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Artificial Intelligence Competing at The International 8 - What?

This is definitely a first in esports history; a follow-up to what occurred at The International 7 last year, where the event held 1-vs-1 battles between AI and the best Dota 2 player in the world. Back then, the results were rather ugly, as the AI crushed the players. This year, for The International 8, they are dialing things up by preparing a full five man Dota 2 team which is fully AI to go against the best Dota 2 players in the world. This is definitely one for the history books.  The organization behind the instances in OpenAI, who have successfully developed AI for games such as Chess and Go, where the AI absorbs in-game information and learns to be as efficient as possible. After their first opportunity at last year's event, OpenAI has reportedly surged forward in their development process to allow the AI to easily swap between playstyles such as laning and farming - just like a human. They 5 AI team has managed to defeat a team of 5,500 MMR players; for those who know nothing of public competitive Dota 2, this is the top one percentile of all players in terms of skill level.  It's a staggering achievement, but facing a professional team is yet to be done. To get to this point, the team at OpenAI make use of supercompuiters, with a total of 128,000 CPU cores that lets the FIVE squad 900 years of experience overall each day, by competing against itself non-stop and watching the footage. These statistics come from the team directly., you can check out their website here: https://blog.openai.com/openai-five/. I recommend you check it out to truly understand the complexity of it all.   A known personality within the scene, Wiliam Blitz Lee the commentator, had this to say upon observing:  The teamwork aspect of the bot was just overwhelming. It feels like five selfless players that know a good general strategy. This may prove to be positive or negative development in the future, but for now, all we can do is relish in the technological advancement and see if the human team at TI8 can take them. The International 8 will try to continue the tradition of breaking the record for esports prize pools, and is the perfect stage for technological breakthrough. 

Part 2 - The Minor Tournaments and Casual Players at the MCS #4

Recently we revealed the Major Tournaments to be featured at the Malta Cyber Series #4; including the games of League of Legends, Battalion 1944 and CS:GO. Of course, a percentage of local competitors are invested in other titles - that's why we announced the first part of the Minor Tournaments that will be featured during the 3 day event namely Rocket League, Hearthstone, DOTA 2 and Rainbow 6. Although they've got lesser stakes, they act as the trial grounds for new games and areas for smaller scenes to enjoy. Let's see what other titles we have in store. The end of 2017 and 2018, in terms of gaming, have been marked by the immense popularity of the Battle Royale Genre, perhaps to the point of excess. First came PUBG, with its incredible appeal to the public, which was then overshadowed by Fortnite in concerns to public affinity. To say that these titles are huge at the moment is quite the understatement. It's for this reason, that Gamers.com.mt is proud to reveal the featuring of PUBG and Fortnite at the Malta Cyber Series #4.  Both titles are still starting out on the international esports spectrum. PUBG has already had a few tournaments both internationally and locally, with many scheduled for this year. Last year, Malta witnessed the first PUBG LAN tournament at The GO Malta Esports Festival 2017 which we organized last year where PUBG has received quite the number of updates since.  What about Fortnite? There's no need to introduce this little game, as it's breached the internet like a plague all over social media, content websites and the news - leading to the foolish diagnosis of gaming addiction as a mental disease. Of course, we'd like to refer to the positive side of the title; being its immense replayability, ease of access and social atmosphere; everyone's played Fortnite. For 2018, Epic Games has revealed a budget of $100,000,000 for esports tournaments - which is incredible. Locally, the MCS #4 will be the first instance of Fortnite competition - we find out who the best player is in Malta! Should the tournament succeed as we expect it to, we'll look forward to including Fortnite in future events.  Minor Tournaments Tickets Early Bird Tickets at €26 will be sold till the 29th of June or until the first 15 tickets are sold.  Final Batch Tickets at €31 will be sold from 30th of June until all tickets are sold. Purchasing a single ticket provides you entitlement to Minor Tournament Games. Note that a total of 100 tickets for both Major and Minor Games will be available for purchase and once sold the event will be Sold Out. After the outstanding turnout shown for Casual Tickets during The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017 were we literally sold 25 tickets during the first week we decided again to issue 15 tickets with the same concept. Gamers can come with their PC, Laptop or Console and spend 3 days gaming with their friends playing which ever games they like while enjoying a friendly LAN atmosphere. Casual Tickets Final Batch Tickets at €20 will be sold until all 15 tickets are sold. Purchasing a single ticket provides you entitlement to any Casual Games you prefer to play. Note that a total of 15 tickets will be available for purchase and once sold the event will be Sold Out. All the action will occur from the 27th to the 29th of July - from 1600 on Friday and concluding at 1900 on Sunday - when medals, trophies, and prizes will be awarded.  Still, haven't found your own tournament to get involved in? Are you looking for your own game? Don't worry, because we've more games left to reveal under the third tier of tournaments to be held at the Malta Cyber Series #4, which are sure to engage many of you! Stay tuned for more.  Early Bird Major Tournament Tickets can be purchased from The Gamers Lounge or Online from our website.

Duo Series: Fortnite Beta Tournament

As many of you know, or are bound to find out, Fortnite will be included in the Malta Cyber Series #4, and in order to ensure that it all runs smoothly we'll be hosting a "Test" tournament.  This trial tournament of sorts will be held at around 8pm next Friday, being the 29th of June - probably summertime for most of you, except for a certain content writer still doing his exams. The aim of the tournament is to test the Gamers.com.mt website for team creation and tournament hosting capabilities, while also gaining feedback and foreshadowing for the main event. The tournament should give us a general feedback fo the scene as we head into the main event. To spice things up we will be chipping in a €50 cash prize split between the winner and the runner-up! The format of the event will consist of duos, 2v2s, in the Battle Royale arena on the platforms of PC and PS4. All gameplay rules will be based on those of MLG to ensure a professional atmosphere.  That's everything basically; Duos Fortnite Tournament at 8 pm, hosted by yours truly on PC and PS4 platforms to recap. So, if you're interested in participating, grab a friend and let us know below.  With the nature of a trial tournament, the competition is the only reward on the line - an opportunity to practice ahead of the main event and to contribute to a smooth experience.  This event just keeps getting better and better.  Tournament Link https://www.gamers.com.mt/tournament/130/duo-series-fortnite-beta-tournament Discord Link https://discord.gg/PVBjCTv

Part 1 - The Minor Tournaments and Casual Players at the MCS #4

Recently we revealed the Major Tournaments to be featured at the Malta Cyber Series #4; including the games of League of Legends, Battalion 1944 and CS:GO. Of course, a percentage of local competitors are invested in other titles - that's where our Minor Tournaments come into play. Although they've got lesser stakes, they act as the trial grounds for new games and areas for smaller scenes to enjoy. Let's learn more.  These are the first 4 Minor Tournaments to get involved in; Rocket League, Hearthstone, DOTA 2 and Rainbow 6. The surprise is surely in Rainbow Six Siege - it being the first time we're including it in an event following the recent support of the community. We hope you make the most of it, as we'll be curious to see the response. Besides Rainbow 6, an incredibly strategic game, the other titles are rather familiar with the local scene; we expect nothing short of a great competition. Rocket League continues on its curious competitive journey through its easily understood mechanics while Hearthstone remains one of the greatest card games ever. DOTA 2 needs no introduction, as one of the world's most popular MOBAs although not so popular locally.   Apart from a different line-up of games, the Minor Tournaments also make use of a different ticketing system. Minor Tournaments Tickets Early Bird Tickets at €26 will be sold till the 29th of June or until the first 15 tickets are sold.  Final Batch Tickets at €31 will be sold from 30th of June until all tickets are sold. Purchasing a single ticket provides you entitlement to Minor Tournament Games. Note that a total of 100 tickets for both Major and Minor Games will be available for purchase and once sold the event will be Sold Out. After the outstanding turnout shown for Casual Tickets during The GO Malta eSports Festival 2017 were we literally sold 25 tickets during the first week we decided again to issue 15 tickets with the same concept. Gamers can come with their PC, Laptop or Console and spend 3 days gaming with their friends playing which ever games they like while enjoying a friendly LAN atmosphere. Casual Tickets Final Batch Tickets at €20 will be sold until all 15 tickets are sold. Purchasing a single ticket provides you entitlement to any Casual Games you prefer to play. Note that a total of 15 tickets will be available for purchase and once sold the event will be Sold Out. All the action will occur from the 27th to the 29th of July - from 1600 on Friday and concluding at 1900 on Sunday - when medals, trophies, and prizes will be awarded.  Still, haven't found your own tournament to get involved in? Are you looking for your own game? Don't worry, because we've more games left to reveal under the third tier of tournaments to be held at the Malta Cyber Series #4, which are sure to engage many of you! Stay tuned for more.  Early Bird Major Tournament Tickets can be purchased from The Gamers Lounge or Online from our website.

The Major Tournaments at the MCS #4

We're ready to announce the major tournaments for the upcoming Malta Cyber Series #4 and everything concerning them; the titles, ticket pricing, times and other details - all that you need to know.  The Major tournaments are as follows: League of Legends, CS:GO and Battalion 1944 will be featured under the 'Major' category due to the immense popularity of the titles both locally and internationally - especially CS:GO. Both defusal FPS games are similar yet differing, while LoL needs no introduction as one of the best MOBAs out there. CS:GO is probably the most intense scene at the moment. This will be our first local event for CS:GO this year since the Esportsbetting.com Launch Invitational with a staggering $10,000 prize pool was betwen 8 of the best CS:GO international teams in the world. CS:GO will bring together some old and new faces and will feature some intense matches. Battalion 1944 will also be featured in this event, following the incredible support and competition observed at the MRO: Battalion 1944 Open were at the moment, it seems that Project Eversio are the top dogs of the scene with others such as Paradigm6 and Anarchy hot on their heels - the recent roster changes have indeed shuffled the scene with the crippling of old squads and the formation of new ones. Regarding League of Legends, this will be the first event of 2018 where the local scenes may have their fresh start - undoubtedly preparing hard for this moment. There's a lot on the line at the Malta Cyber Series #4.  What makes the tournaments 'major'? First of all, the cash prizes are larger along with the competition level and the tournament structure itself. Major Tournament Tickets Early Bird Tickets at €35 will be sold till the 29th of June or until the first 35 tickets are sold.  First Batch Tickets at €41 from the 30th of June till the 13th of July. Final Batch Tickets at €46 from the 14th of July until all tickets are sold. Purchasing a single ticket provides you entitlement to 1 Major Tournament Game and to Minor Tournament Games. Note that a total of 100 tickets for both Major and Minor Games will be available for purchase and once sold the event will be Sold Out. All the action will occur from the 27th to the 29th of July - from 1600 on Friday and concluding at 1900 on Sunday - when medals, trophies, and prizes will be awarded.  All info regarding Major Tournaments can be found here - https://www.gamers.com.mt/event/19/malta-cyber-series-4 Early Bird Major Tournament Tickets can be purchased from The Gamers Lounge

Interview with Alexander 'AlekS' Andersson from Fnatic Academy

The EsportsBetting.com Invitational concluded a while back, roughly a month ago, as we recollected the statistics here: https://www.gamers.com.mt/news/775/great-statistics-out-of-the-esportsbetting-com-launch-invitational. Following the event, we decided to reconnect with one of the players, being Alexander "AlekS" Andersson from Fnatic Academy, who placed 5th to 8th at the event. The youngster, only 16 years old, has some incredibly useful tips for others.  Greetings from everyone here at Gamers.com.mt! Before we get started, why don’t you introduce yourself to our readers; tell us who are, where you come from and your affiliation to the esports industry. I'm a 16-year-old kid from Sweden, I've played computer games all my life but I started with CSGO about 3-4 years ago. I've always been a competitor in sports like handball and football but I've never reached the top level like I have now in CSGO. AlekS is a keen member of the Fnatic Academy; an institution dedicated to nurturing esports in youth. What else can you tell us about the Fnatic Academy and the services that it offers? Fnatic Academy is the best thing that's happened to me in CS and life. It made EVERYTHING so much easier for me. They do set expectations but even though I'm in school they are making compromises with me to make everything work out without affecting my formal education in the day. Fnatic is helping me develop as a player and as an individual. Let’s shine some light on your individual career. Being only 16 years old, it’s incredible to observe the dedication from such a young age. Many youngsters aspire to be in your position – what has the journey been like to get to this position? My journey up to this point has been quite rough. People don't realize that when you want to become really good at something you have to offer a lot of time and resources. I've had to quit my pursuit of sports, miss out on social and family activities such as birthday parties just to attend events and even practice. I did this only because I wanted to become better and fulfill my dreams; I cannot say that these sacrifices were easy to make. One thing I have held onto is going to the gym, keeping myself fit in this profession, although I do occasionally miss sorts. Yet now, after I've "made it", I feel a lot better - all those sacrifices and hours have paid off.   Recently, we concluded our largest online event ever; the Esportsbetting.com Invitational. Fnatic Academy was one of the 8 teams invited. How would you describe your performance at the event? Did you satisfy your expectations? Although going out 5-8th in a cup is always underwhelming, we're proud of the effort. Good results against AVANGAR and LDLC, which are well-trained teams that have played a lot more than us together and have much more experience, are encouraging. Playing the online cup was pretty nice honestly. For the event, we resided at the bootcamp facility in Jönköping so it was easier to prepare and get hyped up for the game. Next tournament, we'll come out with more wins almost definitely.  Of course, there were 7 other top teams involved. What are your thoughts regarding the level of competition which was present at the event? Overall, the teams involved offered a high level of competition. I believe that in certain aspects of the game, some teams were even better than us, although we still put up a good performance. Those matches gave our team a great amount experience that will help us succeed in the future.  Placing second in their group. Fnatic Academy advanced to the bracket to play against and lose to LDLC in a tight match – LDLC going on to place 2nd overall. An unlucky placement. Still, it’s a good placing for the team; what goals does your roster have for the remainder of 2018? The main goal for us this year is to keep on improving and becoming better as a team. Even though we're not getting the preferred results from the start, we have to keep on fighting. I really believe in my team and I think that all of us are slowly actuating our potential as we quickly progress. Perhaps placing in the top 30 on HL.TV and qualify for a minor would be our side goals.  Individually, what are your goals for the rest of 2018 following this event? What is your ultimate dream as a player? For me as a player. I want to be on the best team in the world - I don't mind if I'm not the best in the world, but as long as I'm contributing to my team as I should, that's fine by me. I would like to thank Gamers.com.mt for giving us an opportunity to let us show ourselves to the world.  Also, I want to say a reminder to other kids like me trying to become professional to stay in school. I'm representing one of the biggest organizations while attending school at the same time. I would like to thank FNATIC and all of FNATICS sponsors that are supporting me and my dreams. Thanks for the interview. Good luck for the future! We hope that you all enjoyed this interview, following the largest event we've ever organised. We are so excited for the next local event here at Gamers.com.mt.  AlekS's Profile: https://www.gamers.com.mt/players/269/aleks Fnatic Academy's Profile: https://www.gamers.com.mt/teams/61/fnatic-academy

The ASUS ROG Gaming Phone - A Monster

At Computex 2018, one of the most popular showcases of computer technology and advancements around the world, ASUS has a strong grasp over many sectors of technology through computer peripherals, components, monitors and many more. ASUS has also been making smartphones for a while, budget-friendly mid-rangers with nothing too special about them - that all changes with their new gamer-oriented product. You'll want to hear more about the ROG Phone.  Of course, ROG stands for 'Republic of Gamers', and its ASUS' gaming-focused department as we all know - however, this product was a huge surprise for everyone. Let's just get right into the specifications then. First off, an augmented Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip, which will consistently hit 2.96GHz, will be powering the machine as fast as 2018 will allow it. This will be paired with a helping of 8GB of RAM(the exact type remains unknown) to ensure a smooth running overall. Does anything think that more RAM is needed? Let us know in the comments below.  ASUS also made a large emphasis on cooling in their show - the amount of power in a small handheld device is a heated topic. The phone is structured in a way to form a 3D vapor chamber cooling system together with an attachable fan should you prefer the old fashion style of cooling. When adding the fan, this opens up another headphone jack and USB-C port to allow cables to be managed centrally, instead of on one side.  The fan would also sit behind a display. It sounds rather impressive. Clocking in a 90Hz refresh rate with a 1ms delay, the 1080p AMOLED will ensure that high frame rates are maintained on a HDR display, should content support HDR. Bezels have been reduced as much as possible, with no notch to spoil it all.  Other features such as haptic feedback and 'air-triggers' are added to enhance the controlling experience. Gaming is powered by a 4000mAH battery and quickly charged up by new Quick Charge 4.0 capabilities.  The list goes on really. TwinView Dock mode provides users with an optional second screen, ASUS Game Center software allows users to adjust the RGB lighting on the back of the phone and other performance specifications - yes, an RGB light. Other orthodox features such as cameras are also present.  Following the Razer Phone, this seems like another attempt to fill in the niche of the mobile gamer. It's with powerful devices like these, that better and more considerable games can make themselves found on mobile platforms. However, the price remains unknown - that's when we'll know how good of a purchaser it really is. 

New Map Revealed in the Recent Battalion 1944 Update - 'Savoia'

The team working on Battalion 1944 continues to move forward with new ideas and mechanics to further improve on the base product. The June update, Major Update 2, draws closer on the horizon as the game currently sits in the second Beta testing phase in preparation for the update. One of the major changes coming to the game is a new map called 'Savoia' - they've been showing us a little more through their Steam posts viewable here; https://steamcommunity.com/games/489940/announcements/detail/1675782681614976616. From the photos, they've made one thing clear; this map is a lot more open than your usual bomb defusal layout as shown in the other maps in the title and even in a game such as CS:GO. Heres's how they described the map dynamic: This map is a lot more open than previous maps as we have tried to move slightly away from our previous map design policy’s which retrospectively are too much like CSGO with tight chokes and close entries into the bomb sites. The Romanesque arches sitting across the long streets take the players into a Mediterranean atmosphere -, especially through the dynamic lighting. The fresh colours are brighter than most of the other maps.  A small change that accompanied the sneak peak of the map is that of ensuring 'consistent weapon physics after death'. This is a minor change compared to the many which are headed our way. Such a fix will ensure that enemy weapons no longer despawn after they fall - weapons will now consistently drop at the exact point you kill a player. The momentum of the ragdoll will have no effect. the change is complementary to Wartide 2's more complex economy.  All-in-all, the incoming major patch is looking to be quite game-changing. What changes would you like to see in Battalion 1944? Let us now down in the comments section below.  Perhaps the update will arrive before our next event....

Writing for Gamers.com.mt - An Awesome Experience

It was about this time last year, that a 16 year old sat aimlessly at his desk contemplating an upcoming Chemistry O'level, while dreaming of the long summer to come. While 'studying', he went for a quick scroll through Facebook, and found a little invitation from a local esports company to become a content writer - one year later, it's my part-time job. Yes, I've been working with Gamers.com.mt for a total of 1 year; I'm here to share my experience with anyone who is interested in perhaps trying it out or learning how I came about.  Before I applied for the job, two of my favourite activites were gaming and writing. My enthusiasm for gaming came from a childhood dense in gaming culture through consoles and iconic titles - thanks to my three older brothers I got to experience many things I would have otherwise missed, but then again, I was Player 4 for most of the time! Writing was always a hobby of mine - having been brought up in a household were we primarily conversed in English and attending an English speaking school, this is no shock. Until I had learnt of the job of an esports writer, combining the two hobbies seemed unlikely, but then again, I'm here now.  After applying, I was given an incredibly warm welcome from the Gamers.com.mt team. Firstly, they asked that I produce a small sample article to be sure of my writing abilities - trust me when I state that they were satisfied. This was then followed up by a Skype interview, where I was asked about my hobbies, ideas and motives. During this interview, my role was also broken down, and prospective ideas of perhaps reviewing hardware and attending events for free really got me excited about the future. Just like that, I started grinding out articles.  Articles? What kind? Anything I wanted really, and this fact remains to this day. My job as an esports journalist has no limitations to what is possible to write about. Of course, I was asked to pay attention to the view counts on the website in order to maximise views on future articles because that's what I wanted and still want up to this day - for people to read my content on this platform. During the summer, I picked up a rate of 4 articles a day for almost 2 months straight - sending them as Word documents due to the fact that I didn't understand HTML yet and didn't have access to the Admin page yet. When requested to write with respect to a certain topic, I did so obediently. Half-way through the summer, I was offered hardware products to review. With my interest in tech, I was already very familiar with the reviewing process and immediately took up the opportunity, which allowed me to develop reviewing skills in the form of lengthy article reviews. It was at this point, that I was asked to take my own photos, which was another lesson to be learnt.  As the summer ended, roughly in the September of last year, I was granted Admin access after I had taught myself the basics of HTML. By this time, I had completed roughly 250 articles without any notion of getting paid. One visit to Gamers.com.mt, and the team kindly offered to pay me; an offer which I happily accepted. I never started the job to get paid, but I'm glad that I can help myself out while writing. My articles then evolved into discursive articles focusing on the local scene and also interviews. Contacting local players and organisations bridged the gap between writer and journalist. That's where I find myself right now.  Overall the experience has been flexible, enjoyable and educational. Regarding flexibility, the team at Gamers.com.mt allows me to take time off for exam periods and holiday seasons, of course with the proper notation beforehand. Excited for the future.  If you're interested in gaming and you've got a keyboard along with an initiative to write, contact Gamers.com.mt to get a start now through Facebook like I did. Gamers.com.mt is always ready to welcome guest writers who'd like to get involved. Perhaps you're not the best writer out there - it's the mentality that counts; don't be shy. I've written this article out of my own will, as a form of 'milestone' piece of content for you all, beginning with the above photo!

The FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs - Time for Kurt Fenech to Shine?

The main theme which I can take away from this month of content is that of Maltese competitive players participating within the international esports scene, whether be it Halo, Tekken, Battalion 1944, PUBG and of course, FIFA. Regarding FIFA, we've been keeping a watchful eye over Kurt Fenech, especially now as he heads into one of the largest events of the year for FIFA.  Just last week, we were covering his involvement with a lesser tournament; being the FIFA eClub World Cup, where he performed well, but below his personal goals by some distance. You may view the previewing article here: https://www.gamers.com.mt/news/770/kurt-fenech-competing-at-the-50-000-fifa-eclub-world-cup Yet, he did point out that his main focus is this event, and for good reason. The FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs will be distilling a potential 128 players to a top 32, in order to compete at the FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final. The Playoffs are ongoing at the moment - since the 28th May and up to the 30th May for the Xbox Division, Kurt's division. The playoffs themselves have  $35,000 on the line for whoever comes out on top at Amsterdam. All of this builds up to the largest, and perhaps the last FIFA 18 event before FIFA 19 - if there's any time to perform, it's now.  Kurt will be representing the same organisation and will definitely make it through to the World Cup Grand Finals - there's no doubt in my mind. For anyone who is interested in finding out first hand about his performances, we strongly recommend that you check out his Twitter profile, which he keeps busy with his complaints and confidence! Overall, Gamers.com.mt is keen to watch Kurt succeed at the largest FIFA event of the year and for all the Maltese players out there in general. It's been incredible to see an increase in participation - know it's time to win those tournaments for everyone back home! Of course, we'll still be supplying local events, especially thanks to recent leaks regarding our next event - stay updated through our social media in order to not miss a thing.

The Largest International PUBG Event Ever - With a Maltese Twist

This summer, the gaming community will be getting what they've been expecting for quite some time now - a first major esports tournament for none other than the battle royale of PUBG. What's more is that a Maltese PUBG player will be attending one of the upcoming qualifiers in order to have a chance to win access to the main apart from $150,000 at the prelude.  The Maltese player, representing Nova Esports, is none other than Jurgen Cutajar, who we interviewed a while back, the interview viewable here: https://www.gamers.com.mt/news/717/jurgen-cutajar-interviewed-pubg-professional-going-international. He was only starting out on the international scene; that was a while ago and now he's going for the largest PUBG event ever.  The PUBG Global Invitational 2018 will be taking place in the heart of Europe, namely Berlin, Germany where 20 professional teams will go head to head for the majority of a $2,000,000 prize pool. This tournament will take place at the end of July, specifically 25-29. Of course, 20 is a small number - filtration needed. Teams will fight for qualification through regional tournaments hosted in North America, Europe and Asia - smaller tournaments each with a prize pool of $150,000 each. Jurgen "Richy" Cutajar will be headed to Los Angeles, California to take part in the North American regional tournament amongst some of the best players in the world.  The event is a huge bump up from the Gamescom Invitational from last year which only had $350,000 on the line for the pro teams such as Cloud9 and Team Liquid - since then the game has only gotten larger and more teams have formed to contest for the prize pools. This time around, an updated in-game camera system will provide a close-up perspective for viewers, whoever decides to tune in on Twitch or reach it in person.  This event is one to mark on the calendar; not just because a national is participating, but because it's the largest PUBG event ever. Until now, the exact date of the regional qualifiers remain unknown - we'll keep you all updated. We've got high hopes for "Richy" - Gamers.com.mt wishes him the best of luck/ 

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. 

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