Category: Esports

Call of Duty League 2021 – Stage 3 Major

The COD League stage 3 Major is here, we are embarking on possibly the final major that will be played in the online format. We have some potential matches that could really shape up the final day depending on teams that can put a few matches together in a row. Let’s discuss the bracket and […]
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Call of Duty Stage 2 Recap

Call of Duty Stage 2 Recap: What a weekend of Call of Duty we got to witness. There were some major upsets as well as a few crazy loser bracket runs. We were also able to see a new champion be crowned. Let’s take a look at some of the surprising outcomes from the weekend […]
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DarkZero and Respawn Partner Up

DarkZero and Respawn Partner Up: Esports organization DarkZero Esports teamed up with RESPAWN Products and signed a one-year deal with them. RESPAWN Products will now be DarkZero’s gaming furniture provider. They will provide desks and chairs for the organization’s 8,000 sq. ft. facility in Las Vegas.
James Deasey, RESPAWN Partnership Manager, spoke on the partnership in a release: “We at RESPAWN Products are excited to be working alongside one of the premier organizations in Rainbow Six Siege, DarkZero Esports.
“Tommy and the team at DarkZero have the drive and passion to continue to grow their brand exponentially, and that is something that aligns with our goals as well at team RESPAWN. As of today, RESPAWN Products is #GoingDark.”
Tommy Padula, Head of Partnerships at DarkZero, also commented: “We couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with the battle-tested ergonomic gaming furniture brand of the future, RESPAWN Products. It’s important for us at DarkZero to provide our athletes with top of the line equipment to perform at their best.
“Through partnering with RESPAWN, we are making good on that promise. We are also excited to provide value and engage with our fans through product giveaways and sweepstakes. Looking forward to growing with our founding partners!”
The facility is home to the organization’s training and practice area, player rooms, and content creation. DarkZero moved from Houston to Las Vegas when Ubisoft made Vegas the focal point for North American R6.
Respawn will have furniture throughout the whole facility and player rooms so the brand will be seen on player’s streams and on team content.
“By outfitting the entire facility, we’re going to be able to activate in a way we weren’t able to before,” Padula said. He also plans to host live events at the facility when it becomes a safer time to do so.
“A big initiative for RESPAWN this year was to expand our brand into other markets and other games,” said RESPAWN partnership manager James Deasey.
“DarkZero has such a huge, stronghold on the Rainbow Six community and on the Rainbow Six game itself, we saw that our initiatives really aligned with them because as we want to get into a new space, we want to be able to make a huge splash. Working with DarkZero…everything just made sense to us.”

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100 Thieves Adding New Ownership

100 Thieves Adding New Ownership: 100 Thieves is an industry leading lifestyle brand and Esports team with millions of fans worldwide. Founded in 2017 by John Robinson and Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag the two sought to create a new approach to esports, structuring its business around three core pillars of competitive gaming, content, and apparel.
The entertainment company operates a full slate of programming. This includes; ongoing documentaries that follow individual players and teams signed to the brand, podcasts The CouRage and Nadeshot Show, which interview famous streamers, founder Matthew Haag also hosts a podcast Selfmade, on his show he interviews people he looks up to in the business world and sports.
Today the company is valued at over $190 million according to Forbes Magazine. Apparel drops are regularly sold out in minutes and make the company over $500,000 in sales according to the company.
With 100 Thieves, Robinson and Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag are bringing together the worlds of Esports, YouTube, and streaming together while adding a unique apparel business to create a multi directional and modern entertainment company.
100 Thieves will now add two additional owners to a group that already includes Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag, rapper Drake, music industry agent Scooter Braun, and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert in the ownership group. Two of its most popular content creators, Rachell “Valkyrae” Hofstetter and Jack “CouRage” Dunlop, will now be co-owners.
Introducing 100 Thieves Newest Owners
Rachell “Valkyrae” Hofstetter “ joined 100 Thieves in October of 2018 after a successful solo career gaining followers streaming Fortnite, League of Legends, Teamfight Tactics and Valorant.
The 29 year old gamer has 3.3 million YouTube subscribers and is regarded as the most popular female gamer in the world. Now she can add company executive to her list of titles and accomplishments.
For three months starting in August, “Valkyrae” spent six to nine hours a day playing popular mobile game “Among Us” with half a billion players worldwide. Celebrities from rapper Lil Nas X to US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined in on her streams. In December “Valkyrae” was crowned Content Creator of the Year by the Game Awards.
The appointment of Hofstetter to co-owner makes her 100 Thieves first female owner and serves as inspiration for aspiring female games across the world who represent 41% of the gaming industry according to Statista.
Jack “CouRage” Dunlop like Hofstetter, has become one of the most influential members of 100 Thieves. “CouRage” joined 100 Thieves in May of 2019. Dunlop boasts 3.27 million subscribers and plays Call Of Duty, Fortnite, Apex Legends, and OverWatch.
Dunlop has been known to run charity streams throughout the pandemic to help those struggling. “CouRage” hosted a 12-hour stream in Fortnite that raised over $500,000 in donations which would be donated to the CDC and other organizations
“Rae and Jack have such great instincts in the gaming community, which matters now more than ever because so many young kids want to be entertainers in the digital space,” expressed founder Matthew Haag
With their elevation to co-owners the two will also receive equity in the company as well as their own line of branded apparel.
Their new role and prominence will help sign new talent to the company in the high profile industry of Esports and streaming personalities.
In October, Creative Artists Agency announced the deal between the agency and 100 Thieves to represent members in creating deals for film, television, and podcasts.
Nothing will change from the content creation side of Rachell “Valkyrae” Hofstetter and Jack “CouRage” Dunlop. Their main focus is still their individual brands first and adding to 100 Thieves second.

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US Soccer Taking a Leap Into Esports

US Soccer Taking a Leap Into Esports: The future of esports is getting bigger as time goes by. The industry has seen many athletes from different sports join tournaments and stream on twitch as they compete for prizes. The global pandemic was another huge reason as Fifa 20 helped MLS teams cope with being indoors for the most part last year.
Now, it seems like the future of esports, traditional sports, and even the sports gambling industry have all intertwined. The US soccer federation is taking a big leap into esports as they announced the collaboration with Esports Engine being the official production provider for the eNational Team Closed Finals that started on April 9th.
US soccer expressed this type of partnership from 2019, which is when the first national team for the FIFA eNations Cup was put together for the event. This is also the first time for the company Esports Engine, in regards to joining forces with a sporting team of any league.
This is only the beginning stages of the partnership. It will be interesting as to how this partnership continues in the long run as the idea of esports joining a sports federation was not even a thought a few years ago. Many other teams, federations, and clubs should be joining the esports industry as they see the success it will bring.
Esports Engine has done a lot these past few months by expanding its operations in the United Kingdom and bringing new members to the team which included former Gfinity employees Martin Wyatt and Paul Kent as Head of UK Program Operations and Head of UK Production Operations.
WHAT US SOCCER HOPES TO ACHIEVE
The US Soccer federation with the partnership and help is trying to attract more players to join the gaming industry as they see potential in the growing market. Esports Engine sees the opportunity in terms of engaging current fans and new audiences. They are also trying to find ways to get people excited about soccer as it is not as popular in the States when compared to Europe and South America.
David Wright the CCO of U.S. Soccer in a recent interview stated “We are excited to open a pathway to the eNational Team for the broader community of players and fans across the United States, while also recognizing the commitment and success by those at the top of the FIFA Global Series rankings.”
“Esports continues to provide us with an opportunity to connect with new fans and grow interest in the sport of soccer here in the United States. We are looking forward to a thrilling competition and determining our two eNational Team representatives for this year.”
Esports Engine is good at organizing events and should be a big help to the federation as they were the victors in the FIFA eNations Cup. Many want to add esports to the Olympics because the committee has a target demographic with a huge audience. The committee wants to bring it to light by the 2028 Olympics as the city of Los Angeles will host the event.
This idea shouldn’t be on hold for long as some high schools introduced the idea of having esports teams. If more organizations like the IOC can get involved, the potential for the esports industry and traditional sports is endless.

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MLB The Show 21 Starts Off with a BANG: Here are the New Features

MLB The Show 21 Starts Off with a BANG: The highly anticipated video game series of MLB The Show is set to continue and its release date is scheduled for April 20th, 2021. You can pre-order it now to save you the time of downloading it on the release date. It will be available on several platforms such as the PS4 and PS5 as well as the XBOX One and XBOX Series X/S.
MLB The Show is looking to attract its previous audience back for more fun while also trying to bring in a new audience in the young and upcoming generation. With only a week remaining until the game is released to the public, we finally have a sense of some of the great features that will be put on display for this year’s version of MLB The Show.
New Features in MLB The Show 21
This will be the first time in MLB The Show history that the Playstation exclusive franchise will land on XBOX consoles. This is massive for the game as many XBOX users haven’t been able to witness the greatness of MLB The Show. All the common XBOX gamers now have a reason to purchase MLB The Show 21.
Since Playstation has decided to expand its network of opportunities to XBOX, there is now the ability for players to crossplay. This move will benefit sports gaming in a way that no one has seen before. Now players from Playstation and XBOX can compete with each other directly.
One of the newest and most popular added features will be known as the stadium creator. This will give players the ability to customize their own ballpark.
This mode is perfect for the younger generations as it encourages a great deal of imagination in designing a baseball stadium.
Yankee Stadium too short and too many homeruns? The Green Monster at Fenway too challenging to hit a homerun over? Build your own ballpark and make the necessary adjustments in allowing your player to hit his full potential.
One of the most popular parts of the MLB The Show series has been the games career mode, known as Road to the Show. It was recently announced that Road to the Show has the ability to connect to a unified ballplayer in linking a single created player to Road to the Show as well as Diamond Dynasty.
Diamond Dynasty is the most popular gamemode for MLB The Show players. Although the franchise hasn’t made any announcements or hints as to what upgrades will be made in the mode, the audience can expect something major. It is not often the video game series doesn’t live up to its expectations.
Lastly, MLB The Show 21 makes adjustments to detail by enhancing its gameplay updates for hitting, pitching, and fielding. New features like Pinpoint Pitching and PAR are ready to blow everyone’s eyes.
MLB The Show 21 Impact
MLB The Show 21 will have a significant impact on the gaming industry and its bright future. More recently, professional gamers have seen a dramatic rise in success and being noted as famous figures around the world. These professional gamers have been able to inspire the young and upcoming generations of the world.
Now, when someone asks a child, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and you hear the response of, “A professional video gamer” it won’t be of much surprise.
The MLB The Show series was already a thriving video game with solely Playstation users playing the game. Now, having expanded across XBOX consoles the game appeals to a whole new audience. An audience that a booming franchise can’t miss out on.
April 20th is the scheduled release date for MLB The Show 21 to be released. I, along with many others, am excited to see just how long of a home run they hit this time up to bat.

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Rocket League: North American Regional #3 Preview

The Rocket League Championship Series Spring Split North American Regional event #3 is right around the corner. The third regional event begins at 1 p.m. ET April 22nd and will continue till the 25th.
The final split of the season will have a single round-robin system that was used in seasons two through nine. On day one 20 teams will enter the tournament in 4 groups. The fifth-place finisher of each group will be eliminated.
Day 2 will have 16 teams that play in a double-elimination bracket. On day 3 only eight teams will be left and they will be split into two groups then compete in a double-elimination bracket with an extra round.
There are so many matches going on that Psyonix is asking organizations and casters to stream their own matches on the first day.
Currently, there are only 4 teams who have made it into the tournament. Those teams are Rogue, the Kansas City Pioneers, G2 Esports, and the Susquehanna Soniqs.

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Call of Duty League 2021 Standings and Updates

The 2021 Call of Duty League season is the second season for participants around the world competing in the league. The game is an esports-based video game that features a first-person shooting perspective that was published by Activision in 2003.
Throughout the years, Call of Duty has done nothing but learn to grow and adapt to its consumers’ interests. With settings ranging from Miami to outer space, Call of Duty truly wants their audience to experience something different each time a new update is released. This year the season features a battle that takes place during the Cold War.
Introducing the Teams
Atlanta FaZeDallas EmpireFlorida MutineersLondon Royal RavensLos Angeles GuerrillasLos Angeles ThievesMinnesota RokkrNew York SublinersOptic ChicagoParis LegionSeattle SurgeToronto Ultra
League Standings
There is a wide range of level of competition in the Call of Duty League this season. The dominant Atlanta Faze nearly went perfect, while the London Royal Ravens could barely win a match.
To be clear, there are much more games than there are matches in the league’s format. Call of Duty League points (CDL points) can be obtained by a group stage win, which results in the addition of ten points to their respective team.

Atlanta FaZe – 165 points – 12 matches won, 1 loss – 40 games won, 12 losses
Dallas Empire – 130 points – 9 matches won, 5 losses – 35 games won, 26 losses
New York Subliners – 120 points – 10 matches won, 5 losses – 33 games won, 24 losses
OpTic Chicago – 110 points – 9 matches won, 5 losses – 31 games won, 22 losses
Los Angeles Thieves – 80 points – 6 matches won, 7 losses – 22 games won, 27 losses
Minnesota Rokkr – 70 points – 6 matches won, 5 losses – 21 games won, 21 losses
Los Angeles Guerrillas – 70 points – 5 matches won, 8 losses – 21 games won, 30 losses
Florida Mutineers – 50 points – 5 matches won, 8 losses – 22 games won, 27 losses
Toronto Ultra – 50 points – 5 matches won, 8 losses – 24 games won, 31 losses
Paris Legion – 50 points – 4 matches won, 7 losses – 19 games won, 24 losses
Seattle Urge – 30 points – 3 matches won, 8 losses – 17 games won, 27 losses
London Royal Ravens – 2 matches won, 9 losses – 14 games won, 27 losses

Update
Gameplay is being streamed on callofdutyleague.com, and you can follow your favorite teams there. April 8 is a relatively big day for the league as a lot of outcomes are to be determined on this day.
The Subliners are going up against the Empire roughly 90 minutes prior to OpTic Chicago squaring off against Toronto Ultra, and both should be solid matches.
The hard truth is that no one quite holds to the standard of the Atlanta FaZe squad. With 12 matches won and only one loss, they enter the playoffs as the team to beat, and the one everyone is going to want to knock off.

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