Esports Digest – Week 29

Here’s our weelky Esports Digest with 3 stories: good news for fighting games, bad news for skin gamblers and potential good news for sports. But first of all, let’s enjoy NBA Legend Bill Walton enjoying Esports.

Fighting Esports, round 2


Last week was the Fighting Games fest, with EVO 2016. One of the largest Offline Tournament in the world welcoming thousands of competitors eager to duke it out on famous disciplines such as Street Fighter, Smash Bros, Mortal Kombat, Marvel vs Capcom, Guilty Gear or Tekken.

2016 is also a pivotal year for EVO, as the event moved away from its grassroots approach, hosting the numerous finals in an Arena and having the Street Fighter V Top 8 broadcasted on ESPN 2. Despite some caveits and usual issues, all went quite well, according to several reports.

This first step is a crucial one for the FGC, as the whole “Pro Esports” path taken by the other genres have been hotly discussed by the community, willing to remain a bit underground. The potential is here, the first tests are positive, now is the time for the FGC to jump the shark and embrace its Esports status.

Bad bet


Who would have bet (pun intended) that a whole part of the CS:GO ecosystem would crumble in a matter of days? The weapon skins gambling sites have been all over the place lately. Hugely popular within the community, they sponsored everything, from tournaments to streamers, raising some eyebrows about the classic addiction / fraud issues.

Things went south when several prominent streamers got caught red handed : gambling with money provided by the sponsor, getting favorable bet results or even own equity stakes in the services they promoted / were sponsored by. Doesn’t need a genius to understand that this little industry was shady and out of any control and regulation.

Comes Valve. The CS:GO publisher is infamously know for its unpredictable communication style, ranging from full hands-off to sudden decisions. The CS:GO gambling business learned it the hard way, as Valve sent several Cease and Desist letters and officially condemned the way these sites took advantage of their public API, all this after months without actions.

This will come as a hard lesson in Esports: whether you develop a healthy and legal business or shady one, everything you built and invested on will still remain in the Publisher’s hands.

Goliath likes David


We’re at the Eve of a major shift in Esports, a shift named Sport. For the past few weeks, more and more traditional sport franchises, players and leagues have made their first move into Esport. NBA club owners and players, European Soccer clubs and more recently the Spanish and French Soccer Leagues. And this week, 3 NFL Clubs will hire Madden players.

These moves are both exciting and disappointing. Exciting because the whole “Sports/Esport merger” dream is closer everyday. Disappointing because most of these organizations have huge resources but start very slow. Most of them just hired a FIFA/Madden player to represent the club in gaming tournaments. Make sense, but it still look like some glorified PR stunt. We hope that more ambitious Esport divisions will grow and look at Shalke 04’s ambitious Esports project as the current benchmark.

The Toornament CS:GO Stats

Counter Strike: Global Offensive is one of the greatest Esports out there.
Played at all levels around the world (in our offices), the Valve shooter continues to strive and is one of the most popular Esport on our platform.

In the wake of our integration with CS:GO match manager AdminBot, we ran a scan over all the CSGO tournaments created on our platform and came up with interesting numbers and metrics.


Interesting trends here. Offline tournaments are more widespread than one could think. Our tip? Pick Cache to build up hype, it’s the most contested map of our pool.


Europe is still CS stronghold, with 7 countries in our Top 10. America comes second but is clearly on the rise since last year, as we see more and more tournaments from Brazil, the USA and Canada.


Cache, Mirage and Dust2 represent more than 50% of the map picks. This trend applies for both pro and amateur tournaments.


It’s always very interesting to see our maps are popular in given countries. France’s top maps are evenly spread while Israel shows a clear preference towards Mirage…

Our integration with AdminBot will bring even more stats in the future, and we’ll share the trends with you on a regular basis.

Follow the Dreamhack Valencia 2016 competitions!

For the second year in a row, the Dreamhack Valencia is relying on Toornament to power its main competitions.

We’re proud to provide one of the largest Esports festival in Europe with our tools. Feel free to follow them:

Counter-Strike: GO

Counter Strike:Global offensive BYOC Qualifier homepage

Counter Strike:Global offensive Main Tournament homepage

League Of Legends

League of Legends Qualifier homepage

League of Legends Main Tournament homepage

Starcraft II

Starcraft II homepage


Heartstone Grand Prix homepage

Heroes Of The Storm

HoTS All-Stars homepage

And come say Hi if you’re there, we’ll be roaming the admin and gaming zones!

[Organizers] Share more videos

We’re revamping the way you manage your videos for each match. Here are the main points:


  • Instead of tabs, you now get a “Stream and Video” button in the upper right corner.
  • As the video nature and source are getting richer, you can now tag them with “Replay”, “Highlight” or “Bonus”.
  • We now support Twitter videos. Just copy/paste the tweet URL and you’re done! (we’ll support them on mobile in a next update)
  • The tournament stream page is now called “Watch” and videos are displayed without using our widget.


Feel free to jump into your dashboard and enjoy our new media management options!