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Sources: Washington Justice ownership group making forward progress in talks to acquire, relocate Chicago Call of Duty League slot

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Washington Esports Ventures, the parent company of the Overwatch League’s Washington Justice, is negotiating a deal that if completed would see it acquire the Chicago Call of Duty League slot and propose relocation to Washington, D.C., sources familiar with those conversations told Dot Esports. 

Washington is one of two serious parties in negotiations with NRG Esports, the current owners of OpTic Gaming and OpTic Chicago, sources said. While a deal is not closed, there’s optimism among league officials and parties involved that the deal will move forward, according to sources.

If the Washington-based ownership group does acquire the franchise slot, it will shed the OpTic brand—which is currently being discussed as moving with its frontman Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez in a possible deal with Envy Gaming and the Dallas Empire—and look to start anew in Washington. A new brand for the team would be created during the downtime between now and the 2022 Call of Duty League season. 

The Washington group has been a part of the esports industry since mid-2018 when a set of investors led by Venturehouse Group CEO and World TeamTennis team Washington Kastles founder Mark Ein purchased the franchise slot in the Overwatch League. Washington Esports Ventures’ territory includes the U.S. capitol city and all of Maryland and Virginia. Representatives for Ein and NRG Esports did not respond to requests for comment. The Call of Duty League declined to comment.

The negotiations between NRG and Washington Esports Ventures comes after a rift that’s lasted much of the past year between H3CZ and NRG’s top brass. 

Following the 2020 Call of Duty League season—where NRG and H3CZ co-operated the Chicago Huntsmen—the two orchestrated a deal to acquire OpTic Gaming from Immortals Gaming Club, who had used the brand that season for its Los Angeles team (which it separately sold to 100 Thieves, who rebranded it that fall). The Chicago team then took OpTic’s name. But shortly after that deal was completed, H3CZ informed NRG that he no longer wanted to work together and sought to operate OpTic alone, according to sources.

From there, NRG and the Call of Duty League attempted to find creative solutions, including allowing for H3CZ to operationally run OpTic alone so long as he footed the cost of player and staff salaries, as reported by Dot Esports. That lasted for a brief amount of time before NRG had to step back in to fulfill payment obligations, while H3CZ struggled to find funding from a third party to pay or propose an acquisition of the team entirely.

Now, NRG, H3CZ, and executives of Dallas Empire parent Envy Gaming are trying to work through those talks to facilitate the passing of the OpTic brand, simultaneously with a separate deal to sell off the Chicago slot to Washington Esports Ventures or a third party. That process is not too dissimilar from how Immortals conducted the sale of OpTic and the Los Angeles slot just a year ago.

Cory “CRONE” Davis contributed additional reporting to this story.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/news/sources-washington-justice-ownership-group-making-forward-progress-in-talks-to-acquire-relocate-chicago-call-of-duty-league-slot

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New World team share details of upcoming server transfers in Q&A

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New World players have been eagerly awaiting news on the promised server transfers that Amazon Game Studios announced to remedy long server queues on launch. While they have been delayed, many questions were answered regarding the subject during a Q&A on the New World forum earlier today.

The Q&A took the most popular questions from the community regarding the server transfer service and provided some insight into its limitations, what players can expect, but sadly, no official date for it to join the game.

When server transfers are added to the game, all players will receive a single transfer token that is tied to the account, not character. This means that if you have multiple characters, you’ll only be able to transfer one. These tokens will be permanent so they can be used any time after distribution.

Amazon also confirmed that players will only be able to transfer between servers in the same region, but cross-region transfers are something the team is looking into for the future.

Something that players were worried about was not being able to transfer into servers that are currently marked ‘full,’ but the team attempted to ease fears of this by sharing that many servers will have the ‘full’ tag removed over the coming days.

“We monitor full status on a daily basis with changes as recently as today,” the spokesperson wrote. “’Full’ doesn’t indicate a server that always has queues, it indicates a server that during typical peak usage has a substantial queue. We will be relaxing Full status on many worlds when transfers start, to allow the most flexibility possible. After transfers have slowed down we will re-evaluate which worlds might still need the designation.”

If server transfers overwork a server, the team said they will re-evaluate and hand out new transfer tokens to players where necessary.

There were plenty of other questions answered so if you’d like to know what was said in detail you can check out the Q&A here.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/mmo/news/new-world-team-share-details-of-upcoming-server-transfers-in-qa

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NoPing releases its Dota 2 roster, will reform for next DPC season

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NoPing e-sports and its Dota 2 rosters have agreed to part ways ahead of the next Dota Pro Circuit season. In a statement, NoPing said it will be fielding a new roster for the next season, but the organization has no news to share at the moment. 

This is the second top-level South American roster to split with its sponsor organization in order to pursue other opportunities, following Thunder Predator doing the same following The International 10. 

“By decision of all players in the team, we will not continue with the current lineup,” NoPing said. “We respect the decision and wish success to the players that took the NoPing VPN name to various achievements in Dota 2.” 

Neither NoPing nor the players—William “hFn” Medeiros, Gonzalo “Darkmago” Herrera, Oscar Chavez, Farith “Matthew” Puente, and Jose “Panda” Padilla Hernandez—specified why the decision was made, but it is likely due to the team failing to qualify for TI10. Even though they were one of three teams from SA to make it to a Major, finishing ninth at the WePlay AniMajor, they flamed out in the regional qualifiers, losing to Infinity and Team Unknown. 

Related: Lelis officially leaves Quincy Crew, hints at further major changes

It is also unclear if the players wish to continue playing together or if they will disband entirely and look to find teams elsewhere rather than pursuing a new sponsor together. Here are the players that are now looking for a new home. 

With this announcement, only beastcoast and SG esports remain untouched among the top four teams in SA, meaning they have an edge heading into the next DPC season if their squads remain together. The ex-TP players did note that they would continue playing together, so even if they don’t find a new sponsor they will likely still be a force in the region.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/dota-2/news/noping-releases-its-dota-2-roster-will-reform-for-next-dpc-season

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Call of Duty: Mobile season 9 is called Nightmare

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Call of Duty: Mobile’s season nine is almost here. The new season will be called Nightmare, Activision revealed today, as Halloween is right around the corner.

As usual, a lot of new content is dropping with the season. This includes a Battle Pass (BP) which contains a new operator, weapon, blueprints, calling cards, charms, and more.

At tier 14 of the free BP, players will be able to get the Tak-5 Operator Skill. This skill gives players the ability to heal their team in battle. Besides this, players will be able to get the Swordfish at tier 21. This tactical rifle was first seen in Black Ops 4 and is now making its way to CoD: Mobile as well.

Modern Warfare’s Havoc Sawmill will be the new map for season nine. Additionally, the Halloween Standoff is returning to the game for a limited time as well to mark the festival.

Later in the season, players will also be able to unlock a new weapon, tactical equipment, and battle royale class through seasonal challenges. The weapon is called Thumper, which is a grenade launcher with just one ammunition. Flash Drone is the new tactical equipment that blinds enemies. Finally, the Pumped BR Class gives players a jetpack to take to the skies.

The season will last for about a month. The new content will be available gradually throughout season nine, Nightmare.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/news/call-of-duty-mobile-season-9-is-called-nightmare

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All teams qualified for the Wild Rift Horizon Cup

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The League of Legends: Wild Rift Horizon Cup will happen from Nov. 13 to 21 at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Center. Ten teams from around the world will be competing for a share of the $500,000 prize pool. 

Wild Rift is still in its regional open beta stage, but this hasn’t stopped Riot Games from launching an esports scene this year. The Horizon Cup will be the first global esports event for the MOBA game. Riot has said that a full-fledged esports scene will be introduced in 2022. The exact format for the Horizon Cup hasn’t been revealed yet. 

Related: Wild Rift: Horizon Cup 2021 will not be the “first Wild Rift Worlds”

Here are all the teams that have qualified for the event.

  • Da Kung Gaming
  • ThunderTalk Gaming
  • KT Rolster
  • SBTC Esports
  • Team Secret
  • Team Queso

Summoner Series (North America)

  • Tribe Gaming

Japan Cup

  • Sengoku Gaming

Wild Tour (Brazil)

  • eBRO Gaming

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Source: https://dotesports.com/news/all-teams-qualified-for-the-wild-rift-horizon-cup

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