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24 08, 2016

fnatic sign Academy team

fnatic have just announced the signing of an Academy team, consisting of up-and-coming Swedish players, including Niclas “PlesseN” Plessen and Aleksandar “jayzaR” Zarkovic.

The team have been put together by coach Andreas “Samuelsson” Samuelsson, who hand-picked the five players after an immense scouting period with the aim of compiling a dedicated roster with potential to make it to the next level.

One of the more known names of the new squad is Niclas “PlesseN” Plessen, who made headlines in April by standing in forfnatic during Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer’s leave, although he was later on replaced by John “wenton” Eriksson due to inexperience.

The AWPing role will be fulfilled by Aleksandar “jayzaR” Zarkovicwho made his name in INFINITY and Iwku and played at Copenhagen Games 2016 with the latter.

Two former visomvet players have been brought in as well, in-game leader Maikil “Golden” Selim and Linus “Baaten” Bååt Andersson, while the lineup is completed by Alex “Karus” Saglamoglu, who is participating in FACEIT’s Pro League (FPL) and reached 7th place in April.

“Today we are pleased to announce our latest CS venture: Fnatic Academy CS:GO.” fnatic’s Chief Gaming Officer, Patrik “cArn” Sättermon, said in a statement.

“We have identified what we believe is some of the most talented and hard working players in Europe, and from today onwards these individuals will form one of the strongest semi-professional teams, which we as an organisation will support in their journey towards becoming the eSports stars of tomorrow.”

Coach Samuelsson also shared a few words in the announcement:

“The Academy Team is an exciting project which includes five of the best young talents in Europe. All five players have the potential to become great pro players with the right dedication and motivation.”

“Our goal is to gain as much experience as possible this year, both online and offline and finally qualify for a Major in late 2017. I’m confident that we can achieve that goal together. I also want to give a big shout out to Patrik “cArn” Sättermon and Fnatic for their full support.”

fnatic Academy are:

Niclas “PlesseN” Plessen
Aleksandar “jayzaR” Zarkovic
Alex “Karus” Saglamoglu
Maikil “Golden” Selim
Linus “Baaten” Bååt Andersson

Andreas “Samuelsson” Samuelsson (coach)

The team will make their debut in the last ECS Season 2 Development league qualifier on Saturday.

Source: HLTV.org

22 08, 2016

Jumpy joins fnatic as coach

fnatic have announced that Jimmy “Jumpy” Berndtsson has been installed as the team’s new coach.

The 29-year-old will take over from Viktor “vuggo” Jendeby, who announced at the weekend that he was transitioning to a manager/analyst role within the organisation.

Jimmy “Jumpy” Berndtsson, who played for teams like Volt Gaming, Begrip and Meet Your Makers in 1.6, had moderate success as a player during the early stages of CS:GO and ended up embracing a career as a coach.


Jumpy to coach fnatic’s team

After little over four months on Escape Gaming, during which he also played when needed, Berndtsson has now been entrusted with the task of guiding the new fnatic roster, which recently saw the additions of John “wenton” Eriksson, Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson andSimon “twist” Eliasson.

“I am excited to be working with such talented players and be a part of one of the most successful organisations in eSports,” Berndtssonsaid in a statement.

“I think we can do some really good things together.”

Berndtsson’s first event on the job will be the SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 Finals, which will take place from September 7-11 in Nanjing, China, with $300,000 on offer.

The Swedish team now have:

Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer
Dennis “dennis” Edman
John “wenton” Eriksson
Simon “twist” Eliasson
Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson

Jimmy “Jumpy” Berndtsson (coach)

Source: HLTV.org

20 08, 2016

vuggo: “Won’t coach fnatic for long”

In Tomi “lurppis” Kovanen’s podcast, fnatic’s Viktor “vuggo” Jendeby shared he wouldn’t stay on as main coach for much longer, as the team are looking into new options.

The fourth episode of Tomi “lurppis” Kovanen’s podcast featuredfnatic’s main coach, Viktor “vuggo” Jendeby, who talked about various subjects, most importantly the roster swap between them and GODSENT.

Towards the end of the episode, the conversation turned to the recently announced coach limitation at Valve-sponsored events as well as ESL’s and Valve’s approach to CS:GO.


After one-and-a-half years, vuggo plans to move to a managing and analyzing role

While on the subject, Jendeby shared he wouldn’t keep his position on the team, as he plans to move to a managing and analyzing role in the organization while fnatic are looking into hiring a new main coach.

Source: HLTV.org

18 08, 2016

VP, EnVyUs, FaZe to DH Bucharest

Half of the invited teams for DreamHack ZOWIE Open Bucharest have been revealed by the organizers – Virtus.pro, EnVyUs and FaZe.

A total of eight teams will face off at DreamHack ZOWIE Open Bucharest, taking place from September 16-18 in Bucharest’s Polyvalent Hall.

Two teams will come from a two-stage format of qualifiers held in Europe, while the remaining six will be invited directly based on ranking and results.


Virtus.pro invited to DreamHack Open Bucharest

Half of the invites have now been handed out, as Virtus.pro,EnVyUs and FaZe will take part in the $100,000 tournament.

Virtus.pro have most recently won ELEAGUE Season 1, whileEnVyUs are still struggling to make it back into the world’s elite. Only two days ago, FaZe announced the departure of Ricardo “fox” Pacheco, who was replaced by Aleksi “allu” Jalli.

The participants’ list is currently following:

Virtus.pro EnVyUs FaZe Invite
Invite Invite EU closed qualifier EU closed qualifier

The remaining three invites are expected to be announced in the near future.

Source: HLTV.org

17 08, 2016

Valve to limit coach communication

According to an e-mail sent out by ESL to select professional teams, Valve has set a new rule limiting coach communication during matches at Valve-sponsored events, which ESL have introduced into their ruleset as well.

According to the e-mail, Valve currently sees coaches as a sixth player rather than a “source of guidance or training”, which led them to a decision to limit coach communication during matches.

From now on, coaches will only be able to communicate with their players during warm up, half-time breaks and newly introduced four, 30-second timeouts per map.

ESL have decided to copy the rule into their offline events, which will be in place for the first time at ESL One New York, taking place from September 30 to October 2.

Such a rule will severely limit teams who use coaches as in-game leaders, as is the case with Natus Vincere, NiP, Liquid, mousesports, FaZe and more.

The full explanation looks as follows:

“With unrestricted communication with their players, coaches can currently function as a sixth player, and not solely as a source of guidance or training. Activities such as keeping track of the economy, calling plays, and general situational awareness are important components of CS gameplay. If a person is performing these actions, we consider them a player.

Since the goal of our events is to identify the best five-player CS teams that exhibit the best combination of all CS skills, the current participation of coaches in the game is not compatible with that goal. To address this problem, future Valve sponsored events will enforce the following coaching rules:

  • During a match, the coach may only communicate with the players during warmup, half-time, or during one of four 30 second timeouts that the coach or player can call.

Obviously, third party events can use whatever rules they want but if you want to align your events with ours then we recommend using this coaching rule.

Ido Magal”

Source: HLTV.org

16 08, 2016

No Man’s Sky Dev Says Upcoming Patch Will Make Players ‘Very Happy’

A new patch is coming for No Man’s Sky, according to Hello Games’ founder Sean Murray, who says that it will make all players on PC and PS4 ‘very happy’.

There’s little doubt in anyone’s mind that No Man’s Sky has been struggling since launch, with numerous players reporting issues with the game, in particular on the PC version. Now, though, a tweet from Sean Murray suggests that fans of the space exploration game will be “very happy” with a new patch that Hello Games is currently working on.

Now available to both console and PC users, No Man’s Sky has been a huge success on all platforms, becoming the second biggest launch ever on the PS4. Since the majority of performance issues with the game have been for PC users, Murray’s tweet suggesting that both PC and PS4 players will enjoy the patch perhaps means that new features are coming to the game, rather than fixes.

 If new features were to be added, Murray has stated previously that base-building and large space-freighters would be coming after release in the form of free patches toNo Man’s Sky, though it’d be impressive if the team were already on schedule to release such large forms of DLC.

It seems more likely that Hello Games have been working on some fix patches based on the massive amounts of player feedback that the developers have been receiving since launch. This is probably for the best, given the gaming community’s often passionate response to broken games, as seen recently with Niantic’s Pokemon GO.

no man's sky walkers

An experimental version of the game is available for testers on Steam to try out and appears to have fixed a lot of the major issues for many players, which makes a fix patch for the base game seem even more likely. For the time being, PC gamers have come up with a few adjustments to help No Man’s Sky perform better on their computers.

According to Murray, new visual enhancements such as temporal AA and new cloud rendering tech should be coming soon too, which will vastly change how the game looks, but this is probably a little further off that a week after release.

Rumors that No Man’s Sky could come to Xbox One have also surfaced, though for Microsoft fans’ sake we hope it arrives only after the issues have been sorted out, and in the form of a better port than the PC version of the game too.

No Man’s Sky is available now on PC and PlayStation 4.

14 08, 2016

The victors of the $20 million International 6 are Wings!!!!

It could be the best International ever based on how many cracking games and the number of surprises, and it came to its crescendo just now when Wings became The International 6 champions.

Wings are your International 6 champions

Digital Chaos and Wings was the finale of The International 6, and there were no two teams more befitting of their spot. Digital Chaos went on a rampage through the lower-bracket eliminating a total of 5 teams from TI6, including the former champions Evil Geniuses in the LB Finals.

Wings on the other hand, started slow on day 1 of the group stages, but then gathered momentum much like Digital Chaos, qualifying for the upper-bracket and remaining undefeated in the playoffs all the way to the Grand Final. Both were known for creative drafting, both were on a roll when they finally clashed in a battle for the $9 million first-place prize.

With the TI6 a wrap here are the final standings of the top 16 teams. The winners of TI6 receive over $9 million, whilst second place is over $3 million. It is the third year in a row Evil Geniuses have placed top 3 and the prize money for their bronze medal at TI6 is over $2 million, which will make their mid player SumaiL a teenage millionaire.

1st: cn Wings Gaming- $9,119,210
2nd: us Digital Chaos – $3,419,704
3rd: us Evil Geniuses – $2,176,175
4th: my Fnatic – $1,450,783
5th-6th: cn EHOME – $932,646
5th-6th: kr MVP Phoenix – $932,646
7th-8th: ph TNC Pro Team – $518,137
7th-8th: eu Team Liquid – $518,137
9th-12th: cn Newbee – $310,882
9th-12th: cn LGD-Gaming – $310,882
9th-12th: se The Alliance – $310,882
9th-12th: world OG – $310,882
13-16th: cn Vici Gaming Reborn – $103,627
13-16th: eu Escape Gaming – $103,627
13-16th: eu Team Secret – $103,627
13-16th: ua Natus Vincere – $103,627

12 08, 2016

Underlord Pitlord is FINALLY unveiled!! Will hit the client on August 23

A brand new hero has finally made it’s way from Dota 1 into Dota 2, the Underlord Pitlord! It was unveiled during the all-star match and dk Johan ‘BigDaddyN0tail‘ Sundstein got to play the new hero!

The Underworld Pitlord was the only hero left in Dota 1 not ported over to Dota 2, so finally Icefrog has completed his work, meaning any new heroes in the future would need to be a brand new concept. The hero was revealed during the 10 vs 10 all-star match. Pitlord’s ultimate allows him to teleport his allies to anywhere on the map they have previously visited, a skill that should allow for some very interesting pub strats when he hits the client on August 23rd!

10 08, 2016

PS4.5 reveal likely on tap for Sony’s September 7 event

PS4

Sony is holding a PlayStation event on September 7 in New York City, which can only mean one thing: the PS4 maker is ready to unveil its next console, dubbed the PS4.5.

An invite for the event has landed in our inbox, confirming reports that Sony was planning an event for early September.

The shindig’s being called a “PlayStation Meeting,” a rather formal name for what we expect will be the debut of the PS4.5, also known as the PlayStation Neo.

Sony isn’t offering up any hints about what the event will entail, only saying that it’s excited “to share details with you about the PlayStation business.”

Sony 2016 PS4 5 event

The PS4.5 will be an upgrade from the PS4, likely sporting a slimmer figure and souped up internals. 4K and greater VR support for the PS VR are safe bets, but after that, it’s unclear just what the next PS4 will bring to the table.

While we don’t know yet when the PS4.5 will release to the public, it’ll face stiff competition from Microsoft’s own mid-generation upgrade, the Xbox One S. The new Xbox is capable of 4K Blu-ray playback and High Dynamic Range gaming, and is a vast improvement over the Xbox One.

Sony’s event takes place at 12pm PT/3pm ET/8pm GMT inside the PlayStation Theater. Stay tuned as we bring you all the latest on the new console, and anything else that might be announced.

9 08, 2016

Bethesda Will Only Do Elder Scrolls Movie With Peter Jackson

Pete Hines, Bethesda’s Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing, suggests that one famous director could make a The Elder Scrolls movie a real possibility.

Video game movies have been a hot topic over the past few months. Ever since the success of the Warcraft film that released earlier this year, gamers and cinephiles alike have debated the viability of video games making the leap from television screens to silver ones. That discussion spawned rumors over the possibility of a Red Dead Redemption movie that were only recently shot down, with more and more studios having deny interest in making a film out of one of their cherished IPs.

That doesn’t mean that developers aren’t interested in diving into the world of cinema, however – it just means that they’re being particularly protective of the games they’ve worked very hard to make popular. Bethesda’s Pete Hines shone some light on just how valuable developers consider their IPs to be, stating in an interview with Finder.com.au that it’s less about the ability to make a movie and more about what Bethesda would get out of it. Fear of the movie negatively impacting people’s opinion of a series as critical as The Elder Scrolls, for instance, is a big motivator for staying away from film, but Hines did offer up a caveat:

“I think if Peter Jackson turned up at Todd Howard’s office and said, ‘I want to do The Elder Scrolls‘, well that would be a pretty serious conversation…but I think Peter is probably pretty busy.”

Perhaps the only reason Hines had to comment on the possibility of a movie in the first place is due to the news that The Elder Scrolls 6 currently isn’t in development. While that makes sense given that Fallout 4 only released less than a year ago and Bethesda has been hard at work on other projects, the production of a movie has been cited as the reason a popular video game series took a hiatus from development before. Ubisoft went on record as saying that not making a new Assassin’s Creed game this year was to make the movie better, and some fans took the status of The Elder Scrolls 6 as an indication of a similar approach.

Hines also suggested that Bethesda is extremely well-positioned to make a movie if it ever decides it wants to. Jerry Bruckheimer is on Bethesda parent company ZeniMax’s board of directors, an incredible resource that most studios simply couldn’t hope to have access to. That being said, however, Bethesda still remains focused on producing new and engaging video game content, the latest of which will be the Elder Scrolls: Legends online card game due out later this year.

peter jackson elder scrolls

Still, it’s hard to imagine a better fit for The Elder Scrolls than Peter Jackson. In many ways, Bethesda’s RPG series is the gaming world’s version of the epic, long tale told by The Lord of the Rings, and if Jackson ever has the itch to return to that kind of story-telling once more, it appears Todd Howard and the rest of Bethesda would be happy to give him a narrative worth exploring.