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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.

WGL Challenger Rumble Declares Its Winners

November 21, 2016 — This weekend, the 6 best teams from the EU, APAC and NA regions fought for 2 tickets to the Champions Rumble in Moscow and cash prizes. After a day of intense brawling, Ding took a resounding win over Kazna Kru, with both teams earning tickets to Champion’s Rumble.

Looking onwards and upwards, these two will have to work on their tactics and prepare for the Champions Rumble, the ultimate showdown in the World of Tanks calendar. At the Champions Rumble, they will truly define who the best team is and take their slice of the $160,000 prize pool.

This year’s final fight will be taking place at WG Fest on December 17, the massive community gathering in Moscow, Russia, that shows off all things Wargaming. Thousands will be watching the Challenger Rumble champs face off with World Champion Na’Vi and the runner-up of the CIS Season 1 Finals, HellRaisers, to claim a ticket for the Grand Finals 2017.

However, who can forget that the Challenger Rumble also etched its first World of Tanks Blitz World Champion in history? C4 beat TEAM ID to take both the trophy and the cash back home. We couldn’t have stuffed any more eSports action into one weekend if we tried.

For more information on the WGL, visit the official portal:

ESL One Cologne TV Broadcasts Expanding

July 8, 2016 – ESL One Cologne has kicked off with its group stage competition, hosting sixteen of the world’s best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams in Germany’s LANXESS arena. The main stage of the tournament starts today and is set to be broadcast over numerous online and offline platforms.

Brazil (Globo), Bulgaria (Novo Sport), the Czech Republic (PrimaCool), Finland (YLE), Germany (ProSieben Maxx) and numerous Nordic / Baltic countries (EsportsTV) will have local television broadcasts of the esports spectacle. This comes in addition to online live streams on Twitch, HitBox, Azubu, Yahoo!, with second screen content available on Snapchat (eslgaming), Facebook Live, Twitter, and Instagram.

“The way people consume media is constantly evolving. Some are fans of more traditional broadcasts on television, others follow solely on their preferred streaming site whilst a growing number immerse themselves in an array of social media,” said Chris Müller, Managing Director at ESL TV. “We try to ensure that our events cater to all types of esports fans, and so are always working to expand our broadcast horizons. Viewership is on the rise – and that is in part thanks to the evolution of the viewing experience.”

ESL’s very own live platform has truly undergone a revolution, enhancing the interactive experience for all viewers. Available through live.esl-one.com, the site offers highlights in-game statistics, match schedules and more alongside the stream. Additionally, a stream can be selected based on viewership preferences from the list of official ESL partners.

For more information about ESL One Cologne visit the official website. Stay up to date with regular updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Razer Announces Sponsorship of Denial eSports

IRVINE, Calif. – Razer, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers and a pioneering supporter of competitive gaming, today announced its title sponsorship of North America-based Denial eSports. The eSports organization is known for teams competing in “Call of “Duty®,” “Halo™,” “League of Legends™,” and “Smite™.”

Among other considerations, the Razer and Denial deal provides the eSports team with gaming mice, keyboards, headsets, mouse mats and Razer’s professional-grade Wildcat Xbox One controller. Razer’s broadcasting product lineup, including the Stargazer webcam, Seiren Pro microphone, Ripsaw capture card and the Razer Cortex: Gamecaster streaming platform will also be used by Denial, providing a complete gamer ecosystem—hardware and software included.

“We’ve been using Razer products before we even started our journey to become professional gamers,” said “Smite” Jungler, Suharab “Masked” Askarzada. “To be officially a part of Team Razer is an incredibly exciting day for us personally, as well as professionally.”

Denial eSports is the latest big name to join Team Razer’s professional ranks. Since the team’s founding in 2014, Denial has won world championships for “Call of Duty” and “Gears of War.” The team also finished second in the world in “Smite.” Denial eSports was named “Halo” UGC and “Call of Duty” UMG champions.

“Denial is one of the most accomplished teams in North America,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “We’re thrilled that they are now officially a part of Team Razer.”

Razer was the first company to sponsor a professional gamer in 2000 when it sponsored Jonathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel with the Razer Boomslang, the world’s first gaming mouse that helped shape the multi-billion-dollar gaming peripherals industry. Today, Razer sponsors more than 20 teams and upward of 200 competitive players in 20-plus countries worldwide.

ESL Mortal Kombat X Pro League Season 3 Final Players Announced

June 7, 2016 – The results are in! The following 16 players have successfully made their way to the ESL Mortal Kombat X Pro League Season 3 Finals this Saturday, June 11 in Burbank, where the best players from around the world will compete for the $200,000 prize pool in front of a live studio audience:

  • Sonic Fox – Season 1 and 2 undefeated champion
  • Scar – Season 2 finalist
  • Dragon
  • PerfectLegend
  • A F0xy Grampa
  • Raptor
  • Boki
  • Hayatei
  • IrishMantis
  • Jupe
  • Madzin
  • Crathen
  • BeyondToxinSakr0n
  • St9rm
  • BenHeeyGe0rge

ESL Mortal Kombat X Pro League Season 3 was filled with tense moments as the best combatants faced off against impressive newcomers. Top highlights from the eight week season include:

  • In a shocking week where veterans SonicFox, Scar, WoundCowboy, and Biohazard were all eliminated prior to the Top 8 broadcast, Dragon took the Week 4 grand finals with an impressive Brutality against fierce competitor Toxin.
  • WoundCowboy’s epic match against current ESL champion and fellow teammate SonicFox, which resulted in a 2-2 tie and subsequent decisive match where WoundCowboy prevailed with a flawless victory.
  • A tense matchup between Scar and Hayatei in the week 7 grand finals, where Scar demonstrated quick adaptability with a switch-up of characters between Hat Trick Kung Lao, Smoke variation Triborg and Cover Ops Sonya, taking a 3-2 win over Hayatei.
  • Toxin and WoundCowboy went head to head in week 8, but Toxin could not be stopped and solidified his place in the Season 3 finals.

To view the Mortal Kombat X Competitive Esports Series Trailer, click here.

Fans can watch the tournament live in Burbank by getting tickets at mkx3.eventbrite.com or view online via Twitch.

For everyday players looking to compete online in Mortal Kombat X, the ESL Mortal Kombat X Challenger Cup offers an all-new way for fans not competing in the ESL Pro League to battle online for cash and prizes. Open tournaments across North America, Europe, CIS and Latin America are being held weekly through the end of June, with monthly finals streamed live.

TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 Announced

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (May 19, 2016) – Leading video game developer and publisher, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., today announced the TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 – North America, scheduled to hit major North American cities throughout the rest of the year in anticipation of the home console release of TEKKEN 7.

The TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 – North America aims to bring together the top TEKKEN players from around the country for the largest ever TEKKEN tournament in North America for a knockdown, drag-out competition through 18 different cities across the United States and Canada for bragging rights and cash prizes. The nationwide tournament series is the only place in North America for fans to get their hands on the arcade version of TEKKEN 7.

“The TEKKEN series is a cornerstone of the fighting game community and continues to evolve and advance the genre forward with each installment,” said Katsuhiro Harada, Director of TEKKEN Project at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. “I’m excited to see what the North American TEKKEN community is made of as they compete over the next seven months in the TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 in North America.”

“The TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 – North America series of events expands upon our tournament footprint that was set in motion earlier this year through our partnership with Wizard World Comic Cons and Gaming Tour,” said Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “The added reach of the TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 – North America events will ensure that TEKKEN fans across the country will have an opportunity to experience the next chapter of the storied TEKKEN videogame franchise and compete for cash and glory.”

The TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 – North America began on February 19, 2016 at Wizard World in Portland, OR and will continue through November 6, 2016 at the Wizard World Comic Con and Gaming Tour in Pittsburg, PA. Tournaments will be held at Wizard World Comic Con and Gaming Tour sites and key fighting game circuit cities. Each tournament event will feature a prize pool of $3,000 with a final prize pool of $20,000 at the TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 – North America finals. For full tournament rules and regulations please visit https://www.bandainamcoent.com/news/tekken-tour-na.

TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 – North America schedule and locations:

 

Date

Location

Event

February 19-21

Portland, OR

Wizard World

March 18-20

Atlanta, GA

Final Round

April 1-3

St. Louis, MO

Wizard World

April 29-May 1

Des Moines, WA

NorthWest Majors

May 6-8

Minneapolis, MN

Wizard World

May 27-29

Chicago, IL

Combo Breaker

June 2-5

Philadelphia, PA

Wizard World

June 17-19

Sacramento, CA

Wizard World

June 24-26

Orlando, FL

CEO 2016

July 29-31

Columbus, OH

Wizard World

August 5-7

Orlando, FL

Wizard World

August 18-21

Chicago, IL

Wizard World

August 19-21

Philadelphia, PA

Summer Jam X

September 9-11

Richmond, VA

Wizard World

September 23-25

Austin, TX

Wizard World

October 14-16

Southern California

SoCal Regionals

October 28-30

Toronto, Canada

Canada Cup

November 4-6

Pittsburg, PA

Wizard World

Final Event:

Date

Location

Event

TBA

TBA

TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016
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