Now you can proudly show this to your parents and say that you need more training time at gaming on weekends.
World of Warcraft – BlizzCon 2014 – Prize Pool $250,000. Won by European team Bleached Bones, that split $120,000 top prize 3 ways.
HearthStone: Heroes of WarCraft – BlizzCon 2014 – Prize Pool $250,000. Won by American Firebat, who took the top prize of $100,000 for himself.
To round out the top 5 we have World of Tanks, by WarGaming. This final was played in Warsaw, Poland and was won by mixed Russian, Ukraine and Belarus team HellRaisers. They took home $150,000.
#4 – Call of Duty (Blackops 2 / Ghost / Advanced Warefare / Modern Warfare 3) – COD World Championship 2014/15 – $1,000,000
Call of Duty Championship 2015 took place in Los Angeles, California, from March 27th-29th 2015. Four years running Call of Duty have used their latest titles to host world championships, with a consistent prize pool of $1,000,000.
The world’s biggest eSports title “The World Championship 2014 (also known as Season 4 World Championship) was a tournament hosted by Riot Games, in which sixteen qualified teams from around the world compete to determine the League of Legends Season 4 World Champions.
The winners of the event were the always strong Korean team Samsung Galaxy White, who collected a paycheck of $1,000,000.
In January, eight of the world’s most elite professional Smite teams converged on Atlanta, Georgia, to crown the best smite team on the planet. With a prize pool of over $2.6 Million on offer (as a result of their Odyssey crowd-sourcing campaign), Hi-Rez Studios is now officially offering the fifth largest prize pool in the history of eSports.
Yet again an American team were favorites, and won the event giving Cognitive Prime a cool $1,306,130 for the team to take home.
The fifth edition of The International, an eSports Dota 2 championship tournament, took place at KeyArena Center in Seattle, Washington. Hosted by Valve Corporation, the tournament began on May 25th with the qualifier phase and ended after the main event between August 3rd and August 8th.
The tournament awarded the biggest prize pool in eSports history, at over $18 million. The winning team, Evil Geniuses were awarded $6,634,660, with each player in the team taking home over $1.3 million each. This is a fairly large sum, which just becomes even larger after the same team months before this event, ended up taking out The Dota Asia Championships winning $1,284,158.
This old man, a retired shop owner from Belgium, was refused a permit to construct a garage door in his former shop. This man was left no choice, so he build it anyway.
A breathtaking underground plant kingdom was discovered in Hubei province, China. Because of the local Karst landscape and humid climate, a sinkhole over 290 meters (951 feet) deep was formed, where a unique ecosystem has developed.
Inside the sinkhole you can observe palm trees, vines, moss, swallows, butterflies and other wildlife. For a very long time, the access to the sinkhole was possible by only scaling a long rope which allowed the hole to develop an independent eco-system.
This phenomenon is a clear example of the power of nature and how it is able to survive and adapt to any climatic and environmental circumstances.
When Chay Yu Wei won a competition for a great amateur photo held by Nikon people were impressed. He said he saw these steps in China Town and took a pic not knowing about that a plane will be flying there.
...but someone put his photo under examination and found out it was photoshopped. The plane was ADDED IN!
We don't know what the "author" of photo had to say but Nikon admitted they were fooled. Nikon took it quite well, did not say "Never happened" like many in their place and also... said that they might hold a new contest, this one for the best spoof of the famous photo.
This vault is designed to store valuable seeds from crops all over the world if some worst-case scenario happens on Earth, like climate change, nuclear war or some environmental degradation or some other global crisis. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a highly secured seed bank that is situated on the Norwegian island between the mainland and the North Pole.
Svalbard is the northernmost place in the world that still has scheduled flights, according to The Crop Trust, the group in charge of the global seed-bank system.
Since the vault is buried in permafrost, it could stay frozen at least 200 years, even if the power were to go out.
The vault has seeds from more than 60 institutions and almost every country in the world, collected from the more than 1,500 global gene banks that store samples of seeds from all the crops native to the region they're in.
Seed samples are sent to Svalbard in large boxes, which are scanned with X-rays after they get to the island to make sure that they have nothing but seeds inside.
The rooftop and part of the facade of the building is a work of art, since all public buildings in Norway are legally required to have art.
There are five doors with coded locks that anyone looking to get into the vault has to pass through.
Plus, The Crop Trust says that polar bears — which outnumber humans on the island — provide an extra "layer of security."
The temperature inside is kept to minus 18 degrees Celsius, cold enough to keep the sealed seeds viable for — in some cases — thousands of years.
So far, there are more than 860,000 samples in the vault, collected since Svalbard opened in 2008. Each sample contains 500 seeds.
But there's enough space in the vault's three main rooms to store 4.5 million samples, which would be more than 2 billion seeds.
In 2015, the ICARDA Seed Bank, which had been in Syria, withdrew samples from the vault — a first — so it could move and restore its seed bank, which had been damaged by war.
That showed that the vault could serve its function, but hopefully there will be no need for another withdrawal in the near future.