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…
What’s been a top weekend for UK esports so far is just getting better and better. Two Valorant esports teams featuring a host of UK talent have qualified for the world’s first international Valorant LAN. Team Liquid and Fnatic will be the two European representatives at the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) 2021: Stage 2 Masters, which takes place in Reykjavík, Iceland from May 24th to 30th. They beat Oxygen Esports and Gambit Esports 2-0 respectively today in the EMEA Stage 2 Challengers Finals, and will be playing one another in the grand final of that tournament tomorrow (May 2nd). Continue…
I played a lot of Valorant in the two weeks after its release and enjoyed myself immensely. Then I got yelled at by a teammate and never played the game again. Now Riot say they’re going to start recording in-game voice comms so they can analyse it and “take action against players who use voice comms to harass others, use hate speech, or otherwise disrupt your experience.” They also acknowledge that this will pose a privacy concern for some, but that “if you prefer to not have your voice chat captured, you may turn off voice chat.” Read more
Valorant voice chat will now be recorded by Riot GamesRiot Games has made changes to its Privacy Notice and Terms of Service, noting that starting now, all voice chat in Valorant will be recorded for the purposes of combating “disruptive voice communications.”Watch on YouTubeAccording to the notice, this will also be a possibility in Riot’s other games, such as League of Legends, but for now, the only game where chat will be recorded is Valorant (thanks, Blue).“We know reducing disruptive behavior is a complex problem that will require long-term investment and many different approaches to address—particularly in terms of voice…
It’s time to take a trip to the bright beaches of the Bermuda Triangle – not in real life, I don’t think I’d ever want to go to that spooky place. But in Riot Games’ tactical FPS Valorant, it’s the delightful setting of the new map Breeze. Moving well away from the cold corridors of Icebox, Breeze is a lush seaside location complete with a historical fort, wide open spaces for relaxing (or fighting), and some ominous techy pyramids. It’s out right now, alongside a new battle pass and some pricey gun skins in Episode 2 Act 3. Read more
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….
I love a good gimmick in my Valorant maps. Icebox and its many ziplines, Bind and its teleporters, and now Breeze and its daft trap door. Riot Games announced Breeze earlier today: it’s a new seaside map coming to the tactical FPS next week. It’s big, it’s pretty and I had a chance to try it out early and capture some footage for you to feast your eyes on. Breeze also features a trap door that I don’t full understand the function of, but that just makes me love it all the more. Read more
Last weekend saw the grand finals for the Spring Season of UK university league NSE (National Student Esports) play out, as top university sides from across the country went head-to-head, Jake Nordland reports. NSE’s 2020/21 season saw more than 1,700 teams from 100 universities across the UK – the highest participation in NSE’s history. £6,800 in prize money was claimed during the spring season as the UK’s best battled it out live on NSE’s Twitch channel. Continue reading NSE Spring 2021 Finals Roundup: Warwick crowned NSE’s UK Esports University of the Year for third year in a row
The grand finals for the spring season of UK university league NUEL concluded between March 28th and April 2nd, after 15 weeks of competition. As the culmination of a season with a £25,000 prize pool, the action took place on NUEL’s Twitch stream and was co-hosted by almost 30 student content creators from the university esports community. Jake Nordland rounds up the winners across eight different titles, as 69 students of NUEL’s 6,500 student participants faced off in the grand finals. Continue reading NUEL Spring 2021 grand finals roundup: Which UK university teams won?
Here’s our latest weekly Newsflash roundup, where we cover a host of esports and gaming news in an informal, bitesize nature for you to digest. MAD Lions win LEC Spring 2021 final in thrilling best-of-five MAD Lions defeated Rogue 3-2 in a crazy best-of-five series in the LEC Spring 2021 playoffs final this evening. Rogue were 2-0 up but MAD reverse swept them to become European League of Legends champions for the first time in their history. Continue reading Newsflash: MAD win LEC, Fnatic Valorant team changes, NFTs in esports, Endpoint academy roster, Uni of Birmingham PVP game wins dev…
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