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Dota 2’s the International Returns in August With $40 Million Prize Pool
"2 fans of buckle, your seatbelts valve has officially announced the return of the International Tournament for 2021 last year. See I was unfortunately canceled due to the pandemic but valve has stated. The TDI is slated to return this month August in Stockholm, Sweden. There's no word on. If a live audience, will be present, valve only saying that it is yet to release additional details on attendance options, the return of the T. I also signifies the return of Esports large single tournament prize pool has T, I tend to approximately forty million dollars in 2019. If the largest in history before the Hiatus expect the price for the increase more this year turning off to play starts, August 5th with the grand final schedule for. August 15th, valve promises more updates in the months to come
eUnited Pitches Merger with OpTic
"Reportedly planning on. Holy owning optic gaming and divesting from NRG. All the news comes out today that United former rival to optic, have proposed a merger with them in documents obtained. By text are two of them is sold as an attempt to help optigro and a unique investment opportunity. Other drives within the documents includes a plan for United to assemble a squad and take on the Halo Esports scene. According to sources, the plant is down likely to move forward as a state of optic gaming under NRG is still under question. However, United did plan to take over office operations to better support, hex and optic. This pitch from United is the latest news from the orc to buy in and get sold or merged with a bigger organization as they failed to buy OverWatch League, team, Houston Outlaws, and a plan for them to go public was terminated following a failed merger with an investment group home. Of unknowns coming down for optic and hacks but we'll keep you updated as best. We can
Riot Games Will Monitor Voice Chat in Valorant for Toxicity
"Riot has announced that they will now be recording and monitoring voice comes in order to combat toxic behavior. So this has been rumored. I think for a little bit now Going on in certain games maybe not exactly with riot but just in general with games and everything. It's i've always had the saying. Look if you're gonna talk shit. Satan voice check. They can't report you for it. That's kind of my mild saying well. Now i can't go with that rule of thumb anymore. I guess because they now can report you for it. I'm surprised it's taken this long for this technology to get implemented somewhere. Can you imagine if this was in pub- g before you eject out of the plane you would have over fifty people band before you even like left the plane in that type of game right with all the ship that was talked in the pre lobby chad for those games are awesome for riot to to do this. I think it's great like i'm not a toxic individual so for me. This is not like a worrisome thing. Right and then there's a difference between like getting mad kind of toxic and then caught sexual harassment. Type stuff being racist. Like that's the stuff that i i'd hate like i have to sit there in people. Report them knowing. Nothing's probably going to happen because it happened of voice shot. They didn't say any of it. type any of Nothing's going to happen. Most likely but i think this is great and i would love it even more if you had to attach a personal. Id to your account you know so. This stuff was tied to us individual. I think they do that. In china which is not going to be popular for me to say For american listeners. But like i. I would be very much. Okay like you know. You have to have a photo. Id or something attached to your account
Esports Certification Institute Pulls $400 Certificate After Viral Backlash
"The story here is from yahoo sports. The headline is e sports exacts launch certification exam to drive industry hires so in short. It's a it's a company that they've launched a there's not a non profit for profit corporation and and basically they're charging four hundred dollars. You study for this test. They give you this test if you pass the test you get e sports certified and their idea here or at least the premise was. This would be a way to know that people have some base of knowledge. I guess and are therefore more high rable about a word but you know more employable as a consequence in the industry. I will say the conversation around. This has been very much polarized people either like are very much for this and backing them up or are really very much against and i would say probably. The large majority are against it this time. Where do you fall on this spectrum. Willing how do you feel about this. Well let me start by saying like in general certifications or a good thing right like and many industries need certifications for example. I think you would be scared. If you went to your dentist and discovered that there was no certification required to be a dentist. You would say oh dear like that your like something that maybe someone should be setting some minimum standards and checking up on know like that would make me feel a lot better so we should be worried if there are no no papers on the wall is what you're saying exactly so certifications are like important. They're important to many many many industries. I will say. They tend to be more important in professions. Like the one. I cited like dentistry right or like medical professions or things like that. Where there's you know really a baseline level of knowledge you have to have you have to keep those baseline level of knowledge current and achieving that baseline level of knowledge. There's usually consequences that are potentially more severe than say making the wrong business decision right but in principle like certifications or something that seem great to me and you know like i think you should always look at them with an open.
Upheaving A Team ft. OWL Dallas Fuel General Manager, TazMo
"The start of the OverWatch League season this year, got to bring on Matt tazmo. Taylor GM General Manager for the Dallas fuel from Envy game, how you doing that as well. Hey, I'm doing great. How about yourself? I'm good, man. It's it's been a been a lot of stuff on your plate as of what this past few months, right? Yeah, definitely. It's been a very busy offseason as with every offseason, but this one specifically was a very long one, and a good one versus one, of course, of course. So times when you've been the Dallas fuels general manager since their inaugural season, all the way back in what county 2018 - 2017 is. Yeah, I mean basically as soon as the bell before the horse League I was still managing the Envy of watched T. I became the Dallas fuel season so page everything OverWatch have been from the start come and become Dallas Fuel and then being with Envy for four and a half years or something like that now so yeah. Awesome. So let's let's address the elephant in the room. Everybody wants to wants to know about and you being the the GM kind of it felt to you and and your team over there. What exactly the overhaul you revamp? The team from top to bottom dead. What led to the choice to go with this current I guess all all Korean right all Korean roster. Yep. Yeah. So basically you know, at the end of last season pass, you know, we obviously weren't happy with where we were, you know, always striving to be a very competitive team in any League. We're in an eight-game we're in and that just wasn't really the case with the roster, I know like the the team, there's a give it their all and really tried to to produce the results, but it just didn't happen. And we realized that this was the time where we could really kind of revamp and and change up a roster and dead. Since then we basically had the opportunity for the first thing and the First Foundation was to look at a new head coach and a new culture stuff in general. And after talking to Young, Who I was a nice rest with near the end of the season, obviously taken up that had cultural, he'd obviously had a lot of respect for a rush who was formerly purse turtle. And then went to say you was also former element Mystic who was incredibly successful contenders roster and Canada started from there.
Gen.G Sign NaturE to Valorant Roster
"News out of Valor. It has a Korean organization. Genji is reportedly in talks to sign nature to set their roster. In stone, for the time being Genji, had placed Danny human on the inactive roster, resulting in the most recent signing, as well as the various trials and trials from players like Zappa. And Brock nature was a member of Immortals until they failed to advance further than Masters in March. With the team finishing last long side, exit Genji. Had also failed to qualify for the Back event, but will look to reset with the addition of Nature and look to compete in the latter half of the year on the valid Champions to her following stage. Two masters
A highlight from LIVE After-Show (#131B): Steam Censorship, EA Apex Success, Luckbox Losses, Blockchain Gaming Billions
"The boardroom. This is the business of sports after show livestream. I'm joined by my friend and coast. Jeff cohen a bit of a skeleton crew. Today a few out down for the count but for those of you who are new to the livestream what we do here is we cover all the most pressing gaming and east sports topics and news of the week but we look at all of it through business and c. suite lens and just like the podcast we discuss we analyze. We look at all the business implications of everything happening. But the best part about the livestream. Is we get to live with you. Guys we get to interact. You get to ask questions you get to be involved. And today's livestream is going to be a bit more intimate right seriously. I i feel like we should almost invite someone from the audience. Like in participate the guest guest host. Imprompt i just throw them into the fire. And you've had your second cova shot now. Today's yeah. I'm i'm like this is like my michael jordan. Flew game right now. I don't i don't even know. I think i got like one hundred and two fever currently so you look than ever. I don't know what that means. I got a haircut there. You got that make sense. I also i'm still pale so rich and says pick me we. We may have. We'll we'll have to have some kind of standing rule going forward. Which is if we're down to two. We pick we pick someone from the audience and it's just impromptu guest host cam jeff the juice. Wow that's electric hi. Everyone can't do you like it. Because we've been toying with this now for two weeks now and i'm curious if you actually like the nickname because it's sort of sticking i think we're at week three and it's it's you know. I think it's starting to stick. I think people unanimously like jeff. The juice christians a tip the tipping point. It's abbey wednesday guys. Happy wednesday christian abriel. hey gabriel cam says both of you looking great as always camp. Thank you your looking great. Thank you for coming. You are are one of my favorite people in the whole world. Thank you for coming every week. And thank you all of you guys who come to the livestream every week. If you haven't already tell your friends about the livestream bring colleague bring a friend Get them involved. If you're just lurking please feel free to ask. Questions participate if not continue looking. I mean fine. Both are good Alright podcast let me just. Tease the podcast. Geoff before we jump into anything here. We had interesting. Podcast covered some good topics. Of course as always guys stopped me. If you want to discuss any of these things on the livestream happy to sort of have extra discussion on the livestream around them. But here's what you can expect tomorrow when the podcast dropped so we started with a little bit of a fun story which was It was a florida tech story and what was interesting about this was it was someone who had died and donated a bunch of money. You know after their death to to to florida tech to build a textile museum with their name. This is the ruth funk center for textile arts and and since her death florida tech ran into some Financial difficulties and to attract more money and more students. What they're now doing is they're converting this textile museum to an east sports arena which much to the dismay of ruth funk's descendants who wanted to stay a textile museum and so we had an interesting kind of silly discussion around east sports taking over but fundamentally this this poor textile museum is going to be converted to e sports arena. I mean objectively any sports arenas more fun than textile museum. This sarda sharda ruth funk and her her. It's just yeah i'm in. I mean i hope ruth funk's not like spinning in her grave right like you would think the ruth funk east sports arena is also pretty cool according to a relative she literally is. That's i know this is. This is armed that they did. I'm surprised like i guess ruth funk didn't donate enough money because usually they don't just like repurpose the donation that you know that you've made museum donated one point two five million which. I guess for florida a sizable donation. Right let's not insignificant. I have to imagine. Yeah for four tech. That's gotta be up there. Isn't that what bobby donated to michigan. How four million. Four million four million.
A highlight from Changes to CDL and OWL Sponsors, NRG Asia Launched
"Hey Esports folks, I'm Kevin Correia and this is your Esports and minute. Activision Blizzard has made a pretty significant announcement in terms of who teams can sign sponsorship deals with. Now in the Call of Duty and OverWatch League teams will be permitted, assigned liquor, and wedding sponsors. As the rules have been relaxed OverWatch League, slash enroll Ravens have already pounced on a partnership with betting site midnight for their team. Sponsor, the change in the stands will allow all teams to sign individual sponsors and A New Path for revenue and brand opportunities, as well as in a meeting capital for those teams and their organizations. Speaking of OverWatch League format changes have been announced out of their June. Now, stage two events hero pools are back in rotation, which will force teams change their strategies and tactics. That means no more Tracer. Sombra Reinhardt and Zenyatta, as they'll be blocked from play in qualifying and turn it. Matches for the june house, blizzard side of their over 10 per month. Take rated reasons for the return of your own pools. The game developer also made changes to tiebreaker scenarios in the league that will take into account map. Differential head-to-heads and League points to name a few. Lastly, they've lived the new map rotations for their game modes. Will put a link in the podcast description. So you can check out all the changes in details e sports or Gand r. G has partnered with Vietnamese Fitness Company, CMG Asia and lunch a new branch of their organization known as NRG Asia. The new outfit will acquire Vietnamese League of Legends national champions, Gama Esports as their first team in the region. The VCS region has been firm in God's hands. As they previously one these spring and summer splits as well as three major victories in the past two years and RG previously applied for a permanent spot in the Korean League, seen in the lck. But later withdrew that application with this acquisition energy agency in hopes that ngam can transform from VCS Champs to World champs. As soon as this season, I'm Kevin Correia that's my time and this has been your dog.
A highlight from Episode #131: Esports Arena Takeover, Tencent Forced Sale, Free-to-Play Ubisoft, Luxury Gaming Chairs
"Right if i tell you. Hey paul let's go play valor and you're gonna be tugging me to play apex legends. And you're gonna give me like every gamer is like that and that level of knowledge doesn't need to stop at the games themselves. It can go far deeper than that right. I mean even with you think about when we did the audio setup for this podcast and you don't buy that. Mike that magnus trash you know what i mean. You gotta do this. And like there's a real expertise in domain expertise. That gamers really haven't again because gamers really do use the things. They're purchasing like keyboards mice. All of this stuff. And they're cognizant like you're upset immediate loops in gaming of your own performance Like they have a very strong sense of what works. And what doesn't and so the argument. I'd have here would be sort of so if you take that as a vio. Yeah maybe what these people are telling me you know sort of paraphrase over the years is true is like you can do all this marketing. And it can buy you some short term traction. It can certainly do things like create categories. Like let's be honest. I think it took marketing to convince people that gaming shares should be a thing right like. I don't think we would've got there but at the end of the day because you're dealing with an educated consumer the quality factor wins if you have the best product as long as you enough to put that product and it consumers consideration set. That's all you need to do. Because the consumer will take care of it themselves right. I don't know it's interesting. It is an interesting and it's always like to me. I see multiple trends sort of converging with this. Herman miller story right. Which is you see. Call it older more. Traditional brands dipping their toes into gaming doing like xyz for gamers right in the same way. Herman miller did the embody chair. Which i have you know the original. And i have the gaming the logic behind me right. They did this this version for gamers but also they've hung on to sort of their more traditional. Herman miller obviously quality but marketing as well right. It's not like herman miller was never the flashing marketer in general like now now people who knew the brand love. The brand bought the brand. But it's not like they were running super bowl ads or you know like just wasn't their. Dna is accompanying these trends of like. You're right like very authentic kind of appealing to an educated gaming consumer but also this sort of parallel path of like traditional brands. Making stuff for gamers. And i think the that figure out sort of the balance between the four gamer while still maintaining what made their brands successful or special in the first place or the ones who are going to win the various about herman miller is they did not rip off the herman miller branding rate career lake. I i you know. I i think i even said it was a mistake. At the time. I thought he needed to have a new brand to they could put a powered by herman miller from the makers of her or whatever on it to create the you know the lineage but i thought it was a mistake but again and again i was that underscores the whole point like if i were going to pitch you in a vc meeting. Hey you know. I'm gonna give you an awesome. You know gaming chair here. And the competitors are called deacs racer and like i don't know what's another one lake aurora and lake and mine's going to be calling in lab. Yeah we called. Herman like you'd be like what. And i'd be like no it's great and people are going to associate with office furniture and you'd be like you're on get outta here leave but all that says i can't believe i still stand by those weren't drags on the business. I can't believe those weren't drags because if they had an inferior product quality and it was called. Herman and your first associated was an office. You wouldn't buy that chair either. It it must be some did the underlying fundamentals of the comfort of the chair on that. Note william that wraps up this week's podcast. Thank you as always and for those of you listening. Just a couple of things one as always make sure to check out. We do an after show livestream guys after we take the podcast every wednesday evening at eight thirty pm eastern time. It's a lot of fun. It's more interactive. You get to ask questions you get to participate and we love doing it because we get to interact with you so make sure to check that out. Wednesday evenings eight thirty pm eastern time. Lincoln live youtube Make sure obviously to follow us on all our socials links. Twitter youtube instagram tiktok. It's all busy sports or business of sports. And if you haven't already go leave a review on the book of sports on amazon. It's an incredible book. If you haven't bought it or read it already do that. I go go leave a review. I know william would appreciate it and as always guys we will see you next week. Thanks for listening. To the business of east sports podcasts. Check us out at the business of e sports dot com and on twitter at biz e sports.
Blizzard Is Showing off Two Hours of Overwatch 2 Next Week
"Will be holding a two-hour play, Ash versus players Centric, live stream preview of OverWatch to come May 20th that will allow the Everyman like you and me more details and insight on the sequel. Earlier today. Aaron Keller delivered. This news on a developer update in place of former OverWatch director Jeff Kaplan. A subsequent AMA will be held by the dev team on the OverWatch subreddit on May 24th with the focus about this preview live stream. Keller T's off, updates to come later in the year.
A highlight from LIVE After-Show (#130B): Epic Exposed, Walmart Cloud Gaming, Stadia Head Quits, Tokyo Esports Gym, Ads For Skins, LeBron Gaming Chair, Twitch Boomer
"To the boardroom. This is the business of e sports after show livestream. I am paula. Liam joined today by my friends and co host lindsay. The boss poss jeff's the juice cone. That's right the nickname for those of you. Who are new to the after. Show livestream what we do here. We cover all the important gaming in these sports topics and news of the week. But it's all the stuff that we couldn't fit into the podcast and best of all we get to do it live with you guys. You get the challenges you get to ask questions you get to get in our faces. That is what makes the livestream special. If you're a regular here thank you for coming back every week. Thank you for telling your friends about the livestream. If you haven't already go do that. The more of you. In here the merrier the more funded the more we get to interact and and so we thank you for telling your friends about the livestreams and bringing them here. How you guys doing lindsay jack. Good week very sorry. Jeff go ahead as him and thanks. Thanks for being here Even gonna wake up early. Not sure where we are It's not that late here. But the excited i mean there's so much i'd actually don't know the topics were gonna talk about all. He doesn't tell us in advance And william for the podcast a lot. More grammar for the livestream. We kind of like to be surprised with topics. Which i think is more fun but there's so many good topics this week that i hope i hope we We hit on well. I will as always. And there's william i made it. Yeah here rolled out of bed. I see his socket. That's right lindsey. i love the nickname audubon. Pa the juice. Mommy oh my goodness. I think i think i think you might wanna rethink jeff already. Been better than it. Once was williams. Last week week there was a couple of other contenders none of which were better. It's a word it's always beta. Everything's in beta the quality. Standard of the livestream has upped to you like everyone has nice backgrounds now the audio quality sharp. Like what happened to us. i will say guys. We had a always. Let me start with a little. Bit about the podcast. This week had a great guest on the podcast. Jimmy barada who's a good friend of mine and advisor to many companies in the east sports space also an investor in exit and so had a lot. Oh and by the way. He teaches sports at university of california. Irvine also a
Cloud9 Stumbles out of the Gate
"News today. So let's dive on, in the off-season, invitation out of Reykjavik Iceland. For League of Legends is already wrapped for their second day of groups. And men has it been a lackluster showing from Cloud 9 in North America. Thus far yesterday, they were beaten by Korean. Paused am One gaming in an efficient game. As dwgs Canyon took over the jungle and helped them. Take nine of C 90 hours for the win. While Cloud 9 could not get one turret found himself with an 8:00 keg deficit for the loss. Not totally unexpected. But today, Cloud 9 had to take on the Japanese Squad. And detonation focused me. See nine jungler, and LCS MVP. Blabber got embarrassed in. This one is Cloud 9 laws to a supposed Underdog. Dropping them to last place in group C with DWG. Kia leading the group in group, a role. Never give up his 300 and add our group be emerging European. Yep. Because mad lines lead to oh they're not just start up again at approximately 8 a.m. Central Time tomorrow.
A highlight from Episode #130: Breaking Into Esports, Riot Wiretaps, PlayStation x Discord, Resident Evil Game Pass Exclusion, Sony Cross-Play Cash Cow
"Official podcast of sports. What we do here is we. Cover the most pressing gaming and sports topics 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 a regular listeners. Thank you guys for tuning in every week. Thank you for telling your friends about the podcast. Thank you for going and buying williams book the book of sports. And if you haven't already get on amazon right now go buy it. Read it leave a review and then come back to the podcast. I give you permission. Go do this now evolved. Whatever us you know pocket casts whatever you can hit the pause button and you can go to a right now. It's worth it. Trust me and if you've already bought it guys and you've read it or even if you're halfway through it in your loving it. Go leave that review on amazon. No william really appreciates it. Hi how you doing william. How's your week going. Great busy week as always right. You know. I feel like we always. We always record this for the people that are always record on wednesday. So it's like right in the middle of the week so but it's kind of like the highlight right like it earns. What should be kind of like the. I always think of wednesday is like the check point in the week. Do you think of that like you know like bill. It's like when you get to wednesday. like it's in the old sonic games a little like like like the halfway point right but this turns that checkpoint into a real highlight so. I'm just thrilled to be recording this time with your politics last. Have you had any chance to play games. This week is the question or even arie little gaming very little. I mean you know. It's funny. Because i always fit in a little bit of here is the storm because you can play 'em ten minutes so i can sneak in sometimes if like a meeting ends earlier something that that's how i get my gaming heroes have an iran mode. Light does lead does have an era mode here from league. I i mean. I'm guessing. I mean like i think most mobiles have sort of an instant action style mode right and it's like a lower and the nice part about am modes and we should do a whole podcast on the theory of iran modes. Because it's actually a very interesting user like slick user psychological group in need state that they had but it's like part of the fun is because you get random heroes right. A lot of pressure to perform goes away. Because you can always blame your hero or your calm. So it's a really clever track. So this is why play iran because obviously i need excuses to big upper scale to be fair the i don't play mobile's right but the only league that i've played is a ram allow this the only thing i know it's the only thing i've really played and it's because i don't like all the buildup like don't give me the the twenty minutes of like having to farm creep and like sounds like you should play here as the storm. That was their game design decision. It's just straight to the team fights and then it's over but anyway are you me talking about a game that i love and can stop bringing up so leave that alone. What about you playing games this week or well. You know Actually today or yesterday a dropped a new game mode which is interesting Also saw this is not something. We're going to talk about on the podcast. But i did see that they hit epochs hit its highest concurrent players on steam. His origin doesn't publish their numbers. But steam does And it's somewhat i guess. A barometer of how well it's doing on origin. Also i'd imagine there's night correlation there and so. I thought that was interesting right. Apex in some ways had better staying power than fortnight. You could maybe look at it this way i. I don't know i'm sure. Fortnight generates more revenue still. But they seem to be going opposite directions. Which link is an interesting thing. I think you're gonna see this. This comeback of apex and interest in apex over the next few months because of this new three. You can spearhead apex l. spearhead heroes and then we'll both have a like man. If even half of that comes true. Paul twenty twenty two will be a very special party for us. Because i'm still waiting for my oxygen apex team. Invite here william. I'm still kind as the oldest apex player in history. You know we. We still need to make this happen. This is what i'm saying. Well it's not too late paul. it's not too late. You know we we know you have the skills we've seen them time and time again. Look we do have an amazing guests on the podcast waiting. I want to get to. I want to get to jimmy. Our guest today on the podcast. Is jimmy barada. Jimmy entered the sports world in two thousand seventeen.
A highlight from CDL LAN Dates and Location, Fortnite Console Cup, OWL Surprise Retirement
"Hey folks, I'm Kevin Correia and this is your Esports minute. Big news out of the Call of Duty wage the return date and location for Lynn has been announced finally stage. Four, major will be held alive and off line at e Sports Stadium. Arlington outside of Dallas, Texas. Those dates will be closed. June 17th through the 20th and only part of the initial Return To Live events for the league with more to come as the season progresses along with the return tulle an announcement. The cedia will also be making a mid-season change shrink their game weeks from 5 to 4 days with game starting on Thursday instead of Wednesday the league. Also teased more viewership rewards as a season changes come down such as more double XP tokens and sneak rewards will leave the announcement in the podcast description. And here's a little something for the console players in your life. As epic games, has announced the fortnite console Champions Cup, the couple, start the season of Khan song. Only fortnite events tournament itself will have four rounds and each region to starting off with 1,500 teams for region. Shrinking down each round down to 250 teams for the final round. The track will advance through placements and eliminations. And will feature various prize pools of Europe, being the highest in a hundred twelve thousand dollars. Anyone is able to join in and play in the open qualifiers. The only requirement being that you are, in fact, a console fortnite player blachley out of the OverWatch league as the Paris, Eternal and Veteran. Neptune do have mutually agreed to part ways in a twit longer explanation. Neptune of felt that his performance package, start of the season, was less than lackluster. And after Consulting with eternal staff, the two parties concluded to step away neptuno became a journeyman player helping to establish. The Phila Fusion as a strong team in the inaugural watch League season pass rejoin, an expansion team out of guangxi now playing on and off the bench with long periods of inactivity. Thanks to the pandemic with Paris Eternal losing the majority of their staff and roster in the off-season. Neptune was birth In as a veteran presence but the team is faltered winning only one in four games neptuno did leave open the possibility for coaching opportunities. I'm Kevin Correia,
A highlight from eUnited Pitches Merger with OpTic, Riot Games Announces Wild Rift Tourney, Valorant Mobile Incoming?
"Literally hey folks, happy Cinco de Mayo and I'm Kevin Correia with your Esports minute as you heard on yesterday the Sports Package hex reportedly planning on. Holy owning optic gaming and divesting from NRG. All the news comes out today that United former rival to optic, have proposed a merger with them in documents obtained. By text are two of them is sold as an attempt to help optigro and a unique investment opportunity. Other drives within the documents includes a plan for United to assemble a squad and take on the Halo Esports scene. According to sources, the plant is down likely to move forward as a state of optic gaming under NRG is still under question. However, United did plan to take over office operations to better support, hex and optic. This pitch from United is the latest news from the orc to buy in and get sold or merged with a bigger organization as they failed to buy OverWatch League, team, Houston Outlaws, and a plan for them to go public was terminated following a failed merger with an investment group home. Of unknowns coming down for optic and hacks but we'll keep you updated as best. We can Riot games. Officially announced its League of Legends wild ripped Global tournament, Esports tournaments for wild. Rich, will take place this summer wage in those. A game itself is still in an open Beta development stage in their announcement. Right reiterates. Its belief that mobile Esports will help transform the future of East works and has committed to a global wild ripped e. Sports events in the fourth quarter of every year, the developers plan to release a regional Competition schedule, this upcoming summer. The news comes on the heels of the SE, a icon series preseason event, which featured wild ripped out from across all of South and Southeast Asia, speaking of mobile gaming and Riot games. A reported League says that developers moving forward with plans to make vallerand mobile with the announcement to come. As soon as III $21 would join a pubg, Cod Apex as the latest PC to mobile ports. In the past few years, the move has been suspected as data miners. Found mobile controls a.m. Our files just last year, no launch date yet, but expect the South and Southeast Asian market of mobile gaming, to be tough competition for the foreseeable future. I'm Kevin Correia. That's my time. And thoughts been your
A highlight from CDL Moves and Rumors, Discord Coming to PS5?
"Hey folks, happy May the force, I'm Kevin Correia. And this is your Esports minute. Breaking trade news on the day, coming out of the Call of Duty league. As a Dallas Empire, have transferred hooked to La thieves in a mutually. Agreed deal will look to have hookah and they're starting lineup in time for stage 3 games, this weekend, who previously, benched by Dallas in a highly criticized move by the team as they cited playing below their potential, despite the SMG player leading. The squad with a 105, KDA best on the team Off, the Bench, tjhaly to make room for the new edition. Meanwhile, the championship Dallas Squad, now down to three alumni has claimed, she moved on to the New York sub liners, thanks to shrinking rosters and now who has been transferred to La wage sticking to the CDL today as according to sources familiar with the situation optic gaming, CEO. Hex is looking to completely acquire the optic, Chicago team and divest is ownership in NRG parent Club app. Of optic hex of course started off to all the way back in 2006 and was at its head up until it's failed to a morals gaming Club in 2019, at which point he left and joined Andy Miller as co-ceo of em East Works in November of 2020, heck successfully reacquired. The optic brand Under the NRG umbrella, which coincided with the last episode of the NRG Duo podcast hosted by both seals, Miller and hex be posted speculation abounds. And for now, further reports continue to elude the heck's taking the optic gaming brand solely under his name. Once again, lastly, while disc or did not get sold to any of the rumored fires in Microsoft and Amazon, a new deal has been announced Sony. Interactive entertainment announced today, a partnership between them and Discord in a deal, which will hopefully bring the gaming communication app integration into the PlayStation Network. Sony made a minority investment in Discord part of their funding rounds earlier last year, which likely led to talks an integration. The announcement did establish an expectation for said integration which could come as early age. 2022. I'm Kevin Correia, that's my time and that has been your Esports minute. Follow us on Twitter at a sports network inaccurate 24, and be sure to visit Esports network.com for more stories written by our staff will update you again tomorrow on Wednesday.
A highlight from "Save Your Game!" A New Show From Red Bull ft. Esports Host Frankie Ward!
"To the Esports network podcast. We delve into everything and anything, any sports-related that includes, you know, business that includes, you know, mental skills coaching. We just had a, really big guess on a few months ago, hopefully he liked his little show that we did with him, but we always have to talk to the personalities of the game as well. People who really have provide some interesting, insight and are working on new projects as well. So help me do that all the way to London. Please, welcome to Frankie Ward. How you doing? Frankie, hello. I'm good. Thank you. Kevin. Thank you for having me. Yes, and so you are a house as the best way to put this your Counter-Strike staple you off. R a i guess mobile around the scene you've been in what League of Legends. What have you been in so far that I, I guess, Apex Legends. I've never done. Do to tear apart from someplace fees for charity event. So, never done to the only place that screw up the Netflix. I've done fortnite apart, I get a part from interviewing players for charity but I've never actually done fortnite, even though I've kind of started full-time as a host, really in pubg in a battle royale. So oh yeah, it surprised me. I never really went to any other Battle Royale but maybe that's kind of like a loyalty team loyalty thing loyalties will be tested as always, but we'll see maybe in the future. You'll, you know, in a recent fortnite players, maybe Booga will show up again. And and you know when other three million jobs out of us or something and you'll be like if I must, I would be happy to work with ethics. Oh yeah. For sure you go. So you have a background in radio and television production broadcast media in general. You've For Counter-Strike. And how many years now? I feel like it's been. I don't want to, I don't want to date you here. But for three years I did my first Counter-Strike Event in May 2018, which of the desk hosting a small event called the gamdom premier. And then I just coasted the Americas minor for the face at London. Major, that was back in July 2018. So I actually needed three events in CS in the, in my first year of doing in 2018. And then I did nineteen events as talent in 2019 and one event as took us. Holy, holy moly, that's that's a lot for a year or once and then some, yeah. Oh, my goodness. So, I mean, we'll get into that a little bit later. The main reason you're on here is you yourself are partnering with Red Bull to start a new podcast called? Save your game, am I getting that right? Is it save your game? Yeah, Red Bull said your game. Yes, that is the new podcast wage Perfect. And so you guys are bringing on insiders from around Esports and gaming in general. Not just related to Competitive Gaming but pretty much bring them on to talk about their games but they like to play that influence them. But for the most, what does this show about? What was the inspiration behind it? The idea of the podcast is that it is about Gamers who made it home and I guess and who are telling us about the games that really were important in that process or maybe even after they've become professional the games have stuck with them through that time. So it's really interesting to kind of dial Vin to Back stories and find out more about who people were when they were playing those important games as well. Because I think that's one of the most interesting Parts about it's kind of their human stories and not just about games really. They're also about the people who what the games were to them at those moments in their lives. Oh wow. So is there a specific amount of games? You guys are going to be talking about like a dog. You're limiting the guess cuz like I could go on for like twenty games about my favorite ones, influenced me, but I'm sure for a podcast for me to kind of limit them a little bit. So we decided to go with three games, which I know is really tough in the first place. Because you're basically having to cut things down to to just three games. And you could have played well over a hundred games in your life. I'm sure a lot of people listening to this will have. So choosing just three is very difficult, maybe choosing 10, lots of hard, but but hey, it's like a half hour podcast. We don't have time to talk about every single game. Unfortunately, yeah, we've had to go with the hard decision to make it only three games, and that's especially difficult for our guests.
A highlight from 328: Rambo-HC of Dallas Empire Interview, Flashpoint/NIP Drama, YotW, and more
"Has some other fun stuff for you. They're more importantly though. If you're listening on any device or outlet that lets you leave. A review honored to do that for us. We definitely appreciate it. I tunes whatever. What have you if you listen on google podcasts. And it's acting funny know that we're working on it we've emailed google. Apparently are feed is not updating frequently as it should as told by one listener so maybe it was an isolated issue but we are show for the listeners. All it takes is one. So i emailed them. It's tvd as far as when it will get fixed. My name is tim. I'll be your captain for this journey into sports but alongside me as always is my best friend. My brown It's a new. What's up on a champ. Sunday counterstrike is king. Today lit the world on fire this week. Yeah it's singing that too. Because i was watching all of call of duty and i was like you know. Shame because we're not gonna talk about this at all apart from news. Yeah i mean it's sad because it deserves more more time to the event was actually pretty bad ass and there's a lot to even get into. Maybe we dive in later on at some point into that. But what's going on in counter strike. I was like giddy for the show today. My this is. This is gonna be fun to discuss. Because i'm i'm so curious to hear. What would you do in this situation. Yeah and. I can't wait to tell you because i'm sure you probably have an idea what i would do. But we'll discuss more of that later. real quick before we get into some of the week. Thank you everyone who showed up for community night. It was a good time helluva a night. It worked out well. We had a lot of people show up enough to run some some privates and you know unranked in certain games so the results wouldn't represents that it was a fun time we win and also while going winless played the worst set of maps. We could possibly play we. We played valor. And we're played the hours okay with brees. It was new to some of the people we played with so that was really unfortunate that that was the first map that we got. And that's the issue. I'm not antibodies. I in fact. I actually like breeze. I know a lot of people. Don't i think that's new map syndrome. First of all. I think a lot of the people who are saying. It's a trash map. It's new map syndrome. You know like you're just not used to it and it's a very different map that being said you're right. We had like two guys that we were playing with the had never played it before and we were up against two guys that new every angle and placement for sova dart and turret that you can think of so that sucked impressive. How good the other team. How well educated should say the other team was of that map of all the games and then we had a guy. That doesn't even play valerie. A he didn't even know to use his abilities on his character. So that made a tough outing invalid. Then we switched over to see us and our whole goal. Were playing face it. Our whole goal was to set up the veto to get ancient. Sorta wanted to play. We want to play the new map.
A highlight from The Four Wards Podcast - Episode 293: There is Unrest in the Forest, There is Trouble With the Trees
"Your host as usual jacks omen. And i've got with me to other wards. we have archery you. I'm back again and we've got bomo. I am a dirty feeder. That's okay we forgive you. Boma textiles i. I suppose i shouldn't speak for the rest of the forward. I forgive you that's fine. I figured be bummer. There we go. Thank you all right guys. We are the four wards podcast if you head on over to trinity force network dot com. That is the website that we are a part of the trinity force network. You can find links to all of our past shows all the other shows on the network like the league rundown or t force proper podcast but most importantly that's where you go to find the link to our discourse you can come join the discord. Hang out with us. Play games with us. Have a good time. It's great come. Join the discord and play with us.
A highlight from League Rundown - Episode 357: WTF 2 NA IN MSI??
"To a and msi. As always. i'm your host sean duffy. And i'm joined today by two of our regular co host and one wonderful guest house we've got in a. Hey we've got jacks tweets dot tv slash jackson and joining us. We've got badger. I i appreciate the guest host title because people have ways you high expectations on my takes if you ever give me the actual host title since i reverse cursed see nine ensue. Nc rumble stage You're welcome every and a fan. That's in our discord. Because i literally cursed the first four games in a row of msi on fry on tuesday morning. And i'm just like all right. Who am i adding to my reverse death. Note this game. And i was about to start a poll for late game five and six just to see who it was so it was good time and it was a good time for. I think everyone is an nfl fan since we got two teams technocrats. Who seems sowed of out of the group stage and msi baby. Thank you so she to l. cs just regular players. That's how it works. And in fact which region has the most players in the rumble stage. That's right and a baby get fucked now. Is it only eight players. Yes only three of them actually on the lcs team you're right but we're counting all the matters the academy count those baby all right. Let's talk some news riot right. Ice chest is leaving elsie. S for any of our and this is a nother industry of lcs and really just league of legends writers who are leaving for other right problems. Valerie it's killing league. No no i. I came for league and i did not say anything because i wasn't a league player. Then they came for and didn't say anything. Because i was a league player. Wait hold on more riot. Riders jumping over. Which is probably great news for the valorous seen you cannot find a single better area to take people from to create a pro e sports environment than legal legends. It is by far the best. Single eastbourne zine you can make arguments about particulars in doda. You can make arguments particulars and see esco. But if you're trying to create a full functioning deep actual system. It's league right now. Baby i think at least as you've seen all the progression i think the one thing that valerien has going for him is they've taken enough of like a pool of talent from cs. Go that slake. Freelance contracts almost like and brought that talent over and had blake nursery. Gabor's who produced the anna side of the valerie. Masters has done a lot of stuff in the past. They used to actually hold their own counter. Strike tournaments in philadelphia called frank alpha and they had a lot of like high profile lecture to teams. Go there so they have like a have a knowledge of that mixed with like all the talent that's coming over from like league into it just like just the general broadcast knowledge and talent ones really good for our seemed to really good to see it explode in its first year and we may talk more about this. As it progresses we do have the first real major event for valor. Coming up right after masai. So you're going to be hearing more about it. You're gonna see more about it super fun. If you haven't already enes going to tell you about a great place you can jump on in and join us in playing some wonderful valor. Joining our daycare. Oh i should absolutely join our discord server lincoln episode description. We have all sorts of great stuff over there. we have Like shawn mentioned. We have stuff going on. We've got obviously we have league of legends stuff going on. Ms is in full swing right now. We have a special dedicated channel. Just for msi for everyone to talk about it. It is extremely active currently. There's like fifty messages being sent every like twenty or thirty minutes. It's very very active right now. Yeah we're getting amazing engagement with the server right now If you're not already part of it you should absolutely join. There's tons of great people there. There's done a great stuff to interact with. And do you can check out sean stream because we have stream notifications now. So it'll pop up in the announcements channel that sean jackson streaming so you'll never miss one of their streams. Yeah among so many other things and it's only getting better from here on out. You should absolutely join the discord server. Lincoln the description. Hell yeah alright right partnering tobacco a publisher a really a game. Dev group out of africa called carey. I it's actually gained publisher. this is part of. I believe they're right forage initiative where they're really spreading their wings. And this is something that i think is really interesting in terms of the industry itself. I believe this is the first publisher that right is actually partnering with rather than a game dev group to actually create a riot specific game title instead the seems to be something not really specifically ruined tara or riot related its own entity and this might be the first step to riot spreading out from being just a game dev to something more which is really cool because as much as we love to me mariah it really does feel like they have the core concept of what makes games fun and interesting exciting for everyone as like an actual core concept for themselves which is really tough to find you know everyone wants to say e bad yeah ye as bad but the reason we get eighty percent of the games that are popular is because ea and other companies like it exist and are willing to publish stuff so of riots kind of deciding that that's a space that can make waves in.
A highlight from The episode where Alliance are accused of cheating
"How can you visit in an audio podcast. Show how to do that. You take out your phone or whatever you're listening to and you clicky until you see the linke linke so oh okay okay. Okay cool okay. We have a juicy ass episode my goodness juicy ass. It's juicy like never before. Can't wait to figure out what name we're gonna use. But i of course we need to thank our beautiful patrons of the in bruges year. Lets you take the first half this time around. Good sir all right. Let's see. Do you want to try to do like a speed run. Okay okay. let's let's try it all right. Thank you mistake. Busted condom johnson lucas. Frankel they're wiping their butts in the fountain with thousand dollar bills. Please buff arc warden. Chilly chilly lily. Willy nilly chills with the silly chilly. Hillbilly willy something witty and clever tell contra prime losing literally all myanmar rhody fueled vision quest smooth brain smooth game suns fan. I finished rhythm of. Don't forget to read wizard's first rule center. And what's your favorite danish meal charikar. What happened to matt morgan. The mega poop. We obey things and objects have power our ti in new zealand. On san pedro bigalow nate sicko zero and and the legendary pirka. The dirk listen to this podcast on ironically very good. Thank you also to bacon handcuffing. My uncle for a whole day and dry humping him nonstop as if. I'm a tinker with the heck's dagon lick shark. Tm novi panda. Stop eating charles neck. Makes you happy and healthy. Mr underscore man look ben. Broomhead is very lazy changing his nickname. Every week is a lot of effort. He tries his best ish. Pitch black would. An aftertaste done talk. Anonymous souljah boy. Rtz's nuts peter doorknobs that are made out of brass can disinfect themselves about in about eight hours nibbling ronnie keel perk of the dirk loves nate thick. Oh and all the pug players. Thank you friends. That was so many people renamed for this episode. That's nice house good. There were like two questions right in there. One of them them. What's my. What's my favorite danish meal. I don't is it dangerous by chance. Americans called danishes. Just those pastries. Do you guys know. We called them the bread vienna bread. Yeah imagine if we went to they get some american please. Can i get to the so the question i can answer somewhat. I think is what happened to matt. Morgan which was he took a break. I don't remember why was he stopped casting but he had to. He had worked commitments of some sort. I think and then at some point he was ready to come back and then he cast a few games and then he was like. He felt like he wasn't really needed anymore because broadcasting had gone so far. Here's kind of like a pioneer. He was a dodo one commentator. Did he ever do to at all i can. Yes i think. That's what when he came back he cast a bit of doda to use the first guy a cast with shannon. Really go man morning. And i'll be the last so you're welcome. Yeah probably you'll make me quit eventually. And i will thank forever for that no problem. That's okay what's my favorite meal dunno. We have a lot to talk about. That's going to be another time. I think i answered to research. What danish meals are. My favorite center is the only personnel. They just can't answer a simple question. Incredible yep that's me. My favorite danish meal is the danish with the cherry filling. That's that's good stuff. Okay this so first. Things first. Australian food okay. The nba playoffs are beginning in about a week and a half center in The are looking very likely to be the number two seed instead of the one and we will in all likelihood. Play the los angeles lakers. Who won the chamber spicy. And i am fully fully expecting to lose in the first round despite having the best record for a majority of the season. And i'm a fully expecting a lot of lakers fans to be lakers fans and rubbing it in even though the sun's one even if i do hate the lakers so much i would never do that to them Okay so we'll see what the end up the match ups and the being but my question for you. What is the nba fact question. So there's different kinds of fouls in the game all right there's personal fouls but you just pick up in the six game k. That's just a regular foul. What is what is what's funny. What's funny about that. It's just a mental image right now of like a personal foul in the basketball court like everybody walks over and picks up their own bird. That's nice okay. Oh f up very good. What is the difference between a technical and a flagrant foul
A highlight from A Walk Down Memory Lane
"Tap is four hundred eighty s. I'm your host nikki trooper joining me as eight and frost. Brock arts ceos kid and no colton. He is a camping this week. In some forests or whatever you know dumb outside stuff yeah cool so before we get into our weeks. We've got a couple new patrons. Some leak has news a new patch a dev blog involving everyone's favourite catfish towed tomkins character. we've got a couple of new five stories. Thank you very much. we're gonna talk about Msi the was it the rumble stage or plans player on nick. Whatever not yet. We're going into a part one of plans instead of part two. We've got roundtable answers from last week. And i will entering new one for this week and then finally will close it out with some emails eight. How is your two weeks. Actually many weeks are good. I haven't played. I didn't play league a couple of weeks. I talked about it a lot on st last couple of days. and league is a hard game to get back into after not playing for a while So i had to play mainly because of decay on my three accounts to my counterpart to decay and i hadn't played for like three x my like lowest ranks murph which is diamond for. That's my the lowest ranked account. And i was just turbo feeding games. Oh yeah and played a bunch of them and it was nocco in great By start turning around by the end so after a couple of games but like it was it was a little rough and then one night. I liked decided. Hey i'm just gonna play my games on the main who cares. Just go for it right. Exact point three two. And i lost all three of them but i played well in two of them. I'm really happy at that. The first game. I did turbo feed. I went to in eight or something like that and like really hard lost the game but the other two games. I like one lane really hard. So i feel i feel like i'm playing better again. Which is the most important thing i think. Good at least yeah back onto this. Things is definitely the best. Yeah exactly so. I'm not too worried with that I still md to count. I'm still deform is like maine's smurfit then my middle smear from like ninety seven point still so. I almost have to account that her. Dc of still. Get a okay outside of that. A lot of overwatch overwrought is a fun game to play. I actually think it's like pre sick. I think overwatch. thing over arches missing is a player base Which i think overwatch to will hopefully provide to when it eventually come out so interesting. Yeah the overall a really good game though. I'm actually surprised. Because i used to be kind of like a bit of an overwrought hater Yeah it it's really just missing a player because you definitely do get like just. Some people have three or level. Three thousand meaning. They've committed like six thousand hours so they gave and then some people are like our entire premade group which is all like sub two hundred bubble players so there definitely is a difference. But i think it's just more because i don't think the player is that big for that game anymore but i always play my placements in that and i'm like platinum player in. I have a lot of fun so it's good outside of that. Nothing too crazy Just just having good good time. Awesome god three Sin and i finished part four as always She said it was her favorite part. So far I enjoyed one of the things that i really like about part for compared to the prices that they feel less Less like serious you know. They're they're tracking on a serial killer not dot to try to save the entire world. Right i i really like that aspect of it is You know it's it's a little more chill when that sticks are a little bit lower but aside from that Played some a little bit of league. Got my dick handed to me in game last night and then i think that's about it. It's been kind of quiet. We of will to move your recommendations for you walked back to back paddington paddington. To is that the bear. Yeah okay movies are so fucking sick dude interesting. Okay yeah i would recommend becoming. I watch them I think monday. And tuesday night or sunday and monday night. Or something like that. They fucking tennyson. Movies are sick to them.
A highlight from Preview for the CDL Stage 3 Major! ft. LandO, Caster for the CDL
"Talk about anything and everything Esports from the OverWatch League to the latest fortnite tournament, however, much I despise for now, we gotta talk about it sometimes right. But more importantly, this week, it is the beginning of what the stage four major, for COD league and helping me, break it down. Preview it for you guys is Landon Lando Sanders. How you doing Lando? I'm doing good, man. It's it's great to talk with you again and we've had a few different counters previously, but happy to talk some, some cough with you today and in preparation for stage, three major, and I'm excited for all the things that going on. That's awesome. I'm excited for you, too. Of course, if you don't know who Lando is, you been living under a rock for like the longest time. But no worries Call of Duty League commentator Caster, interviewer, I mean, what don't you do? Around the the production. Also, the king of the Cod pickems and, as well as a popular content creator on YouTube and, and in throwing us from twitch streams. Then in then in there, you know, but for the most part, you have been killing it, this season. You might, I add thank you. I appreciate that. Yeah, man. We've got a, we've got a great team. A lot of people who are there to, to help work on us with a multitude of different things and I give all the credit to, to my good old partner, study Jeremy Gregory. I literally breaks down everything for me. said, my job is obviously the play-by-play side of things, just talk about what I see, and he's the one that makes that that glues it all together. That makes sense of all of it. So definitely, man, we got, we got a great team. It's been so much fun this season, and I can tell you guys are having fun behind the scenes as well. So really you guys have something going on every single production. I feel like it's awesome to see this kind of really take off wage your compared to last year. But speaking of last year, obviously, pandemic, kind of soured things a little bit kind of flying by the skin of your teeth, in terms of scheduling, and during the pandemic, teams are kind of on their toes to tap changes. But for the most part, was the outlook for this year. Been, like, for you guys, I mean, I think just from, you know, the entire production side of things, I think they were just so happy to kind of have some more time, you know? Because everybody, you know, we were still discovering like what exactly, like, you know, the severity of all of this, you know, just in general, like how, how are we going to be able to transfer all of this to online? But, you know, there was a system previously employed, where they were talking about how they were kind of preparing for something, you know, just in case like something were to happen in the future, but they kind of had to integrate this system like eight months or something like that before birth. Even supposed to be tested. So, I know, for, for everybody's perspective, I know that this year was kind of a great opportunity to kind of, you know, hit the pause button. I'm going to to land and, you know, going on location. Obviously, we ought to be there, but I think, you know, just overall so far kind of the Outlook just in general, on the season, is just been, it's been great. I think, you know, from a scheduling perspective, based on the format, just the way that everything has has kind of flown by long. It's been great. And I think, you know, from every single perspective, there is no doubt that this season, despite it, you know, going from land to online. Obviously, this whole season has been online. So far has been excellent. And, you know, everybody has really worked super hard to, you know, just trying to make it as lifelike as possible. He like, you know, last season, you know, from from our commentators perspectives and whatnot. And we'll just the town overall thoughts on webcam. So we had, you know, the nice backdrops and stuff and now it's like we're actually in the virtual Studio, which I know it takes a little bit of getting used to, but really from all angles, I think everybody has done their best to try to replicate wage. Land. The best way we can with the preparation with the time that we had and I think that everybody has done a phenomenal job and I know we're all, we're all gearing up for for when when we will be able to get back on land which I know, I'm sure coming up. But, but yeah, it's just, it's been great. It's been really good overall. Team effort, I believe it was, it was last week or the week before I from Forgetting the exact day. But how ecstatic are you further ton of land for the stage four? Major, I don't want go through all the states for, but for the important bit of it, it'll be players on the same internet connection and everything. Right. How excited are you for that to be breaking up soon? Oh man. I'm so ecstatic. You know for for the players specifically, right. Just because you know obviously talking about connects it's never going to be perfect, you know, as much as we like to talk about online and you know, and in terms of the results found online, there's obviously a nice debate there. I think just in general for everybody to be in the same location, just four players to kind of have that same interaction and really just to kind of see, you know, obviously I'm great. I'm, I'm very grateful that birth. Just kind of be in the most neutral playing field possible but also the same time, I'm excited to see kind of the debut of players on land. You know, we have a number of different talented players who who I believe will translate tool and very well. There's just a lot of kind of engaging story lines that are going to be there. And then, you know, we just talked about Call of Duty like, you know, granted obviously we're making do in the best way, we can online, but there's no beating land and I think everybody is aware of that and I would say, just overall, incredibly excited for it. It's a step in the right direction. It's a step. One of many that we're going to take to kind of getting back to normal, obviously, given the, you know, the right circumstances and, you know, learning the things that we need to. But I'm just I'm very excited for everybody but specifically on most ecstatic for the players without a doubt. Awesome. And so, I gotta ask write this down internet connection, being being solved at this stage. Four major, do you think it'll really change to the top teams are? I mean, these is it really that much of a difference You know, I've I've kind of had the same opinion what I'm trying to think of like when this particular title came out, Advanced Warfare was like 2015, 2014-2015 took like six years now. Yeah. I don't think that the online tool and disparity is as big of a deal. As many people think that it is now. Granted, is there a difference? Of course, there is a majority of the difference has to do with, you know, would just having people watch your gameplay, whether you're on the side stations or whether you're, you know, up what your gameplay is being shown to thousands of fans and you know you have all kinds of interaction.
A highlight from MSI 2021 Begins, NA and OCE Escape Groups! Ready to Rumble? feat. GGS Spookz and Swip3rr | HLL 172
"Aussies new zealanders. Americans canadians unite. We have all escaped the stage of msi maybe more of an achievement for Some of those countries and others but We have a special episode today. That's hotline league episode. One seventy two and of course. Our sponsors are anywhere gave phil. We will shout them out and talk more about the more later in the stream but before we get to our Oceanic friends here on the show. Let me introduce my constant co host. mark zimmerman. How's it going mark a great Are you away no okay. i'm tired. I felt really tired today. So we i woke up at six. I washed all the games then immediately. Afterwards you and i did like a forty minute together of judge reacting and then i did the dive after that which has a couple of technical hiccups which may take a little while and then right around. Four o'clock start dying. Did you get an app in at least for like twenty minutes. But now i have my mountain dew game fuel to wake me up excellent choice. You didn't do amp. Came fuel. So i i'm working on the no amp. I'm just reading so is looking at your ears just like it's it's a teleprompter for you. You can only have just now in. Doodle do charged watermelon shock. You very euro zero calorie energy drink watermelon flavored with other natural flavors. Zero categories okay. We're good anyway. We have nepotistic coaches on the show. Today we have spooks and swipe her first off. I don't have both of you guys introduce yourselves. Also okay. we really quickly. We all like hung out in two thousand fourteen right. Yeah we did okay guam elilott yes and i remember there was like there's a ton of people that was like back when fast feast to live although she's going back There's like a whole i remember. Just a whole slew of people for those that don't know after twenty fourteen worlds. I went to To sydney and then afterwards two packs which took place in melbourne at the time and And i really got. I enjoyed hanging out with all the oceanic pros at the time It was a it was a good good fun anyway. Spooks go ahead and introduce yourself. Maybe you can give your background for those that don't know yup however long for those who died in ninety i was a proclaim for twenty twelve. I believe I played a very long time. Along with mr mr swoboda hill We played together for for fifties and Yeah i moved onto coaching as of last year Seemed like the natural. Next step for me and i was very fortunate to land position. Golden guardian sale. Here i am nice to nice to introduce myself everyone in that that was purely because not because of any all those years of competing or anything like that. It was just like a narrow new. You and he was like. Hey i ain't get you some cash. Some sweet american dollars and he brought you over here right. Yeah yes something like a. You're doing so lucky to get that job for those. That don't know the joke. were referencing. All the nepotism conversations around in narrows hiring practices while ago which i don't think had much merit but Swipe is here as well We brought in. Were not just one but two to celebrate. Oceanian is a great resurgence. After an unfortunate twenty twenty do you wanna go ahead and introduce yourself as well. Yeah i mean. Similar the same yemenis brandon swap. People normally go go by me. I've played up until lost the end of last year. I played some bit more Fresh in terms of competitive competitiveness as a player Say at the end of last year. Sort of just decided that it was time for me to hang up the boots and sort of light. My skill set into something. That could be really good up and yet Landed the job. The golden guardians. Yeah in the By i got over here about early february it was and not being could ever since Enjoy the road. Yeah well. I mean i think Both of you are a perfect guest to have on Given the fact that we're obviously spent a lotta time. Claude night's performance day. You guys now. I'm sure have been getting up to speed in the areas that you weren't previously up to speed on on the north american stuff when you moved over here. So i'm sure you'll be able to talk to that but obviously also congratulations dependent on advancing out of the group stage thinking what really cool moment for a shannon. We'll talk more about that. But any callers from australia new zealand. Anyone who cares about the stuff feel free to to call in with your takes on. I'm sure that these two can talk about that As as we're waiting spawners in the chat he says holy shit finally some good. Oc guests unlike spun It's so true. It's so true. So i know that there's a little bit audio stuff. I've been trying to fix a twitch. Take keep me in the loop on if we need anything But obviously the big news. was messiah groups previously playing slash groups now merged and now there's a rumble stays we're headed off to but Oc made out cloud. And i made it out And then a bunch of other folks. I think we mostly would have have guessed to To make it out did as well Cloud nine just doing that today. And we're just a couple of days out from rumbles. msi just keeps hitting We'll be taking those calls and Mark if you explain how the show works just in case anybody's tuning in for the first time. If you have never seen the show it is a live call in show. We'll be taking your topics so right now into a shed. I'm spamming the discord link. Go ahead and join up there once you get there. The club calls or plug calls to voice channels. Meet your microphone once you get in there no mouth readers and then in the club. Topics text channel is where you will write your take. I'll be scanning through their pulling the ones. I like And you will be pulled into the waiting room if you are selected and you'll hang out there until it's your turn beyond will do a quick audio sound good be on air to discuss it with us and if it is your If you are by the way sub. Thank you for seven. We've had a bunch of subs. Mark and i have been doing are sort of post game day. broadcasts You can also be sure to sink your discord with your twitch. So you can get access the subtopics chat you can draw your taking their moves a little slower at times and so maybe a bit of an easier chance of getting on but you have to make sure you still have a good take Or or maybe we can even have questions.
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"We're not just going to ignore this was that we're gonna ignore the kobe episode or something. Yeah well we can address that but first things for anybody even do care. We goes through what he does. I'm just saying the master plan worked out perks. It is one to power spike week to perks as well. You know like all the all the memes and the prophecies came true as planned. It was it was an absolute banger. Absolute banger great job. Kobe episode was funny as well. I'm gonna have to go back and check. The tapes Me just cracked honestly. Though groups were were packed with a lot of good stuff. Right if we're going off of the the north american thread and memes ozanich tournament. was added to north america residency for their players. And yet they now get their first team through which is what basically was the play in stage to the main stage and congratulations to penton net. Let's go round of applause. All around honestly also had cool upsets from you know paying gaming got a lot of a lot more competitive games and winston within than having the past Dfm as well today giving don wanna run for their money. every game. they played them getting the win. Off of cloud nine If we add vietnam two worlds Plan stage. I'm actually really excited for plant states this year for world you know with the with the performance of these wildcard regions thus far at msi groups age and hopefully oh my god Vietnam will be able to actually come as well. It's actually going to be filled with. I think it's it's going to be amazing. I mean one of the things that i really hit home. I think both watching. Msi and prepping for this tournament as well is how good a lot of these players are mechanically. Now i think that in the past it was much more common for for the the major region teams just slam the games through leaning face just because the basic skills were not on the same level. Right you know now. That seems so much less common. These guys are really up their game. I think mechanically almost across the board and it's getting more and more difficult to continue being them right now. It's more things that i think are are less obvious like the decision making macro plays you know maybe not all five in the murray strong individually in these types of things but i i've been really impressed and i agree koby especially with the fm Their support. Because i think it's steel is going to become resident so gang up in a believe is mixed up that they're going to be having so they should be even stronger vietnam. We haven't gotten to see a while they've been looking really good. The pcs has been looking good. So i i think it's really really exciting. Got some mark. Zale hit with the dfm works. I i was definitely gonna say that like on the point about like individual mechanics. anymore. It's like well. They should have won the first time. They've played terrible decision at triple at the third hip you know and it's like those areas are falling short now. As and even this game they played it was scrappy back and forth their playoff versus the former world champions sale. It's not that funny. I just cracking me up. This is getting good that you can even do like the push a little. Yeah the little pushups up. Just say. I think it might actually work. It's going to work best for sale. Because he's got the ball as well as i say a lotta evil mastermind if we go to the movies. Okay if we go by the movies dr evil you know what about what about the cool ball people like you know. We got been diesel. We've got some sweet stuff. You know the transporter. I was definitely bad. So those are some big dubs. Football people are. We got some six apple. Podcasts reviews the meta the meta shifting. Never saw this one coming. We've got a few this week. This one comes for mr travvy. X. d. says diva's peak league legends content. Will now the jail. Xp is gone at least portland out for jazz. Also mark deserves more recognition. I mean look at his hair. Zale more shots at the ball guy. I see. there's a trend here on this episode. We got another one here. This one's from caldera eight fifty seven diva's great love the show. Never miss an episode coming in with the meta breaking counter pick. Marcy is the best on the show. He brings the best analysis the funniest jokes. No offense the other guys back and not standby with all these. One sided reviews once again. Great show catholic. Kobe five-star last one. Here this is how to break them in. This is everyone's idea ever ever had enough of the markazi abuse marks the al farhi of the dive pulled down by four recile deep and now wow grow to the all right five stars. They for the reviews. Good like this. I made a lot of alta cows. This week's i'm not working. Msi for the main broadcast. I had a lot of time to make other accounts. And make all these reviews as you noted as i didn't have many much variety in them. They're all kind of like break. The meta marks cool i. This is interesting.