Why Warlock Wins – DOTABUFF

Any time Dota gets a big patch it’s always really interesting to see what heroes slip through the cracks into the realm of overpowered. With so many options to choose from, the meta generally gets defined by a few heroes that find early success and then people tend to stop looking for new options. In some cases, incredibly broken heroes will go undetected until many months after a patch. We saw this scenario play out at TI9 when OG pulled out this Aghanim’s Scepter rush carry Io that was completely…

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Rainbow 6, LoL Top International Esports Weekend – Weekly Twitch Top 10s, May 10-16 – The Esports Observer

The loss of live, international competition was a significant blow to the esports industry in 2020. This week saw multiple big international events take place, and a corresponding surge in esports viewership on Twitch. Twitch’s Top Channel – xQc Being banned from Grand Theft Auto V continues to serve Félix “xQc” Lengyel, as he continues to ride the momentum from his return to the title. He generated 8.7M hours watched this week due in large part to GTA content. This was also the second week of action for the Mid-Season…

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‘Transition from UKLC to MSI mind-blowing’ – Mad Lions coach Pad

Mad Lions’ Danish assistant League of Legends coach Patrick ‘Pad’ Suckow-Breum has spoken about his rise from the UK scene to playing against some of the world’s best teams. Last year, Pad was working with MnM Gaming in the UK League of Legends Championship (UKLC), and featured in this roster announcement by MnM below. Then, after a stint with Tricked Esport in the NLC, he joined Mad Lions in the LEC late last year, working alongside British head coach James ‘Mac’ MacCormack. Of course, Mad Lions went on to win…

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Call of Duty League Breaks 2021 Season Peak Viewership Record – The Esports Observer

Call of Duty League set a new season-high for peak viewership this past weekend with the Toronto Ultra-Optic Chicago matchup, as the Activision Blizzard-owned property continues to see momentum in its second year. The matchup that the Ultra won 3-2 was the Round 5 game of the Stage 3 Tournament that was eventually won in the grand finals by the Atlanta FaZe. For the Ultra-Optic match, Activision Blizzard reports that it earned a peak concurrent viewership of 136K on YouTube. That bests the prior high this season, the FaZe-Optic match…

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UK qualifier details revealed: Red Bull Solo Q 1v1 League of Legends tournament returns for 2021, with Sjokz on board as brand ambassador once again

UPDATE (May 17th 2021): Red Bull has announced details of the UK qualifiers for Red Bull Solo Q. The first national qualifier takes place on June 12th, which players can sign up for now on the Red Bull Solo Q Battlefy page. The Red Bull Solo Q UK circuit begins with the first online qualifiers in June: UK Qualifier 1: June 12th UK Qualifier 2: June 26th  UK Offline Qualifier: July 4th, Pixel Bar, Leeds Winners of each qualifier will be invited to compete in the UK final in July, and…

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NVIDIA Partners With Neverest for Esports Education Project – The Esports Observer

NVIDIA is the newest partner of the Brazilian esports organization Neverest Esports, supporting its education project Neverest Hub. NVIDIA will now have its new technology Reflex, focused on competitive gaming performance, promoted in the platform and also sign lessons and content regarding equipment for the best performance at games. “NVIDIA enters our project solving one of the main challenges of the gamer: the lack of guidance to obtain the best performance from the equipment. Therefore, we are very happy to raise our delivery levels even more to the gamer and…

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FIFAe World Cup 2021 returns to London once again after last year’s break

The FIFAe World Cup will return to London this year after a break in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The FIFA 21 Global Series will climax on August 6th to 8th 2021, with 32 of the world’s best FIFA players gathering to compete for the FIFAe World Cup 202 trophy. The finals have been held in London in recent years, with Saudi Arabian player Msdossary winning the FIFAe World Cup in 2018 (pictured) and German player MoAuba in 2019. This year, there will be four groups with eight players…

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How a Sports Technology Investment Firm Bought Into Esports – The Esports Observer

Bob Barnett is a former banker and investor, and now a lot more bullish on the esports industry than he used to be. This wasn’t always the case, and prior to 2017, Barnett couldn’t tell you much about esports or even gaming. The company which he is a managing partner of, Phoenix Sports Partners, is a Chicago-based investment and operating company that was started as a vehicle to put investments into promising sports technology. He is also the founding partner of Wexford Capital Partners, an independent sponsor private equity firm…

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SK Gaming sign Aether roster to re-enter Rocket League with UK player ahead of Spring EU Major

SK Gaming re-entered the Rocket League scene yesterday, picking up the former Aether roster, ahead of the RLCS X Spring European Major this weekend. The veteran esports organisation is now home to UK player Dylan ‘eekso’ Pickering, alongside German teammate Damian ‘Tox’ Schäfer and Austrian Maurice ‘Yukeo’ Weihs. The anticipated pick-up sees SK Gaming return to Rocket League after a five-year hiatus, having previously hosted a European team in 2016 – the year after the game was released. The Aether roster formed after eekso, who had been dropped from Galaxy…

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What a CFIUS Action Against Tencent Could Mean for the Game Industry – The Esports Observer

Last week The Esports Observer reported that Riot Games owner Tencent Holdings has been in quiet discussions with the Committee on Foreign Investments (CFIUS) for the last six months in an effort to allay concerns by the U.S. government about how it handles user data. Tencent, a China-based conglomerate that wholly owns the League of Legends and Valorant developer, also has roughly a 40% stake in Fortnite and Rocket League owner Epic Games, and minority stakes (anywhere from 5-15%) in such companies as Overwatch League and Call of Duty League…

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