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Sep 16th – Sep 22nd: 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?

Overwatch League Grand Final – Shock vs Titans

The Overwatch League Grand Final has been decided, the San Francisco Shock and the Vancouver Titans have booked a spot in the grand final of the Overwatch League playoffs. The Shock defeated Excelsior in the losers’ bracket final after they were sent there by the Titans earlier in the winner’s final after a narrow defeat. Which team will take home the top prize of $1,100,000 USD? Stay tuned to find out.

Gaming Getting its own Network: VENN

This week in Esports it was announced that gaming is getting its own network: the Video Game Entertainment and News Network (VENN). Network: VENN has raised $17 million in seed round funding with the aim of launching a brand new network, focused around gaming and esports entertainment.

The Video Game Entertainment and News Network: VENN will launch in 2020 with two live studios, one in New York and one in Los Angeles it was announced earlier today. The gaming-dedicated channel will broadcast content on social media platforms and streaming platforms including Twitch and YouTube, the most popular platforms for video game streaming right now.

TSM win Apex Legends Preseason Invitational

After nearly 7 hours of play in the 11th straight match, TSM have won the Apex Legends Preseason Invitational and will take home a top prize of $105,000 USD. After a grueling Grand Final round Team SoloMid could not be stopped, with Natus Vincere and Wyvern finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively out of 80 teams.

There were three squads left when the final circle began to close when chaos broke loose. There were no doubters that mayhem would soon ensue as the ring slowly eliminated all the remaining available cover. It happened quickly: Team MVP rushed GamersOrigin and took down two of their players before TSM cleaned house, eradicating the final members of both squads to take home the championship trophy. This was the final electrifying moment of the Apex Legends Preseason Invitational, only the second ever purely competitive event for the battle royale game.

rushed GamersOrigin and took down two of their players before TSM cleaned house, eradicating the final members of both squads to take home the championship trophy. This was the final electrifying moment of the Apex Legends Preseason Invitational, only the second ever purely competitive event for the battle royale game.

Luminosity Gaming partnering with NFL’s Richard Sherman

NFL cornerback Richard Sherman is partnering up with Luminosity Gaming as a shareholder and global brand ambassador. This will involve Sherman appearing at Luminosity Gaming activations, and creating original content with fellow NFL players and the organisation’s Call of Duty team.

San Francisco 49ers star Richard Sherman has been confirmed as a new shareholder and global brand ambassador for Luminosity Gaming. Sherman, the 9-season NFL veteran and 4-time pro bowler, winner of 2014’s Super Bowl XLVIII as a Seattle Seahawk, will appear at Luminosity Gaming activations in the coming year, and as the organisation’s newly-named captain will be expected to consult on player personnel decisions.

IEM Katowice 2020 returning with total prize pool of $500,000

ESL have confirmed that the IEM Katowice 2020 will be returning as the first Masters-level Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event of the year, and the first stop of the new ESL Pro Tour. The CS:GO competition will take place from February 28th and March 1st in the Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland.

The IEM Katowice 2020 will not be a Valve-sponsored Major event, unlike last year. It will feature a total prize pool of $500,000 and will count towards the 3rd season of the 2020 Intel Grand Slam. In this year’s event, a win in Katowice will now be weighted more towards the 2020 Intel Grand Slam Season 3 as it is a designated Masters-level event, as well as the $1,000,000 top prize that accompanies it.

Blizzard Announce Widespread Changes to Hearthstone Esports

Blizzard Entertainment have decided that vast changes are needed in Hearthstone Esports after surveying their Masters Qualifiers and Masters Tour competitors. It is their intention to make multiple changes to the structure of these events in hopes to help improve entry-level tournaments for aspiring Hearthstone players.

After completing a survey of the Masters Qualifiers and Masters Tour competitors, Blizzard Entertainment has decided that multiple changes are being planned to Hearthstone Esports in an effort to improve entry-level tournaments, one of the first stepping stones for aspiring Hearthstone players.

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