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Esports Events to Watch This Weekend - 6-8th April

Another week of work draws to an end, finally, and it's time to enjoy your favourite esports with some events taking place this weekend. So lay back, order some food with the least amount of effort possible thanks to Time to Eat and check out this short list we have below of events that we recommend to check out while you're laid back.    Overwatch League Stage 3 - Week 1 Catch up on the rest of the third week of the exciting Overwatch League with a total of 6 high-stake matchups to conclude over the 6th and 7th of April, with the below matches:  Los Angeles Gladiators vs. Dallas Fuel Los Angeles Valiant vs. Shanghai Dragons Seoul Dynasty vs. San Francisco Shock Florida Mayhem vs. Philadelphia Fusion Houston Outlaws vs. Boston Uprising New York Excelsior vs. London Spitfire Definitely some games you cannot miss if Overwatch is your favourite esport.    Call of Duty Pro League Stage 1 Playoffs After last weekend's action at CWL Birmingham, the best 8 teams in Call of Duty have qaulified in order to compete at Colombus for a total of $500,000 and the right to claim dominance over the scene. The scene has never been as competitive as it is now and we even covered the event in-depth right here: http://www.gamers.com.mt/news/739/the-cwl-pro-league-stage-one-playoffs-prologue. Not the most amount of matches but they will simply be the highest quality of Call of Duty available.    Dota 2 Asia Championship 2018 Concludes Dota 2's Perfect World event, the first one of the year, which has been going on since March 30th, will draw to a conclusion this weekend on April 7th. This Major tournament has captivated the community and it's definitely worth a watch if you look forward to getting better at Dota 2 in the future.  Don't forget to enjoy the mentioned events with an immediate service from Time to Eat. That's the only way to watch these events properly. Following our new sponsorship with Time to Eat, you can all look forward to this weekly update from now on!

The CWL Pro League Stage One Playoffs Prologue

After a week of going over CWL Birmingham which occurred last weekend, it seems that the Call of Duty community cannot have enough at the moment. A few key observations  from the event were the  new-born Splyce, a fumbling Rise Nation, an incredible crowd and a weakened FaZe Clan. Many of the teams who took part in the European event have made their way back to Colombus, where the eight best teams in the world will take part in Playoffs to compete for $500,000 and the pride of being the best in the world.  Of course, this is not a normal Open event as there is no Open Bracket or any form of access other than qualifying through the Pro League. The most notable teams which didn't make the cut are probably Evil Geniuses and Splyce - it would have been exciting to see Splyce continue on their form from Birmingham. The event begins straight away with the Winners Bracket - not many games will be played though it's still spread over the entire weekend. Below are the matchups for Day 1.  The match-ups were drawn depending on the team's position at the end of the Pro League, with the 1st seed benefitting from placing against a lower placed team. All of these games have so much room for discussion. We'll use these games to discuss the teams.  First off, I cannot wait for Rise Nation vs eUnited; last time this occurred TJHaly was buried alive by an unholy turn-on from the ruthless Clayster to close out the series on SnD. The veteran was fired up and it was due to losses like these that made Rise Nation fail to keep their No. 1 position in CoD at the moment last weekend. Going back into this, it's sure to say that TJHaly wants blood, seeking vengeance. However, if eUnited play like they did last weekend, the event could start with quite a shocking result indeed. Rise Nation is still one of the favourites to win, of course, but it's possible that they lose to a team that they have done so before. eUnited remain underdogs for the event on the whole, though they can really pick it up with a little bit of hype. Luminosity and Red Reserve is another interesting one, though it's a bit far-fetched to say that Red Reserve will take this one. Luminosity Gaming has looked dominant recently as they put up a clinic in Europe last weekend to win the whole event, while Red Reserve packed their bags into Losers Round 2, barely keeping up with expectations. At one point this year, Red Reserve was the 2nd best team in the scene, though if they play like last weekend, this early matchup is looking dim for them. Of course, Red Reserve is no stranger to the Losers' Bracket and often prevail here. Luminosity Gaming will be looking to retain their dominance and win the whole thing.  It's always great to see the E-Classico waiting to be played out in the Winners Bracket - Optic vs Envy looks to be tight. Both the teams have been rather inconsistent lately with the Greenwall carrying out a role switch very recently and just before Birmingham while Team Envy seems to be too dependant on the hard-carry that is Slasher. If Optic Gaming have gotten enough practice with their new format, with which they won Champs last year, then I see them taking the series. Last weekend we already got glimpses of Scump and Formal returning to form as the best in their class while Crimsix remains dominant as ever - not having won an event all year yet, this is where Optic Gaming need to show up. However, if Team Envy's Classic and Temp decide to help out their teammates a little bit more than this will be simply too close to call.  Last weekend, both TK and Faze were kicked out on the back of losses to Open Bracket teams. Overall, the two are cases of disappointment. TK remains haunted by the Maven curse as they struggle to get anywhere near the podium like they had earlier this year - will they finally wake up or are they doomed for the rest of the year?  Faze on the other hand, have been performing slightly better, with some average placement. They've got the potential, though this may forever remain potential unless they can get things done as a team. Recently, it was found out that Faze, one of the biggest names in Call of Duty, hasn't won a championship in around 400 days(AW). With this shocking news, Faze has a lot to do this coming event.  These Playoffs are to go exactly as planned - placing the very best 8 teams in the world in a huge venue and a large prize pool so that we can all find out who the best team in the world really is. With what's happened until now and what's to come, it's safe to say that this year of Call of Duty is probably going to be remembered as one of the most competitive years ever - and we're loving it. 

Area Academy Boot Camp At The Gamers Lounge

Our new Gamers Lounge in Birkirkara is simply an extension of our services as providers of LAN environments perfect for gamers of all platforms. Barely a month in, and it's safe to say that the new outlet is a great success with an amazing reception especially on opening week. Since then, we've had many teams come over for some practice and all sorts of activities - the most notable one which is ongoing is the boot camp which is being held by Area Academy for their CS: GO talent. Let's see what's going on.  Area Academy is a world leader in educational structures for esports. The business is based on heavy expertise in esports, education, community and social work. To carry out their services they require a comfortable, accessible, affordable and professional venue, which is why they've chosen to work at our Gamers Lounge at Birkirkara. The provided services are enjoyed by the youth attending the courses, as it is on youth that Area Academy loves to focus its work. After two days of work, with many more to come, the members have really started to break down their gameplay and strategies for CounterStrike: Global Offensive as well as going over rules and objectives for esports competition in general. During these courses, the academy isn't only just teaching about the subject title but about esports in general and how to succeed in the competition as well as the industry in general.  It's honestly quite an honour to have an international company, which shares in our objectives and goals in promoting esports on a local and international level, come to us and us our resources to carry out this aim on such a professional level. If you'd like to learn more about Area Academy and what they do for esports, check out their link here: https://www.areaacademy.nu/, which you'll have to translate from Swedish to understand. This is what The Gamers Lounge is for, learn more about booking and scheduling here: http://shop.gamers.com.mt/the-gamers-lounge

PUBG's New Map Revealed - Savage

After two solid maps, it seems that Bluehole is ready to release a third - a map which is rather different to the other two. Going with the name of 'Savage', the new map is said to be much smaller in terms of dimensions compared to the other two with a few other new ingredients. The knowledge we have up until now is quite limited, though upcoming testing periods will shed much more light as soon as next week. The testing period started this Monday through an invite-only basis, so it's probably that the small majority of viewers have had the chance to play it. This period will go on for 3 days up until 5th April, so check out your favourite content creators to get a first-hand peek. As of right now however, you may dance across the tropical island by gaining access to a beta key which gives the possibility to register. Head over to this site if you're interested: mapbeta.playbattlegrounds.com. Here's what the corporation had to say regarding the early access:  "At first, we are going to do a more limited test for Codename: Savage to make sure that nothing is too broken. Again, it’s a super early build, we hope you understand. The next test will be bigger! We’ll update you on Monday about how you can participate. Keep an eye on our social channels to maximize your chances of getting a key. We promised you that you would get a chance to try the new map very early on and we are delivering on that promise. We haven’t released content so early in its development since our alpha testing stage. We’re doing this because we want to start getting your feedback as soon as possible and drive the development in the right direction." Losing some followers to the popular Fortnite, a smaller map will definitely force more gunfights and host close-quarters combat. This map is acting as the milestone of a year since PUBG was initially released to the public in early access.  Keep your eyes peeled for more information. 

LG Deny the Crowd at CWL Birmingham 2018

CWL Birmingham was always going to be an insane event - the first time international Call of Duty has centered onto Europe in quite some time excluding the invitationals often held in Paris. This event is only part of the flurry of competitive Call of Duty which is due in these two weeks as the upcoming Pro League Stage 1 Playoffs occur. With so many story lines crashing into one another, and 'the greatest crowd at a CoD event', the grand final between LG and Splyce was a sight to behold.  Prior to the grand final, both of these teams went on a phenomenal journey against the toughest competition in the game. The two of them advanced into the Winners' Bracket from Pool Play and won their first round; Splyce ruining FaZe in a game 5 and LG sweeping the forgotten team of TK off of the floor. The European Snake would soon progress to match-up against the fears Rise Nation, the current favourites of the competition who make quick work of the Europeans with a 3-0 sweep; Splyce would have their revenge. First, though, they had some cleaning up to do. Team Reckless, a surprising roster which took TK and Team Envy down, would meet a subtle end to prepare for the next game against Optic Gaming. Still under new control through roles, Optic was less practiced than they should be - perfect for Splyce. Another exciting game 5 dragged on where Optic choked and Splyce played out of this world.  It was here that the European fans began to give Splyce the momentum. They became a changed team; making some unbelievable plays with all 4 of them simply beaming. In the Winners' Bracket, a major upset sees Rise Nation descend into the Losers' Bracket. The favourites were then absolutely destroyed by Splyce, against all the odds and numbers, with 3-0 sweeping to leave their heads shaking. "Let's Go Splyce" and "Shut Up Maven" chants dominated the crowd the whole evening.  The grand final was ready - could Splyce be the first European team to win an international CoD event in Europe? Through the first best-of-five, it sure looked like that thanks to unbelievable Hardpoint performances from Splyce and an incredible Capture the Flag. The crowd was losing their minds by the first series, while the Splyce team was noticeably calm, including "Tommey", MadCat", "Jurd" and "Bance". However, in the second series things changed. LG managed to pull back the first Hardpoint, meaning that Splyce had to win the Game 4 SnD to advance. Sadly, since all the crowd was behind them, Splyce didn't manage to clutch up and LG went on to win the event.  LG was the perfect team at CWL Birmingham, thanks to an immense variety of strengths to the point of no weaknesses and enough talent to dominate individually. The boys of Splyce blew expectations out of the water, with most gossiping on the fact that a roster change may be required after relegation in from the Pro League.  This is only a prelude to the Playoffs of the Pro League this weekend, with almost three times the prize, expect the competition to bump up. We'll definitely be covering it. 

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Battle Royale in 2018 - Fortnite or PUBG?

Last year, on March 19, PUBG was released worldwide and redefined the Battle Royale genre. Quickly, the title gained a tremendous amount of support through Twitch, Youtube, Social Media and funds, breaking quite a few records. It's safe to say that PUBG dominated 2017 in many aspects; it was something new, exciting and challenging which everyone was having a go at. However, this genre wouldn't remain unchallenged for long as Fortnite crawled into the scene along with 2018. Since then, PUBG has declined and Fortnite: Battle Royale has been thriving. Here's my take on the situation.  First of all, we need to clear things up. Those who enjoy Fortnite do not necessarily despise PUBG and vice-versa; as many are those who have tried to create a sort of feud between the two titles. Yes, they are similar, but far from the same game. A comparison like this reminds me of many comparisons between Battlefield and Call of Duty. PUBG is the battle royale for the serious competitors, competing against others on the PC platforms in a realistic environment with gore and vehicles. Fornite on the other hand, is the battle royale for the less serious gamers, having a more arcade-like feel with a different reality which I wouldn't describe as childish; available to all gamers on all platforms. Verticality, wacky guns, dances and trending ideas are what make Fortnite unique. Wins here will be a little easier, undoubtedly, as the game is available to more gamers, meaning that more youngsters and less skilled players will be playing. Fortnite and PUBG satisfy two different sets of niche within the gaming industry, though when one looks at the current statistics, they are not as you would expect.  Fortnite: Battle Royale was developed in just two months, and it seems to be blowing PUBG out of the water in terms of statistics. Shockingly, the free-to-play title is making more money than PUBG, which sells for $30 a piece. Last year, PUBG sold over 30 million copies but has made less money during February. Fortnite's funds all derive from in-game purchases, which the community is definitely on-board with. The month of February has also seen Fortnite break multiple Twitch records and surpass PUBG, with a recent record having over 1 million concurrent viewers over on one single Fortnite stream! Take a look at the graph below.      The numbers have Fortnite sitting at 14 million unique Twitch viewers while PUBG sits at almost half of that with 8.7 million. These games have been pivotal to Twitch's success in the past months, as other platforms such as Facebook and Youtube struggle to keep up. I'm sure that many content creators who used to play PUBG are currently playing Fortnite. Many content creators across YouTube especially are making their transition and trying to benefit from the recent attention.  Why is Fortnite the top Battle Royale at the moment? It's simple really. Being free-to-play on all platforms, including mobile, makes the title incredibly attractive to play for all ages just because it's free. On console, one doesn't require the online subscriptions to enjoy the online mode which is huge. Cross-platform gameplay, which is still under development, makes the player base huge and interconnected with one another. The in-game purchases are extremely attractive to many gamers who'd usually spend at least $30 to enjoy a similar game. The contemporary coverage, on-going updates and coverage of social media trends is what makes Fortnite a thriving game. PUBG is at a low-point at the moment, but this doesn't mean it cannot come back. It needs to get something going, something huge, in order to retain its crown as the King of Battle Royale. Although they've just created a mobile game themselves, recent reports of lobbies filled with bots have been quite detrimental to the title's name, as I personally deleted it after a game of not being shot at. The two games are not in direct competition with one another, but they certainly have an effect on the other's performance.  How long will Fortnite keep this up? If EpicGames continues to push new content and game modes, such as the 5-teams of 20 or the sniper modes, for content creators and consumers to enjoy, then this game can keep going further. Continuous innovation is what EpicGames need to keep the rollercoaster riding higher, just like they have been doing for the past few months. Also, the social aspect of Fortnite just seems to better as the title is less serious so there's more fun to be had in general.  Conclusion It's difficult to compare PUBG and Fortnite in terms of gameplay. What I've done is used recent numbers to comment about the titles' performances at the moment. Neither is better than the other as they are two different games for two different audiences, which tend to overlap in certain areas - it's this demographic which are swapping between the two. Personally, I enjoy the two of them, with the little time I've played of each but overall I'm content at one common point which the games are tackling. Thanks to their efforts, mobile gaming will probably change in 2018. Hopefully, more developers will invest in the mobile gaming industry to port their AAA titles over - this is a possibility which I'm really excited for.  Also, both titles are new possibilities for battle royale to grow as a competitive genre in general, with PUBG already starting out with some Major events. Fortnite is yet to tread here.  We're sure that most of you in the audience is enthusiastic about these titles. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

EvH Reveal Their Roster for Battalion 1944 - Contenders

With the MRO: Battalion Open on the brink of starting, more local teams are publically revealing their rosters, as seen with Paradigm6 and Project Eversrio for example. As it is our continuous mission to keep you all up to date regarding local esports, we're excited to share the news of EvH's official roster for the year of Battalion 1944. Already having a dominance in the local LoL scene, could Battalion 1944 be next? Through social media, namely Facebook, the organization proudly announced the following roster: for their first team Mike "z4mbu" Saliba Massimo "H1tman" Fabri  Glenn "smoKeyY" Tanti  Philip "x1tan" Bonnici Ryan "RDZjH" Camilleri  In the post, they also listed Georg "Asphyx" Farrugia as a reserve player who will step in should he be required to. How do we rate EvH's "reentry into the local competitive FPS scene" after Overwatch crumbled? The roster looks incredibly promising, with an awaited strong chemistry between the players, some of which were from the original Overwatch squad, while others have been pulled from other sectors of the esports organization. Depending on how much time they've spent practicing and the in-game knowledge they've gathered, this team will definitely be contending for a podium finish in the upcoming event.  In the pools, which we revealed here: http://www.gamers.com.mt/news/728/pools-for-the-mro-battalion-1944-open-finalised, EvH can be seen to be alongside Project Eversio. It's this match-up which will occur twice in the double round robin which will ultimately decide who will finish at the top and who'll take second place. That is, of course, unless Anoxia or dOUBTFUL Gaming pull something out of their sleeve. A small reminder that the Open begins with its online debut next week on the 26th of March, with some great games which will be broadcasted live for all of you to enjoy.  The MRO: Battalion 1944 Open is the first event for Battalion 1944 in Malta - anything could happen and EvH is a likely contender with this roster.

Gamers.com.mt Partnering with Merchandise Malta!

One of our many plans for this year, as a company, was to continue expanding and building through partnerships with other companies. Only 3 months in, we're delighted to announce a partnership with Merchandise Malta! Many popular identities in the world of social media today all have their own online stores in through which fans can properly show their admiration visibly for all around them to see - for the Maltese, there's nowhere else to go.  Merchandise Malta is a self-explanatory company name, just like ours is. As you may assume, they are the top name when it comes to dispersing and producing high-quality merchandise at a quick rate - the only name to consider when professionally creating merchandise. Their range of potential products range from drinkware, clothesware, officeware to a diverse array of accessories - Merchandise Malta is always looking out to innovate. They work with many local companies such as Deloitte and Tipico among a long list of others. Visiting their website at www.merchandisemalta.com.mt/, they offer a short summary of their services:  "The Merchandise Malta team works round the clock in order to provide all types of clients with the best products, at the best prices, in the least time possible. The company supplies thousands of different merchandise products that can be branded according to the clients’ needs. From merchandise to wristbands, branded gifts, printed work wear, to large format printing, Merchandise Malta has got all the right means for your every need, company, or event!”  Following this one-year partnership agreement, you can expect us, Gamers.com.mt, to use the extra support to grow our prize pools and as always, increase the quality of our events. We're excited to be collaborating with such a company, which has affiliations everywhere on the island; it should lead to an even brighter year.  Gamers.com.mt is thrilled to be partnering with Merchandise Malta. 

Rueben 'Randu' Grech Interviewed - The Next Maltese Gamer To Turn Pro?

Rueben "Randu" Grech has always been on our radar as an example of a Maltese gamer who took his passion to the next level. Constantly on the grind and working hard for his achievements, he's growing steadily as a force to be reckoned with in the international Call of Duty scene. Finally, we've had the chance to interview him as a follow-up to the article we published a few days ago regarding his recent performance. Enjoy! 1.) We'll start with a small introduction. Describe your career as a Call of Duty player locally and internationally.  I have competed with Maltese players for the majority of my career and attended two local LANs hosted by Gamers.com.mt and won them both. During Infinite Warfare, I was offered a contract from a foreign team to sign with them for the rest of Infinite Warfare’s season. That meant that I had to leave my Maltese team and play with a foreign team for the first time. It was a very hard decision to make because I was very close to my Maltese team and had an amazing Maltese organization, which was Ephica Esports at that time. Since my Maltese team wasn’t over 18, I decided to take this opportunity to attend two Major events. CWL Sheffield $25,000 and CWL Birmingham $50,000. This year, the system is very different because it's based heavily on CWL National Circuits, which are online for the European scene. 2.) The past three years have been saturated with futuristic "jet-pack" entries into the franchise with enhanced movement. What was your experience in these versions of Call of Duty and how do they compare to COD: WWII? Do you think we need to get back on the ground? Call of Duty desperately needed to get back on the ground because the CoD community prefers boots on the ground. Personally, I also prefer boots on the ground as it's simpler and allows for more intelligent plays. At the moment, my best experience is on Infinite Warfare which is a jetpack game but I feel more confident on WWII then Infinite Warfare. Rueben on the left with his previous team #OneHash 3.) As of right now, Rueben finds himself in the middle of an Italian National League with his new team, Trifecta. How highly do you rate your teams and its dynamic? Until now, how is the league going and what are your expectations? I managed to qualify for the Italian National League which was very hard to do so because I was one of the few players who got picked from many other players in Europe. We are a pretty good team when all of us are playing at our best, our expectation is to make top 4 to qualify for playoffs. We are currently sitting at  1W/2L and placed 6th place in the league, which is not as bad as it seems as we lost to two of the top teams in the league. We are still in the chance to qualify for playoffs. 4.) Speaking of Trifecta, earlier in the year you had signed with Project Eversio's line-up only to leave shortly after. For those who aren't reading your Twitter, what wasn't working on the squad to lead to a quick exit? I was teaming with 'Zwa', 'Dexx' and 'Vision'. We were a great team with high potential but unfortunately, we weren’t playing enough as a team due to work/ school schedules and I didn’t feel they were dedicated enough. Project Eversio is a very good organisation; it's a shame we had to part ways so quickly.  5.) Competing and winning the Stage 2 CWL National League of Italy gives Rueben the opportunity to play for $200,00 at Majors, such as the upcoming CWL Seattle event. What are your prospects and goals for the year of Call of Duty to come? My main goal for this year is to compete at a CWL major event in America, winning stage 2 will help me coplete my goal. If I do not win stage 2, I simply try again in stage 3 if I qualify. 6.) Goals often come alongside a plan. How do you plan to achieve these goals? My goal at the moment is to qualify for Stage 2 playoffs of the National League of Italy. My plan is to practice as much as I can with the team to fix our mistakes and get better to win our upcoming matches of the league to place top 4. 7.) Rueben is also the only Maltese Call of Duty player who is competing at a high enough level to go international and chase his aspirations. With sponsors and others behind your back, what's the difference between international and local competition in terms of esports? I have competed in two major events on Call of Duty and two local events. Having placed T28 and T32 in major events and winning both local events. I think the talent here in Malta is there but the dedication is not. I am 100% sure that if I have a Maltese team in the upcoming game with the same skill level and dedication, we can place at least T20 in Europe.   Rueben in the middle holding The MCS#2 Tournament Trophy 8.) Black Ops 4 was announced recently; what are your plans for the new title and would you be considering creating an all Maltese team? Black Ops titles are always the best, in my opinion, I am very excited for it to be released in October. For Black Ops 4, I am interested in trying to play in a Maltese team again if I see there is potential. Playing with Maltese players is much better because communication in Call of Duty is very important to win, like all FPS titles. 9.) Our final question will act as advice for fellow Call of Duty enthusiasts on the island. How does one go international? My advice for the local Call of Duty enthusiasts is if you enjoy competing, always start locally. Create a team with your friend/s, start competing and practice as a team for the next local LAN. Competing on gamebattles.com is very useful, I started off playing 2v2 with my friend on Gamebattles. Create a Twitter account because Twitter is much more used for gaming rather than Facebook. If anyone needs any help, contact me on my Twitter account. Rueben's Twitter: https://twitter.com/Randu97 Rueben's Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCPA8X--mFT9Mdyp5KzvukQ Randu was incredibly enthusiastic and eager to carry out the interview; even while he's in the middle of a competition. Gamers.com.mt is excited for his future and he can't wait to see him continue on his international journey. 

Pools for The MRO Battalion 1944 Open Finalised

With the offline portion of the MRO Battalion 1944: Open just over a month away, the groups for the online Group Stage have indeed been finalized. Consisting of 8 of the best local rosters and organizations, it's quite uncanny to predict who'll come out on top. Let's learn more about the groups and the scheduling below.  Starting with Group A, the teams involved are:  Project Eversio EvH Anoxia dOUBTFUL Gaming Stiff competition. EvH is returning from last year's MRO Overwatch: Open as returning champions, but this game is far from similar, though they have many players from that same event here again. It's all about the mentality. That's not to say that Project Eversio won't be a threat either, with a newly formed roster filled with veteran experience and hunger to compete, which we broke down here: http://www.gamers.com.mt/news/725/project-eversio-s-battalion-1944-roster-watch-out. We haven't covered much about the other two rosters of Anoxia and dOUBTFUL Gaming, but there' no doubt in saying that they want to win just as bad as everybody else; keep a close eye on this group.  Group B consists of 4 more teams: Paradigm6 Ephica Anarchy  Delixx This group is what everyone's been waiting for; tossing the rivals of Paradigm6 and Ephica into a single cage for them to fight it out. As they finished the revisited year of COD2 at a victory each, the community has been eagerly waiting to see who will come out on top - all this discussed here: http://www.gamers.com.mt/news/661/ephica-or-paradigm6-the-dilemma-of-cod2. Keep your schedule way clear for the streamed games between these two; they should be incredibly fierce. Of course, this tough rivalry does put Anarchy and Delixx in a tough spot for the top two positions. However, this is still a new title, we cannot assume who is better until the game is played for the first time.  Speaking fo time, we indeed have a bursting schedule for the broadcasting which we recommend you check out over at this page: http://www.gamers.com.mt/tournament/116/stage/2/group-stage. All the action kicks off next week!

Reuben Grech Qualifies for the Italian National League

This year, Activision decided to expand on Call of Duty eSports, especially when it comes to providing even more competition for everyone to enjoy. Hence, they've decided to create National Circuits for 8 different regions; anyone can participate except for the top 5 teams in the continent which in Europe's case are Splyce, Red Reserve, Unilad, Vitality and Epsilon.These regions include Great Britain, France and Belgium, Germany and Holland, Spain and Portugal, Italy and a few others outside of Europe. It's this Italian circuit which concerns us, as Reuben Grech and his new team have qualified for the Italian League together with the 7 other best teams in Italy. Let's see how he's doing.  Indeed, this is Stage 2, with Stage 1 drawing to an end roughly 2 weeks ago - Reuben hadn't qualified for that Stage. Of course, this one's a little different as Trifecta, his team, has managed to pull through. The roster consists of "Dom1z", "BraneeY", "Gialli" and "Randu" himself. At the moment, they find themselves knee-deep in the action of the round robin. They've played 3 of their 8 matches, having lost 2 and winning 1 - they're currently 6th in the league. However, things are far from dire, with so much Call of Duty being left to play. Last night, 16th March, I watched firsthand as the matchup was streamed. Building up to their first win, "Randu" was playing impressively, being a key part of his team's success. A furious string of kills in the hardpoint of London Docks gave him the Bronze Medal of the game. You can view his first-person perspective in his Youtube video which he uploaded to his own Youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttQPIx7-9SM&feature=youtu.be Although there are just $1,000 on the line for first place, the prize brings along an opportunity to enter one of the major LANs occurring this year, giving players spotlight and interactions with the best of the best. CWL Seattle, the next event coming up, will most likely be the winner's opportunity to get involved - with $250,000 on the line! We're sure that Reuben will do his very best, and if he doesn't succeed, he'll simply try again.  It's something special to see a Maltese flag amongst all of the others. We'll be interviewing him momentarily regarding his thoughts on his situation and his future. It's an interview you're not going to want to miss!

Potentially the Largest Esports Stadium in the USA - Arlington Site

Sports stadiums are of huge proportions - whether it's football, ice hockey, basketball, the viewing experience live is simply incredible. With esports rising up as a prominent sport, the industry is continually moving away from conventional arenas to stadiums dedicated to hosting esports competition. As of right now, an exciting opportunity awaits American citizens, with a new site all the way in Arlington, which is planned to house the largest esports stadium in the whole country, being one of the largest in the entire world. Here's what you should know.  100,000 square feet is a lot of space. To put it into comparison, this would be 1 fortieth the size of The Vatican City, and it's plenty of space to build a flexible and illustrious esports stadium. This will most likely be one of the key attractions in the upcoming Arlington’s world-class Entertainment District which will release upon completion of construction. We'll be including schematic photographs in the thumbnail and below.  The Senior Principle of Construction, Brian Mirakian, had this to say:  "This esports stadium will transform the Arlington Convention Center and position the city as the epicenter for esports in the heart of North America. Esports fans will encounter a live experience unlike any other, by way of space for up to 1,000 spectators, VIP amenities, and year-round event potential.” The stadium will be managed by NGAGE esports, a leader within the marketing share of the industry. With the esports industry to value itself at around $1.5 billion by 2020, the stadium will harbour in fans from across the whole world and will utilize some impressive new technology to ensure the greatest viewing experience. To add to this, the centre will only be 10 minutes away from the Arlington University Campus! Students here already enjoy an interactive gaming community and they're all keen to take part in events. I'd do anything to get into that university. Here's what the President of the University had to say: “We are proud of our students and pleased that they will be able to share in the events and competitions that will take place in this world-class facility just 10 minutes from campus. I’m grateful for the wonderful collaboration that exists between UT Arlington, the city, and our community and look forward to another wonderful partnership that will keep Arlington and the metroplex at the forefront of this new exciting enterprise.” The area will be decked out with a major competition event space, gaming areas alongside retail and social spaces.  There will also be VIP hospitality, a broadcast studio and team training area for those warming their shot before the event. 

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