Apr 8: H1Z1 (un)dead once more, Former Dead or Alive champion turns burglar and Epic stokes the Fortnite fire

Hi all. This week, Akshon published an article on OWL team Hangzhou Spark’s match posters which I quite enjoyed. We also revised some history, both Blizzard Entertainment’s and that of the Germany’s esports scene. Then there’s news from the New York Times, which found traditional sports’ training methods entering the professional gaming sphere and from StarCraft community site slash pro team birthplace TeamLiquid.net, which is rebranding. And then there’s..

Daybreak’s rebranded battle royale appears in trouble once more

Lay offs at Daybreak the final end for H1Z1?

Reportedly there have been lay offs at Daybreak Game Company this week, only a month after the release of a patch to reinvigorate its battle royale H1Z1 (now Z1BR because of.. reasons). Last year the game’s Pro League shut down to much drama, making some wonder whether this finally spells the end for the title or if it will rise from the dead once more.

Tencent $6B bond sale

In happier news, at least if you’re Tencent, the Chinese tech giant with fingers in many esports pies globally has completed a bond sale to the tune of $6B USD. It’s planning to use the money to retire old debts and cover general corporate costs.

Recruitment post reveals LPL salaries, sorta

Chinese League of Legends team JD Gaming has revealed the kind of salaries LPL hopefuls can look forward to. Apparently they lie between $74,400 USD and $1.48M USD annually, which is not *that* specific but there you go. For comparison, we recently learned that the average LCK salary comes in at $155,000 USD.

Former WCG champion arrested for burglary

Tokyo police have arrested former Dead or Alive World Cyber Games champion Katsuninken. He has admitted to a 100 counts of burglary, apparently executed in an attempt to supplement his income as his video game activities wound down. Perhaps he felt there was less competition in this field than on Twitch.

Red Reserve CoD team told to leave team house

It’s looking more and more likely that Red Reserve’s Call of Duty team is disbanding. After almost getting evicted from their team house last week and allegedly not having been paid prize money they were due, some of the squad’s players have all but confirmed that they’re moving on.

Stretched resolutions banned from competitive Fortnite

Fortnite too has been experiencing turbulent times after its controversial 8.20 update. Even as it was getting its Twitter account hacked in protest, Epic Games decided to throw more fuel on its esports fire by announcing a forced resolution lock for the game’s competitive matches going forward. Unsurprisingly, this decision wasn’t well received either.

PUBG ban lifted in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad authorities have lifted the ban on the playing of PUBG Mobile in their city. Similar prohibitions across India have so far seen at least ten people arrested for playing the game. The local government has stated that it remains concerned about “extreme use” of the game, however.

Rocket League’s World Championship is returning to the East Coast

Event news

  • Rocket League’s Season 7 World Championship has been revealed to take place June 21–23 in Newark, New Jersey. It will bring with it a new format, foregoing Double Elimination in favor of Group State to Single-Elimination. Twelve teams will be competing.
  • ESPN is reporting that Formula One will be doubling the prize money for this year’s esports world championship, bringing the total available winnings up to a cool £500,000. It has also pledged more races and events to this year’s calendar.

Upcoming events

Roster changes

CS:GO

  • Lazarus Esports pick up Swole Patrol roster
  • HellRaisers sign loWel
  • Gambit announce youth squad Youngsters
  • mousesports sign Rejin as coach
  • DroW to coach Epsilon Esports
  • Former Denial squad to sign with ATK
  • New Denial squad sign Jaguar
  • Movistar Riders sign DeaTh
  • LDLC disband roster, sign MAJ3R, SIXER and xms
  • ngiN to stand in at former Space Soldiers roster after MAJ3R’s departure
  • pro100 release def and Art1st
  • kioShiMa officially departs Cloud9, cajunB signing in his stead confirmed

League of Legends

  • Amazing leaves Schalke 04 in search of an active play spot
  • 100 Thieves release huhi

NBA 2K

  • Charlotte Hornets announce entry into 2020 season

Overwatch

  • Florida Mayhem to move to all-Korean roster
  • Paris Eternal promote Féfé to head coach
  • Dallas Fuel pick up former Paris coach daemoN, trade rCK for Boston Uprising’s NotE
  • Dallas coach cocco and star EFFECT retire
  • Boston Uprising sign Persia
  • Atlanta Reign sign SF Shock’s BABYBAY
  • Washington Justice release coach Obasill

Rocket League

  • FC Barcelona sign Savage! roster

StarCraft II

  • Rex joins Jin Air Green Wings
Call of Duty’s Blackout mode adds legendary prison Alcatraz

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