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Mech_Con 2017 to Host MechWarrior World Championship Grand Finals

VANCOUVER – MAY 15, 2017 – Piranha Games (MechWarrior Online, MechWarrior 5: MERCS) unveiled the first details and opened ticket sales for Mech_Con 2017, the return of the world’s biggest celebration of MechWarrior and BattleTech and host of the MechWarrior Online World Championship Tournament’s Grand Finals https://mechwarrior.com/mechcon. Tickets are now available ahead of the event’s kickoff on Dec. 9th in Vancouver along with special hotel rates.

Mech_Con is a special one-day event hosted by Piranha Games and featuring Harebrained Schemes, Catalyst Game Labs, and MechWarriors from around the world. Join Piranha for the ultimate MechWarrior event and convention to see the latest MechWarrior and BattleTech developments, meet your fellow pilots, and get a front-row seat for the Grand Finals of the 2017 MechWarrior Online World Championship Tournament.

In addition to the Grand Finals’ exhilarating live showdown between the world’s best pilots, Mech_Con 2017 will host presentations from MechWarrior Online developer Piranha Games, Battletech developer Harebrained Schemes, and Battletech universe experts Catalyst Game Labs. Fans can also enjoy demo stations hosted by Piranha Games and Harebrained Schemes, meet with Catalyst Game Labs’ creators, attend developer Q&As, get autographs, and win prizes by entering giveaways.

Every ticket for Mech_Con 2017 will grant attendees a special Mech_Con Decal, redeemable in MechWarrior Online once an update goes live on May 16th, as well as tickets for drinks and meals served throughout the day.

Mech_Con 2017 will take place at The Pinnacle Hotel Harbor Front in Vancouver, just two blocks away from the city’s infamous Seawall and within walking distance to many of the downtown area’s best attractions. Fans can take advantage of special rates for the event by using the “Mech-Con” promo code when calling to book their room before Nov. 8th, or by placing their reservation online through this link: https://aws.passkey.com/event/49173151/owner/2075/home

There’s still plenty of time for newcomers to join the world of MechWarrior Online, a vision of the distant future where war is waged between fighters piloting incredibly powerful and complex mechs, before joining the game’s passionate community at Mech_Con 2017. MechWarrior Online is available to play free on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/342200/

More details and reveals for Mech_Con 2017 over the coming months, but pilots can stay up to date by locking onto www.mwomercs.com

Razer Partners with SK Gaming

IRVINE, Calif.—Razer™, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, and SK Gaming, one of the world’s most recognized competitive gaming brands, today announced a new strategic partnership. Both brands have pioneered esports, and their continuous support of competitive gaming has helped shape a professional competitive ecosystem and multi-million-dollar industry.

Razer and SK Gaming inaugurated their deal with an exclusive audio sponsorship. Razer will provide SK Gaming team members with the latest pro-audio products. In return, SK Gaming’s players will support Razer during product development and validation processes. With some of the world’s best esports athletes in its ranks, SK Gaming is able to provide valuable feedback that Razer will use to meet the demands of ambitious players.

“We are truly excited to work with an esports powerhouse like SK Gaming,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “We both have a hunger for winning and a deep love for competitive gaming in our DNA, and together we will set new milestones in esports.”

“We are incredibly excited to work with Razer,” says Alexander Müller, managing director of SK Gaming. “Perfect audio is essential for our players and, with Razer, we can be sure that our teams are playing under the best possible conditions. Both SK Gaming and Razer have contributed to the growth of eSports over decades and together we aim to go even further in the future, which makes this a very natural fit.”

Razer’s rich tradition of working with esports athletes has spawned some of the world’s most popular gaming keyboards, mice and headsets. The Razer BlackWidow, the world’s first mechanical gaming keyboard, the Razer DeathAdder, the world’s best-selling gaming mouse, and the iconic Razer Kraken headset series were all developed with professional esports players in line with Razer’s motto: For Gamers. By Gamers.

For more information about Razer’s audio line, visit razerzone.com/gaming-audio.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Announces Injustice 2 Championship Series

Burbank, Calif. – May 8, 2017 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced the Injustice 2 Championship Series Presented by PlayStation®4, a global esports program for the upcoming Injustice 2 video game from NetherRealm Studios. The 2017 series has Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment teaming up with ESL, Gamelta esports Professional League, GameStop, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Twitch to further build the fighting game community around the world. The program offers amateur and pro players throughout North America, Europe and Latin America a chance to compete in different programs for a portion of a $600,000 USD prize pool. The best players from these different programs will qualify for the Injustice 2 Championship Series grand finals that will take place this fall.

Injustice 2 Pro Series
The Injustice 2 Pro Series kicks off May 26 broadcast live on Twitch (twitch.tv/netherrealm), with a four-month online and offline season drilling down to the top 16 players from around the world. The 16 finalists from across North America, Europe and Latin America will advance to the Injustice 2 Pro Series Finals for a throw-down. The Injustice 2 Pro Series Finals will take place September 17 in Los Angeles.

Injustice 2 GameStop Hometown Heroes
The Injustice 2 GameStop Hometown Heroes tournament offers an all-new way for gamers in the United States who are not competing in the Injustice 2 Pro Series to participate in a program and battle for cash prizes. Operated by ESL, open online qualifier tournaments will begin June 4. Eight Regional Finals tournaments will take place in local GameStop retail locations on August 12, leading up to the Injustice 2 GameStop Hometown Heroes Finals at the 2017 GameStop Consumer Expo in Las Vegas, August 27.

Injustice 2 Path to Pro Tournament
European fans will have a chance to participate in the Injustice 2 Championship Series with the Injustice 2 Path to Pro Tournament. Operated by ESL on PlayStation®4, the competition will open on May 20 for players in the Benelux Union, France, Germany, Nordic territories, Italy, Spain and U.K. who are not participating in the Injustice 2 Pro Series. The Injustice 2 Path to Pro Finals will be held online on August 19 with 12 finalists from the participating territories.

Injustice 2 Liga Latina
Players from Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Peru get their chance to battle it out in Injustice 2 Liga Latina. Operated by Gamelta esports Professional League, online and offline qualifier tournaments will be held for each region beginning in May. The best players from each of the countries in which the program is offered will face off in the Injustice 2 Liga Latina finals on August 13.

In addition, fans in Brazil will have a chance to compete in a regional tournament. More details for Brazil will be coming soon.

For more information, or to sign up for an Injustice 2 Championship Series Presented by PlayStation®4 tournament, visit www.injustice.com/esports.

Injustice 2 is the super-powered sequel to the hit game Injustice: Gods Among Us that allows players to build and power up the ultimate version of their favorite DC characters. Featuring a massive selection of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains, players can personalize iconic DC characters with unique and powerful gear earned throughout the game. Additionally, for the first time, gamers can take control of how their characters look, fight and develop across a variety of game modes.

For more information about Injustice 2 please visit www.injustice.com. Join the Injustice 2 conversation on Facebook , Twitter and the official forums.

Wargaming Grand Finals 2017 Additional Details Revealed

May 5, 2017 — Wargaming is excited to unveil further details about the upcoming and action-packed Grand Finals 2017. With a $300,000 prize pool on the line, 12 of the globe’s finest World of Tanks pro-teams are set to put on a truly impressive show, complete with a variety of community activities, contests, and more.

Taking part in Grand Finals 2017 are some familiar faces and newcomers ready to shake things up: Oops – The Tough Giraffes (EU), DiNG (EU), eClipse (NA), Team Efficiency (APAC), Natus Vincere G2A (CIS), Kazna Kru (EU), EL Gaming (APAC), YaTo Gaming (China), Not So Serious (CIS), TORNADO ENERGY (CIS), Brain Storm (CIS), Elevate (NA).

The 2016–2017 season will culminate in a massive four-day event, divided into two parts. The action kicks off May 23–24 with the group stage, and you can be part of it all by tuning in online. Furious play-off clashes, held in partnership with Facebook and Rostelecom, will take place May 27–28 at the VTB Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia, transforming the venue into a World of Tanks battlefield.

The VTB Ice Palace’s doors open at 9 AM MSK May 27, inviting spectators to get their taste of tank action with the quarterfinals. On Sunday, May 28, the battle resumes from 2 PM MSK, featuring the semifinals, and ends in the show-stopping finale.

To create a true festival atmosphere, Wargaming will be offering fans the opportunity to not only watch the matches, but also hang out with fellow tankers. Viewers at home can jump into social media contests and streams, snagging themselves lots of cool prizes and gifts from Wargaming and its partners.

For the first time ever, the Wargaming.net League has called on a supernatural crustacean to predict the winning teams in Grand Finals 2017 by choosing between two possible outcomes. Viewers can tune in to the livestream to see Tomato the lobster decide the fate of this year’s Grand Finals.

Also available will be 2 types of Grand Packs, and a Fan Pack in our Premium Shop. All of them include unique pack of Grand Finals-dedicated emblems and labels. Grand Packs are Grand Passes that reserve a dedicated premium seat in front of the action.

Catch all the group stage action online. The stream begins 11 AM MSK on May 23 and returns at exactly the same time May 24.

As always, keep it locked to thegrandfinals.com for the full scoop and all updates on the event.

If you can’t make it out to Moscow, be sure to join us at http://wgl.gg/GF2017.

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Quake Champions – Raw Gameplay Trailer

April 4, 2017 – We’re doubling down on Quake content today, releasing a great raw gameplay video for Quake Champions as well as a spot of esports news about an open qualifier for the first major Quake Champions tournament at Quakecon:

QUAKECON BYOC OPEN QUALIFIER
Bethesda will be hosting the first major esports tournament for Quake Champions at this year’s Quakecon in Dallas. We’ll reveal more details about the tournament at E3.

While we’re not ready to talk in detail, we are announcing that one of the ways players can qualify for the Duel portion of the tournament is by competing in an open qualifier that will be held in the Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) area of Quakecon, August 24-27, in Dallas, TX. Competitors who want a shot at competing versus the best in the world should make sure they secure their BYOC seat when they go on sale April 13 via the Quakecon web site.

OK, ON TO THE VIDEO!
Below you’ll find a video offering a sneak peek at raw gameplay, showcasing Anarki shredding Blood Covenant at insane speeds and making patently absurd shots. Shout out to ZeRo4 for showing us how it’s done.

Enjoy!

BenQ ZOWIE Official Gaming Monitor of the 2017 MLG Pro Circuit

COSTA MESA, Calif. — March 17, 2017 — ZOWIE, BenQ’s eSports brand, today announced its partnership with global eSports leader Major League Gaming (MLG) by becoming the official gaming monitor sponsor for the 2017 MLG Pro Circuit Season. Engineered to create the ultimate competitive gaming experience, the ZOWIE RL2455 and the RL2460 console eSports monitors will be the featured sponsorship products at the Call of Duty® World League tournaments.

The MLG Dallas three-day tournament and finals for Call of Duty World League is set for March 17-19 at the Fort Worth Convention Center, Halls C, D and E, in Fort Worth, Texas. The event kicks off this weekend, where 16 qualifying international teams and more than 160 open-bracket teams will compete for a $200,000 prize pool. The competitors will battle it out on the ZOWE RL2460 eSports console monitor, and visitors will be able to experience ZOWIE products in the ZOWIE booth all weekend.

Tickets for MLG Call of Duty World League Dallas Open at Fort Worth Convention Center are available on the MLG Store. Every single match will also be streamed live on MLG.tv. For the full lineup of ZOWIE gaming gear, please visit Zowie.BenQ.com.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Year 2 Pro League Announced

SAN FRANCISCO — March 16, 2017Today Ubisoft®, together with ESL, the world’s largest esports company, announced that the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow  Six® Year 2 Pro League competition program will begin its global second year program on March 20 in North America, March 23 in Europe and March 26 in Brazil.

The first year of competition just ended at the Six Invitational in Montreal, where the best teams competed against each other. An ever-growing community of more than 15 million players showed strong interest in the competition, which reached 120,000 simultaneous viewers, with more than 1,300,000 hours of competition watched on the three-day event. These positive figures reflect the high standing of the game in the esports scene, as well as Ubisoft’s commitment to continue building a long-term game with the community’s support, feedback and enthusiasm.

The second year of competition for the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Pro League will take place exclusively on Windows PC in order to ensure a bigger and better development of the competition, while console players will be able to participate in the Major Leagues.

“By going all-in with PC, we wish to bring a higher level of engagement and entertainment to the competition, promoting the positive values that we embrace: the dedication our pros have for the game, their discipline, their hard work and the sacrifices they make,” says Alexandre Remy, brand director.

This year’s competition will include three seasons of Pro League and a grand final that will crown the global Rainbow Six Champion. At the end of each season, the top placing teams in Europe, North America and Brazil will compete head-to-head against one another at a live event with $100,000 in prize money on the line for the PC Season Finals. The Season One finals will take place in Katowice, Poland, on May 20 and 21.

For details about the competition program and qualifiers, please visit https://rainbow6.ubisoft.com/siege/en-US/news/152-286449-16/rainbow-six-pro-league-year-2-season-1-discover-the-teams

For more information about Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six® Siege, please visit https://rainbow6.com

SteelSeries Details PAX East 2017 Presence

CHICAGO – March 6, 2017SteelSeries, a leader and innovator in gaming peripherals and fastest growing major PC gaming headset brand in the US*, announces its upcoming activation at PAX East.At the SteelSeries booth, attendees will have the opportunity to try SteelSeries’ products, meet various streamers, and enter The Culling tournament for a chance to win exclusive merchandise.

Arctis and Rival Demos
At Booth 11010, gamers and visitors can demo a variety of the best products SteelSeries has to offer. For the first time at PAX, attendees can experience the revolutionary comfort and performance of the Arctis headsets. Visitors will also get to test out the unmatched durability and precision of the Rival mouse line.

Additionally, attendees who purchase an Arctis 3 or Arctis 5 at the show will receive a free headband of their choice and those who purchase a Rival 700 will receive an exclusive back plate for the mouse.

Play to Win
SteelSeries has partnered with developer Xavient to offer PAX attendees hands-on time with the adrenaline-filled battle royale game, The Culling. Attendees can enter daily free-play and quick-draw tournaments for a chance to win exclusive merchandise from SteelSeries and partners, Filthy Casual and Design by Humans.

Streamer Meet n’ Greets and PAX Generated Content Campaign
The SteelSeries booth will be home base for members of the SteelSeries stream team, such as Deejay Knight, LittleSiha and more. Throughout the show, streamers will be hosting community meetups, streaming The Culling with their friends and fans.  Attendees at the booth are encouraged to share their personal gaming journey and will be immortalized on the “I Play Because” story wall and seen on the booths massive LED display, one of the largest displays at the show. More news about SteelSeries booth activities during PAX will be coming over the next week; be sure to follow @SteelSeries and @TheCullingGame on Twitter to find out more.

QuakeCon 2017 Announced

January 27, 2017 – Taking place at the prestigious Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center, QuakeCon 2017 welcomes thousands of gamers from around the globe to participate in the annual four-day video game festival featuring North America’s largest BYOC (Bring-Your-Own-Computer) LAN Party. Founded in 1996, QuakeCon has grown to be one of the most distinguished festivals in gaming, with an attendance of over 10,000 in 2016. QuakeCon 2017 is open to the public and attendance is FREE thanks to the support of id® Software, Bethesda Softworks®, the QuakeCon volunteer staff, and the 2017 event sponsors and exhibitors.

QuakeCon will take place Thursday, August 24 – Sunday, August 27, 2017.

Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center
1501 Gaylord Trail
Grapevine, TX 76051

Guests can make room reservations at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center by calling 1.877.491.5138 or going online to: https://aws.passkey.com/go/QuakeCon. A special room rate of $185 per night is available when you reference QuakeCon 2017!

Entering its 22nd year, QuakeCon 2017 will continue to celebrate games and the people who play them by hosting North America’s largest BYOC (Bring-Your-Own-Computer) LAN party. With over two thousand BYOC seats available, participants can showcase their custom computers and join the QuakeCon gamer community to play their favorite games either solo or against one another on the same local area network.

QuakeCon is free for general attendees and open to the public. This year’s event will offer diverse activities for all, including those who choose not to bring their own computer. Attendees are first to see sneak peeks of Bethesda’s upcoming titles and announcements while also attending a wide array of presentations, tournaments, workshops and exhibits from leading tech companies showcasing the newest gaming accessories and hardware.

For more information on QuakeCon 2017 visit www.quakecon.org.

Blizzard and Facebook Announce Heroes of the Dorm 2017

IRVINE, Calif.—January 25, 2017College esports reaches a new level of engagement with Heroes of the Dorm 2017 as Blizzard Entertainment and Facebook team up to stream the action exclusively via Facebook Live. Blizzard and Tespa’s preeminent collegiate esports tournament once again offers Heroes of the Storm® teams from colleges across the United States and Canada a chance to earn free tuition for the remainder of their college careers—more than $500,000 in scholarships and prizes will be handed out this spring. For the first time ever, Heroes of the Dorm will be broadcast via Facebook Live on the Heroes of the Storm Esports Facebook page, beginning with the regular season and continuing all the way through the Heroic Four and National Championship.

With Facebook friends and Heroes of the Storm personalities just a click away, Heroes of the Dorm 2017 will be a new kind of connected esports event, offering a global real-time connected experience for viewers that supports live interaction (or smack-talking) during the heat of competition. From the nervous anticipation of the first regular season matches to the bright lights and excitement of the championship, Facebook’s global network will enhance every shareable, likable, and otherwise epic moment in Heroes of the Dorm. To further amplify this year’s Heroes of the Dorm viewing experience, Blizzard will serve up-to-date statistics, team and player profiles, updates for the Bracket Challenge and a new Pick ‘em Challenge, and more will all be available on www.heroesofthedorm.com.

“Heroes of the Dorm has featured some of the most dramatic college esports action of the past two years, and with more prizes for more teams up for grabs this year, we’re looking forward to a whole new level of competition,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re also excited to be working with Facebook this year to bring more live Heroes of the Dorm play to more viewers around the world than ever before.”

Starting today, eligible college gamers in the United States and Canada can sign up to compete in Heroes of the Dorm at www.heroesofthedorm.com. The group stages of the regular season kick off February 15, with the full schedule proceeding as follows:

Tournament Stage         Date
Group Stages February 15–16, 22–23, March 1–2
Regional Playoffs March 4­–5
Regional Finals March 8­­–9
Round of 64 March 18–21
Round of 32 March 22–23
Round of 16 March 25
Round of 8 March 26
Heroic Four April 8
National Championship April 8


Everyone Can Play, Anyone Can Win

While Heroes of the Dorm competition is reserved for some of the most elite Heroes of the Storm college teams in North America, savvy fans around the world will be able to flex their expertise in the Heroes of the Dorm Bracket Challenge and the Heroes of the Dorm Pick ‘em Challenge. Accurately picking the winners of each matchup, beginning with the Round of 64, will win prizes for the top 500 entries in the Bracket Challenge, while the grand prize winner will receive USD $10,000. Midway through the tournament, fans get a second chance in the Pick ‘em Challenge, where they’ll pick just one team to hopefully carry them all the way to the National Championship—earning a Heroes of the Storm Stimpack just for participating, with a chance for more Stimpacks the better their team does.

In 2015, UC Berkeley dominated, becoming the first-ever Heroes of the Dorm. In 2016, Arizona State University avenged their championship loss from the previous year to claim the title. This year, a new story will be written and new heroes will be celebrated in the ultimate college esports event!

Fans can relive the gripping journey of last year’s Heroes of the Dorm Championship team in A New Hero: The Rise of College Esports, a documentary on Arizona State’s climb to the top of college esports.

Learn more about Heroes of the Dorm and the viewer-participation challenges, and stay tuned for further details, at www.heroesofthedorm.com.

About Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm brings together a diverse cast of iconic characters from Blizzard’s far-flung realms of science fiction and fantasy, including the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® universes, and challenges them to compete in epic, adrenaline-charged battles. To learn more about Heroes of the Storm, head over to the official website at www.heroesofthestorm.com.

About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft®, Hearthstone®, Overwatch®, the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises, and the multi-franchise Heroes of the Storm®, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record includes twenty-one #1 games* and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company’s online-gaming service, Battle.net®, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.