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The Finnish military now counts esports players as athletes

Finland’s esports federation has come to a deal with the Finnish defence forces that will see professional esports players counted as athletes.  This is a big deal because in Finland, home to many of the world’s best CS:GO players, a stint in the military between the ages of 18-19 is …

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Overwatch pro Carl ‘crems’ Aspehult parts ways with Cloud9

Carl ‘crems’ Aspehult announced on Tuesday that he is no longer competing with Cloud9’s Overwatch team, and he’s searching for a new one. In a tweet, Aspehult said that he’d be willing to try out for any role, although a focus on flex tank/Lucio. The Swedish Aspehult is well known …

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Esports athletes need to start putting the ‘pro’ in professional player

Last weekend, the Brazilian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive squad, competing under the Immortals banner, showed up late for the grand finals against North in Montreal. Several CLG players, who Immortals had played and beat earlier that day, tweeted claiming the Immortals squad had been out drinking the night beforehand. CLG’s Pujan …

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George ‘King George’ Kassa on joining up with Rogue, and the state of Rainbow Six Siege

It’s been a whirlwind month for George ‘King George’ Kassa. Last month, Kassa and his team departed Vertical Gaming after repeated financial disputes, where the team claimed “non-stop lying” had dissolved the relationship between the team and the organisations co-founder. The team were planning to compete at Gamescom as an …

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NBA’s Brendan Donohue on how the 2K League is doing esports right

For Brendan Donohue, the managing director of NBA’s 2K Sports League, NBA’s entry to the esports world is the collision of his two big passions. “I’ve spent the last 20 years working in the NBA, on the business side primarily, and I’m very passionate about it. I’ve also been a …

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GamesDoneQuick prepares impromptu charity stream for Hurricane Harvey

Charity livestreaming outfit GamesDoneQuick, a several day long stream of speedrunners that solicits donations, is planning an impromptu stream to raise money for Hurricane Harvey in Texas. GamesDoneQuick is best known for its twice yearly streams, AwesomeGamesDoneQuick (AGDQ) and SummerGamesDoneQuick (SGDQ), week long events that raise a bundle for charity. …

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Team Liquid emerges victorious at The International 7, winning $10.9m cash prize

Team Liquid has lifted the Aegis and claimed victory in Dota 2’s 2017 International, earning themselves $10.9m in cash prizes. Team Liquid, captained by Dota veteran Kuro ‘KuroKy’ Takhasomi, ploughed through much of the competition throughout the entire event, and they kept up this dominance in the final, sweeping former champs …

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Danylo ‘Zeus’ Teslenko leaves Gambit Esports to return to Na’Vi

Danylo ‘Zeus’ Teslenko has returned to Natus Vincere after a year-long stint as Gambit Esports in-game leader that culminating in the team being crowned as PGL Major winners. In a Twitlonger, Teslenko talked about why he left Gambit, and it all seems to come down to coach Mykhailo ‘Kane’ Blagin, …

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Halo veteran Aaron ‘Ace’ Elam released by Team Liquid

Aaron ‘Ace’ Elam, one of Halo’s most well-known professionals, has found himself cut loose from Team Liquid just a few days before roster lock for the HCS Pro League. Elam announced the news on Twitter, tweeting to state that he was released from Team Liquid’s roster on Monday. It’s a …

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Heroes of the Storm player Joshua ‘Vicarrak’ Lloyd removed from Dark Sided without notice

Joshua ‘Vicarrak’ Lloyd, a flex player for Australian esports outfit Dark Sided, was removed by the organisations Heroes of the Storm team without warning, according to Tweets from Lloyd. Lloyd joined the team on the 8th June 2017, along with the rest of the roster, before Dark Sided earnt a …

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