Welcome to our new weekly Esports Recap article, where we discuss the esports happenings for the past week. It’s been a busy week with new events, teams and sponsorship’s.
More and more physical sports leagues are seeing the benefits of partnering with esports leagues. This week WorldGaming Network and The Minnesota Twins have teamed up to host a unique Fortnite streaming party on Sunday September 9, 2018, titled Fortday.
Twins pitcher Trevor May will join professional gamers, BasicallyIDoWork and Jordan Fisher to livestream a Victory Royale battle on Target Field at 10:00am. The emcee for the event will be Twins catcher Mitch Garver.
Those who purchase tickets will also get a reserved seat for the Twins vs. Royals game that day. The first 500 fans to buy a ticket will receive an exclusive Twins Fortday with Trevor May t-shirt.
For additional information or to purchase tickets visit TwinsBaseball.com/Fortnite
Source: WorldGaming Network press release
Esports in the Olympics
Over the last few years there has been speculation that we might start seeing esports in the Olympics. Some people feel its time with the changing climate while others don’t feel that the Olympics are for physical sports and therefore gaming does not fit.
Well those who feel esports doesn’t belong in the Olympics have won the argument so far. Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, during the 2018 Asian Games, advised that esports, at this time, cannot be included “We cannot have in the Olympic program a game which is promoting violence or discrimination. They, from our point of view, are contradictory to the Olympic values…”.
There is continued talk and desire to include esports in the Olympics, in fact last year it was announced that competitive gaming would become a medal sport in the 2022 games. There are games that do not have a violent nature, like Rocket Leagues, so we might see those appear. However, we still have a ways to go as unlike physical Olympic sports, we don’t have an overarching governing body.
As we move closer to the start of season 2 of the professional Overwatch League, fans may be happy to hear that the league has announced the addition of 6 more expansion teams. Previously they had announced the addition of Atlanta and Guangzhou. This week they have added six teams; Chengdu, Hangzhou, Paris, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington D.C. This brings the total teams to 20 for the upcoming season.
Check out The Esports Observer for more details on the expansion and owners of the new teams
In the off-season many teams often go through a restructuring. Team Empire and Na’Vi have been the latest to announce changes to their roster for the 2018-2019 season.
Team Empire’s 2018-2019 roster will be:
- Zaur “Cooman” Shakhmurzaev
- Vladimir “Chappie” Kuzmenko
- Yaroslav “Miposka” Naidenov
- Oleg “sayuw” Kalenbet
- Igor “Maden” Modenov
- Coach: Egor “JotM” Surkov
- Sub: Aybek “Naïve-“ Tokaev
Na’Vi’s 2018-2019 roster will be:
- Vladislav “Crystallize” Krystanek
- Idan “MagicaL” Vardanyan
- Eveniy “Blizzy” Ree
- Evgeniy “Chuvash” Makarov
- Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev
In additional Dota 2 news, PGL will be hosting the first Dota 2 Major of the new Dota Pro Circuit season. The event will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia between November 9-18. Teams will compete for a share of the $1M prize pool as well as earn points that will given them a chance to qualify for the next The International. The International is Dota 2’s largest global championship and boasted a final prize pool in of $25 million in 2018.
Qualification for this event will begin on September 16, 2018.
League of Legends
KFC has signed a sponsorship agreement with Chinese League of Legends team Royal Never Give Up (RNG). The agreement is said to last one year and will provide KFC with logo placement on RNG’s jerseys and in their Beijing arena. KFC will also be able to produce RNG exclusive products.
RNG is a rising star in the League of Legends arena. Recently they defeated the Korean national team in the grand finals of the 2018 Asian Games esports demonstration event. As many esports fans may be aware, in League of Legends the Korean teams are usually the teams to beat.
In additional League of Legends news, London-based esports organization Fnatic has organized a pop-up bar for fans to watch the EU LCS Championships. The event will take place at Tapas Free, a bar in Madrid that is within 2 blocks of the tournament venue. Fnatic will be competing against Schalke 04 Esports in the Summer Finals on September 9, 2018. If they win they will automatically qualify for the World Championships held in South Korea Later this year.
Source: The Esports Observer
FACEIT has announced a partnership with HyperX for the upcoming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive London Major on September 20-23 in the SSE Arena in London.
HyperX will provide all the keyboards, mice, mousepads, DRAM, and SSD products for use during the competition. Along with providing equipment, they will also host team signing events at the final and have a booth where fans can play in on-on-one tournaments.
HyperX is also the sponsor of teams Cloud9, Natus Vincere, and Team Liquid. All are competing in the event, which boasts a $1M prize pool.
Source: The Esports Observer
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