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LIV Golf to present the Esports Awards Open 2023

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The Esports Awards presented by Lexus, the most prestigious night in the esports calendar, is excited to announce its latest partner: LIV Golf, the groundbreaking global league that is changing the game of golf. Together, the Esports Awards and LIV Golf will create events organised around the ceremony including the highly anticipated Esports Awards Open, which will play host to some of the biggest esports organisations and influencers.

Taking place at one of the most popular golf resorts in Nevada, the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, the Esports Awards Open, powered by LIV Golf, is an opportunity for members of the gaming industry and beyond to foster friendships, collaboration, and innovation. Set at the base of the beautiful Spring Mountains, Paiute Golf Resort is a must-visit Las Vegas golf destination courtesy of the 3 on-site Pete Dye designed golf courses.

This marks the third iteration of the Esports Awards Open. Famously the event has seen tremendous success, attracting a wealth of gamers, influencers, sports stars, and pro players with previous guests including 2020 U.S. Open Champion Bryson DeChambeau (captain of 2023 LIV Golf Team Champions Crushers GC), 100 Thieves’ Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag, OpTic’s Raymond “Rambo” Lussier, Rich ‘shibbyy’ Webb, and Amazon Prime star Robbie Amell.

“I’m delighted to welcome LIV Golf into the Esports Awards family. Together, we’ll bridge the gap between sports stars, celebrities, and gaming professionals to bring unforgettable experiences to Las Vegas next week,” comment Michael Ashford, CEO of the Esports Awards, “The Esports Awards Open is a tradition we absolutely adore, it sets out to bring all types of members of the industry, and those interested in the industry, together for a day of fun filled golfing. See you on the green in Las Vegas next week!”

Alongside this news, the Esports Awards have revealed their full cast of talented hosts who will take fans across the globe on a journey through this year’s awards ceremony. With returning fan favourites alongside previous award winners themselves, this year’s lineup reflects the Esports Awards dedication to excellence in the industry. The lineup includes:

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Guiding fans, finalists, celebrities and more through the red carpet and Esports Awards Village is:

Elyse “Herculyse” Herrera
Salome “Soe” Gschwind-Repp
Evan “Raynday” Raynr
Phil ‘EEVisu’ Visu
Hosting the pre-awards show is:

Daniel “dGon” Gonzales
Lottie Van-Praag
Caleb “WavePunk” Simmons
James Dash
Taking centre stage as main hosts of the ceremony is:

Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez
Miles Ross
Hosting the post-awards show, and the highly anticipated world record attempt, is:

Daniel “dGon” Gonzales
Lottie Van-Praag
Caleb “WavePunk” Simmons
James Dash
The Esports Awards ceremony, presented by Lexus, is the highlight of a thrilling three-day celebration including the PWR UP Las Vegas esports conference, hosted at the luxurious Resorts World Las Vegas. The ultimate esports, tech and gaming extravaganza will feature groundbreaking events like the Esports Awards Open, a unique golf tournament that blends networking and entertainment with industry leaders and celebrities, shaping the future of esports, tech, and gaming.

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Following the ceremony, a glamorous after-party awaits attendees. Limited seats are available, so interested individuals are urged to contact the Esports Awards organisers promptly to secure their tickets and confirm their attendance.

The Esports Awards presented by Lexus 2023 campaign key dates:

25th November: Voting closes for Esports PC Player, Esports Organisation presented by Lexus and Esports Team of the Year
27th & 28th November: Inaugural Scholars
29th & 30th November: Esports Awards presented by Lexus 2023
The 2023 Esports Awards presented by Lexus is brought to you in partnership with Xfinity, Oakley, 5GRV, and XIX Vodka.

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HAWKS TALON GC HOSTS PANEL, NBA 2K TOURNAMENT AT WADE WALKER PARK FAMILY YMCA ESPORTS SUMMER CAMP

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Hawks Talon GC, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks, hosted a panel and bracket style tournament on Wednesday at the Wade Walker Park Family YMCA as part of the YMCA of Metro Atlanta’s Esports summer camp.

Director of Marketing and Operations, Affiliate Leagues, Wesley Acuff, Hawks Talon GC Head Coach, Ismael ‘MAELO’ Diaz Tolentino, and Hawks Talon GC players Mark David “MDS” Smith, Ludlow “LOW” Samuels and Elijah “Underratedgoat” Spears spoke to 26 camp participants about their journey to the NBA 2K League, and the uniqueness and innerworkings of the League.

“Being able to work with the YMCA of Metro Atlanta and help with their Esports camp was extremely rewarding for our group to be a part of,” said Janice Koon, Vice President of G League, and NBA 2K League Operations for the Atlanta Hawks. “Our Hawks Talon Gaming Club always relish the opportunity to be able to interact with the young kids in our area, and it was a joy for them to talk to and play 2K with the campers this morning.”

After the panel, the group of campers split up into 13 teams to face off head-to-head in a NBA 2K 2v2, single elimination bracket tournament.

In addition to the tournament, the campers were able to utilize another PlayStation within the Wade Walker Family YMCA Esports lab and jump into a 2K game with the official NBA 2K League settings, while utilizing Hawks Talon GC player avatars. The campers were able to play by the official NBA 2K League rules and game settings to experience the authentic feel of being a professional NBA 2K player.

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At the end of the tournament, the first, second, and third place teams received Hawks Talon Gaming Club t-shirts and sweatshirts, while all campers will be gifted an official Hawks Talon Gaming Club jersey with the YMCA patch.

“Our Y Esports summer camps help children build self-confidence, practice sportsmanship and gain news skills, while connecting with other gamers,” said Lorna Loh, executive director of the Wade Walker Park Family YMCA. “We greatly appreciate Hawks Talon GC’s partnership and commitment to providing our Y kids with an informative, fun panel about the league and interactive opportunities to improve their skills.”

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Canada set to host the next BLAST R6 Major with world’s best Rainbow Six esports players to compete in Montreal in November

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World’s best Rainbow Six Siege esports teams from 9 regions will compete in Montreal, Canada. $750,000 in total prize pool up for grabs at final Major of 2024.

Today, Ubisoft and BLAST have released details for the final BLAST Rainbow Six Major of Season 2024, which is due to take place in Montreal, Canada from 7 to 17 of November.

Rainbow Six Esports is back in Canada for the first time since 2023, with Montreal’s Verdun Auditorium set to welcome 20 of the world’s best teams over two weeks in November. The BLAST R6 Major Montreal will feature a three-phase format with the final weekend playing out in front of a live audience with thousands of fans expected to pack out the Verdun Arena.

Tickets are available here: eventim.ca

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Dates & location:

  • Phase 1: 7 – 8 November – not open to public
  • Phase 2: 10 – 13 November – not open to public
  • Phase 3: 15 – 17 November – open to the public at the Verdun Auditorium, Montreal

Venue: Verdun Auditorium

Address: 4110 Bd LaSalle, Verdun, QC H4G 2A5, Canada

With Stage 2 of the Regional Leagues is set to get underway from September, teams across the nine different regions of BLAST R6 will be looking to become one of the 20 teams to qualify for the Montreal Major. These teams will compete for the lion’s share of the USD $750,000 prize pool, as well as points to qualify for the Six Invitational 2025.

Montreal and Rainbow Six have a long history together since the teams behind the development of Rainbow Six Siege are based in Ubisoft offices in Montreal. The city had previously hosted international Rainbow Six Esports tournaments such as the 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2023 editions of Rainbow Six’s SIX Invitational where Brazilian team w7m had been crowned World Champions.

Additional details on the venue, ticketing, and more are available via Eventim here: eventim.ca

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For more information about BLAST R6, please visit rainbow6.com and follow us on social media.

 

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SIS and bet365 expand H2H Global Gaming League™ presence in US with esports products now live in Ohio and Arizona

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SIS Content Services, part of the SIS Group (Sports Information Services), has further expanded its United States footprint with bet365 offering its H2H Global Gaming League™ (H2HGGGL) eBasketball and eSoccer games in Ohio and Arizona.

After bet365 successfully launched H2HGGL eBasketball in New Jersey in late 2022, the product has since gone live in Colorado, Kentucky and, most recently, Ohio and Arizona. The product set has further expanded through the launch of eSoccer games, with bettors now enjoying the full range of industry-leading H2HGGL esports content.

Developed specifically for betting, SIS produces over 150,000 H2HGGL events annually, providing a full end-to-end solution with integrity at its core.

The short-form, events-based esports product, which sees professional gamers compete in eBasketball and eSoccer games from SIS’ self-contained UK studios, is proven to deliver superior margins around the clock, adding as much as 10% in value in the basketball and soccer verticals on sportsbook platforms.

The products feature ultra-low (sub-second) latency live streaming, visible ESIC-trained integrity referees for every game, live caster commentary, and on-screen graphics.

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Richard Ames, Chief Executive, SIS, and President, SIS Content Services, said: “We are rapidly expanding the presence of our H2H Global Gaming League™ across the US, which is significantly boosting engagement and margin for our partners. With content live in five states, our relationship with long-term partner bet365 has been further strengthened as we continue to assist them with growth in the region.”

Michele Fischer, Vice President, SIS Content Services, said: “We are thrilled that our esports products are now live in Ohio and Arizona. Both states have significant fan engagement in professional and college sports, and the H2H Global Gaming League™ has already shown to have positive appeal to the bet365 customer base.”

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