bytes: $3m Major, SCL Spring Champs, Twitch Verified

Three million dollars is up for grabs at the 2017 Kiev Major, a Dota2 event hosted by PGL.  Sixteen teams (8 invitees, 8 qualifiers) are currently competing in the Group Stage where they will then be seeded into a single-elimination bracket based on today and tomorrow’s results.

Group Stage: April 24th – April 25th, 2017

Main Tournament: April 27th – April 30th, 2017

Invited Teams: Team Random, Newbee, Team VG.J, OG, Team Liquid, Evil Geniuses, Thunderbirds, mousesports

Qualified Teams: IG.Vitality, Invictus Gaming, Team Faceless, TNC Pro Team, Team Secret,, Digital Chaos, SG e-sports

Prize Pool Breakdown

  • 1st: $1,000,000
  • 2nd: $500,000
  • 3rd-4th: $250,000
  • 5th-8th: $125,000
  • 9th-16th: $62,500


Photo courtesy of Astral Authority

Tournament favorites Astral Authority won the SMITE Console League Spring Split Championship over the weekend, defeating underdog squad Elevate 3 – 1 in the Grand Finals.

The win was the first for many of the Astral Authority team members, and Eric “Brochacho” Saavedra became the first support player to win the MVP trophy.

Next for console SMITE is the SCL Relegation tournament for the Summer Split, which will be May 6th and 7th.  Teams will definitely want to make it into the SCL for the summer as those teams will be going to DreamHack in Valencia, Spain in July.

PC SMITE has a major tournament coming up in the SMITE Masters (April 27th-30th).  Ten of the world’s top teams will compete for $120,000 in prizes.

More SMITE Masters Information

Rutgers University are the 2017 Hearthstone National Champions.

The team beat Canada’s Polytechnique Mtl 2 – 1 in the Grand Finals over the weekend.

Rutgers wins the majority of the $160k in scholarship prizes.

Now there’s a new way to separate the popular people from the rest of us: the Twitch Verification Badge!

Twitch Partners can choose to enable their Verification check mark beside their name across all Twitch chats.  The check mark can be a pretty effective channel advertising tool, as most of us have been conditioned to perk up and pay attention to verified accounts of celebrities, politicians, and non-famous-but-well-connected people on other social sites.

The V-badge is one of many new rollouts coming to the games broadcasting platform.

Check out how you can support your favorite non-partnered streamers, for free, through Twitch.