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A highlight from Valorant Champions Begins, NFL Safety Retires For Esports? Psyonix Listens To Fans
"Let me do a brand new thing hey folks, I'm Kevin Correa and this is your E sports a minute. Today begins the group stage for Valorant champions in Berlin as group C and D will see its first two matches of the day take place with team Vikings taking their series versus crazy raccoon and gambit and team secret to face off tomorrow. In group D vision strikers sit atop the group currently as they swept full sense. Meanwhile, currently undergoing their third game, the first time we see the map fracture on day one, his cloud 9 versus fanatic might wanna check it out live or at least view the vod for that match is looking intensely good. Groups will wrap up by December 7th with their decider matches. A former NFL first round pick at 8 year veteran safety, Kenny vaccaro has announced his retirement. Now why is this eSports news you ask? Because Kenny is retiring to officially launch his own eSports organization called gamers first or better known as G one. In his retirement announcement vacarro notes that he has been a gamer way longer than he's been a football player, and this move will simply allow him to focus more on that passion. G one is already showing out specifically in halo E sports where they made a decent run at the recent HCS NA open defeating oxygen eSports and oddly enough defeating G two eSports before falling to KC pioneers in the lower bracket. Lastly, psionics is walking back and fixing a prior mistake on their end that resulted in only team streams for various games at the RCS fall major, with teams not able to catch the spotlight many in the community were quick to point out the difficulty in watching all the matches. But now psionics listened to their fans after only a day and changed their broadcast schedule along with adding a B stream on Twitch to catch the entirety of the games and removing those aforementioned team streams. Now games on both those streams will start at 11 a.m. on December 8th for the Swiss style format that will feature 16 teams at the major. I'm Kevin Correa.
A highlight from LoL All-Stars Cancelled, Complexity Stars Announced, Halo Esports Adds Another Org
"Hey, folks, I'm Kevin Correa, and this is your E sports minute. The annual end of year all star event for League of Legends has officially been canceled as was announced by Riot Games as global eSports division. The main reasoning behind that cancellation is thanks to the increasing COVID-19 travel restrictions, surrounding the latest variants that we are still facing around the world. With 2020 seeing the all star event be a remote event. Riots shifted gears this year, saying they feel remote play fails to properly capture the spirit of the event, which they see as a global celebration of the game that brings together not just pro players, but influencers and fans as well. While fans have every right to be disappointed, but on the bright side, the 2022 campaign of pro League of Legends is about to kick up by mid January. A little over a month and a half away. Game square is already starting to make big waves with complexity gaming following their acquisition of the eSports organization earlier this year. The two entities announced today a brand new division titled complexity stars, which will feature many pro athletes who are attempting to forge a more personal brand through gaming. Complexity touts it as the nexus between sports entertainment and gaming that'll give everyone more opportunities for collaboration with brands. The initial founding roster of stars features players like two time NBA champion JR Smith, LA Dodger Edwin Rios and former WNBA rookie of the year, Alicia gray, as well as including various NFL and UFC athletes. The announcement adds even more overlap within the entertainment spaces between sports and gaming with fans winning out either way. Lastly, with halo E sports on the rise still, their first major is a little over two weeks away and another major eSports organization has joined in the scene. X set becomes the latest orc to hop on the halo train as they signed the roster formerly known as crowd pleasers who featured a four man squad of Kratos filthy G, suspect and porky J with the start of halo's competitive scene through the HCS qualifiers, the Raleigh kick-off major seems poised to be a landmark event for halo eSports to come. I'm Kevin Correa that's my time and that has been your eSports minute.
A highlight from BLAST Fall Finals Wrapped, Liquid Signs Female Valorant Team, Infinite Hacking Problems
"Hey folks I'm Kevin Correa and this is your E sports minute. Hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving break if you're in the states, but only one team could really enjoy their victory in Europe, following the finale of blast premieres fall finals. The favorite following their $1 million victory at pgl Stockholm major was Navi and their star players simple. Na'vi decimated most of the competition the only real roadblocks in their way were heroic who took them to three games in one series and team vitality who Navi played a total of 5 times combining their semifinal and grand final matchups. Now in that grand final vitality tried to take down the number one CS go team, but na'vi could not be toppled. They take the series and the fall finals in three games with $225,000 to boot. They submit themselves as the best team of the year with just two more major events to go in IEM Stockholm and of course blast premiere world final. For a more extensive ride of go to eSports network dot com where Charles foster has you covered with more information. And speaking of competitive first person shooters, another female valvert squad has been signed by a top tier eSports organization. Team liquid has brought in Brazilian women's team known as game landers purple under their umbrella with the signing this will be liquids third Brazilian team, the organization is housed, combined with their free fire and Rainbow Six teams. We've seen great growth for the women's Valorant scene thanks to programs like VC game changers and in some cases they rival some of the male events in terms of viewership throughout Europe and South America. Look for this scene to continue to blow up more in the next year. Lastly, current game of the week now turning into game of the month is halo infinite with it churning over millions of hours watched and hundreds of thousands of viewers every day. It's essentially not Vanguard off its perch. For now, lately though, the scene on PC has been plagued by hackers including in cross play lobbies. Now that might be a side effect of being a free to play game that allows it to be available to a larger audience, but regardless, these effects are being felt by players of all ranks. Hacks allowing things like aimbot infinite animal and abilities and more to avoid detection combine this with the large empty spaces around customizations and the difficulty in leveling up. It seems three, four three industries will have a
A highlight from Cornering The Experiential Esports Market ft. Mike Sepso, Vindex CEO
"Network podcast. We talk about anything in everything eSports related, talking about things going on in the industry from business moves to the games, the players at play them, and everything in between. It's a whole big, smorgasbord of what's going on within the industry. And here to kind of help guide me through what he's been doing, as well as how his company's been doing. And you know, his general career trajectory has been amazing for the past. 18 ish, 19 ish years. Let's look at Mike's episode so the cofounder CEO of vindex Mike. Thank you for hopping on, taking some time out of your busy, busy week, I'm sure to come on and explain what's going on with you guys and everything happening with vin Dixon and all the little properties you guys have under your index umbrella. Thanks Kevin. I'm glad to be here. So for whatever reason you're living in Iraq, Mike, eSports, pioneer to say the least right. You've been the cofounder of MLG gaming. Your previous on the show of this past year with our prior host. So we're not going to go through your entire Wikipedia page of stuff that you've been going on through. So for the most where you launched index in 2019 after a long career, and you're kind of just an eSports industry platform if you will. So you guys have blond gaming arenas. You guys have eSports engine and you guys have an intelligence platform, let's play, I believe it's called. So you guys have a lot to handle right now. Yeah, we do. We have a lot going on. Obviously, I think more people are probably familiar with eSports engine and kind of all the work that we do probably primarily with publishers on helping to build and operate their broadcast down their professional eSports leagues. But there's a lot going on there and I think as things are starting to reopen. Obviously, we're about to have the halo major over all the coming up in a few weeks. So that'll be great to get back to events and it's nice to bring all the old school crew back together for a halo tournament. That's kind of crazy to see halo 20 years after MLG launch and all that kind of funny. It's interesting. I recently, I think it was the last week or the week before on the halo two anniversary date posted a photo I found of Sundance and me standing outside the Times Square Toys "R" Us for the halo two launch party, which was 17 years ago, I guess. I mean, that data yourself there, right? Yeah. I looked a lot better then. Are you still used to look good now? Don't sell yourself short there. You used to look pretty good, so I'm glad you brought up that kind of going back into the physical space in a post pandemic era. Because I know I went to one of belong gaming arenas, which is, you know, under your umbrella. And I'm surprised that people are not really surprised. I'm happy to see people are enjoying a physical space to gaming. I mean, how important is it for a community or for an individual to have a physical space to go to where they can compete where they can play games with others or just watch eSports sometimes? Like, how important is that space from you? I guess. Look, I think it's always been critical. I think anybody that's a competitive gamer realizes, you know, you can do your best from home. But it's hard to play, first of all, just with the technical limitations of paying and lagging and all that kind of stuff. It's hard to play competitively purely in an online environment. Obviously you can do it for fun and practice. But when you're when it really means that you want to be out on land. But I think more importantly that most people started to find out if they didn't already know it during the pandemic was it's really hard to build good team rapport if you're not standing sitting next to your teammates. So beyond just the physical parts of it, it's also really building community. And I mean that the team level but also the sort of real world level. And I think coming out of the pandemic, that's one of the things we're definitely seeing is we always knew we do very well. It had a really good history of development in the UK there's nearly 30 locations in the UK open. But really felt like after the pandemic with everybody being locked down for a year and a half, you could really sense just sort of getting back to life and having people be in the room together. And that's a good, you know, I was talking about eSports engine with your last question. Is kind of the second part of the bigger platform story for index and is more of the consumer facing side. So with eSports engine, we work with the big publishers and the content platform to kind of create the leagues and the competitions and the broadcasts. And it's not all purity eSports. A lot of it's more interesting. You know, we did a lot of Olympics coverage this summer with Twitch. And that's really interesting stuff there.
A highlight from Weekly News #167: WoW On Consoles, $4.5B Razer, Arcane Success, Epic x Harmonix, Enthusiast Acquisition, Hendricks Gin Gaming Chair, Sonic Fragrance, Cloud9 Smurfs, Battlefield 2042 Struggles, Moncler Fortnite Skins
"I'm joined today by my Friends and co hosts. Jeff, the juice Cohen, Jimmy burrata, Lindsey the boss boss. Happy early Thanksgiving to all of you. As you know, what we do here is we cover the most pressing gaming and eSports topics and news of the week, but we look at all of it through a business and C suite lens. We dissect. We analyze the business implications of everything happening in this industry, but the best part is we get to do it live with you guys and we get to cover all the news stories that you guys love, you get to get in our faces, ask questions, challenge us. It makes it that much more interesting. We know so many of you are lurking. That's okay, but we encourage you to get involved on this very special pre Thanksgiving weekly new show business of eSports weekly new show. How is everyone doing Lindsey? I'm doing great. Yeah. I was getting there. I need to have done you. Doing great, have an enormous kabocha heart builder with me. I'm ready to get spicy or get sleepy. I'm not sure which one we'll see. It's going to be one or the other Lindsey. I mean, I think that's the hallmark of this particular show. I believe everyone is drinking, right? Jimmy, Jeff. We've got a little mixture, victors bourbon. The juice is loose. The juice is loose. It takes a bit hotter. Neil says from the keyboard to the boardroom, let's go. Neil, let's go. I know I know you're probably in Canada. So it's not pre Thanksgiving for you. Hopefully taking the day off tomorrow regardless. Guys, we have so much to cover. We actually have a ton of news this week. You would think it'd be a slower week. But in fact, was not. Just before we jump into anything, couple quick announcements. One, tomorrow's podcast is going to be a great episode. We had Brian woodell from Nestlé, Nestlé USA, who was in charge of their influencer gaming and eSports for Nestlé USA. Amazing, amazing insight into how the brands under Nestlé think about gaming, the activations they did with hot pockets, what they learned. There was so much insight there. It's such a great episode. I really hope everyone takes the time over the holiday weekend to cover that. And it's one of those things where we always have great guests on the show, but there's not always a ton of learnings, right? Sometimes it's just interesting news. And this one really was chock full of really great sort of tangible learnings and takeaways. So I highly recommend checking out that episode tomorrow. I will also say next week, you will see the launch of both Jeff and Lindsay's new shows, so met a woman in meta business. The first episodes have all been recorded. They're all going to drop next week. So you guys can look forward to that. And last sort of little bit of housekeeping. We are going to be running a giveaway soon in conjunction with the launch of the new shows. So make sure to stay tuned to our socials and check out our socials for that announcement. So it's business to eSports everywhere, busy sports, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, you name it. So you can have that to look forward to as well. All right, you guys want to get into some news. You want to just jump into it here? Oh yeah, I want to ease. You want to jump or ease. Why not? I'm going to start with something a bit more hard hitting Lindsay? Yeah, let's do it. Do you guys think of this one? This one, this story, let's start with this one. Because in some ways involves something I love and something I hate. Michael says, by the way, congratulations, Jeff and Lindsey on your new show. Thank you, Michael. Thank you. Thanks so much for watching. Michael definitely when you watch or listen to them next week, would love your feedback and everyone's feedback on the new shows. You know, how you like the format, stuff, maybe you want us to go into or cover. Feedback, especially in the beginning, is always always welcome. So let me just share this first article, guys. And this 1 may be a rabbit hole. So I may be making a mistake starting with this one. But the headline here, World of Warcraft may finally be coming to consoles. And the article mentions that there's a rumor. And if the rumors to be believed that while I was coming to consoles, it was listed like a World of Warcraft complete edition was listed in the source code for Xbox's game section and the release date supposedly is listed as December 9th, which seems awfully soon to just be an unsubstantiated rumor. Now December 9th, 2023. 20 XX 29 6. The year was not specified. The rest of the articles about all the trouble around Activision Blizzard. But I'm curious, Jeff, let's start with you. Get your thoughts on Activision Blizzard doing wow for consoles. First of all, do you think the rumor is true?
A highlight from Episode #166: Nestl USA Esports, Hot Pockets, Gaming Influencers, Brand Gaming Strategy
"What we do here is we cover the most pressing gaming and E sports topics and news of the week. But we look at all of it through a business and C suite lens. We dissect. We analyze the business implications of everything happening in this industry. For our regular listeners, thank you guys for tuning in every week. Thank you for all the love, the 5 star ratings and reviews. Thank you for telling your Friends, your family, your colleagues about the podcast, if you haven't already, go do that. And if you're not following us on all socials, TikTok, Instagram, Twitter everywhere, you should be doing that as well and subscribing to us on all the podcast platforms or whichever one you use. Apple, Google, Spotify, wherever you get your podcasts. Jimmy, how are you doing this week? I'm in major trouble Paul. We got we're recording on Wednesday. We got Thanksgiving tomorrow. It's my favorite holiday. I love eating. But I just came back from Chicago where all I did was eat. I'm going to gain 20 pounds this week. It's just I'm accepting it. You can't now, though, Jimmy, this is no longer an on air personality. You are on camera talent officially. This is not we need to be careful now. Most of our audience listens, I think I'll be okay. We are recording this the evening before Thanksgiving. So apologies, Jimmy to you for that, who I know you're a big fan of this tomorrow. You kind of give it to people what they want. You know, they demand the holiday special. So here it is. I will say, for those for fans of Jimmy, fans of the podcast to our fans of Jimmy, this man went on his bachelor party weekend. And I can't even remember was it Saturday or something was sending me pictures of an E sports arena that he went to that he was thinking about we could do that very big shout out. Big shout out to Adam and Midland E sports in Chicago. We rented out the entire facility for the day. I had all my Friends playing on their PS5s on their xboxes. They had a bunch of high end rigs where they even had the new halo, the halo beta installed on all the rigs. So we were able to log in and play just current games and everything you can hope for. I had a big screen with a projector with a football game on for some college football. Adam took great care of us. And if you're in the Chicago area, I definitely check out mid lane eSports. They were awesome. Jimmy, I love that we've spent together and also you on your own. At least a month this year in Las Vegas. But for your bachelor party weekend, you chose an E sports a land center in Chicago. I'm not going back to Vegas for at least three months. I'm sorry. I refuse. Look, we have such an incredible, incredible guest on this week's podcast. And I love I'm not gonna spoil it, but I love when we get something that's a little bit different that's a little bit I'll say off the beaten path, a big brand in this case that's really into eSports, really into gaming. And we have none other today than Brian waddell, who was the head of influencer gaming in eSports for Nestlé USA. Brian, welcome to the business of eSports podcast. Thank you. And Jimmy, sounds like a miracle you survived. I know going through my own bachelor weekend with seals like more than a decade ago. I would not be on camera three days after. So God speed you, man. It was mostly eating, but there you go. Brian, for our audience who maybe doesn't know about you or doesn't know what Nestlé is doing in the gaming space would love for you to give them a bit of your background, how you got into gaming, what you're focused on now at Nestlé, what Nestlé is doing in the space, just some of the Brian and Nestlé story. For sure. Let's start with me because that's probably the easier piece to digest. So currently the head of influencer gaming eSports necessarily say like you said. Doing a little bit of evolution around what those terms mean, especially for most of our brands currently. We're starting to change up that term influencer and expand it to really what it is today and the idea around creators and really what the creator economy means more holistically for our brands. And then as we talk about gaming eSports, truthfully, it has a lot to do with our brand just deciding to pick a lane a territory and interest something we know that their consumers and audiences are fans of and go all in with. Dreaming had a natural synergy because of its rise, even before the pandemic and then just the acceleration it's had during that I get to hang that on my hat a little bit and give it out there and truthfully I've been told a few times, I've one of the cooler titles on LinkedIn is when people find me, but at the same time, I help people find their niche with home cooks. Or if you want to go after the poor bowling association and work with our sponsorship team, we could do that too. So it's just, you know, it's the flavor of the day. But am uniquely positioned for this one. I think I've had a video game controller in my hand for the better part of 32 years. Remember, vividly losing my mind when I got my first Nintendo and playing duck hunt with my dad on an old CRT B in our home in Cleveland, Ohio.
A highlight from Happy Thanksgiving! Esportz Network
"Hey folks, Kevin Craig here, of course, with the eSports network podcast and the host of the show. I want to thank you guys really quick as this is, of course, a big week for everybody involved here at the network and of course, across the North America were all start to celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving in the coming of the holiday season for a lot of us as well as about to begin this week. Obviously, Thanksgiving coming. We have to be thankful for a lot of people listening in and helping grow the podcast up and grow the outreach that eSports network has had over the past year and a lot of changes have taken place and some more will take place going into 2022 and hopefully they're all good changes can change that we'll see you guys enjoying the product we put out there the not just the podcast that we have like these sports minute in the eSports network podcast and the college sports quick tape, but also the articles that we're posting out on the main website E Sports Network dot com that you guys are enjoying those are seeing a big revamp for how we implement those into our coverage as well. I'll just thankful that everybody is enjoying what we have so far and enjoying what we're throwing out there. Of course, there are some changes to be seen from our behind the scenes really quick. I'll just highlight that we will say goodbye to our old editor in chief Justin Amin who brought me on, who was excellent in talking me and convincing me to come to these ports network after the prior host kind of had it moved on to bigger and better things if you will. And so now we're kind of exploring new opportunities with a new editor in chief from Charles foster who's coming in from the European side of things and he's kind of already making his mark and building off of the foundation that was built up by Justin, of course, we want to thank be thankful for Justin having his presence here has been honestly gratefully he's guided. Everybody, you know, not just from the journalism and editing side of things, but also from my side of things. Anytime I had a question about how to do things, I would probably go to just and be like, hey, what do you think about this or that? And he always came back with great advice and he has been probably a solid support of that. We'll look forward to in the industry as a whole announce instead of just at these Sports Network. And so of course, he was just in the very best moving on to his new role. And we wish, of course, Charles foster here will provide us as the new rock for us to depend on and lean on moving forward into the next year. And of course, it is November. We're closing November closing out the year. Really the next month we've got some great guests already lined up and already recorded and scheduled to be posted to end out 2021. This has been, you know, my first, I guess what 6, 8 months with these horses at work and I've been nothing but fun, I provided some great coverage from my side of things and tried to give as much of a different perspective on as many different facets as possible of the industry. And so like I said, we've got some great guests for December. We've got, you know, huge industry heads. We've got an interesting perspective from the education E sports side of things. We've got interesting perspectives given by parents of certain players and will again just tease in things here and there. We've got voice actors popping up, see how they'll react to the industry at large and how that kind of integrates into the voice acting marketing scheme, if you will. And it's a whole big mortgage board of guests. We've got lined up and we hope you enjoy. And as always, you are more than welcome to let us know. You know, say out loud on Twitter, bat eSports network at create 24. Let us know, what are your thoughts on the guess? What are your thoughts on the articles? What are your thoughts on, you know, me, my awful, crappy opinions. You know, let us know ring out loud and listen joy. The last few months of 2021 bit of a do because 2022 will be a very great year for eSports and I will be here to cover for you guys. I'll be here to help kind of peel back that curtain for a lot of people who want to know what's going on. I'll force a lot of bring players on, always bring executives on that's never gonna change. And hopefully we get some more different perspectives on what's going on, not just, of course, in our little neck of the Woods, Justin Dallas, Texas, or the U.S., I'm talking about across the world. So we've got a lot of things to discuss moving forward into the 2022. Hopefully you guys will be along with us on the ride and enjoy, of course, the content that we put out there. As always, over here, these were one of thank you guys for listening. Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you're having a great holiday season. Hope you're having a safe holiday season as well. And we hope to continue entertaining you for many months to come for at least for 2022, right? Let's be honest. That's really what we want to entertain you with. Is the next year or so kind of release from stress and get your mind, your gears turning on certain aspects of the industry and kind of help you enjoy it from a different perspective than just watching it on a stream or watching it on TV and occasionally bugging your parents or bug your significant others about it and that's kind of always what we're here to do. We're kind of here to lean on each other, lean on the fans, lean on our coworkers and enjoy the fact that we're all playing video games for fun and having a community built around that is something that is immensely special and really, I'm glad I'm a part of it. So again guys, a lot of stuff coming up for the next year. A lot of stuff coming down the pipeline for us here at the eSports network.
A highlight from TL Bjergsen Official, Harmonix Acquired By Epic Games, BLAST Premier Fall Finals Begins
"Hey folks, I'm Kevin Correa and this is your E sports minute. It is now official one of the worst kept open secrets in the North American League of Legends scene has been announced. Former TSM midlander and four time LCS MVP burkes has joined team liquid as their starter for the 2022 season. In a promo video released by the organization, and noted the similarities between himself and liquid as they both have a winning mindset as their number one priorities with the announcement liquid rounds out their roster and are bloated with talent, jungler santorin and support court JJ return to the squad and new imports like X fanatic top winner Bible and rogues former marksman Hahn sama has all eyes on liquid when the season starts with the lock in tournament in January. In a bit of music video game news, Epic Games has brought another developer into their fold as they acquired harmonic music systems, the team behind Guitar Hero and rock band among other things, harmonics is coming into an industry where virtual concerts have had an increasing impact on the newer generation of gamers and through Epic Games will likely help them further capitalize on those opportunities in games like Fortnite. Harmonics announced that this acquisition will not change their current support for older games through updates and DLC, and it seems like they've found a new home after their tumultuous history of prior acquisitions and stints as an independent developer. Lastly, today marked the beginning of the blast premiere fall finals in CS go as four teams advanced in the upper bracket, while the losers dripped down to stay alive in the lower bracket. All of today's matches were sweeps as the closest one was australis surviving and overtime run by ninjas and pajamas, otherwise it was relatively uneventful. Liquid felt of vitality like many expected heroic swept phase and na'vi easily took down big. Matches will continue through the weekend with the grand final on Sunday. I'm Kevin Correa, that's my time and that has been your eSports minute. Follow us on Twitter at E Sports Network and that creates 24 and be sure to visit eSports network dot com for more stories written by our great staff, as well as connect with our score channel. We'll update you after the Thanksgiving weekend on Monday, have a happy and safe Thanksgiving and we are forever thankful for you to listen and enjoy the E sports minute. It's a brand new thing.
Is a Wrap for ESL Pro League 14
"Minute. ESL pro league season 14 wrapped up over the weekend as we saw Navi in heroic go head to head shot for a shot in the semifinals to vitality in their semifinal match up against OG easily took their grand final spot. So it all comes down to naive versus vitality and would be a great matchup simple versus zebu. This grand final goes all 5 games down to the wire as game 5 on mirage ended 16 of 14 in a favor of the winner and ESL grand champion in Avi. They take $175,000 home as well as a spot in the blast premiere world final with 2800 blast points. No time for these teams to rest though as blasphemy or fall group stage will get underway in just three days as this latter half of the year kicks into high gear for CS
WePlay Esports Enters Rocket League
"Minute. Some big moves and big things happening in the rocket league scene as tournament organizer we play eSports is making their big splash in the rocket powered soccer car circuit. The we play E sports invitational run from September 16th to the 19th and feature a prize pool of a $100,000 with teams like the general NRG space station gaming and G two eSports among others to compete in total 16 teams will take part in the double elimination turn with the best of 7 format to be the standard. All games will be streamed from we play eSports arena Kyiv out of Ukraine, and on their own Twitch channel. Previously we saw we play host events in other eSports scenes ranging from League of Legends and CS go to dota two and fighting game
ESL Pro League Round 12, Season 14 Highlights
"Let's begin with counter strike this afternoon as the ESL pro league started their round of 12 in their season 14 playoffs. First match of the day was a three game series between mouse sports and ninjas and pajamas, where nip took the majority of games and as a result, they'll face OG in the quarterfinals. Meanwhile complexity tries to take a series against vitality but fall short in their three game series as well, vitality to take on gambit in their quarterfinals. Two teams is still await their opponents from emerging around a 12th between heroic and Navi, the matches to decide those matchups take place tomorrow, starting at 9 a.m. central
ESIC to Investigate Heroic Players’ Role in Coaching Bug Abuse
"Minute. It is official after hunting blew the whistle on his former CS go team heroic, the eSports integrity commission will open an investigation to gauge just how complicit the players he coached were in the spectator bug scandal. The former coach sent in evidence to the esi two days ago. That evidence containing alleged proof that the players who competed under him at some point knew and acknowledged the use of this bug, which is not only used by hunting, but also 36 other coaches who were banned from the scene. It seems after the esi handed hunted his two year ban from eSports, he decided to flood a sinking ship even more and take everyone down with him from his former home in
Overwatch League's 2022 Season Will Use an Early Build of Overwatch 2
"John spector VP of the Overwatch league confirmed that the league's 2022 season will begin in April and that more details will emerge regarding this next season. The league spokesperson separately said that this 5th season of the league will be played on an early build of Overwatch two. Earlier in the year, we reported the possibility of a long hiatus for the Overwatch league due to delays in the SQL games development, but it now appears that things are back on schedule. Still, we'll wait for the details to emerge as the sequel will cut down on roster size and construction thanks to the switch from 6 man teams to
Trailer for League's Upcoming Champion Vex Released
"Announced a trailer showcasing. The new champion of vex. That's going to be coming soon now. They haven't even revealed the kit yet. We have no advice to give you guys yet. I just want to give everyone's impressions on this champion personally. I think she's a goff circa two thousand like high school goth kid and i fucking love it. Her like grumpy attitude is fucking hilarious and from what we saw the trailer she looks. Finish it to play Yeah i like that. It seems like they're not really. They understand what goff as in the way that gawked teenagers say cringe things and so vex like calls people normies and says a lot of cringe stuff. Because that's what goth teenagers do. And i love it. They nailed it so thoroughly and her walk. Animation is the best animation of any champion. It's so stupid it's wonderful. I love it. The i don't wanna go go anywhere. Walk animation is is great. It's so good. Highly recommend go to legal legends youtube channel. Check out this trailer with the champion actually drops. I definitely will be giving her a place. I can tell you guys what i think. I'm sure these guys will
Twitch Loses Streamer TimTheTatman to YouTube
"Biggest news of the day involves Twitch from multiple angles earlier this week we heard the announcement of doctor lupa moving on from Twitch and into YouTube streaming. And today it was announced that Tim the tatman would be following along. After almost 10,000 hours streamed, 262 million views, 7 million followers, and currently boasting more than 30,000 Twitch subs, Tim will now move on to YouTube gaming and join the likes of Dr Disrespect, ninja, courage, and many more. YouTube has essentially poached almost all the top ten left on Twitch's front page, boosting their own roster. On the other side of Twitch news, streamers across the platform announced they were taking part in a virtual protest being dubbed hashtag a day off Twitch. This comes in response to the platform's lack of action when it comes to streamers facing waves of hate raids in regards to their race, their sexuality, or their gender, that present the most Twitch has done in terms of action is simply announced that these creators are being heard yet no real steps have been announced by the company to address these hate rays from these spam
China Cuts Amount of Time Minors Can Spend Playing Online Video Games
"New. Why don't you start us off. As my notes are loading nine coming from the lovely land of china make news today. Tim recently just announced. I take the announced today but they announced that anyone under the age of eighteen will now have limited playtime. I guess you could say when it comes to gaming in china already has some restrictions around how much you can game so this is not anything mu in that sense but i do believe we've taken this a little far so new chinese law states that anyone under the age eighteen is not going to be allowed to play essentially any games during the week in starting friday the sunday they have three hours of allocation between eight. Pm in they can play an hour a day. Friday saturday sunday from eight. Pm to nine pm. So the good news. Hair league of legends fans primarily last day of positivity month so good. Last day of positivity the positive hair is u. n. a. e. u. fans should be relatively excited for the future of liangelo star craft or any of these games that have a bigger asian following if china's number. One in might not be very long. Tim three hours a week. You're allowed to play friday saturday sunday. One hour a day from like eight. How do they monitor that though. What's china but like in the sense of if your dad games in he doesn't care that you play more like couldn't have a big army. Maybe they have like a soldier forever cam on at all times when you're gaming like everyone must be streaming when you're yeah just getting ready to. I don't know if that would break the law. I'm just saying how would they know if you were.
Halo Championship Series Team Partners Revealed
"Minute with the arrival of halo infinite this December halo eSports will be making a grand relaunch as the halo championship series Twitter account announced that 9 partner teams will partake in the HCS. Cloud 9 nv E phase fanatic G two Navi sentinels and space station gaming are the top tier organizations that Microsoft has chosen to partner with. Hopefully this new revamp of the series comes with a much more attention than it did after the launch of AO 5 could halo infinite and this newfound eSports interests surrounding the game be here to
Paramount+ Announces Order For Gaming Mockumentary Series "Players"
"Some League of Legends news as LCS commissioner Chris Greeley announced a mockumentary style streaming series titled players. It'll be based on a fictional LCS team on the Paramount plus platform. The series production team was reportedly researching for the past three years covering various LCS and Riot Games events and they have assistance from the league in terms of branding and logos from teams who'll be lending their appearances in the series. This is the second streaming series in which Riot Games has had a hand in helping bring to life. The first will appear on Netflix this year, titled arcane, an animated series that will help explore the deeper lore of League of Legends. Players has no official release date yet, but it is reported to be produced akin to the last dance about Michael Jordan in the 1998 Chicago
Blizzard Will Rename Overwatch's Jesse McCree
"Minute. Big news of the day comes from Activision Blizzard's Overwatch team as they release a statement with their intention of renaming one of their playable heroes in the game. The hero in question is mccree, who was named after Jesse mccree and ex blizzard employee who was pictured in front of a giant portrait of Bill Cosby at BlizzCon 2013 where a hotel room was nicknamed the Cosby suite, no clues as to the new name of the hero but blizzard will also put forth a ban on naming in game characters after staffers. The announcement also comes as more details have come to light surrounding the California department of fair employment and housings investigation of Activision Blizzard's frat boy culture of sexual
'League of Legends' World Championship Moves From China to Europe
"Yesterday news leaked as a report from upcoming stated that they're insider sources were confirming news that Riot Games was moving worlds 2021 out of China and into Europe due to issue to the visas for production crews. Today rides global head of E sports John Needham authenticated that report, adding that teams themselves are also seeing issues securing visas. A month out from the beginning stages of the world's tournament and writers are not ready to announce where in Europe just yet as they are still researching the rules regulations and laws in place throughout the continent concerning COVID-19 and its variants. Right? It does say they are being committed to delivering a land experience in front of a crowd, but in the meantime, you should temper those expectations amidst this quickly changing environment.
Atlanta FaZe Win Call of Duty Championships 2021
"Minute. The finale of the 2021 Call of Duty league season saw a new champion crowned. Over the weekend, the previous reigning champs Dallas empire saw themselves defeated by faze and then losing to ultra and the losers bracket who they beat earlier in the tournament. Ultra came out firing in the first game taking it in the grand final versus phase. The best of 9 however saw face dominating as they win the series and the championship 5 games to one phase in arguably the best team all season, winning three out of the 5 regular season majors with total season winnings before playoffs were on $730,000, adding the 1.2 million from winning it all, the entirety of 2021 saw phase earning almost $2 million. One of the most successful seasons in Call of Duty history. The next question, of course, can the repeat in 2022 when Call of Duty Vanguard
The CDL Champs Is Underway
"Playoffs for the Call of Duty league just began today with a juggernaut matchup Dallas empire taking on the Minnesota rocker who of course won that last major coming back from down four O and a 9 game series versus Toronto ultra. In case you missed it we had a chance to talk with the empire head coach and GM himself Rambo ray on the eSports network podcast where he said the main focus for his team was to nail down their own play styles before zeroing in on their opponent's strategies. And it appears that tactic played into empires favor as they pretty much wipes the floor with rocker they win in overwhelming three O fashion over Minnesota in that opening game. Dallas will take on Toronto next in the quarterfinals while rocker move on to face LA thieves tonight in the losers bracket to try and make a run there. More matches to come is currently opt in subliners playing before we move on to that first round of the aforementioned losers
ESL Pro League 14 Begins
"A of ESL Pro League season, 14 for Counter-Strike began yesterday with heroic vitality and Australis all taking home. W's in the first day of group play, or that group a earlier today was mostly the same story as her own Vitality, take victories against spirit and Bad News. Bears respectively, have her aunt's was hoping to Buck the trend on day two with Australis as their opponent. And they took the first two maps on Ancient and nuke and convincing fashion took their first win, three more days of round-robin play for group 8 to go before group, beat starts their matches.
LEC Playoffs Update
"The L U C playoff sonder, way, and we've just had the first team to qualify for worlds. 2021, at the very least, the world's planes Misfits versus Rover. Rogue was the heavy favorite to win and indeed they took game one but this fits answered every time taking this to a five-game series the distance, of course truly in that final match Rogues jungler inspired. He stayed true to his name and created the plays to give long that edge and that series Victory and the LEC semi-finals 32 / Misfits gaming, Rogue moves on to the winners finals while it's not completely over for Misfits. They'll drop into losers bracket and await the winner of Vitality and fanatic on Sunday.
League of Legends End of Season Awards Revealed
"League of Legends Pro leagues continue their end-of-season Awards, this time, as the LPL out of China named fun Plus Phoenix, mid laner, doin be as the season. MVP join be helped fpx. Secure first place with a 13-3 record. Had the second most kills in the league and had one of the higher KDs of the splitter because of it fpx is in a prime spot completely off to be the main representative for China in world's. Meanwhile LCS. Announced their Rookie of the Year in Evil Genius Zone. ATC Danny at Seventeen years old. He had standout performances for his team, all season and combined, with mid laner MVP Jesu, keep popping off propelled them into a tide top spot for the LCS next page, 100 thieves, ironically will see those two top teams face off in the playoffs. Come Saturday,
Smash Ultimate Summit Drama
"Evil is currently capturing the final game communities. I there is one fighting game that isn't representative Evo, but will be in the headlines with one of their major events led to this month. I'm talking, of course, about beyond the summit's, smash ultimate Summit 3 to take us off line, starting on August 26th out of Los Angeles. The Invitational has already confirmed. Appearances from wizzy, MK, Leo, and tweaked to name a few but one name in the voting was unceremonious eliminated. As team liquids. Kirby main hungry box was dropped from the voting process. Hungry box failed to Garner enough votes to let himself a spot of this year's smash, ultimate some attached box himself, took to Twitter calling the voting, a popularity contest. That has a recency bias for streamers with Sabbath on that same week. And that do the travel, he could not create content to help his cause he'll still make an appearance at the tournament as a VIP and content creator. But according to age, Popularity can only get you so far in this situation was primarily about campaigning for yourself,
EVO Online 2021 Wraps up First Week of Tournaments
"2021 online. Just woke up its first weekend of tournaments and man, was it entertaining the fighting game Community, never ceases to be watchable csm's big representative out of Europe. Lieutenant took home, the Guilty Gear, strive Crown, despite his complaints on his initially, low seating, and his displeasure, with the best of three format. After his victory, teacher to Twitter to bask in the wind telling off his haters and crowning himself, the king of European Guilty Gear, various other ways also ground in the weekend. But North America will really get a chance to shine this upcoming weekend. Has week to have Evo online. Get set to go
Rocket League: 2v2 Tournaments and More Coming in Season 4
"3 for Rocket league is coming to a close in With It season before approaches, as they've released new details on the upcoming season. A new edition in to be two tournaments will be live as the game. Looks to expand its reach of their in-game tournaments. Obviously with one less team, it to look for players life, easier chance of competing for tournaments, lots. And it's not just to be two tournaments joining the frame. That will also be extra mode, tournaments for the rumble, oops, no day and drop shot game modes. So even if you're not a huge fan of therapy, three or even to be two formats, you'll find something to say sheet that competitive drive on Rocket league. For more information. Charles Foster has you covered Ani sportsnetwork.com? Where you can read up on further details,
CSL Dominates Collegiate Scene
"Move in their partnership with the America East and West Coast conferences with u e. Sports a Canadian brand tagging along for the ride as well. CSM develop Esports infrastructures, for all of these entities with the three of them joining in the Nae star league, one of the premiere stages for Collegiate. Esports in, in North America, the move looks help. Strengthen Esports Within These Rams, as well as allowing them to be guided. In the next few years, has the growth for this scene has the potential to be huge and fast-paced, see SLE Sports has firmly planted themselves as one of the Collegiate, Esports Partners in North America. And that looks as those schools associated with the brands will be, the ones will reap the benefits, as well as of course, their students nickmercs when I faceplant stop streamers. And gaming, a lifestyle enthusiasts has made Huge
Call of Duty League Stage 5 Major Highlights
"Return to Lana came through for the CDL. This weekend has the stage at e Sports Stadium. Arlington was filled with Incredible moments for their stage. Five major, one of the favorites in the Atlanta phase was ceremoniously known knocked off their perch by last-placed team, Seattle. Surge in the losers bracket, resulting in Phase failing to crack the top, two in a major for the first time. All season resulting, in an ecstatic, crowded e Sports Page. Arlington Dallas Empire. Another heavy favorite only got two. Fourth-place after they were soundly defeated by optic but Toronto Ultra made a run against that hot optic team to reach the Grand Final, where the Minnesota off would await them. The best of nine sought to run to take an insurmountable four games to none lead. But Minnesota, rallied and in one of the most insane khong Jackson CDL history won. Five straight games to defeat, Ultra 524 rocker, take home the $200,000 grand prize as well as securing themselves 6, c, e, n, B CDL Champs, which by the way are set to begin in August 19th to cap off. The second CDL season,
Ubisoft Employees Say They've 'Had Enough' of 'Empty Promises,' Offer Solidarity to Activision Blizzard
"Employees of Activision Blizzard are in the back of their walk-outs in order to Garner more leverage to their cause another game development studio is seeing a similar situation. Arise almost five hundred employees from Ubisoft, signed a similar offer letter to show support for their fellows. In the industry out of Activision, Blizzard and tries to bridge the two groups of workers in order to stand together and in the future better address the issues of sexual harassment and misconduct Ubisoft has had their own series of sexual harassment, accusations stemming as late as last year in reports from Kotaku Ubisoft themselves. Admits The Talented employees are not as attracted to their company as they once were thanks to these kinds of movements.
Activision Blizzard Staff Sign Petition Supporting Discrimination Lawsuit
"Continues from the Activision, Blizzard lawsuit brought forth by the state of California. Now, news comes out of nearly 1,000 current and former employees. With the company, have all signed a joint letter saying openly that the words and actions of their leadership do not accurately reflect their values as employees. The letter is directly, addressed the high-level management and Executives and is a strong sign of the growing Rift between the higher-ups. The company hands off employees California's Department of Fair Employment, and housing is seeking compensatory and punitive damages with attorneys fees and whatever General Relief, the courts happen to decide on so far. Activision Blizzard has not. Responded will keep you updated on this story as it develops,
A European University Adds An Esports Education Platform ft. Richard Withers of KAMK
"Led to the development of this new. Kind of Esports education platform for the University. Yeah. So so firstly, thank you for having me. I appreciate it off. Any opportunity to discuss the topic of Esports education especially in this day and age. I think they're sort of a a stigma surrounding the topic of a sports education. Especially with certain people in the industry, wanting to put out some less than valuable should I say opportunities for for up-and-coming talent, where you're not really getting a valuable education and you're putting a lot of money into this. So, it's really important for me to come on these sort of shows and just highlight that there are some some great players in the scene who are really providing some valuable education for those who want to pursue a career in sports. As you said I'm the E Sports development manager here at kind of University of applied sciences. We're definitely not the largest here in Midland but when it comes to sort of gaming and he Sports, we've developed quite a unique ecosystem surrounding that from the University universities Inception, quite some time ago. Now far before I join a gym One, they've had a well-known and well-respected game development. Degree offered in finished. Some of the graduates of went on to the largest game development, companies in the world, like supercell Rovio soft. So there was already that amazing gaming culture here that University, but when we were able to be one of the first, if not only the, the first in the world to offer a full bachelor's degree, these Sports business, of course that further exemplified our, our ecosystem here surrounding gaming and Esports. So although we are a smaller University on many of our students are focusing on the topic of either game development or e-sports. So it's definitely a very exciting opportunity for us. The degree itself is practical degree, of course, not during these times with covid-19 and everything, we've had to transition to an online format but fingers crossed going into the upcoming month. Autumn all of our students will be back with us on campus. That said, has been for the past three years, which is amazing. Especially as our course heavily focuses on the Practical elements. So getting our students that valuable hands-on experience and allowing them to grow their Network pool. So, of course, that is made much easier. When you're able to actually come in person off, we're constantly having industry experts. Come to speak to the students. And there are many student owned and operated organizations, like constant GT, which you mentioned. I'm the CEO off. So, I sort of act as the connection between the students and the upper management here at the University. But that organization allows the students to sort of get their hands in an industry that they do. It's sort of an all-encompassing brand. They do everything you can imagine from organizing large-scale events, they create digital content, they host, and manage, various Competitive Edge. Stores in csgo Valerie, Etc. So a little bit of everything.
Astralis Re-Signs gla1ve
"There were many doubters speculation and rumors Australis is done what many considered unlikely. As they signed their csgo in-game leader glaive to a new three-year contract Australis made the announcement earlier today, squashing. They claim would walk at the end of the year, when his current contract expired glaive in Australis have been together since 2016 and have one over seven million dollars in tournament prizemoney including a fantastic run in a eighteen were they ended up winning entails Grand, Slam season 1, still questions remain, who will Coach a Strauss has their current coach and zonic was reportedly considering leaving the contracts of majesty Dupree and zip X-Box expiring at the end of the year, expect those to be addressed in due time.
IEM Cologne Finale: Natus Vincere Crowned as the Champions
"The weekend CS game. Fans witnessed the finale of. I am cologne of the latest offline. Major, for the scene, playoffs over the weekend saw, G2 Esports defeating Australis in a relatively close, three games C, ROM and Navi. Of course, taking care of business versus FaZe who earlier took down a hot Gambit team, G2 vs. Navi taji to trying and try but Navi held strong sleeping. Three straight games to take home that I am trophy, give Navi $400,000. In first place prize money. Eighteen hundred Pro to her points and 3200 blast Premier points as well