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This week in esports, Astralis have won the IEM Beijing 2019 after a nine-map winning streak, defeating 100 Thieves 3 – 0 in the grand final yesterday. Eight of the world’s best CS:GO teams battled it out in Beijing for the top-prize of $125,000 USD. Astralis easily defeated 100 Thieves adding to their good form for 2019.
The IEM Beijing 2019 took place over the weekend, and saw eight pro CS:GO teams battle it out for their share of the $250,000 USD total prize pool. Astralis came into the competition having shown some excellent form throughout 2019, winning the StarLadder Berlin back in September, winning the BLAST Pro Standoff in Copenhagen just a few weeks ago and qualifying for the ESL Pro League Season 10 European Finals, which are set to take place next month.
In esports news this week, Natus Vincere (EU) are the Pro League Season 10 champions after defeating North American rivals, DarkZero Esports, 2 – 0 in the grand finale. Na’Vi left the crowd stunned after their swift victory over DarkZero, which few Rainbow Six Siege fans will have been able to predict.
Natus Vincere ran through DarkZero in the grand finale of the Rainbow Six Siege Pro League Season 10 Finals in Japan last weekend. Coming up from the European division of the Challenger League as MnM Gaming, Na’Vi has had to scrap every step of the way to get to where they are today.
The PUBG Global Championship Semi Finals are kicking off next weekend, where the last 16 of the PUBG Global Championship will be determined. The Global Championships is the final event of the competitive PUBG season, with a $3,000,000 USD prize pool for 2019.
Up to this point the PUBG Global Championship has been littered with unforgettable moments. The opening weekend hasn’t disappointed as an exciting Group Stage advanced twenty-four teams to the Semi-Finals and sent eight teams home. The PUBG Global Championship kicked off last Friday when sixteen teams dropped into the battlegrounds to begin their pursuit of PUBG Esports supremacy.
FunPlus Phoenix have won the League of Legends World Championship after a clean sweep of G2 Esports in the Grand Final. The Grand Final which took place last Sunday was the conclusion of the play-off rounds and the final game of the 2019 League of Legends esports season.
FunPlus started the group stages of the League of Legends World Championship with some rather lackluster and shaky performances against some of the weakest competition in the main tournament field. The Chinese No. 1 seed lost to J Team on the first day of the group stages, and LoL fans were quick to compare FPP to the LPL first seed in 2015, LGD Gaming; that LGD squad are remembered for falling flat once they reached the worlds stage. But FunPlus proved they are no LGD.
The 2019 League of Legends World Championship spanned over a month and was hosted by three cities: Berlin for the group stages, Madrid for the quarter and semifinals and Paris for the final. In 2020, Riot Games plans to double that number to six cities in China and will include no doubt an even bigger prize pool.
One day after a sold-out 2019 League of Legends World Championship in Paris, League of Legends creators Riot Games put out a single message for their fans. Next year’s League of Legends World Championship in China, its 10th iteration, won’t be only the biggest esports event of all time, but aims to be one of the biggest sporting events in history.
Call of Duty remains THE number one when it comes to the successful annual release of video games. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is already the best-selling game of 2019 after only three weeks on sale, according to NPD industry analyst Mat Piscatella, though the exact number of sales wasn’t released.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019 is already breaking records. Only three weeks old, this also marks the 12th consecutive year that a Call of Duty game has been the best-selling title in its release month. So far it’s also the best-selling game franchise in U.S. tracked history in total sales. In other words, CoD makes a whole load of money.
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