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: 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 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: 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: 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. 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. 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. 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: 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, 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. 

PUBG at The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017

PUBG; a game which has managed to dominate viewership and player counts prior to being officially released. A game which we've covered in a few articles due to its bizarre statistics. A game which will be featured in The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017! The team at has, quite obviously, an excellent understanding in trends in the competitive gaming industry. We knew going into this event, that PUBG would be an incredible opportunity which many local players are dying to compete in. After a few sleepless nights, endless planning and a lot of determination we pulled through to have the title's own tournaments. This will be the first ever PUBG tournament on Maltese soil. Without a doubt, many look to participate in the hottest game of the year.  Apart from the individual game itself, it's also the first battle royale game to be involved in Maltese esports. Of course, for the minority who haven't heard of the game or the genre, it revolves around an arena in which players are put in to survive. The arena becomes smaller, player numbers drop and eventually, a steaming chicken dinner is claimed by the final survivor. In the event, much more thn a simple meal will await the champions.The scene is extremely fresh, with no certain front-runners or underdogs.  Regarding participation and formats; the specifics are still falling into place. We look to have tournaments for teams/individuals and casuals. We're doing our best to make sure that everyone will be able to join the party, even those who will be participanting in the competitive tournaments! If you're really interested, it's imperative that you check our news feed daily. You could also follow us on Facebook, where we post all news in the midst of some other great content. With every announcement, The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017 is getting better and better. What better way to kick off the weekend than by announcing the inclusion of PUBG?  As always, tell us what you think in the comment section below and if maybe even share the post with your friends!

Overwatch at The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017

We're keen to announce another first-person shooter for The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017. Released only last year, revolutionising the genre as we know it, Overwatch will be part of the most awaited esports event of the calendar year on the Maltese Islands.  Ever since its recent publish date, the community collaborated to push forward initiatives for competitive tournaments across the world. In absolutely no time at all, the bright colours and wild imagination that is Overwatch, the competitive scene grew exponentially. So much so, that soon enough the whole world will witness the Overwatch World Cup. For now we remain frozen in anticipation. has recognised the title's potential which is why we've included it in prior events. Many will easily recall the MRO Overwatch Open we held a while back; it was a fantastic event.  This year, we're looking to replicate this outcome by including it for the upcoming festival. The local community has patiently waited for another chance to battle it out in Overwatch, and we look forward to finding out who'll take home the victory. With Project Eversio just announcing their departure from the scene, this opens a welcoming space for a new team. Unless we see them playing again after reading this news? Third place is obviously highly contested, but will anybody touch EvH and Paradigm6 if they show up? We doubt EvH will give up their spot willingly.  Having a multi-million dollar league, Overwatch is a heavy-weight in esports. Our mission at is to bring high-quality international competition to our little island; which is exactly what we'll be doing at the GO Malta eSports Festival later on this year.  Tell us what you think about our decision to include Overwatch in the comments section below.  Help us make this the best event possible. 

FIFA 18 at The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017!

Released on September 29th, only a few days ago, the most prolific sport-simulator franchise was greeted with an update in the form of FIFA 18. Including it in the upcoming GO Malta eSports Festival 2017, was an absolute no-brainer.  Being a vital part of our console line-up, the football simulator, with its revamped graphics and performance, will allow for a champion to arise. Teams may have changed along with some minute edits, but we're always glad to see familiar faces with each release of the title. Of course, this goes hand-in-hand with the fact that new faces, whether casually or competitively, always find themselves behind a controller. Due to the fresh release of the game, players will still be hunting for new methods and styles to exercies, which will make for an interesting viewing experience.  This will officially be our first event to include FIFA 18, so whoever wins truly establishes themselves as the best player on the island. We couldn't be more excited to crown the first FIFA 18 champion, as he or she battle through everyone else. In addition, we're also one of the first organisers to include the game in all of Europe. Competition is going to be very tight.  Make sure your passing's true and that you're defence is unbreakable; grab a copy of the game now if you want any chance to go for gold. For those who are less determined, you could give the FIFA 18 demo a try on console playstores.  As always, keep an eye out for other games, perhaps including other modern titles. For now, the rest of the list will remain unknown.

Call of Duty 2 at the GO Malta eSports Festival 2017!

To say that featuring Call of Duty 2 in our Malta Cyber Series #3 event was a succes is a severe understatement. So much so that it was the heart of the action, uniting the Maltese esports community like never before. At, we couldn't resist including the shooter in the largest event of the year. Of course, we're referring to The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017.  What really made the game succesful at the past event was the merging of old and young, seasoned veterans who competed at game's peak and fresh faces making a start in FPS esports. This also makes way for extremely viscious match-ups, as the youth boldly attempt to push aside the old-timers while the professionals tried to maintain their legacy. A healthy mix of both is what we expect for the festival, but this time, newer players will have more experience and time under their belt to win it all.  Obviously, this may not be the most trending game at the moment, far from it. Yet, it will highlight one of the aspects of the festival itself, that of celebration and unity. Anyway, the local scene still remains riddled with questions: are Paradigm6 truly untouchable? Can Ephica relive its famous history? How will dOUBTFUL return after falling at the grand final?  The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017 will prove to be the answer to all of these, being the rematch many teams have been itching for since the previous tournament. We can't wait to find out who will be deemed the best Call of Duty 2 team of the year!

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