OGN to expand into North America and produce National PUBG League, ESL abolishes Minor invites as qualifier dates announced
OGN to expand into North America, produce a National PUBG League
South Korean esports network OGN is planning a North American expansion, a national PUBG league, and a new esports arena in Calforinia geared specifically toward battle royale style competition, the organization announced in a press release Wednesday.
— OGN Esports (@OGNEsports) October 10, 2018
CNBC’s Annie Pei reports that OGN’s investment in the North American market is at least $100 million. According to a press release, OGN plans to open an 100-player capacity arena and studio in Manhattan Beach, California where the newly announced OGN Super League and Super Match invitational competitions are slated to be held.
ESL does away with Minor invites, announces qualifier dates
ESL will not be issuing invites for the Minors leading up to the IEM Katowice Major, the organization announced on Wednesday.
The #IEM Katowice 2019 Minors open and closed qualifier dates are set!
— Intel®ExtremeMasters (@IEM) October 9, 2018
In a statement, ESL explained that its aim is to make the Minors “completely inclusive,” with “all teams [being] required to qualify online.”
The spots in each regional closed qualifier will be divided equally between invited and open qualifier teams. ESL plans to release the qualifier rulebook next week, along with registration resources for each tournament.
Echo Fox culls fighting game roster, drop CoD roster
Echo Fox has parted ways with fighting game competitors Victor “Punk” Woodley, Jivan “Theo” Karapetian and Brad “Scar” Vaughn as part of an “organizational realignment,” the organization announced Wednesday in a statement.
As of today, I am no longer part of @echofoxgg. My time was amazing and the experience has helped me grow not just as a player, but as a person. I will always be grateful for their support/opportunities and I wish them the best!
Free agent mode: initiated!
Grind mode: amplified!
— Theo (@FGC_Theo) October 9, 2018
As of today I am a Free Agent thank you @echofoxgg for all the support you guys provided and wish you guys all the luck in the future DMs and email are welcome from any teams who wish to work together 🙂
— Punk (@PunkDaGod) October 9, 2018
It’s been a fun 2 years but as of today I am a free agent & no longer apart of @echofoxgg, I thank them for the journey/opportunities, and wish them luck going foward, Dm’s & emails or open to those willing to work together going foward.
— Scar (@khscar12) October 9, 2018
The organization also announced the disbanding of its Call of Duty and Gears of War rosters, as well as the release of “other select players.”
Official statement regarding organizational realignment pic.twitter.com/ovuG02PEox
— Echo Fox (@echofoxgg) October 9, 2018
CS:GO update introduces economy changes, adjustments to CZ and TEC-9
Valve has released a CS:GO update that fine-tunes the CZ and TEC-9, while also making significant changes to the game’s economy.
Thank you @csgo_dev for buffing Astralis economy. It’s really appreciated 😄👌
— Emil Reif (@MagiskCS) October 9, 2018
Most notably, the economy at the start of the half has been tweaked, with both teams holding the equivalent of a one-round losing streak, which gets reset following a round win. Instead of $1400, “the Round 1 loser receives $1900, then $2400 for a subsequent loss,” according to the patch notes.
The CZ has been modified so as to “encourage semi-automatic fire at medium and long ranges,” while the TEC-9 has been buffed to make the weapon “more forgiving at medium rates of fire.” In addition, the price of both the SG 553 and the AUG has been reduced in an effort to make them more viable in competitive play.
HeatoN steps down as NiP’s brand ambassador
Emil “HeatoN” Christensen has stepped down as the brand ambassador of Ninjas in Pyjamas, the organization announced on Wednesday.
Ninjas in Pyjamas and Emil @Real_HeatoN Christensen has agreed it is time to part ways. We part on the most amicable of terms in order to allow Emil to focus exclusively on building his personal brand.
— Ninjas in Pyjamas 🇸🇪 (@NiPGaming) October 10, 2018
In a statement, NiP described HeatoN’s departure as happening on “the most amicable of terms,” since it would allow HeatoN to “focus exclusively on building his personal brand” without raising any conflicts of interest.
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