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Knights and PNC Bank extend diversity-focused partnership

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North American organisation Pittsburgh Knights has extended its partnership with PNC Bank through to 2024.

PNC Bank will remain the preferred partner of Knights Nation and both parties will continue creating activations around diversity in gaming. Last year, the two organisations launched an initiative called the ‘Women in Esports Steering Committee‘ that included a virtual round table series.

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The ‘next phase’ of the brand partnership will include a platform where professionals can share experiences, successes and insights to help ‘break down barriers’ and to level the playing field for women, whilst highlighting the benefits of diversity.

When the initiative debuted in 2020, it consulted a variety of experts in the industry, This included Anupama Jain, Director of Pittsburgh’s Gender Equity Commission, Sonia Ruef, athletic trainer for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Aerial Powers, professional basketball player for the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx.

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Knights President James O’Connor stated: “Both the Knights and PNC Bank are committed to the drive for greater equality for women in esports and recognise this is an important goal that cannot be achieved by one group alone.

“We’ve seen first-hand the level of commitment PNC has to advancing diversity and inclusion, as well as to supporting our community. PNC is a great  corporate role model and the Knights are proud to continue building on our relationship.”

PNC’s partnership with the Knights last year was the financial institution’s first foray into esports. The bank joins a variety of brand sponsors in the Knights’ corner, including HyperX, Boost Gaming, SSB, Sheetz, and SeolHaeOne Prince parent company Absolute Power eSports (APE).

Esports Insider says: The conversation continues around women in esports and addressing the perceived lack thereof in our industry. While there are many women working behind the scenes, fewer are sharing the spotlight in tournaments or holding leadership positions. The reasons why are still up for debate, but PNC Bank has entered esports with a purpose. This is a great way to create brand awareness and affinity as long as initiatives are not perceived as pandering.

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Source: https://esportsinsider.com/2021/04/knights-pnc-bank-diversity/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=knights-pnc-bank-diversity

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Registration goes live for cs_summit 8 qualifiers

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Beyond the Summit has opened registration for the open qualifiers for cs_summit 8 Online, the first Regional Major Ranking (RMR) event in North America. The tournament will run from May 14-30 and award points towards the RMR leaderboard, which will be used to determine the teams attending the PGL Major Stockholm in October.

Two teams will advance from each open qualifier, scheduled for May 1-2 and May 8-9, and will meet invited teams in closed stage, set to run from May 14-18 as part of the broadcast’s “main event”.

Both open qualifiers will utilise single-elimination best-of-one brackets leading up to the quarter-finals, with the top-eight and top-four match-ups using a best-of-three format to decide the two teams that advance.

The dates for the cs_summit 8 qualifiers are as follows:

Open Qualifier #1: 1-2 May – Signup
Open Qualifier #2: 8-9 May – Signup

Closed Qualifier: 14-18 May

The RMR standings for North America, taking into account lineup changes from the previous season and their resulting point deductions, are as follows:

1-2. Brazil FURIA – 480 points
1-2. Oceania EXTREMUM – 480 points
3. North America Evil Geniuses – 360 points
4. United States Liquid – 240 points

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Source: https://www.hltv.org/news/31592/registration-goes-live-for-cs-summit-8-qualifiers

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Call of Duty League alters Control settings ahead of Stage 3

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Control will play a little differently in Stage Three of the Call of Duty League.

The league announced today it would adopt the game mode’s altered settings that were introduced into public matches and League Play during Stage Two. Under these new rules, the team with more objectives—not kills—will receive defense in the case of overtime. Additionally, if a team captures a “tick” of the point, they will not receive more time in the round.

Previously, the team with more combined kills over the first four rounds would defend in round five. Now, teams will have to prioritize capturing points or at least ticks of the point as to not have to be on the offensive in the final round.

In its tweet, the CDL said it came to this decision “based on the collective feedback of #CDL2021 pros and Challenger players.”

The third stage of the CDL will begin on Thursday, April 22.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/call-of-duty/news/call-of-duty-league-alters-control-settings-ahead-of-stage-3

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Structure Deck R: Lost Sanctuary to release this August for Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG

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Konami has revealed a new product in the Structure Deck R series, which remakes older Structure Decks with new takes on classic cards that make them more competitive.

This will obviously pull from the Lost Sanctuary deck that was released in 2011, and will be dropping for the OCG on Aug. 7. 

Structure Deck R: Lost Sanctuary will play on the Fairy-Type theme and likely include new support for Master Hyperion and The Agent series of monsters, along with some variant of The Sanctuary in the Sky Field Spell. There could be another retrain of Airknight Parshath coming, although no information has been announced.

This will come with the standard 40-card Main Deck, but this one will also feature several Extra Deck Monsters. The OCG release will include a Power-Up Pack with additional cards surrounding the Fairy-theme, though that rarely carries over to any eventual TCG releases.

Within this Structure Deck R series, players have already gotten builds like Rise of the True Dragons, Dinosmaher’s Fury, and a few others that have had an impact on making several competitive decks somewhat affordable and easy to build. 

More information on Structure Deck R: Lost Sanctuary will be shared in both V Jump and Weekly Shonen Jump magazines in the coming months.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/yu-gi-oh/news/structure-deck-r-lost-sanctuary-to-release-this-august-for-yu-gi-oh-ocg

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Apex Legends removes Killing Time and Auto Banners from Apex’s War Games rotation due to issues

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Apex Legends’ War Games event is facing trouble for the second time. Developers removed two takeovers from the rotation, including today’s Auto Banners mode, due to “some issues affecting Apex.

Both Killing Time and Auto Banners will sit out of the War Games event, according to a tweet, although Respawn will save Killing Time for “a later date.” The removal of the takeovers leave only two modes in stock for the event: Ultra Zones and Armor Regen.

The updated schedule leaves Ultra Zones as the only takeover until the reset on Wednesday, April 21. Armor Regen will take its place until the event ends the following Tuesday, on April 27.

The War Games event was slated to cover five different takeovers spread out across two weeks but encountered difficulties from the beginning. The first mode, Second Chance, met a series of progression issues that caused challenges and experience earnings to disappear and stopped players from progressing through the Battle Pass. Developers switched it out for the Armor Regen mode on the same day.

Ultra Zones had a clean stint in the map rotation until earlier today, when it gave way to the Auto Banners takeover. Players reported a series of issues, particularly with servers, and Respawn removed both Auto Banners and its successor, Killing Time. The two modes on rotation until the event ends are tried and true, and both had fairly stable launches.

Players who are looking forward to Killing Time might see it at a future event. Respawn would save the event “for a later date,” although the company hasn’t specified a clear timeline yet.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/apex-legends/news/apex-legends-removes-killing-time-and-auto-banners-from-apexs-war-games-rotation-due-to-issues

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