July 29th – August 4th: Welcome to the second edition of the newest weekly Esports newsletter entitled ‘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?
Early last week tournament organisers ESL announced and confirmed the debut of the ESL MSP Championship for MOBA title Arena of Valor. This will be the first ESL major event for the MOBA title game and will take place between August and September. The tournament will feature 8 teams from Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines including 2 invited teams, the finalists of last season’s Valor Cup: Malaysian team M8HEXA and Philippines side Liyab Esports.
The teams will fight it out for their share of the $10,000 prize pool but the winner will also get the chance to represent MSP at the Arena of Valor International Championship (AIC) later in the year. The newest AoV event will be sponsored by automotive company Mercedes-Benz and Malaysian mobile service Yoodo and ESL also confirmed the event will be supported by digital entertainment platform Garena.
The EXP Invitational took place at the X Games Minneapolis last weekend, Apex Legends fans seeing Team SoloMid beat Team Reciprocity in the Apex Legends Invitational Grand Finale. TSM claimed the $30,000 USD first prize from the $150,000 prize-pool, Reciprocity finishing 2nd and Sentinels taking 3rd place respectively.
The EXP Invitational saw 20 of the best Apex Legends teams in the world arrive at the X Games Minneapolis for the Apex Legends Invitational. After 12 rounds of play and a total of 125 points TSM held on to their Day 1 lead and claimed victory in the last match finishing 5 points ahead of Reciprocity. Sentinels were further off, finishing with 111 points, and Fnatic took 4th with 103.
This week in Esports, Gen.G have teamed-up with dating application Bumble and announced their intention to launch the first all-women Fortnite team. Multinational organisation Gen.G Esports are partnering up with location-based social and dating app Bumble.
The deal will involve the two parties launching the organisation’s first all-women Fortnite team, to be named ‘Gen.G Empowered by Bumble’ or for short ‘Team Bumble’. The partnership will see the app act as their main jersey sponsor for the team.
With two weeks left until the playoffs, there were a few significant shifts in the League of Legends Top 10 global rankings after the weekends results. Gen.G have managed to retain their top 10 spot moving up to 6th place, while Royal Never Give Up fell all the way to 5th.
SK Telecom T1 were able to go 2 and 0 this week to extend their winning streak to 9 games. They currently stand at 10-5 in a three-way-tie at the top of League of Legends Korea standings, just two weeks before the playoffs. Last weekend saw the League of Legends Championship Series playoffs begin. Team Liquid (sitting in 10th spot of the League of Legends Top 10 this week) currently holds the no.1 seed and earned a first-round bye going into the playoffs.
Stage 4, Week 2 of the Overwatch League is in the books and there has been some significant changes to the Overwatch League power rankings. The new role lock meta in Stage 4 undoubtedly led to what were some surprising wins, shocking upsets and some leap-frogging in the rankings, unlike we have ever seen before.
Last week’s results included a few minor upsets with teams like the Florida Mayhem and the Washington Justice beating top-ten teams like the London Spitfire and Vancouver Titans. It was not enough for either team to break their way into the Overwatch League power rankings Top 10. The New York Excelsior remain just outside the Top 10, sitting in 11th place after a comprehensive loss to the Chengdu Hunters currently sitting pretty in 5th place.
Ajax Esports early this year announced a long-term partnership deal with energy drink brand ICONIX, after the Dutch football club signed a 10 year deal that included the Esports division of the team. Both Ajax and it’s Esports division assisted with the launch of the energy drink in the Netherlands back in March which went off quite respectably.
This deal is one of many examples of the commercial interest Esports is beginning to grow. Recently the Pittsburgh Knights announced a partnership deal with Pittsburgh-native rapper Wiz Khalifa in what they hope will be a mutually beneficial partnership.