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Esports Events to Watch This Weekend - 25-27th May

A lot's happened this week, between the reveal of Black Ops 4, Battlefield V and our largest event ever concluding, as we featured here. One understatement is to state that organising an international event is rather stressful - what better way to recover and reduce this effect than to enjoy events organised by others? Let's go over some potential events to keep your eye out for.  ESL One Birmingham  Dota 2, fans should be delighted with the ongoing major which is acting as a preparatory event for the final event of the Dota 2 Pro Circuit. ESL One Birmingham, which will be nationally broadcasted to the Brits on BBC, will be concluding through its semi-finals and finals this weekend. This is the UK's first ever Dota Major Tournament. There has already been quite the handful of surprises and upsets, taking everyone by surprise in the earlier stages of the competition. The $1,000,000 prize pool sits in between the likes of Optic Gaming, Virtus.pro, pAIN Gaming and OG. Head on over to the stream here: http://live.esl-one.com/birmingham, if you're interested.    CS:GO StarSeries Season 5 Sadly, there are no Major events awaiting CS:GO enthusiasts this weekend. Still, if you're looking to while away some time enjoying competitive CS:GO, the incoming StarLadder event should be one to watch out for. Although it's not a major, that doesn't mean that it's a pushover either. With $300,000 on the line, the 16 teams involved are of the highest level - examples such as Team Liquid, SK Gaming and Natus Vincere will be taking part. The Ukranian event will actually be taking place early next Monday, due to the different time zones, specifically from 28th May up until the 3rd of June. The maps involved will be the seven featured on the Active Duty map pool. Mousesports are defending champions at the moment; what will the other teams have to say about this? Unfortunately, it's one of those dry weekends for competitive events. Yet, you may easily turn a lesser weekend like this one into a great one through the services provided by TimetoEat, for quick and hot meals on the ready to your doorstep. We hope you enjoy your weekend!

Great Statistics out of the Esportsbetting.com Launch Invitational!

Yesterday, we revealed statistics behind the Black Ops 4 international reveal, which toppled those of all previous Call of Duty titles in an impressive fashion together with a few other facts which you may view here. If you've been keeping up to date with Gamers.com.mt's social media pages, one can easily realize that the EsportsBetting.com Launch Invitational has been the centre of our attention - our very own international CS:GO event which went incredibly well as you'll find out below.  The tournament, which commenced on the 18th of April, drew to a halt last weekend on the 20th May. Some of the top CS:GO teams went head-to-head for the majority of a $10,000 prize pool, such as Fnatic Academy and Team LDLC over an online connection. Due to this, online broadcasts and streams were made available to everyone through many streaming pages such as Twitch. With the event concluded, we've managed to round up all the statistics from the website: https://esc.watch/tournaments/csgo/esportsbettingcom-launch-invitational.  A staggering total of 22,000 hours of competitive content was enjoyed collectively when adding up all the viewers over all the streams. This number is built up by the fact that 1,000 average viewers were in tune at any given time. A total view count of nearly half a million is a great statistic to accompany the other two while keeping in mind that ESL, Starseries, Faceit and Dreamhack had their events ongoing which resulted in some matches conflicting with our tournament. All streams were supported by high-quality commentary and connection; we're glad that so many viewers watch the proceedings.  To conclude, the EsportsBetting.com Launch Invitational was a huge success. From the total of 8 teams and two groups, the final placements had AVANGAR in first and LDLC in second, closely flanked by Singularity Esports and EURONICS Gaming. All teams performed their hearts out for the event to really take it up to another level; thanks to all of them for accepting the invitations and competing so fiercely.  Once again we would like to thank all our sponsors to for making such an event possible ; esportsbetting.com, Aliquantum Gaming, Gaming Malta and Malta Tourism Authority. We can't wait to organize more events like this one in the future.

Black Ops 4 Reveal Was the Most Watched Call of Duty Reveal Ever

Last week, Treyarch graced the world with the very first sneak-peaks of Black Ops 4 through a reveal event. We thought about perhaps writing up an article regarding the reveal, but the incredible coverage of social media would make such an article pointless. Instead, we decided to let the hype die down a little to pick on it later - the most watched Call of Duty event ever.  On May 17th, a total of over 80 million pairs of eyes have watched the reveal through livestreams, official trailers, and content creator videos - 80 million! Factors contributing to this statistic include the loyal Treyarch fanbase with a heavy focus on Zombies and of course everyone who's been loving the return to boots-on-the-ground Call of Duty.These two groups of people apart from the curious cats glaring at the prospective battle royal game mode in Blackout. Here's what Activision had to comment regarding the event: "Last week's highly-anticipated reveal of Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 delivered a record-setting debut with its livestream setting new marks for the most watched game reveal in Call of Duty history. The reveal livestream broke franchise records, including the most day one views as well as the highest concurrent viewers, while also blanketing social media as the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter globally during the broadcast." Does Black Ops 4 deserve this much attention? "No way", says the instinctive CoD hater down in the comments section - of course, there are certain reasons to dislike the franchise, but recently, it seems the internet is overdoing it a little.  Of course, it deserves this attention. Treyarch is back again with the Black Ops formula, and just because they're doing it for the fourth time, many have come to the conclusion that it's a copy of BO3. With the changed gameplay and mechanics, this won't be much like the previous title, but the core gameplay will obviously be similar. Personally, I find that the new Battle Royale mode is what everyone should be thinking of - this ambitious attempt could either be a major failure or success unless CoD really fixes up its notoriously shaky connection.  One other statistic is the fact that preorders are above that of last year.  A final tip at the end - try not to hate the game out of popularity without first trying it out. Black Ops 4 should be quite refreshing in comparison to WWII in terms of pace and gameplay.  October 12th is a date to mark on the calendar. 

The Most Watched Esports Event in History - Record Broken

This weekend, League of Legends fans were treated with the Mid-Season Invitational title - a dense showcase of bitter rivalries and high-quality gameplay for the whole world to enjoy. The atmosphere was simply ecstatic, throughout the whole competition the viewership both physically and virtually was impressive to the point of breaking records. With that being said, the MSI Final is officially the most watched esports match in history.  127 million - that's the staggering number which toppled the previous world record for the highest esports viewership. All data was taken from Esports Charts: https://esc.watch, a website dedicated to monitoring digital viewership. This number was achieved on Championship Sunday, when Royal Never Give Up made a little history of their own when they defeated the formidable Korean favourites in Kingzone Dragon in epic fashion. The Chinese underdogs were elated and so were their countrymen. It was shortly after their victory, that excited Chinese viewers stormed into the broadcast to skyrocket the statistics. A whopping 126 million from the total 127 million views originated from the team's country - an incredible statistics. This is a tremendous 9% of the population, an awesome display of patriotism.  The previous record for viewership sat at 106 million, held by last October's matchup between SK Telecom T1 and the familiar Royal Never Give up during the semi-finals of the World Championships(LoL). However, there are speculations on the legitimacy of Chinese streaming websites, which are reportedly inflated by big streaming entities through bots - this remains speculation for the time being.  To compare, the 2010 World Cup Final between Germany and Argentina recorded a total of 570 million viewers worldwide. The fact is that football's been around for quite some time, probably 50 years give or take on an international level while esports remains an infant. With these constant breaking of records and progress in general, Gamers.com.mt can foresee such numbers in the future of esports - no doubt about it. 

FIFA 18 Costa Foundation Tournament Recap

As many of you know, the past weekend hosted the FIFA 18 PS4 Tournament in aid of the Costa Foundation and we're happy to state that it all went smoothly and everyone had a great time! Gamers.com.mt is extremely grateful for all the donations, on behalf of the Foundation created by the main host of Costa Coffee, while also referring to GameBreaker as a fellow working body. Let's see how the competition went down, because after all, this was a tournament.  In the usually relaxed environment found in the Costa Coffee shops, the intensity brought by the matchups was exciting for everyone around. From the number of competitors, we managed to form two groups. Following a single round robin, the top players emerged and charged into the bracket stage.  At one point in time, the top four players were " Brandsha", "ChrisMeister", "txrbulance1" and "luke-ganga"; packed into the quarter-finals. Within no time, the two grand finalists were "txrbulance1" and "Brandsha". With the former from the Losers Bracket and the latter from the Winners Bracket; "txrbulance1" from Project Eversio would need to win two series in a row in order to place first.  After 7 hours of intense competition at the Costa Coffee venue, it all came down to penalties a couple times, especially in the grand final. The atmosphere during the final game was quite breathtaking, as many bystanders were engaged and involved in the competition. Below are the standings for the podium placements: 1.) Gianluca "txrbulance1" Sant 2.) Shaun "BrandSha" Galea 3.) Christian "Chrismeister" Spiteri Yes, "txrbulance1" managed to pull a ridiculous victory out of his hat - although it was a hard-fought victory - full respect to " BrandSha" and his great performance overall. All top three placers were awarded trophies for their placings along with small cash prizes.  In general, participating in this event was a great success - one final thanks to everyone who took part and supported the foundation. Feel free to donate here: https://www.costa.co.uk/responsibility/costa-foundation/

Teams and Players Profiles Coming to Gamers.com.mt!

We've been providing news content for roughly a year and a half now, with our website making incredible progress in terms of quality and quantity. Still, in the first half of 2018, Gamers.com.mt would like to take another step forward with 2 new features on our website; the teams and players list!  First things first - it's all being processed at the moment with our current lists available on the links shown above, so do not panic if you're a competitor and are absent from the list. These two separate areas on our website act as our database over our time as a local esports company, as we aim to include every single team name and competitor to affiliate themselves with a Gamers.com.mt event. This is quite the task, and we may even resort to public contributions to ensure that we don't miss out on anything - you'll all be notified if we choose to do so.  The full lists of teams and players can be found in the following links or  by clicking on the Teams & Players button in the main menu Teams https://www.gamers.com.mt/teams Here's an example of a Team Profile, that of Project Eversio for Battalion 1944 https://www.gamers.com.mt/teams/3/project-eversio Players https://www.gamers.com.mt/players Here's an example of a Player Profile, that of r1k https://www.gamers.com.mt/players/7/r1k  Why are we developing this database? For a few reasons. Mainly, we would like to educate everyone regarding the legacy of competitive gaming in Malta through the hundreds of names that have interacted with us. Other reasons include facilitating team formation, especially for the ongoing Battalion 1944 buzz - any curious potential competitors may browse through the list of talent to perhaps locate teammates.  This is made easier by the fact that player and team history are also available to view. Such a feature leads us into another function - to decorate veteran players with their well-deserved achievements in proper fashion, having somewhere to store the past events and competition.  As we move forward into 2018, we'll only be making more attempts to satisfy our ongoing mission to raise the bar locally. We hope that you enjoy the new features and make good use of them.  Feel free to lend some feedback in the comment section!

Esports Events to Watch This Weekend - 18-20th May

The week's over - time for the weekend. This past week, we've been proud to share information of Maltese competitors competing on an international level, and one of those events will be featured down below. As always, remember to make the most of the experience through the services of TimetoEat; offering quick and hot meals to your door step unless you'd like it cold that is.  CWL Pro League Stage 2 - Division A  After the ongoing month of intense rostermania, with the most awaited roster change in COD esports history, everyone's on the edge of their seat to observe the competition return again. The best teams in the scene have all undergone changes, with the like of Optic Gaming and Luminosity looking absolutely threatening. However, this week the Pro League Stage 2 begins with Division A - half the teams will be competing, such as Team Kaliber, FaZe Clan, Red Reserve and Evil Geniuses fighting to qualify for the playoff stage, where $700,000 will be on the line. The event will also be more experience for the new casting talent in "Nameless". Starting from 15th May, the competition will continue up until the 29th May.  FIFA eCLUB World Cup 2018 As we hinted at in our earlier article regarding Kurt Aquilina's ongoing FIFA career, which you can view here: https://www.gamers.com.mt/news/770/kurt-fenech-competing-at-the-50-000-fifa-eclub-world-cup, the FIFA eCLUB World Cup is an event you cannot miss if you're a FIFA enthusiast. $50,000 of prize pool is on the line for all of the 32 representatives from the 16 different international clubs involved. Of course, there'll be Kurt Aquilina representing Mikers on the Xbox - we're sure he'll go far. Tune in using this link: https://www.fifa.com/fifaeworldcup/, to watch it live up until the 19th May. All the action will be going down in the heart of France in Paris.  We'll leave it at two events this week. Remember to make the most of the events through TimetoEat, through the use of cellular connection or through their designated application for mobile. Happy weekend to all!

Kurt Fenech Competing at the $50,000 FIFA eClub World Cup!

Following last week's piece of news regarding a group of Maltese competitive Tekken players taking part in an international event, we're delighted to reveal more Maltese talent fighting on a global scale. Kurt "kurt0411" Fenech, the prolific FIFA competitor, is headed to the FIFA eClub World Cup to compete for the majority of a $50,000 prize pool. Let's learn more.  All the action will be going down this weekend, from May 19th to May 20th at the AMP Studios in the heart of France - Paris. A total of 16 professional eSports football clubs will be participating after a well-deserved spot through qualification. Each team has a representative competing on each console. Duly noted is the fact that Kurt will be representing the club Mikers together with "IcePrinsipe"; he's been under the name for roughly a month now.  He'll be competing against clubs such as UNILAD, Team Envy, Lightning Pandas and PSG Esports - the very best FIFA players from all over the world. Yet, knowing Kurt, he isn't afraid at all and cannot wait to delve deep into the brackets and looks to make a name for himself. Here's what he shared on Twitter: "The regular season is over where kids triumphed. Now it’s the business end..it’s the playoffs. Men turn up, champions up it up a gear but an alien will take over." I'm guessing that he'll be the alien in this situation. Many comments ask him to 'back up' the confidence through a solid performance, following a lacklustre one at Manchester.  Following the Club World Cup - only a week after, he's got the International Playoffs to think about! Those will be prioritized.  We're sure that Kurt will do his utmost at the event - he's already left for France this week in advance. The event will be streamed here https://www.fifa.com/fifaeworldcup/ when the event is live. We'll also be reminding you of it with this week's edition of 'Esports Events to Watch in the Weekend'. Below is the full list of teams. 

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