The Checkpoint - YouTube Making More Moves in Esports, KT Rolster Goes Down in the LCK

by Kevin Knocke

Today on The Checkpoint, the daily esports show on that airs each weekday at 2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT:

  • In a match of titans in the League of Legends LCK, Samsung Galaxy took down KT Rolster 2-1 as the latter falls further away from SK Telecom T1 in 1st place. Samsung gives themselves a firm grasp of 3rd place with this win as MVP sits 1 game down in 4th.

    Longzhu Gaming also picked up a needed win against ROX Tigers 2-0, all but guaranteeing the end of the latter's hopes in this split.
  • There was a complete split from the results of Tuesday's Overwatch Carbon Series when Renegades took out Immortals 3-0. Yesterday, the Immortals got their revenge and took out Renegades 3-0 in dominating fashion. compLexity Gaming also beat Luminosity Gaming Loyal 3-2. LG Loyal has more map wins than the 3 teams ahead of them, but somehow can't grab series wins and now find themselves out of the playoff contention.
  • The ESL Pro League got back underway yesterday after technical difficulties earlier in the week. On the EU side, No. 19 Heroic on the WWG CS:GO Team Rankings tied against HellRaisers 1-1, No. 11 Fnatic tied No. 2 1-1, No. 9 Ninjas in Pyjamas defeated No. 18 Team Kinguin 2-0 in the only series win of the day, and No. 6 North tied No. 1 Astralis in an all Danish affair.

    In NA competition, No. 3 SK Gaming defeated Selfless 2-0, No. 17 Team Liquid took out Rush 2-0, No. 25 Luminosity Gaming defeated the Misfits 2-0, and No. 7 Immortals blew out Winterfox 2-0.
  • YouTube is picking up the rights to yet another esports league, as ECS has announced their next season starting on March 25th will be exclusively broadcast on Google's video platform. This of course follows on the heels of the ESL Pro League signing a similar deal with the platform earlier this year.

    It remains to be seen if other languages will still be broadcast on Twitch, as the EPL currently does with their non-English broadcasts.
  • The Esports Arena organization is starting a new mobile esports initiative (not mobile games, literally mobile esports broadcasts) with their new Esports Arena: Drive. This is essentially a large, movable production platform for real esports events that can be brought to concerts, trade shows, live events, etc.

Later in the show, Wyatt Lyles of Rotowire joins to talk about the playoff hunt in the NA LCS and what's happening to the ever increasing clown fiesta that is the EU LCS.