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$310,000 Rocket League Major Headlines DreamHack’s First Stop in San Diego

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DreamHack San Diego, a three-day gaming lifestyle festival, has announced its expanded slate of programming for the weekend of April 7-9, 2023, at the San Diego Convention Center. The festival’s first-ever stop in San Diego will feature tentpole esports tournaments across the most popular titles, an exclusive screening of The Super Mario Bros. Movie with celebrity guests, an assortment of casual and competitive LAN experiences with nearly $1 million in total prizing, the launch of a brand new charity initiative in partnership with the Autism Society San Diego, and much more.

Rocket League Championship Series Winter Major

The top 16 internationally ranked Rocket League squads will descend upon San Diego for the most exciting major of the season: the Rocket League Championship Series Winter Major. The $310,000 tournament will take place at the RLCS Stage at DreamHack San Diego. DreamHack attendees can secure their spot with an RLCS Seating add on.

Top Brawl Stars, Clash of Clans teams face off in largest-ever Snapdragon Pro Series powered by Samsung Galaxy North American competition

The Snapdragon Pro Series powered by Samsung Galaxy will feature top mobile esports competitors from North America as they compete for $100,000 in total prizing. Fans can watch the live Brawl Stars and Clash of Clans finals at the festival or visit the Snapdragon Pro Series booth to learn more about how to go from competing on their couch to becoming a global champion.

DreamHack San Diego is just one of many Snapdragon Pro Series competitions around the world.

Drop in on a $250,000 Fortnite Tournament open to all BYOC ticket-holders

Fortnite will return to DreamHack’s casual and competitive lineup with the DreamHack Open Featuring Fortnite, a Zero Build competition kicking off at DreamHack San Diego. Available to all BYOC ticket holders, the competition provides an opportunity for attendees of all skill levels to test their mettle and clash for $250,000 in prize money.

DreamHack Magic

DreamHack San Diego hosts Round 2 of the United States Magic: The Gathering Regional Championship. The country’s best players will compete for their share of the $130,000 prize pool and a chance to qualify for The Gathering Pro Tour and the Magic World Championship.

DreamHack Magic also offers competitive and casual formats for players of all types, including:

  • An open $10,000 Phyrexia: All Will Be One sealed tournament
  • An open $10,000 standard tournament
  • Hourly drop-in tournaments
  • Open play Commander
  • Four and eight-person events throughout each day

Between sets, attendees can visit the Magic Artist Alley, chat with MTG influencers, and teach new players about the classic card game through MagiKids.

Cosplay at DreamHack San Diego

A cornerstone of gaming community and culture, DreamHack San Diego will be a hub for local and national cosplayers. Some of the biggest names in cosplay will tour the festival floor, participate in the $3,000 Cosplay Championships, and walk through their creative process during onsite panels.

DreamHack San Diego will feature dozens of popular cosplayers and content creators, including:

  • LoveBunny
  • Andrew McLean
  • DinoGraveyard
  • IvySprings
  • & many more to be announced soon

Explore DreamHack’s Expansive Artist Alley and Marketplace

Creatives from around the country will host pop-up shops with gaming and culture-inspired prints, pins, comics, and more at the festival’s Artist Alley. Several artists will be debuting DreamHack-exclusive merchandise only available in San Diego.

The Artist Alley will host over 20 artists, including:

  • BizBazClub
  • Moonshine Charms
  • CuteSewLuna
  • N2Apparel
  • & many more!

Exclusive The Super Mario Bros. Movie Screening

Watch one of the biggest video game movie releases of the year on one of DreamHack San Diego’s biggest stages. This will be one of the movie’s largest exclusive showings in the U.S., taking place at the Main Stage for all attendees.

Dream Big by DreamHack and Autism Society San Diego

DreamHack San Diego and Autism Society San Diego are teaming up to launch Dream Big, an initiative to raise autism awareness and funds for the non-profit during Autism Acceptance Month.  Attendees can use promo code DREAMBIG when purchasing a DreamHack ticket for a 20% discount, with 50% donated directly to Autism Society San Diego.

Celebrity guests are also getting involved, including:

  • Anjali Bhimani
  • Brent Noll
  • Eric Bauza
  • Jessica Dicicco
  • Jon Allen
  • & many more, with additional guests to be announced soon

Guests can get involved at the festival or at home through social media campaigns, fundraising, and on-site events.

DreamHack Fighters

The San Diego fighting game community will have opportunities to connect and compete in 11 titles. Some of the DreamHack San Diego fighting game activities include:

  • Brawlhalla Esports – DreamHack San Diego is the year’s first tournament stop for Brawlhalla’s 2023 esports program, with $70,000 in prizing across singles and doubles circuits.
  • DreamHack Fighters – DreamHack will host 14 tournaments – including singles and doubles play – across popular fighting game titles. Each tournament game requires a $1 fee to play, with cash prize pools across each competition. Participating titles include:
    • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
    • Super Smash Bros. Melee
    • Guilty Gear Strive
    • Street Fighter V
    • Tekken 7
    • & more

$40,000 BYOC LAN Tournaments & Freeplay

Competition takes place on and off the stage at DreamHack San Diego, including 10 bring your own controller (BYOC) tournaments across eight titles. Festival goers can compete against fellow festival attendees in Overwatch 2, VALORANT, Rocket League, and more, with nearly $40,000 up for grabs throughout the weekend.

Casual players can either grab a BYOC LAN spot or take part in the largest-ever Freeplay experience at a DreamHack event. Jump on a PC to go head-to-head with other attendees or enjoy couch co-op in the all-new console Freeplay area, which includes over 50 systems to play on.

Dethrone the King of the Hill

Throughout the weekend, DreamHack attendees are invited to climb the Pyramid and dethrone the King of the Hill in Fortnite. Play against attendees and surprise stars head-to-head for a chance to sit atop one of DreamHack San Diego’s biggest stages.

DreamHack’s Largest Arcade Cabinet Library

DreamHack San Diego brings the largest arcade of any DreamHack festival to date, with 50 cabinets and something for everyone to enjoy. Attendees can mull through a library of arcade favorites, including both retro classics like Pac-Man and Galaga, as well as modern mainstays like Dance Dance Revolution – all free to play with general admission.

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HAWKS TALON GC TO OPEN 2024 NBA 2K LEAGUE SEASON TONIGHT

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Hawks Talon Will Begin 3v3 Gameplay During SLAM OPEN; Opening with Matches Against Nets GC and Cavs Legion GC.

Hawks Talon GC, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks, will begin the 2024 NBA 2K League season later tonight on Wednesday, Feb. 28, with matchups against Nets Gaming Club (6 p.m.) and Cavs Legion Gaming Club (7:30 p.m.) in 3v3 gameplay. All games throughout the season can be found on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and Youtube channels. To find the full Hawks Talon schedule during SLAM OPEN, visit website.

Hawks Talon GC returns to the virtual court behind last year’s first overall pick, ‘MDS’, and four newcomers. In this year’s NBA 2K League Draft, Hawks Talon selected power forward Tyler ‘BaitPickk’ Montague with the 11th overall pick and four-year veteran Christopher ‘Duck’ Charles with the 35th overall pick. Prior to the draft in September, the team also acquired Ludlow ‘LOW’ Samuels and Elijah ‘UNDERRATEDGOAT’ Spears in separate trades.

“We are really happy with the group of guys we have this year,” said Hawks Talon Head Coach Ismael ‘MAELO’ Diaz-Tolentino. “The team has been working hard to get ready for these matchups and we are confident that we will accomplish many great things together. We have solid vets in ‘LOW’, ‘UNDERRATEDGOAT’, and ‘Duck’. These are players that have won in this league and understand what it takes. Additionally, the evolution of ‘MDS’ and the incredible potential rookie ‘BaitPickk’ has shown makes me feel very confident in this team’s ability to succeed.”

All 3v3 tournaments will be played beginning on February 28 and will run through April 27. This will include the SLAM OPEN, SWITCH OPEN, STEAL OPEN, and the 3v3 NBA 2K League Playoffs presented by Google Pixel. The 3v3 format will include five groups of five with mixed conferences for group play, and double elimination bracket play. At the end of one week of group play in each tournament, all 25 NBA 2K League teams and seven community teams will advance to a 32-team double elimination bracket, which will take place over two weeks.

The STEAL OPEN is the last chance qualifier for 3v3 playoffs and will feature 15 teams plus one amateur team from an open qualifier. It will feature over two days of single-elimination bracket play, with the top two teams advancing to the 3v3 playoffs.

Following the conclusion of all 3v3 tournaments, 5v5 gameplay will commence, beginning on May 8 and running through June 29. The 5v5 format will follow last season’s traditional format with conferences and single elimination bracket play and will include THE TIPOFF, THE TURN, THE TICKET, and the 5v5 NBA 2K League Playoffs presented by Google Pixel. During two weeks of group play, teams will face off in smaller groups (three groups of six teams, one group of seven) within their conferences. After group play, the top two teams from each group will advance to in-person bracket play in Washington, D.C.

Similar to THE STEAL, THE TICKET is the last chance qualifier for 5v5 playoffs and will feature 15 teams over two days of single-elimination bracket play. The top team from each conference will then advance to the 5v5 playoffs.

To stay up to date on Hawks Talon Gaming Club, visit HawksTalonGC and follow the team’s social channels on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

 

 

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Gen.G and University of Kentucky Bring Back Award Winning Conference “Campus Takeover” Designed to Drive the Future of Collegiate Esports

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Global esports and gaming organization Gen.G and the University of Kentucky (UK) are bringing back their award winning collegiate esports industry conference, Campus Takeover, on March 30 and April 6. This two-day event will bring together esports professionals with students and administrators from different universities. UK continues to pave the way as an esports ecosystem leader in the SEC and Midwest region.

Campus Takeover Day 1 is a student-focused event leading up to the professional conference, and will be live-streamed at twitch.tv/universityofky on March 30 starting at 4:30 PM EST. Campus Takeover Day 2, the flagship professional conference, will be hosted at the Don & Cathy Jacobs Science Building on the University of Kentucky campus on April 6, starting at 10:00 AM EST.

“Since we started this event, we had a responsibility to uphold what future students expect of the University of Kentucky when it comes to their budding esports careers. There’s a lot expected about the future of gaming and esports, and we want to make sure our students are well equipped to be that expected change for years to come,” Heath Price, Associate Chief Information Officer at University of Kentucky, said.

Additionally, many esports professionals hailing from different segments of esports business will participate in various panels during Campus Takeover. The panels and discussions will cover a bevy of topics, including how to maximize your time when looking for new jobs, a conversation around esports, influencers, business, and video games, a look at intersectionality in games, and much more. Other clubs and programs will also be welcome to have tables within the Atrium during Campus Takeover, so even newer students get to see everything UK has to offer.

“University of Kentucky has been our long term collegiate partner; their investment in this community allows us to have a small hand in making sure the future of gaming and esports is secure. We all want to see this industry thrive, and we hope Campus Takeover is a stepping stone for other schools to form their own ways to develop the collegiate esports ecosystem,” Martin Kim, Chief Revenue Officer at Gen.G, said.

Campus Takeover was recognized at the 2023 Esports & Gaming Business Summit Tempest Awards, where it won the award for the Collegiate Esports Program of the Year.

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ESL FACEIT Group and Znipe Esports reveal FACEIT Watch: A cutting-edge, new digital streaming platform from esports fans for esports fans

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Designed for the competitive gaming community and now open to all, FACEIT Watch is created to disrupt the esports content distribution model by putting users in control of their viewing experience.

ESL FACEIT Group (EFG), the leading esports and video game entertainment company, has unveiled FACEIT Watch, the new streaming platform built by esports fans for esports fans. Free and available to all, FACEIT Watch is designed to put fans in control of their viewing experience, with features that include a multi-perspective view, live chat, profile access and FACEIT point in-game rewards.

Designed in collaboration with Znipe Esports, a technical partner, FACEIT Watch marks the first major product launch from FACEIT that moves beyond gameplay by offering its audience a unique streaming experience tailored to the user.

Featuring a unique multi-perspective view selector where users can watch their favorite player’s perspective directly next to the main event stream, it enables esports fans to pause and rewind, with access to killcams and live-generated replays of key moments and adjust the volume of caster and multi-perspective sounds, as well as disable spoilers, letting them personalize how they engage with FACEIT Watch streaming content.

Earlier this year, FACEIT announced its collaboration with Call of Duty 2024 Challengers Season and partnership with Overwatch, that aim to grow the community of competitive gamers and fans on its platform. The launch of FACEIT Watch will provide an unparalleled viewing experience and create a new way for users to connect and enjoy content with friends, bringing fans closer together. By enabling users to watch their favorite players’ perspectives and offering tools that mean they will never miss a play again, FACEIT Watch establishes a new environment where esports enthusiasts can discuss and debate, celebrate victories, and forge lasting connections.

Our mission at EFG is to create worlds beyond gameplay. FACEIT Watch represents a new chapter for the platform as it moves beyond the ultimate competitive environment to play and provides players multiple ways to engage with their favorite games,” said Warren Leigh, Senior Vice President of Product, Digital Platforms, ESL FACEIT Group. “On the FACEIT platform, we’ve had unparalleled insight into the needs and nuances of this community for over a decade, and, together with Znipe Esports, we’ve designed FACEIT Watch to meet them. We look forward to hearing their feedback after Katowice and continuing to develop and optimize Watch with them.”

Johan Ryman, CEO, Znipe Esports, added: “We are honored and excited about being a part of this initiative from EFG and their commitment towards the esports community and looking forward to our combined efforts to create best in class esports streaming.”

Over 100,000 viewers have tuned in so far on FACEIT Watch during the play-ins of EFG’s flagship event, IEM Katowice, which culminates this weekend and will see the world’s best Counter-Strike 2 teams battle it out for a share of the $1,000,000 prize pool.

FACEIT Watch is now available to all at FACEIT.com. Tune in to see the Grand Final of IEM Katowice on the 11th of February on FACEIT. Watch at 17:00 CET.

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