eSports is computer games played in a competitive environment, and analytics in this domain is focused on player and team behavior.
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Here we present a technique for segmenting matches into spatio-temporally defined components referred to as encounters, enabling performance analysis.We apply encounter-based analysis to match data from the popular eSport game DOTA, and present win probability predictions based on encounters. Finally, metrics for evaluating team performance during match runtime are proposed.
What is Esports?
As many avid gamers know there are a wide variety of esports, i.e. Call Of Duty, Overwatch, League Of Legends (LoL), Dota and Counter Strike Global Offensive (CSGO for short) and the newest being Fortnite, with the most watched Esport being CSGO reeling in a large 7.9 million hours watched as of December 2018 with Dota 2 coming second only by the thousands!
It’s safe to say since the ‘Space Invaders’ Championship held by Atari attracting more than 10,000 participants across the United States in 1980, we’ve definitely come a very long way.
So with that being said let’s talk about the money involved within eSports, prize pools for eSports haven’t always been what they are now, as of 2018 the prize pool for the massive Internationals of LoL where all the big guns come out, teams like ‘Invictus’ (the champions of 2018) ‘Fnatic’ and ‘Cloud9’ were competing for a ridiculous $25,532,177.00, but let’s go back a few years to 2011 with the first ever League Of Legends World Championship the prize pool in those days were $100,000 with $50,000 going to the winners Fnatic, $25,000 to Against all authority, $10,000 to Team SoloMid (TSM) and so on and so forth.
While most competitive players tend to train off camera, a lot tend to stream on Twitch. Twitch is used by some of the biggest streamers at their respective game, some of the biggest streamers that also play competitively in their game, you may recognize some of the most popular being “Faker”, who is a South Korean professional League of Legends player who is considered by many to be the best League of Legends player of all time. Formerly known as “GoJeonPa” on the Korean server, he was picked up by SK Telecom in 2013 and is currently the mid laner for SK Telecom T1 and the big personality and twitch streamer Optic Scump one of the ‘Old Timers’ you could say in esports having over 8 years of experience in the art of esports.
All teams have a view to where they would want to be where they see themselves in 5 years for example here are some of my personal picks to be massive teams in the near future in COD which I believe as an esport Call Of Duty is growing and growing competing with the likes of League of legends and Dota.
Luminosity Gaming: With a 4th place finish in the most recent Black ops 4 Competition LG have really come into their own since forming in 2015 their highest finish in the past being a 1st in the CWL Anahiem open in 2017 copping a massive prize pool of $80,000 for the team
Josiah ‘Slacked’ Berry: the longest running member of LG has the role of Support SMG and has been in LG since coming in from Rise nation in 2016 he is an almost guaranteed performer and you can always trust ‘Slacked’ to be a consistent performer.
Johnathan ‘John’ Perez: since coming back from a short stay in Envy, you could tell John had some much enthusiasm to get to the very top finally finding a team he can call home after bouncing for team to team, little known fact John placed 3rd at the 2017 CWL Atlanta Open while competing with a broken middle finger.
Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper: Now in my opinion formal is the most recognisable Slayer in the game coming from Optic we all know how much of a beast this guy is, in his first tournament in the sky blue that is LG they finished 2nd place to a very strong Enigma6 losing 3-1. Little known fact FormaL has 20 Major championship wins.
Peirce ‘Gunless’ Hillman: also a very new member to the blues coming from rise nation in October of 2018, Gunless has the role of Flex and plays extremely well at AR and SMG respectively, Gunless came in 2nd place in the ELeague on Team ‘NAMELESS’ finished on a 5-5 record and losing out to team MerK who finished 6-3. Little known fact Gunless was awarded the MVP at the 2018 CWL Seattle Open playing for Rise Nation.
Nicholas ‘Classic’ DiCostanzo: Classic has been a big-time player everywhere he goes, I remember when he started and was slaying as if he was on private match playing bots while he was a member of FaZe and he never slowed up since! Classic came 4th in the first major event for LG at the CWL Las Vegas 2019 securing $20,000 with the team.
Splyce (COD): Splyce have become stronger and stronger through the forming of the team in 2015 and being an EU team, Splyce are now a big powerhouse of a team picking up some big players through the years they are now a North American based team, their best placement being 1st at CWL Global Pro League 2017 Stage 1 securing the bag with a massive $212,500 going to Splyce as they beat LG in a close 3-2 score line with Bance being their MVP throughout the tournament Bance has recently left the team for Red Reserve.
Jordan ‘Jurd’ Crowley: Jurd, Starting off in a team named 4Kings playing as the prime flex role which he has took with him through two stints with Epsilon where he is in the Epsilon Hall Of Fame for the going to TCM, Envy and then ending up in Splyce where he has really found his rhythm and provides a different dynamic ( and accent) to the team coming from Europe and carrying a European kinf of play which too a lot of people can be a slow methodical approach little known fact, Jurd competed with Team EnVyUs on loan from TCM-Gaming at the MLG World Finals 2015 where he placed fourth.
Lamar ‘Accuracy’ Abedi: Accuracy, the teams AR Slayer is one of the newest to the team coming from teams such as Team Kaliber and EUnited Accuracy finished in 1st with TK in the CWL Pro League 2018 Stage 2 winning a huge $212,500 with the team, and has continued his success for Splyce coming 3rd twice in the Black Ops 4 era with Splyce.
Daniel ‘Loony’ Loza: Loony, the teams Support SMG, has been in the team since October 2018 coming in from a strong Rise Nation, Splyce knew that they were gaining a resilient killer in Loony, Loony was coming off a 1st place finish in the CWL Anaheim Open in 2018 and a 2nd place finish in the COD pro League 2018 stage two securing $132,500. Loony finished his best personal performance with a 1.16 Kill to Death Ratio and a kill average of 25.15 Per game this was at the 2014 MLG COD League season three with Rise Nation placing 2nd .
Ulysses ‘AquA’ Silva: AquA, in my opinion is one of the big time players in the leagueHe has placed top 4 at every Call of Duty Championship he’s attended (2nd in 2015, 3rd in 2016, and 4th in 2017)apart from 2018 where Echo Fox, the team he was in, underperformed massively. AquA has jumped ship quite often but his performance has not changed throughout, he can really be the anchor for this team and I believe he can become one of the greatest if he finds the right team.
Donovan ‘Temp’ Laroda: Temp is a Flex Player for Splyce. Temp joined the team in October 2018 and is one of the newest with Accuracy, Temp had his best Call of Duty Performance in Advanced Warfare with Denial Esports (Now Disbanded as of 2017) with 7 tournament wins and 7 seconds, coming 2nd in the MLG World Finals to the world famous Optic Gaming losing 4-1. To add on to Temp’s success in AW Temp was awarded breakout player and best respawn player in Season 2 of the Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League.