Weekend – Electronic Sports League (ESL) Major Series relegation matches; SK Gaming suffer a heavy defeat to TEK-9 Networks after Andreas 'flie' Rhein was involved in a car accident and couldn't participate the match, TEK-9 graciously waited over an hour before beating a makeshift SK side 13 – 2. fnatic, Roskilde Ravens and defeaters all progress as expected.
Monday – The all Finnish 'FAP' team is reformed at the expense of Vicious and Evil.
Tuesday – German Call of Duty legend Michael 'spaR' Ege joins SK Gaming in a six man squad, leaving behind a The Last Resort (TLR) side which collapses shortly afterwards. Team SPEED-LINK also recruit one of the free German players.
Wednesday – “Ain't talking anything related to CoD here, as you certainly ain't hacking on it. But claiming that you didn't in mohaa [Medal of Honour: Allied Assault] is ridiculous”, Epsilon eSports Joona 'konna' Parikka accuses Insidiae's Marko 'ztk' Heikkila of hacking in Clanbases precoverage of the Insidiae versus SK Gaming which they (Insidiae) went onto narrowly win 25 – 23.
Thursday – Multiplay (the host of the United Kingdom Packed Bell iPOWER qualifier) respond to SK Gaming's 'misinformed and factually inaccurate article' where they felt it was implied that they were responsible for 'a mistake made in awarding Meet Your Makers (MYM) the UK spot over Dignitas'. There will be more information released later on today regarding this.
Team SPEED-LINK knock Sample This out of the Eurocup loser bracket and face KomaCrew in the next round. After being held 12 – 12 on the first map (mp_strike), 'SPEED-LINK dominate the second (mp_citystreets) 13 – 6, winning 25 – 18 overall.
Friday – The longest serving Dignitas member and captain of the team, Michael 'Mick' Bradshaw, is dropped from the side and Dignitas refuse to comment further than technicalities, implying he's contracted but not longer necessary in the squad.
- mymym.com [one article]
- SK-Gaming.com [multiple articles, columns and coverage]
- ESReality.com [one column]
- Crossfire.nu [multiple articles, columns and coverage]
eSports media achievements:
- Long-listed for eSports scene journalist Award 2008
- Nominated for best eSports coverage 2008 (SK)
- Nominated for best eSports coverage 2007 (SK)
- Published in Times Higher Education (THE); online and print.
- Long-listed for the Guardian's 2009 International Development Journalism competition; online.
- CGS European Qualifier and Draft
- Multiplay i31
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