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Farming Simulator League exists and it actually looks pretty epic

Published: 26/Jan/2020 0:16

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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While Farming Simulator might be the last game you’d expect to be given its own League, it’s actually more interesting and fleshed out than you might think. Move over, Overwatch – there’s a new esport in town.

The farming simulation game series first started in 2008, and it allows players to live their rural dreams by breeding livestock, tending to crops, and more.

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Although it sounds like a relaxing way to calm down after a hectic day, it’s actually been turned into a competitive esport – Animal Crossing League next, maybe?

Farming Simulator League

The event has been going on since July 2019 and consists of 10 events spread across Europe, concluding in Summer 2020 at FarmCon, according to The Verge.

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On January 25, esports photographer Stephanie Lindgren shared a post to Twitter where she voiced her surprise at a competitive farming sim event existing at DreamHack Leipzig.

“Farming Simulator League is a thing and I feel truly blessed to have witnessed this in person,” she tweeted, alongside a photoset of the event where a massive crowd could be seen watching the matches, as well as a giant tractor.

In another post, the Esports Awards 2019 Photographer of the Year winner shared some more pictures, this time of players competing against each other at the event, and they looked just as intense as pros do at other Leagues.

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“Some more stuff from #DHDE20 because it is legit af. Hope I have time to swing by for the finals tomorrow,” it read.

Even infamous FGC commentator and WinnerStaysOn owner Logan Sama got involved with a tweet joining in on the fun.

“This is what peak esports looks like. You may not agree but it is,” he said. “Keep your V Triggers and your Leroys…. What pesticides are you going to be using on that maize crop to meet government quotas for subsidies? YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW THE MATCH UP!”

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The developer, Giants Software, has pulled together a €250,000 ($275,000) prize pool for the entire League, with each event having a share of the cash up for grabs for the winner.

DreamHack Leipzig has a €12,000 ($13,200) reward for the victorious team, which might seem like a lot for Farming Simulator, but it just goes to show how seriously it’s taken.

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CoD streamers slam Warzone star WarsZ for “pathetic” K/D tanking

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun

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Call of Duty: Warzone stars continue to call each other out – this time Tommey is joined by HusKerrs and others in critiquing multi-event champion, WarsZ, for manipulating tournament Kill-Death Ratio (K/D) caps by tanking his account.

With more and more money being piled into Warzone tournaments, the stakes are higher than ever and competitors are understandably adamant about integrity. Many of these competitions have turned to K/D caps, as a way to limit good players from forming super squads that’ll end up dominating the opposition.

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Following earlier condemnations from top streamers like NICKMERCS and Aydan about others gaming the K/D cap limits, Tommey has exposed WarsZ in particular for allegedly partaking in the unfair practice.

Tommey, a former Call of Duty League player and multi-time Warzone champion, did not hesitate to single out WarsZ for a suspicious drop in his kill-death ration just ahead of this week’s leg of the $210,000 Vikkstar Warzone Showdown. 

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Although the caps have been instituted in tournaments to provide for better parity among teams, they can also be manipulated by purposefully delivering uncharacteristically poor performances.

WarsZ has won six Warzone championships across different tournaments, so Tommey’s linked image of the streamer having double-digit zero-kill matches in the past few days is particularly damning.

“People seem to be scared of the repercussions but I’m fed up with the bulls**t,” Tommey tweeted, tagging the rival competitor directly while calling the alleged tanking “pathetic.”

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As for WarsZ’s response, it was not well-received. Suggesting that this notable drop in K/D was spurred by having his “girl” play on his account, a variety of notable Warzone competitors slammed the excuse. Among those wast renowned multi-time champion, HusKerrs, who replied simply, “Brother, c’mon now… nobody is buying that.”

Popular streamer DougisRaw also chimed in, mocking the excuse for how obviously the screenshot goes against the idea of letting an inexperienced player drop in for some games: “Damn, your girl plays solo squads. She’s cracked.”

 

While none of the allegations can be proven, many seem dissatisfied with WarsZ’s excuse and believes it is unfair to competitors like Jukeyz and others who were unable to snag tournament spots because of their high K/D.

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It must be noted, as Tommey mentioned in the tweet above, that Vikkstar’s tournament technically doesn’t prohibit such a tactic, so while WarsZ isn’t breaking any rules, it’s fair to say that the rest of the big-name competitors don’t think too highly of it.

It remains to be seen if other tournaments will begin following NICKMERCS in the way he runs his MFAM Gauntlets, monitoring participants’ past in-game performances to make sure that they’re not trying to circumvent the K/D cap.

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