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The Most Watched Esports Event in History - Record Broken

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

FIFA 18 Costa Foundation Tournament Recap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 2018 Asian Games to host League of Legends!

Recent news has the 2018 Asian Games revealing League of Legends as an official sport to be demonstrated to the public. Riot Games announced this piece of news through their social media pages. Here's why you should be excited for the future of esports.  The Asian Games are being organized, as they always have been, by the International Olympic Committee - the organizers of the largest multi-sport event of the year thanks to the Olympics. The Asian Games are just one step down and are the second largest event following the Olympics. Like this,  the whole world, especially Asia, will be exposed to esports through League of Legends. Apart from that, we're excited to see the level of competition from the continent so invested into the gaming industry.  The following is a comment by the co-head of esports over at Riot Games, Jarred Kennedy: “We're honored that League of Legends was selected for the Asian Games. Representing one's country at the Olympics is a dream for athletes around the world, and with this step, that dream is one step closer to reality for the best in our sport. We admire and respect the values of the Olympic movement and look forward to supporting the Olympic Council of Asia in making this competition a success.” The whole event will be taking place from August 18th to September 2nd, with many other details to be revealed. Yet why should you be excited? Well, the International Olympic Committee has already made its position clear earlier on this year regarding the presence of violent videogame esports acting as Olympic events - not very open towards it.  The performance of LoL at the Asian Games could potentially influence a change of thought and perhaps introduce esports more heavily in the largest event of the age - the Olympics. Fingers-crossed. 

Maltese Tekken Players Competing at an International Event - Interview

Battalion 1944, COD2, League of Legends and CS: GO - these are the titles one would usually wonder to when thinking about local competitive esports. Maltese esports has a preference for first-person shooters, as seen through the diverse array of past leading titles such as COD2, Overwatch and the ongoing Battalion 1944. However, one title which has been gaining more local friction in recent events is that of Tekken 7. Packing high-framerate gameplay and demanding lightning fast reflexes, it offers what most competitive fighting games offer. A prolific name in the local Tekken 7 scene is Joseph Facciol, who has just recently made his way to Italy with a team to take part in an international Tekken 7 event.  Hence, we decided to take the opportunity to get a closer insight through an interview. This is our first interview with a local fighting-game competitor, and it's with Joseph Facciol.  1.) We'll start with an introduction. Tell the audience about yourself; who you are, your occupation, where you live and a heavy focus on gaming and what it has meant to you up to this point. I am Joseph Facciol from Fleur-De-Lys. I work as an LSE and I love 3 things in life: Family, learning and gaming. As opposed to many, I do NOT think that learning and gaming are opposed; I have always seen a link between them after all, both encourage self-criticism and improvement. From an early age, gaming has always been a way to achieve escapism. Not escapism in the negative sense but as a way to put yourself through alternate experience. I guess the word I am looking for is, ‘katarsis’ - a purification of emotions. 2.) There are many competitive genres to choose from; with the majority favouring first-person shooter and MOBA - fighting games are a whole different realm completely. What makes them so different and why do you favour this genre? To be honest, I do not know much about the fighting game genre in general because I only play one fighting game - Tekken. Ironically, it is the only game which I feel tense while playing but on the other hand it is very rewarding. I have always described Tekken as a game combining the amount of moves available in chess with the element of bluff from poker while demanding the player to act on these two elements literally in less than a second. This is actually what, in my opinion makes this game different from the main stream genres like shooters and rpgs: the intensity of having to play at the frame-level of the game!  3.) You have quite the experience with local competition, as you've attended many of our events to reach podium finishes. Share your thoughts and honest opinions about the local fighting-game scene. What needs to change? How could this change be brought about?  The local community has hit a few bumps along the way during the previous installments but it turns out that the long break provided a thirst for tournaments never before seen on the island. Ever since the tournament at the airport which you guys organized the community growth and the frequency of tournaments organized ha been increasing at a rate never witnessed before. Indeed, I do think that the Tekken community has reached its highest peak, so far... As it is always is the case, there is always room for improvement and my hope is that local esports groups keep growing and are open to include us their events to help each other grow. Local groups competing against each other would, in my opinion, spell danger for the local esports community. Instead, I think that cooperation  amongst local groups will be crucial if we want to let our voices be heard on an international level. Other than cooperation, awareness of the enormous esports economic potential among everyone is key for success here. It will help provide local players with the much needed sponsorships which are essential to be able to stay at par at an international level. 4.) Joseph Facciol will also be competing in an international competition this coming week, as he leaves for Italy this. Describe your current situation and the event which you're involved with. What are your expectations? I have been away for quite a while from playing Tekken competitively and have only managed to make an effective comeback recently. That being said, I am presently confident in our abilities but it is our first international competition so we are totally inexperienced in that regard.  I say ‘we’ because although we have been competing locally against each other for over a decade we are indeed heading for this event as one team. Apart from me, there are also: Lawrence Spiteri, Christian Cauchi, Johnatan Cassar, Matthew Tonna, Steve Micallef, Dylan Caruana, David Cilia and Sean Dingli. I know for a fact that the 4th ranked best player in the previous Tekken World Tour will be taking part so the competition will be at an astoundingly high level. That being said, whatever happens, will be a learning experience for all of us and once again an opportunity to further improve both competitively and in terms of organizing other events. 5.) Tekken 7 is the 7th instalment in the fighting-game series. How familiar are you with the series and how long have you been competing seriously? At what point did you realise that this was something you could take to the next level?  I never planned on playing Tekken. I remember I did like the game in demo one on the play station one but wanted to buy Monster Trucks. It just so happened however, that when I went to the local store the shopkeeper regretfully told me that he did not have monster truck and amongst the many games which( he said were up for sale was Tekken 2 platinum edition. Upon hearing the name I remembered that I did enjoy playing the demo with my father especially and decided to buy it. I instantly got hooked up and remember continually practicing during every instalment. My very first local competition was during my college days at a tournament in Imgarr when I met the local community for the first t8me and got the beat if my life. I then started to compete with the local community until I reached my prime in Tekken 5 DR and Tekken 6 when I was on a tournament streak. I then took a long break and was away from the Tekken scene for a while until I started competing again a few months ago. Then last wekend, I finally managed to win a tournament in a final against Sean Dingli who was on a tournament streak of his own and is still running strong. In fact, it was he who suggested that we embark on this trip. As my well-respected rival I owe a lot to this guy. We have both gained from our rivalry. Well, in the end, little did I know that that happy coincidence of buying my second preference game would lead me to go abroad and compete internationally.  6.) Taking the step to compete internationally is no easy feat. For our last question, we'd like for you to provide some advice for prospective fighting-game competitors. What does it take to compete on an international level and where does one start?  What has the process been like up to this point? One word- PRACTICE. As in any form of performance, practice is the most important element. Also, Tekken has a steep learning curve so in the beginning there will be quite a big gap between new players and seasoned ones. But you learn much more from your losses than you do from your wins so that should not be a reason for newcomers to lose motivation. Also out of all the Tekken instalments, Tekken 7 is the one which is most beginner-friendly so there has never been a better time to join the community. Finally, like many other games, Tekken is best enjoyed with friends so I suggest newcomers start practising against their buddies and join us on Tekken City Malta so that our community will grow even more and we will all learn from each other. If you've taken the time to read these incredible answers, it's quickly understood that Joseph Facciol is a mature and determined competitor, taking a hobby to the next stage. Again, I'd like to emphasise the quality of the answers - the best replies we've ever received for an interview. Just like at the past MESF 2017, we'll be considering featuring Tekken 7 again for you all to enjoy. Just like Joseph recommended - "start practising"! 

Interview with Robert Borg - A True Gamer

We've had a lot of interviews this month, with a central focus on the MRO: Battalion 1944 Open. This time, however, our interview will be a little more light-hearted, but nonetheless insightful on the local gaming scene. We've got Robert Borg, probably Malta's best gaming collector, here to tell us about his hobby and himself. He's a true gamer, that's for sure.  1.) We'll start with an introduction. Describe yourself as a person; where you live, your work and other details to let us understand your personality.  Hi, my name is Robert Borg and I am 39 years old. I live in St. Venera and work as a delivery person. Over the years I've developed an incredible collection concerning gaming which I can't wait to share with you.  2.) Describe your daily routine Every day I go to work as normal people do - my job is not an easy job as I am a delivery person that delivers tiles. After work I do spend some quality time with my children; Jade of 8 years & Julia of 13 months. It seems that Jade likes gaming as well - speaking of which, gaming is what I usually do with the time left over.  Robert's collection of PS2 games. 3.) Amongst that it seems that you've got quite an impressive collection in terms of gaming across multiple platforms - describe it to us.  I have 26 different consoles with a total of with around 3400 games excluding my collector and limited editions. I've been looking forward to counting everything up one day.  4.) Such a large collection, as shown in the attached images, has surely taken a great deal of time and money to build-up. Describe the process of getting this far as a collector? It all started with the Game Boy and the Amiga 500 when I was around 9 years old and from that time till today I never stopped playing and collecting games. It's my passion.  5.) What would you say is the item closest to your heart and does this coincide with the most expensive item you own? My favourite pieces tend to be collector edition titles, as the publishers put in extra effort to make it look incredible on a shelf. Personally, the collector edition that it is very close to my heart is that of 'The Last of Us'; which is not the most expensive game/collector I ever bought.  6.) After all these years of collecting, which is your favourite game of all time on which console? Why? My favorite game is 'Final Fantasy IX' on the Playstation ONE. However, there are many other games such as those which involves the entities Zelda/Link, Super Mario, Crash Bandicoot, Metal Gear Solid, and Resident Evil. Specifically for Resident Evil, I used to play it late in the evening to properly immerse myself in the terror - an exercise I recommend to all.  7.) How do you manage to store all of the items? At the previous house, I only had a tiny room in which to invest my hobby. Upcoming plans have me creating a new and larger room which will properly store my items.  8.) What is the most difficult part involved with being a collector of videogame items? Also, mention the best part of the hobby.  To be a collector here in our country it is not an easy hobby and it is a very expensive hobby as the prices here in our country and the prices, in lets, say the UK, are the same. What doesn't help is that there is a lot of difference in our wages and only around 3-4 shops here in Malta are dedicated as gaming shops. But as they say - NO PAIN NO GAIN!!!  9.) As a collector - what is your ultimate goal? In my opinion, there is no limit in this hobby. either you're in or out. There is no stopping or break in it so it's a never-ending story that keeps going on and on. With no definite goal, I'm going to keep collecting for as long as possible.  10.) What does the future hold for your hobby? In the future, I wish to have the strength to carry on into this hobby and wish that I could see more friends into it. Maybe I will have an opportunity to show my entire collection to those who are already gamers or collectors or wish to start this hobby. I'd love to spread collecting as a hobby in Malta.  From just 10 questions, we've learnt a great deal from Mr. Borg. An avid collector, while being a caring father and a hard-worker, who aims to spread the word of collecting on the island. My insight on the hobby is that of awe - how could someone have so many games and not play them all? That's self-temperance if I've ever seen it.  Overall, a great interview and Gamers.com.mt looks forward to seeing his hobby develop. Good luck!

FaZe Clan Triumph at IEM Sydney

One of the events which we previewed in this week's article was none other than the IEM Sydney Invitational for CS:GO enthusiasts. The whole event has just concluded, and we're ready to provide a little recap of all the surprises and upsets which went down, leading up to FaZe taking victory in the grand final.  Starting with a major surprise, we've got the Chinese rebels of Tyloo who blew many titans out of the water, such as SK Gaming. Yet, this wasn't the SK Gaming which we're used to observing, as another Australian team of Grayhound also took a slice and helped provide an early exit to the limping Brazilian giant. Their recent roster changes are looking slightly dubious. Needless to say, SK was the largest disappointment at the event.  Within moments, the final four teams remaining were FaZe Clan, Tyloo, Astralis, and Mousesports inside the semi-finals. The matchups went according to the order the teams were presented. A tight series ensued between FaZe and Tyloo, as the Europeans fought hard to repel the momentum built up by the underdogs and did so successfully in a series homogeneous to a 16-9 scoreline in each map. The other matchup, that between Astralis and Mousesports was less contested, as Mouz gave away a couple of slaughters while they clenched on to a 19-17 victory in the second map.  FaZe against Astralis, those were the parameters of the Sunday grand final. Sadly, our title doesn't leave much space for imagination. FaZe Clan was indeed the underdogs heading into the map, with many favoring Astralis. Cache, Overpass, and Train were played - that's right, only three maps.  After the overwhelming performance which Astralis put up at the DreamHack Masters Marseille in April, ending the series in three maps was unforeseeable. The scorelines were 19-17, 22-20 and 16-14 respectively, all of which went in the favour of FaZe Clan. Tension and anxiety were omnipresent as the maps swayed back and forward in terms of plays and control. An incredible grand final which surprised many.  FaZe Clan are your IEM Sydney 2018 champions, happily greeting the majority of the $250,000 event. What's terrifying is the fact that this FaZe Clan has ' xizt' standing in for 'olofmeister'. Perhaps this team isn't rocking its full potential - we'll have to see how they perform further into the year. 

Esports Events to Watch This Weekend - 4-6th May

April's done and we've just acquainted ourselves with May - the weather seems to be playing up as cold winds return for a short while. Such conditions scream for a comfortable time indoors consuming entertainment in the form of esports. This weekend, we've got some great events to watch out for to start off the month right. Be sure to enjoy the content on a whole new level thanks to TimetoEat's quick and efficient delivery service - it will have you served before you can say 'food'. Without further delay, the following are the events for the weekend.  IEM Sydney 2018 May starts off well for CS:GO enthusiasts, thanks to a Major CS:GO event in the form of IEM Sydney 2018. With $250,000 on the thin line where 16 teams lie, only top-tier competition can be expected from the teams. Sadly, the competition already started on the 1st May, as everyone holds their breath for the upcoming conclusive weekend - where the semi-finals and beyond will be played out. 4 teams remain: TyLoo, FaZe, mousesports and Astralis. Let's see who'll take it.  EPICENTRE XL Conclusion Last weekend, we had advised all of you of the group stages of the EPICENTRE XL. With that being said, the event has progressed into the final stage, as a grand total of $1000000 will be sought out this weekend up until the 6th of May. Everything has now been distilled to 12 teams, housing names such as Team Liquid, Virtus.pro and Complexity Gaming. Any Dota 2 pursuer will be tuned in for the weekend of action at the VTB Ice Hall in Moscow.  MSI 2018 Play-In Stage This week, at the EU LCS Studio in Berlin, Germany, fans will be able to witness the initial confrontations building up to the Mid-Season Invitational for League of Legends. The first global event of the year - Europe will be the host of a lethal dose of action, ranging from this weekend to the dates of May 8-9 and May 11-15. This is simply a play-in stage through group stages - the knockout stage will take place further into this month.  The three events listed here correspond to, probably, the three top esports in the world - LoL, Dota 2 and CS:GO. Through this though, it's unquestionable that live streams will be of a high standard to not refer to the incredible gameplay which awaits. Enjoy your weekend!

PUBG Release Team Deathmatch in New Event Mode

Within the next day, PUBG will be making its next step forward in growth through a brand new event mode, featuring a new perspective on the orthodox Team Deathmatch. it's called 'Desert Knights', and here's all you need to know.  The parameters of the game type involve a group of 10 five-man squads on a single map, with Miramar being confirmed until now. Death is not the end, as any casualties will be met with a respawn in the airplane - each kill landing the perpetrator score. With that being said, the first team to accumulate a total of 200 points gets the W. This game mode will go live as of May 3 up until May 6th and perhaps returning later. This weekend will serve as a form of trial period.  Respawning from the plane with no resources? Sounds suicidal. That's why each player will be spawning in with top-tier items usually taken from packages such as the AWM, AUG, M24, Mk14 and a few others. All players will also land with a level three vest and helmet together with a couple of grenades.  Through these materials, teams look to earn score through killing other players. Kills are each worth three points in addition to the single point earned from a knockdown. If no team manages to reach 200 points before the short 15-minute mark, the longest straw takes it all. Make sure that your bullets are true, since killing a teammate or even knocking one, takes away 5 points from your own score.  Speaking of landing, all players are tasked with landing within a small sized zone, whose size will not change for the entirety of the game. Respawns will be allowed every 40 seconds as the plane passes by. The location of the zone will be randomized each game.  Perhaps PUBG is trying to compete with Fortnite's new gamemodes? We'll see how it plays this weekend. 

Battalion 1944 Updated - New Guns and Edits

With a heavy reliance on the community, Battalion 1944 is a manifestation of respect for the old schooled first-person shooter dedicated to reliving the experience. However, it's still in an initial form, with perhaps a few shady edges. Last month, Battalion 1944 had its first major update, which we covered here: http://www.gamers.com.mt/news/723/battalion-1944-overhauled-after-first-major-patch and it had quite the effect on the dynamic of the title. This time around, a refurbished game mode and an expanded armory are what's on the menu in the form of another major patch.  To begin with, we'll start with the new weapon - the Grease Gun. If anyone has played Call of Duty 2, such a name is familiar as the submachine gun is featured here too. The gun is characterized by its controllable recoil and solid damage, which lend to an overall versatility, though its strength is found in medium to close gunfights - you wouldn't want to get too close to a shotgun. To be factual, the Grease Gun is named as such due to its massive and cheap production as it fell at the hands of thousands of soldiers. The 'low production cost weapon' often jammed, which is why grease was used. With that being said, it's in the form of an 'Eco Weapon' for the U.S side.  The update will also host a few more tinkers with the gun balance, as the experimentation continues. An Eco Weapon for the Axis will soon be announced for the Major update in June. The other aspect of Battalion 1944 which the developers are concerned with is the optimization of the title for higher framerates,  Also, Wartide 2.0 is coming! After much feedback, some changes are on the way. Gun prices, matchmaking, token upgrading and a few other fundamental aspects. Battalion 1944 is going to be changing in a big way soon, with the June Major update.

Esports Events to Watch This Weekend - 27-29th April

Last weekend, Gamers.com.mt was completely occupied with the organization of the MRO: Battalion 1944 Open at the MFCC. So much so, that we simply couldn't find time to inform you of the events to watch during the weekend. This weekend, we've got more time to spare - below are three events which you should look out for. As always, remember to make the most of your experience and your time in general, by contacting TimetoEat whenever you feel a little famished as it would be a shame to have to miss out for food.  The Epicentre XL The Dota Pro Circuit continues through the Epicentre XL; the next major event to be organised by Epic Esports Events. With a total of $1,000,000 on the line, the top teams in Dota have come together to meet at the venue at Moscow. Due to the large scale of the event, the preliminary matches will start this weekend while the main event will be held at the VTB Ice Palace - where the one team will come out on top. It's at this stage that the transition will be made from BO3 to BO5, really stepping up the competition. Apart from the prize pool, 1,500 Pro Circuit Points are also on the line. It all kicks off today on the 27th April, with the Group Stage. One to watch if Dota is your thing.  The 2018 CLS Closing Season - LASC To the joy of League of Legends enthusiasts, is are offering a weekend of competition to celebrate their closing season. The 2018 Latin America South Cup is the sixth season of Latin America's fully professional championship of League of Legends. Only a literal handful of teams will be competing, where only two will reach and advance to the CLS Closing Season. Hosted in Chile, the event hosted by Riot Games began yesterday and will progress up to 29th April, with heavily spread out games.  If you're into LoL and curious to see what the level of competition is like on the other side of the world - we recommend that you check it out.  The PSX Pro Series Showmatches: Clem vs Denver We haven't featured any Starcraft 2 events in our weekly update yet. That changes this week with the PSX Pro Series Match-up between Clem vs Denver. To feature a whopping series with a best-of-9 format, the 1v1 is one of the final deciding factors before the event may progress. Organized by Psionic Aftermatch, a total of 26 professional players are involved. The match will be occurring tomorrow afternoon and may take up to 3hours at most - quite the showdown if you ask me.  A wide range of esports to pick from this weekend. Remember to hit up TimetoEat for one those competitive moments become too much to leave.  Coming up next week, we'll be offering some post-event content for the MRO: Battalion 1994 Open - stay tuned. 

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