NiP Signs a PUBG Team

Ninjas in Pyjamas, having teams in some of the largest esports such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, has decided to follow the trend with a PUBG squad of their own. The organisation eagerly revealed the news on Twitter this past week: "Today we're glad to announce our venture in to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, the game many of us have that special love/hate relationship with ever since its explosive launch in late March this year. With such a rapid growth in playerbase and millions of gamers dropping onto the island of Erangel every single day, we're happy to see that this game has struck the hearts of gaming enthusiasts all across the globe. Of course the Ninjas in Pyjamas want to be a part of that journey." The roster consists of "Ekkz", "Borg" (sadly he isn't Maltese), "Sweaterr" and "Crunch". All the names except "Ekkz" may seem familiar for competitive PUBG enthusiasts. This is because the three other names represented Cloud9 at the gamescom Invitational. Evidently, either C9 let them go or the players left.  Below is a statement from "Ekkz": "The Dream big or go home quote comes to mind, it doesn't get much bigger than NiP, and our dreams have become a reality, We're honored to be under the same banner with so many legends, and look forward to a great future with our new home and family. Can't wait to see what we can achieve together as Ninjas!" It's great to see more organisations getting involved and preparing themselves for an esport which could potentially blow up just like the game's community.  Other news in the scene include the upcoming IEM Oakland's PUBG Invitational. With the first four teams being revealed, namely Luminosity, TSM, Team Liquid and Noble Esports. The $200,000 worth of prize pool will be contested by 6 other teams to be revealed soon. All the action will take place Nov.18 and 19; just a week before the GO Malta eSports Festival 2017 where we'll have a PUBG event of our own!

Hearthstone at The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017

We've had a considerable number of events this year, ranging in size when it comes to venues, prize pools and games involved. Until now, however, we haven't included Hearthstone in any of these events. As you can assume, that's about to change with the upcoming GO Malta eSports Festival 2017. Last year's festival included the collectible card videogame and this year was going to be no exception.  Published all the way back in 2014, has always pushed the title in its events, consistently animating the local Hearthstone scene. Our organisation has had a great history with the game, being a huge part of our first local tournaments. Of course, time's passed and the local community isn't as fueled as it was, which is exactly why we're bringing it back.  As usual, it will form part of the casual tournaments available to anyone who fancies picking a card. Alongside Rocket League, it's one of the more relaxed environments. For those unaware of the basic game mechanics, here's a rundown. Players gather themselves digitally across a table. The game progresses as players go through a turn-based system to use their pre-made deck of cards from their collection. Cards range from summonable minions, wild spells and a great variety of other commands. Defeating the opponent involves lowering his health to zero. Heathstone is set within the Warcraft univers, utilising the existing lore in all its content. Although it may sound simple, there is an intricate level of depth which has lead to an exciting esport across the whole world. If you haven't given it a shot, go ahead and try it. It's free-to-play, so no harm could possible be done.  Tell us in the comments section below what you think about our lineup of games and which you're most looking forward to. 

New Map Revealed for COD:WWII

As we expected, more information is being leaked for Call of Duty: WWII as the final month of suspensed anxiety slowly ticks away. The most recent leak includes a new map, straight out of the heart of 21st Century London during the hardship of World War II obviously. Sledgehammer Games revealed all the details below on a social media platform, namely Twitter.  Diving straight into the name, it's called London Docks. As you may assume, the map should fall bang in the middle between the sea and heavily industrialised London. Regarding looks and features, all we have to cling to are a couple photos(one of which may or may not be taken from the map as it focuses on Gridiron) which are both included in this article. The most important aspect, however, is how it plays. We've got a great impression from the few comments we've heard. A few professional players have been given the opportunity to give it a try, with Patrick "Aches" Price confidently stating the following: "London is GOATY" Specifically, we don't learn much from the term "GOATY", but it's generally interpreted as an extremely positive term. Other comments include that of chief developer Micheal Condrey, which he spread on Twitter. He also gives an opinion about the new Gridiron game mode, whcih we covered here: "We are super proud of the game and cannot wait to play it with the community, so please hang on for a bit as Nov. 3 is almost here. In the meantime, here's a first look at our London map in multiplayer. It's a studio favorite for Domination, Hardpoint, and TDM, and we think it could be a standout for the competitive season ahead. Also, it's a lot of fun for the new Gridiron game mode coming at launch." It seems that this map looks to be great, but then again, a developer wouldn't insult his own map which he created.  We'll keep you all updated with anymore leaks related to the most anticipated FPS of the year; Call of Duty:WWII. 

Rocket League at the GO Malta eSports Festival 2017

An esport which is perhaps not the most reputable is that of Rocket League. If you've been following our news articles you'll see that we've covered it a few times. Constituting the basic elements and regulations of a beloved sport in a vehicular manner is all the gamer is. Its simplicity is the reason for its relative success. That's why the title will be included as a casual game available to everybody, a sort of a competitive stress-ball in a way. Keep reading to find out the hows and why of the game's incorporation in The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017.  It being our fifth iteration of the festival, now extremely well-established across the island, it will be packing some intense competition with fierce ambition from a hoard of participants. Raising the standard yearly, which is especially proud off, we're ecstatic to introduce a title familiar to gamers on the largest platforms. However, if you are seriously talented at the game, there should be no stopping you.  When it comes to the local scene, there isn't too much to comment about. Yet, we did include the game last year too. Last year, the tournament was team based and we'll probably stick to a similar format. Winners from the previous year include The Vultures , OMT and OMT 2. It will be interesting to see if any of these teams return for the second year.  Nonetheless, there will be a relaxed environment; laughs and jokes all-round to make it a much anticipated part of the schedule. Temporarily calming nerves, Rocket League will be a part of this year's festival.  Tell us what you think below! Also, feel free to tag potential teammates with which you could win this. 

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