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U.S Soccer announces collaboration with Esports Engine

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U.S Soccer, the football federation for the United States of America, has named esports operations company Esports Engine as the official production provider for the eNational Team Closed Finals.

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The collaboration is the first time Esports Engine has joined forces with a sporting federation. In recent months, the company has expanded its UK operations staff, hiring former Gfinity employees Martin Wyatt and Paul Kent as Head of UK Program Operations and Head of UK Production Operations.

The eNational Team Closed Finals, which begins on April 9th, is the conclusion of its nationwide online competition. The winner of the event will represent the U.S eNational Team that will compete in the FIFAe Nations Online Qualifier 2021.

Adam Apicella, Co-Founder and President of Esports Engine, commented on the partnership in a release: “As gaming and sports culture become more intertwined, we see events like the U.S. Soccer eNational Team Finals as unique opportunities to drive engagement amongst current fans, reach new audiences, and grow love of the sport.”

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Esports is an area that isn’t new for U.S Soccer. The federation first launched its search for eNational team representatives in 2019, with the victors taking part in the FIFA eNations Cup.

David Wright, Chief Commercial Officer at US Soccer, spoke on the initiative: “We are excited to open a pathway to the eNational Team for the broader community of players and fans across the United States, while also recognising the commitment and success by those at the top of the FIFA Global Series rankings.

“Esports continues to provide us with an opportunity to connect with new fans and grow interest in the sport of soccer here in the United States. We are looking forward to a thrilling competition and determining our two eNational Team representatives for this year.”

Esports Insider says: US Soccer joining forces with Esports Engine is a solid move. The operations company has a wealth of experience in producing and operating a range of esports events making this collaboration a good deal for all parties involved.

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Epic adds iHeartRadio, Krita, and more apps to its launcher

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Epic Games is expanding its reach by adding more PC apps to the Epic Games Launcher, the company announced today.

This means that users will be able to download and run various apps through the Epic Games Store, including the already available Spotify.

The newest additions to the platform’s app page include Itch.io, Brave, KenShape, Krita, and iHeartRadio. Here’s a brief description of each of them along with any limitations that have been listed by Epic. 

  • Itch.io: DRM free, indie-focused game store where developers run a “pay what you want” pricing model for consumers. 
  • Brave: Open-source browser that automatically blocks ads and website trackers while letting users send cryptocurrency contributions to content creators and websites they want to support. 
  • KenShape: Software used to generate 3D models based on 2D pixel art drawn using various shapes, which is directly compatible with most game engines. 
  • Krita: Digital painting app that’s used by millions to create illustrations, comics, animations, sketches, paintings, and more. 
  • iHeartRadio: Free all-in-one digital music, podcasting, and livestreaming radio service that also offers subscriptions that give access to on-demand features. 
    • Available only in North America.

Epic is also launching a Fortnite partnership with Spotify today at 7pm CT, where Fortnite Crew Members will receive three free months of Spotify service if they’re new Spotify premium subscribers. 

More apps are going to be coming to the Epic Games Launcher in the future, including Epic’s face-to-face social network Houseparty and Discord.

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When is the Destruction of Verdansk Part 2 in Warzone?

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When is the Destruction of Verdansk Part 2 in Warzone?
When is the Destruction of Verdansk Part 2 in Warzone? | Photo by Activision | Treyarch

When is the destruction of Verdansk Part 2 in Warzone? Activision kicked off Call of Duty: Warzone’s end with a big nuclear event. Although the game crashes made it difficult for players to fully enjoy the experience, what comes next is just a few short hours away.

The next phase of the event kicks off at 12 p.m. PST. For now, players have only been able to access Rebirth Island’s night mode. Part two of the event comes 24 hours after the nuke’s launch, which saw a missile launch from one of the silos around Verdansk. A mushroom cloud engulfed Stadium and Downtown, and the explosion immediately spread throughout the map.

Part two of the event kicks off in Rebirth, so you’ll need to hop into the night mode if you want to see this next step for yourself. There will be plenty of live content creators checking out the event live if you’re unable to make it.

What can we expect next? It’s sort of hard to anticipate what is to come, but it’s essentially confirmed that players will have access to a 1984 reskin of Verdansk. In the meantime, Season 3 is officially live, and there have been a lot of changes to popular weapons in Warzone.

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Live-Action Call of Duty: Warzone Season 3 Trailer Released

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Activision has released a brand new live-action trailer for Call of Duty: Warzone Season 3.
Activision has released a brand new live-action trailer for Call of Duty: Warzone Season 3. | Activision, Treyarch

Activision has released a brand new live-action trailer for Call of Duty: Warzone Season 3.

Titled “Squad up the World,” the trailer went live early on Thursday, April 22—marking the definitive start of Warzone’s Season 3. Its release marks a welcome return to live-action footage as fans haven’t seen a new trailer of this type since 2017. Squad up the World featured appearances by several notable celebrities and musicians, dipping in and out of “game” as they performed military-style feats to the prolific track “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC.

The trailer, itself, primarily focused on capturing the intensity experienced by players as they band together with friends to dominate Verdansk. Directed by Gibson Hazard—best known for his work on the music videos of Drake, Billie Eilish, and more—fans had a chance to see some of the biggest names in hip hop and gaming, alike, come together and showcase exactly what Warzone is capable of.

Names such as Saweetie, Swae, Young Thug, Michelle Viscusi, Mookie Betts, and even Nadeshot flashed across the screen firing well-known weapons, operating copters, and careening through the city streets in a high octane, action sequence reminiscent of in-game events.

In an attempt to bring that feeling home, the audience even got a chance to see them sitting behind screens, themselves, controllers in hand, and headsets secured reacting to the actions their “in-game” counterparts just performed.

Regardless of Season 3’s rocky start in the past 24 hours, long-time players are no doubt feeling a bit of nostalgia following its trailer release. Perhaps this is the turning point Activision needs to win its player base back and kick off the next segment of Warzone in style.

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League players raise more than $7 million for charity with Elderwood Ornn fundraiser

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After years of waiting, League of Legends fans finally got their hands on a second Ornn skin with Riot’s latest charity fundraiser, Elderwood Ornn, in December 2020. That skin, it turns out, raised more than $7 million for charity from the end of last year to early January, the developer revealed today.

The purple and bright blue skin, which cost 1,350 RP (or roughly $10), raised money for the Riot Games Social Impact Fund at Impact Assets, the developer’s charitable financial partner, beating Dawnbringer Karma’s $6 million charity record from the previous year.

“Thank you all so much for continuing to support highly impactful organizations around the world,” Riot said. “We hope you’ll join us again in this year’s charity fundraiser, so we can continue to build a better world together.”

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The Social Impact Fund was created in 2019 as a “unique philanthropic venture” fund that allows Riot to make “direct investments” into a variety of “global organizations” aimed at “solving some of the world’s most pressing issues.”

Since establishing the project, the League community has raised over $13 million for charity, not including the many millions of dollars contributed for skins like Dark Star Cho’Gath in 2018 before the fund was created. 

Altogether, that money has been donated to more than 25 different causes around the world. 

“The Riot Games Social Impact Fund is an independent entity separate from Riot Games the developer and publisher,” Riot’s fundraiser page reads. “It is also structured in such a way that all funding must be used to pursue positive social impact.”


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