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The best of grassroots CS:GO to take on the pros at Red Bull Flick Invitational Copenhagen in November

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Red Bull Flick, the definitive global 2v2 CS:GO Pro vs AM tournament will reach a pulse-racing conclusion for 2022 in an epic November finale at the Red Bull Flick Invitational Copenhagen.

Taking place over an action packed weekend during 19th- 20th November, Red Bull Flick Invitational Copenhagen will see the very best of the amateur CS:GO scene battle it out in intense 2v2 matchups building to an once-in-a-lifetime chance for them to test their mettle against world-renowned Pro teams on the big stage, and a shot at the €50,000 Prize Pool. The LAN pre-stage qualifier will take place in Copenhagen with all the national and international event winners to determine the duos that will progress to the main stage. The Red Bull Flick Invitational will conclude with an impactful finals day broadcast and highlight event on the 20th November, where the qualified amateur duos face their idols in a play-off bracket featuring eight pro invited duos.

Held in the heart of the Danish capital, the Red Bull Flick Invitational will bring the hopeful future stars into the European centre of counter-strike history to immerse themselves with a unique competitive experience alongside CS:GO’s most memorable competitions. The pre-stage LAN will take place in a closed, offline qualifier on Saturday 19th November. With the top two AM duos determined, the nail-biting Pro v AM playoff stage will be broadcast from NEP Studios on the following day. This year’s competition is sure to bring the live audience closer to the action as well as providing an unforgettable experience for digital audiences across the globe and in several languages on Twitch and YouTube on the 20th November.

A total of 26 amateur duos teams from EMEA and – for the first ever time – North America, will be offered a chance at glory, having earned their way through National and International Qualifiers. Pre-stage qualifiers will whittle down the amateurs duos to the final two in a tensely competitive group stage to start the first day of the competition. After facing their peers in the pre-stage qualifiers, the top amateur duos will then face-off against the eight invited pro teams in an intense play-off bracket on the big stage, all leading to an epic Grand Final.

Red Bull Flick is the definitive global 2v2 CS:GO tournament, giving amateur players around the world a unique competitive platform, and putting a twist on the traditional 5v5 competitive format. Having started in 2019, the competition has gone from strength to strength and now gives thousands of amateur entrants a shot at glory to play the pros, and an opportunity for hidden gems of the competitive CS:GO scene to shine under the spotlight.

The unique format and structure at Red Bull Flick has inspired some of the most unpredictable twists and turns in CS:GO, including a true ‘David versus Goliath’ moment at 2021’s Red Bull Flick Helsinki Invitational, where Polish rookies Team Garnuchy won out against both BIG Clan and G2’s Duos teams.

This year, some of the biggest Pro teams on the CS:GO circuit will be sending their stars to Copenhagen, including the fan favourites from last year: G2, OG, Furia and Big Clan and Team Spirit, the defending champions of Red Bull Flick. Alongside them the Danish superstars from Copenhagen Flames and Heroic will also join the mix at the play-off stage to truly test the best amateur duos from around the world. The play-off stage will increase the pressure with a global broadcast and live audience, truly testing the amateur duos that progress in a competitive circuit environment. Fans in attendance can also look forward to an exclusive event experience featuring their favourite esports stars including Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundstein, who competed with Flamez in the first international qualifier for Red Bull Flick back in April.

Red Bull Flick has teamed up with industry leaders to produce an unforgettable experience for players & fans alike. AGON by AOC, a global leader in gaming monitors, is the Official Monitor Partner for the event, bringing exceptional visual clarity and ultra-high refresh rates to competitors. AMD joins as Technology Provider, ensuring the high-performance computing that will push the boundaries of the tournament. Backforce is the official Chair Partner, providing players and talent with high-end gaming chairs across the event.

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Everything you need to know ahead of Red Bull Home Ground!

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Red Bull Home Ground, the pro-VALORANT Invitational will see eight of the world’s elite teams battle it out at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester to be crowned champions  from December 9th-11th.

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

An official part of the VALORANT Champions Offseason Tournaments, Red Bull Home Ground is returning to the vibrant city of Manchester for its third iteration and will see eight of the world’s elite teams battle it out to be crowned champions from December 9th-11th 2022 in front of a live audience.

For the first time, teams from North America will be eligible to enter and face off against the top EMEA teams. Teams will battle it out over three days of intense gameplay in front of a live audience at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester. The tournament will also be streamed live across Red Bull’s Twitch and YouTube channels.

With last year’s reigning champion Team Liquid returning to defend their title against Team Vitality, Heretics, FUT Esports and FOKUS Clan, the tournament boasts an impressive roster of competing teams. For the first time Red Bull Home Ground has expanded beyond EMEA to include teams from the Americas, including the likes of 100 Thieves, Cloud9 and KRÜ Esports.

Elevating the tournament, renowned VALORANT host Yinsu Collins returns to Red Bull Home Ground, leading the competition alongside a star-studded line up of broadcasting talent. Providing insight and commentary throughout the tournament, these casters include Mitch “Mitchman” McBride, Tom “Tombizz” Bissmire, Ryan “RyanCentral” Horton, and Adam “Dinko” Hawthorne. Beatriz “kaquka” Alonso and Connor “Sliggy” Blomfield will also be providing insight as the tournament’s analysts. An official part of the VALORANT Champions Offseason Tournaments, Red Bull Home Ground will also feature special guest appearances from G2 Gozen.

Schedule & Format

  • Friday December 9th: Starting at 13:00 GMT, the Red Bull Home Ground Group Stage will see all eight teams compete in three best-of-three matches. Winners of each group advance directly to the semi-finals, with 4th place in each group eliminated from the competition.

  • Group A
    • Cloud9
    • Vitality
    • KRÜ
    • FOKUS
  • Group B
    • 100 Thieves
    • Team Liquid
    • FUT Esports
    • Heretics
  • Saturday, 10th December: Kicking off at 13:00 GMT the Playoffs will feature two best-of-three Quarter Finals, and the first best-of-three Semi Final.

  • Sunday, 11th December: The Red Bull Home Ground Finals will begin at 13:00 GMT, starting with the second best-of-three Semi Final before the final two teams will battle it out in a best-of-five Grand Final to determine who will lift the Red Bull Home Ground trophy.

Competing Teams 

  • Team Liquid
  • Team Vitality
  • Cloud9
  • 100 Thieves
  • FOKUS Clan
  • FUT Esports
  • KRÜ Esports
  • Heretics

Broadcast talent (English speaking)

Friday

Commentators (rotating paris):

  • Vincent “Zescht” Talmon-Gros
  • Christian ‘Lythi’ Körner
  • Pavlos “ExWarrior” Georgiou

Saturday & Sunday

Stage Host & Interviewer:

  • Yinsu Collins

Commentators:

  • Pair one:
    • Mitch “MitchMan” McBride
    • Tom “Tombizz” Bissmire

  • Pair two
    • Ryan “RyanCentral” Horton
    • Adam “Dinko” Hawthorne

Analyst

  • Beatriz “kaquka” Alonso
  • Connor “Sliggy” Blomfield

Where to watch:

The competition will be broadcast live from the O2 Victoria Warehouse on twitch.tv/redbull and youtube.com/redbullgaming. Red Bull will be hosting a watch party for the finals at the Red Bull Gaming Sphere in London on December 11. Red Bull Home Ground is also partnering with Pixel Bar, the video game cocktail bar, to host official Red Bull Home Ground viewing parties on 11th December at both its locations in Manchester and Leeds.

Broadcast

Red Bull Home Ground will be streamed live from Red Bull’s Twitch and YouTube channel across the three days.

Check out redbull.com/homeground for more information.

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IESF Held Presidential Elections During World Esports Championships Finals

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The International Esports Federation (IESF) held its 15th General Assembly (OGM) during the World Esports Championships Finals in Bali, Indonesia, on December 6, 2022. 126 delegates from 112 countries took part in the largest-ever IESF General Assembly.

At the OGM, the presidential and board member elections for the next three-year term were conducted today in Bali, Indonesia. Vlad Marinescu was re-elected as president with 65 votes, 0 against in a secret ballot vote and 4 abstentions,  in his favor. United Arab Emirates’ candidate and board member Sheikh Sultan Bin Kalifah Al-Nahyan withdrew from his candidacy before the vote. Marinescu first stepped into the role of President in 2019 and was re-elected in December 2020.

IESF is the only international esports federation that holds democratic elections every three years. At the OGM, IESF elected and welcomed three new board members; Flip de Bruyn from Namibia, Lance Mudd from the United States, and Lukasz Klimcyzk from Poland, and re-elected for second term Tiago Fernandes from Portugal and Constantine Surkont from Russia.

President Vlad Marinescu said: “I am thrilled to be re-elected as president of IESF. My goal is to unite the whole esports family and push esports even further. I thank you for your trust, and I promise you that we can and we will create even bigger and better things in esports. I couldn’t have done this without all of you, so let’s continue to be united and change the world.”

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Mobile Global Esports subsidiary signs 6 collegiate winners of MOGO National Championships to exclusive esports professional contracts

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Mobile Global Esports Inc. (MOGO) (NASDAQ: MGAM), the esports and social platform company driving collegiate esports tournaments, college teams, players streamers and platform development in India, today announced that its Indian operating subsidiary – MOGO Esports Private Ltd. – has signed the six winners of the MOGO National Championships to exclusive esports representation and tournament development contracts.

The MOGO National Championships comprised over 200 colleges and universities divided into 4 zones competing over the November 2021 to April 2022 season with the finals held at Lovely Professional University in the Punjab where the Mumbai University ‘Sharks’ claimed the coveted Indian national championship prize. Under the terms of their contracts, Mumbai Sharks and MOGO team members Yash Sapra, Sumukh T, Ishan Shukla, Naman Ranawat, Tanish Patra and Gourav Singh receive monthly compensation and will henceforth be representing MOGO in various games at esports tournaments.

Pictured from left to right: Pranav Prabhu and Sunny Bhandarkar COO and CEO of MOGO Esports Private Ltd., respectively;  and the first professional MOGO Esports team members T. Sumukh, Naman Ranawat, Yash Sapra, Ishan Shukla and Tanish Patra, with Gourav Singh not pictured.

“Before the MOGO National Championship we announced that we would sign the winning athletes and we are proud to bring these winning athletes onto the MOGO team,” said Sunny Bhandarkar, CEO of the Mobile Global Esports subsidiary MOGO Esports Private Limited. “We will be working with them and future MOGO athletes to help develop their esports careers and continue to grow the esports universe in India and beyond. We want to create more esports superstars in India and aspire towards taking India to the number one gaming nation position in the world. We were pleasantly overwhelmed by the response we got for the national championships and we will soon be publishing our upcoming collegiate tournaments information.”

“We are thrilled that we have become the first university team to sign with MOGO,” said Mumbai University’s Yash Sapra. “We are very pleased with the support, but even more so the opportunity to work with the professionals at MOGO in developing our futures in esports not only as competitors but also on the business and tournament organizational fronts. We are thankful to the entire team of MOGO for the work they have been putting in and also the vision they have with regards to esports in India. This will motivate us to further hone our skills and perform better.”

MOGO Esports Team and Tags L to R – Tanish Patra, Ishan Shukla, T. Sumukh, Yash Sapra, and Naman Ranawat. (Not pictured: Gourav Singh)

 

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