Have your ever considered video games as the ultimate community building exercise?
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the 2012 iteration of the original Half-Life mod released in 1999. CS:GO is a game of nuance and the pre-requisites to play at a competitive level demand mastery of the mechanics, map knowledge, and consistent refining of individual skill. A quintessential competitive FPS in the PC gaming space, the game enjoys a player base of over 20 million worldwide. In today’s rapid expansion of eSports from a competitor and spectator standpoint, including national television and major brand influencers, the competitive scene is ever expanding. CS:GO developer Valve has upped the prize pools of their “major” events (the upper echelon of tournament play in the pro scene), from $250K to $1 million dollars, setting a new bar for Counter-Strike no previous iteration of the game had to offer.
AMD has long been involved with amateur eSports, LAN events, and recently, professional eSports with the sponsorship of the Fnatic League of Legends team.
Enter Team AMD, a newly founded grassroots competitive CS:GO team composed of AMD employees and AMD Red Team Plus members. The team’s main objective is to carry AMD’s enthusiasm for all things gaming into the community with our competitive gaming spirit and eSports involvement.
Team AMD currently competes in the E-Sports Entertainment Association (ESEA) Open division, Eastern conference. All teams must prove their competitive worth to advance to the season playoffs. Promotion into the next league tier, the Intermediate division, will require Team AMD’s sustained dedication and outstanding performance.
The team is equipped with the same AMD hardware you may have, providing a competitive platform that is used during practices, matches, and offline events. The team dedicates 12 hours over 4 nights every week to CS:GO practices and matches. Official league matches are streamed every Monday and Thursday on our Twitch.TV channel from 9-10PM ET.
Team AMD recently attended the offline Gamers for Giving competitive gaming tournament and LAN party that helped generate resources for the initiatives of Gamers Outreach. Funds raised from the event help support Gamers Outreach charity programs, such as building portable gaming carts for children in hospitals. The event took place within the main arena of Eastern Michigan University’s Convocation Center during the weekend of March 12th & 13th. Competitors entered into a non-stop gaming marathon which began in the morning hours of Saturday, March 12th, and lasted until Sunday evening, March 13th.
Team AMD left the competitive arena in their first-ever LAN event with a very respectable 4th place finish following multiple back to back best-of-3 rounds. Team AMD took wins over competitors in much higher ESEA league divisions, with 24 teams participating from across North America. Competitors and spectators alike were impressed with the team’s performance and tournament placement.
Many community members were pleased to see an official AMD competitive presence at the event. The team also led several discussions with the community (players, spectators and competitors), discussing eSports, the team’s hardware, and excitement for AMD technologies including Virtual Reality and the 14nm FinFET manufacturing node as well as DirectX® 12 and Vulkan™ APIs. Team AMD’s star player and “AWPer” Chris “stickysalamander” Hilash left the event with an outstanding +72 K/D ratio, and currently holds the #1 ranking in ESEA for weapon proficiency.
The team has their sights on upcoming LAN events through 2016 to move up in tournament ranking placement. Stay tuned for more Team AMD updates over the next few months!
Jake Francis is the Gaming Community Manager for AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.
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