MLG Announces Columbus Open

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Major League Gaming, a professional eSports organization headquartered in New York that has hosted some of the most successful competitive gaming events throughout North America as well as online internationally during the 21st century, has announced its first major competition for the recently released Gears of War 4. It has been five years since the last title in the franchise, Gears of War 3, was delivered to the public, and eSports competitors and enthusiasts who are fans of the series are ecstatic to see what this game holds for the industry. MLG has been a prominent host for LAN events for console eSports titles other than Gears of War, including Call of Duty and Halo.

The Major League Gaming Columbus Open will take place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on the weekend of November 25-27, 2016. The tournament will consist of over 108 team competing for a chance to win a portion of the $250,000 prize pool that will be distributed among the top placers. The event will be an open bracket competition, and team passes along with spectator tickets have gone on sale at the Major League Gaming website. If you are a Gears of War fanatic looking to take your squad to the biggest stage possible, make sure you go ahead and reserve a team pass before they sell out.

For those who are looking to compete, you can begin qualifying for live event seeding as well as earn Gears of War Pro Points on MLG’s online competitive website, GameBattles. In some cases, players and teams who rack up enough Pro Points will be provided with funds to travel to Columbus in order to participate.

http://gamebattles.majorleaguegaming.com/xboxone/gears-of-war-4/

 

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Nevada Legislature Approves Building NFL Stadium in Las Vegas

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Nevada has taken a tremendous leap in coming closer to bringing an NFL team to their state. Where would a team of the National Football League be likely to compete in the state of Nevada if not Carson City? You guessed it, the casino city, Las Vegas. On Friday, Nevada state lawmakers signed off on a plan that would utilize $750 million of the public’s money by increasing a hotel tax. This project is also to be partly funded by billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, and the money will be going toward the development of a brand new NFL stadium.

Lobbyists for the project worked diligently to sway enough votes in the Nevada legislature to vote to approve the massive construction project, and ultimately scraped by in victory, narrowly earning the two-thirds vote required. Republican Governor Brian Sandoval, a supporter of the program, is projected to sign the deal officially on Monday in the city of Las Vegas. The Oakland Raiders’ owner, Mark Davis, was beaming with excitement when questioned by the press about the passing of the bill. “I would like to thank Governor Sandoval, the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee, and the members of the Nevada Legislature on this historic day. All parties have worked extremely hard to develop and approve this tremendous stadium project that will serve as a proud new home for the entire Raider Nation.

Although things seem to be moving in the right direction for the Raiders’ departure from Oakland, several things still have to be settled before it’s a done deal. The Raiders would surely be welcomed by the city of Las Vegas and the state of Nevada as a whole, but the city and citizens of Oakland will hold out hope and do everything in their power to keep their beloved Raiders from leaving a second time. Also, in the case of an NFL team relocating, it has to be voted on by all of the teams’ owners and will only go through if three-fourths give their blessing to do so. In the past, many NFL owners have been totally against any teams moving to Vegas due to its legalized betting on sports.

Next week, the fall owners’ meetings will take place, and the matter will be addressed then, although a vote regarding the matter will not yet take place. We will have to wait and see what the future holds. Perhaps in a few years the Las Vegas Raiders will be taking the field on a Sunday afternoon, but the people of Oakland thought that a move to Los Angeles was too far, so Nevada may be out of the question.

Riot Games Develops Practice Tool

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Early in 2016, Riot Games informed the public that a “sandbox mode” was not something that the company had been working on creating for their revolutionary PC video game League of Legends, and many people were upset. In League of Legends, a single game can take up to over an hour to complete, meaning that once you are locked in to a competition, you’ll be spending a significant amount of time in it. The game allows you to choose from a very large number of characters, known as champions, to utilize and each of them have different skill-sets and attributes that are stronger than others, so it’s somewhat difficult to get accustomed to mastering several champions seeing as you’ll be investing a heavy chunk of time just getting acquainted with them. Also, there are several factors that play in to a League of Legends match, therefore it will surely take many games to learn each champions’ true strengths and the best way to manage them. It isn’t very easy to practice various combinations and test different strategies in-game without a sort of “free mode” that allows you to experiment thoroughly.

Fortunately, Riot Games announced today that it has begun developing such a mode, which has come to be referred to as “Practice Tool”. In this sandbox-type mode, players will have access to an unlimited supply of gold, level locking, the ability to freeze minions, as well as instant cool-down resets. Seeing as the project is still in its infant stage, as far as the public can tell so far that is, there are sure to be a number of additional features that will enable players to become familiar with champions they haven’t used before. This mode isn’t just helpful for professionals, but to all competitors, even those who casually game.

In the post the organization released regarding the announcement of the Practice Tool, they had this to say:

Our initial approach with a practice tool is going to be low-scope, simple, and straightforward—close to a punching bag and weights for practicing execution. We are doing our best to make this tool inclusive to people at every level. Everyone from Bronze to Challenger should see value in a single-player training mode to practice mechanics and map movement, but we’re currently not looking to develop a multiplayer training tool for organized team drills or pro-play specifically. Once we get the first version out, we’ll pay close attention to see if we missed anything in terms of how to become better by yourself.

 

President of FIFA Endorses eSports

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Earlier today, Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, the international governing body of association football, known as soccer to many North Americans, released a lengthy document titled “FIFA 2.0: The Vision for the Future”. In this 69 page script, Infantino discusses a well-written plan as to how to effectively grow the most beloved international sport as well as enhance the experience for players and fans while strengthening the institution as a whole. Although there are a multitude of areas of emphasis in which the FIFA president plans on achieving these goals, a particularly interesting point he made regards eSports.

Along with mentioning how successful the FIFA Interactive World Cup was this year, and although this has been a recurring event for FIFA gamers since 2004, the video game hasn’t received much attention in terms of elite competition on a grand scale. Seeing as soccer is the most popular sport in the world and that the eSports industry has grown exponentially over the past decade, Infantino realizes the potential of success that implementing more events such as the Interactive World Cup could generate. This could provide a unique experience for fans of and real-life soccer players alike, since just about everyone can compete and appreciate the matchups that video games bring about.

In the document, “FIFA 2.0: The Vision for the Future”, Infantino had this to say regarding eSports: As the world of gaming expands, FIFA
has a tremendous opportunity to mimic
the production of global events on the
pitch with enhanced production of virtual
FIFA competitions. To investigate the
benefits and feasibility of expanding
FIFA’s engagement in eSports, FIFA will
commission a working group to consider
its forward-looking strategy. 

If you’re interested in reading the specifics regarding the official document, click anywhere on this sentence. Electronic sports is discussed on Page 43.

Fattening Foods as Addictive as Cocaine and Heroin?

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You may have heard this said before and dismissed it as a mere myth, but recent studies by hundreds of scientists have concluded that some fattening foods are indeed as addictive as hard drugs such as heroin or cocaine. Addiction with very fattening foods and drugs are extremely similar, due to the fact that the high-calorie and high-fat meals and snacks overload the pleasure centers of the brain by flooding it with dopamine. By eating these fattening foods frequently, one will begin to crave them more often in order to provide the brain with that same dopamine reception, much like a drug addict.

Once a person begins to repeatedly eat these kinds of foods and their cravings dramatically increase, so too does their tolerance. Crazy, right? Not exactly. To be sure you’ve noticed that overweight people tend to have the ability to consume more food than most folks. This is because their tolerance for these certain foods have increased to a point that they are no longer satisfied with the amount that they would normally eat, causing them to over-indulge although they may be quite full. These people may have trouble with weight loss even if they exercise regularly, because of the fact that overeating alters the manner in which one’s brain functions.

However, people who are overweight or have so-called self-diagnosed weight issues aren’t the only ones at risk. People who maintain a healthy weight, and even those who are underweight, are also quite susceptible to losing control of their eating habits. If you aren’t sure whether or not you have a food addiction, ask yourself these questions: Do you have intense cravings, eat when you’re full, or find yourself going out of your way to acquire certain foods that aren’t in your home although your pantry is full? If yes, you may require a change in your diet as well as a professional evaluation as to your behaviors regarding eating.

Sure, it’s great to eat pizza, ice cream, cheeseburgers, chips, or cookies every so often, but these are the kinds of foods that you should be a bit skeptical about overindulging with. If you want a simple and effective way to combat this issue, drink more water. Water has been found to reduce cravings for foods of this fattening nature, along with an endless amount of other benefits, including improving brain function, which is where this overeating syndrome silently develops.

Denial Esports Acquires Overwatch Team

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Denial Esports, an international competitive gaming organization which has rose to prominence in the industry over the past few years, has expanded their company with the signing of an Overwatch squad. Many other eSports organizations have begun branching out from their roots by signing teams and players to represent their companies on various titles such as Starcraft 2, League of Legends, etc. Denial Esports, recognizing the potential in the relatively new Blizzard FPS (First Person Shooter), Overwatch, have now made themselves as a competitor in this field as well, along with their teams that compete on other well-known PC franchises.

Overwatch began to receive attention from the eSports community upon its release, due to its great potential to be a great competitive title, both for the players along with its spectators. Several other popular eSports companies have acquired teams of their own to represent them in the Overwatch universe, and Denial now has one as well. The team is experienced in other First Person Shooters, such as Call of Duty and Team Fortress 2. With Overwatch’s popularity rising in the competitive gaming scene, expect more skilled players and teams to be signed by some of your favorite household eSports organizations as they too expand their companies.

The roster for Denial.Overwatch is as follows:

Colin “Jolson” Anderson (DPS)
Derek “zza” Johnson (DPS)
Jacob “endless’ P. (Tank/Flex)
Michael “GodHand” Hoang (Support)
Donald “Dahun” Leigh (Support)
Félix ”xQc” Lengyel (Tank)

To read more about the players, click anywhere on this sentence to see Denial eSports’ official press release regarding the acquisition of their newest team.

 

Auston Matthews Scores 4 Goals in NHL Debut

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When the Toronto Maple Leafs walked out of the tunnel and skated onto the ice Wednesday evening to face the Ottawa Senators, nobody expected the spectacle that would unfold before them within the next couple of hours. Auston Matthews, the newest center on Toronto’s squad and also the No.1 overall pick in the 2016 NHL draft, would do nothing but exceed expectations. Although the game would end with a 5-4 loss for the Maple Leafs, fans and teammates would be sure to recognize that the rookie could handle professional competition.

For any hockey player, a hat trick (scoring three goals) is an impressive feat, but on his debut, Matthews would one-up even that grand accomplishment. Just 8:21 into the first period, slipped the puck in on his very first shot on a pass from Zach Hyman during a frenzy around the Ottawa net. Just minutes later, he stole the puck from the Senators’ Erik Karlsson and beat goalie Craig Anderson with a swift forehand. It was proving to be a great debut for the rookie already, just one-third of the way into the contest.

After less than two minutes into the second period, Matthews slapped a one-timer into the goal from inside the opposition’s right circle, giving Toronto a 3-2 lead. Needless to say, the fans began showering the ice with hats, as is tradition when a player scores three goals in a game, if you aren’t very familiar with the sport. This marked Matthews as the fifth player in the history of the National Hockey League to complete the hat trick in their debut. But he wasn’t quite done yet. With just three seconds left in the second period, Matthews lifted the puck past the Ottawa goalie following blowing by a defender.

In the third period, Ottawa regained the lead and maintained it until the end of regulation, handing Toronto a 5-4 loss, all of whose goals came from the rookie Auston Matthews. The 19 year-old has surely proven himself to the entire hockey world, and will be at the forefront of attention for awhile, especially if he continues to put up impressive numbers. Although it’s doubtful he’ll have many, if any games with as many goals as in his debut, will he keep playing very well now that the spotlight is on him more so than ever?

$25,000 ZOTAC World Cup

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In honor of its 10-year anniversary, ZOTAC, an organization which began by manufacturing state-of-the-art graphics cards, and steadily evolved into creating premium miniature personal computers, has announced its very first eSports competition. Counter Strike: Global Offensive will be the platform upon which this event will undergo, and the prize pool will consist of $25,000. Six teams will participate in this inaugural competition hosted by the innovative computer-based company, and $10,000 of the prize money will be distributed as straight-up monetary funds and the remaining $15,000 will be given out as ZOTAC merchandise.

The tournament is scheduled to take place from October 24-25 in Hong Kong with six top teams from Asia, Europe, and North America squaring off in a single-elimination, best-of-three tournament format. Two of the six teams, most likely the considered-to-be more skilled squads, will be sent straight to the semi-finals while the other four battle it out in what would be considered quarterfinal play for a chance to advance.

Here are a look at the teams competing, where they hail from, as well as the times for each match.

  • 4dimensioN (Japan)
  • VG.CyberZen (China)
  • Kinguin (Poland)
  • ENZO (Hong Kong)
  • MVP PK (Korea)
  • Splyce (Various nations)
October 24th
04:20 Quarterfinal #1
06:45 Quarterfinal #2
09:10 Semifinal #1
11:35 Semifinal #2
October 25th
05:20 Bronze
09:30 Final

Ronda Rousey to Return at UFC 207

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UFC President Dana White announced Wenesday that Ronda Rousey, arguably the most widely recognized name in MMA, as well as the most popular female athlete in the world, will be returning to octagon on December 30th, 2016 where she will face Amanda Nunes for the main event of UFC 207. Rousey, who’s record as of now is 12-1, dominated the world of mixed martial arts by holding the 135-pound belt from November 2012 until she was defeated by Holly Holm in November 2015. During that span, she set the record for the longest reigning champion in the history of women’s MMA. She also evolved from a submission expert to a full-on knockout specialist in this time, only allowing one opponent, Miesha Tate, to make it out of the first round against her.

At UFC 184, “Rowdy” Ronda’s exponentially increasing fame and reputation as the most dominant female fighter in the world, made a bold statement by defeating  Cat Zingano in a UFC-record 14 seconds by armbar. At that point, it seemed to many as though Rousey was all but unbeatable and would hold onto the title for several more years. However, it wouldn’t be long before an adversary would strip her of her title. At UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia, Rousey lost her title to Holly Holm, and “Rowdy” Ronda decided to take a break from fighting for a short while.

But now she’s back. Rowdy Ronda Rousey will be back in action at UFC 207 against Amanda Nunes to attempt to strip her of the bantamweight title. Many believe that Nunes, a ferocious Brazilian fighter who has racked up a 6-1 record as of now, has a finishing game (submission or knockout) that may rival Rousey’s. When they square off the day prior to New Years Eve, they will both be looking to seal their legacies into the world of mixed martial arts more so than they already have. The bout will air live on Pay-Per-View from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Don’t miss it.

Choi “Polt” Seong Hun not able to compete at BlizzCon due to mandatory military service

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A member of Team EnVyUs’ Starcraft 2 organization, has departed North America and will not be competing in the upcoming StarCraft 2 World Championship Series (WCS) Global Playoffs. These playoffs will ultimately conclude with the Finals being held in Anaheim, California on November 4th-5th at BlizzCon. Throughout the 2016 season in the WCS Circuit, Polt placed in the top eight players and was therefore invited to compete in the World Championship Tournament, a significant and impressive feat for competitors of the RTS (Real-Time Strategy) game.

Polt has announced that the reason for his withdrawal is due to a sudden beckoning from his home nation of South Korea to return to the country in order to fulfill mandatory military service. In a press release posted on Team EnVyUs’ website, the Starcraft 2 veteran had this to say: I have been really happy for the past six years. Playing StarCraft 2 and meeting a lot of people in the world gave me plenty of unforgettable memories. I have been able to [accomplish] a great achievement and I appreciate all of the support from [manager Andrew Tomlinson] and Team EnVyUs. Unfortunately, the time has come to say goodbye. However, remember that every ending is a new beginning. I am looking forward to seeing you again soon.”

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  Although Polt had just joined EnVyUs this past May, he had secured honors in the Starcraft 2 community long before with his first place finish in Poland at the WCS Winter Circuit Championship at IEM (Intel Extreme Masters). As a member of EnVyUs, he racked up high placings in tournaments such as DreamHack Austin along with a second overall finish in Montreal for the WCS Summer Circuit Championship, among others.

Not only has he proven himself as one of the top eSports competitors internationally, he has also been a pioneer of sorts for the industry. Polt was only the second player in history to have been granted a P1-A athletic visa by the United States. Mike “HastrO” Rufail, the CEO of the Team EnVyUs organization, said this regarding the departure of Polt: Today, our entire organization is saddened that Polt must depart from competitive play. Polt has been one of the most iconic and fiercest competitors throughout his career in electronic sports. He will be remembered as a champion. We know he will take that success into whatever the future holds for him and we hope to see Polt back in esports as soon as possible.”

To read more about Polt’s achievements as well as his migration back to South Korea, click here to read the Team EnVyUs press release.