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EVO 2011 was a spectacular event to watch but sadly it has come and gone. Like all EVO events there were hilarious moments, amazing comebacks, and epic performances. At this past EVO there were too many hype moments for us to count, but we at G4 narrowed the best moments down to 10. We could have made the top 50 moments at EVO 2011, but we were afraid your mind would melt from the extreme intensity of hype. It happens.

So without futher ado, G4 presents the Top 10 EVO 2011 moments:

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So what were your top EVO 2011 moments? Was there a certain player you wanted to see more of?


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Dota 2 One Million Dollar Tournament Announced For Gamescom

Valve has announced they will be holding a Dota 2 tournament called "The International" for one million dollars at GamesCom in Cologne, Germany August 17-21. This will be the first time that the public will get to see the top down action game that Valve announced last October.

The International will feauture 16 of the world's best Dota teams competing through a group stage, double elimination playoff format.

"The International is the first public Dota 2 event and will give the tens of millions of gamers playing Dota around the world their first look at the new game," said Gabe Newell, president and founder of Valve.  "I have had the good fortune to watch the competitors as they prepare for the tournament, and the level of play is extraordinary."      

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EVO 2011 Photo Gallery

If you happened to miss EVO 2011, you can check out pictures of the truly unforgettable fighting game tournament in our EVO 2011 Photo Gallery. We were on hand at the event for all of the fast paced action, trying to capture how truly spectacular a room of 8,000 fighting game fans felt.

Were you able to catch the EVO 2011 live stream, and if so, what did you think?

All weekend you can catch Major League Gaming's Anaheim Pro Circuit Tournament right here on G4TV.com where some of the best professional gamers will be competing in StarCraft 2, Halo: Reach, and Call of Duty: Black Ops. The broadcast schedule is as follows:

Note all times are listed in Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Friday: 5PM PST - 1AM PST
Saturday: 11AM PST - 12 AM PST
Sunday:  10 AM PST -  9 PM PST

The stream defaults to StarCraft 2, to watch the other games use the dropdown menu within the stream! If you want to check out the stream in crystal clear HD, you can purchase an MLG Silver or Gold League Membership.

  • Check out the StarCraft 2 open bracket here.
  • Check out the StarCraft 2 pool play bracket here.
  • Check out the Halo: Reach open bracket here.
  • Check out the Halo: Reach pool play bracket here.
  • Check out the Call of Duty: Black Ops open bracket here.
  • Check out the Call of Duty: Black Ops pool play bracket here.

For the full schedule breakdown, you can click after the break. Let me know what you think of how the tournaments are going throughout the weekend via my Twitter!

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With two huge eSports events happening this weekend: EVO 2011 and MLG Anaheim (both of which are being live streamed on G4TV.com) we wanted to get together with some of the major representatives from the eSports community and have a Talkabout on the state of competitive gaming right now. On the panel we had Sundance DiGiovanni, CEO and Co-Founder of Major League Gaming, JP McDaniel, a professional StarCraft 2 commentator, and Tom "Tsquared" Taylor, a professional Halo: Reach player. Our two main topics focus on the growth of competitive gaming and why a few games in particular make for great eSports.

 

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And there you have it! Let us know what you thought of our discussion, and make sure to check out both the EVO 2011 and MLG Anaheim streams this weekend to get your weekly dose of eSports goodness. 

Have something to share? Sitting on a news tip? E-mail me. You can also follow me on Twitter!

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EVO 2011 Live Stream Featured on G4TV.com This Weekend -- Check Out The Full Schedule

G4TV.com is proud to be hosting this year's EVO 2011 Live Stream. Click here to watch now!

EVO 2011 is the largest fighting game tournament in the world, and this year the big event is being held at the Rio Resort in Las Vegas. The tournament will feature five amazing fighting game competitions including Marvel Vs Capcom 3, Tekken 6, Mortal Kombat, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II, and the main event, Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition.

This year for EVO we're happy to present everyone with two awesome live streams. The EVO 2011 main stream is being produced by the amazing Team Spooky, and will broadcast all of the Capcom game competitions including the Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition competition on Friday and Marvel vs. Capcom 3 competition on Saturday. The second stream, the Bonus Stream, will feature Offcast and FinestKO to broadcast the Mortal Kombat 9 tournament on Friday and the Tekken 6 and BlazBlue Continuum Shift 2 tournaments on Saturday. 

Some of the most legendary players will competiting for victory including the Japanese 2009 and 2010 Street Fighter champion Daigo Umehara along with US legend Justin Wong, Korean wizard Poongko, French phenomenon Kayane, UK champ Ryan Hart, and thousands more from around the globe. 

Both streams will cover everything surrounding these tournaments from the qualifying pools to the quarterfinal and semi final brackets, culminating in the top 8 players of all tournament games on Sunday!

Head over to our EVO 2011 Website to watch the Live Streams Now!








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MLG Anaheim Tournament Passes On Sale: Competitive StarCraft 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Halo: Reach

Major League Gaming is hitting Anaheim this weekend, July 29-31, for its third Pro Circuit event of the season and once again we're going to be streaming all of the action live right here on G4TV.com starting Friday at 5 P.M. PST. MLG Anaheim will feature top tier competitive play from StarCraft 2, Halo: Reach, and Call of Duty: Black Ops, and today we've got the full schedule so you can plan your weekend accordingly.

MLG Columbus, the second event of the season, was a huge success, bringing in over 22.5 million stream views for the event alone. This time around, MLG plans to make both the live and at-home spectator experiences amazing for all the fans. As with Columbus, there will be two StarCraft 2 streams and one stream each for Halo: Reach and Call of Duty: Black Ops.

For the full MLG Anaheim Schedule be sure to check after the break.

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EVO 2011 Live Stream Featured on G4TV.com This Weekend -- Check Out The Full Schedule

G4TV.com will be hosting this weekend's EVO 2011 Live Stream. EVO 2011 is the largest fighting game tournament in the world, and this year the big event is being held at the Rio Resort in Las Vegas. The tournament will feature five amazing fighting game competitions this year including Marvel Vs Capcom 3, Tekken 6, Mortal Kombat, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II, and the main event, Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition. But don't worry if you can't make it down to the desert, as we'll have every second of the tournament right here for your watching enjoyment.

This year for EVO we're happy to present everyone with two awesome live streams. The EVO 2011 main stream is being produced by the amazing Team Spooky, and will broadcast all of the Capcom game competitions including the Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition competition on Friday and Marvel vs. Capcom 3 competition on Saturday.

The second stream, what we're caling the Bonus Stream, is available if you want even more EVO 2011 goodness. Offcast and FinestKO are teaming up to broadcast the Mortal Kombat 9 tournament on Friday and the Tekken 6 and BlazBlue Continuum Shift 2 tournaments on Saturday. 

Both streams will cover everything surrounding these tournaments from the qualifying pools to the quarterfinal and semi final brackets, culminating in the top 8 players of all tournament games on Sunday!

Head over to our EVO 2011 Website to watch the Live Streams!

For the full EVO 2011 Schedule, check after the break.

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Entire Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Roster Leaked

Capcom only just revealed the first screenshots from Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and now, only a few hours later, we've got some details... plus, it seems that the entire roster for the highly anticipated fighting game may have leaked on gaming message board NeoGAF.

Capcom has announced that UMvC3 will be releasing on November 15 for only $49.99. It will be available for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. Along with the fighting action you love, UMvC3 will include Spectator Mode, which allows fighters to watch live online matches together.

While Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will be on the floor at the show, if you can't make it to Comic Con, no worries. X-Play has the first ever live hands on demo of the game, so tune in tomorrow  for the LIVE X-Play special premiering at 7pm ET.

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joyland

The first few pictures of the Blizzard-inspired amusement park in China "World Joyland" have surfaced on the Shanghaiist blog. We first learned about Joyland back in February. But Joyland didn't get any rights from Blizzard, so even though the park clearly is themed around Warcraft and StarCraft, the names of the areas are instead Terrain of Magic for the Warcraft area and Universe of Starship for the StarCraft area. Hilarious. According to the article in the Shanghaiist, the park cost nearly $31 million to build and covers around 600,000 square meters.

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QuakeCon 2011 Dates Announced -- Rage Will Be Playable On The Showfloor

Competitve Quake Live and Brink will both be featured in QuakeCon 2011's tournament line up where over $40,000 in prize money will be up for grabs. QuakeCon is being held on August 4-7 in Dallas, Texas and is free and open to the public.

The tournament line up includes the Quake Live Duel Invitational Masters and the Quake Live Team Deathmatch Invitational Masters, as well as a Brink Open Tournament. The Duel Invitational will pit sixteen of the world's best Quake Live players against one another for a prize pool of $14,000 in a single elimination bracket.

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StarCraft 2 is one of the hardest games to master, so we enlisted the help of CompLexity Gaming's professional SC2 player Drew "Drewbie" Moysey to teach us a solid Terran vs. Protoss build order. This opening build order--a one Barracks fast expansion into four Barracks-- is a safe way to fast expand because it gives you so many units early on in order to both attack and defend. With this build you'll be safe if your opponent is aggressive, and it gives you the ability to pressure the Protoss if he is greedy.

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For a full breakdown of Drewbie's TvP build order, including all of the supply breakdowns, check after the break.

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Modern Warfare 3 Cover Art Revealed?

The multiplayer in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will reduce the number of map "hotstops" in order to obtain a more action-packed feel, according to Robert Bowling, creative strategist at Modern Warfare development studio Infinity Ward, in an article from Kotaku.

Hotspots, for those who don't know, are places where an enemy can hide or shoot from, and Bowling says gamers won't have to worry about more than five hotspots at any one time.

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Street Fighter X Tekken is the new tag team crossover fighting game from Capcom. The game features the same gorgeous 2D graphics utilized in Street Fighter 4 to give the Tekken characters a whole new feel. 14 Fighters have been revealed so far, as well as a new type of combo rush and a charge attack. Check out X-Play's overview video below for all the details.

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Street Fighter X Tekken is coming out for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and Xbox 360 in 2012.


North American Star League Tournament Wrap-Up: The Best Games From The Season 1 Finals

The North American Star League began on April 12, 2011 to very mixed reviews. The huge new StarCraft 2 league's mission was to “foster the prominence of eSports and professional StarCraft 2 in North America through highly visible, organized, and invigorating competition.” The NASL invited 50 of the most well-known SC2 players to compete online in five divisions over the course of nine weeks every Wednesday through Sunday. While some thought the amount of SC2 content that NASL was pumping out was fantastic, others thought the over saturation of the league was excessive. At the end of the divisional competition the 15 top players and the winner of a 190 player Open Tournament were flown to the NASL Finals which took place last weekend, July 8-10, in Ontario, California.

With a $100,000 prize pool on the line, 16 of the world’s best StarCraft 2 players competing, and some of the most talented casters in the scene commentating, the North American Star League offline finals sounded incredibly promising. Unfortunately, the finals got off to almost as rocky a start as the league did itself three months ago. On Day One of the finals there were multiple issues including broken projectors, late start times, sound problems, and most importantly quite a few lackluster games. However, the NASL did what they had to in order to turn the event around and the final two days of the event were absolutely incredible. They fixed most of the production issues, rotated a variety of fantastic casters, fixed their observer, and overall, the event featured some of the best StarCraft 2 games I’ve ever seen.

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