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Raven and Footpatrol launch exclusive Call of Duty League team collections at pop-up shop in London, with guest appearances from Jukeyz and Angelika

Esports apparel brand Raven and London sneaker destination Footpatrol have launched exclusive merch collections for Call of Duty League teams LA Thieves, London Royal Ravens, OpTic Chicago and Atlanta FaZe. These will be sold exclusively at a retail pop-up in the heart of Soho, London on July 10th 2021. The Raven x Footpatrol pop-up has been created solely for UK fans of the Call of Duty franchise, offering a chance to experience a community-driven activation after more than 18 months of uncertain times. Continue reading Raven and Footpatrol launch exclusive Call of Duty League team collections at pop-up shop in…

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As Valve suffers setbacks with Sweden, could the Dota 2 International head to the UK in the future? We ask talent, fans and members of the UK esports community for their thoughts

This week, Valve announced that Dota 2’s biggest annual esports event – The International (TI) – may not take place in Stockholm, Sweden, as planned, due to complications with the Swedish government and sports bodies making it difficult for esports talent to secure visas. Valve is now ‘looking for possible alternatives elsewhere in Europe’ to host TI10 this year, in case the Swedish government is unable to accommodate it. So, Esports News UK asks, what about the UK? Continue reading As Valve suffers setbacks with Sweden, could the Dota 2 International head to the UK in the future? We ask…

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Logitech McLaren G Challenge returns for 2021, with Lando Norris taking part in a celebrity Pro-Am race

British racing brand McLaren and PC hardware brand Logitech G have today announced a new look to the G Challenge sim racing competition, with F1 driver and streamer Lando Norris (pictured) leading the charge. The official 2021 Logitech McLaren G Challenge racing season will start on July 1st and feature several new additions and challenges. The tournament will expand to include three divisions: Open Wheel, Stock Car and Sport Car Racing. In this fourth year, G Challenge will be played on the iRacing and Assetto Corsa Competizione games, and will culminate with a grand final on January 15th 2022, in…

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UK Yogscast streamer Pedguin banned on Twitch for use of emotes including a Winnie the Pooh cartoon posterior and hot tub

Peter ‘Pedguin’ Mann, UK streamer and member of the UK-based entertainment group Yogscast, has been banned on Twitch. Pedguin says the ban was due to his emotes, and white Twitch hadn’t apparently told him what was specifically wrong with his latest emotes, it did previously state previous emotes were removed due to ‘imagery of sexualised content or nudity’. Pedguin had previously submitted slightly different versions of the below Winnie the Pooh-style emotes, which were removed by Twitch, prompting him to make tweaks and changes. Continue reading UK Yogscast streamer Pedguin banned on Twitch for use of emotes including a Winnie the…

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Betway x Blast Spring Games: Companies release unique Olympic-themed CSGO challenge maps on Steam after dev1ce and others go head-to-head

Online bookmaker Betway and tournament organiser Blast are challenging the esports community to claim gold with four Olympic-themed challenges on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO). The Spring Games will be familiar to some – fans will have seen these maps in action before on the Blast Premier YouTube and Twitch channel, racking up millions of views. Competing on the maps, gamers will have their ability, composure and movement put to the test, with the highest overall scorer being crowned the winner and given the coveted Betway x Blast golden medal. Continue reading Betway x Blast Spring Games: Companies release unique Olympic-themed…

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Top Blokes, Guild finish top 6 in RLCS X European Championship

Top Blokes and Guild Esports, two of the UK’s strongest Rocket League teams, finished 3rd-4th and 5th respectively in the RLCS X European Championship. The European Championship is the European portion of the cancelled LAN World Championship, which was split into regional Championships and moved online.  Both UK-majority teams started in the Upper Quarterfinals, with Guild looking flat and quickly falling to Top Blokes in two consecutive best-of-five series. Top 4 first RLCS season – cant complain. Continue reading Top Blokes, Guild finish top 6 in RLCS X European Championship

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Beyond NRG becomes UK’s most widely distributed gaming energy drink after reaching 375 Holland & Barrett stores, as wellness retailer adds new gaming category for the first time

Holland & Barrett has become the UK’s first general high street retailer to list an energy supplement for gamers after signing a deal with Beyond NRG. This has made the new gaming energy drink brand Beyond NRG the UK’s most widely distributed gaming energy drink, according to a press release published today. It will now be stocked in 375 Holland & Barrett stores across the country. Whilst Holland & Barrett is famous for listing health supplements, this industry-first sees the Holland & Barrett website create an entire new category dedicated to gaming. Continue reading Beyond NRG becomes UK’s most widely…

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Women in Games opens nominations for revised esports and gaming awards

Not-for-profit organisation Women in Games has called for entries to its reworked global esports and gaming awards event. The awards have been expanded to cover six newly defined categories and 20 awards. Women in Games, which has been running awards for 10 years, says it would like to welcome ‘all the women who are working and participating in competitive gaming and esports, with a full suite of awards designed to celebrate all those contributing to the development of an open and transformative esports sector’. Continue reading Women in Games opens nominations for revised esports and gaming awards

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We speak to Empathise, the young UK Valorant streamer raided by 100 Thieves pro player Hiko: ‘I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2018 and streamed more as an escape, and now this has exploded into something I never thought would happen. It’s brought back my motivation after losing my old Twitch account’

When 18-year-old UK Immortal Valorant streamer Empathise (aka Harley) from Nottingham sat down to broadcast this week, he was expecting to stream to a handful of viewers. But 100 Thieves pro Valorant player Spencer ‘Hiko’ Martin had other ideas. He decided to raid Empathise’s channel, resulting in his Twitch followers jumping by more than 2,000 almost overnight, with esports pros, journalists and others in the gaming community giving Empathise attention and support. Continue reading We speak to Empathise, the young UK Valorant streamer raided by 100 Thieves pro player Hiko: ‘I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2018 and…

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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…