From The ESOC wiki for Age of Empires 3

Revision as of 12:27, 28 January 2019 by Edeholland (talk | contribs) (prize pool amount)

What is ESOC? (ESOC) is an Age of Empires 3 website run by the community for the community. ESOC initially began as a hosting website founded in 2015 for the drought-ending tournament Age of Empires 3 Spring Championship (ASC Spring). The event, a resounding success (its Grand Finals reaching an unprecedented 1000 concurrent viewers!), inspired ESOC to continue to host seasonal, free-to-enter, crowdfunded tournaments. As the website grew, so too did the brand: tournament notation changed from ASC to ESOC, YouTube and Twitch accounts were launched, and ESOC became the focal point for Age of Empires 3 community. The website now boasts over 8,000 forum members, a balance patch crafted by the game’s top minds, and roughly a dozen completed tournaments totaling over $10,000 USD in cumulative prize pool handouts. Through the generosity of community donors and the dedication of an all-volunteer staff, ESOC has created a sustainable model to provide you, the community, with the best Age of Empires 3 content on the internet.

Home to newcomers and seasoned veterans, top players and conscripts alike, the forums offer a variety of content we think you’ll enjoy:

  • Fan-made ESOC Patch (EP), consisting of:
    • Anti-cheat protection
    • Improved civilization balance
    • More than 50 new and polished maps
    • Multiple bug fixes
    • Integrated Treaty Patch, with its own set of changes tailored to that game mode