Oct 14th – Oct 20th: Welcome to this week’s edition of ‘Too Long, Didn’t Read’. Check in at Esportsnow every Sunday and find the most up to date, to-the-minute Esports news, a summary of everything that has been happening over the last week in Esports. Missed out on last weeks? No problem. Catch up on last week’s edition of Too Long, Didn’t Read by clicking here. So what’s been happening this week in Esports?
This week in esports, the DreamHack Open Rotterdam 2019 took place last weekend where 8 pro CS:GO teams battled it out for their share of the $100,000 USD prize-pool. The competition group stages kicked off last Friday the 18th and will finish up with the Grand Final on Sunday 20th at 17:00 CEST.
The DreamHack Open Rotterdam 2019 is taking place this weekend. Eight teams have either qualified or been invited for the latest CounterStrike: Global Offensive event. The first stages are the group stages, the eight qualifiers being separated into two groups of four. The group stages will be a double-elimination format, opening and winners’ games being Bo1 and elimination and decider matches Bo3. The top two teams from each group will progress on to the play off stages, kicking off on Sunday morning at 10:00 CEST.
Blizzard Entertainment announced on Friday their intention to reduce the penalties levied against Hearthstone player blitzchung, who spoke out on a live broadcast about the current situation in Hong Kong. They also reiterated their stance against esports competitors using the platform for “divisive social or political views”. Blitzchung’s penalties reduced after there was a severe backlash from Hearthstone fans.
Fortnite Chapter 2 has launched unveiling new areas and mechanics to Fortnite fans. It’s finally time for Chapter 2. Fans of the game have been itching for the last 36 plus hours to see what would happen to their beloved game, and out of the black hole came a whole new world to conquer.
Fortnite season 10 ended on Sunday afternoon when the entire Fortnite world was sucked into a black hole. After much speculation and deliberation Fortnite players woke early on Tuesday morning to the game’s second incarnation, a brand new map and many new changes. Fortnite Chapter 2 was launched by Epic Games at 6 a.m. EST and Season 11 began. Players can now drop into the latest Fortnite world and explore a new island with 13 locations.
ImbaTV a Chinese esports event organizer and broadcasting company, have launched the first ever season of the China Dota2 Professional League. They have also confirmed the second season of the China Dota2 Development League, which was launched in July.
China Dota2 Professional League: After the initial success of the first Development League which took place in July, it is ImbaTV’s goal to help Chinese Dota 2 develop sustainably at multiple levels. The 2nd season will continue to find and cultivate young talent from the Chinese Dota2 scene.
Splyce, the number 3 seed from the League of Legends European Championships, have qualified for the League of Legends World Championship quarterfinals on Thursday in what may be the biggest achievement in the organisation’s history. After finishing with a 1 & 2 record after the first half of the round-robin group stages, Splyce rallied in front of a home crowd with wins over hit-and-miss FunPlus Phoenix and Gigabyte Marines.
Australian Esports group Mogul have confirmed the Dota 2 Alliance League will be taking place and announced that they will be partnering up with Esports organisation Alliance. The Australian Esports tournament platform confirmed the launch of the Dota 2 Alliance League tournament series and a prize-pool of over $100,000 that will be up for grabs.
Alliance, probably most famous for winning The International 3, first confirmed their partnership with Mogul back in May when the Esports team launched an official membership scheme. The scheme gives fans access to exclusive team-content and opportunities to compete and win prizes. The prizes even include 1 on 1 coaching sessions with Alliance players. Alliance’s involvement is no doubt going to attract players to the inaugural Dota 2 Alliance League along with the decent sized prize pool.
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