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Evo 2018 Coming in August

The fighting tournament EVO(Evolution Championship Series) will be returning to the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas for the 2018 installment.

The tournament will run August 3-5 and will also be streamed live on Twitch for people who can’t attend. New fighting games such as Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and the upcoming Dragon Ball FighterZ are expected to make their EVO debuts this upcoming year. At this time, the official game list has not been revealed.

Along with the announcement, a trailer for the event was also released highlighting some of the best moments from EVO 2017. Check out that video below:

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Overwatch League Creating City-Based Teams

Blizzard has announced that the Overwatch League will be the first esports league to feature a city-based structure. Matches will start later this year, with the first full season taking place in 2018. Teams have been sold to the following seven individuals/cities:

  • Robert Kraft, Chairman and CEO of the Kraft Group and the New England Patriots (Boston)
  • Jeff Wilpon, Co-Founder and Partner of Sterling.VC and COO of the New York Mets (New York)
  • Noah Whinston, CEO of Immortals (Los Angeles)
  • Ben Spoont, CEO and Co-Founder of Misfits Gaming (Miami-Orlando)
  • Andy Miller, Chairman and Founder of NRG Esports (San Francisco)
  • NetEase (Shanghai)
  • Kevin Chou, Co-founder of Kabam (Seoul)

Matches for the first season will be played at an esports arena in Los Angeles. At the same time, local venues are being developed for each team. The plan is for future seasons to feature a traditional, home/away schedule for all teams.

Teams will receive an equal share of league revenue from advertising, ticketing, and broadcast rights. They will also be able to keep local revenue up to a certain amount each season. If teams generate money above that number, a percentage of it will go into the shared revenue of the league.

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Rosters Finalized For Esports Championship Series-Season 2

The roster of teams for the Esports Championship Series (ECS) Season 2 Finals have been set, with teams SK Gaming and Astralis rounding out a lineup representing some of the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) players in the world. Starting on December 9, at 11:00 am PT, each of the eight teams will face off in the first rounds of the group stage. On December 10-11, these teams will engage in heated matches in front of a live audience in the Grand Finals at the Anaheim Arena in California to be crowned the winners of ECS Season 2 and earn the accompanying $750K grand prize. Tickets to the ECS Season Two Finals are available for purchase now at the official event website, and free Student Tickets are available with a valid student ID while stocks last.

North American teams will look to make a statement at the ECS Finals, with SK Gaming’s two-time major winning lineup coming in as tournament favorites, but North American fan favorite Cloud9 will look to challenge SK Gaming by building on a string of positive results from recent tournaments. The ECS Finals will also see rising star OpTic Gaming come into the fold as it looks to continue to surprise fans after its recent win against Fnatic, along with ECS newcomers Immortals, who will look to cement its place amongst the top teams in the world with an ECS Championship notched on its belt.

Will a European team once again take home the winning title for Season 2? Heavy contenders that can do just that include UK organization, Team Dignitas, who took on the likes of Fnatic and OpTic at the recent ELEAGUE Season 2 qualifiers and made it out on top and Team EnVyUs, who took home the Esports Industry Award for Team of the Year earlier this month and beat ECS Season 1 winners, G2 Esports, in the final qualifying round for Season 2. The Finals will also see Astralis, who are positioned in first place in the ECS European group stage and fan favorite FaZe Clan who have experienced repeated success in the largest gaming tournaments across the globe.

The full Finals groups and schedule, including the respective schedules for each of the final eight teams, are as follows:

NA Teams:

  • SK Gaming
  • Cloud9
  • OpTic
  • Immortals

EU Teams:

  • Astralis
  • FaZe
  • EnVyUS
  • Team Dignitas

Day 1 – Friday December 9

  • 11:15 AM – Astralis vs. OpTic (Group A.1 – UB Semifinal #1)
  • 12:30 PM – FaZe vs. Cloud9 (Group A.2 – UB Semifinal #2)
  • 1:45 PM – Winner A.1 vs. Winner A.2 (Group A.3 – UB Final)
  • 3:00 PM – SK Gaming vs. Team Dignitas (Group B.1 – UB Semifinal #1)
  • 4:15 PM – Immortals vs. EnVyUs (Group B.2 – UB Semifinal #2)
  • 5:30 PM- Winner B1 vs. Winner B2 (Group B.3 – UB Final)

Day 2 – Saturday December 10

  • 10:15 AM – Loser A.1 vs. Loser A.2 (Group A.4 – Lower Bracket #1)
  • 1:15 PM – Loser B.1 vs. Loser B.2 (Group B.4 – LB #1)
  • 4:15 PM – Winner A.4 vs. Loser A.3 (Group A.5 – LB Final)
  • 7:15 PM – Winner B.4 vs. Loser B.3 (Group B.5 – LB Final)

Day 3 – Sunday December 11

  • 11:15 AM – #1 Group B vs. #2 Group A (Semifinal #1)
  • 2:30 PM – #1 Group A vs. #2 Group B (Semifinal #2)
  • 6:00 PM – Winner Semi #1 vs. Winner Semi #2 (Grand Final)

Teams taking part in Season Two of the ECS league will earn all the benefits of Season One participants, including co-ownership in the league and the opportunity to select representation on the league’s governing committee. The ECS will provide a collective $1.75M for Season Two that will go toward the league’s prize pool and supportive funds that will provide player stability. This includes helping organizations provide better salaries, facilities and equipment that will improve the overall conditions and welfare for players, while furnishing the ecosystem of the ECS with a more structured framework to operate within.

Fans can purchase tickets for the ECS Season 2 Finals at or catch all the action live on FACEIT’s official Twitch channel, .