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Global Esports Tour Expands to Brazil Through 2025

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The Global Esports Tour heads to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the 2023, 2024, and 2025 seasons, starting this summer.

The Global Esports Federation confirmed GET Rio de Janeiro, further adding to its momentum in South America. This development adds to the excitement of the inaugural Panam Esports Championships which will be staged together with the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games, this June.

Brazil is a key growth area for esports and hosting the GET in Rio de Janeiro is a testament to the region’s commitment to the development of esports.

“We are thrilled to confirm Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as a host city for the Global Esports Tour for the next three years. Brazil is a key growth area for esports, and we believe that this event will not only showcase the talent of professional esports athletes but also provide an opportunity to continue to fuel the growth in this powerhouse region,” Chris Chan, President of the GEF, said.

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“In addition to increasing the State’s economy, esports is also a way of transforming lives. It’s a privilege to bring to Rio de Janeiro an international sporting event that also promotes music, arts, and culture. We are a proud host of this important global event for our youth and gaming community, and we are committed to the development of esports,” Rodrigo Castro, Special Advisor for Events for the Government of the State of Rio de Janeiro, said.

Paulo Roberto Ribas, President of the Brazilian Confederation of Games and Esports, said: “We are honored to be chosen to host a stage of the Global Esports Tour for the next three years. This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase our talented esports athletes, promote esports in our region, and develop the esports industry in Brazil.”

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LEON Kicks Off Dota 2 Tournament – LEON Masters #1

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LEON is excited to announce the launch of its first-ever Dota 2 tournament, called LEON Masters #1. The event, organized with the support of GAM3RS_X, kicks off on June 10, 2024, and runs until July 28, 2024, featuring top teams from across Europe and CIS. The total prize pool is an impressive $100,000.

LEON Masters #1 is a thrilling online event structured in three main phases:

  • Group Stage #1 (June 10 – June 23, 2024): 16 teams will be split into two groups of 6 teams each. All matches will be played in a Bo2 (Best of 2) format. Group winners advance directly to the semifinals, teams placed 2nd to 5th move to the next group stage, and the last-placed teams are eliminated.
  • Group Stage #2 (July 15 – July 24, 2024): Teams are re-divided into two groups of 6 teams each. Matches remain in Bo2 format. The top two teams from each group will proceed to the quarterfinals, while the others are eliminated.
  • Playoffs (July 26 – July 28, 2024): The final stage will feature a single-elimination bracket, with all matches played in a Bo3 (Best of 3) format.

The prize pool distribution is as follows:

  • 1st place: $50,000
  • 2nd place: $25,000
  • 3rd-4th place: $12,500 each

Stay tuned for announcements and updates on our official channels. The first series of matches has already begun, including Twisted Minds vs. Kalmychata, L1GA TEAM vs. PSG Quest, and MOUZ vs. JustBetter. Full schedule and results will be available on the tournament’s website.

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Quick Fix Media Announces Strategic Partnership with ShiftRLE & Octane; ShiftRLE to Launch the Shift Summer League Featuring Rocket League

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Oxygen Esports (OXG) announced the establishment of Quick Fix Media (QFM), a new, independent esports content and media incubator. QFM’s charter provides material and strategic assistance to community-based esports news, content, and media outlets, to support their growth in esports coverage and community cultivation.

Alongside the public unveiling of QFM, the incubator announced its strategic partnership with ShiftRLE & Octane, a community stalwart and the preeminent source specializing in Rocket League news and industry-leading statistics. This move represents Quick Fix Media’s dedication to providing top-tier content to the esports community while contributing to the growth and advancement of the industry.

ShiftRLE, known for its independent and comprehensive Rocket League coverage, will continue to operate autonomously. It will be a key component of QFM’s expanding presence within the esports news media space, covering competitive esports news and statistical analysis. With its unparalleled statistical analysis and in-depth Rocket League reporting, ShiftRLE has established itself as a trusted resource for fans, players, and industry professionals.

ShiftRLE’s unique blend of news reporting and statistical insights has been instrumental in helping Rocket League enthusiasts stay informed, gain a deeper understanding of the game, and educate fans to continue to grow the community. As part of QFM, ShiftRLE will benefit from increased resources, expanded reach, and the flexibility to explore new opportunities while remaining true to its core mission.

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Backed by the commitment of QFM, ShiftRLE announced a new initiative, the Shift Summer League (SSL) featuring Rocket League. This new, league play event will feature the best Rocket League squads from Europe and North America competing for a $40,000 prize pool. The inaugural SSL will span July 9 to August 7 and will provide Rocket League players another opportunity to compete, and the fanbase with new original content, programming, and storylines in between the RLCS London Major and Rocket League World Championship. More details will be published directly by ShiftRLE in the coming days regarding participating teams, open qualifier formats, and tournament details.

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Midnight Gaming Corporation Enters into Venue Event Booking Services Agreement with Compass Arena

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Midnight Gaming Corporation announced that it has entered into a Venue Event Booking Services Agreement dated May 31st, 2024 with Compass Arena LLC (Compass). The agreement gives Midnight a five year exclusive service period to provide esports and gaming events, conventions, and tournaments to Compass.

Compass is a state of the art multi-purpose venue located just outside of Chicago in the city of Willowbrook, Illinois. The venue contains two full size indoor soccer fields, the Compass Café, Fair Play Sports Bar, The Whiskey Bar and a Premiere Lounge. Compass has held major marquee events including Thunder from Down Under and will be hosting both Jump Van Halen Tribute and Queen Nation concerts in the coming weeks. The venue has a capacity of over 3000 and, with internal Audio Visual, Staging, Lighting and Seating, is truly an optimal venue for esports and gaming events.

“This agreement really allows Midnight to bring our network of gaming communities to Compass. Compass truly is a World class venue and with everything included it truly is a paradise for any gaming, concert, or convention event. Not only are the venue and assets top of the line but with multiple food and beverage options we have a truly unique offering for anyone looking to host events in the Chicago area,” Ken McGraw, CEO of Midnight Gaming, said.

As part of the Agreement, Midnight is able to offer use of the venue at rates never before seen in the esports and gaming industry. This includes a no money up front agreement with a focus on revenue sharing to ensure a win for all involved.

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Ken added: “We know how hard it is for event operators to make money with the large up front costs associated with events. By removing this hurdle and risk we not only make Compass more enticing for potential partners but we share in the events success financially giving us more incentive to ensure everything is perfect.”

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