Here are the top events to watch this weekend in esports

Here are the top events to watch this weekend in esports

by Brian Bencomo

Don’t know what to watch this weekend? We’ve got you covered. Here’s a rundown of some of the most intriguing games and tournaments happening this weekend.


June Joust Tournament Weekend takes place over the next few days with the top two teams from the West Region playing in Hawaii and matching up against the top two teams from the East Region, who are playing out of Asia. The New York Excelsior take on the Atlanta Reign to kick things off, and the other matchup will be a rematch of the May Melee grand final between the Dallas Fuel and Shanghai Dragons. The mini tournament is double elimination, and the grand final will be Saturday night.

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Streams on:

  • Thursday: starts at 10:30 p.m. ET
  • Friday: starts at 9 p.m. ET
  • Saturday: starts at 9 p.m. ET


Ok, this is not esports, but if you follow esports you’re probably keeping an eye on news from your favorite developers about upcoming games at the first E3 in two years. With that in mind, here’s a quick primer on which developers are presenting this weekend.

Ubisoft has their presentation scheduled for 3 p.m. ET Saturday, and there should be news and updates on the new Rainbow Six: Extraction (formerly known as Quarantine). On Sunday, Microsoft and Bethesda will have a joint presentation at 1 p.m. ET. This is the first E3 since Microsoft bought Bethesda, so there might be some news on upcoming Xbox exclusives. This presentation will be followed by Square Enix at 3:15 p.m. ET. If you’re looking to hear from Capcom or Nintendo, their presentations will be Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

For the full schedule, check out E3’s website, and to read more about what to expect, check out our E3 preview here.

Streams on:

  • Saturday: starts at 1 p.m. ET
  • Sunday: 11:45 a.m. ET

Call of Duty

It’s the final week of Stage 4 of the Call of Duty League season ahead of Major IV. The top of Group B is a tight race between the New York Subliners (3-0), Florida Mutineers (3-1) and Toronto Ultra (2-1). Florida will face Dallas (2-2) on Saturday, and the Subliners and Ultra will play Sunday in a game that might decide who wins the group.

In Group A, the Atlanta FaZe (4-0) appear to have a firm grasp on the top spot. The Minnesota ROKKR (2-1), who are tied for second in the group with OpTic Chicago (2-1) will have a tough schedule this weekend as they face the Los Angeles Thieves (1-2) on Friday and FaZe on Saturday. Thieves and OpTic close out the weekend on Sunday.

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Streams on:

  • Thursday: Starts at 3 p.m. ET
  • Friday: Starts at 3 p.m. ET
  • Saturday: Starts at 3 p.m. ET
  • Sunday: Starts at 3 p.m. ET

League of Legends

Week 1 of the LCS Summer Split got off to a weird start. Both Cloud9 and Team Liquid, the two teams at the top of the standings (with records that carry over from the spring split) went 1-2. One of the TL’s losses was to C9. However, one of C9’s losses was to Golden Guardians -- the team at the bottom of the standings.

This weekend, C9 will look to bounce back when they face FlyQuest, CLG and Dignitas. TL will also face FlyQuest and Dignitas as well as Evil Geniuses, who went winless last weekend. The top game to watch will be the matchup between TSM and 100 Thieves on Friday.

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Streams on

  • Friday: Starts at 6 p.m. ET
  • Saturday: Starts at 5 p.m. ET
  • Sunday: Starts at 4 p.m. ET

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

IEM Season XVI - Summer concludes this weekend with the top six teams from the tournament competing for a share of the $250,000 prize pool as well as ESL Pro Tour and BLAST Premier circuit points. G2 Esports will face the winner of Evil Geniuses vs. Gambit Esports, and OG will face the winner of Team Vitality vs. The grand final will be played Sunday morning.

Streams on

  • Friday: Starts at 10:45 a.m. ET
  • Saturday: Starts at 10:45 a.m. ET
  • Sunday: Starts at 10 a.m. ET
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