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  • COD WW2 Dev Very Dedicated to eSports

    COD WW2 esportsCall of Duty has always had a strong eSports focus - in recent years the developers and publisher responsible for the Call of Duty franchise have worked hard to push out more support for eSports in the series, and this support isn't going to stop with Call of Duty World War 2.

    In fact, Sledgehammer Games, the developer in control of COD WW2, has been in contact with professional Call of Duty players to help shape the competitive aspects of World War 2.

    Michael Condrey, co-founder of Sledgehammer games, had a few positive things to say about their interaction with pro players and their work on making COD WW2 an eSports friendly title.

    When asked about pro players, Micheal Condrey mentioned that "They've been fantastic and excited and in many ways, I think they enjoyed returning to a grounded experience with more strategy without the mechanical element. It plays right into what they've been asking for."

    Michael was impressed by the amount of positive comments they received for COD WW2 after the recent Infinite Warfare release. Recently, WW2 was playable at E3 2017, and many top competitive players and COD content creators were invited.

    "Apart from having hands on the floor and at our building with influencers and eSports athletes over the last few days has really shown what we expected all along which was a huge appetite for a return to boots on the ground, to have it feel strategic and have it reinforce team play a lot more."

  • Evil Controllers Shift Pro Controller Coming This Summer

    evil controllers shift pro controllerWe've been doing modded controllers for years - we've provided gamers the tools they have needed to take their game to the next level. We've completely nailed the modded controller market.

    Recently, there has been a surge in interest for pro controllers - this is a relatively new space in the controller market and we think it deserves our name on it.

    INTRODUCING THE EVIL SHIFT...

    This new controller has been built from the ground up to compete in the pro controller space amongst giants like the Xbox One Elite.

    The Evil Shift is currently in production for both the PS4 and Xbox One and will be made available this summer.

    We've modded the Evil Shift controllers to their fullest potential, making sure not to cross any lines that would disqualify the controller from any official esports events.

    This means we've got highly accurate interchangeable Evil Thumbsticks - these bad boys have more surface area, better grip, and can be swapped in and out on the fly.

    Our new Evil Shift hairpin triggers have been designed to give your controller faster response time - we're talking a 50% reduction in tension. The smoother trigger press will increase fire rate in all games.

    Our Evil Shift controller also features four unique paddle buttons at the rear of the control - they're remappable and incredibly responsive. The paddles also fit right where your fingers will be, so pressing the paddle buttons is like second nature to any gamer.

    Everything about the Evil Shift controller is available as a single hardware product - there's no messing around with software or apps - just pick it up and play.

  • LDLC Say Goodbye to COD

    ldlc-call-of-duty-team-spartanWhile it may not be a permanent goodbye, seeing LDLC saying their farewells to a game that helped make their name famous is slightly unsettling.

    LDLC have always been one of the organizations at the top of Call of Duty, but after their struggles to get hold of a good enough team, it seems like LDLC may be putting their feet up for a while.

    Almost a year ago, LDLC picked up Team Spartan, and while their year wasn't completely terrible, the mixed results that the team achieved just didn't quite hit the expectations the LDLC organization had for the newer players.

    To begin with, the LDLC team managed to take a win at the South Lan Event. As a result, they bagged themselves a spot at ESWC COD in Paris. The team managed to just scrape by in ESWC to get a spot in Call of Duty XP in LA.

    Unfortunately though, Activision has pulled their funding for the LDLC team, and because of a lack of big prize wins and sponsorship deals in 2016, LDLC has had to pull the rug underneath their roster.

    Hopefully we'll see more developments from the LDLC organization in the future, but for the time being we won't be seeing LDLC at any future Call of Duty events.

    How do you feel about this news? Seeing a big organization like LDLC fail to hold on to enough sponsors to support their players in 2016 certainly isn't a good sign for the Call of Duty competitive scene in 2017. Only time will tell how things will go over the next year.

  • Overwatch MLG Vegas 2016 Invitational Announced

    overwatch-mlg-vegasA brand new Overwatch invitational event has been announced for MLG Vegas 2016.

    The event will feature some of the top current Overwatch teams and the organizers will be putting $100,000 into the prize pool. Whilst the event was announced a little while ago, we've finally got details on the teams that will be attending MLG Vegas 2016.

    The first team to make their faces at the Overwatch tournament at MLG Vegas 2016 will be Team EnVyUs from Europe; currently, one of the teams with the longest winning streaks in Overwatch history. It'll be interesting to see how they fare across seas. FaZe clan will be joining as a multi national team, Cloud 9 from Canada will be taking part, along with the following US teams:

     

    - NRG eSports
    - Rise Nation
    - Fnatic
    - Team Liquid
    - compLexity

    The MLG Vegas eSports event will start on December 16 and will end on December 18. The event will take place at Mandalay Bay, Bayside E&F.

    Will you be interested in the upcoming Overwatch invitational tournament? It'll be great to see some awesome Overwatch teams fight it out against each other on an international level. Hopefully, MLG Vegas 2016 will be the start of many tournaments to come.

    While this tournament isn't open, there are bound to be plenty of open Overwatch tournaments to fight for a spot for in 2017. Make sure to keep an eye out here for more Overwatch eSports and event news.

  • Destiny MLG is Coming

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    Finally, we have some great news about competitive Destiny.

    After what felt like a lifetime, Activision teamed up with MLG to showcase an MLG event, which was streamed live on the Twitch platform. Because competitive Destiny hadn't been around until now, the MLG event saw 12 of the best PVP players team up and fight against each other. The teams were split as follows:

    Alpha Team:
    Luminosity
    Bodies
    Viole
    SirDimetrious
    TripleWRECK
    SayWallaHBruh

    Bravo Team:
    nKuch
    Lil Sonic
    iFrostBolt
    KJHovey
    TrueVanguard
    RealKraftyy

    After the MLG event, which was shown as a best of five match, Bungie announced that private match functionality will be coming to Destiny. The new private match feature should be live this week and it will allow players to set up competitive PVP leagues, cups and more. The private PVP functionality will also allow friends to gather up together for a bit of fun outside of the typical matchmade PVP servers as well.

    Whether or not Destiny eSports will ever be a thing is hard to judge at this point, but by adding private PVP functionality, Bungie and Activision are certainly taking a step in the right direction. Developers and publishers are putting a lot more focus into providing easy accessibility for competitive play so it makes sense that the same will happen to Bungie too. Besides private match functionality, it'd be great to see Bungie and Activision work together to help support any kind of competitive scene that may start to grow.

    The success of a Destiny eSports scene really will depend on how much internal support Destiny will get at this point.

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