4) The ESOC Forums & Website eso-community.net
is an Age of Empires 3 website that is operated for the community by the community. Founded in 2015, ESOC initially began as a one-off website to host the drought-ending tournament the Age of Empires 3 Spring Championship (ASC Spring). With its Grand Finals reaching an unprecedented 1000 concurrent viewers, the event was a resounding success, and the spirit of the community inspired ESOC to continue hosting 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 central hub for Age of Empires 3 community. The website now boasts over 10,000 forum members, a balance patch crafted by the game’s top minds, and roughly 40 completed tournaments totaling over $12,000 USD in cumulative prize pool earnings. 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 seasoned veterans and newcomers alike, the website offers a variety of content we think you’ll enjoy:Features4.1) Recorded Games Compendium
All recorded games uploaded to the website, be that for tournaments or via the Recorded Games
section of the forum, are compiled and easily accessible through the Recorded Games Compendium. Able to be searched by name, map, civilization, and patch, if you are in need of a quick strategy for the current metagame or looking for an AoE3 history lesson, this section of the website has something for you.4.2) ESOC Wiki
The ESOC Wiki is the first AoE3-exclusive wiki in the game's history. Launched in Summer 2018, it is the culmination of a years-long effort by the ESOC staff to preserve and organize the vast wealth of knowledge available on eso-community.net. It is a key component of the ESOC mission of encouraging competitive gameplay and advancing the AoE3 dialogue.4.3) ESOC Elo Ladder
The ESOC Ladders are intended to take third-party ranking systems to the next level. While based on the JP Simple Elo Ladders
, our ladder recognizes differences between the ESOC Patch, Treaty Patch, and RE patch, and provides a unique Elo rating for each one. The ESOC Ladders serve to effectively rate current-day player skill and are used as the primary seeding mechanism for AoE3 events.
We have also tweaked the formula a bit to improve rating accuracy. Our ladder operates using the following formula: 16.0f + (team2Elo - team1Elo) * 2 / playerAmount * (32.0f / 400.0f)4.4) Population Statistics
The AoE3 population statistics page contains live-updating graphical representations of various relevant datasets that we have available to us. Forums4.5) Welcome Board
New to the website? Presumably you are, since you're reading this guide! As a new member, we encourage you to make a thread in this forum to briefly introduce yourself: tell something about how you found us, how often you play AoE3 and what your favorite civilization is. Since it might be scary to make your first post somewhere like the strategy board, we hope we can give a warm welcome here. Feel free to ask questions as well, there are plenty of friendly community members willing to help. You can also find the Forum Rules
here.4.6) Age of Empires 3 Discussion
The Age of Empires 3 section of the forums has various boards for all matters AoE3. There are dedicated boards for Treaty discussion and discussion of the ESOC Patch, as well as places to upload your Recorded Games for analysis from top players or show off your newly created scenario in the User-Created Content section. This part of the forum is also host to the Tech Support board.4.7) Off-Topic Section
The Off-Topic section of the site is for discussions about the community, players, forum games, grudge matches, memes and everything else related to ESOC and its members. It's also a place for discussions about news, politics, sports, other games, culture, philosophy etc.4.8) Tech Support
The Tech Support board is for all questions related to running the game. With over 4 years of answers, it's possible you might find the solution you're looking for without even needing to ask!