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What is the Farming Simulator League? €250,000 tournament explained

Published: 23/Jan/2019 16:02 Updated: 23/Jan/2019 16:11

by Calum Patterson

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The world of competitive Farming Simulator is taking a big step up – as an official league, boasting a €250,000 prize pool, has been unveiled by developer GIANTS Software.

Professional leagues have become the closest thing to a standardized system across esports titles, with CS:GO, League of Legends, Call of Duty, PUBG and more all having a ‘Pro League’ of some capacity.

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We can finally add Farming Simulator to that list, as GIANTS Software have announced the inaugural league beginning in 2019, following a ‘testing of the waters’ in 2017 and 2018.

The ‘Farming Simulator Championship’ is becoming the ‘Farming Simulator League’, “a full-fledged esports league with 10 tournaments across Europe.”

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The season will culminate with one team crowned the Farming Simulator Champion and €100,000 in prizing, which will take place at FarmCon 2020. The total prize pool across the 10 events amounts to €250,000.

The league has also secured some big name sponsors, including Intel, Logitech and noblechairs,

The Farming Simulator League is the next big step for farming sim esports.

Christian Ammann, CEO of GIANTS Software and manager of the esports division, explained that they want to show that farming can be both fun and competitive.

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“Competitive farming is something people enjoy for years now, but it hasn’t been done in eSports so far. We have lots of eSports enthusiasts in our company who can’t wait to show the world that farming can indeed be fun and competitive at the same time.”

What is “competitive farming”?

Played on Farming Simulator 19, the competitive matches will take the shape of a 3v3 mode. Although the exact details of the game mode itself have not been fully unveiled, GIANTS explain that “teams challenge each other to determine who is the best on the field.”

“The game will, of course, stand true to its roots in farming and combine real field work like harvesting with fun and challenging game elements.”

The league will no longer use the hay bale stacking mode which was used for previous competitive events. These events pulled in significant spectating numbers, as shown in the image below from an event in 2018.

GIANTS SoftwareFans pack the venue for a hay bale stacking match.

The Farming Simulator series remains incredibly popular with its casual player base, with the latest release, Farming Simulator 2019 reportedly selling 1 million copies in its first 10 days.

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If it can continue to grow its burgeoning esports scene alongside maintaining its casual fans, who knows, maybe competitive farming will be the next big thing in esports?

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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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