The Checkpoint - SK and Renegades Join WESA, Overwatch World Cup Announced

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:

  • The ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational heat up this week as EG.KBrad and Wolfkrone, once again, traded verbal jabs after Wolfkrone won the group and KBrad was eliminated from the event. In Group A, Anbu Punk and Momochi advanced to the semis, Smug, Brolynho, Infiltration, and Julio Fuented made the quarterfinals, while Marn and Ricki Ortiz were eliminated in last.

    Group B was won by PR Balrog and a very resurgent Snake Eyez who will advance directly to the group semis, Eita, Gamerbee, Justin Wong, and Daigo Umehara will head to the quarters, while Alex Valle and Gllty were eliminated.

    Finally, Group C featured a 6-1 Wolfkrone and Fuudo who took the group securing a spot in the group semis, Xian, FChamp, MOV, and Tokido made the quarterfinals, while KBrad and Gootecks are eliminated.

    Group D is happening today on
  • In CS:GO action, the ESL Pro League featured a few less ties yesterday. No. 1 Astralis in the WWG CS:GO Team Rankings defeated No. 18 Team Kinguin 2-0, while No. 3 Natus Vincere split their set against No. 13 Ninjas in Pyjamas 1-1 on the EU side.

    On the NA side, No. 10 Immortals took out Rush 2-0, including a 16-1 win on the second map. compLexity gaming also defeated Selfless 2-0.
  • The League of Legends LCK playoff picture is now set after today's games, with Kongdoo Monster somehow winning again, this time over Longzhu Gaming 2-1. KT Rolster defeated the afreeca Freecs, but with Longzhu's loss the Freecs are now guaranteed a playoff spot.
  • SK Gaming and Team Renegades announced that they had joined the World Esports Association (WESA), becoming full fledged members announced in a press release today. This brings WESA up to 9 member teams at present time.
  • Mark Cuban, billionaire investor and owner of the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA, spoke out about his reservations in owning an esports team given that players are expected to practice for unreasonable amounts of time. Specifically, he's wary of the "gold rush" where teams are buying up and churning out players way too quickly.
  • The Overwatch World Cup for 2017 was announced with an interesting new competitive direction. Blizzard will be measuring the competitive skill level of the top 100 players in every country and will select the highest performing 32 countries after a time. Those countries will appoint a committee to manage team votes and selections from there on out.

Patrik "cArn" Saettermon, the Chief Gaming Officer of Fnatic, joined the show later on to talk about Fnatic's CS:GO team, how Fnatic views the EU LCS investment, and why players in general aren't given enough rest in the industry.