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The Red Bull Solo Q World Finals are here – The official 1v1 League of Legends tournament concludes in December!

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The Red Bull Solo Q World Finals are here – The official 1v1 League of Legends tournament concludes in December!
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Red Bull Solo Q, the official 1v1 League of Legends tournament, has revealed all the details of its epic world final which will take place at BMW Welt in Munich, on the 4th-5th December, 2021. The tournament, which began in April, will culminate with the top 20 players battling it out across a two day offline final. Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere, the face of the initiative, will be on site to host the event, bringing fans behind the scenes insights, interviewing players, commentators, and much more. After the excitement of the League of Legends World Championship (Worlds), the Red Bull Solo Q final is an awesome opportunity for League fans to get their esports fix before the new year.

The first stage of the competition saw players compete in National and International qualifiers in order to gain a spot in the Red Bull Solo Q Regional Finals, with players from some regions invited directly. This event saw the National Finals winners go head to head, with only the very best earning their spot at the Red Bull Solo Q World Final.

Alongside bragging rights as one of the best solo League of Legends players in the world, the Red Bull Solo Q World Final winner will also earn themselves an awesome live-viewing experience at an upcoming official Riot Games tournament.

Red Bull Solo Q is well known for adding a new challenge to the League of Legends format; 1v1 duels where the player must draw “First Blood,” take down the opponent’s tower, or reach a 100-minion score to claim victory. Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere, who has been the face of the competition since 2019, will be onsite to deliver an awesome fan experience, with a number of behind the scenes interviews, breaking down gameplay and much more. The offline final will take place at BMW Welt in Munich, with all participating players on site.

Built on giving solo amateur players the opportunity to showcase their abilities on the biggest of stages, Red Bull Solo Q has seen a number of competitors use the tournament as a springboard for greater League of Legends success. Mid laner Erik “ZiViZ” Lövgren cut his teeth during 2018’s Red Bull Player One, the previous iteration of Red Bull 1v1 League of Legends action, winning the entire competition and putting his skills on display to the world. Importantly, during the tournament ZiViZ was also able to represent his home country Sweden, as he explained “It’s always been a childhood dream to represent Sweden, be it through football, table tennis or esports. I loved wearing a jersey with the Swedish flag and my name on it.”

For the first time Red Bull Solo Q will take place in Howling Abyss, the first official ARAM (All Random, All Mid) map in League of Legends. This fun and beloved game mode will bring plenty of excitement to viewers, who can keep their eyes peeled for Poro, and players will also enjoy a stage building designed to look just like Howling Abyss, fully immersing them in the action.

Red Bull Solo Q is supported by industry leading partners, bringing the very best hardware and peripherals to competitors. SteelSeries, the worldwide leader in gaming and esports peripherals, is the official Red Bull Solo Q Peripheral Partner, providing headsets, keyboards and mice to duelists, ensuring full immersion with esports gaming gear built for both elite performance and durability. Additionally, AGON by AOC, the global leader in gaming monitors, is the Official Monitor Partner for the event, bringing exceptional visual clarity and ultra-high refresh rates to competitors. BMW Welt also joins the tournament this year, with BMW Welt in Munich providing the setting for the offline world finals. One of the most visited tourist attractions in Germany, BMW Welt will give the competition an epic backdrop as players fight to prove themselves the best solo League of Legends player in the world.

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Quadrant extends partnership with Elgato

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Gaming, lifestyle, and esports organization Quadrant extends partnership with Official Streaming Equipment Partner Elgato

Quadrant has today (15 August) renewed its long-term partnership with world-leading audio-visual technology provider Elgato.

This renewal of Quadrant’s first official partnership signals the success of a natural fitting collaboration. The popular gaming content channel and streaming hardware organisation have both grown exponentially within the video sharing arena.

Elgato offers a broad range of innovative audio-visual products including microphones, webcams and lighting, as well as interface decks and capture devices that are used by content creators across all video sharing platforms.

The Munich-based streaming solutions brand recently launched their ‘Create Greatness’ campaign with the help of Quadrant. The campaign serves to usher in a new generation of content creators by celebrating individuality and personal story telling.

‘Create Greatness’ is a rallying cry to enable creators and unite communities as Elgato strives to empower them with technology that enhances, defines and perfects the creators’ output.

This marks the content creation tech specialists’ first brand campaign focused upon the amplification of creativity, an area which Quadrant and its founder Lando Norris are more than equipped to assist with.

As Quadrant’s Official Streaming Equipment Partner, Elgato has unlocked the combined audience of the channel’s prestigious talent team – Lando Norris, FNG, Aarava, SuperGT, RiaBish, Fifakill and Max Fewtrell – enabling them to reach ever increasing levels of viewership.

Together, the two organisations are set to harness a long-term partnership to deliver, and through ‘Create Greatness’ encourage, top quality content to global audiences on premium streaming hardware.

Jamie MacLaurin, Chief Sporting Officer at Quadrant, said: “We’re very excited to announce the renewal of our partnership with Elgato. This partnership has elevated the quality of our content and live streams both on the Quadrant channel and our creators’ individual channels through continued support and supply of their top-of-the-line equipment. Elgato have been a tremendous partner and a pleasure to work with, and we look forward to building on the foundations we have already built together.”

Tom Hildreth, Senior Partnerships Manager at Elgato, said: “We didn’t hesitate when it came to discussions about working together with Quadrant for a second year. From all the high-quality content they’ve created to being central in one of the largest campaigns we’ve ever put together, we couldn’t be happier with how the partnership has gone so far. With ideas and plans already in the works, it’s an exciting journey that we are thrilled to be continuing.”

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CBBC announces new esports show: Game on Grandparents

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GAME ON GRANDPARENTS – ELECTRIC ROBIN BRINGS A NEW ESPORTS SERIES TO CBBC  THIS AUGUST

CBBC’s Game on Grandparents, is a gaming competition series like no other. Produced by Electric Robin [part of Banijay group], young gamers and their grandparents will step into each other’s lives like never before. The first episode airs today Monday 15th August at 09:15 on CBBC and BBC iPlayer.

 

Girls and boys who dream of playing at an esports tournament are about to get the chance BUT there’s a twist, they won’t be playing themselves, they’ll be training up their gaming rookie grandparents to take part!

And while their grandparents are busy practising, the children have to take on their roles about the house from washing up to walking the dog, to entertaining Grandma’s friends for the afternoon – what could possibly go wrong?!

Throughout the series we see 18 sets of teams battle it out to be named Game on Grandparents champions. They compete with some of the biggest gaming titles in the world including Minecraft, Just Dance, Wii Ski, Mario Golf, Mario Kart, Wipeout, Gran Turismo, Super Smash Bros and Splatoon.

Along the way they are given a little bit of help from world-renowned gaming celebrities including, Ali-A, Yammy, Sanna, Jelly, Blackpanthaa, Adam Savage, Vikkstar, Ruby Rube and more, who have a combined reach of over 85million on YouTube alone.

Joining this star studded line up is Game on Grandparents host, Julia Hardy, known for the Top Gear Gaming Show and the BBC Sounds podcast, This Game Changed My Life, and esports royalty Miles Ross offering energetic and exciting commentary throughout.

Julia Hardy, Game on Grandparents Host said: “It’s been such a pleasure to see all of our families spend time together and learn from each other, all whilst creating a memory that they’ll never forget. I mean who would forget playing on an esports stage in front of a live studio audience just like the pros?

Premiering on CBBC and BBC iPlayer Monday the 15th August at 9:10am every weekday morning for two weeks. All episodes will be available to watch again on BBC iPlayer.

Grandparents and Gaming, what’s not to love?

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Indian Olympic Association felicitates Bronze Medallist contingent of Dota 2

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The Indian Esports contingent was in attendance with the mainstream sports athletes that were rewarded for bringing laurels to the country at Commonwealth Games

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) felicitated Team India’s Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games medal winners at The Ashok Hotel, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, on the evening of August 13. All bronze medallists of the Indian DOTA 2 team – Moin Ejaz (captain), Ketan Goyal, Abhishek Yadav, Shubham Goli, and Vishal Vernekar were presented with the appreciation memento in a felicitation ceremony for their exceptional accomplishment at the recently concluded Commonwealth Esports Championship.

Several dignitaries, including IOA Acting President Mr. Anil Khanna, General Secretary Mr. Rajeev Mehta, Treasurer Mr. Anandeshwar Pandey, Team India’s Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Chef de Mission Mr. Rajesh Bhandari, General Team Manager Mr. Maninder Pal Singh, and former IOA president Mr N. Ramachandran, graced the occasion and felicitated the medallists.

This was the very first time that an Indian Esports contingent had been invited to the felicitation ceremony along with the other mainstream sports medallists.

“It is an unforgettable day for the rest of the team and me. To have the opportunity to be here with the other medallists from various sports and get awarded by the Indian Olympic Association for a medal in Esports is a very special achievement. All of the efforts that we took throughout our journey have finally started to bear fruits, with this being just the beginning. We are going to go with twice the energy and motivation into the Asian Games to do even better for the country.” said a proud Moin Ejaz, captain of the Indian DOTA 2 Team.

The Indian contingent met with renowned sports personalities such as Harmanpreet Kaur (Indian Women’s Cricket Team captain), Bhavina Patel & Sonalben Manubhai Patel (Para TT Player) and Deepak Punia (Indian wrestler) and enlightened them about Esports as well as the basics of DOTA 2, the video game in which they clinched the bronze medal. The contingent also conveyed that Esports will be a proper medal event at the upcoming Asian Games 2022.

“Finally, Indian Esports has found a place on par with the other sports in the country. To be recognised by the IOA for the DOTA 2 contingent’s achievement amongst the country’s finest athletes feels like a cherry on top of the cake of winning the bronze medal. The trajectory of Esports in India has seen its fair share of highs and lows, but with the Asian Games coming up, the only way seems to be upwards from here. The expectations are undoubtedly high now because of the bar that has been set, but we have complete faith in our Esports athletes to transition this form in the upcoming international competitions and make the country proud.”said Lokesh Suji, Director of Esports Federation of India and Vice President of the Asian Esports Federation.

The IOA officials congratulated the DOTA 2 team on their historic bronze medal, which the ESFI believes is a testament to the relevance of the Commonwealth Games given the rise in popularity esports in India is expected to witness following the national team’s medal-winning feat in the inaugural edition of the Commonwealth Esports Championship.

One of the country’s top sports and Esports specialised communication firms, Artsmith – Concepts & Visions, India’s Leading Multiplex chain INOX and Leading sports psychologist org Mandeha continue their support as the communication, multiplex & sports psychologist  partners of ESFI, respectively.

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