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Everything you need to know for Red Bull Home Ground as the biggest VALORANT teams clash in unique ‘Home and Away’ competition



Everything you need to know for Red Bull Home Ground as the biggest VALORANT teams clash in unique 'Home and Away' competition
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This week, Red Bull Home Ground, the intense pro VALORANT invitational will see 16 of the biggest teams clash in a pulse-racing final from November 4th – November 7th, broadcast live from the Red Bull Gaming Sphere in London.

The broadcast begins on Thursday at 12pm GMT, with the first group match between Gambit Esports and Ninjas in Pyjamas, LDN UTD and Supermassive Blaze, Acend and Na’VI and TENSTAR and Team BDS.

Here is all you need to know about Red Bull Home Ground:

The world’s best VALORANT teams will be battling it out across their favourite maps in the ultimate test of map knowledge, strategy and composure. From November 4th competitors will battle online over four intense days, broadcast from the Red Bull Gaming Sphere in London and live on Red Bull Twitch and YouTube.

With the likes of G2, Team Liquid, Gambit and Na’Vi, as well as Red Bull Campus Clutch champions Anubis and open qualifier winners Ninjas in Pyjamas, the competition features an exclusive star-studded line-up as esports returns to London. While the competition will be fought online, Vodafone GIANTS will be battling on-site at the Red Bull Gaming Sphere.

The competition pioneers a unique Home & Away structure that delivers an exciting twist to the normal VALORANT format, placing an even greater emphasis on map knowledge and strategy and a new layer of unpredictability to map picks.

The competition will kick-off with spectacular opening match-ups, between Gambit Esports and qualifier winner Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 and BIG, Na’VI and Acend, Vodafone Giants and Red Bull Campus Clutch winners Anubis and more.

Making the competition even more of a spectacle, renowned VALORANT host Yinsu Collins will be leading a lineup of talented broadcast pros bringing the Red Bull Home Ground experience to life throughout the London Finals.

Yinsu will be joined by two iconic pairs of casters, with Lauren “Pansy” Scott and Michael “hypoc” Robins teaming up once again to reignite their rapport after the VALORANT Champions Tour Stage 3 Masters in September, while Mitch “MitchMan” McBride and Tom “Tombizz” Bissmire will be pairing up to lend their charisma and expertise. G2’s Jakub “Lothar” Szygulski is also joining the lineup to give viewers his expert analysis on the tournament.

Where to watch:

The competition will be broadcast live from the Red Bull Gaming Sphere on and Red Bull will also be hosting a Home Ground viewing party from 6th to 7th of November at Platform Shoreditch, open to press and the public.


Red Bull Home Ground pitches teams in a riveting best of five battle, with the first two opening matches on each team’s chosen ‘home ground’. Added pressure is put on these opening home and away rounds, rewarding teams that can make the most of their home advantage and turn the tables on their opponent’s chosen map. If a team wins these two opening rounds they automatically win the tie, while a stalemate will then default to a best of five format.

The opening day of the tournament will see four groups of four teams, competing in a Swiss-style format to decide who will move on in the competition. The top two teams from each group will make their way to the quarter finals, while the bottom two teams will be eliminated.

The Red Bull Home Ground Group Matches starts on Thursday November 4th, the eight qualified teams will then battle it out on Friday November 5th to compete in the Semi Finals on Saturday November 6th, before culminating in a Grand Final on Sunday November 7th.


●      Thursday November 4th (Group Matches): Broadcast – from 12pm GMT

●      Friday November 5th (Quarter Finals): Broadcast – 12pm GMT (Series 1&2) & 4pm GMT (Series 3&4)

●      Saturday November 6th (Semi Finals): Broadcast – 12pm GMT (Series 1&2 winners) & 4pm GMT (Series 3&4 winners)

●      Sunday November 7th (Final): Broadcast – 12pm GMT (3rd Place) & 4pm GMT (Final)


●        G2 Esports

●        Team Liquid

●        Vodafone GIANTS

●        TENSTAR

●        Acend

●        Futbolist

●        Fnatic

●        Supermassive

●        LDN UTD

●        Anubis

●        FPX

●        Gambit

●        BIG CLAN

●        BDS

●        Na’Vi

●        Ninjas in Pyjamas


Broadcast talent (English speaking)

Stage Host & Interviewer:

●        Yinsu Collins


●        Pair one:

o    Lauren “Pansy” Scott

o    Michael “hypoc” Robins

●        Pair two

o    Mitch “MitchMan” McBride

o    Tom “Tombizz” Bissmire


●        Jakub “Lothar” Szygulski

Broadcast & other Languages

Red Bull Home Ground will be streamed live from Red Bull’s Twitch and YouTube channel across the four days from 12pm GMT

On Twitch, the event will be broadcast in English as well as English, French, Turkish, German, Russian, Spanish, Polish, Japanese, Thai. Enter the chat command “!languages” on the Red Bull Twitch channel to choose which language is preferred.


Lenovo is supporting Red Bull Home Ground as the Official Hardware Provider.


Astralis and Esportal extend partnership agreement



Astralis and Esportal extend partnership agreement
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Astralis and leading Nordic matchmaking platform Esportal has agreed to an extension of the commercial partnership entered only nine months ago.

Kasper Sindt, Commercial Director, Astralis

– Esportal is the leading matchmaking platform in the Nordics, giving gamers an option to compete and connect in a positive, fun, and competitive environment. We have built a tournament and matchmaking format combining Esportal’s expertise and the Astralis brand and value, and we’re thrilled with the way it has been received and used by thousands of Counter-Strike players daily.

– We’re now introducing monthly tournaments and quarterly events in Astralis Nexus, our big Gaming and Entertainment Center in central Copenhagen, where the Grand Final weekends will be held with viewing parties, Meet & Greets, and a range of other relevant activation. We’ll also see a lot of new engaging content on our Social Media- and YouTube channels. The whole idea behind our cooperation is bringing the gaming community even closer together, both digitally and physically, says Kasper Sindt.

On top of the digital and physical activation described above, the agreement includes a commercial and promotional leg. The parties agree not to comment further upon the commercial value.

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BLAST Premier announces two-year partnership extension with EPOS



BLAST Premier announces two-year partnership extension with EPOS
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Leading esports tournament organiser BLAST Premier has announced a two-year partnership extension with premium audio peripherals provider, EPOS.

EPOS became BLAST’s official audio partner in February 2020 and the extended deal will ensure the brand continues to receive global exposure across the tournament organiser’s seven events this year, reaching an audience of over 150 territories in 18 different languages.

The partnership will build on the successes of 2021, with the continuation of the ‘Push to Talk’ podcast series into a second season. The series sees hosts and popular Counter-Strike figures Conner ”Scrawny” Girvan and Mohan ”Launders” Govindasamy dive deep into exclusive interviews with the best CS:GO players, whilst discussing the spiciest ‘Hot Takes’ in the industry and answer fans’ most interesting Counter-Strike questions

Throughout the partnership, BLAST and EPOS have highlighted the power of audio and the key role it plays at the top level of Counter-Strike, with the implementation of premium gaming headset H6PRO throughout the broadcast. This is encapsulated by the popular ‘Mic’d Up’ broadcast segment, providing esports fans with a unique insight into how elite players communicate with each other during the most important moments in-game.

The announcement comes off the back of two recent partnership renewals, following Coinbase and CS.MONEY. With BLAST continuing to increase the value of its global partnership portfolio in line with future growth plans.

Oliver Clarke, Head of Brand Partnerships for BLAST, said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with EPOS as we go into the new season and beyond, establishing long-term relationships with our partners is a key part of our commercial growth plans. Since last year, we have showcased the importance of audio in providing a competitive edge and look forward to bringing this to life in new ways during 2022.”

Maja Sand-Grimnitz, Director of Global Marketing, Gaming at EPOS, said: “We’re really excited to extend our partnership with BLAST for the coming two years. As the past two years have already shown, the BLAST Premier and EPOS brand are a great fit, and we can’t wait to show the power of audio through a lot of exceptional events throughout 2022 and 2023.

“The BLAST Premier Fall Final in November really showed the value and great opportunities in physical events, and we especially enjoyed seeing our new H6PRO Series activated in the arena. Even after two years we still see this partnership offer endless opportunities to deliver great results to BLAST and EPOS but most importantly all the fantastic esports fans around the world.”

BLAST Premier is the world’s leading Counter-Strike tournament series, hosting the best players and teams, offering opportunities to regions across the globe and crowning the world champions of CS:GO. Up to 32 of the world’s best teams take part in the seven BLAST Premier events across the year with a combined prize pool of $2,475,000 on the line.

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Rix.GG announces Huntress Trials VALORANT Tournament for February



Rix.GG announces Huntress Trials VALORANT Tournament for February
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Rix.GG, a top UK esports organisation, announces its first Huntress Trials VALORANT for female and marginalized genders of the new year.

The Huntress Trials tournament will start on Saturday the 19th February at 12:00 GMT and will continue on Sunday the 20th February 12:00 GMT.

The competition will feature up to 32 competing teams in total from across the EU and the UK, in a 5v5, single-elimination bracket, best of 3 (Bo3). Winners from the bracket will advance to the Grand Final which will be a best of 3 (Bo3) with a chance to take home the first prize.

The Huntress Trials VALORANT tournament – February prize pool is £2000 GBP total, where the winners of the event will receive £1000 GBP, 2nd place £500 GBP and 3rd and 4th place will be awarded £250 GBP.

The casters for this event will be the returning Samantha “NaoriMizuki” Timms and Layla “TK Layla” Abbott. Overseeing the tournament will be Tournament and Events Manager, Umar ‘Maru’ Aswat, with the support of admins Nicole ‘Wolf’ Sølvmose, and Jorden ‘Raen’ Dakin-White, as well as Observer Samantha “Benolot” Fry. The production for the Huntress Trials tournament will be overseen by Jakob “Atroix” Szmyt and will include his Esports Production Year 2 students at Confetti College (@Confetti_ICT). We are delighted that we are able to assist with the grassroots development of future production staff as well as grassroots players.

Gin Rai from Confetti College said “We at Confetti are excited to work with Rix and the Huntress Trials. This is another great opportunity to provide our students with real broadcast production experience whilst elevating recognition for women and marginalised genders in esports.”

Teams interested in participating can sign up via our form by Wednesday, 16th February at 21:00 GMT. Only the first 32 eligible teams will be allowed to participate. This tournament is only for female and marginalised gender teams.

Country restrictions are set by VALORANT and Riot Games tournament licenses. For the purpose of this tournament, teams must have the majority of their players from a qualified region. Rix.GG has been granted an EU license though some country restrictions may apply.

First Prize: £1000 GBP

Second Prize: £500 GBP

Third and Fourth Prize: £250 GBP Saturday

Date: 19 February 2022

Time: 12:00 PM GMT


Date: 20 February 2022

Time: 12:00 PM GMT

Main Broadcast: RixGG_TV

Bracket: ChallengerMode

Format: 5v5; Single-Elimination; Best of 3 (Bo3) including the final

Rules: Huntress Trials – VALORANT – Tournament Rules – February

Eligible countries: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Island, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jersey, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia (formerly Macedonia), Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom (UK)

This tournament is not endorsed or supported by Riot Games.

We’ll see you there, good luck to all the teams entering the tournament!


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