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Eastern Michigan University and Gen.G Level Up, Building The Next Generation of Esports Professionals After Concluding Successful Summer Programming

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Eastern Michigan University and Gen.G Level Up, Building The Next Generation of Esports Professionals After Concluding Successful Summer Programming

 

Global esports organization Gen.G and Eastern Michigan University announced the continuation of their partnership to prepare the next generation of leaders in the esports industry. After a successful summer tournament, EMU and Gen.G have welcomed back EMU Eagles to Ypsilanti with a series of campus kickoff events, the introduction of project-based internships, and the initiation of two Gen.G Foundation Scholarship recipients.

“Gen.G could not be more excited to continue expanding our programming with EMU,” said Arnold Hur, CEO for Gen.G. “EMU has been our trusted partner as we look to enrich the academic experiences for student athletes studying and working hard to have an impact on the future of the esports and gaming industry.”

The start of the 2022-2023 academic year at EMU marks the second year of Eagles Gaming Club and Gen.G supporting student gaming on EMU’s campus. Students can expect carefully curated events, built by the students and supported by the two organizations. Additionally, there will be support for student athletes recognized by EMU Esports who will begin traveling to tournaments, competing virtually and representing EMU nationally in new jerseys showcasing their Eagle pride.

EMU and Gen.G will also look to commit to producing more events like the Summer Showdown throughout the year. In July 2022, the Summer Showdown tournament featured teams of students from eight local high schools and universities. The tournament ended with four gaming titles earned at in-person competitions hosted at the EMU REC/IM Center. The winning teams included University of Michigan-Flint for Rocket League, Michigan State University for VALORANT, and University of Michigan-Ann Arbor for League of Legends. The Summer Showdown cements EMU’s position as a regional hub for gaming programming, building off of the success of Midwest Madness. Students in the region can expect additional similar tournaments throughout the school year.

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“These are exciting upgrades for varsity support of student athletes at EMU, and we’re so glad to see our partnership with Gen.G enhancing experiences for Eagles Gaming Club,” said Justin Jett, Director of the EMU REC/IM Center. “The increased support for student athletes will be instrumental in building out the flourishing gaming community at EMU.”

In September, Gen.G announced two EMU students had been selected as recipients of the Gen.G Foundation Scholarship: Je’Naiya TimsIyad and Iyad Khattab. Each recipient received $10,000 to subsidize their tuition for this academic year and will have access to exclusive career and mentorship programming as members of the new scholarship class. Suho Chang, a student from the Gen.G Global Academy in Seoul will join Timslyad and Khattab as a student at EMU.

Now in its third year, the Gen.G Foundation Scholarship focuses on supporting women, people of color and low income students enrolled in a U.S. university or college who are interested in gaming, esports, entrepreneurship, journalism or content creation.

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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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