H3CZ and Scump file $680m Activision Blizzard lawsuit over ‘CoD League monopoly’
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by Ivan Šimić
1w ago
Image credit: Call of Duty League OpTic Gaming CEO Hector ‘H3cz’ Rodriguez and former Call of Duty player Seth ‘Scump’ Abner have filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard. The lawsuit, which was first reported by Bloomberg Law, alleges that Activision Blizzard engaged in “monopolistic, trade-restraining and anti-competitive” actions, which resulted in major financial harm to Rodriguez and his business ventures. In addition, the lawsuit claims that Activision refused to allow Rodriguez to be a sole owner of a CDL team, among other things. Keep Reading Hector Rodriguez reacquires OpTic ..read more
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FaZe Clan expands ‘FaZe Fridays’ series in 2024, plans to offer $1m in cash prizes
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by Lee Jones
2w ago
Image credit: FaZe Clan North American esports organisation FaZe Clan has expanded its weekly gaming tournament series ‘FaZe Fridays’, with $1m (~£792,000) in cash prizes set to be offered in 2024. The tournaments are set to feature a range of titles including Call of Duty and Fortnite, and will see a combination of online and LAN events. Keep Reading FaZe Clan partners with crypto casino Rollbit GameSquare to acquire FaZe Clan Complexity confirms continued involvement in Counter-Strike amid speculation over FaZe acquisition Prizes of $25,000 (~£19,800) will be up for grabs each week ..read more
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OverActive Media secures Call of Duty-focused deal with Blacklyte
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by Lea Maas
1M ago
Image credit: Blacklyte via X (@BlacklyteOffl) Multinational esports and entertainment company OverActive Media has signed a sponsorship agreement with lifestyle and gaming brand Blacklyte. As a result, Blacklyte will be featured in several branding and content activations, including an on-site space at the Toronto Ultra Major III Call of Duty tournament. Keep Reading OverActive Media announces Q3 2023 operating profit despite net loss OverActive Media launches content creator academy Toronto Ultra names CRAVE Meals as latest partner According to the release, Blacklyte will receive Ca ..read more
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Esports events calendar 2024: Major leagues and tournaments
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by Tom Daniels
1M ago
LEC Winter Split 2024 at the Riot Games Arena. Image credit: Michal Konkol/Riot Games Esports, similar to traditional sports, is made up of multiple ecosystems that span across a variety of games. As such, esports fans are treated to major tournaments and events throughout the entirety of the year.  To help you navigate the esports calendar this year, Esports Insider has created a month-by-month list of events that are taking place in 2024. These competitions range from annual World Championships to expansive leagues that cover entire regions.  This list will be updated periodic ..read more
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What would an ideal esports tier list look like?
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by Dafydd Gwynn
1M ago
Just like sports fans arguing if Rugby or American football is tougher, everybody in esports has a different opinion on which title is the best. This has led to fans making their own tier lists where they rank major esports — however one thing these usually have in common is bias. Whether subconscious or not, it is difficult to be objective when ranking anything, unless there are defined parameters. So what would make an ideal tier list? Esports Insider looked at the statistics and put together some key criteria that might be considered in an ideal, more objectively-defined tier list. The ..read more
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Call of Duty Challengers format revealed, FACEIT integration announced
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by Lea Maas
1M ago
Image credit: FACEIT Call of Duty (CoD) Challengers, CoD esports’ path-to-pro competitive series, has unveiled its format heading into the 2024 season. From 2024 onwards, the series’ Challenger and Elite qualifiers will be hosted in collaboration with online gaming platform FACEIT. Keep Reading Call of Duty League to broadcast exclusively on YouTube despite growing numbers on Twitch FACEIT announces Rocket League OFFSEASON OPEN FACEIT launches $100,000 FPL Proving Grounds for Counter-Strike 2 Call of Duty Challengers is Activision Blizzard’s CoD grassroots ecosystem. The competition ..read more
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Call of Duty League to broadcast exclusively on YouTube despite growing numbers on Twitch
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by Ivan Šimić
2M ago
Image Credit: Call of Duty League / Activision Blizzard The Activision Blizzard-owned Call of Duty League (CDL) will be broadcast exclusively on YouTube for its upcoming season, the league has announced. This marks the second time around that the CDL has decided to air exclusively on the Google-owned video platform. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Keep Reading Call of Duty League records 190,000 viewers upon returning to Twitch Call of Duty League Champs 2023 records increased viewership Call of Duty League secures Monster Energy partnership The news comes at the start of the ne ..read more
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Version1 ownership group enters strategic partnership with G2 Esports
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by Jonno Nicholson
2M ago
Image credit: G2 Esports The ownership group of North American esports organisation Version1 has announced a strategic partnership with European esports organisation G2 Esports. The group, which consists of WISE Ventures and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, will become shareholders in G2 Esports. Keep Reading G2 Esports and Herman Miller launch gaming chair Version1 Rocket League partners with Undeniably Dairy Esports organisation Version1 seeking merger In addition to Version1’s ownership becoming shareholders in G2 Esports, the European esports organisation will receive the operating r ..read more
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Miami Heretics and GAMERGY to host Call of Duty League Major II
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by Lea Maas
3M ago
Image Credit: GGTech Entertainment Call of Duty League franchise Miami Heretics will host the 2024 Call of Duty League Major II alongside esports and gaming festival GAMERGY. The tournament’s grand final will take place on March 24th 2024 at GAMERGY’s ‘main stadium’ in Miami, Florida. Keep Reading Team Heretics partners with Red Bull GGTech to host Spike Nations VALORANT charity tournament Call of Duty League Champs 2023 records increased viewership GAMERGY’s first edition in the US will run from March 21st to 24th, featuring a 118,000 sq ft exhibition area and a main stadium that fea ..read more
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Online tournament organiser GameBattles to shut down in 2024
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by Dafydd Gwynn
3M ago
(ESI Illustration) Image credit: Gamebattles Online tournament website GameBattles has announced it will close its platform on January 15th, 2024. Founded in 2003 and then later acquired by MLG (Major League Gaming) in 2006, GameBattles is a company that has been deeply integrated into the Call of Duty community for years. Keep Reading Overwatch League officially over as teams vote for exit Microsoft completes acquisition of Activision Blizzard Call of Duty Mobile World Championship to take place at DreamHack Atlanta GameBattles hosted ladders, leagues, and tournaments which catered t ..read more
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