Esports digest: Week #25

Our weekly digest is back! In the torrent of Esports news, here are the ones which clearly stand out.

Do you recognize me?


The IeSF is alive and kicking. The Federation main goal remains the same: bring Esports in the Olympics. Their latest goal? Establish an Athlete’s Commission.

Following France, Russia, Italy and Denmark recognized Esports. 21 nations around the globe have now officially embraced Esports. It’s still less than the 45 IeSF members, but it’s growing.

That’s a lot of gems


Chinese giant Tencent just bought Finnish wunderkid Supercell. Big numbers ahead. Paying 8.6 billion dollars for 84.3% shares stake values the Clash of Clans / Royale at a staggering 10,2 billion dollars valuation.

But this is a strategic investment, as online games accounts for more than 50% of Tencent’s $15 billion revenue last year ($8.5B). Tencent also own League of Legends maker Riot and has parts in Activision Blizzard, Crossfire and Epic Games. Yes, we’re looking at the biggest Esports player here.

It’s in the game


Tencent doesn’t own EA parts, tho. But the American publisher is clearly late to the Esports party and finally unveiled its strategy. From industry veteran Peter Moore’s own mouth, the key word is “Engagement”. Which means leagues and cash prize. Best-seller Madden 17 will thus get its CS:GO-like circuit with a mix of Majors and independant tournaments. But only offers $1M global prize, when a single CS:GO Major offers the same – plus the stickers revenue. Not in the big league yet EA, not yet.

Live in the Arena


The Xbox has been the Esports console for years with games such as Halo, CoD and Street Fighter. Now that Sony has secured CoD and Street Fighter for its PS4, we were wondering how Microsoft would re-establish itself as the place to be for console Esports.

The answer is named Arena, a platform integrated into the Xbox Live allowing developers and organizer to tap into a common API. We’ve been very excited by this move and followed it closely, as Microsoft platform and ours have clear synergies. Can’t wait to see Toornament being embed into your favorite game!

[Organizers] How to run a Vainglory tournament: Step By Step Guide

Since its launch, Vainglory is recognized as the first real mobile esport and numerous tournaments are happening around the world on our platform.

If you’re a Vainglory tournament organizer, welcome on! We’re thrilled to have you aboard the most powerful esport platform in the industry and we’ll help you make great Vainglory tournaments. Now, if you’re running your first competition on Toornament, here are some useful steps to follow:

1. Provide all the information

Participants are always in need of information: what’s the schedule, are there special rules, some prize, can I get my opponent ID?

Toornament offers plenty of room and custom fields for you to make these information easy to find.

2. Open and validate registrations

Now that you’ve created a tournament, open its registrations so that participants can apply and validate them. A confirmation will be sent and we’re all set.

3. Place your participants

Toornament can place automatically your participants, following two methods: participant number, or random. Participant number is great if you want to dispatch the top seeds (participants with the highest trophy count or level).

Ultimately, you can manually place every participant of your tournament. Learn more on how Placement works

4. Report and share results

You, your admins and the participants can then report all the results and scores in real time. Your participants can then check all the activity and reports using our free mobile app, or checking our sharable widgets.

In the next updates to come, we’ll allow the participants to report match results themselves straight from our mobile app and get notification for their next match!

5. Master the basics first, experiment then

You now know everything you need to run your first Vainglory tournaments. Later on, we’ll invite you to check and experiment all our advanced features… In the meantime, happy tournament!

Tournament Report: The Manila Major

The great Dota 2 Manila Major is just over and delivered in terms of action and hype.

Our coverage team used the Toornament API to get datas and stats from all 99 games. We then selected to most meaningful trends and wrapped them in a nice infographic. Happy viewing!


You can find all the scores, results and rich statistics on our widget:

Also check our infographics for:

eSport digest: week 24

Small fact, big trends, trivia… Here’s what happened this week in Esport

If you can’t beat, be it


The “Sports vs Esports” rivalry is slowly dying, as numerous traditional sports households are simply getting into Esports.

After West Ham, Sampdoria, Besiktas and Shalke, the Valencia Football Club just announced and introduced its Esport team. All these clubs came at the right time: Esports are both big enough to invest in and small enough to invest moderately.

Back at it again, Russia


Without any announcement, Russia has officially recognized Esports. To be more specific, Russia recognized again Esports. The country did it already in 2000 but then retracted in 2006.

Sixteen years later, it changed its mind again and hope it’ll stay this way. Virtus.Pro, Russia’s biggest Esport organization, will be able to spend its millions dollars with a lighthearted mind.

Killing the Fatality killer


That’s a first: a team forbid its Mortal Kombat player Scar from performing to displaying on stream any Fatality, these gory finishing move that made Mortal Kombat so (in)famous.

Facing the expected community backlash, team Panda Global U-turned and killed the clause. We’ll never know how they killed it, tho. More seriously, this little drama shows one the ongoing Esport debates about on-screen violence and the will to go mainstream. As the ESL always claims, “It’s a family show, guys”. But do we really want it ?

Play (of) the Game


Another player went into trouble. Talented but unstable LoL player Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou was just benched by his club Origen. The team cited “motivation issues” in its official statement. The player cited “Overwatch” on its Facebook post.

If this isn’t the definitive sign the latest Blizzard shooter is on its way to become a huge Esport… You won’t escape the hype, even on Facebook.

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Navigation updates

We’ve enhanced some navigation parts of Toornament, check them out! 

Pages for the Games tabs

The growing number of past, current and incoming tournaments for each game called for a proper navigation, with pages for each tab.


You can search up to 20 pages. Beyond, our search engine is your best friend.

Tournament Page Menu

Since we started dedicated tournament pages, we’ve told you that they would evolve from Widget-based content to dedicated content. We’re getting there (teaser, teaser…), starting with the navigation bar.


“Matches” and “Schedule” now let a menu scroll down for an easier and faster navigation to the information you and your participants are looking for.


“Schedule” menu will appear if schedules other than “Match” are created by the tournament organizer.

These front tweaks are the first of more to come… Stay tuned!