Mar 12: FlyQuest drop Fortnite pro amidst abuse allegations, China abandons Artifact and Shroud temporarily out of commission
FlyQuest drop Fortnite pro amidst domestic abuse allegations
FlyQuest have released Fortnite player Tinny after his ex-girlfriend tweeted out accusations of domestic abuse. This is said to have taken place throughout their six-year relationship. The now former pro has yet to respond, having deactivated his social media since the allegations first surfaced.
China abandons Artifact
VPEsports is reporting that all Chinese teams have dissolved their Artifact rosters. It’s been a rough few months for developer Valve’s card-battler, with player numbers continuing their free-fall and the news yesterday that its principal designer has been led go by the company.
A look at Konami’s esports studio
I’ve finally found some more detailed coverage of developer Konami’s Tokyo esports project, which you may have seen mentioned over the weekend. The 12 floor “Konami Creative Center” is set to finish construction this November. It will feature an esports arena, as well as staff dedicated to helping increase esports awareness in Japan.
Shroud out of commission
Former Counter-Strike pro turned streamer shroud has announced that he’ll be out of commission for a while. Apparently he requires some surgery on his (non-aiming) left elbow after a scooter accident. It’s unknown how long recovery will take.
ESL responds to UK Premiership complaints
There is some controversy in the UK’s ESL CS:GO Premiership. Last week a string of player grievances were outlined regarding sudden rule-changes and lack of communication about them by the organizing party. ESL has now responded, admitting some fault and promising to provide players with better communication options.
- Chinese company FunPlus, also of FunPlus Phoenix fame, has announced that it will be operating the League of Legends South East Asia Tour. This competition replaces the Garena Premier League, although Garena will still operate the game itself in the region. Its total prize pool for 2019 is set at $380,000 USD and the winner of the Tour’s spring split will qualify for MSI.
- RFRSH Entertainment has revealed the talent line up for their Counter-Strike BLAST Pro Series São Paulo. Aside from more familiar faces, it includes League of Legends’ Sjokz as the desk host. The $250,000 USD event takes place March 22–23.
- Overwatch team Boston Uprising is organizing a Collegiate Spring Cup to showcase some of the game’s local talent. New England schools and players will be able to play qualifiers on April 6th and 7th for a spot in the April 28th main event. The winners will be awarded a trip to the Blizzard Arena to see the Uprising compete.
- ESL and AT&T are partnering up for a new amateur mobile gaming league. Starting March 18th, the ESL Mobile Open will see competition in PUBG, Clash of Clans and Asphalt 9: Legends. The first season will have a $330,000 USD total prize pool.
- Twitch Rivals is hosting a charity event honoring Women’s History Month today. The CS:GO Showdown has invited 8 teams of 2 streamers to play on Dust, Aztec, Prodigy and Dust2.
- ScreaM and Ex6TenZ squad to join Team SoloMid?
- Ninjas in Pyjamas’ dennis takes a break, draken to sub in
- stavn joins Heroic on trial
- NeiL_M joins x-kom as coach
- FlyQuest release Tinny (see above)
League of Legends
- Schalke 04 academy coach Amazing re-added as player
- G2 to temporarily sub in promisq for Mikyx to deal with the latter’s wrist issues?
Magic: The Gathering
- Team SoloMid sign NumotTheNummy
- LA Valiant fire head coach Moon after 0–7 Stage 1
- Team Vitality introduce roster, sign Hayz as analyst