• Steam Awards winners announced
  • The best of the best-ofs - 2016
  • PEA, ESL, TSM - the acronyms throw down!

This past week was understandably a bit quiet with the holidays and such. But with the end of the year come the inevitable compilations and best-ofs to round it all out. We figured, if everyone else is already doing it then there’s no sense doubling up. Instead, we snagged a few of the best of the best-ofs in different categories and linked them up to save you some time. On top of that, Steam announced their first ever Steam Award winners, Twitch delights (or not) with a last-minute update before the new year, and the PEA / ESL saga continues to unfold.

Enjoy, happy new year, and don’t skip the ICYMI this week. You’ve been warned.

FIRST ANNUAL STEAM AWARDS RESULTS

TL;DR: The best thing about the Steam Awards is the categories. They range from “villain most in need of a hug” to “whoooaaaaaaa dude!”...cleverly leaving you guessing who could possibly be in the running to win that? In contrast, how many times can Euro Truck Simulator 2 actually win? The voting came from the community so I suppose you get what you get.

Full story: http://store.steampowered.com/SteamAwards/

GREEK SPORTS CLUB PANATHINAIKOS ENTERS ESPORTS ARENA

TL;DR: Continuing the week-to-week trend, another major traditional sports organization has added eSports to its roster. Panathinaikos is looking to incorporate a wide array of different games, presumably to diversify their investment or simply to see what sticks.

Full story: http://www.espn.com/esports/story/_/id/18371832/gr...

TWITCH TO ROLL OUT FOLLOWER-ONLY CHAT MODE

TL;DR: Currently in experimental mode, this new feature does exactly what it sounds like it does. Followers, not to be bested by subscribers, will soon have their own restricted chat mode. The twist is that streamers can set the follow time threshold to qualify. So viewers who’ve been following for longer may be the only chatters in the channel outside of subscribers.

Full story: http://streamersquare.com/twitch-follower-only-cha...

TSM REGINALD ON FIRING SGARES

TL;DR: Since the PEA / ESL story broke, social media has been flooded with the back-and-forth between the participants, surrounded by speculation from the community on who did what and to whom. TSM owner Andy “Reginald” Dinh and former TSM CS:GO team member Sean “sgares” Gares have taken center stage in the controversy and each has been quite public about what took place behind the scenes. Last week, Regi and Gares both released even more fodder to keep the drama fresh, each in an effort to prove his side of the story is the right side. You decide.

Full story: http://www.thescoreesports.com/csgo/news/12392-reg...

OUR FAVORITE 2016 COMPILATIONS, COMPILED

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

At the risk of being repetitive, there’s a lot going down with this whole PEA / ESL thing. I’ve tried to keep up with everything but for something that spans various social networks, content platforms, etc., it’s a challenge.

However, there are some deeply dialed-in people out there who’ve gotten closer to the people at the center of it all than most of us will and you can’t discount their insight.

One of those people is Duncan “Thorin” Shields. Thorin has put together a 3-part (and growing) series covering each element of the story in deep detail, with insightful commentary and thoughtful analysis of each move in this unfolding saga.

You can catch part one here. These aren’t short, but they’re good. If you want to go deep in this story and come out on the other side feeling like you could write a brief history of eSports, these are well worth the watch.

Enjoy.