Nintendo Shows Off Behind-The-Scenes Shots Of Breath Of The Wild 2

Nintendo has released, for the first time, a behind-the-scenes look at the process of making one of the animations included in the Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 trailer released earlier this year. Of all places, Nintendo posted these images to its Japanese job recruitment website on the second page of one of seven different job category descriptors, this one explaining the company’s CG design process.

Rather than focusing solely on Breath of the Wild 2 or even just Zelda, Nintendo’s outline of how it designs and models computer graphics uses material from a variety of first-party games from the Switch library as examples. This includes an early sketch for a turret from Splatoon 2 and a variety of drawings of Isabelle from the Animal Crossing franchise expressing different moods and emotions.

The new Breath of the Wild 2 material falls into a category included near the end of the website’s CG design section meant to showcase the process of animating cutscenes. While no further insight is given beyond the included images and some basic descriptions of them, it nonetheless gives a broad look into the multiple steps required to bring Link to life in the highly-anticipated Zelda sequel.

Like with the other games showcased before it, this scene from BOTW2 starts with a rudimentary sketch of what’s supposed to happen. Then an actor in a motion capture suit moves in the way Link is supposed to in the scene in question. That motion capture animation is imported into 3D animation software Maya, where it’s used to determine the movements of an existing model of Link in his BOTW2 outfit. Finally, that animated Link is placed into the relevant scene along with some additional animated effects in order to execute the idea first expressed in the initial sketch. While ultimately unimportant, the final scene looks a bit different from the sketch, demonstrating how what’s ultimately seen on screen can change throughout the animation process.

While there’s no word as to just when Breath of the Wild 2 will be released, many are expecting a 2020 release date. In the meantime, plenty more will likely be revealed about the enigmatic sequel in the coming months.

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mousesports dominate fnatic in 3-0 sweep of ESL Pro League grand final

In what can’t be considered anything other than dominant, mousesports defeated fnatic 3-0 in the ESL Pro League Season 10 grand finals. The best-of-five series needed only three maps to be played as the European mix outclassed their Swedish opponents across the board.

Outside of an absolutely star performance from 17-year-old Ludvig “Brollan” Brolin, fnatic had little to show. Brollan finished the 0-3 series with a +13 kill-to-death differential and a 98.3 average damage per round, the highest ADR in the server.

On the other side it was a massive effort from Robin “ropz” Kool who posted a +29 and 92.1 ADR to lead his team to victory. The young talent of David “frozen” Čerňanský did his fair share with a +18 and Özgür “woxic” Eker highlight reel of impactful plays can’t go without mention much like the leadership of Finn “karrigan” Andersen who also pulled out some remarkable plays including an ace on Train.

In addition to hoisting the trophy for ESL Pro League Season 10, mousesports has also earned themselves a spot at IEM Katowice 2020 and put a tally in the Intel Gran Slam column, making them the fifth team to have one point.

1. mousesports – $250,000 + IEM Katowice 2020 spot
2. fnatic – $80,000
3-4. Astralis – $40,000
3-4. Natus Vincere – $40,000
5-6. Liquid – $20,000
5-6. Evil Geniuses – $20,000
7-8. 100 Thieves – $17,000
7-8. ATK – $17,000
9-12. MIBR – $15,000
9-12. G2 – $15,000
9-12. Renegades – $15,000
9-12. FaZe – $15,000
13-16. Sharks – $14,000
13-16. TYLOO – $14,000
13-16. Heroic – $14,000
13-16. North – $14,000

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Crisis on Infinite Earths: How the Arrowverse's Most Massive Crossover Came Together

To say the Arrowverse's Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover is a huge undertaking would be a major understatement. The crossover ties together five different TV series – Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Batwoman, and DC's Legends of Tomorrow – each of which are juggling their own casts and ongoing storylines. For some shows like Arrow, Crisis is the end of a years-long journey. For others, like Supergirl and The Flash, it's the launching point for new stories in 2020.The CW brought together five Arrowverse producers – Legends of Tomorrow's Keto Shimizu, Supergirl's Robert Rovner, Batwoman's Caroline Dries, Arrow's Beth Schwartz, and Crisis overseer Marc Guggenheim – to talk more about what lies in store for the Arrowverse and why the crossover was such an immense mission.Every Character in the Arrowverse's Crisis on Infinite Earths Crossover

An Event 34 Years in the Making

Fans of DC Comics may be familiar with the comic book storyline that shares the same name as this Arrowverse crossover: Crisis on Infinite Earths. In 1985, this comic changed 50 years of DC history and continuity. Author Marv Wolfman and artist George Perez's 12-part series was the most ambitious crossover event DC Comics had ever done, so it only makes sense that the Arrowverse would consult someone with firsthand knowledge of the book when crafting such a crossover for The CW: Marv Wolfman.

Guggenheim brought Wolfman in to conduct a writers' salon with each of the show's writers' rooms to prepare them for the Crisis. "Working with Marv is such a thrill because I grew up with all of Marv's comics. The man's an icon and he's one of my idols," Guggenheim explained. "As stressful as it is making sure you're not screwing something up when you work with one of your idols, Marv makes it super easy. He's such a collaborative guy."

With the foundation of the comic beneath their feet and the entire scope of the Arrowverse laid out before them, the showrunners and their teams were ready to write. During the Q&A, Guggenheim said that the Arrowverse's previous crossovers also helped them prepare for this size of an event. "This year… being the most ambitious and the biggest yet was very challenging. However, we kind of knew how to prepare ourselves for it and our support staff… We've been doing it in steps with the crossovers. First just being Arrow and Flash, and then Arrow, Flash, and Legends, and it's… getting bigger and bigger every time we do it."

The Heart of the Crisis

The size of this crossover is massive. The number of superheroes appearing in Crisis on Infinite Earths and the cameos that have been lined up make this the crossover with the largest cast yet. And the stakes couldn't be higher. A universe-ending bad guy could threaten to overshadow the characters that we have come to know and love, but the creative minds behind the Arrowverse promise the five episode-event will pack a bigger emotional punch than any crossover before.

"It needed to feel emotionally significant for everybody and I think yes, you can have all these incredible cameos from all these fun different versions of these DC characters that we know and love so much," Shimizu explains. "But at the core of it, we really wanted to keep track of the main [characters] from all of our shows and have them go through something really incredibly significant for their characters in this Crisis."

These emotional moments will keep the stakes more personal than they have been in previous crossovers, said Shimizu: "I think that is what grounds it and makes this Crisis important on a very deep heart level … what you feel for these characters as they're going through this amazing adventure together. And it brings them all closer together, which I think is sort of the definition of epic in terms of the relationship that all these shows have with one another."

A New Beginning for the Legends

The events of Crisis take place during the mid-season finales of three shows: Supergirl, Batwoman, and The Flash, and near the end of Arrow's eighth and final season (save two episodes), but it doesn't take place at the middle or at the end of Legends of Tomorrow's fifth season. In fact, the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths set up Legends of Tomorrow's next season. This puts these characters in a unique position because they can deal with the effects of Crisis throughout their new season, specifically Sara Lance and Ray Palmer.According to Legends of Tomorrow showrunner and producer Shimizu, this created a singular challenge for the writing staff on Legends: "Crisis is essentially a prequel to our Season 5. However, it was shot out of order. So we had to know the sequel to everything that was going to happen in Crisis before we'd even written Crisis. So that was very tricky for us… it was challenging, but I think it actually ended up melding really well."Since Supergirl, Batwoman, and The Flash are all in the middle of their respective seasons, the Crisis will significantly affect all the shows and lead characters. Supergirl showrunner Robert Rovner said, "For us, it really resets a lot of what's happening on Supergirl in the second half. That was another thing that was challenging about this crossover that's different from the others is that it really kind of throws a huge event on and impacts everything that's going on in the show. So it's fun to see what happens afterward."LoadingBatwoman showrunner Caroline Dries explained that even though most of the characters on Batwoman are new the multiverse, there will be ripple effects: "We have some fallout on Batwoman. It's a little tricky because our characters aren't yet exposed to this notion of multiple universes and superheroes with powers and stuff. So there's a fine line, but I think it will have really resonant meaning, a really kind of shocking resonance."As for The Flash, Guggenheim shared that "Barry will do something that is very significant that will have ramifications for the remainder of Season 6 of Flash." Those actions and consequences will likely have to do with the impending prophecy of his death, which he believes will happen during the Crisis.

Saying Goodbye to Arrow

As for Arrow, showrunner Beth Schwartz says that the Crisis "changes literally everything on Arrow. Arrow is actually the opposite of [Legends]. Because we were going towards the end of our series and season. So it's different than the crossovers have been in the past." Crisis, essentially, is the grand finale of Arrow, since it was announced earlier this year that Arrow would return for a final, 10-episode Season 8. So far, seven episodes of Arrow have aired, which makes Crisis lucky number eight, with two more to follow: The Green Arrow and the Canaries spinoff episode and the series finale.Loading

What's the Next Arrowverse Crossover?

With this being the biggest crossover The CW has planned to date, many fans are wondering if next year will be even bigger. According to Guggenheim, don't get your hopes up. "Last year we sort of took a step back and… took a breath and then took the giant bite out of the cake. [Next year] we're going to take a step back again. We're going to take several."
Crisis on Infinite Earths Part 1 will be released Sunday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. on The CW. Part 2 follows on Monday night at 8 p.m., while Part 3 airs on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Part 4 and Part 5 won't air until January of 2020. Keep it tuned to IGN for more Crisis coverage!


Jesse is a mild-mannered writer for IGN. Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by following @jschedeen on Twitter.
Lauren is a social media coordinator for IGN. She's been an OG Arrow fan since the pilot. Say hi to @LaurenGallaway on Twitter.

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The Last of Us 2 DEATH: Will Naughty Dog do the unthinkable in Part II?

The Last of Us 2 is set to be one of the biggest releases of 2020, with plenty of PS4 console owners ready to buy it.

The first game proved to be a masterpiece, providing one of the best stories available in video games.

But universal praise can lead to a difficult decision when it comes to making a sequel, and there’s also the question of providing more action that is bigger and more impressive.

And when it comes to The Last of Us 2, that would mean killing off favourite characters from the first game.

We already know that death and revenge will play a significant role in The Last of Us Part 2 just based on the trailers.

The world of TLOUS was never a rosy one and fans would expect things to get grimmer in the next outing.

The main character for the new game will switch from Joel to Ellie, with a time-jump also confirmed.

And with any passing of the torch situation, it leaves the door open to causing some real grief among the fanbase.

The end of Joel’s story seems almost guaranteed, based on the character’s past decisions and age.

And that wouldn’t be unthinkable for Naughty Dog to do, but what fans don’t want is for the development team to use the tired tropes fans expect.

Things like Joel being a ghost, or guiding Ellie through flashbacks, would probably disappoint rather than engage.

What fans will be looking for is the perfect send-off for Joel, if that is what Naughty Dog has planned for its anticipated sequel.

From the little we know about the game, it looks like Ellie might be heading in the same direction Joel found himself in after his loss in the first game.

Much of Joel’s past remains mysterious but we do know that both he and Ellie are part of the same settlement in Jackson, Wyoming.

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“Five years after their dangerous journey across the post-pandemic United States, Ellie and Joel have settled down in Jackson, Wyoming,” the official game description reads.

“Living amongst a thriving community of survivors has allowed them peace and stability, despite the constant threat of the infected and other, more desperate survivors.

“When a violent event disrupts that peace, Ellie embarks on a relentless journey to carry out justice and find closure.

“As she hunts those responsible one by one, she is confronted with the devastating physical and emotional repercussions of her actions.”

The more interesting, albeit devastating, storyline Naughty Dog could explore is the one which ends with the end of Ellie’s journey.

Fans of the series would certainly be surprised by a death like that, especially when you consider that The Last of Us could easily have a Part 3.

But the world of TLOU is huge and there are plenty of other places for Naughty Dog to explore that haven’t been touched upon.

Ending the current storyline and providing a new one to fans for the next generation of consoles would be a brave move.

And fans would probably back it if it felt that it had been done right in-game. The Last of Us draws its strength by providing a story worth exploring and that will have to stay true in the sequel.

All of these questions will be answered with the release of The Last of Us Part 2, scheduled for May 29, 2020

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Beyond the Summit, Stunlock Studios and Twitch announce $10,000 Battlerite tournament

Stunlock Studios, Twitch and Beyond the Summit have combined to offer a Battlerite tournament with $10,000 (£8,000) up for grabs.

The tournament, named Enter the Arena, is a product of Stunlock Studios and Twitch whilst it will be presented by Beyond the Summit from their Los Angeles based studios. The competition is set to be played out between a mixture of invited teams and open qualifiers, with the best in Europe and North America to compete over two days for a total prize of $10,000. 

Battlerite is far from a household name in the esports world; in fact many will never have heard of it. For those wondering what to expect from the gameplay the blog reads as follows:

“If you’re tuning in to Battlerite for the first time you’ll get the gist of it in a heartbeat, with similarities to fighting games, and World of Warcraft arena. It’s a fast-paced, visually dynamic brawlfest with an emphasis on skill and precision, favoring ‘WASD’ character movement and skillshots over ‘click-to-move’ and targeted abilities.

“As a first encounter with Battlerite for many viewers, we’re hoping to not only offer an entertaining broadcast, but to also introduce the game’s intricacies to fresh audiences, newer players as well as esports fans. We’re looking forward to the full free-to-play release and a series of competitive events this year.”

For tournament hosts, Beyond the Summit, it comes as their first foray into Battlerite. The L.A. based studio made their name in Dota 2 – where they sit comfortably as the largest studio, before branching out into Smash Bros and recently CS:GO. Traditionally, they’ve run tournaments with an intricate setting in their house where spectators are afforded a glimpse at their favourite esports players outside of the game.

To read more about the qualifiers and find out where to register, head here for the Battlerite blog post.

Esports Insider says: Battlerite has been confined to smaller tournaments such as those run by ESL thus far, so with $10,000 on the line and an esteemed studio such as BTS taking the reigns, this could be intriguing. Definitely one to watch. 

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Professional League of Legends player k0u passes away – Daily Esports

Former League of Legends pro player Lâm “k0u” Tịnh Trì, who had recently been going by the name Kenneth Dawnix, passed away on Sunday, December 1st, 2019. The news was broken by k0u’s former teammate, Nikolai “Mood” Martinsen, and was later confirmed by Giants Gaming. A cause of death has not yet been made public.

Nuestro exjugador Tri Tin “k0u” Lam ha fallecido recientemente. Siempre es una pena la pérdida de alguien tan joven.

Nuestro más sentido pésame a la familia y amigos. Descanse en paz.

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Difficult final weeks

A few weeks prior to his death, k0u failed an attempt at suicide. He was hospitalized after the event and eventually recovered and was discharged. On November 21, he submitted a post to his new Instagram channel with the following caption:

Got discharged yesterday🙏
Feelings of hopelessness is still there, I guess it doesn’t disappear that easily. ⠀
For now, I will just dedicate myself to fitness and focus on the goals I set for myself.⠀
I want to thank everyone who reached out and people that shared their perspective. ⠀
It was truly helpful, which made me reflect on things I didn’t know beforehand. ⠀
This gave me a different view on life and that made me want to continue.
This was only possible thanks to you guys.

Thank you❤
#takethingsdaybyday

 





In the time surrounding his suicide attempt, k0u was very open with his feelings on social media and to those that reached out to him. He submitted a very detailed and revealing blog post that gave people some insight into what he was going through. As a result, many concerned fans reached out on many different platforms. Some even mentioned having private conversations with him where he seemed to be improving.

A long career cut short

Despite being just 22 years old at the time of his passing, k0u had a long League of Legends career that started in Season 3 back in 2013. In the six years since, he competed with a long list of organizations. These teams included Cloud9 Eclipse, Ninjas in Pyjamas and Giants Gaming. Appearing with so many major organizations, k0u had the opportunity to play alongside many prominent pros. Former teammates of k0u’s include players like Alexey “Alex Ich” Ichetovkin, Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage, Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu, Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten, Luka “Perkz” Perković, Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen, and founder of G2 Esports, Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez Santiago.

After news of his passing was first revealed by his niece through former teammate Nikolai “Mood” Martinsen, many of k0u’s friends and former teammates made statements expressing their grief and offering their respects.

Noman “Nomi” Ahmad of Riddle Esports said: “May your soul rest peacefully after all the misery this world gave you. Ill see you soon buddy.”

Adrián “Adryh” Pérez González, who teamed with k0u on Giants Gaming, said: “We didn’t have the time to create many memories together, but I’ll make sure each one of them stays alive within me for the rest of my life. I hope you’ve found peace. We’ll meet again soon enough. R.I.P.”

Kristoffer “P1noy” Pedersen, a former Copenhagen Wolves teammate added: “It was an honor having you in my life and the time we spent together, I cherish all those moments! Here is the only picture of us together after our quick 3-0 against Millenium in 2016 spring!”

If you are struggling with mental health or suicidal thoughts, please contact your local crisis hotline. For those in the United States, please call 1-800-273-8255. If you are in Canada, call 1-833-456-4566 or visit the Crisis Services website.

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Fortnite Champion Series Chapter 2: Season 1 Day 3 Qualified Squads and Start Times

Day three is quickly shaping up for an exciting finish to Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 1.

Professional Fortnite player the world over competed in four heats across several regions on day two. These heats narrowed 96 teams down to 24, who will compete in a six-match Grand Final. At the end of those six matches, we will crown a Chapter 2 – Season 1 champion in all seven participating regions. Day two produced some fireworks out of familiar and unfamiliar teams alike. Many of the recognizable groups rose to the occasion and found themselves moving on to the finals. High-caliber competitors like Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf, Turner “Tfue” Tenney and Kyle “Mongraal” Jackson are just a few that will be competing for a piece of the $4M USD prize pool. In addition to those talented players, we saw the Mixer personality, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, return to a competitive atmosphere where he also advanced to the finals.

There is an infinite amount of storylines with the Fortnite Champion Series Grand Finals approaching. Teams have perfected their strategies and loot paths, but the road to victory for these squads is not as simple as it seems. The four-player squad format can quickly punish a team if they slip even just a tiny bit. Nevertheless, day three is crunch time for competitive Fortnite players looking to establish or elevate themselves into the upper-echelon. Allow us to take you through who qualified across each region.

(bold indicates the winning team in each heat)

Chapter 2 – Season 1 NA East Grand Finals (3 PM – 6 PM EST)

TSM_Comadon, NRG Zayt, SEN HighSky, Ghost Saf -α-   

KnіghtFN, BH Perplexii, HazThaGreat, 0CashCupEarnings

TSM_Zexrow, Vanguard Calc, TSM_Vincenzo1x, TSM.MackWood

Nate Hill, Ninja, FaZe Funk, Reverse2k

ℓzя кяεσ, SEN Zyfа, TSM Cloud -α-, KeysFN

A1 Eeasu, Asуlum, zJon_, snakey pooo

UnknownxArmy1x, Vanguard KEZ, Stable Ronaldo, Avery ψ   

Strоbе, Nine Brees, Gоosh, 777 STATSYǃ

FaZe Megga., Ghost Bizzle, Rogue Eclipsae, FaZe Dubs -α-

ando ll, jermу, steanzz, EvadeCoop

Jacobaqi, Tossily, parallel gage, coL Punisher

RBK عرب, OT Inspyre, Use Code Cazz, E11 Agholor

Ghost THWIᖴO, SEN Bughа, RS clarityG, Liquid ЅТREТСН   

Hajie., Ace1xx, TS Problem, YT.Zimeo

BBG Nittle., Mikeу., BBG Posick, BBG Smqcked

Tezza -w-, roqz, S2 frat, Gandhi dabdabdab

FaZe Bini, FaZe Diggy, nanоlite, Shaedess -w-

Tempo CizLucky, Liquid 72HRS, LiquidChap, Liquid Vivid

Clix is santa, blakeps., LZR Crimz, MSF Spades -w-   

Khanada TOXIC, clkzy, LQD FBR, Tfue

TS Osp, Outcast Furious, Jerids, Vexzcy

Htag, potgxd, n3moxd笨蛋, Mercyfps.

lyejax is frosty, AdonisFN, Spud Lite, Saiyan Trunkѕ

100T Klass, Ghoul死, Cowboy Boomer, Marzz_Ow

Overview

Due to scoring issues, the leaderboard may change yet again before tomorrow’s final session. Nonetheless, this is how the NA East region sets up for tomorrow. Some of the higher-profile teams made it through the gauntlet of heats and are one step closer to earning the Chapter 2 Season 1 crown. Most notably are our four heat winning teams led respectively by Zayt, UnknownxArmy1x, Bugha and Clix. These four names alone represent some of the best talents that this region has to offer. It will be fascinating to see which teams can execute their strategy. Teams are going to have to play nearly perfect tomorrow and have the random number generator (RNG) in their favor. At this point, any of these exceptional rosters are in play for the championship.

Chapter 2 – Season 1 NA West Grand Finals (7 PM – 10 PM EST)

4DRStorm 嵐, KNG Maken1x, Parallel Frapai, Thomuss_   

rеhx., TL MisterWiggles, NRG EpikWhale, NRG Edgey

slickǃ, Litzinio, PL Vinny, Reguletor

KIX IX, tterrаG, Zastruh Wants GF, 50 Legend

lmао., Мony, ТiGG, tоff

blly, psalm, vеnt., GUAPK1NG420

littlеXX, CLG Leno., parmXX, lenos duo   

Jaomocк, snirot, jdw, Zoommba

Sogys TV, 100T Kyzui, Dоmо., VICARΟS

TriggySoars, CoolPenguin48, CadenVayne, Hαrmful

Prodigy Aces, LG Gunfly, RBL Visz, Wheelѕ

g0dku, Impulѕe, JustinPich, jota

walla柱, aaron柱, cortex ., Twitch Maximoe   

pitbull dоpi, pitbull peace, pitbull dabzi, TSM Herrions

100T Arkhram1x, 100T Falconer, CLG Symetrical, Ghost Sean

nmgreen, 002 Boppin, Skatе, LG frostyZK

dooW 木, favs., Temple b, Powured

beauqt, syphx., yJacob, koldqt

TG Slaya, Zehloǃ, TWIKO ., OS Astro   

ItsNach_, ThaiTanks, OS Sake, WF Zoluc

byelies, spidеyy, HaanzeR, prodigyǃ

SіrD, LZR Vide, rift, LZR Sрicy

closr, Clyfen HiQ, Tacozz1x, ll zizrow

snоwXX, Meltze, barlXX, аndrewXX

Overview

Although by far one of the more disrespected regions, NA West still maintains some great players. Nearly all of the usual suspects of this region managed to claw their way into the FNCS Grand Finals. One of the standout squads through the FNCS Finals has been 4DRStorm, Maken1x, Frapai and Thomuss. This squad sharpened up their game and were one of the more consistent group out of all four heats. Additionally, there are players like Leno and Falconer in the fray with finals quickly approaching. NA West will go off last tomorrow, but a lot of players want to dethrone EpikWhale, Edgey, Cented and rehx.

Chapter 2 – Season 1 Europe Grand Finals (11 AM – 2 PM EST)

Solary Airwaks, LeStream Skite, LeStream Vato, Solary Nîkof   

k1nzеll, 200quickdead, TrainH Falconly, сrr

MCES Andilex, COOLER 4zr ㅤ, COOLER Noward, Vitαlity DRG

keezen.NewG, stigouzz.NewG, Clement_ttt, blakee.BDS

MΛGL, EMXXRR The 7th々, DMSIK Gear 4th 々, vipeя xd

Atlantis MarkusC, Atlantis kejseR, SNG Trippernn, Secret Skram

RedRush., drobbаn, znaррy, wakiе   

RBK Ritz, TSM_Crue, LG beehive, chapix 74

Fnatic Motor, Secret Mexe, Fnatic smeefrr, Fnatic Verox

Ghost Kamo, M10 Pepper, M10 fledermoys, RijasR.

eTernity.Wraxx, eTernity.Hutƴ, eTernity.S1dney, eTernity.Minny

Feу, SNG Freq, SNG Dyrvig, Hanckee

kingkubx531, dMIND.Rakso, dMIND.3vil, dMIND.teeq   

Zіno, E11 itemm, Solary Kinstaar, nyhrox 74

32 FaZe Mongraal, LZR Wolfiez ک, NRG benjуfishу, LeStream NAYTE

Perikle XVIII, srn joey jenner, Wave PeaK, SRN Louis

Superior Shaka, Gemz_, 9INE JulianCoM, MinZho-_-

Downs2k, e T q, krоq, getgriefednoob

Kiryache32, stormyrite 44, Siberiajkeе, Рutrick   

VP JAMSIDE, Gambit.fwexY, Gambit.letw1k3, Secret_Domentos

Μаgnus, Nebbу, Wave JannisZ, superior jаson

OTW hoppY, Snayzyy, ketzoи, MCES xsweeze

Caspersa, BL Аnas, IboooHai, Zh1ny

KOVA Flowdi, SliX -, KOVA Aistimus, Viallinen –

Overview

Europe possesses some of the best Fortnite players in the world. Many of those players endured heats and are heading to the Chapter 2 Season 1 Grand Finals. All 24 of these teams rightfully earned their position in the last session of the Fortnite Champion Series. Mongraal, Benjyfishy, Wolfiez and Nayte secure their spot in the finals out of heat three and are looking to double up on their efforts in the finals. We can expect the same sort of intensity and energy from k1nzell, mitr0, Falconly and crr. This squad mainly has clicked for the majority of the FNCS and would love to end the season with a championship victory. The Europe scene is entirely up for grabs for whoever can deliver the most complete performance.

Brazil Chapter 2 – Season 1 Grand Finals (3 PM – 6 PM EST)

SNG Faah, SNG Forone, spitflow hype, LS Bruиão   

zuusвoy, Diamondвoy, JUANZINВOY, tisоra

FURIA leleo -ᴄʀ-, kurтz, wisheydp -ᴄʀ-, SNG kingㅤ

Rysix Mongraal., AION Riquelmee, AION Germán62hz, Rysix Benjyfishy

never win anythi, Leozinn BANDIDO, GeoMHZ BANDIDO, vitinskrt

Twitch Tefoyo_, ReKt By EsTani, tersaikk on ig, juann99

9z Leobas -ᴄʀ-, 9z Twayko, 9z Lagarto.XØ, AION zqull   

Sxnte., Khrawn., MBeWonder, xXLaManuelaXx

OnLy Nyu, Twitch.BrYANNftn, VroLadraoDgoiaba, OnLy Phzin

Soøthss, Suetam ., Shinо, 1digai

F4T Liimaa ZK ک, F4T brabo z, Shinny is bad, F4T Halma z

KlaZe Nivem, Khysto ., KlaZe Benz, Mauffin Aetzu

Master GEMIDA, cloud9 dk, C9 blackoutz, C9 Nicks GEMIDA   

6tn., niasǃ, tadeǃ, zytle.

ISG ZuiCx507, AION Tacser, ISG Nahuė507, ISG fffakkz

Escaracho, 7 9z xown, 9z kingød, Damage.-13

Linter_, cicca free paths, franzez_, AION GastoNN

AION sugatt.øc, GOAT eddent, TR Fabrøsbøy, uитоuсн

G.V shecoboy-ᴄʀ-, SNG Lasers, SNG Igo, psychøǃ   

Losted BOMBA, Cadu 運, bedin 運, kitoz 運

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Overview

Brazil could result in one of the more entertaining regions to watch in the FNCS Grand Finals. The four qualifying weeks opened up many people’s eyes to Master, dk, blackotz and Nicks. All four of these competitors have delivered week in and week own on through the heats. Although many of these teams are not as recognizable, there are likely a few underrated squads within. We will have to wait and see if one of the more consistent teams through Chapter 2 comes out with the championship and the prize money.

Stay tuned through the duration of the Grand Finals as we provide continued coverage on the FNCS.

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British Esports Association launching new pilot with multiple partners

The British Esports Association, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes grassroots esports in the United Kingdom, has partnered with West Ham United Foundation, GAME Digital, London Sport, and Archery GB to launch a one-week pilot.

The pilot aims to bridge the gap between esports and traditional sports by demonstrating the similarities between the two to students aimed 14-19 during the upcoming half term (October 22nd-26th). If the pilot proves successful, two satellite clubs could be ran for 30 weeks from the beginning of 2019.

Taking place at the West Ham United Foundation in London, the pilot will be funded by London Sport – an organisation that aims to make those living in England’s capital city more active.

Andy Payne OBE, Chair for British Esports Association said: “Physical sports and esports share many traits, from teamwork to competitiveness and the entertainment factor for spectators, who want to watch the best in their field compete. This will hopefully help remove the stigma some have around esports as a credible activity and show the public the viability of esports, the high level of skill it demands and the career paths it offers.”

Throughout the week, there will be 10 sessions for students to attend. Each will involve football, archery, and Rocket League, a popular esports title that infuses cars and football.

GAME Digital’s involvement includes the supply of staff, kit, and PlayStation 4 consoles for the initiative in conjunction with Sony. Archery GB will, aptly, arrange the necessary equipment for the archery portion of the pilot.

Neil Armitage, Chief Executive of Archery GB also commented: “We’re delighted to be working with the British Esports Association on this pilot. Archery is found within several games, with a number of popular characters using bows and arrows. This initiative provides a great opportunity to show how esports and physical activity can be brought together and brings archery to life for more young people.”

Esports Insider says: Another initiative for UK students from British Esports Association, another reason for us to be excited about what the organisation is doing. Bringing in partners on this scale is impressive, and the actually purpose of the pilot seems worthwhile. We hope it proves to be a success and more clubs can run from January next year!

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Dreamscape Immersive launches Dragons: Flight Academy VR arcade experience

Location-based VR company Dreamscape Immersive is now offering a new experience that ties into DreamWorks’ How To Train Your Dragon film series. The project, titled Dragons: Flight Academy, will see you flying on the back of a dragon in VR with up to eight others.

The experience is available to book now up until the beginning of January for $20.

Dreamscape says Dragons: Flight Academy will last approximately 35 minutes, however, this does include check-in and gearing up and down. Dragons: Flight Academy is one of several “adventures” at Dreamscape locations. The company also announced a Men In Black experience recently but there aren’t any ticketing details yet. We’ve tried out several of Dreamscape’s experiences, including The Blu: Deep Rescue, and left very impressed.

Dreamscape has two locations – the first at Westfield Century City in Los Angeles, and a newer location at NorthPark Center in Dallas. They typically use a combination of well-executed haptic effects combined with walk-around freedom to impress visitors.

This story originally appeared on Uploadvr.com. Copyright 2019

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BLAST Pro Series enters broadcast agreement with Globo TV

RFRSH Entertainment has entered an exclusive broadcast agreement with Brazilian television network Globo TV for the BLAST Pro Series.

The long-term agreement will also see editorial and promotional content be created throughout 2019 to air on Globo TV’s television and digital channels.

Jordi Roig, Executive Producer at RFRSH Entertainment discussed the deal in a statement: “BLAST Pro Series is developed and designed to cater not only for the hard core fans but also to a wider mainstream audience. It is world-class Counter-Strike in a format designed to excite and entertain the audience both live and on broadcasts. Therefore it is very important for us to partner up with a network with the strength and vision like Globo.

“We expect BLAST Pro Series in Sao Paulo to set new standards for live esports entertainment, both in the arena and on broadcasts, and together with Globo, we are excited to launch a range of entertaining and educational content formats over the coming months and years.”

The CS:GO event series will have stops in Sao Paulo, Brazil in March, Miami, USA in April, and Madrid, Spain in May. RFRSH Entertainment, the company behind BLAST Pro Series, also runs CS:GO team Astralis and LEC partner Origen.

Leandro Valentim, Head of Sports Businesses Development at Grupo Globo commented: “We are very proud to announce the partnership with RFRSH Entertainment to promote, execute and broadcast BLAST Pro Series in Brazil. It is more than a competition with the best players in the world, it is an exciting entertainment show. It will be the biggest esports event of the year, and it will come back every year.

“CS:GO is one of the most played games in the world, and also in Brazil, part of our strategy is to assist the development and qualification of the competitions in the country. We want to use the BLAST format and tournaments to bring notoriety to Brazilian talents and to promote new national CS competitions.”

Esports Insider says: Having dedicated broadcasting on television in a country that’s often under-represented and underexposed to esports such as Brazil comes with a host of opportunities for growth, so this is a deal to keep an eye on over the years. Bravo RFRSH and Globo!

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