Spiidi: “I was really itching to play against mousesports”

Spiidi: “I was really itching to play against mousesports”

After a series of disappointing results, Timo “Spiidi” Richter and the rest of Sprout find themselves in a struggle to close out their games.

It’s been a tough few months for the German team. A much-needed roster change failed to deliver the kind of improvement the team was hoping for. The team let go Dennis “sycrone” Nielsen and brought in Josef “faveN” Baumann — an 18-year-old star from EURONICS Gaming.

However, that didn’t help by much in Kiev, where Sprout finished dead last at StarSeries i-League Season 6 finals. They suffered three straight losses against mousesports, Vega Squadron, and HellRaisers. Interestingly, every match ended with a round difference of less than 4 for the German team.

One of the founding members of the team, Timo “Spiidi” Richter, explained their situation within the team and talked about his past with mousesports.

Vie: The tournament didn’t go so well for you. What thoughts come to mind after such a loss?

Spiidi: It went horribly. We are like a new team, we didn’t practice that much, but this is obviously not the result we expected. Every game was really close, 16:14, 16:12, even over-time. So I don’t think we had no shot at the playoffs. We just lost. And that’s the worst feeling in the world.

Sprout. Photo via HLTV.org

Vie: In every match, you came really close to winning. But then you just couldn’t go all the way and lost. Do games like these bring your team down?

Spiidi: In our last tournament, in Poland, we lost in a very similar fashion. It was 0-2, with scorelines like 14:16. And this was a repeat of that. When everything comes down to the small things it becomes really important. You have to learn to overcome your issues and to fix these mistakes. We can’t keep making the same mistakes.

Because every game comes down to the wire it doesn’t mean that we have to change the whole system. People have to understand that. We have to motivate each other. We have a good structure, we just have to give it our all. It’s something we have to overcome.

Vie: You lost your game against mousesports 14:16 too. Was that a grudge match for you in any way?

Spiidi: I was really itching for this game. It felt like I never had an opportunity to play against mousesports ever since I left. I knew we could beat them. Even if all the odds were against us. It’s the kind of thought that appears when you play against your old teammates. Even if it’s just subconsciously. Plus, we were somewhat of a dark horse in this match.

Spiidi. Photo via HLTV.org

Vie: Did that help you at all?

Spiidi: It’s possible. Maybe in a few rounds that they played in the same style. But in general, it wasn’t that helpful. They have three new members, it’s a completely different team. It mostly came down to motivation.

Vie: What’s the next goal for the team?

Spiidi: After we return home, first things first — win MDL and qualify for ESL Pro League. That’s our main goal right now.

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ESWC enters competitive PUBG with OMEN Trophy

ESWC enters competitive PUBG with OMEN Trophy

Once one of the most important events in the world of esports is now set to make a comeback with a €50,000 PUBG tournament during Paris Games Week 2018.

Presented by ESWC and OMEN by HP the tournament titled OMEN Trophy will gather 16 teams to battle it out in France’s largest video game convention for the lion’s share of the hefty prize pool. From 28th to 30th of October four qualified teams will compete against 12 invited squads over three days of competition.

The event will hold four online qualifiers, starting 13th of October. Out of all signed up teams, 16 will be chosen to participate in a single round qualifier based on their merit and previous results. Only the top scoring team will be invited to the LAN finals in Paris. In addition to the invitation, the best team of the qualifier will get €2,000 to help the team to prepare for their trip to Paris Games Week.

The finals will take place on the main stage in front of 4000 fans and will be broadcast live on Twitch.

Registration for the qualifiers is still open and any teams willing to participate should head over to the official tournament page. First invited teams should be announced next week. The event is expected to feature some of the best teams in Europe.

Already known teams for the first online qualifier include some well-known names, with the likes of Izako Boars, Planetkey Dynamics, Purple Cobras, and o1ne participating.

Paris Games Week is a trade fair for video games held annually at the Paris expo Porte de Versailles in Paris, France. It is organized by SELL, a French organization that promotes the interests of video game developers. Last year more than 350,000 visitors attended the popular gaming convention.

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Korean OGN expands to North America

Korean OGN expands to North America

Korea’s largest esports producer and network OGN announces its expansion to North America — and will spend upwards of $100 million dollars in doing so.

As part of its new expansion, OGN will partner up with PUBG Corp to bring North America’s first professional league to audiences. OGN will be the ones organizing, running, producing, and broadcasting National PUBG League (NPL) — a $1 million PUBG league supported by the developers of the game.

As a division of CJ E&M, Korea’s largest entertainment company, OGN has produced well over 500 tournaments and leagues in esports since its launch in 2000. The Korean company flaunts an impressive 3,000 hours of esports content produced every year. OGN is probably best known for the production of League of Legends Champions Korea league (LCK) as well as their work in Starcraft.

With the announcement of PUBG’s first professional esports league comes the announcement of OGN’s studio. The weekly live NPL matches will be played from a brand new 35,000 square foot arena in Manhattan Beach. The new OGN home in North America will seat up to 100 competitors, 500 audience members, and will feature 270 LED screens to help them follow the action. This will bolster OGN’s status, this being the largest esports studio on the West Coast.

OGN Battle Royale studio

Even though the arena was built with battle royale in mind, it will accommodate for two other esports events. Fans of esports will be invited to view the OGN Super League — a weekly competition that will cover the biggest esports titles. It will be produced side-by-side with OGN Super Match — an event with a similar concept, but featuring only invited players.

In addition to their live tournaments and events, the Korean company will be creating original esports content geared towards the North American audiences. This includes game shows, docu-series revolving around the biggest names in the esports world, virtual reality shows, and more.

OGN’s new studio in North America will open its doors early next year, with the start of National PUBG League, where 16 best teams from the region will battle for a prize pool of $1 million dollars.

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hAdji: “We did not prepare for StarSeries at all”

hAdji: “We did not prepare for StarSeries at all”

StarSeries will be a Do or Die event for many teams in Kiev, but for Ali “hAdji” Haïnouss’ Imperial, it’s a chance to prove themselves on the international stage.

For Imperial, StarSeries began with a victory against the FACEIT Major London 2018 Legends HellRaisers. They successfully overcame the hurdle of a more experienced team in their opening game. However, their second game in the event wasn’t as successful.

After a hard fought battle, Ali “hAdji” Haïnouss and his team had to acknowledge defeat against ENCE. In their third game, the team under a Lithuanian flag bounced back and convincingly overcame China’s CyberZen.

With just one win away from making it to the playoffs, Ali “hAdji” Haïnouss talked in an interview about their chances in the event and the future of the French scene.

Vie: Your first game in the tournament was against HellRaisers and you managed to come out victorious. That must’ve felt like a great start?

hAdji: It felt great, of course! We overcame the Major Legends — that’s always a great feeling. At the same time, a victory against HR is very important one for our team spirit. I’m proud of my team. The start there has been really tough, we fell behind, but we managed to pick up ourselves and win.

Vie: What was the key moment for your comeback?

hAdji: I think it was the round where we clutched 2v4, or was it 2v5. We were in the lead already, something like 13:10 in rounds. But after that clutch, we were certain that this game was ours.

hAdji. Photo via HLTV.org

Vie: Some big names pulled out of StarSeries right before the event, but the tournament is still very stacked. How far are you aiming to get here in Kiev?

hAdji: I think our main goal is to make it to the playoffs. We would be really surprised if we couldn’t make it that far. And once we’re there — we’ll see. There’s nothing impossible.

Vie: How did you prepare for StarSeries?

hAdji: We did not prepare for this tournament at all. We had some issues — I’m not sure whether I can talk about it. We had a crisis of leadership in our team. Nexa isn’t our in-game leader anymore, but he has to do it, simply because there’s no one else in the team who can take on this responsibility.

At the same time, we played a lot of official games and qualifiers, which in the end left us with no time to practice.

Vie: But even still, you are one of the dark horses of the event. Does that help you?

hAdji: Yes, simply because we have nothing to lose. We’re performing at the highest level possible for us right now. There’s nothing holding us back and no outside factors to impact our game. We don’t care if we lose, that’s how we win.

Imperial. Photo via HLTV.org

Vie: But now other teams will be preparing for you.

hAdji: Of course, but we did not show any strategies. Let them prepare. We have a laidback style. You can’t counter us because our whole strat is simply about throwing a few nades and entering a site after a flashbang.

Vie: Let’s talk about your time with EnVyUs. After the roster disbanded, how did you deal with that?

hAdji: Those were difficult times. We were showing really bad results. A lot of leagues, official matches, after which you had no time or energy to prepare. I’m not looking for excuses — we played poorly and things did not go our way. After the announcement that we were released from our contracts, we played for a while together. We went to China. And then we wished each other the best of luck in the search for the next team.

After that, Neil_M (Imperial’s coach) got in touch and asked me to stand-in for them in the qualifier for this tournament. I did. We overcame OpTic and Space Soldiers online. After we successfully qualified for StarSeries they asked me to join them full time and I agreed. And now I’m here.

Vie: Do you think French Counter-Strike is experiencing some sort of crisis right now?

hAdji: Yes. At one point we had teams easily make it to Top 5 in the world ranking, now it’s an achievement if they can make it to Top 20. I’m hopeful in the new team with NBK and ZyWOo (Team Vitality), I think they will show good results. We played scrims against them and they showed really high-level CS. I think they will be a worthy French representative on the World stage.

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Tencent announces PUBG Mobile Indian Campus Championship

Tencent announces PUBG Mobile Indian Campus Championship

University and college students all over India are about to get busy with PUBG Mobile practice, as the chicken dinner will soon come with a hefty prize pool attached.

Tencent Games will partner up with a Chinese mobile communication and smartphone company OPPO to bring the largest PUBG Mobile collegiate tournament to Indian campuses. The PUBG Mobile Campus Championship 2018 qualifier rounds will continue over October. The event will conclude on October 20th and 21st, where 20 of the best Indian college teams will gather in Bangalore.

With $70,000 in cash prizes on the line, no teams are messing around. The event will feature more than 1000 Indian colleges and universities from more than 30 cities.

The event hopes to bring more attention to Indian esports. The PUBG Mobile Campus Championship 2018 finals will be streamed live on PUBG Mobile official YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch pages, with a collective reach of more than 3 million followers.

Squads of four from any campus in India will be participating in PUBG’s first mobile event in the country. Four knockout rounds including the semi-finals will shortlist the final 20 teams to compete for the ultimate trophy at the grand finals.

“The PUBG MOBILE Campus Championship 2018 reflects Tencent’s and PUBG Corp’s big step towards developing a robust esports ecosystem in India,” said Aneesh Aravind, general manager at Tencent Games India. “We are glad that PUBG MOBILE has received an overwhelming response in India and we look forward to working with our fans and partners to make this a grand spectacle.”

PUBG Mobile has quickly become one of the most popular games in India. The mobile iteration of a popular PC game has already crossed 100 million downloads globally and sees more than 20 million people play the game every day. And the next step for Tencent is to introduce their game as a viable esport to their vast audiences.

“This championship marks the beginning of many steps we will engage in making PUBG MOBILE the game of choice in India,” Aneesh Aravind added in a statement.

The first qualifier round for PUBG Mobile Indian Campus Championship started this week and the winner will be decided on October 21st, in the grand finals to be held in Bangalore.

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