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Red Bull Kumite to hit New York for 2024 edition!

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Red Bull Kumite, the eminent Street Fighter 6 tournament, will return in 2024 and once again feature 16 of the world’s best players, taking place at New York’s historic Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse in Brooklyn on the 16 and 17 March. A striking highlight of the fighting games community’s calendar, the two-day event will present an exhilarating showdown as the world’s best players go head-to-head in a spectacle of high-stakes matches.

Kicking it up a notch for 2024, the event will see 14 of the world’s best players directly invited, which include reigning champion Adel “Big Bird” Anouche, American icon Victor “Punk” Woodley, the Dominican Republic’s unpredictable Saul Leonardo “MenaRD” Mena II and Japan’s veteran powerhouse Tsunehiro “Gachikun” Kanamori. Look out for more players to be revealed over the coming weeks!

With two additional spots up for grabs, hopefuls from around the world can take their shot at the Last Chance Qualifier, with 256 slots for players to fill, and the victor securing a place in Red Bull Kumite New York’s Grand Final Main Event. Join the tournament and make your way to the glorious Red Bull Kumite via start.gg.
Registration to participate is now open: https://www .start .gg/tournament/red-bull-kumite-2024-new-york/details

Red Bull Kumite New York will also introduce an 8-slot Play-In tournament, with the winner joining the main event as one of 16 final hopefuls. Sunday’s showdown is set to see competitors go head-to-head in a single-elimination bracket with a first-to-five format, as they battle it out to be the last player standing and be crowned Red Bull Kumite champion. Last year’s exhilarating event witnessed Adel “Big Bird” Anouche crowned in the face of fierce competition from an array of Street Fighter legends, including EVO Japan 2023 Street Fighter V Champion Li-Wei “Oil King” Lin, Red Bull Kumite Las Vegas victor Benjamin “Problem X” Simon, Jabhi “JabhiM” Mabuza and Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi.

With tickets now available via Eventbrite, eager fans will be at the edge of their seats as a star-studded line-up of FGC titans collide in Red Bull Kumite New York’s mighty arena. Locked inside a huge metal cage until a winner emerges victorious, the Sunday 17 March Main Event will present a showdown for the ages.
Find Spectator tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/red-bull-kumite-tickets-779949107777

First held in Paris from 2015 to 2018, the formidable competition took place in Japan in 2019 as a nod to ‘the spiritual home of Street Fighter’, before landing in London, Las Vegas and South Africa in recent years. With the overarching goal to bring the fighting games community together, 2024 marks a return to US soil as Brooklyn’s historic Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse gears up to open its doors. Last year’s tournament saw a myriad of iconic moments, including the legendary face-off that saw hometown underdog, JabhiM, best the historic king of Street Fighter, Tokido, in a shockingly close 5-3 victory.

With everything on the line, Red Bull Kumite New York will bring back some of the best talent in the game with commentators and hosts soon to be revealed, alongside the incredible 16 players gearing up for their biggest battle yet – keep your eyes peeled!

Once again, the tournament will be joining forces with industry-leading partners to provide exceptional hardware to competitors. Red Bull Kumite New York welcomes the return of the global leader in gaming monitors, AGON by AOC, as the Official Monitor Partner, bringing exceptional visual clarity and ultra-high refresh rates to competitors.

Watch Red Bull Kumite New York live on March 16 and March 17 via twitch .tv/redbull and youtube .com/redbullgaming.

Live Stream Timings:

  • Saturday 16 March – Play-In
    • 11AM EDT: Top 8 matches
  • Saturday 16 March – Last Chance Qualifier
    • 6PM EDT: Top 16 matches
  • Sunday 17 March – Main Event
    • 1PM EDT: Opening Ceremony
    • 1:30PM EDT: Top 16 Round 1
    • 5PM EDT: Halftime Show
    • 5:20PM EDT: Quarter Finals
    • 9:30PM EDT: Stream Ends

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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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PAGODA Snacks Named the New “Official Egg Roll” of Riot Games’ League Championship Series

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PAGODA Snacks has entered into a partnership with Riot Games, the company behind the leading global esports property League of Legends.

PAGODA Snacks will be featured as the “Official Egg Roll” of LCS and offer fans the perfect game-time snack through special activations, product drops, and giveaways throughout the LCS season.

The LCS is the preeminent professional North American esport and currently the fourth most-viewed professional sports league in North America for gamers in the 18-34 years-old age demographic. PAGODA Snacks will be integrated throughout LCS’ 2024-26 season events connecting LCS fans with the perfect go-to snacks to refuel.

“We know more time in the kitchen means less time to playing and streaming League of Legends. According to YouGov, approximately 50% of next-gen consumers feel as though their lifestyles do not leave enough time to prepare food. That’s where our craveable and convenient lineup of PAGODA Snacks comes to the rescue. From our crispy egg rolls loaded with freshly cut vegetables and authentic seasoning to our Crab Rangoon filled with real crab meat and cream cheese paired with a sweet chili sauce, we offer quick, easy-to-prepare but still delicious snacks for LCS players and fans to refuel and supercharge their gaming sessions,” Monica Ball, marketing manager for PAGODA Snacks, said.

“We’re thrilled to have PAGODA Snacks join the LCS as our newest partner and further as the ‘Official Egg Roll’ of the League Championship Series. There’s no better food to fuel our fan experience than egg rolls and I know LCS fans will be hyped to add PAGODA Snacks to their go-to snack lineup,” LCS Commissioner Mark Zimmerman said.

As the “Official Egg Roll” of LCS, PAGODA Snacks will be a part of the LCS broadcasts with a “Let Him Cook” segment that will spotlight the best plays and moments of the day from professional players.

Additional PAGODA Snacks broadcast integration will come with the “Put the Egg Rolls In” Tech Pause, where LCS fans will have the perfect opportunity to fuel up and grab a bite to eat.

Throughout the partnership, fans should keep an eye out for additional PAGODA Snacks activations and touchpoints like exclusive drops and promotions so they can celebrate the season with LCS’ “Official Egg Roll”.

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