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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Seahawks vs. Vikings odds, prediction, betting trends for ‘Monday Night Football’

first_imgStat that mattersThe Vikings have the No. 20 pass defense in the NFL, allowing 244.5 yards on average per game. The Seahawks have the No. 29 pass defense in the NFL, allowing 268.7 yards on average per game. The QB who plays better with a limited running game will win the game for his team.Seahawks vs. Vikings predictionThe Seahawks own the Vikings with Wilson for a reason. He comes up with clutch play when they need in games like this, especially at home. Cousins has tended to struggle in hostile road environments with high stakes. The Seahawks will be better at stretching the field for big plays while the Vikings will be better contained, putting Cousins in position to make key mistakes over forced longer drives.Seahawks 27, Vikings 24 When the Vikings (8-3) travel to face the Seahawks (9-2) on “Monday Night Football” (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN) to close the Week 13 NFL schedule, it will be a battle of two teams currently in strong NFC wild-card positions trying to get in better spots to win their respective divisions.Minnesota needs to win to keep pace with Green Bay (9-3), which would still lead the NFC North because of a head-to-head tiebreaker. Seattle can take over first place in the NFC West with a win, as it holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over San Francisco (10-2). The quarterbacks, Kirk Cousins and Russell Wilson, are both having stellar, super-efficient seasons. The run defenses have been tough, but both pass defenses have had issues on the back end when not getting enough help from a dominant pass rush up front.Here’s everything to know about betting on Vikings vs. Seahawks in Week 13, including updated odds, trends and our expert’s prediction for “Monday Night Football.”MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting trends from Sports InsiderSeahawks vs. Vikings odds for ‘Monday Night Football’Spread: Seahawks by 2.5Point total: 49.5Odds: Vikings +131, Seahawks -151The Seahawks have seen their number go down from a field goal, which is the basic home-field advantage. When the Vikings last played a big game in prime time, they won at the Cowboys on Sunday night. The Seahawks took down the 49ers on the road in their last Monday night game.Seahawks vs. Vikings all-time seriesThe Seahawks lead the series 11-5. They have won five consecutive games in the rivalry, including 21-7 in Seattle on Monday night last December. Wilson has never lost to the Vikings in the regular season or the playoffs, including the 10-9 escape at Minnesota in the 2015 playoffs. The last time the Vikings won in Seattle was ’06.Three trends to know— 60 percent of spread bettors like the Seahawks. 60 percent of moneyline bettors also like the Seahawks.— The Vikings are 6-5 against the spread. The Seahawks are 6-4-1 against the spread.— The total has gone over in 6 of the 11 Seahawks games. The total also has gone over in 6 of 11 Vikings games.Three things to watchNo Thielen, but likely yes ClowneyThe Vikings’ passing game will once again be without hamstrung wide receiver Adam Thielen. That means the Seahawks can focus more on taking wide receiver Stefon Diggs out of the game with good coverage from emerging cornerback Shaquill Griffin with help over the top so he doesn’t hit a home run with his deep speed. Up front, the Seahawks should have Jadeveon Clowney back from a core muscle injury to limit Cousins’ time to push the ball downfield.Carson and PennyChris Carson has been the Seahawks’ lead back all season, but Rashaad Penny had his most explosive game in the rotation in Week 12. Should the Seahawks get a lead and give these guys enough work early, they can wear down the Vikings to eat away at the clock when it counts most in the fourth quarter.The tight endsThe Seahawks have struggled to cover tight ends and the Vikings will target Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith Jr. often again with Thielen out. The Vikings will have their hands full with the athletic Jacob Hollister. If either team can get a big receiving game from the position, it would be huge toward the outcome.last_img read more

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