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EA SPORTS NHL 24 World Championship Winner Announced

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A new champion was crowned yesterday in New York during the EA SPORTS NHL 24 World Championship, the National Hockey League announced. Ethan ‘Polgz’ Kerr-Polgar, who represented the Toronto Maple Leafs, earned his first EA SPORTS NHL 24 title, the $30,000 USD grand prize and a custom hockey stick trophy. The 21-year-old, Newmarket, Ont., resident won the back-and-forth, best-of-three series, including winning Game 1 in overtime against fellow Canadian Justin ‘Regs’ Reguly. With the win, Polgz cements his status as the top NHL 24 player in the World.

Polgz (@PolgzNHLon X) is an avid hockey fan and gamer who chose to represent his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs in the EA SPORTS NHL 24 World Championship. His superior offensive skills allowed him to score eight goals in the Final series to earn the World title. Polgz dedicated the win to his mother, who is his biggest supporter and has beat cancer three times.

Fellow Maple Leafs representative Regs finished the day as runner-up. Regs was previously the North American Champion of EA SPORTS NHL 22.

The virtual qualifying events for the live competition were hosted in partnership with Rival on its fan engagement platform that connects gamers from all over the world. The NHL 24 World Championship qualifying spanned two continents and showcased the global reach of virtual hockey.

EA SPORTS NHL 24 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

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Round Robin

Polgz (Toronto Maple Leafs) 3 vs. Regs (Toronto Maple Leafs) 2 (OT)

Deeks (Montreal Canadiens) 7 vs Tempannen (Anaheim Ducks) 3

Regs (Toronto Maple Leafs) 2 vs. Tempannen (Anaheim Ducks) 1 (OT)

Polgz (Toronto Maple Leafs) 4 vs. Deeks (Montreal Canadiens) 3

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Regs (Toronto Maple Leafs) 5 vs. Deeks (Montreal Canadiens) 1

Polgz (Toronto Maple Leafs) 4 vs. Temppanen (Anaheim Ducks) 1

Standings after Round Robin

1. Eki (*automatically advanced to Semifinal) *defeated Gren for 1st seed

2. Gren (*automatically advanced to Semifinal)

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3. Polgz, TOR (3-0-0), 6 pts

4. Regs, TOR (2-0-1), 5 pts

5. Deeks, MTL (1-2-0), 2 pts

6. Temppanen, ANA (0-2-1), 1 pts

Semifinal (best-of-three)

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EKI (NYI) vs. Regs (TOR)

Regs wins series 2-0

Gren (BUF) vs. Polgz (TOR)

Polgz wins series 2-0

Final (best-of-three)

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Game 1: Polgz, 3 vs. Regs, 2 (OT)

*Polgz took an early lead over Regs by scoring the first goal of the series. Polgz secured a two-goal lead in the second period, which was quickly answered by Regs bringing the score to 2-1. Regs made an epic comeback in the third period, tying up the game with 17 seconds left and forcing the first game into overtime. Despite strong gameplay from both sides, Polgz pulled through to earn the overtime win.

Game 2: Polgz, 0 vs. Regs, 5

*Regs dominated in Game 2 of the Final. He scored two goals in quick succession in the first period, then took a three-goal lead in the second period. Polgz had some good chances in the second period, but ultimately was unable to overcome Regs. Regs sealed the deal with another two goals towards the end of the third period, securing a 5-0 win over Polgz and tying the series at 2-2.

Game 3: Polgz, 5 vs. Regs, 3

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*An unstoppable Polgz took the early lead, scoring four unanswered goals in the first period. After a mostly quiet second period, Regs got on the board with two unanswered goals of his own, suddenly cutting Polgz’s lead in half. Entering the third period at 4-2 with Polgz in the lead, Regs made up ground with another goal early in the third period, making for an exciting battle for the win. In the end, Polgz locked in the win with a fifth goal in the third period, winning Game 3 with a final score of 5-3 and ending the series 2-1.

World Championship History

YEAR WINNER RUNNER UP
2024 Polgz (Ethan Kerr-Polgar) Regs (Justin Reguly)
2023 Jos x 10 (Joseph Olmstead) EKI (Erik Tammenpää)
2022* NA: Regs (Justin Reguly)

EUR: EKI (Erik Tammenpää)

NA: Gren-35- (Matthew Grenier)

EUR: J-_-JamalTheMan (Jimi Rönkkönen)

2021* NA: Gren-35- (Matthew Grenier)
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EUR: EKI (Erik Tammenpää)

NA: Regs (Justin Reguly)

EUR: NikkeDangles (Niklas Tukiainen)

2020* CAN: Regs (Justin Reguly)

USA: OF’s HF (Josh Fuss)

EUR: Artuzio (Arttu Mustila)

CAN: YungGren (Matthew Grenier)

USA: Top Shelf Cookie (Matthew Gutkoski)

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EUR: MrNipsuli (Roni Kajan)

2019 Top Shelf Cookie (Matthew Gutkoski) JohnWayne90 (John Casagranda)
2018 EKI (Erik Tammenpää) Jr Pens (David Roebuck)

*World Championship canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions NA = North America / EUR = Europe

EA SPORTS NHL 23 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS

1. Polgz, Toronto Maple Leafs ($30,000 USD)

2. Regs, Toronto Maple Leafs ($10,000 USD)

3. Gren, Buffalo Sabres ($5,000 USD)

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4. Eki, New York Islanders ($5,000 USD)

5. Deeks, Montreal Canadiens ($1,000 USD)

6. Temppanen, Anaheim Ducks ($1,000 USD)

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ESL FACEIT Group and Porsche team up for DreamHack Dallas, Overwatch® Championship Series Major Partnership

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Porsche To Showcase new all-electric Macan at Gaming Lifestyle Festival, Present MVP Award at OWCS Major Final

ESL FACEIT Group (EFG), the world’s leading esports and gaming entertainment company, today announced sports car manufacturer Porsche as the Exclusive Automotive Partner of the first-ever Overwatch® Championship Series (OWCS) Major at Dreamhack Dallas. Taking place the weekend of May 31 to June 2 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, the collaboration marks Porsche’s first major partnership with an esports tournament operator, and an expansion of the brand’s partnership with Overwatch 2.

“Porsche’s history of innovation and groundbreaking design are uniquely aligned with the Overwatch community’s passionate and tech-savvy fans,” said Jasmin Haasbach, VP, Global Brand Partnerships, ESL FACEIT Group. “We’re excited to bring these two celebrated brands together at DreamHack Dallas.”

As an official partner, Porsche will celebrate the OWCS Major player who drives their team to greatness by crowning the competition’s Most Valuable Player. After crowning the winner on Sunday after the Grand Finale, fans can meet and greet the MVP at the new all-electric Porsche Macan right in front of the OWCS Major stage for photo and signature opportunities. Fans will also get exclusive access to custom content linked to Porsche’s new all-electric Macan model –the inspiration behind one of Overwatch’s latest Legendary skins for D.Va.

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“This is the perfect setting for Porsche’s first partnership with an esports tournament,” said Ayesha Coker, Vice President of Marketing for Porsche Cars North America (PCNA). “OWCS and festivals like DreamHack offer new avenues to inspire the gaming community and reach the next generation of drivers, showcasing incredible new cars, like the new all-electric Macan, at the same time.”

DreamHack Dallas is one of North America’s biggest gaming festivals, featuring meet-and-greets with creators and celebrities, cosplay competitions, an indie gaming showcase, and more. This year’s three-day celebration of gaming culture will build off the success of the DreamHack Dallas 2023, which saw a record-setting 44,000 attendees, the most ever for a DreamHack festival in North America.

Badges for DreamHack Dallas start at $35 for a single day and $99 for three-day access, with OWCS add-ons to guarantee seating for the event starting at $29. More information is available at dreamhack.com.

 

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HAWKS TALON GC COMPLETES TRADE FOR TWO 2025 SECOND-ROUND PICKS

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Hawks Talon receives two 2025 second-round picks in four team trade

Hawks Talon GC, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks, announced today that the team has received two 2025 second-round picks from Mavs Gaming in exchange for Talon’s own 2025 first-round pick, sent to the Gen.G Tigers, and a 2025 third-round pick owned by 76ers GC, sent to Mavs Gaming.

Hawks Talon is set to begin the TURN, the second group play tournament of the 5v5 season, on Wednesday, May 29th, with matchups against Nets GC at 6 p.m., followed by a 9 p.m. slate with the Gen.G Tigers.

Talon sits in seventh place in the East after finishing the TIPOFF with a 3-3 record and 30 total points in the standings.

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

 

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LEON.BET partners with 9INE to become their Exclusive Online Betting House

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We at LEON.BET are thrilled to announce our partnership with 9INE, one of Europe’s top esports organizations known for their focus on Counter-Strike 2 (CS2). This partnership will take esports betting to a new level, offering fans exclusive content and exciting new ways to engage with their favorite games.

As a leading online betting platform, LEON.BET offers a wide range of betting options across sports, casino and esports. Our user-friendly interface, competitive odds, and commitment to fair play have made us a trusted name worldwide. We’re also dedicated to supporting young talents, believing it’s the key to a bright and promising future.

Through this partnership, we aim to combine 9INE’s expertise in competitive gaming with our innovative betting platform. This will create a more immersive experience for esports fans, providing new and exciting betting opportunities along with exclusive behind-the-scenes content.

“We are extremely happy to start our cooperation with 9INE. Recent changes to their roster show huge potential, and we at LEON.BET want to be part of that journey,” said our CGO.

“Together with 9INE, we will create a fantastic space for esports enthusiasts. Supporting young talents is at the core of LEON.BET’s development strategy, and we see great future and prospects in this path.”

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