In The News
Weekend in Review:
FAZE, a clothing company based out of San Francisco, is “suing FaZe Clan over alleged trademark infringement for the use of the word ‘Faze’ on apparel items sold by the esports team, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California,” ESPN’s Jacob Wolf reports.
Bungie has a new minority stakeholder. “Chinese online gaming company NetEase today announced that it has made an investment of more than $100 million in the Destiny developer,” GI.biz’s Brendan Sinclair writes. It will “gain a minority stake in the Bellevue, Washington-based studio and a seat on its board of directors.”
Todd Howard, of Bethesda, “will receive the Industry Legend award at the Gamelab conference in Barcelona later this month,” GI.biz’s Matthew Handrahan reports. “Howard has worked at Bethesda since 1994, and his track record for producing critical and commercial successes has few rivals.”
A domain name for Devil May Cry 5 was registered, PC Gamer’s Joe Donnelly reports. “The domain name DevilMayCry5.com has now been registered by an unknown company … While this doesn’t confirm anything officially, it’s worth noting that Capcom has used the same registrar to file Monsterhunterworld.com and Residentevil7.com respectively in the past.”
When your Alexa isn’t cackling maniacally in another room, you will soon be able to use her with Xbox One! Windows Central’s Jez Corden reports that “we’ve seen hard evidence that not only shows Alexa support is coming, but also support for Google Assistant.”
Borussia Dortmund is no longer a part of Pro Evolution Soccer 2019, Engadget’s Timothy Seppala reports. “Borussia Dortmund ‘prematurely’ exited its licensing agreement with the game-maker ahead of its 2020 agreement.”
Twitch is celebrating Pride Month “with the release of new Pride-themed emotes, fundraising for LGBTQ+ charities, and featuring of LGBTQ+ members from within its community each day of June,” GameSpot’s Aiden Strawhun reports. “Twitch will also take part in this year’s Pride parade in San Francisco.”
ESL and AT&T are partnering, Esports Insider’s Adam Fitch reports. “This partnership will see AT&T sponsor numerous tournaments in North America.”
Lords of the Fallen 2 has a new developer. “A sequel to the game is still happening, only it’s now in development by a New York-based studio called Defiant,” PC Gamer’s Shaun Prescott writes.
Miscellaneous Esports News:
Congratulations to Ence eSports’ Serral on winning StarCraft 2018 World Championship Series Austin! He defeated Team Liquid’s MaNa. More results from DreamHack Austin 2018 can be found here.
Congratulations to William “Amnesiac” Barton of Tempo Storm for winning the DreamHack Hearthstone Grand Prix.
Hearthstone released its official pro team standings. Check them out here.
Congratulations to Adam “Armada” Lindgren of Alliance and James “VoiD” Makekau-Tyson of CLG for winning Smash ‘N’ Splash 4 in Melee and Smash 4 respectively.
Anathan “Ana” Pham returned to OG’s Dota 2 roster, Dot Esports’ Patrick Bonifacio reports.
Happy Sunday birthdays to Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng, Ke “Has” Yu Feng and Raphael “Hosty” Tsantili and Monday birthdays to Aaron “Professor Pro” Thomas and Nicolai “Maestro” Bang!