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COD: WWII at the The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017

Two weeks; the wait that's left until begging enthusiasts will finally be able to get their hands on potentially, the best FPS of the year. Of course, I'm referring to the much awaiting title of COD: WWII, with its new time frame and fresh opportunities for competitive players to get back in the scene. Gamers.com.mt is proud to state that we'll be hosting the first ever COD:WWII tournament in Malta at The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017! We're so excited to drive the local passion for this upcoming title straight away, only 3 weeks after the release date! Be sure to get those first day copies, if there will be any left, to get the advantage over local competition. For those who haven't heard of the game, which is definitely the minority, Call of Duty is an arcade first-person shooter which marries visceral action with intense strategy and much-required precision. COD: WWII looks to finally attend the beckoning calls of fans who've left their boots on the ground. It will be an extreme contrast to the less successful Infinite Warfare prequel in terms of reception, quality and most important of all, competitively. Gamers.com.mt has an eccentric love for the franchise, with many of our staff once involved in local teams and events.  Having a tournament at such an early part of the competitive season will surely tell a few tales. Conventional spawn plotting, anchoring, movement patterns will still be sought out, weapons hanging in the balance of publisher changes and maps unlearnt. Here, we'll find out whose on top, locally - but other teams will have their chance at redemption in the many events to come later on this year.  The game will be held on PS4 and not PC. Potential competitors need to keep in mind that they'll have to bring their own equipment including the console, monitor and any peripherals of choice. Please ensure that all personal items are fully functional since we simply cannot do anything about technical issues on your part - we'll be on a tight schedule too.  So that wraps up our latest announcement; be sure to continuously refresh our news page as more updates are on the horizon.

Cloud 9 Builds Up $25 Million in Funding + New PUBG Roster

The North American esports giant of Cloud9 could notr be happier with recent developments in their funding. Following a Series A investment round, the total sponsor investment tallied up to a staggering $25 million. We're talking 8 digit numbers here; thanks to new names from across media, entertainment and sport entities.  Among the many donators, notable names included several American sports enthusiasts, large organisations in the world of sport such as the WWE, Monumental Sports and Entertainment and even a number of PayPal founders. These had their own seperate payment known as the Founders Fund. Below is what was going through the mind of George Barrios, chief strategy and financial officer at WWE when he sealed the deal:  "We just thought that Cloud9 team had developed lots of expertise and we're just really, really impressed with Jack and the rest of the staff; how professional they were, how organized, and how much infrastructure they had built for a small organization. We thought they were on their way. We looked at a lot of players and they were the ones we put in the top tier." Another name from the pool is Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.  The $25 million of fund could not have arrived at a more convenient time, since it will allow the organisation to recovery seamlessly from the whopping $ 20 million buy-in into Blizzard's Overwatch League.  Other uses for the money, paraphrasing Cloud9's owner, include a potential C9 facility in Los Angeles. Finance like this is what allows the organisation to get involved in the 8 scenes it has a name in.  Further news about Cloud9 include their recent expansion involving their PUBG roster. Namely, Mehmood "Moody" Aksar, Robert "Frolicer' Halibert" and Joseph "Frexs" Sanchez. Having had success earlier this year, here's what Jack Etienne from Cloud 9 had to say about them: “We’re really looking forward to building upon what we were able to accomplish at the PUBG Gamescom Invitational this summer and Moody, Frolicer, and Frexs are going to be a huge part of continuing that success. Proud to welcome them to the team!”

CS:GO at the The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017

With CS:GO enthusiasts pre-occupied thanks to the ongoing ESL Pro League and many other events to look forward to for the rest of the calendar year, we'd like to grab the attention of local competitors with our next event, The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017. To spell it out, we'll be hosting a CS:GO tournament at the event, to find out who sits on top locally.   The title really doesn't need any introduction, we've included it countless times in many of our events, but for the benefit of the doubt, here's the breakdown. Two teams, Counter-Terrorists and Terrorists, gather on each side of a chosen map. Starting out with equal amounts of funds, players buy weapons through a menu. The game progresses using rounds, won by either exploding or defusing a bomb, depending on what side you find yourself, or simply by eliminating the whole of the enemy team. As economy increases, many factors come into play to make CS:GO the very successful esport that it is. First team to 16 rounds wins, following the half time after 15 rounds of play. Most local players know these rules like the back of their hand, always improving and trying to define themselves at these events.  Although the title is over 5 years old, many competitors have been satisfied by the continuous updates and add-ons, including map re-skins which spice things up now and then. Competitively, it also goes through a lot of changes, constantly introducing new regulations and ideas. Now that China has official access to the FPS, which we covered here: http://www.gamers.com.mt/news/479/china-finally-gets-its-hands-on-cs-go, the possibilities keep growing.  Alongside League of Legends and PUBG, CS:GO is one of the larger title we'll be featuring in the event; expect vicious games, emotional victories and hard-fought losses all throughout the weekend. This will also be spurred by the prize pool which awaits, we don't have the exact numbers yet, but trust us when we say it will be worth everything you'll have to go through to take it home.  Tell us your feelings about including the title below and perhaps tag those potential teammates. Be sure to enter before we sell out!

Dota 2 Hamburg Places Brand New Mercedez-Benz at Stake

Dota 2; one of the largest esports in the whole world, having had the biggest prize pools, venues and popularity ever seen in the history of competitive gaming. We just saw The Invitational 7 with its $20,000,000 prize pool, again breaking a record. To spice things up, however, the upcoming ESL One Hamburg Dota 2 Major will be offering a car for the voted MVP. Read on to find out more.  Sponsored by none other than Mercedez-Benz, the formidable German car manufacturer, the ESL One Hamburg will be the first event ever to place an autombile in the prize pool. The winner of the MVP vote will be greeted with a fantastic car, worth roughly $59,000. This is one of the most, if not the most, significant non-cash prizes to be awarded ever.  So, apart from the $1,000,000 prize pool, which is already quite an impressive amount; players will be trying their very best to not only win as a team, but to potentially benefit individually through a pricey set of wheels. Other sponsors for the event include Pringles, maybe the car comes with a can of cheesy goodness as a bonus?  Details on the event include the location of, you'll never guess, Hamburg. Barclaycard Arena will be filled to the brim as fans from around the world will watch the top 8 teams go head to head over three days of jam-packed action. Together with the mentioned prizes, there are also 1500 pro points involved.  Anyway, the prize present at the ESL One Hamburg will take place between October 26th and 29th. Votes cast by fans will go alongside those of the talent themselves, with 60 percent of control awarded to the latter. Regardless of the prize at stake, it should be a great event as usual, also a strong start to another season of tight competition and tournaments. 

MTA Sponsoring The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017

Tourism and esports, in the past few years, have definitely become more associated throughout the world. Huge events, with the likes of multi-million prize pools such as The International 7, attract thousands upon thousands of enthusiasts from across the globe. This helps introduce more tourism to a locality, since visitors wil need amenities, leisure activities and lounging. The mission of the Malta Tourism Authority is to advance the economic and social activity of tourism in the national interest, by working with all stakeholders to develop a sustainable industry for current and future generations. The MTA truly provide an award-winning service, facilitating tourists' queeries and ensuring that Malta remains as attractive as possible for visitors. Solidifying this statement is their most recent achievement, as their Moscow office has been awarded the following at the Russian Business Travel and MICE awards:  “The best national tourism office or convention bureau in the field of MICE promotion”- over 200 nominees were pooled, and slimmed down to one winner over two stages! Read more about it here: https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20171013/local/mtas-moscow-office-wins-award.660296 Gamers.com.mt has worked with MTA many times before, since their initiative and passion for Malta's esports industry is unwaveringly powerful, which is why we couldn't be happier to have them on board with us. Having an association to such a reputable national company is what will make the industry propel forward. A huge thank you to MTA and their continuous support, helping us elevate the quality of competition consistently.  Don't forget to keep updating our news feed for an announcement regarding our final sponsor. 

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