Valve has canceled in-person audience for The International 10

Tickets will be refunded and the event will still begin on schedule. Valve has canceled in-person audience attendance for The International 10 and will now only allow teams, talent, and essential staff to be present during the event, the company revealed today. Valve confirmed that this decision was made in order to ensure the “safety of all players, talent, and production staff participating in the event” and will begin the process of refunding all ticket sales.  “We wanted nothing more than to welcome fans live to the event, but we can no longer do so in a way that allows us…

by ESNA
October 4, 2021

The Inclusive Power of Esports

The Inclusive Power of Esports For a long time, video game players have known that the gaming industry has the power to bring people together and build rich, multi-faceted communities. In fact, this sense of identity and camaraderie intensified during the 2020 pandemic, as the gaming world offered a built-in place to gather online when in-person gatherings became unsafe. Video game sales, in turn, skyrocketed. Both console and PC games have seen a large upswing in sales in the past year, and IDC reports that mobile gaming has experienced even larger gains. Gaming brings people together, and more and more…

by ESNA
September 14, 2021

FaZe Clan partners with DC to create limited-edition comic book.

FaZe Clan partners with DC to create limited-edition comic book. North American organisation FaZe Clan has announced a partnership with comic book publisher DC Comics. As a result, the two parties will collaborate on a limited-edition comic book featuring a number of FaZe Clan content creators in the form of superheroes. Alongside the release of the comic, the organisation will launch a limited range of merchandise. This includes jerseys, hoodies, and mousepads that will be available to purchase on September 24th. Xavier Ramos, Head of Marketing at FaZe Clan, spoke on the collaboration in a release: “It’s been an honour to work alongside such…

by ESNA
September 14, 2021

Does Overwatch support cross-platform play

Many developers have added crossplay matchmaking to their games over the years. Popular titles such as PUBG and Fortnite support crossplay, allowing players to team up with their friends on different platforms. This also reduces the queue time for console players, making it a decent way to reduce downtime between matches. Since Overwatch was released in 2016, the first-person shooter has been available on Xbox, PlayStation, PC, and Nintendo Switch, but players have been confined to their platforms’ servers for a long time. In 2018, Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan revealed that Blizzard was “in discussion” with Sony and Microsoft to merge the servers. Nothing noteworthy came out of the…

by ESNA
September 14, 2021

WePlay Esports enters Rocket League with $100,000 tournament

WePlay Esports enters Rocket League with $100,000 tournament Media holding company and esports tournament organiser WePlay Holding has announced its first Rocket League event, the WePlay Esports Invitational. The tournament, set to commence on September 16th, will see 16 teams from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America compete for its $100,000 prize pool. RELATED: WePlay Holding secures Brawl Stars Championship broadcast deal Some of the teams participating in the event include Team BDS, Team Vitality, Guild Esports, The General NRG, G2 Esports, and Sandrock Gaming, among others. Regarding the new tournament, Eugene Luchianenco, Head of Esports at WePlay Esports, commented: “We have no intention to stop developing: we continue to explore and…

by ESNA
September 14, 2021

Riot Games expands VCT Game Changers to EMEA region

Riot Games expands VCT Game Changers to EMEA region Game publisher Riot Games has announced the expansion of its VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT) Game Changers programme to the EMEA region.  As a result, three new VALORANT tournaments will take place over the next three months in Europe.  First announced in February 2021, the VCT Game Changers programme aims to foster an inclusive environment for competition, whilst also create competitive opportunities and exposure for female players.  The first all-female VCT Game Changers EMEA tournament will run from September 27th to October 3rd, while the second event of the series, set to take place from October 25th to…

by ESNA
September 14, 2021

Complexity Gaming signs all-women VALORANT roster, GX3

Complexity Gaming signs all-women VALORANT roster, GX3 Complexity Gaming is signing one of the top all-women VALORANT teams in the world, GX3.  The team, which most recently finished second during July’s VALORANT Champions Tour 2021: Game Changers Academy, will join the organization under a new Complexity GX3 branding.  GX3, which was founded in 2002 by now ex-Counter-Strike pro and six-time ESWC champion Alimonstr, has worked to help her team establish itself within the growing VALORANT scene while advocating for female empowerment. “We strive to leave a lasting legacy on the esports world both competitively and culturally,” Alimonstr said. “Signing with a reputable and supportive organization like Complexity…

by ESNA
September 13, 2021

Free Fire overtakes PUBG Mobile as the highest-earning mobile battle royale in the US in 2021

Top-performing battle royales such as PUBG Mobile and Garena Free Fire have been at the top of the food chain when it comes to mobile gaming. Competition between the titles has always been neck and neck, with each trying to oust the other by setting new records.The reach of mobile gaming and esports is touching new heights with each passing day. With 2020 being the breakout year for mobile gaming in terms of numbers and revenue, 2021 so far has provided good signs as well. https://d-23586468934267059749.ampproject.net/2103261048002/frame.html PUBG Mobile accumulated a total of $68 million in player spending worldwide, while another popular battle…

by MR POWH
April 9, 2021

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