Interviews

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MSI 2021 preview with LCK caster Chronicler and LPL caster Munchables

The League of Legends Mid-Seasonal Invitational (MSI) kicks off in Iceland on May 6th 2021, after a two-year break due to the pandemic, bringing together championship-winning teams from Riot’s different regional leagues. While MSI is often dominated by the Chinese LPL and Korean LCK teams, in 2019 G2 Esports and Team Liquid bucked that trend by making the finals in Taiwan. With the help of Megalodontus, ENUK editor Dom Sacco speaks to Dutch caster Chronicler (pictured left, from the LCK) and Brit Munchables (right, from the LPL) to get their insights before MSI begins. Continue reading MSI 2021 preview with…

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Super Squad playtest and interview: UK dev Bad Fox Studios aims to shake up MOBA genre with new 5v5 team shooter

We might not feature the game development sector all that much on Esports News UK, but the UK is home to a host of dev talent that often gets overlooked. Bad Fox Studios is one such developer, which has built Super Squad, a new 5v5 MOBA-like team shooter that the studio is calling a Multiplayer Online Shoot-‘Em-Up (MOSH). Esports News UK editor Dom Sacco catches up with three members of the team to interview them while playtesting Super Squad at the same time. Continue reading Super Squad playtest and interview: UK dev Bad Fox Studios aims to shake up MOBA…

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Interview with EU League of Legends casters Noa and Carmeline on women in esports: “On one hand I know how important the exposure is for brands and media, and I know that we need it, but on the other hand I get angry when I see them using us for marketing, and only speak up about our problems one day per year”

March was Women’s History Month, and the esports industry took the chance to celebrate the many talented and often times overlooked individuals within the space. Some say esports is getting more diverse, but there are still many challenges that women face in esports. There aren’t many women within the League of Legends European Regional Leagues (LoL ERLs). Ainhoa ‘Noa’ Campos (pictured left) and Carmen ‘Carmeline’ Junquera (right) are two such personalities, with Noa casting the Spanish LVP SuperLiga and Carmeline casting the Baltic Masters (and NUEL’s Women’s University tournament). Continue reading Interview with EU League of Legends casters Noa and…

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Queen Mary’s College esports facility becomes first in UK to include a dedicated yoga room, with League of Legends-themed yoga positions planned

A UK college is about to open a brand new esports building, complete with 52 gaming systems, an editing and streaming room, mini cafe… and even a yoga room. Queen Mary’s College in Basingstoke will open its new esports facility on May 27th 2021. It’s part of a £700,000 project that has seen the first floor of a pre-existing building gutted out with a fresh new interior added, while the IT and STEAM provision on the top floor will be expanded. Continue reading Queen Mary’s College esports facility becomes first in UK to include a dedicated yoga room, with League…

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MSI & VCT Masters interview with Ásbjörn Ásbjörnsson from the Icelandic Esports Association: “These are the biggest events Iceland has ever held, period. And we’ve had artists like Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran playing here in the last few years!”

Image credit: Dusty The League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) and Valorant Championship Tour (VCT) Masters Stage 2 will take place in Iceland’s capital Reykjavík in May. This is a historical landmark for the Nordic nation and marks the first time they’ve been chosen to host not one, but two prestigious esports tournaments back-to-back. While these are live events taking place at Laugardalshöll football stadium, there won’t be any fans in attendance given the pandemic. Continue reading MSI & VCT Masters interview with Ásbjörn Ásbjörnsson from the Icelandic Esports Association: “These are the biggest events Iceland has ever held, period….

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Interview with James ‘Stress’ O’Leary on leaving Mad Lions, his time casting and inclusion in esports: ‘It’d be a massive thing for an LEC player to be openly LGBTQA+, but with that comes a lot of pressure they’d put on themselves’

Image credit: StressCasts.com Stress is a familiar name to those who followed the EU LCS before it became the LEC we know now. He cast on some of the biggest stages, such as Worlds 2016, before announcing his departure from casting the EU LCS in late 2017. Since then he’s pursued different roles, his most recent being community manager of LEC team Mad Lions. Stress now works at communications and marketing agency ICO Partners focusing on Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons. Continue reading Interview with James ‘Stress’ O’Leary on leaving Mad Lions, his time casting and inclusion in…

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UKLC playoffs preview with casters Jamada and Hiprain: ‘Guldborg has been singing the praises of the Danish teams, but Resolve are going to eat them for breakfast at Telia Masters’

The League of Legends UKLC 2021 spring regular split has ended, with Resolve going undefeated with 14 wins in a row and 0 defeats – an historic achievement for their first UKLC split. The fight for playoffs was another slugfest with London Esports, Enclave and MNM Academy filling the last three spots. Only the two playoff finalists will progress to the Telia Masters. We caught up with UKLC casters Jamada (pictured left) and Hiprain (right) to talk about the 2021 Spring Season, their playoff predictions and their expectations for the Telia Masters. Another season of UKLC comes to a close,…

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Interview with British freestyle football champion Andrew Henderson on joining gaming platform Bast and his freestyle career: ‘Overcoming the adversity of my injury made me more determined to become world champion’

Andrew Henderson suffered a serious leg injury at age 16, before going on to become one of the world’s best freestyle footballers. Now, he’s on new gaming platform Bast where fans can play against him online. But what’s his history in gaming and freestyle and how did his career lead him to collabs with Ronaldo, Messi and more? Dominic Sacco asks him in this interview. Please tell us about yourself and how you got into freestyle football. I grew up in Cornwall, now live in London. I have always played sport and played some many different sports growing up. I…