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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. 

AOC Sponsoring the MESF 2017

Moving on to our second sponsor for The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017, AOC is a sponsor Gamers.com.mt is delighted to have for the looming event. The electronics company has an undeniable presence in esports, having sponsorship agreements with some of the top teams from a variety of scenes, such as Natus Vincere and Team Liquid. Apart from that, the majority of events organised make use of AOC monitors, because why would they settle for anything else? Keep reading to find out more about AOC and why they are sponsoring the event.  Working with monitor technology ever since being founded all the way back in 1967, exactly 50 years ago, their experience is put out on display in each product, if you know what I mean. Based in Taiwan, the company is exposed to the most modern breakthroughs, developments and ideas in all aspects of technology. Correspondingly, their resolutions range all the way up to 4K, with 8K on the distant horizon and at many dimensions too. Also, screen types include TN, MVA and of course, IPS. Whether you're in the office or in your man cave, AOC has the perfect monitor for you.  As one can expect, tournaments will be punctuated with top-of-the-line models from AOC to ensure the highest video quality for competitors. At refresh rates of up to 240Hz, there simply isn't another choice. Speaking of choice, the Gamers Lounge offers a selection of AOC monitors available here: http://shop.gamers.com.mt/search?keyword=AOC. If you're serious about the way your game looks, we highly recommend that you pick one up; the brand is also reputably wallet-friendly, offering great prices all-round.  A massive thanks to AOC, who've always taken interest in esports on a global scale and on a Maltese scale too. Be sure to check out our various article and video reviews on their products here: http://www.gamers.com.mt/news. We share video reviews on social media, so be sure to follow us on the many platforms we attend to. 

Tekken 7 at The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017

Just when you thought we successfully rounded off our list of titles for The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017 with our last update, we're here bringing news of yet another game; Tekken 7. An extremely prolific fighter to hit the genre, it's safe to say that it's been a moderate success around the world; shaking all expectations set for it. Keep on reading to find out more about this curious addition to the greatest event of the year.  Before continuing onto the reasoning, let's first give some background to the game itself. Developed by Bandai Namco, it's the ninth installment in the world of Tekken. The deep lore and storylines coincide with fast kicks, punches and combos. Timing is essential, movement is key and strategy is mandatory to be able to success. Having a massive reception towards the east of the world, it had a lesser-so presence everywhere else. Although it's two years old, the mechanics remain pure an perfect to determine who the better fighter is.  Why did we choose to include it for the event? There are a few reasons why. Starting with the most persuading one, is the huge amount of support we got from the Games Weekend at the Airport Food Court which was held last weekend. Seriously, the amount of people that came out was astounding, increasing tension and competition along with pressure. The intense, fast-paced action which Tekken 7 brings to the table was married nicely to the delightful fast food which was available a few metres away. Following this enthusiasm, we simply had to involve Tekken 7 in our next event.  Another reason, which in a way folows up to the previous one, competitive figthing games are practically absent in the local scene. Gamers.com.mt is willing to give Tekken 7 a chance to be loved by the local community, it being the first fighting game to be involved competitively in one of our official events after an absence of five years, that's right since the first Malta eSports Festival! Setting the bar is what we strive to do, when it comes to Maltese eSports, and we believe that giving fighting game enthusiasts a chance is part and parcel of this mission.  Of course like any other event, prizes will be included alongside trophies. As you'd expect, the prizes won't be the largest at the event, but that doens't imply we're giving out lunch money either. The designated tournament will happen on the last day of the event, being the 26th November in the Consoles area. Competitors are to bring their own controllers and are responsible for their care, just like all the other console esports.  If you're involved in a more high-stake tournament, or you are a bystander still looking to participate in a casual tournament, we strongly recommend taking part in Tekken 7. Who knows; you could be the best? The scene is still making a comeback, so rising to the top and setting an impression will definitely be important.  Gamers.com.mt aims to try bring the game into the spotlight, because we believe in its future. Including the title is quite experimental. We hope that you share this support, which will be present in the amount of participation in the upcoming event. This one's for all those local fighter enthusiasts that never got the chance to shine. 

GO at the MESF 2017

Day by day, The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017 edges closer. Until that day however, we still have lots of information which we can't wait to reveal. Every detail has been planned to make it the greatest event ever seen on the Maltese Islands. Over the next few articles, we'll be spilling the beans about the handful of proud sponsors which we are overjoyed to be collaborating with for the upcoming event. Starting with the most obvious one, having its name as part of the event's name, is GO.  They really don't need that much of an introduction. GO is a hardworking internet service provider, alongside being a carrier for mobile, which strives to ensure strong connections across the island. Gamers.com.mt has worked together with the local company for many projects and events; why would we work with somebody else?; why would we not want the best internet connection available to us? Wait, before some of you quickly express your own personal experience with the service, understand that the limitations may not be GO's doing, but perhaps your plan or your location is simply limiting. You haven't fully experience GO's zooming speeds unless you've spent an hour or more at our very own Gamers Lounge.  Also, GO stands out as the most open-minded and creative internet provider, pushing itself into various industries and markets such as that of gaming. The company has supported us so many times before and The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017 would definitely be no exception. Thanks to their continuous assistance, we manage to keep up with the increasing prize pools, venue sizes and expectations yearly.  Internet feeling slow? Why don't you try out one of GO's many offers available now? To find out more, follow the link here: https://www.go.com.mt/personal/footer/i-want-to/view-offers-for-new-customers Remember to stay in tune for more news regarding sponsorship details. 

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, Gamers.com.mt 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. 

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