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aizy, MSL placed on transfer list as North recall Kristou, trial kreaz

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North have announced that Philip “⁠aizy⁠” Aistrup and Mathias “⁠MSL⁠” Lauridsen have been removed from the starting lineup with immediate effect and placed on the transfer list. Taking the duo’s places are Kristoffer “⁠Kristou⁠” Aamand, who has been recalled from his loan spell with AGF, and Rasmus “⁠kreaz⁠” Johansson, who joins the team on trial.

The announcement is described by North as the second stage of its talent development plan, which was launched in September with the goal of providing “a healthier path into the professional scene” to Scandinavian players. The first stage of the strategy saw the Danish organisation enter into a partnership with AGF, who picked up Kristou on loan.

aizy is available for transfer after almost four years with North

The 18-year-old will be a full North member going forward, returning to the team he represented between May and July on a loan deal from AGF itself as a replacement for Markus “⁠Kjaerbye⁠” Kjærbye.

kreaz is the first of a “number of players” who will be tested by North, according to Graham Pitt, the organisation’s head of esports operations, who added that the team will not be rushed into a decision. The Swedish player, who has represented teams like Budapest Five and Syman in the past, recently stepped in for Gen.G in Flashpoint 2, averaging a 0.98 rating.

“Rasmus has been on our radar for quite some time as a potential diamond in the rough within the Swedish scene and we are very excited to see how he performs with us even with minimal preparation,” Graham Pitt added.

Nicklas “⁠gade⁠” Gade will once again take the up the team’s in-game leadership, with assistance from team coach Jimmy “⁠Jumpy⁠” Berndtsson during this online era caused by the coronavirus pandemic, with René “⁠cajunb⁠” Borg also having increased responsibilities as he will take on a mentorship role to help develop and integrate new talents into the team.

aizy was North‘s longest-standing player, having been recruited from FaZe in February 2017. MSL was picked up a month earlier but left in September 2018, going on to play for Rogue and OpTic before his return to the team in January 2020. The duo most notably won DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018, where MSL was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP).

“I’d like to thank Mathias and Philip, they are two of North’s longest servants across their time here and have helped shape and re-shape North through many years,” Graham Pitt said. “These decisions do not come lightly but sometimes change is necessary. Both players have aspirations to be at the very top and neither signed on for the type of project that we are moving forward with.

“They are both deserving of a project that will see their talents be put to the best use, and North will not stand in the way of finding them new homes.”

North now have:

Denmark Nicklas “⁠gade⁠” Gade
Denmark René “⁠cajunb⁠” Borg
Sweden Jonas “⁠Lekr0⁠” Olofsson
Denmark Kristoffer “⁠Kristou⁠” Aamand
Sweden Rasmus “⁠kreaz⁠” Johansson (trial)

Denmark Mathias “⁠MSL⁠” Lauridsen (transfer list)
Denmark Philip “⁠aizy⁠” Aistrup (transfer list)

Sweden Jimmy “⁠Jumpy⁠” Berndtsson (coach)

Meanwhile, North have announced that they are developing “a large-scale scouting tool” together with IT company Capgemini to help identify the best possible young talent in the Nordic region. This is part of the organisation’s new economically sustainable CS:GO strategy, which will also lead to changes in the company’s salary structure.

“We offer so many great things apart from a decent salary,” said Christian Engell, North’s Performance Manager. “We have excellent facilities, and we’re working individually on the highest possible level with diets, treatment and the mental aspect of the professional life, to name a few things, which I think is valuable to every aspiring esport athlete.”

Source: https://www.hltv.org/news/30700/aizy-msl-placed-on-transfer-list-as-north-recall-kristou-trial-kreaz

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Hitman 3 is fun, what’s coming from Nintendo, and more | GB Decides 178

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It’s 2021 now, and the government still hasn’t outlawed video games. But even if it did, GamesBeat Decides would continue because editors Jeff Grubb and Mike Minotti are a couple of badasses — you can tell by looking at their gamer chairs. On this week’s episode, Mike and Jeff discuss some small bits of news. Jeff also spent some time with Hitman 3 and he talks at length about that. Join us, won’t you?


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The 5 Best Virtual Reality eSports Games

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Virtual reality eSports is a rising trend, with competitive VR headset games available everywhere. In this guide, we break down the top eSports games, tournaments, and leagues using virtual reality games.

Virtual Reality eSports Introduction

Unlike regular eSports games on the computer like League of Legends or Dota 2, virtual reality eSports use the top VR headsets to play on. You use hand and body movement to navigate around in virtual reality with an immersive headset. VR is one of the fastest growing gaming industries and is expected to grow tenfold over the next five years. Similar to the computer, virtual reality eSports put you on a team or as an individual to battle against others. More and more tournaments are popping up for virtual reality players.

Best VR eSports Games

Solaris: Offworld Combat

Solaris: Offworld Combat is a fast-paced, arcade-style multiplayer shooter. You and 3 teammates pilot virtual combat suits, called Athlons. This contest sees two teams of four players battle to occupy a shifting Control Point.  Solaris has focused its effort on becoming a professional e-sports game for VR players. The Solaris development team is organizing VR eSports tournaments using Solaris in the future.

Echo Arena

Echo Arena is the most popular multiplayer game for virtual reality players. You play in zero gravity and have to score goals against your opponent. The game is a combination between Soccer and Quidditch. Echo Arena is a multiplayer game that forces you to work with your team, strategize, use your surroundings, and be resourceful. The game pits two teams of 4-players against each other.

Onward

Onward is a realistic first-person shooting game for virtual reality. You play on a team of 5 in different game modes like Deathmatch and Capture the Flag.

Unlike a lot of shooter games which are fast paced, high energy, and arcade style, Onward is more realistic and tactical. Either way, team communication is key to success in this game.

Population: ONE

Population: ONE is a battle royale game built for virtual reality eSports. Similar to Fortnite or PUBG, Battle Royale takes place on a vast map that shrinks over time as the game progresses. ONE contains a team mode suited and similar to other eSports games.

The game was just released at the end of 2020 and is one of the most polished virtual reality games available. Unlike PUBG, there is a vertical climbing component where you have to use your hands to climb buildings in real-time. These types of game mechanics are suited for virtual reality.

Beat Saber

Beat Saber is a VR rhythm game where you have to swing your arms to the tune of a song while trying to rack up a high score. Perfect cuts and consecutive swipes gets you a higher score as you play.

The game includes over 30 original songs in a variety of difficult levels. You can also load real life custom songs into the game in order to make the game’s soundtrack unlimited. It is one of the top selling VR game of all time and is available for all headsets. Beat Saber is one of the most popular virtual reality eSports games. It is easy to learn, but hard to master.

VR eSports Leagues

There is a growing list of eSports leagues and tournaments that use VR headsets. The VR Master League was created in 2017 and hosts tournaments in a variety of games like Echo Arena, Onward, and others.

Collegiate VR eSports (CVRE) is one of the top leagues for VR and hosts Beat Saber and Echo Arena tournaments. Other leagues are popping up with new 2021 schedules. A wide variety of games are being hosted as leagues are trying to find which ones work the best for eSports. As a growing trend, virtual reality eSports are worth keeping an eye out for as popularity grows.

Source: Ryan is the Senior Editor with AR/VR Tips, an online company that showcases the latest augmented reality apps and virtual reality products. AR/VR Tips showcases new mixed reality hardware and software that you can buy today and offers tutorials and guides to help you play.

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Reliance Jio Partners With MediaTek To Host 70-Days ‘Free Fire’ Tournament

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  • The 70 days ‘Free Fire’ tournament will be conducted between January 13 and March 17, 2021.
  • The tournament will have a total prize pool of Rs 12.5 lakh.
  • Tournament registrations already started from December 29 and will go on till 9 January 2021.

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio, On December 29, announced the partnership with Taiwan-based semiconductor manufacturer MediaTek to launch the ‘GamingMasters’ esports tournament.

Reliance Jio and MediaTek will launch a 70 day ‘Free Fire’ tournament, which will be conducted between January 13 and March 17, 2021. The tournament will have a prize pool of Rs 12.5 lakh and will be live-streamed on the JioTV App and YouTube.

According to the JioGames official report, The 1st runner-up will get Rs 3 lakh as a prize, followed by Rs 1 lakh for the second runner-up, and Rs 60,000 for the third runner-up. Notably, there are no registration fees involved for the tournament registration.

The development comes after the successful completion of JioGames recently launched online gaming event ‘India Ka Gaming Champion’.

Reliance Jio had earlier partnered with mobile gaming company SuperCell to host 27 days India Ka Champion Clash Royal Tournament.

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“The tournament is set to test gamer’s skill, teamwork, and endurance in a virtual gaming arena while vying for a prize pool of INR 12,50,000,” the statement said.

This is the second partnership with MediaTek, In February 2018, It had partnered with MediaTek to develop an entry-level Android Go (Oreo) smartphone.

According to the Statista reports, The Indian mobile gaming industry is expected to reach $6.2 billion in revenue by the year 2025, currently stood at $3 billion. Further, the number of users is estimated to reach 233 million by 2025.

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What’s happening in the world of Rocket League?

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We’re back with some more eSports news, or what I’d like to call, “There is competitive Rocket League almost every single day right now and I love it!” so why don’t we start with that? Rocket League!

 

This past week saw a fair few big upsets in the RLCS X Winter Split. To begin with, a team that wasn’t Team BDS or Vitality won a regional for the first time this season! Top Blokes came into this regional high off of a win in the second week of The Grid, I can only assume this helped them massively as the momentum had them take the second regional event of the winter split in what was an insane 4-3 win against Team Queso. Top Blokes had a pretty solid run through the upper bracket, they got a bye in the first round facing Solary after they beat a much improved Team Liquid side 3-2, unfortunately for Solary they got swept 3-0 by Top Blokes getting sent to the lower bracket. Top Blokes carried on their good form by beating Galaxy Racer in a convincing 3-1 win.

 

The upper bracket semi-final saw Top Blokes face off against the team who would be coming back for vengeance in the Grand Finals, Team Queso, they won 4-2 to set up an upper bracket final against Team BDS, the team that everyone in Europe ALWAYS has as favorites for basically every tournament these days. However, that wasn’t to be the case as the two teams traded games in an intense 4-3 win for Top Blokes. Following the upper bracket final, Top Blokes had some time to reflect and watch out for who they would be playing in the Grand Final as Team Queso faced off against Team BDS in the lower bracket finals.

 

Unfortunately for Team BDS they just couldn’t keep up with the pace of Team Queso and crumble to a 4-2 defeat, They went into game 5 knowing their tournament life was on the line but ended up going to a rather lengthy 4 minute overtime period where they ended up losing and after that heads seemed to drop, big whiffs, double/triple commits and slow rotations reared their ugly heads in game 6. They somehow got to overtime again 1-1 only to crumble within the first 5 seconds to bow out of the tournament. Fortunately for Team BDS they can probably afford to take the rest of this split off and still somehow make worlds as they are FLYING right now, but we’ll get to that in a moment.

 

THE GRAND FINAL. Top Blokes Vs. Team Queso, who’d have thought that? Not me! My money was on Team BDS being in the grand finals for sure and the statistics show most people had their money on Team BDS, yes while most esports betting takes place on FPS games, people do in fact bet on Rocket League! But this is Rocket League! At the moment it is as unpredictable as ever. This final was an insane game, some super unlucky goals, some clutch moments, goals galore. Team Queso looked to make quite the upset here as they took game one 2-1 in overtime against the #3 seed but top blokes weren’t going to just lay down and take this.

 

It took them 1 minute and 30 seconds to romp to a 3 goal lead in game 2, 2 goals from Kassio and 1 from Archie saw them in a good position. They convincingly won game 2 4-2, Archie kicked off game 3 with a goal inside 15 seconds in a game they cruised to another 4-2 win. Top Blokes lead 2-1 in the series. Game 4 was crazy, both teams sort of edged their way into this one, but after 2 minutes Team Queso found themselves 2-0 up, that however, didn’t last! This one ended up 4-4 going into yet more over time, it took one intense back and forth minute for Queso to take the win and tie the game up! That wasn’t the case in game 5, Top Blokes were fired up, they smashed Queso 5-1, no mercy, no prisoners. Game 6 saw another goal-fest, both these teams fighting tooth and nail to claim that title and the $30,000 prize. We saw the game go into overtime at 3-3 whereafter, yet another 1 minute overtime, Queso came out on top. It was looking like Top Blokes were going to have to win game 7 in regulation as so far they’d lost all 3 games that went to overtime.

 

This game was very nervy, every player seemed to be on edge and understandably so, this will have been the biggest game of most of their careers. A few near misses and some big saves went by in the first 5 minutes before we went to overtime with the game tied at 0-0. Top Blokes couldn’t do it, could they? Well, they did! After turning it up a notch when the overtime kicked in, unfortunately for Queso, an uncharacteristic misplay on the line from Dmentza left the net wide open for Kassio to add the cherry on top of what was an insane grand finals performance from him. Top Blokes were your winners! As I said, this is the first time this season where a team not called Team BDS or Vitality has won a regional and after a few close calls, Top Blokes came out as much-deserved winners.

 

Shortly after their win, their coach Reece ‘Rams’ Mullins tweeted a gif of a man signing a contract, amid rumors they were in talks of signing with an organization finally! It isn’t clear who their organization is yet as there is no official announcement, but it’s getting pretty exciting for the boys, especially 15-year-old Archie who looks to have the world of Rocket League in the palm of his hands!

 

We’re currently in the midst of the second regional event for NA so keep your eyes peeled here for a recap of this event too! My eyes are on either NRG or Team Envy to take the crown, it would be interesting to see if Envy could take their second crown of the winter split! If you’re like me and you watch boatloads of eSports and want to chat, get in touch! Reach out to me on Twitter @Stubat_ where I talk all things eSports, tech and games! Or just rant about how disappointed I am with the current state of football (soccer).

 

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