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Pioneering app lets Fortnite and PUBG fans challenge pro streamers

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A pioneering gaming app has been launched to allow fans of Fortnite and PUBG to take on their favourite streamers in ProAm events.

Pictures of the Skrmiish mobile app

Skrmiish, available on iOS and Android, links with the two most popular battle royale titles to allow fans to challenge their favourite streamers, esports pros, teams and other fans.

For streamers and teams, Skrmiish provides a new way to build communities and monetize their play.

Gamers can compete on their terms and choose their own stakes with the app’s built-in Leaderboard Point (LP) matchmaker system. Gamers can choose to play against their friends, other users, or their favourite streamers in 1v1 Kill Race challenges. Results are automated through the app, minimizing any unnecessary qualms between players.

Skrmiish community manager and PUBG streamer Chris van Ysendyk, AKA DaDexo said: “Dealing with a community requires a lot of administration and is resource intensive. Skrmiish alleviates all these needs of someone running a community by acting as an automated bridge between you and your community. A plug and play connection.

“People want a place to play and a community to be a part of, and Skrmiish can automate the process of that by making it a repetitive competitive experience of onboarding people to your community. For me, the entire gaming process begins and ends with Skrmiish.”

Skrmiish, founded by Chris Heaton (CEO) and Roland Reed (CPO), was born out of a passion for competitive gaming, but also a desire to further explore community and creativity, humanity and limitless possibilities. Its mission: to elevate the gaming experience, making playing your favourite games even better.

Mr Heaton said:  “Creating Skrmiish required building innovative technology from scratch. This has been an incredible two-year journey with an exceptional and dedicated team of people”.

“We are excited to unleash Skrmiish to the world, elevating the core gameplay experience that players love, alongside the streamers they so passionately follow. Our aim with this platform is that inviting people to ‘Skrmiish’ becomes a common part of the gaming community’s vocabulary.”

Reed said: “With the rise in the popularity of streamers and the resulting cross-over into the mainstream, we identified a real need for better management and matchmaking systems in order to increase engagement with streamers and the communities they represent.

“Everyone who works in the video games industry understands what a unique medium it is, with endless variety. There is a game, community and streamer for everyone out there.”

Experience a new way to play and visit www.skrmiish.com to download the desktop client. Once your registration is complete, download the BETA version of the app free on iOS devices via the App Store and for Android devices via the Google Play Store and sync your account. It’s now time for your first Skrmiish.

Follow Skrmiish on its official social channels Twitter, Facebook, Twitch, YouTube, Discord and Instagram

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Manchester City and FaZe Clan Set to Host Fortnite Tournament

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Manchester City has joined forces with Epic Games and North American esports organisation FaZe Clan to host a Fortnite tournament.

Starting 24 January (GMT), players can choose from 10 different variants of new “Kickoff Set” outfits to represent their favourite club in-game. Each outfit can be swapped to any of the 23 football clubs participating, including Manchester City. Additionally, players will be able to earn or purchase two new emotes, including a “Fancy Footwork” dribbling emote.

To celebrate the launch, City and FaZe Clan have partnered to hold the FaZe City Cup Featuring Fortnite on 21 January.

The open-to-public event will be the first Fortnite tournament held by the Club and FaZe Clan and will see the top 50 duos pairings (top 100 players) earn early access to the Manchester City skin and special in-game emotes.

This activity builds on City’s already successful partnership with FaZe Clan, which has created new experiences for fans of both football and esports since it began in 2019, expanding the Club’s esports offering to global audiences.

Throughout the partnership, City footballers, legends and esports players have teamed up with FaZe Clan talent to create engaging content and launch limited-edition product collaborations, as well as hosting each other at events in Manchester and Los Angeles.

Nuria Tarre, Chief Marketing Officer at City Football Group, said: “The FaZe City Cup featuring Fortnite is an exciting first for the club in one of the most popular gaming titles globally and we hope fans worldwide will get involved in the competition and wear their Manchester City outfits in-game with pride.

“Given their significant existing presence within Fortnite, we are delighted to partner with FaZe Clan on this competition.

“It is further testament to our partnership with FaZe Clan, through which we will continue to explore opportunities to bring our fans new and immersive ways to engage with the Club.”

Lee Trink, FaZe Clan CEO, said: “The FaZe City Cup featuring Fortnite is an important illustration of our groundbreaking partnership with Manchester City.

“Alongside Manchester City, we are thrilled to be a part of a competitive tournament in Fortnite. We look forward to building on this tournament and hope to produce more entertaining competitions in the future.”

Nate Nanzer, Head of Global Partnerships at Epic Games, said: “Football is consistently one of the top sports that our players tell us they want to see and experience in Fortnite.

“We’re excited to collaborate with Manchester City to bring ‘the beautiful game’ to Fortnite fans around the world as they face off in competitive tournaments, experience new creative modes of gameplay, and celebrate global football.”

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LEC Renews Partnership with Logitech G

Niji Narayan

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Riot Games has announced that Logitech G will return as the official peripheral sponsor of the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) for 2021 and 2022.

As Peripherals Partner, Logitech G will continue to provide LEC players with top-of-the-range gaming accessories including keyboards, mice and mousepads. The brand will also continue to sponsor the LEC’s Mechanics segment throughout the year. This ongoing feature gives fans an insight into the technical prowess of the league’s finest players, as our experts break down their dives, ganks and steals.

“We are proud to be one of the founding partners of the LEC and to be able to participate in the construction and development of what has become the most prominent western esports league. For us, the LEC brings together all the values one looks for in a first-class partner, and that is why we are excited to extend this adventure for another two years,” Henning Christiansson, Global Category Head of Pro Series & Esport at Logitech G, said.

“We’re really proud to be working with one of the best gaming peripherals providers in the world for the third year running,” Alban Dechelotte, Head of Sponsorships & New Business EU Esports at Riot Games, said.

“Everything that Logitech G lays out for our players is absolutely top of the range, and their knowledge of the game is second to none. We value our partnership so much that we’ve signed on with them for a multi-year deal! I can’t wait to see what unfolds going forward and how the collaboration will evolve,” Alban Dechelotte added.

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Rix.GG welcomes Tom “otom” Hart to VALORANT roster

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Rix.GG, a top UK esports organisation, announces the signing of professional player Tom “otom” Hart to its 2021 VALORANT roster.

Tom “otom” Hart has previously played for MJAOMODE in VALORANT, prior to that he has played in other titles including CSGO, Fortnite, and H1Z1. He has shown tremendous growth and skill in VALORANT since joining the scene in November and competing against other EU teams in First Strike.

Tom “otom” Hart said: “I’m excited to have this opportunity to play for Rix.GG and am looking forward to the future under Rix.GG. With the organisation and the team behind me I believe we can achieve great things this year.”

Jamie Lewis, CEO & Founder, said: “Tom ‘otom’ Hart is an awesome addition to our Champions Tour team, and his bravery, use of tricks, and crazy mechanics will make him a fan favourite for sure!”

Zack Chandler, Esports Manager, said: “Tom (otom) is someone who has impressed me from the very early stages of building the Valorant team. His unpredictable playstyle and ability to get behind enemy lines makes him a threat to any team we go up against.”

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