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OMEGA LEAGUE announcement

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The leading European teams, WePlay! Esports, and Epic Esports Events decided to build something special for the fans.

Dota 2 fans are used to summer being the time when all of the teams compete for the title of being the best. This year, however, due to the global pandemic, we saw our summers deprived from this yearly joyful experience.

The leading European teams, WePlay! Esports, and Epic Esports Events decided to build something special for the fans. To bring the Dota 2 community an event that would provide the top level of competition, production, and content.

We are very happy to announce OMEGA League.

OMEGA League is an online tournament with a massive prize pool of $600,000 that will run from July 20th, 2020 (the beginning of the Open Qualifiers) until September 6th.It will include multiple competitive regions and divisions.

The English broadcast will be handled by WePlay! Esports, and RuHub will be in charge of its Russian counterpart. The teams will bring the best level of competition possible, alongside massive amounts of unique content to create a truly unforgettable experience.

WePlay! Pushka League Season 2 is postponed.

The suspension of the DPC has thrown our competitive scene into a sort of twilight zone populated by an array of small tournaments making it very taxing on players, and hard for fans to engage emotionally.
We decided to work together as a coalition of organizations, driven by our commitment to the fans, our love for this game, and the will to create a more sustainable competitive ecosystem around Dota 2. OMEGA LEAGUE is the first tournament coming from this partnership and everyone involved has poured their hearts into making it worthy of those mythical weeks in August.
We’ve found fantastic partners in Epic Esports Events and WePlay! Esports, both willing to commit to the higher level of integration that’s required to reach the quality fans have come to expect from Major-level tournaments. OMEGA League is our first large-scale initiative towards a more sustainable Dota 2 scene. Together we hope to breathe new life into the highest tiers of Dota 2 competition, and we can’t wait to show the world what we’ve been building.
We are excited about the future of the DPC, and we’re committed to supporting Valve and the rest of the ecosystem in their efforts to make competitive DotA better for fans, players, and partners alike.” – Alliance, Liquid, NAVI, Nigma, NIP, OG, Secret, and VP

“We are excited about the opportunity to work on interesting ideas and very curious about the reaction of the community. Our team and colleagues from Epic Esports Events are giving this event everything that we have. I really hope the audience will enjoy the results. The event takes place on the dates when we are used to seeing The International, and that impacts the level of responsibility we feel about OMEGA LEAGUE.” – Vitaliy “Nexius” Bozhko, Lead Esports Manager at WePlay! Esports.

“OMEGA League is a unique product. We are extremely thankful to the teams and our partners at WePlay! for working together on the vision of what an online event can and should be. We hope that this event will set the benchmark on the level of production and provide the fans many hours of premium content.” – Mark Averbukh, representative of Epic Esports Events.

League structure

The league is divided into two regions:

  • Europe (includes CIS)
  • Americas (North America and South America)

Europe format and prize pool

Immortal Division ($500,000)

Twelve teams will participate in the group stage of Immortal Division. They will be divided into two groups of six. Each group will see teams play each other in a BO3 series.

The two best teams from each group advance to Immortal Playoffs Upper-Bracket Round 1. The teams that take third place in their groups advance to Immortal Playoffs Lower-Bracket Round 1. The fourth and fifth place teams will enter the Play-in Stage to fight for two more Immortal Playoffs Lower-Bracket Round 1 seeds.

Immortal Playoffs is a double-elimination bracket. All matches are BO3, and Grand Finals are BO5.

Teams that lose in the Play-in Stage advance to Divine Playoffs Upper-Bracket Round 2.

The teams that take sixth place in their group advance to Divine Playoffs Upper-Bracket Round 1.

Divine Division ($50,000)

Divine Division starts with two groups of six squads. Each group will see teams play each other in a BO3 series.

The teams that take first place in their group advance to Divine Playoffs Upper-Bracket Round 1. The teams that take second and third place in their group advance to Divine Playoffs Lower-Bracket Round 1.

Divine Playoffs is a double-elimination bracket. All matches are BO3, and Grand Finals are BO5.

The rest of the teams are eliminated from the tournament.

The group stage for the European region will take place on August 10 – 26. The Playoffs will be held on September 31 – August 5.

Americas format and prize pool

Divine Division ($31,500)

Ten teams will participate in the group stage of Divine Division. They will be divided into two groups of five. Each group will see teams play each other in a BO3 series.

The two best teams from each group advance to Divine Playoffs Upper-Bracket Round 1. The teams that take third and fourth place will enter the Play-in Stage to fight for two Divine Playoffs Lower-Bracket Round 1 seeds.

Divine Playoffs is a double-elimination bracket. All matches are BO3, and Grand Finals are BO5.

Teams that lose in the Play-in Stage advance to Ancient Playoffs Upper-Bracket Round 1.

The teams that take fifth place in their group advance to Ancient Playoffs Upper-Bracket Round 1.

The group stage for the Americas region will take place on August 17 – 26. The Playoffs will be held on August 28 – September 5.

Ancient Division (8,500)

Eight teams will participate in the group stage of Ancient Division. They will be divided into two groups of four. Each group will see teams play each other in a BO3 series. The two best teams from each group advance to Divine Playoffs Upper-Bracket Round 1.

Ancient Playoffs is a double-elimination bracket. All matches are BO3, and Grand Finals are BO5.

The rest of the teams are eliminated from the tournament.

OMEGA League Participants (Europe, Immortal Division)

  • Team Secret
  • Team Liquid
  • Team Nigma
  • Alliance
  • OG
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • NAVI
  • Virtus.pro
  • Evil Geniuses
  • FlytoMoon

Closed Qualifier participants (Europe)

  • HellRaisers
  • Vikin.gg
  • B8
  • Team Empire
  • Team Unique
  • CyberLegacy

Details regarding the qualifiers will be announced soon.

Prize Pool Distribution

Europe Immortal Division:

  • 1st – $200,000
  • 2nd – $125,000
  • 3rd – $60,000
  • 4th – $30,000
  • 5th – $20,000
  • 6th – $20,000
  • 7th – $15,000
  • 8th – $15,000
  • 9th – $5,000 + a chance to win up to $10,000 in Divine Division
  • 10th – $5,000 + a chance to win up to $10,000 in Divine Division
  • 11th – $2,500 + a chance to win up to $10,000 in Divine Division
  • 12th – $2,500 + a chance to win up to $10,000 in Divine Division

Europe Divine Division:

  • 1st – $10,000
  • 2nd – $7,000
  • 3rd – $6,000
  • 4th – $5,000
  • 5th – $3,500
  • 6th – $3,500
  • 7th – $2,500
  • 8th – $2,500
  • 9th – $2,000
  • 10th – $2,000
  • 11th – $1,500
  • 12th – $1,500
  • 13th – $1 000
  • 14th – $1 000
  • 15th – $500
  • 16th – $500

Americas Divine Division:

  • 1st – $12,000
  • 2nd – $6,500
  • 3rd – $4,500
  • 4th – $3,500
  • 5th – $2,500
  • 6th – $2,500

Americas Ancient Division:

  • 1st – $2,200
  • 2nd – $1,600
  • 3rd – $1,200
  • 4th – $1,000
  • 5th – $750
  • 6th – $750
  • 7th – $500
  • 8th – $500

An additional $10,000 will be allocated in the form of gaming gear to Open Qualifier participants.

 

Asia

Newzoo Joins Forces With EVOS Esports To Expand Its Market View With Southeast Asia Data

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Newzoo, the world’s leading provider of games and esports analytics, announced today its partnership with EVOS Esports, Southeast Asia’s leading esports organization housing over 15 professional teams across five different countries.

By adding EVOS Esports to its partnerships program, Newzoo will get improved insights from the Southeast Asian market, a region expected to further boost the growth of the esports business. Furthermore, EVOS Esports’ mobile focus within the market represents an additional layer of insights that Newzoo will use to further solidify its esports estimates, which are featured in its landmark Global Esports Market Report and the Newzoo Platform.

In exchange, Newzoo will advise EVOS Esports with market insights, helping the organization to benchmark, spot opportunities, and provide strategic insights for its further expansion.

“Southeast Asia is currently the most exciting region for the overall future growth of esports and gaming, both from a business and consumer engagement perspective. EVOS Esports is right at the center of this.”, said Peter Warman, Newzoo’s Co-Founder and CEO. “Partnering with an ambitious and forward-thinking esports organization like EVOS Esports supports us in keeping up with this huge esports region to further strengthen our view on the global and local esports ecosystems.”

“We are excited to be the first esports organisation in Southeast Asia to form this partnership with Newzoo. With Newzoo’s market intelligence and expertise, it will assist us in making actionable data-driven decisions as we scale our business verticals across the region. With access to the tools and insights provided by Newzoo, we look forward to achieving continued success, especially when discussing with commercial partners.”, said Ivan Yeo, EVOS Esports’ Co-Founder and CEO.

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MakerDAO Partners with FirstBlood Technologies Competitive Gaming Platform “Earn DAI for excelling at the most popular Esports games available today”

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Today, ​FirstBlood Technologies​, the ​online competitive ​gaming ​platform and maker of Gaming Blockchain Dawn Protocol that lets ​esports​players challenge the field and win real rewards for excelling at their favorite games,​is integrating with ​MakerDAO​ to bring decentralized stablecoin integration to the ​FirstBlood Platform​. MakerDAO, the protocol behind the popular ​DeFi stablecoin Dai​, will enhance accessibility for enthusiasts and professional gamers alike by offering rewards in DAI to competitive gamers playing on FirstBlood. This signals an immense victory for gamers, and allows for permissionless cross-border payments to be made in what is arguably the most popular DeFi crypto-token available today. While the FirstBlood Platform supports it’s own native token $Dawn the addition of an algorithmic stablecoin sweetens the prize pot for gamers all around the world.

Joe Zhou, the Co-Founder and CEO of FirstBlood, says “we aim to leverage the massive DAI community and facilitate blockchain adoption into the world of competitive gaming. With players competing from every continent, payments in cryptocurrencies will simplify barriers to entry for users, and provide a stable and secure environment for players to earn rewards for rising to the challenge.” Of the partnership, Rune Christensen, CEO of the Maker Foundation and co-founder of MakerDAO, had this to say, “the borderless, decentralized nature of Dai makes it the perfect stablecoin to use as in-game rewards for FirstBlood players. The stability, transparency and ease of use of Dai will let players spend more time focused on competing and less time sorting out how to manage their rewards.”

To celebrate the partnership, MakerDAO is offering 10,000 DAI in prizes to sign up and compete on FirstBlood. All prizes will be paid in Dai. The details are as follows:

  • Beginning the 3rd week of November 2020, FirstBlood players will have an opportunity to compete against each other in the newest game-integrated on the FirstBlood Platform, Call of Duty: Warzone.
  • On the third Monday for the months of November, and December of 2020 and January 2021, FirstBlood will host the Maker Monthly tournament, which will have a $1,500 prize pool, payable in Dai.
  • Starting November, 4th, 2020, FirstBlood will host the Daily Dai with a prize pool of $100 each day for 40 days.
  • Events are available for players on PC, Playstation, and Xbox.
  • To sign up and get started, simply visit the FirstBlood platform and create an account at https://app.firstblood.io​.
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Rix.GG signs Joonas “Mognus” Salo to Rocket League roster

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Rix.GG, a new esports organisation, announces the signing of Finnish superstar Joonas “Mognus” Salo to its Rocket League roster.

Rix.GG’s Rocket League roster ahead of RLCS X Winter Split will be:

  1. Dan “Polar” Rees
  2. Lorenzo “Dead-Monster” Tongiorgi
  3. Joonas “Mognus” Salo

By signing Joonas “Mognus” Salo, Rix.GG is taking a hybrid approach to both nurture home-grown talent and bolster it with unrivaled expertise in Rocket League. Joonas “Mognus” Salo brings with him a wealth of experience, competing and winning at the highest levels of the esport. Rix.GG hopes the move will lead to the development of a winning team strategy to become one of the top Rocket League teams in the EU.

Jamie Lewis, founder, said: “We [Rix.GG] are doubling down on our efforts to build a top tier team and are delighted to have a world-class talent like Mongnus on board. We feel he is the perfect addition to our budding team.”

Ibrahim Taylor, team manager, said: “Mognus is widely regarded as one of the most capable Rocket League players, someone that has seen great success for many years at the very pinnacle of competitive Rocket League. He also gels very well with the team and the great atmosphere is clear to see. Polar and Dead-Monster are both keen to continue to improve, with the experience and history Mognus brings he is the perfect person for them to combine with to take them to new heights.”

Joonas “Mognus” Salo, said: “I’m happy to be joining Rix.GG as a new third player for its Rocket League team. They take good care of their players, so I know I’m in good hands. Immediately from the first scrim I noticed the potential that Polar and Dead-monster have. With my experience, I hope to bring more consistency to the table

and bring out the best of my teammates. It will definitely take some time, but I hope you can support me and my new team on this journey.”

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