2018-05-13.

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