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SaskTel Joins the Battle!

SKL Esports and SaskTel are excited to announce an ongoing sponsorship, heading into 2019! As a locally founded and based company ourselves, we are proud to work with SaskTel, and to become part of their strong focus on connecting communities right here in Saskatchewan. Local community building has always been one of our main focuses here at SKL, so in tandem with SaskTel, we hope to help each other grow our gaming communities across the province.

Even though the esports industry is booming across the globe, it has yet to truly take hold in both Saskatchewan, and Canada as a whole. Our goal here at SKL has always been to change that, and SaskTel’s sponsorship will help us achieve that goal. The competitive esports community in Saskatchewan has shown a lot of potential, and with the support of a company as significant as SaskTel, it won’t be long before Saskatchewan is being represented on esports stages across the country.

This sponsorship will provide many benefits to our audience. Using SaskTel’s superior infrastructure, we will be able to create more frequent and higher quality content, all at the consistently high speeds that only SaskTel can offer. We will both be able to grow our audiences, allowing us to have a broader reach across the province, and increase both SKL’s and SaskTel’s brand recognition as a legitimate player in the esports industry. SaskTel will be sponsoring all of our upcoming 2019 Saskatchewan based events, and we here at SKL can’t wait to bring them to you!

Overall, we believe this new relationship will help us to build and grow local gaming communities for both competitive and recreational gamers alike.

“SKL Esports is the premier competitive esports league in Western Canada and we’re excited to sponsor them in 2019,” said Doug Burnett, Acting SaskTel President and CEO. “With the incredibly fast speeds and low latency we can deliver over infiNET, SaskTel is the clear choice for Saskatchewan gamers looking to take their skills to the next level.”

Be on the lookout for more exciting news about our upcoming events in 2019! 

See you in the new year,

The SKL Admin Team

Introducing the SKL CS:GO Recreation League!

SKL is proud to announce our first ever CS:GO recreation league. The recreational league is the relaxed league where the main goal is having fun. Any player in the North America region can sign up, but we expect the majority of players to sign up from Western Canada. There are no prizes for winning, but there may be rewards for good sportsmanship, etc. We will be streaming one match per week, depending on schedules of teams each week.

The league will run approximately 6-7 weeks, with playoffs happening sometime in March. The league will begin in February and teams can expect to play 1-2 times a week.

The rules and code of conduct can be found here. It can also be found on the main website menu under Esports > CS:GO > Rules & Code of Conduct

To register, click the register button below. Registration ends on January 30th, 2019.

The SKLAN Tournament Schedule.

The day is finally here! We here at SKL are announcing the full SKLAN tournament schedule after teasing games for the last two weeks.

You may be wondering what the hour-long break sections consist of. Those are a mix of three things:

  • Need a break? Use the break time to sit back, relax, get some fresh air.
  • Did a tournament block go a bit longer than we wanted it to? We’ll use part of the break time.
  • Want to play a game in the casual area with other people at the LAN that isn’t on the schedule? Use the break time.

As for the other things on the schedule, we will be asking for the community’s feedback on what to do during each of these sections. Below are some of the ideas that we have come up with.

Reminder that SKLAN is on August 25th, 2018 at 12:00PM until August 26th at 12:00PM at the Travelodge Hotel in Saskatoon (106 Circle Drive West) in Galaxy’s A and B.

Fortnite

Duo’s Tournament (Bring a duo partner or we’ll find you one!)

Pick-up squads (Bring a squad or we’ll find you one!)

1v1v1v1 Tournament in the Playground

DOTA 2

5v5 Tournament (Bring a team or we will help find you one!)

Build-Your-Hero Mode

Pick up teams (Just play normal/random games with your friends!)

League of Legends

5v5 Tournament (Bring a team or we will help find you one!)

ARAM’s

1v1 Tournament

Teach a “noob” how to play League!

Nexus Blitz! Try the Alpha of the new game mode!

Pick up Normal Games (Bring a team or we’ll help you find one!)

Dragon Ball FighterZ

A bracket will be formed using the in-game bracket system.

CounterStrike: Global Offensive

Tournament with a local server (Bring a team or we will help find you one!)

Hearthstone

Tournament

Casual/friendly matches

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Custom server lobbies (Solos, Duos or Squads)

Pick-up squads (Bring a squad or we’ll find you one!)

Rocket League

3v3 Fun matches

Pick-up ladder play

Starcraft 2

To be discussed at the event.

Overwatch

6v6 Mixed Teams (Sign up and we’ll match players together randomly on teams based on roles!)

Heroes of the Storm

5v5 Tournament (Bring a team or we’ll find you one!)

Want to learn? We have lots of players willing to teach you!

Rainbow 6: Siege

5v5 Tournament (Bring a team or we’ll find you one!)

Want to learn? We have lots of players willing to teach you!

Minecraft

Although there isn’t a Minecraft tournament, a Minecraft server will be available through the full LAN event. Details to the server will be available at the event.

Community Voted

We have, and will continue to ask for player’s votes for our Community Voted section. This can be a game that has been played earlier in the night that we want more time for, or a game no one has ever heard of, or a game that we accidentally missed! You want it? Suggest and VOTE for it on our Discord (discord.gg/sklesports)!

While a lot of these events might seem “hardcore”, we assure you, this LAN is whatever you make it to be. Want to play one game the entire night with your friends? You can do that! Want to play in as many tournaments as possible to try and prove your stuff against other people in Western Canada? You can do that too! Want to grab random people and play other LAN favourites such as Warcraft 3, Gary’s Mod, Jackbox Games or Quake? You can absolutely do that too!

If you have not signed up for the LAN already, our early bird pricing of $30 ($10 off the door price) ends August 19th, 2018. You can register by clicking here. If that wasn’t incentive enough, signing up before August 19th, 2018 also enters you to win both an MSI Interceptor Mouse and Keyboard!

For anyone attending the Warhammer ITC or SKL Smashkatoon, remember: if you decide to come to the LAN afterwards, you receive $10 off your LAN ticket. So if you sign up for Smashkatoon or the ITC before August 19th, entry to the LAN will only be $20!

What should I bring to SKLAN?

  • Computer/Laptop
  • Monitor
  • Keyboard and mouse
  • Headset
  • Ethernet cable. The longer the better. We recommend 20+ feet.
  • Power bar (we can’t provide one for everyone)
  • Extra cash. There will be a snack concession, bar, and restaurant on the premises.

What should I not bring to SKLAN?

  • Absolutely no USB drives, external hard drives, etc. that contain illegal/pirated software.
  • No outside food, drinks, or snacks.

How do I prepare for SKLAN?

  • Download and update all of your games beforehand. Internet bandwidth may be limited.
  • If you are using Steam, make sure to set it to offline mode before attending.
  • There will be lots of people in and out and we’re in for a long event, so make sure you’re being courteous and practicing proper hygiene before the event to make sure we all have the best time possible.

SKL Academy, a Warcraft Community

With World of Warcraft: The Battle for Azeroth approaching, SKL has formed a WoW community! SKL Academy is a place for our community to find group members, form raids, and learn in a fun and patient environment! For now, this is a Horde only community, but depending on interest we may create another for the Alliance. SKL Academy will be holding monthly in game events such as raid groups, rated PvP, and mythic+ dungeons. Join now as we all prepare for Battle for Azeroth!

SKLAN, Saskatchewan’s Largest LAN Party.

SKL eSports is proud to partner with Airline Hotels to present SKLAN! SKLAN is Saskatchewan’s newest, biggest LAN party which will be held August 25th, 2018 at 12:00PM until August 26th at 12:00PM at the Travelodge Hotel in Saskatoon (106 Circle Drive West) in Galaxy’s A and B! That’s right, 24 hours of gaming in one amazing venue!

Pre-registration for SKLAN will be $30 and signups at the door will be $40. Bring your own computer/equipment will be in effect. This includes power cables for your computer and monitor(s), a power bar, an Ethernet cable (longer the better), and any other equipment needed for your computer. There will be an assortment of door prizes given out throughout the night. What would a LAN event be without some energy drinks? Red Bull was kind enough to provide us with some free Red Bull to SKLAN participants!

Tournaments for various games will be held over the entire 24 hour period, and SKL will be creating a game list to ensure you have everything downloaded, updated and ready to play before the event happens! Tournaments and events at the LAN will include (so far):

League of Legends
Hearthstone
Fortnite
Overwatch
Counter Strike: Global Offensive
World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth
Minecraft

Games that we are looking for feedback/interest from the community include:

Rocket League
Heroes of the Storm
DOTA2
Rainbow Six: Siege
Starcraft 2
Warcraft 3
Gary’s Mod
Gang Beasts

If you have a game you want to try and have a tournament/event for, join our Discord channel and add your suggestion to the game-suggestions channel under the SKLAN category.

Don’t want to play in any tournaments? That’s okay! There will be plenty of casual gamers hanging out enjoying the classic LAN atmosphere. Come and just game with other gaming/eSport fans!

On top of the LAN event, SKL will be hosting SKL Smashkatoon 31 from 10AM to 10PM on August 25th, 2018 in the Viscount room. We will also be hosting one of the largest Warhammer 40k events in Western Canada from 10AM to 7PM August 25th, 2018 and August 26th, 2018 in the Delta/Concord room. Registration from these events will be separate from the LAN event.

You can read our FAQ here or click the Get started! button below.

Smashfest 3, Presented by IKS Live!

SKL eSports is proud to announce Smashfest 3, presented by IKS Live! This Super Smash Bros event is a one-day Singles and Doubles tournament taking place June 2nd at the Turvey Centre in Regina, SK! The tournament will be for both Wii U AND Melee, with the SKL Smash Circuit being continued in the Wii U tournament.

Come watch the games live at the Turvey Centre, hang out in the Legacy Room to play retro games, mini-tournaments, or grab a snack at the concession and licensed bar. More details to come in the coming weeks!

Smashfest Saskatoon

We here at SKL are so excited that Smashfest, in partnership with the Saskatoon Blades and IKS Media, is only nine days away. With it being so close, here is some information on what all will be taking place at the SaskTel Centre on January 27th, as well as what you can do to prepare for this awesome event.

First of all, and perhaps most excitingly, we are happy to announce that the prize pool has been increased from $1000 to $1500! This prize pool is sponsored by both the Saskatoon Blades and Tourism Saskatoon.

Not interested in playing in the main tournament? That’s okay! For those of you who were at the last Smashfest, we are re-opening the Legacy Gaming Room, this time sponsored by RegenStorm Arcade and Game On Amusements! For just $15, you can play in any and all the games we have offered in the concourse at SaskTel Centre for as long as you like. Included in your $15 purchase, you will also receive the all new SKL Player Card! These Player Cards get you discounted drinks at the Twisted Tartan for the rest of 2018. We are in contact with other sponsors to add to the benefits these Player Cards offer, so make sure to sign up for the Legacy Room to be the first to get your hands on these exclusive discounts!

Just like the last Smashfest, there will be areas for friends/family/other players to watch the tournament as it happens. Our lovely casters will be on hand to broadcast and stream the event. Everyone is welcome to come watch the event, check out all the Legacy Gaming Room games, or just come hang out. There will be mini tournaments happening around the arena for the duration, including Doubles for Wii U (registration online at smash.gg/skl2) and Super Smash Bros. Melee (registration at the venue) so don’t miss it! There will be concession stands open at SaskTel Centre for food and beverages.

Registration for the main tournament is now live at smash.gg/skl2. You can pay online or at the door. Access to the Legacy Gaming Room is also included in your tournament entry fee! Of the initial 128 available main tournament slots, approximately 40 remain, so be sure to pre-register! Legacy Room bracelets will be exclusively sold at the door.

After Smashfest, SKL is hosting the first Smashfest After Party at the Twisted Tartan (2404 8th St East in Saskatoon) starting at 9:00! This will be the first opportunity to use your SKL Player Cards to get discounted drinks at the Twisted Tartan. It will also be a great chance to get to know some of the players and SKL casters!

Also, be sure to come out to the SaskTel Centre on Friday night, as the Saskatoon Blades take on the Edmonton Oil Kings in their video game themed night! We will have SKL staff and some of the top Smash players in attendance to play some exhibition games. If you want to see if you have what it takes against some of the best smash players in Western Canada, come check it out.

If you need a place to stay in Saskatoon Friday or Saturday, the Comfort Suites (203 Bill Hunter Ave) is offering discounted rooms at $84 a night, for either two double beds or a single queen bed, until January 21st! So make sure to book your hotel room before that date!

Hope to see you all there!

-Dylan “Edge” Edgar and Kevin “BigBooty” Bode

January 27th, 2018

Approximate tournament timeline:

10:00 am: SaskTel Centre doors open.

10:59 am: Registration for SKL Smashfest closes

11 am: SKL Smashfest begins

2:30 pm: Approximate start time of top 24

4 pm: Approximate start time of top 8

7 pm: Crowning of SKL Smashfest champion

9 pm: SKL Smashfest After Party at the Twisted Tartan

Prize Pool Breakdown:

1st Place: $600

2nd Place: $300

3rd Place: $180

4th Place: $120

5th / 6th Place: $90

7th / 8th Place: $60

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