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eSports Zone No. 4

We’re back to bring you a new (but belated) eSports Zone. With plenty of news in the pipeline, such as the phenom competitive/eSports game PUBG (PlayerUnknown BattleGrounds) quickly building its business side, there’s plenty of news about products, events and tech and trends emerging from the eSports world. Let’s check out the rundown!

Amazon Brings Mobile eSports to Las Vegas!

Mobile Masters Las Vegas (MMLV) is scheduled for October 14-15 at the Millennial Esports Arena at Neonopolis, a new eSports studio in Las Vegas, which is one of the few arenas in the country dedicated exclusively to competitive gaming. $80,000 is on the table for the gamers competing against each in different games, such as Vainglory, Critical Ops, Power Rangers: Legacy Wars and World of Tanks Blitz. Name-brand eSports teams will competing for a piece of the prize, including Team SoloMid, Fnatic, SK Gaming, Echo Fox, Imperials, Immortals, ACE and others.

The tournament schedule (pun intended) will play out like this:

Saturday, October 14:

  • World of Tank Blitz – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Critical Ops – 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 15

  • Power Rangers: Legacy Wars – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Vainglory – 3:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Attendee is free, with chances to win prizes too, but if you are not close enough to attend, fear not — the tournament will also be streamed live on the Appstore’s Twitch channel and streamed on the Fire TV via the Mobile Masters app. Upping their broadcast game further, Amazon will also rebroadcast the competition on the CBS Sports Network.

Stop by the official site for all the details we covered (and those we might not have) here:

Red Bull Proving Grounds Spring Finals Video from Philadelphia

Staying in the eSports event vein, we start off with a handy-dandy excerpt from an email news announcement: “Red Bull released a new video featuring the champions of Red Bull Proving Grounds 2017 Spring Finals, Team Philadelphia. This 8 minute, documentary-style video tells the story of how this group of amateur Street Fighter players overcame the odds and represented not only Philadelphia but the northeast region at the premier fighting game tournament in the world, EVO 2017.”

Red Bull is conducting regional qualifying tournaments taking place on October 7th, in the interest of cinching a spot at the Red Bull Proving Grounds – Fall Season Finals in Chicago on October 21.

SteelSeries Announces eSports-Ready Gear

Bam-bam, one after another, gaming gear manufacturer, SteelSeries has announced two new additions to its accessories family. Namely, the Apex 150 Gaming Keyboard, which features new membrane switches, water resistance, “20 million click” durability and spiffed- up five-zone RGB lighting. In addition, specifically of interest to eSports and streamers folks might be the “SteelSeries Engine”, which features chat notifications with Discord, which can indicate new messages, mute status and more, and works in sync with other SteelSeries illuminated gear. Hardware with compatibility hooks and features for eSports and streaming services is becoming more of a trend on the hardware accessories side. This keyboard is listed for $150.

On the other hand (so to speak), there is the new SteelSeries mouse. the Rival 110. This particularly mouse is priced at $39.99, and is on the lower end of the high-performance gaming spectrum. The Rival 110 includes the SteelSeries exclusive TrueMove1 original sensor “, so according to their press release, it is as “accurate as the TrueMove3 which is found in the Rival 310 and Sensei 310, but features a lower maximum in counts per inch (CPI) and inches per second (IPS).”

1 to 1 tracking, as an eSports-level feature, is part of the feature set, as well as a six button ergonomic design and weighs  in at 87.5g. Of course, obligatory customizeable RGB lighting is part of the package too. Last but not least, yes, the Rival 110 includes the SteelSeries engine software, and specifically with Discord, PrismSync and GameSense lighting. Rather than notifying a player of chat messages, as with the Apex 150, for the mouse it syncs up with certain in-game events for a more synchronized experience between the gaming experience and the RGB illumination.

That’s it for now., but you can sure we’ll be tracking news from the world of competitive gaming eSports and events. And, also be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the next amazing, wild, interesting chapter of eSports Zone!


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