The PS5 has officially launched. Now everybody has their next gen console, and is having a lovely time right? No, not really. With both the Xbox and PS5 having significant supply issues, it was nearly impossible to snag one of the few consoles available on launch day. Walmart, who for some reason is the only major retailer that seemed to have any launch day units on a somewhat consistent basis, had a few waves of stock yesterday. The problem is those units sold out in a matter of seconds with the Walmart website crashing horribly each and every time. You would think in 2020, companies would have figured out how to take all of the money consumers want to throw at them, but here we are. Peter Morics at ScreenRant chronicles PS5 launch day.
OpTic Gaming returns home. Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez has reacquired OpTic Gaming from the Immortals Gaming club. The move has been rumored for a couple of weeks, but is now official. H3CZ, who is now a co-owner and CEO of NRG, will rebrand the Chicago CDL franchise, formerly the Chicago Huntsmen, as the Chicago Optic. You can find H3CZ’s statement here, and the full story from Kevin Hitt at The Esports Observer.
ESPN Esports is officially dead. After laying off the majority of the staff that worked on the sports giant’s daily esports coverage, the end seemed nigh. Michael McCarthy at FrontOfficeSports reports that ESPN told Front Office Sports in a statement, “We have made the difficult decision to cease operations for our dedicated daily esports editorial and content. We recognize esports as an opportunity to expand our audience, and we’ll continue to do so through coverage from the broader team for major events, breaking news and coverage.” On the programming side, sources said ESPN will continue to look for opportunities to show live esports events across its various media platforms.