In The News
Weekend in review:
Congratulations to Chen “tom60229” Wei Lin, who defeated Frank “Fr0zen” Zhang to win The Hearthstone Championship Tour World Championship and take home $250,000 over the weekend.
Congratulations to Justin “PG Plup” McGrath, who defeated Juan “Liquid Hungrybox” Debiedma to win Genesis 5 Melee Singles bracket, and all the other Genesis winners.
Congratulations to Jan “Superjj102” Janssen on winning the first GWENT Open!
Bob Wakelin has passed away. “Wakelin lent his artistic expertise to everything from Parasol Stars: Rainbow Island 2 to Operation Wolf and Superbowl,” PC Gamer’s Joe Donnelly writes.
Yuji Naka, best known for his Sonic work, has joined Square Enix, Kotaku’s Brain Ashcraft reports.
Japan is moving toward legalizing esports. “Arcane laws meant to stop illegal gambling have prevented paid video game tournaments in Japan,” Bloomberg’s Yuji Nakamura, Emi Nobuhiro and Takako Taniguchi write. “Takeo Kawamura … said the ruling party might be willing to go further, by amending laws to ensure people’s rights to earn a living playing games.”
Charity SpecialEffect raised “£446,000” from its September One Special Day 2017 event, GamesIndustry.biz’s Haydn Taylor reports.
Washington state senators set their sights on loot boxes. “Three Washington state legislators introduced a bill (SB 6266) that if passed would charge the Washington State Gambling Commission to investigate loot boxes,” The Esports Observer’s Ferguson Mitchell writes.
PlayStation and NBA All-Star Paul George partnered for “the PG-2 ‘PlayStation’ colorway!”
Minecraft boasted a staggering 74 million active users last month, PC Gamer’s Samuel Horti reports. “In total, more than 144 million copies of the game have been sold.”
100 Thieves signed Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans as its first sponsor.
IEM Katowice’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds tournament has invited these 5 teams thus far: FaZe Clan, Team Vitality, Ghost Gaming, Method and Team SoloMid.
Additional details are now live for “the 2018 Pokkén Tournament DX World Championship qualifiers,” Dot Esports’ Adam Newell reports.
Call of Duty news:
Dot Esports’ Preston Byers reports Brandon “Dashy” Otell is joining compLexity Gaming.
Byers also reports that eRa Eternity signed Richard “Ricky” Stacy, Jacob “Decemate” Cato, Maurice “Fero” Henriquez and Embry “Bevils” Bevil.