Team Obey wins $180,000 in H1Z1’s TV tournament

    
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This week, one H1Z1 team is sitting pretty on a pile of $180,000 and fame, thanks to winning the televised H1Z1: Fight for the Crown tournament this past weekend.

Obey Alliance beat out 14 other teams in a brutal deathmatch that was aired on The CW network. The team didn’t just win but dominated, surviving the match with no players killed and slaughtering nine other players in turn. (Fun fact: Eleven players were killed not by other participants but by the toxic gas that is a constant threat in H1Z1’s PvP battlefields.) The top five teams got to split the $300,000 prize pool, while the other 10 teams got to say, “We were there.”

PC Gamer has an interesting look at behind-the-scenes of the tournament, saying that the end result was a mixed bag: “Not everything worked well on TV. Long-distance firefights mostly looked like players hopping around and shooting at near-invisible specks on the screen […] Perhaps H1Z1 isn’t the perfect esport for television, but it was a good show: energetic, exciting at times and silly at others, and edited deftly enough that I didn’t stare at the words 75 REMAIN for the first twenty minutes.”

All teams in order of placement (from the PR):
Obey Alliance
World Best Gaming
Luminosity Gaming
Counter Logic Gaming
Denial Esports
Rogue Gaming
Team Gates
Panda Global
SoaR Gaming
Enigma6
Echo Fox
SetToDestroyX
Strictly Business
Cloud9
Ohio Rebels

Source: H1Z1, PC Gamer, press release
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rondstat

I’d be very curious as to hear the writers’ opinions on what ARE the perfect esports for television. Not in a confrontational way – I totally agree h1z1 is an odd choice. But I’m wondering, what are the games that have a lot of action, a lot of organic moments, and most importantly of all, make it continuously evident – even to those with no experience in the game or the genre – what’s going on, who’s winning, what direction the game is going.

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sandboxsurvivalist

Just throwing out this is H1Z1: King of the Kill, as opposed to H1Z1: Just Survive since they are split into two separate games now. Most players that I know call the Battle Royale game KOTK and refer to the survival game as H1Z1.

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Jeremy Barnes

Big money in MMOs now…oh, wait..H1Z1…I’m confused.

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ogged451

That right thumb … must be a mutant or something ?

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Yoshi Senpai

It’s both!

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Rottenrotny

(◔_◔) Boooorrrriiiiinnnngggg

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Cramit

I watched a bit of it and it was fun to watch. There definitely was some issues seeing long distance fire fights but that might just need to be setup a bit better. They just needed multiple camera men in the game and show the players in the gun fight as it happened and it would have been better.

Definitely interested to see what the numbers of ppl watching were. H1 might not be the best game for it but all for watching any video games on tv to hopefully incentize the tv companies to show more of them.

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Melissa McDonald

I want to hear about what great “athletes” they are now, lolz. :P

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Yoshi Senpai

I’d hope we call them competitors or players.

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Greaterdivinity

Just gimme viewer stats – is there an actual fucking audience for this? It continues to amaze me how popular it is on Steam/Twitch (which I primarily attribute to getting a number of the big name streamers in on it), but I just struggle to make that jive with what the game is, and this continued hard push for esports with a game that doesn’t seem particularly well suited to general esports.

It’s like CS, but with a lot more empty space, waiting, larger maps that make it difficult to tell what’s going on, and it’s still not actually released. I continue to be mystified about pushing esports for unfinished games, but then again this is DBG, the company that thought they could turn Planetside 2 into an esport, make Wizardry Online a success in the West, and canned EQ Next. So who the fuck knows what they’re thinking at this point.

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Yeah it’s tough for me to believe that esports are as popular as devs and the media try to make them out to be.
I feel like this is just getting shoved down our throats.