WorldGaming Network to Host World Electronic Sports Games

WorldGaming Network to Host World Electronic Sports Games Qualifiers & Finals for the U.S. and Canada

The global tournament from Alisports and WorldGaming Network is the world’s only Olympic-style esports competition

Teams and players will compete to represent their countries at the WESG Grand Finals

Toronto, ON | June 29, 2018 – The world’s only Olympic-style esports tournament has officially arrived. WorldGaming Network today announced that it has been named the Official Tournament Operator for the United States and Canada (two separate qualifying events) qualifiers for the 2018-2019 World Electronic Sports Games (WESG), in partnership with Alisports, a division of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.

The Olympic-style games will last over seven months and involve more than 65,000 players from over 190 countries. Those players will compete for one of the largest prize pools yet – $5.5 million. Competition will span across six games: DOTA2Starcraft IICounterStrike: Global OffensiveHearthstoneVainGlory and Pro Evolution Soccer (PES).

As Official Tournament Operator, WorldGaming Network will host the national WESG events via online qualifiers and live finals for both the United States and Canada. The top teams in each game will then go on to represent their respective countries at the WESG Grand Finals in China.

“We’re thrilled to be joining forces with WorldGaming Network to host the world’s only Olympic-style esports tournament,” said Jason Fung, Global esports Director of Alisports. “WorldGaming Network’s leadership in both the American and Canadian tournaments will help make this our most successful tournament yet.”

“It’s a tremendous honor to help bring the WESG Qualifiers & Finals to both the U.S. and Canada,” said Wim Stocks, General Manager of WorldGaming Network. “In naming WorldGaming as the Official Tournament Operator, Alisports has recognized the strength of our experience, our tournaments platform and the community of gamers we have galvanized throughout the United States and Canada.”

Online qualifiers will be run from September to November 2018 on the WorldGaming tournaments platform. In mid-November, WorldGaming Network and The Stronach Group will host the USA WESG Qualifying Finals
‘live’ at the iconic Santa Anita Park racetrack in Los Angeles, California.  The Canadian WESG Qualifying Finals will be held ‘live’ on October 26 – October 28, 2018 at Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo (EGLX), Canada’s largest video game expo, being held this year at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Fnatics DOTA Team Secures Attendance at The Internationals 2018

Experienced team solidify place at August finals, following the introduction of new DOTA Pro Circuit format –

LONDON, UK. 25th June 2018: FNATIC, one of the world’s leading global esports brands, today secured a place at The International 2018 (TI), an annual tournament organized by Valve and the concluding tournament of the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC). The International 2018, held in the Rogers Arena, Vancouver in August 2018 is the first time, since its inauguration back in 2011 that the event will be held away from Valve’s hometown of Seattle. Fnatic’s experienced DOTA 2 team will attend the event in a bid to win a share of the $25 million prize pot.

Fnatic has attended every TI event since 2011 and its current DOTA team roster has over 20 cumulative attendances at the event. Fnatic’s offlaner UNiVeRsE has been a part of the TI event himself since its 2011 Cologne launch, even lifting the trophy at TI5, while support DJ has been part of the Fnatic team at TI for the past two tournaments including their memorable 4th place finish at TI6.

2018 is the first year with the new Dota Pro Circuit format, where Majors and Minors throughout the 2017-18 season were given points for good performances with the resulting top 8 directly invited to TI 2018. Fnatic initially finished 12th after falling just short of a necessary top two finish at ESL One Birmingham just before the end of the DPC – however this weekend the team has triumphed in the SEA Closed Qualifier, a round robin and subsequent playoff of eight teams consisting of three invited teams and five coming up from Open Qualifiers.

“Getting to The International is the pinnacle of a DOTA players career, and I couldn’t be more grateful to my team for helping me to attend my eighth TI now,” said Saahil ‘UNiVeRsE’ Arora, Fnatic, “This is what we play for, to be crowned champions at this world renowned event. As a team we’re dedicated to playing the best we can at all times and having that dedication rewarded by getting to attend The International is a fantastic feeling. We’re aware the next stage isn’t easy and every team that makes it to TI is capable of winning, but we’re confident that our present gameplay and strategy can put us good stead moving onto Vancouver.”

Fnatic started out the Closed Qualifier with mixed results during the initial round robin phase, finishing with four wins and three defeats. But, when facing sister teams TNC Tigers and TNC Predator in the double elimination playoff, the roster looked like one absolutely deserving of a place in Vancouver for TI2018, winning 2-0 in each game.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the guys right now. Even though I’ve come into the team recently, I’ve seen how hard they’ve been working as a team and that’s paid off this weekend,” said Kurtis ‘Aui_2000’ Ling, Head Coach of Fnatic Dota. “We’re all experienced at this game and have attended many TIs, but you never know what the event brings until it arrives. This weekend we felt good, the spirit and determination of the team shone through and has been rewarded with a trip to my hometown in Vancouver for the finals in August.”

About Fnatic
FNATIC is a leading, global esports organisation with professional teams in the most popular games such as League of Legends, Counter-Strike, Dota 2, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm and more. Since being founded in 2004 by Sam Mathews, Fnatic teams have collected numerous honors including winning the first ever LCS World Championship and winning three CS:GO Majors, in addition to other major gaming titles. In 2015, Fnatic launched Fnatic Gear, the hardware line of gaming peripherals. The organisation launched the first ever esports concept store, BUNKR, dedicated to all things esports in 2016.

F1 Esports Pro Draft Qualifiers Confirmed

  • 66,000 players battled it out to secure a place for the draft
  • Formula 1 teams to choose their official drivers

Formula 1®, the pinnacle of motorsport, today confirmed the 40 online racers who have qualified for the next stage of the F1 Esports Series – the Pro Draft. On Monday 9th July in London, representatives from the nine F1 teams participating to the F1 Esports Series 2018 will use the Pro Draft to select which drivers will join their own esports teams and compete as a professional in the latter part of the season.

Over the course of the four online qualifying rounds, 66,000 players battled it out to secure a place for the Pro Draft, completing 1.1 million laps. A total of 111 territories  (from A for Albania to Z for Zimbabwe) were represented, competing in F1 2017 – the official game of the FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™, on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and PC – with Great Britain leading with 23% of the players, followed by USA (16%) and Germany (13%).

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport, Red Bull Racing, Hype Energy eForce India F1 Esports Team, Williams, Renault Sport Team Vitality, Haas F1 Esports Team, McLaren, Toro Rosso Esports Team and Sauber F1 Team will all be offering positions in their driver line ups as part of the series. Every team must select at least one of its drivers from the Pro Draft.

The F1 Esports Pro Draft will see the players travel from 15 countries – including the UK, Chile, Germany and Finland, amongst others – to historic Silverstone in the build up to the Formula 1 2018 Rolex British Grand Prix. There they will undergo a series of tests, assessments and interviews with the teams to demonstrate why they should be selected. The Pro Draft will be streamed online on Facebook and will also be shown live on television.

Once selected, the official esports drivers will represent their real-world teams later on in the season as they race in the three live events that will determine the 2018 F1 Esports Series Teams’ and Drivers’ World Champions. There will be a prize fund of $200,000 allocated to the teams based on their positions in the team standings.

Of the 40 players confirmed for the Pro Draft, 36 came through the Open Qualification phase – four online events on the F1 2017 game followed by four sets of races on each of the three platforms. The fastest nine players on PS4, Xbox and PC have all qualified. Two more players qualified through the Online Qualification Wildcard and are joined by Fabrizio Donoso Delgado and Sven Zürner, who both qualified through last year’s competition finishing respectively 2nd and 3rd.

The F1 Esports Series is operated in partnership with Codemasters, the developer and publisher of the official Formula 1 video game franchise and Gfinity, one of the world’s leading esports companies.

Julian Tan, Head of Digital Growth & F1 Esports at Formula 1 said: 
“Last year’s series was a great success and based on the level of those who have qualified for this year’s Pro Draft, the 2018 season is shaping up to be even more exciting. The drivers will now battle it out for what is a truly incredible opportunity. With the F1 teams involved we have been able to combine the power of Esports with the magic of Formula 1, establishing an authentic series that builds on what we have on the grid. We can’t wait to watch the action unfold.”

Paul Jeal, Formula 1 Franchise Director at Codemasters said:
“We have been incredibly impressed with the speed and race craft that we have seen from our players during online qualification. We have 40 outstanding racers ready for the Pro Draft, with a near equal split on returning finalists and semi finalists from last years competition, and new drivers who are ready to experience the thrill of the live events for the first time. For our gamers to have the opportunity to join a real Formula 1 team is an incredible opportunity and we cannot wait to see them perform on the biggest stage on F1 2018.”

Mark Brittain, Chief Commercial Officer at Gfinity said:
“The online tournament has seen a record number of competitors and the competition has been incredibly competitive. We now look forward to welcoming the top players and their potential Teams to the Gfinity Esports Arena for the Pro Draft as we enter the second phase of our activation.”

CS:GO Asia Championships 2018

PGL introduces the world to its new in-game Augmented Reality tech at the CS:GO Asia Championships 2018

The CS:GO Asia Championships 2018 taking place this week in Shanghai, China, gave PGL the opportunity to implement its new Augmented Reality features for CS:GO broadcasts. 

With a prize pool of $300,000, the CS:GO Asia Championships 2018 features eight top teams from Asia and the rest of the world: Team EnVyUs, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Heroic, Virtus.pro, MVP.PK , VG.Flash Gaming and TyLoo.
The event runs from June 14-18 at the Shanghai Indoor Stadium, a 12,000-seater multi-purpose gymnasium located close to the Shanghai Stadium.

Perfect World partnered with PGL to offer the English broadcast of the event on twitch.tv/pgl . The PGL research and development team worked for months on new features for its CS:GO portfolio. The result was a new form of Augmented Reality for in-game 3D graphics produced with in-house tools, which was introduced in the first day of the event and has once again confirmed PGL’s commitment to innovation.

“We’ve invested a lot of time and resources in order to improve the viewer experience, with the addition of in-game Augmented Reality graphics.”, says Sebastian Honciuc, main show producer.
“This is just a small step and fans should expect more things to come from our CS:GO production moving forward”
The CS:GO Asia Championships 2018 playoffs will take place this weekend, when the six remaining teams will get the opportunity to compete on the stage of the Shanghai Indoor Stadium.
Viewers from all over the world can enjoy the visually enhanced spectacle on twitch.tv/pgl starting Saturday, June 16th, at 9:30 AM local Shanghai time.

FNATIC announces Fortnite team tryouts

-Attendees at E3 this year have the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of FNATIC’s Fortnite captain Ettnix-

-Move comes as Epic Games announces $100 million investment into Fortnite competitions- 

LONDON, UK. 7 June 2017: FNATIC, one of the world’s leading global esports brands, today revealed that attendees at this year’s E3 in Los Angeles (June 12-14) will have the opportunity to catch the eye of scouts recruiting for FNATIC’s Fortnite team. The team will be hosting tryouts for the team under the watchful eye of Ettnix, FNATIC’s Fortnite captain and currently ranked top five in the world.

The move from FNATIC comes as Epic Games recently announced plans to offer a prize pot of $100m (£74m) for Fortnite competitions. The prize fund has been set aside for the first year of competitive play of the popular game, due to start later this year.

The tryouts will be located within DXRacer’s booth [Booth #2513] at the main E3 show, the company behind the world’s best gaming chairs and an official partner of FNATIC. It’s a first come, first served event where players will have one life in a solo game in a bid to win prizes from FNATIC’s brand new range of Gearproducts that launched just weeks ago. Kills will be rewarded more than match wins: 5 kills earns players a mousepad and 10 kills earns players a FNATIC Gear Clutch 2 mouse. Players that deliver the best performance of the day will also be rewarded with a FNATIC Gear Streak Keyboard.

The schedule for the tryouts is as follows:

  • Tuesday 12th June: 5PM -7PM
  • Wednesday 13th June: 12AM-2PM
  • Thursday 14th June: 3PM-5PM

Patrik “cArn” Sättermon, Chief Gaming Officer and Co-Owner of FNATIC, said: “Epic’s recent announcement regarding the competitive side of Fortnite is something we as a team are incredibly excited about. As always with FNATIC, we’re looking to recruit the world’s best. By running this experiment at E3, which is the first time we’ve ever done anything like this as an organisation, we are providing fans with the opportunity to showcase their ability on Fortnite and have some fun. You never know, we may even unearth some hidden talent that could one day compete for FNATIC.”

“For players that live and breathe esports, an opportunity like this is one in a million,” added Ettnix, captain of FNATIC Fortnite. “This is their chance to show up and impress when the pressure is on. I might even give a few the chance to play against me!.”

TURTLE BEACH CELEBRATES PARTNERSHIP WITH EA SPORTS

The Road to the eWorld Cup Final Continues in Amsterdam as EA SPORTS Exclusively Use Turtle Beach Products for FIFA 18 Competitive Gaming

San Diego, CA – May 29, 2018 – Leading gaming headset and audio accessory brand Turtle Beach (NASDAQ: HEAR) further reinforces its position of leadership in gaming audio and esports through its partnership with EA SPORTS™. This partnership with EA SPORTS sees Turtle Beach as the official headset brand of the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series, and further roots Turtle Beach’s continued growth in the competitive gaming space.

The EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series is a global ecosystem featuring more competitors and more tournaments than ever before, and will culminate with the first ever FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 Grand Final – the pinnacle of the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series.

The competition has already seen its fair share of incredible scenes with 16-year-old British sensation Donovan “F2TekKz” Hunt rising from obscurity to defeat the odds and lift the coveted FUT Champions Cup Trophy in Barcelona. And in Manchester when, so close to Old Trafford where so many historic scenes have been witnessed on the pitch, Saudi Arabia’s Rogue MSDossary celebrated another victory by claiming the FUT Champions Cup.

However, all eyes are on the next stop of the Global Series, the storied footballing city of Amsterdam, where the best FIFA 18 competitors will compete to see who will qualify for the FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final. A total of 128 players, 64 each on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One, will enter the Playoffs, but only 16 from each console will progress to the Grand Final. The competitors at qualifying events will exclusively use Turtle Beach Elite Pro products to ensure the best possible gaming audio experience.

“I can’t think of a better way to strengthen and expand our presence in competitive gaming than by joining forces with EA SPORTS and arming them with the best gaming headsets available,” said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation. “With this being a World Cup year, soccer will be ever-present and there’s no better digital representation of the game than FIFA 18.”
“Working with brands like Turtle Beach is very additive to the FIFA competitive gaming ecosystem,” said Dave Madden, SVP Global Brand Partnerships at EA. “These endemic partners provide a great layer of authenticity to the competition through activations like in-broadcast social engagements, partnerships at retail, and co-branded content that all add to the experience of our players and viewers.”

Turtle Beach’s Elite Pro line defines the future of esports gaming audio equipment, delivering best-in-class audio performance for game sound and team chat, plus innovative comfort-driven technologies to ensure players stay comfortable and cool under pressure.

PES 2018 selected to represent Esports showcase

Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. has today announced that PES 2018 has been selected as one of the competition games for this year’s 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang 2018 esports event.

The Asian Games event is a continental multi-sport event hosted by the OCA (Olympic Council of Asia) and will take place in Jakarta-Palembang in Indonesia from August 18th.  The 2018 event marks the first-time esports have been included in the line-up, with PES 2018 one of six games chosen to showcase the medium.

PES 2018 is regarded as a landmark in football simulation, and its inclusion as a representation of a key Esport title is welcome recognition. Visitors to the event will be able to see the game in action, while details of KONAMI’s ambitious esports plans will also be detailed.

With the announcement that esports are to be an official competitive sport as of the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou in China and also under consideration to become an official competitive sport within the Olympics, the Indonesian event will be an opportunity to show the competitive side of esports to a huge audience.

SpecialEffect Presents: #ChickenForCharity! A Games Industry PUBG Tournament

Top games companies go head-to-head to support gamers with disabilities!

London, England – 12.6.18: SpecialEffect, in collaboration with PUBG Corp. and SEGA® Europe Ltd, have today announced a games industry PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS™ tournament to help raise money for their cause. On Friday 22nd June, 25 teams representing some of the biggest names in gaming will battle it out to be crowned #ChickenForCharity Champion. The whole event will be live-streamed on twitch.tv/specialeffectteam from 13.00-18.00 BST, in a special broadcast from GAME’s BELONG esports studio hosted by The Simms, Talha and JohnPee.

The tournament will feature teams of four competing to achieve the highest combined score over four games of PUBG. The competition is sure to be intense, with the likes of SEGA, Sumo, TT Games, Amplitude, Frostbite, Interior Night, PC Gamer, Splash Damage and Twitch having already thrown their hats into the ring! The fundraising platform JustGiving will also be entering a team and showcasing their new StreamRaiser software, which helps streamers to collect and track charity donations whilst using Twitch.

Tom Donegan, Events Coordinator at SpecialEffect said:

“It’s fantastic to see such an enthusiastic response to #ChickenForCharity from our friends across the games industry. Over the years we’ve had a lot of fun coming up with new ways to raise money through encouraging the competitive spirit between studios, such as our annual Wembley Fives tournament. However, this is the first time we’ve given them an opportunity to go head-to-head doing what they do best – playing games! We’d like to thank SEGA Europe for their support in helping to make this happen and PUBG Corp. for allowing us to use the phenomenal PUBG. We’re really grateful to everyone who has signed up to play and can’t wait to see who will be the ‘winner, winner’ at the end of the day!”

There are now just ten remaining team spots up for grabs, so anyone interested in taking part is encouraged to contact SpecialEffect as soon as possible to secure their place (details below).

For further information about #ChickenForCharity please contact:

Tom Donegan, Events Coordinator at SpecialEffect: tom.donegan@specialeffect.org.uk
Tel. 01608 692266

The UK’s first ever Dota 2 Major

GINX Esports TV, the world’s biggest international esports TV network, just announced that it has acquired the broadcasting rights for the ESL One Birmingham 2018.

Held in Birmingham later this week, the ESL One Birmingham is the very first Dota 2 Major tournament organised in the UK. Arguably the year’s most exciting esports event in the UK, ESL One Birmingham has already broken records, becoming the fastest selling ESL Dota 2 event ever.
From May 25th to May 27th, 12 top teams from around the world will be competing for a US$1,000,000 and the important points to earn their invite for The International 2018.

In addition to the official broadcast of the tournament, GINX Esports TV will also be on location with Jorien van der Heijden, one the most popular Dota 2 casters.

Jorien, also known as Sheever in the esports community will be conducting live interviews as well as pre and post-match analysis, offering an exclusive point of view on this most awaited tournament.

“I’m looking forward to represent GINX Esports TV at ESL One Birmingham! I’ll be hosting The Daily Download from the arena and will be doing several interviews. It’ll be an awesome weekend! ”

British Hurricane wins Overwatch Contenders Europe Season 1 Finals

The Overwatch Contenders Europe Season 1 Finals wrapped up in dramatic fashion last night, with British Hurricane defeating Team Gigantti at Alvernia Planet in Poland. The best-of-seven series went to the wire, before Hurricane—the London Spitfire Academy Team—emerged 4-3 winners to take home the $30,000 USD first-place prize.

The newly-crowned European champions kept their winning run alive in the Atlantic Showdown, a best-of-five showmatch celebrating the Europe-North America rivalry. British Hurricane overcame Fusion University—who had defeated Toronto Esports in the Contenders North America Season 1 Finals—to claim a 3-1 victory.

PES League World Tour 2018 named as official UEFA Champions League esports competition

The longstanding commercial union between Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer series as the UEFA Champions League has scored yet another wonder goal.

The Japanese publisher’s PES League World Tour 2018 has now been named as the official UEFA Champions League esports competition. This bodes well for a potential extension to the three-year agreement struck between the pair in 2015.

Currently PES is the only video game series to offer an official and licensed recreation of the Champions League.

The partnership now stands in opposition to the very tight-knit relationship between FIFA and EA that sees the latter’s hugely successful FIFA series currently leading the way in esports football.

Indeed, few esports teams currently have a PES pro among their ranks. This is something Konami will need to change if it has serious aspirations for PES esports.

“I am delighted to be able to work with UEFA for this opportunity,” Konami Digital Entertainment president Hideki Hayakawa said, “not only to bring an exciting experience for the participating players, but to also be able to provide Football fans from all over the world an opportunity to enjoy this competition first-hand at the physical events or through live streams.”

UEFA Events SA marketing director Guy-Laurent Epstein added: “We look forward to this season’s PES eSports events and the opportunity it provides for gamers and viewers to further engage with the UEFA Champions League brand.”