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UK LoL caster Hiprain: “To finally get the offer, to actually be on the LEC… is a really bizarre feeling. I don’t think it’s quite hit home yet. I don’t think it will hit home until about five seconds before the break ends and I go on, to be honest!”

Jake ‘Hiprain’ Matthews is name many are familiar with in the UK, Ireland and European League of Legends (LoL) scene. The play-by-play caster has worked in many tournaments from the UKLC and NLC to the EU Masters and even Rift Rivals 2018 in Australia. But the top-tier LEC has so far eluded his stacked resume. Until now. Last week he was announced as one of several UK casters to be appearing as a guest on the LEC alongside many familiar names, such as Guldborg, Jamada and Troubleinc. Continue reading UK LoL caster Hiprain: “To finally get the offer, to actually…

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League of Legends esports now has its own sticker album as LVP Superliga partners with Panini for the first time

Sticker albums are largely associated with football here in the UK, but now they’re branching out into League of Legends and esports for the first time. Trading card manufacturer Panini has teamed up with LVP (MediaPro Group) to produce a sticker collection for The Superliga, the Spanish European Regional League (ERL). The Superliga album is now available in digital format, although fans who complete it will have the opportunity to purchase it in physical format as well. Continue reading League of Legends esports now has its own sticker album as LVP Superliga partners with Panini for the first time

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UK casters lead Wild Rift Origin Series broadcast line-up including Tridd, Deman, Dezachu and Excoundrel, with three UK teams in Group A

A mix of experienced British esports casters have joined the upcoming League of Legends: Wild Rift Origin Series broadcast talent line-up. And there’s three UK teams involved: Team Future, Reason Gaming and Resolve. Tridd will host the Riot Games tournament for the Europe, CIS, Turkey and MENA regions, which features a €300,000 prize pool. Casters will include UK/France caster Maxman30, as well as Brits Excoundrel, Dezachu and Deman, the latter of which has built up a ton of esports desk experience over the past decade, including the earlier days of League of Legends esports. Continue reading UK casters lead Wild…

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Excel Esports sign UK former Fnatic Valorant player Moe and make other changes to roster

UK organisation Excel Esports has made some changes to its Valorant roster, with the signing of Norwegian/Chile player Rubino and UK player Moe40. Rubino joins from Team Heretics and Moe arrives after a stint at Fnatic. There, he played alongside former Excel vlogger Boaster, with whom he also played on SUMN FC before joining Fnatic. Excel, Davidp and B1GGY have decided to mutually terminate agreements, to allow them to pursue other projects in the Valorant scene. Continue reading Excel Esports sign UK former Fnatic Valorant player Moe and make other changes to roster

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Rainbow Six Siege UK Ireland Nationals returns for 2021 Summer Season with £25,000 up for grabs

Ubisoft has today announced the 2021 Summer Season for the Rainbow Six Siege UK Ireland Nationals (UKIN). The prize for the winning team will secure a place in the 2021 Challenger League and a chance to qualify for the 2022 European League. The group stage of the league will start June 29th 2021 and run until July 27th on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, for a total of seven playdays. The UK Ireland Nationals are back for Summer ‘21. Continue reading Rainbow Six Siege UK Ireland Nationals returns for 2021 Summer Season with £25,000 up for grabs

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Ibai banned on Twitch after guest moons on stream

Spanish streamer and former League of Legends caster Ibai ‘Ibai’ Llanos has been banned on Twitch after a guest flashed their buttocks on stream. This appears to be the reason for his latest ban, where a guest exposed themselves during a rap battle event. Ibai explained on Twitter: “During the weekend battles, one of the boys showed his ass. I desperately yelled a “NOOOO” as he turned around but I couldn’t help it. Continue reading Ibai banned on Twitch after guest moons on stream

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Team RossBoomsocks announced for Twitch Rivals Summer Rumble: Top streaming talent from the UK and beyond to compete in LoL, TFT and Valorant

Scottish League of Legends content creator RossBoomsocks may be the king of mucking about in the game, but he also knows how to gather a mean crew. The UK, IE and Nordics League of Legends Twitter account has announced Team RossBoomsocks will be taking part in the Twitch Rivals Summer Rumble this month, featuring three Riot Games titles. There will be three RossBoomsocks teams – one in League of Legends, one in Teamfight Tactics (TFT) and one in Valorant. Continue reading Team RossBoomsocks announced for Twitch Rivals Summer Rumble: Top streaming talent from the UK and beyond to compete in…

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Rainbow Six Siege official esports headset revealed: The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro – Six Siege Special Edition

Hardware brand Razer has teamed up with Ubisoft to announce the BlackShark V2 Pro – Six Siege Special Edition, the official esports headset for the Rainbow Six Siege. The device is a reskinned version of the BlackShark V2 Pro with a Six Siege design and highlighted with orange stitching and accents. It features all the existing features of the V2 Pro esports headset, with Razer TriForce Titanium 50mm drivers, THX Spatial Audio with advanced 7.1 surround sound and a Discord-certified removable Razer HyperClear Supercardioid Microphone. Continue reading Rainbow Six Siege official esports headset revealed: The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro – Six…

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A man of many talents: Video of Fnatic Valorant team captain Boaster singing in Mandarin watched by millions

Jake ‘Boaster’ Howlett is not only capturing the minds of Valorant fans worldwide, but he’s now winning over their hearts too, thanks to a mix of musical talent, lively personality and witty charm. The British Valorant player and team captain of Fnatic’s Valorant side, who recently reached the final of the Stage 2 Masters LAN in Iceland, was very much the face of the tournament. Whether it was his crazy post-game celebrations with the team, lively vlogs, enthusiastic face reactions when the camera panned to him or his politeness in press conferences (“first of all, thank you for the question…”), Boaster…

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British esports host Frankie Ward added to strategy game Humankind as an avatar: “I can’t wait to crush your empires, guys!”

Popular British esports host and personality Frankie Ward has been transformed into a virtual character for an upcoming strategy game. She will appear in PC title Humankind, which is due for release on PC, Mac and Stadia on August 17th 2021, developed by Amplitude Studios and published by Sega. It’s been compared to games like Civilization and will allow players to develop cities and interact with other regions. Frankie Ward’s in-game character is sassy, features her trademark charisma and challenges the player to beat her in the Humankind closed beta. Continue reading British esports host Frankie Ward added to strategy…

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Caedrel joins DRX as its official global streamer and will co-stream LCK matches

British LEC caster and former pro League of Legends player, Marc ‘Caedrel’ Lamont, has joined South Korean esports organisation DRX as its official global streamer. The former League of Legends pro player – who left Excel Esports in late 2020 to focus on his career as a caster – has more than 100,000 followers on Twitch and 76,000 on Twitter. Caedrel has been embraced by the League of Legends community and this announcement is the latest development in his esports career. Continue reading Caedrel joins DRX as its official global streamer and will co-stream LCK matches

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Isle of Man’s first professional esports organisation receives government sponsorship

The Isle of Man Government has announced its sponsorship of the Island’s first professional esports organisation, X7 Esports, which it says underlines its long-term commitment to the industry.   Digital Isle of Man, part of the Government’s Department for Enterprise, has sponsored X7, a new team with a roster in League of Legends which plans to enter other titles in the future. The team was founded on the Isle of Man in December 2020. Continue reading Isle of Man’s first professional esports organisation receives government sponsorship

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Vexed Gaming partners with eSportskred to build esports influencer network platform

Social media sponsorship firm eSportskred and well-known UK esports organisation Vexed Gaming have partnered to develop an influencer network platform for brand partners. This new platform brings all Vexed’s content and influencers under a single digital environment, delivering management of their complete social presence. Developed in 2017, the platform has been designed to help traditional athletes and sports teams make money from their social media presence. In partnering with Vexed Gaming, eSportskred has ‘optimised its technology’ to focus on esports. Continue reading Vexed Gaming partners with eSportskred to build esports influencer network platform

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Raven interview: Hearthstone caster and ‘UK’s Best Gamer’ on esports streakers, getting reported for how he says ‘Shaman’ and that ragequit in the recent Grandmasters final

Having spent the last two months casting the most recent Hearthstone Grandmasters (which ended in a controversial player ‘ragequit’), Alexander ‘Raven’ Baguley is an experienced UK Hearthstone caster. Raven has a storied history, having played in the old ESL UK & Ireland Hearthstone Premiership and at various Insomnias, before transitioning into casting. Not only that, but he’s run his own events, was crowned the ‘UK’s Best Gamer’, witnessed UK esports’ first streaker and first met ENUK editor Dom Sacco while playing vanilla World of Warcraft some 15 years ago. Continue reading Raven interview: Hearthstone caster and ‘UK’s Best Gamer’ on…

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Why was Alphari benched? Team Liquid reveal real reason for benching LCS top-laner

North American esports organisation Team Liquid have published a statement explaining why their UK League of Legends top-laner, Barney ‘Alphari’ Morris, was benched last weekend. They confirmed that Thomas ‘Jenkins’ Tran – who subbed in for Alphari after Liquid lost their first match last week – would also be playing in week two of the LCS Summer 2021 Season. “Last week Alphari was benched for performance and attitude reasons, which were concerns that started during the practice leading to Summer Split,” the org said in a tweet. Continue reading Why was Alphari benched? Team Liquid reveal real reason for benching…

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London Esports appoints former West Ham CCO Karim Virani as non-executive director

London Esports has appointed Karim Virani as a non-executive director, someone who was previously chief commercial officer for London-based Premier League football club West Ham United. Karim is the first person to sign an esports player to a Premier League football club. More recently, Karim has also taken on a non-executive director role at Mental Health First Aid England and is the commercial director for fan token platform Socios. Heading into the Summer 2021 UK League of Legends Championship (UKLC) and UK Esports League (UKEL), Karim says he’s excited to support the team in a more official manner, as the…

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How lockdown changed gaming in the UK: 9 key takeaways from Ofcom’s Online National 2021 Report

Ofcom has published its Online National 2021 Report which features a host of data about gaming habits in the UK – and how these changed after the pandemic hit last year. We’ve rounded up 9 stats from the report. 1. Almost two thirds of adults played games last year With people at home for much of the year, online gaming saw a big increase in 2020. Nearly two thirds (62%) of adults, and 92% of 16- to 24-year-olds, said they played games on an electronic device, and over half of all gamers agreed that gaming helped them get through lockdown….

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Exclusive interview with NLC caster Guldborg on getting called up to the LEC and why swearing at Quickshot is on his bucket list

Last spring, the EU Masters brought many new eyes to the wealth of talent the European Regional Leagues (ERLs) have to the wider community, with Karmine Corp’s EU Masters win shattering viewership all around. However, the focus it brought was not trained solely on the players, but also the number of casters from the ERLs that were involved. Danish NLC caster Guldborg was one of those names. On June 9th, the LEC announced its casting line-up for Summer 2021 and many names from the regional leagues were announced as guests, with Guldborg making it within their ranks. Continue reading Exclusive…