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Over the weekend We saw week 4 of Fortnite Online Open, Duos.

For NA-EAST NRG Zayt and Ghost Saf took first Place, 2nd went to Tempo Brush and Tempo CizLucky, and 3rd Nate Hill & FaZe Funk. NA- West KNG Leno and KNG Barl took first place, 2nd went to FA HzExtinct and CArsonCBC and 3rd WBG Rhux and WBG Pika, Finally for the European (section) E11 Tschiiinken and E11 Stompy took first place, 2nd Gabit.fwexY and Fambit.letw1k3, 3rd went to Cooker Nyhrox & aqua.

This ongoing 10 week challenge will continue, until July 26th - 28th.

Out of NA-East, NA-West and Europe I think all around it will be important to keep an eye on the E11 Team from Europe who are nearly 10 points ahead of the other two regions at 103 points, However, If we take a look at our other regions Oceania’s top duo Jam zoreh and Gheez have 132 points.

We still have a long way to go before this competition is over, 6 more weeks to be exact. I will be interested to see how everything shakes out.

The Overwatch League Playoffs are set to begin tomorrow. The most recent matches were last weekend on May 4th and 5th. The Winners being; London Spitfire, Atlanta Reign, Vancouver Titans, Los Angeles Valiant, Toronto Defiant, Washington Justice, San Francisco Shock, Hangzhou Spark.

A team to keep an eye on might be the San Francisco Shock, but don’t count your chickens before they hatch because the Vancouver Titans are tied in the standings and from my home region, Vancouver, British Colombia.

Did you know that they are operated by Luminosity Gaming?

The Vancouver Titans are Owned by Aquilini Group who owns the Vancouver Canucks and Rogers Arena in Vancouver but they’ve invited epsports giant Luminosity Gaming into the franchise.

Luminosity Gaming has teams in Call of Duty, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, World of Warcraft, Counter-Strike:Global Offensive, Smite, Overwatch and Fortnite.

CS:GO ESL Pro League to return May 14th, in the meanwhile, we’ve got another tournament in the Blast Pro Madrid

This weekend we are gifted with another BLAST PRO series this time in beautiful Madrid Spain. Perfect time to visit, it can be pretty hot around there in the summer.

Have you ever been? Competitions will begin May 10-11. With 125,000 going to our first place winners. Round 1 Matches begin with Cloud 9 vs. TBD (wild card perhaps?), ENCE vs Na’Vi and Astralis vs our infamous Ninja i P.

Can you tell me a little bit more about the CS:GO BLAST PRO Madrid Format?

Paladins Premier League

Tomorrow, we’ll see the return of the Paladins Premier League, in which the Pittsburgh Knight challenge Ninjas in Pyjamas, and after that, Virtus.Pro will clash against Spacestation Gaming. On Friday, we’ll get even more games, with Ninjas in Pyjamas taking on Space Station Gaming, and then the Pittsburgh Knights will return against Virtus.Pro.

We continue our coverage of DOTA 2 MDL Disneyland Paris Major; Which have entered the middle of the playoff rounds, ending on sunday May 12th. There are some pretty clear standings, at least with our remaining upper bracket teams.

A favorite contender being Team Liquid, who unfortunately for them, didn’t make it past The Finals Upper Bracket Round 1, they played against Evil Geniuses 1-2. Team Liquid might have a chance to redeem themselves if they choose to do what it takes to utilize the Upper and Lower Bracket format. Their First Match in the lower bracket will be against Pain Gaming.

In the Upper Bracket Round two which is a best of 3 we have OG up against Team Secret and Evil Geniuses vs. Ninja’s in PJ’s. From there the winners will continue onto Upper Bracket Finals best of 3, and finally, here’s where Team Liquid might come in, The Grand Finals, which will be held on Sunday.

In our lower brackets, PSG.LGD face off Complexity & vs. Mineski, Team Liquid vs. paiN Gaming and finally Vivi Gaming vs. Keen Gaming.  As I said before we’ve really seen a drop off, a lot of teams leaving those upper brackets, to battle it out with the strongholds like Keen Gaming, PaiN Gaming, Mineski, and Complexity.

First Place is worth 4,950 DPC points and 350,000 Dollars.

DOTA is a free to Play game, with a very steep learning Cliff, as most professionals outside of the DOTA arena claim, it’s great to see who can maintain and how some unexpected losses can really shake things up a bit.

In other Dota 2 news, the International 2019 Battle Pass was released yesterday, and listed the initial prize pool of 1.6 million USD. In four hours, it already passed 2 million, and is set to continue climbing. For comparison, last year the international prize pool reached a happy 25,532,177 dollars. Here’s where it gets even crazier - of every purchase of the Battle Pass (previously known as the Compendium), only 25% goes to the Internationlal’s prize pool. That means 23.9 million dollars were added to the Internationals prize pool, of which Valve took a happy 95.6 million total, minus that 23.9 is about 71.7, and just for funsies, let’s also subtract the initial total of the prize pool, of 1.6 million. That means Valve walked away last year with a clean 70.1’ish million dollars in their pockets. If this rate of growth is set to continue, expect the international to surpass TI8’s prize pool in 230 hours, or just under ten days. Of course, that’s assuming people consistently buy the Battle Pass at the same rate, instead of that buying rate waxing and waning over time. And ultimately, the International won’t take place until August, so even if things do slow down, you should still be expecting some big numbers to be coming up soon - especially if DOTA 2 wants to catch up to the current big spenders of Fortnite, who are looking at spending 30 million on their World Cup.

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