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Fortnite Celebrity Tournament

Twitch streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and electronic music artist Marshmellow pose for photographs after winning the final round of Epic Games’ Fortnite Pro-Am competition.
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Last week, 50 celebrities and 50 professional video game players gathered near the north end of a soccer stadium in Los Angeles to play Fortnite for $3 million in prize money and drew more than 1.1 million viewers live on Twitch. The line to get in sprawled across every available stretch of sidewalk around the Banc of California arena.

Despite the star-studded lineup, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins was far and away the most sought-after celebrity in attendance. Photo by Nick Statt / The Verge

Epic’s next mission is to change Fortnite from a compulsive pastime into a competitive e-sport. The company has pledged $100 million in prize money for the game’s first year of competitive play, and strategically announced its intention to host a Fortnite World Cup in 2019 in the middle of the Pro-Am stream to ensure the news had the maximum impact to its most valuable audience.

Fortnite has enjoyed headlines about obsessed MLB players, basketball pros’ self-described addictions, and its cross-over pop culture appeal. Big names in hip-hop and EDM like Drake and Diplo have participated in record-breaking live streams with Ninja, whose rise to stardom has been more meteoric these past nine months than any other internet celebrity in recent memory.

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NBA player Paul George exchanging phone numbers with Twitch streamer and Fortnite pro Ali “Myth” Kabbani before the tournament started. Photo by Nick Statt / The Verge

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Twitch Has A Competitor Called Caffeine

A team of ex-Apple engineers and execs is taking on Amazon-owned Twitch and Google’s YouTube Gaming with today’s official launch of a new social broadcasting platform, Caffeine. Backed by $46 million from Andreessen Horowitz and Greylock Partners, Caffeine was co-founded by former Product Design Lead for Apple TV and Chomp co-founder Ben Keighran, along with Senior User Experience Designer at Apple, Sam Roberts.

 

Since  You can’t simply build yet another live streaming service and hope for the best – you have to create something original and differentiated.

For Caffeine, that’s a suite of technology products and new experiences that existing rivals don’t have.

To begin with, Caffeine has developed its own publication tool, in the form of a free 10 MB download, that makes getting started with streaming easier for the casual gamer.

There’s about 800 million gamers out there, but there’s roughly 2 million content creators a month on Twitch. With the Caffeine software, gamers can start streaming from their Windows PC with a single click.

Caffeine has developed custom technology that can detect when a game launches on the PC (by watching the system’s processes), then is able to use the Windows DLL file to inject viewers’ comments as an overlay onto the game itself.

The company built out its own real-time distribution video network that leverages WebRTC – the same technology that powers things like Google Hangouts and other peer-to-peer communications. That means everything on Caffeine is taking place in real-time with zero delays.

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Overwatch World Cup Tournament

Overwatch World Cup is about to kick off in Shanghai, China.

National Overwatch teams from China, Hong Kong, Norway, and Romania will battle in Group A, while France, Denmark, Thailand, and Argentina compete in Group B. Both groups are stuffed with top-tier, professional Overwatch talent—some, however, are full professional and others are newcomers. Teams that fill out each group, save a few, are new rosters put together specifically for the event: That means that anything can happen at the Overwatch World Cup.

Day one of the Shanghai group stage begins at 2am ET on July 14—which is 2pm in Shanghai’s local time. (Of course, if you’re in North America’s pacific time zone, the tournament starts on July 13 at 11pm PT for you.) China versus Romania begins the event, followed by Hong Kong versus Norway, France versus Argentina, and Denmark versus Thailand. Exact times for each match have yet to be released, however.

Day one is expected to continue until 9am ET.

Day two

Day two continues at 2am ET and running through 9am on July 15. China will take on Norway first, followed by Hong Kong versus Romania, France versus Thailand, and Denmark versus Argentina. As with the first day, no exact times have been laid out for each match.

Day three

Day three begins at midnight ET, running through 10am on July 16. In Shanghai, the event begins at noon. China versus Hong Kong starts the day, followed by Norway versus Romania, France versus Denmark, and Thailand versus Argentina. The playoff finals will close out the event immediately after.

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The top two teams will advance to the Shanghai playoffs, where two teams heading to the main event will be determined. All of this will go down on the Overwatch Twitch stream—though those local to Shanghai will be able to watch the event in person at Yun Space.

Inside of the World of professional Gaming Where The Stakes Are high

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This weekend, – the first Call of Duty tournament of the 2017 season, a $100,000 Overwatch invitational and the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ELeague Major qualifiers.

When:Thursday to Sunday, starting at 10 a.m. ET. Where to watch: Twitch.

With the first Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major of 2017 approaching, 16 teams are competing in LAN qualifiers this weekend for the remaining eight spots in the ELeague Major. Over four days, teams will compete in Swiss format — 

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare— MLG Vegas-PT, Saturday open bracket starts at 10 a.m. PT, pools start at 3 p.m. PT, championship bracket starts at 7:30 p.m. PT, Sunday championship bracket runs from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. PT. on Twitch

 

Saturday starting at noon PT, Sunday semifinals starting at 11 a.m. PT, Sunday finals starting at 3 p.m. PT.

Sunday finals at 3 a.m.  ET.

Where to watch: Twitch.

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Smash will be in the Midwest this weekend with the UGC Smash Open in St. Louis, Missouri. Some of the best Melee and Smash 4 players in the world are convening on UGC Smash as they battle for $40,000 spread across both games.

The action starts at 10 a.m. CT Saturday and Sunday Dec. 3 and 4. The Smash 4 singles top eight starts at 4 p.m. CT Sunday, followed by the Melee singles top eight at 7:30 p.m. CT. The matches will be broadcast live on UGC’s Twitch and Melee Everyday’s Twitch.

ELeague ‘CS:GO’ Season 2 Playoffs On Twitch For 1 Million

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ELeague Season 2 is one of the last big tournaments of the year and one of the last LAN events for these teams to prove themselves before the first Major of 2017 in January.

The quarterfinals matches begin at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday and Thursday on Twitch, followed by the first semifinals match at 5 p.m. ET Friday and the second match at 10 p.m. ET broadcast on both Twitch and TBS. The finals finish off Season 2 of ELeague on Twitch and TBS at 4 p.m. ET Saturday.

Amazon’s eSports Tournament

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Amazon continues to invest in eSports, and the company’s latest initiative expands the experience to the types of casual games that many people play on their smartphones.

The tech giant on Monday announced the Champions of Fire Invitational, a new eSports tournament it will host via the Amazon Appstore.

On Dec. 2 in Las Vegas, 16 top gaming celebrities will play five popular casual mobile games and compete for a cash prize pool of $100,000. The event will be live-streamed on Amazon-owned Twitch, as well as via Amazon Fire TV, Amazon.com, and other social media networks. CBS Sports Network will air a two-hour highlights TV show on Dec. 12.

The single-elimination tournament will feature five games: Disney Crossy Road, Pac-Man 256, Bloons TD Battles, 8 Ball Pool and the all new Fruit Ninja Tournament Edition. Matches will only take a few minutes, while each game has a $30,000 grand prize.

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