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UK RB6 mix team IDK win their first LAN at Dreamhack Valencia IDK have become Rainbow Six Siege LAN champions after taking down Vitality at Dreamhack Valencia. In order to get there, they had to make a run through the lower bracket, after losing their opening game to NiP.

All of reworked Akali's new splash arts vs her old ones Akali's rework was accidentally leaked, leading to Riot releasing the official information early. One new thing is the new splash arts for her updated skins which we compare to her old ones.

Olli Pahkala Embracing Being Part of McLaren Shadow For F1 eSports Series Formula 1 eSports racer Olli Pahkala is embracing being part of the McLaren Shadow eSports team for the 2018 F1 eSports Series, despite never discussing with the team during assessment week.

Rainbow Six Siege Players Are Being Banned for In-Game Slurs - The Esports Observer Ubisoft has launched a strict anti-toxicity campaign for its fledgling esport, Rainbow Six Siege. Starting late last week, any use of a slur in-game will result in an immediate ban that escalates in frequency. At the time, Ubisoft stated it would be banning players for using slurs on a case-by-case basis, in addition to developing a chat filter.

QYOU launches HUD esports channel on IGTV The new HeadsUpDailyTV channel launches ahead of the largest global esports tournament - The International Dota 2 Championships - which takes place in August, 2018.

Players meme about being a stand-in for Cloud9 CSGO team Cloud9 recently lost their player, Tarik who shifted to Mibr. This leaves the famed organization with an empty slot and a Major to attend very soon. So players from all around the world are now making memes about being available to join Clloud9’s roster.

The July 17 OCE Esports Highlights Update League of Legends - Rift Rivals Pacific 2018. Rift Rivals sees three of the best teams from a region team up to take on the best from two other regions. It's an awesome initiative, designed to get teams a bit more exposure to international play - and an extra opportunity to play on stage in front of a crowd of people.

Bonus Heroes-Does This Feature Belong In Dota? Bonus heroes is a controversial feature, especially in ranked games. It is decent as a system that replaced true random heroes in competitive matchmaking, but no one really knows why it was in the game in the first place. Two free mangoes is one extra regeneration and 250 extra mana on demand at the start of the game.

Top 10 Most Watched Twitch Streamers of the Week, July 09 - July 15, 2018 Last week saw the introduction on an esports series that will likely shape all of our Top 10 streamer showcases moving forward. The Fortnite Summer Skirmish, hosted by the game's developer Epic Games, is a weekly tournament series with a season prize pool of $8M.

Tencent Director of eSports Points Out Future of eSports and Highlights Arena of Valor World Cup We have an extensive interview with Ramon Hermann, who is the Director of eSports at Tencent, all centered on Arena of Valor, the upcoming World Cup, and where esports is headed as a whole. While Fortnite seems to be the main game on a lot of minds, there is another title steadily building in popularity, especially in Asia.

This university will be the first in the KC area to add a new varsity team: Esports This sport has the fastest-growing fan base around, and Park University plans to be the first college in the Kansas City area to become a player. Park is set to launch its first varsity esports team in the spring, complete with a new gaming facility, scholarships and a national search for a coach.

The Best Call Of Duty Zombies Players Throw Down Next Month The Zombies World Championship is returning on Sunday, August 5, and the future looks positive for competitive Call of Duty Zombies. Highly-skilled finalists will compete for an increased prize pool in a tournament that promises to be more polished than last year's inaugural event.

Universal Music Canada Ties Up With eSports Organization Luminosity Gaming TORONTO - Universal Music Canada announced that it has partnered with the Canadian eSports operation Luminosity Gaming in a bid to fuse music and competitive gaming.

OPINION: Lag and Tedium Leads to Fortnite Summer Skirmish's Chaotic Start Last week, Fortnite creator Epic Games announced its first official foray into large-scale esports: the Summer Skirmish, a series of Fortnite tournaments taking place over eight weeks for an $8M total prize pool. The initial event - which was supposed to showcase the game's esports potential - was streamed last Saturday on Twitch.

Esports Integrity Coalition Regulations Go into Effect for Superliga Orange Regulations of the Esports Integrity Coalition in the League of Legends Superliga Orange became fully operational Monday. The new rulings for the Spanish League will follow in the structure of ESIC, taking on its code of conduct, ethics, and anti-corruption.

The Rogue Assassin When Akali walked away from the Kinkou Order, she defined her fighting style beyond Shen's teachings. No longer one to cut enemies down in a burst of up-close kama flourishes, Ionia's Rogue Assassin employs hit-and-run tactics: constantly shifting position as she strikes, steps back into stealth, then strikes again.

Your Guide to Competitive Fortnite: Part One As the competitive Fortnite scene really starts to heat up with the first round of Epic run tournaments starting billed as the "Fortnite Summer Skirmish Series", we thought it was a good time to produce a handy guide of sorts to get you up to speed and let you know everything that is going on at the highest levels of the game.

EA boost the FIFA 18 ratings of every France player in World Cup mode To celebrate France's win, EA Sports released a Festival of FUTBall team made up of their squad. Now they have gone one step further by upgrading all 23 Frenchmen in FIFA 18's World Cup mode.

Mets' Wilpons on brink of championship - in esports NEW YORK - Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon may not need Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard to bring a championship to New York this year. Though Wilpon is hardly a hardcore gamer, he and his family are showing a magic touch in the world of esports.

Seoul Dynasty parts ways with nearly all of its Overwatch coaches Many thought that Seoul Dynasty, the esports team formed of the excellent Lunatic Hai roster, would win the first season of the Overwatch League.

West Ham finds esports partner in Basset & Gold West Ham United has announced a deal with Basset and Gold that will see the financial services firm become the club's sleeve sponsor and esports partner.

ESports.com Introduces Their New "Places" Feature ESports.com, the upcoming esports portal has introduced yet another spectacular feature on their platform - Places. This is another major improvement for the platform, which is surely going to increase. It's an interactive map that lists a variety of eSports related locations - internet cafes and arenas, bars, shops, hotels, etc.

EULCS Week 4 Summer 2018 Recap One week off is too many. Let's jump right back into the action with week four of EULCS. First matchup of the day was H2K and Vitality. H2K just can't get into the win column this season. Vitality made sure of that as a balanced team killing attack put H2K down for the count.

Garena's League of Legends Client Gets 'Cryptojacked' by Coinhive Malware Unfortunately for Garena, this is now the second time malware has gotten into its client, prompting questions as to whether it can protect its users from this kind of attack in the future. With Tencent planning to launch its own platform globally, Garena may be pressured to step it up its security, or get out of the way.

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