This week in esports: G2, Overwatch League, Esports Industry Awards and Piqué

first_imgThe company (eFootball.Pro) was briefly in the esports spotlight some months back after news broke of its formation and the fact that it has Spanish international and Barca player Gerard Piqué as its President. The company was seeking professionals with a knowledge of both esports and football across a variety of roles in March, from business development to content creation, though this is the only news we’ve heard since that time. Gerard Piqué, eFootball.Pro President and FC Barcelona player, said of the announcement: “The goal is to drive all that makes traditional football the king of sports, towards electronic football, towards eSports’. “We want to bind the best of both worlds to bring the public a new entertainment model that they love since the first day.”Read the full article here.G2 and Logitech G announce global partnershipG2 Esports has announced a global partnership with Logitech G, the gaming brand of Logitech International.The deal, which was published on both G2’s website and Logitech’s own blog, will see the team participate in upcoming tournaments with new Logitech G wireless peripherals, such as mice, keyboards, and headsets.G2’s announcement described the deal as ‘a great honour’ to make a global partner with the company, and cited a strong match due to a shared outlook regarding similar ‘work ethic and philosophy’. As well as having access to Logitech G gear, the team’s players will also take part in product research, giving their input to ensure that quality and comfort matches their preferences.Read the full article here.Overwatch League honour INTERNETHULK with awardOn November 8th the esports world learned of the passing of Dennis “INTERNETHULK” Hawelka, a man who worked for Team Liquid as an Overwatch coach before moving to League of Legends when Liquid dropped their Overwatch squad.  Image credit: ELEAGUETributes poured out to Hawelka’s family and friends and the Team Liquid organisation last week, with the community calling for Blizzard and the Overwatch League to honour a man who “helped forge the foundation of competitive Overwatch worldwide”. The developer took heed, and has announced that the introduction of The Dennis Hawelka Award. The award is in memory of Dennis, and will be presented at the end of each Overwatch League season to the player that was deemed to have had the most positive impact on the community. The announcement included some heartfelt words from the Overwatch League and Blizzard. It read:“To the esports world, Dennis was more than just an accomplished player and coach – he was a friend, a confidant, someone people looked towards for guidance and support. He reached out to those around him, drew them in and built them up. In doing so, he not only helped forge the foundation of competitive Overwatch worldwide, he changed countless lives for the better, in game and out.”Read the full article here.Esports Industry Awards crowns 22 winnersThe second Esports Industry Awards took place this weekas the industry gathered and took a moment to appreciate the work of many across the last year. 22 awards were handed out at The Brewery, London as individuals and companies were rewarded for their exceptional work in the space.The night was build around the final award of the evening, with nominees being shown throughout the night for the Esports Personality of the Year before Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere, a League of Legends talent member was presented the award to rapturous applause.Duncan “Thorin” Shields took home the Esports Journalist of the Year, with ESPN Esports labelled Esports Coverage Website of the Year. It was a solid year for Riot Games, as the company took home Esports Publisher of the Year as well as Esports Live Event of the Year. OpTic Gaming and the coveted #GreenWall fan base will have had a lot to cheer about, too. They won Esports Team of the Year and Call of Duty player Matthew “FormaL” Pipe took home both Esports Play of the Year and Esports Console Player of the Year. Davis “OpTic Hitch” Edwards also won the Esports Videographer of the Year to round off four trophies for the Texas gang.Read the full article here. Whilst there’s no such thing as a quiet week in esports, this week was probably as mute as they come. With a lot of the big hitters in esports over in London for the Industry Awards night, potentially business was quiet for the last seven days. The highlights in business to business news this week include G2 partnering with Logitech G, the Overwatch League introducing an award in memory of the late INTERNETHULK, the Esports Industry Awards crowning 22 winners and Gerard Piqué’s partnership with KONAMI. Piqué’s eFootball.Pro partners with KONAMI for global esports leagueEsports company eFootball.Pro and the developer behind the Pro Evolution franchise, KONAMI, have reached an agreement to create an esports competition.The press release stated that ‘the league will be international and broadcasted all around the world’.last_img read more

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Dodgers’ season-opening roster starting to come into focus

first_img Dodgers reliever Scott Alexander gained strength from diabetes diagnosis Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error That leaves Kyle Farmer and Trayce Thompson as the options to fill the final roster spot. Like Font, Thompson is out of options. The Dodgers would ideally like to find a trade partner for Thompson.KERSHAW READYClayton Kershaw finished a scoreless spring with 6-2/3 innings against the Kansas City Royals on Friday afternoon. He didn’t allow a run in 21-1/3 innings this spring – the fewest innings he has thrown in the Cactus League since 2014 when the Dodgers opened the season early in Australia.This was a compressed spring as well with a shortened scheduled to accommodate an early Opening Day (March 29) across baseball. It followed a compressed offseason for the Dodgers, who played into November last fall.“We’ve obviously pitched in the playoffs before,” Kershaw said. “But finishing on Nov. 1, you never know how those extra couple weeks will affect you. But I feel good, excited to get going, ready to feel a little more adrenaline.”Kershaw’s past two seasons have been marred by extended stays on the DL with back problems. He has adjusted his workout regimen in the wake of those injuries – a mild disc herniation in 2016 and a back strain in 2017 – and shows no signs of any limitations on the field.“For me, it was never about conditioning. It was never about anything like that,” he said. “It was just about trying to stay healthy. Everything I’ve done has been geared towards keeping my back healthy and right now I feel great about that.”FREEWAY SERIESSeveral Dodgers broke camp early and headed to Southern California on Friday afternoon. They will have Saturday off before the Freeway Series starts Sunday in Anaheim.Related Articles Matt Kemp is back in his old home — middle of Dodgers’ lineup Clayton Kershaw completes scoreless spring in Dodgers’ 10-0 win over Royals center_img With Chargois included, seven spots in the Dodgers’ bullpen appear set – closer Kenley Jansen, left-handers Scott Alexander and Tony Cingrani and right-handers Pedro Baez, Josh Fields and Ross Stripling.“That eighth spot – to figure that one out, we’re still working through it,” Roberts said.With non-roster invitee Pat Venditte already ticketed for Triple-A, the final decision is between right-handers Yimi Garcia and Wilmer Font. The PCL Pitcher of the Year last season, Font has not been particularly impressive this spring (an 8.44 ERA and 1.59 WHIP). But he is out of options. The Dodgers cannot send him to Triple-A without exposing him to waivers first.The decision to carry 13 pitchers means the Dodgers’ bench will consist of only four players. Two spots are taken – the idle halves of platoons at catcher (Yasmani Grandal and Austin Barnes) and second base (Kike’ Hernandez and Chase Utley).With Matt Kemp expected to get most of the playing time in left field, a left-handed outfielder to spell him – either Joc Pederson or Andrew Toles – will take up another bench spot. This spring, Pederson has looked more like the player who got demoted to Triple-A last August (a .170 average, one home run and 11 strikeouts) than the player who went 6 for 18 with three home runs in the World Series last fall. But the prospect of limited playing time alongside Kemp might lead the Dodgers to send Toles to Triple-A, where he can play every day and continue his return from ACL surgery. A handful of minor-league prospects will travel with the Dodgers for the Freeway Series – Will Smith, Edwin Rios, Gavin Lux, Errol Robinson and D.J. Peters, who homered in Friday’s game against the Royals.Top pitching prospect Walker Buehler will not be with the Dodgers for the Freeway Series. Buehler threw three innings in a minor-league game on Wednesday and will stay in Arizona. Roberts said Buehler is expected to break camp with the Triple-A Oklahoma City team.The Dodgers have worked Buehler cautiously this spring with an eye toward keeping his innings and pitch counts down this season. They did the same with Julio Urias a year ago and even left Urias in extended spring training camp when the minor-league teams left Arizona. That does not appear to be part of the plan with Buehler. GLENDALE, Ariz. — At the start of their final week in Arizona, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts referred to the team’s bullpen picture being “a little fuzzy.”That picture is “getting pretty clear” now, Roberts said Friday, and the season-opening roster is coming into focus as a result.The Dodgers will open the season with 13 pitchers, including eight relievers, Roberts said, after briefly vacillating in the wake of Tom Koehler’s shoulder injury. Koehler’s absence opened a spot in the bullpen that was slow to be claimed. Right-hander J.T. Chargois has a grip on it now.Claimed off waivers from the Minnesota Twins early in camp, Chargois has been charged with only one run in eight Cactus League innings and allowed only two hits while striking out 10.last_img read more

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Lakers rumors: Los Angeles is ‘strong possibility’ for Kawhi Leonard in free agency

first_imgThere is one way the Lakers could get the money, however, but it seems unlikely to happen. As Wojnarowski pointed out, the date the Anthony Davis trade is officially completed plays a critical role in whether the Lakers can afford Leonard or another star free agent.If Pelicans and Lakers waited until July 30 to complete trade, Lakers could’ve had $32.5M in cap space — enough to pursue a max level free agent. By waiting 30 days, Lakers would be acting like a team over the cap and thus allowed to use 4th overall pick in draft as salary. https://t.co/BdKtxFtvai— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 16, 2019So you might be wondering: why don’t the Lakers wait? Well, the Pelicans want the first-round pick before the draft. Also, the Pelicans have no incentive to delay the trade to benefit Los Angeles. The Lakers may want Leonard, and Leonard may be keeping the Lakers as an option. But if Leonard wants a max contract, it seems highly unlikely a deal gets done. I will have earth breaking news on @GetUpESPN Monday morning!— Damon Jones (@D19J) June 15, 2019Well, Monday arrived, and Jones says the Lakers are still an option for Leonard, despite the salary cap issue they’re facing at the moment. While it’s easy to dismiss Jones’ claims since he’s not an NBA insider like Adrian Wojnarowski or Shams Charania, you may want to think about it for a moment.MORE: Raptors players discuss Kawhi Leonard’s impending free agencyJones was teammates with LeBron James as members of the Cavaliers. After Jones retired, he went on to become James’ personal shooting coach. When James returned to Cleveland, Jones was hired as a member of the Cavs’ coaching staff.During his appearance on ESPN’s “Get Up” on Monday, Jones said he was told the Lakers were a “strong possibility” by “someone close to the situation” before a very hard wink, clearly indicating he’s talking about James.”Kawhi Leonard is now in play for the Lakers.”–@D19J says after having a conversation with someone close to the situation, it’s a possibility. pic.twitter.com/MOoRHMpj78— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) June 17, 2019But Jones added Leonard won’t be taking a paycut to play for the Lakers. He still wants a max deal. That puts the Lakers in a tough position because they currently don’t have enough cap room, as Jalen Rose noted. Fresh off winning the NBA Finals for the Raptors, Kawhi Leonard will have an important decision to make in free agency. Does he re-sign with Toronto, or will he leave to go play somewhere else? On Friday, Damon Jones hinted at some important news he’d be sharing with the world on Monday.last_img read more

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