Today on The Checkpoint, the daily esports show on twitch.tv/wwg that airs each weekday at 2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT:
- Major surprises this morning in the Dota 2 Asia Championship as Invictus Gaming took out Newbee 2-0 in the lower bracket finals and then destroyed the red-hot OG team 3-0 in the grand finals. Game 1 of the finals was an interesting affair as it lasted over an hour, but iG stomped OG in games two and three.
iG takes home over $240,000 and will certainly force a different look from OG at the Kiev Dota 2 Major after this disappointing performance in the finals.
- The $300,000 StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3 finals in Kiev, Ukraine are underway with day one beginning today. The Bo1 Swiss opening round showed No. 6 North in the WWG CS:GO Team Rankings obliterated No. 9 Immortals 16-3, No. 2 Virtus.pro beat MVP 16-4, No. 4 SK Gaming took out No. 24 TyLoo, No. 1 Astralis defeated Counter Logic Gaming 16-11, No. 15 HellRaisers translated their online hot streak to offline performance with a 16-10 win over No. 5 FaZe Clan.
More games are underway with Swiss round 2 picking up tomorrow
- Team EnVyUs' owner Mike "hastr0" Rufail commented on Twitter that winning the League of Legends NA LCS spot for the Summer Split was incredibly important to the organization.
He stated that it was worth more to the organization than winning multiple CS:GO majors which puts some of the economy of esports in perspective. Branding has shown to consistently be the most important and lucrative aspect of esports so far.
- Auto manufacturer Subaru is getting involved in esports with the Subaru Invitational, a $20,000 CS:GO tournament which will take place later this year. Several manufacturers have gotten involved in some capacity with esports, most recently with Audi sponsoring Astralis before their recent Major win.
Car makers are a mainstay of sports advertising and have been recruited by leagues and teams for some time.
- Team Liquid's recent support addition Adrian has left the League of Legends squad. It's unknown where he will end up, but some are speculating a possible reuniting with his old Immortals bot lane partner Wildturtle at some point.
Vince Ingenito, fighting game expert, joins the show to talk about ELEAGUE's Street Fighter V Invitational, including whether an invitational or open tournament is better to introduce new fans to the game.