Press and Media

download press imagery
It’s Friday, so that means we’re taking a look at the goings-on from across the video gaming world this week. Here are our top stories from the last seven days.

Rocket League Set for October Update

October will see a new update to Rocket League entitled ‘Aquadome’ and will include a water-themed arena. Two new DLC Battle-cars – Proteus and Triton – will release at the same time, available for purchase at $1.99. Rocket League recently released their September DLC pack which included a new mode called Rumble.



Battlefield 1 Maps Announced

The entire map list for Battlefield 1 has been revealed. As well as Sinai Desert, which is playable in the beta, the following maps will be available out the box:

 Ballroom Blitz

 Argonne Forest

 Fao Fortress

 Suez

 The St. Quentin Scar

 Amiens

 Monte Grappa

 Empire's Edge

The game also ships with a variety of modes familiar to regular Battlefield players, including Conquest, Domination, Operations, Rush, War Pigeons and Team Deathmatch. The full game is set for release 21 st October. Not only that, the first DLC map has also been announced and is due for release, for free, in December. The free map will be called Giant’s Shadow.

Street Fighter 5 Getting New Character

Street Fighter 5 players on PS4 and PC can now take advantage of a new major update. The patch introduces ‘vs CPU’ mode to SFV for the first time, enabling you to take on an A.I. opponent – a mode that bizarrely didn’t ship with the game. Perhaps more excitingly, you can now get your hands on a new playable character, Urien, the Vice President of the Illuminati. You can download Urien from the relevant market place, or you’ll receive the character for free if you’re a season pass holder. The update also includes a number of new KO options across the different maps, while premium costumes are also available to buy.



GTA Online Bikers Update

GTA Online is the gift that just keeps on giving and the next major expansion is just around the corner. This most recent update is focused around motorbikes, giving players the opportunity to run their own motorcycle club. The update will even introduce a hierarchy, where perspective members can progress through the ranks from prospect right the way up to club president. There’s also set to be a number of new modes for both cooperative and competitive gameplay, as well as a host of bikes, tats and motorbike club-themed weapons. If you want to live life in the fast lane on two wheels, this is the update for you.

TwitchCon Update

As TwitchCon edges closer, Twitch has made more major announcements about new features added to the show. Firstly, Twitch have announced ‘The Party,’ headlined by regular streamer and world famous DJ, Steve Aoki, supported by T-Pain and Darude. TwitchCon will also feature an area for eSports battles which will host a number of competitive tournaments aimed at both amateurs and pro-gamers.

If you just want to relax and watch some eSports then you’re also in luck, as the event will feature a dedicated eSports viewing lounge. Attendees can also enjoy a scavenger hunt over the course of the weekend, or tap into their creative side and do a paint-along with Bob Ross. What more could you want? TwitchCon takes place September 30th – October 2nd at the San Diego Convention Center.
In the first in the series of SCUF's Affiliates Of The Week, we’re looking at OpTic Gaming’s Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter – Call of Duty’s highest achieving player ever. With 29 Major event titles to his name, including a world title, few will ever achieve what Crimsix has achieved.

Living Esports-Crimsix

Origins


Crimsix called time on a short but relatively successful Halo career – where he shared a team with the likes of Lethul, Naded, Legit, Strongside and more – to link up with the compLexity Call of Duty team.

Crimsix needed little time to adjust to the scene and after winning one of the biggest online CoD tournaments in history, helped his team to 2nd place at his first offline tournament. A stellar 4th place finish at Call of Duty Championships 2013 went somewhat under the radar but a team change to acquire Clayster really put Crimsix and compLexity on the map.

Together with his new team, Crimsix and compLexity formed arguably Call of Duty’s greatest ever quartet, winning countless titles including the coveted Call of Duty Championship in 2014.

IMG_5916

Current Team


Crimsix, together with compLexity and later Evil Geniuses, enjoyed sustained success at the top of the Call of Duty scene. Yet, after years on top it was time for a shift in gears. EG went out on a high note by winning the ESWC title, but change was in the air.

A series of high profile roster shuffles saw Crimsix join OpTic Gaming. After a successful start to life in Call of Duty’s most popular franchise, further roster changes saw the assembly of the OpTic Gaming team as it's currently known: Crimsix, Scump, Formal, and Karma.

Together, the OpTic Gaming team boast three Call of Duty Championship rings and the most Major event titles wins of any CoD organization.

Their target for this year: Finally land an elusive Call of Duty Championship for OpTic Gaming. Another year of excellence is expected, but it’s the biggest prize of all that the team will have their eye on.

IMG_4361



Career Highlight


As the game’s most accomplished player ever, Crimsix’s career is nothing but a highlight reel. Yet the accolade he’s only managed to scoop once is the Call of Duty Championship. In two consecutive years of OpTic Gaming dominance, the scene’s biggest prize has eluded Crimsix and his colleagues.

Talking about only winning one Call of Duty Championship is a mark of the career that Crimsix has so far enjoyed. The 2014 winning team were nothing short of worthy champions, and their lifting of the title was the culmination of over a year of redefining quality in Call of Duty.

IMG_9239

In-Game


As a player, Crimsix isn’t one for heavy trash talk, being overly outspoken, or being the most flashy.

His approach to the game is highly methodical, almost robot-like. His unflappable, unnerved, and sometimes untouchable gameplay has earned him the nickname ‘Crimbot’: a tag that Crimsix wears like a badge of honor.

Crimsix isn’t one to shy away from a clutch situation either, and over the years has held steely nerves while bagging his team's most important rounds on their way to picking up major titles.

Most recently, Crimsix helped OpTic to their third successive ESWC title; his fifth in Paris.

 

Public Persona


Few can argue with Crimsix’s record as a player during his time with compLexity. 

Yet there was almost a feeling that Crimsix wasn’t getting the attention and stardom his accomplishments deserved. Whether it was their overwhelming dominance or the combination of players in the team, there was something about compLexity that the fans didn’t fully grasp.

His transfer to OpTic Gaming changed all of that. Finally, a supporting fan base came along with the titles. Crimsix further connected with the enormous OpTic fan base through regular YouTube videos, gaining over 500,000 subscribers to date.

His content ranges from Call of Duty gameplays to cooking challenges with his girlfriend.

For even more insights into the legendary Crimsix, check out SCUF's Living Esports video on his life, his style, and his devotion to the game.

IG_00009
"The Taken King" the newest expansion for Destiny, a first person shooter, has arrived to much praise from fans and newcomers alike. As avid year 1 Guardians, we at SCUF wanted to give our recommendations for the new subclasses and how we use our SCUF Controllers to defeat the enemies of the light.

This week we'll be focusing on the new Titan subclass, the "Sunbreaker":

The Sunbreakers’ roles revolve around their new super, the "Hammer of Sol" during which your Titan summons a flaming hammer that causes devastating damage to anyone or anything it hits; you can also create Sunspots which buff your damage and survivability.

Our particular play-style for PVE revolves around the perk "Simmering Flames" which causes your grenade and melee to recharge twice as fast when your super energy is full, and then stacking as much of the Intellect stat as we can find. This allows you to toss many more grenades - our favorite being the Thermite Grenade, which is very helpful for downing PVE enemies.

 

news-letter-button-configs-destiny
For our Titans, we like to use the 4 paddle SCUF Controller design with the following configuration (from left to right): ABYX for SCUF Infinity1 or X/Square for SCUF 4PS. Movement is key in Destiny and having the ability to jump and aim, or jump and escape, is a crucial skill you'll never want to be without. The added bonus of a quick reload is also especially helpful so you'll never be caught unprepared.

Our entry in to the crucible focuses on the new Sunspots and damaging enemies with your newfound fire abilities. The "Thermal Vent" and "Fire Keeper" perks give you both extra damage to close range enemies and additional survivability with an over shield so long as you stand in your Sunspots.

destiny controller configuration for pvp

Our configuration is slightly changed for PVP play, we prefer an AXBY paddle configuration for SCUF Infinity1 or X/Triangle for SCUF 4PS with our controllers. This allows quick weapon swapping while you evade or approach in case you are facing down opposition with an empty magazine.

Do you play your Sunbreaker differently? How do you play Destiny? What SCUF configurations do you use?

Join in the discussion on Twitter with #SCUFDestiny
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — June 3, 2016 — Evil Geniuses (EG), a world-leading pro gaming team and new media agency, is pleased to announce its partnership with Scuf Gaming (SCUF), the inventors of paddles, hair triggers and global leader of professional customized gaming controllers.

"SCUF has been incredible to work with for as long as I can remember, you can tell they really care about their product and want to create the best gaming experience," says Eric "Snip3down" Wrona. My old controller settings didn't allow me to jump or even sprint without taking my right thumb off the joystick, causing me to lose aim for a short time. With the added functionality on a SCUF controller, I was able to keep my controller settings the same and use the paddles to remove that issue, giving me more control and a better shot. I am very excited to have SCUF as the official partner of Evil Geniuses."

In a game where reaction time is essential to a team’s success, having the right equipment is paramount. SCUF controllers offer increased functionality needed to play video games like Halo at the highest level so EG is delighted to be working with SCUF. To celebrate this announcement, Scuf Gaming is offering a five (5) percent discount code off all products on their website, which can be redeemed by entering the code “EG” at checkout on http://www.scufgaming.com

Duncan Ironmonger, CEO & Founder Scuf Gaming, “EG are a huge contributor to the tremendous growth and success of eSports and with their commitment to competitive Gaming, it seemed a perfect time to concrete our partnership as the Controller Partner for Console and PC. We are delighted to add them to #TeamSCUF.

In the near future, SCUF will be releasing a custom EG controller for Xbox One & PC. Be sure to follow EG (Facebook, Twitter) and Scuf Gaming (Facebook, Twitter) for the latest updates.

Scuf Gaming Evil Geniuses pro gaming partnershiop

About Evil Geniuses
Founded in 1999, Evil Geniuses is the world’s best video game team. With championships from every major tournament circuit, the players featured on EG are the most storied and influential pro gamers within the e-sports industry. Monster Energy, T-Mobile, and Papa Johns are just a few of the many consumer brands who’ve aligned with the pro players and teams on Evil Geniuses in order to connect with the gamer demographic around the globe.

About Scuf Gaming
Scuf Gaming® is a Global Leader and Innovator in eSports, providing Tactical Gear for Elite Gamers where more than 90% of the world’s top professional gamers in shooters use a SCUF. Selling high-end accessories and customized gaming controllers for PC and Console, SCUF offers a number of functional and design features custom built to increase hand use and improve gameplay. Built to specification, SCUF controllers cater to professional and hardcore gamers who are looking for that edge and recognize that one size does not fit all. The primary focus for SCUF controllers are the functional features, which go toward improving your game, allowing you to reduce latency and use more of your hand in a safe and ergonomic way. The SCUF controller has features, which are covered by 21 granted patents, and another 39 pending; protecting 3 key areas of a controller; back control functions and handles, trigger control mechanisms and thumbstick control area. Scuf Gaming is the official controller partner of major gaming leagues, CWL, MLG, ESL, Gfinity, EGL and UMG. With operations and production in North America and Europe, Scuf Gaming also provides a variety of accessories and apparel specifically designed for Elite Gamers.
PAX West is one of the biggest and most popular conventions in the world, and Scuf Gaming was in Seattle to take part in the huge weekend of fun, spectacle, and video gaming excitement. With a sold out crowd and some legendary attendees, it was the perfect opportunity to share the SCUF experience at PAX.

The new and improved SCUF Booth made its premiere with a streaming booth where guests of honor like Ms 5000 Watts, TheMavShow, TripleWreck, RealKraftyy, Luminosity, and Charionna could entertain crowds of fans both online and in person! These guests were also available to sign autographs and share some tips and tricks with the audience.

Ms-5000-Watts-PAX-West-2017-SCUF

The SCUF Booth was also equipped with gaming stations for anyone interested in testing out SCUF's custom controllers themselves! Set up to play Call of Duty and Destiny, there was no better chance for anyone to see for themselves exactly why Scuf Gaming is the controller of choice for over 90% of all pro gamers. It was amazing to see gamers from all over the country sit down and test these competitive controllers, whether they were fans of PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or PC. And when they had tested the innovation of SCUF's technology for themselves, they could purchase a SCUF IMPACT or SCUF Infinity4PS PRO at a special price available only to PAX attendees.

Scuf-Gaming-PAX-West-2017Scuf-Gaming-PAX-West-2017

PAX West 2017 was another incredible example of the gaming community getting together to celebrate the best that video games have to offer, and Scuf Gaming, as always, was psyched to be a part of it. Between seeing some incredible new games, meeting new members of TeamSCUF, and teaching crowds of people about our competitive controllers, there's nothing left to do but get excited about PAX West 2018!

TheMavShow-PAX-West-2017-SCUFRealKraftyy-PAX-West-2017Luminosity-PAX-West-2017-SCUFLuminosity-PAX-West-2017-SCUF

131 Granted & Pending Patents Complement Almost a Decade of Gaming Innovation


ATLANTA, June 7, 2019 — Scuf Gaming®, innovator and creator of high-performance gaming controllers, through its patent subsidiary Ironburg Inventions, has expanded its global patent footprint with additional patents in Europe.

With 77 granted patents and 54 pending patent applications, Scuf Gaming expands its global coverage for Back Control Functions, Trigger Control System, Thumbstick Control Area and side-mounted configurable Sax™ buttons (S1 and S2). Scuf Gaming is well-known for creating the category of performance controllers, designing and manufacturing its own controllers as well as licensing its IP to several companies, including Microsoft for the creation of the Xbox Elite Wireless controller.

“Patents take an extremely long time to be granted, sometimes as long as 5 years, so it is gratifying to see the recent acceleration of granted applications to protect our innovations,” said Duncan Ironmonger, CEO and co-founder of Scuf Gaming. “As a young innovative company, our IP is a core differentiator that allows us to protect our investment and continue to push the boundaries of the next generation of gaming controllers.”

SCUF’s patented innovations have benefitted hundreds of thousands of gamers, professional and casual, improving performance, comfort, and customization by enabling users to use more of their hands in a safe and ergonomic way. SCUF features have now become required functionality for esports professionals and competitive gamers.

About Scuf Gaming

Scuf Gaming®, innovator and creator of high-performance gaming controllers, provides superior accessories and customized gaming controllers for console and PC that are used by top professional gamers as well as casual gamers. Built to specification, SCUF controllers offer a number of functional and design features custom built to increase hand use and improve gameplay. SCUF controller features are covered by 77 granted patents, and another 54 pending applications, focusing on four key areas of a controller: the back control functions and handles, the trigger control mechanisms, the thumbstick control area and the side-mounted configurable SaxTM button placements.

For additional information about Scuf Gaming, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitch, or Snapchat.
We’re prepping for CoD XP by asking the pros a series of questions. Get to know your favorite Pro Player just a little bit more with our Player Profile Mini Series. Today, we’re featuring Joshh from Splyce:


Real Name: Joshua-Lee Sheppard

Gamer Tag: BsportJoshh

Current Team: Splyce

Hometown: Birmingham

How long have you been gaming? 6+ years

If you could be any video game character who would you be? CJ from GTA

What’s your favorite childhood game? Simpsons Hit and Run

What’s the last TV show that you binge watched? Prison Break

What is your Guilty Pleasure? No comment

Who is your Celebrity Crush? Selena Gomez

Favorite Comfort Food? Chippy, Kebab

What’s one of your biggest pet peeves? People eating down the mic

Do you have any weird phobias? Not that I can think of

Do you have any weird habits? I mean, not going to sleep til 7am+

Fun Fact? I’m known as ‘Bsport’Joshh because Bsport was my first ever team and where I made my name, so it’s always stuck.
qslsn7dl1nmjvlidmlc6

After months of speculation, Activision and Sledgehammer announced today that the multiplayer beta for Call of Duty: WWII’s PC port will begin on September 29th, and run through the weekend, ending on October 2nd. Unlike the PS4 and Xbox One betas, CoD’s PC will not require a pre-order to access it.

Sledgehammer Games has been taking all of the feedback they’ve received from the console betas and applying it to the finished product in November, so we can only guess what thoughts PC gamers will have for the biggest FPS of the year.

“We’re...thankful for the open and constructive dialogue throughout the course of the Beta,” a representative at Sledgehammer posted today. “It meant a lot to every developer who was actively reading comments on Reddit and our social channels. And best of all, it was great to finally be able to play Call of Duty: WWII with the community.”

It sounds like Sledgehammer is having as much fun with CoD as we are. November 3rd can’t get here fast enough!

Return To SCUF CoD HQ

In this week’s affiliate profile we’ll be looking at an Australian Call of Duty legend, Mindfreak’s Mitchell ‘BuZZO’ Mader.

Buzzo_SCUFAffiliateoftheWeek

Origins


BuZZO has been an ever present in the Australian Call of Duty scene and has consistently won titles since he emerged on the scene many moons ago. Best known for competing with Mindfreak, BuZZO has also enjoyed stints as part of a number of other outfits, including the short-lived apeX.anXiety, a sister team to the many North American and European apeX rosters.

BuZZO later established himself as part of Team Immunity, before transitioning into Mindfreak where he’s been a permanent fixture for almost three years.

Current Team


For well over two years now, BuZZO has been a part of Mindfreak, perhaps the greatest Call of Duty team Australia has ever produced. They’ve dominated domestically, hardly even challenged in their position at the top since their inception. Since the release of Advanced Warfare, they’ve been almost undefeated on home soil.

This year, however, a new challenger arose from within their own ranks. Star player Denholm ‘Denz’ Taylor left the team, looking to form a new Australian dynasty as part of Tainted Minds. BuZZO and co endured, however, retaining their top spot with a win at CWL Sydney and subsequently securing the APAC spot in the CWL Global Pro League. There, they put up an impressive fight against the likes of EnVyUs and Splyce, while out-performing Cloud9 to avoid relegation.

When it comes to international competition, the APAC region has long been overlooked. While they may not be quite on the level of the truly elite yet, Mindfreak are leading the charge in making their region competitive on the global level.

mindfreak

Greatest achievement


It’s easy to look to BuZZO’s trophy cabinet for a highlight moment – by now, it’s practically overflowing from domestic success, with Mindfreak having won CWL Sydney this year, both stages of the ANZ CWL last year, and a myriad of other domestic events stretching back through Advanced Warfare.

The consistency of such results over such a lengthy period is certainly an epic achievement in itself, but to select a single event that stands out, you perhaps have to look outside Australia, and set the bar a little lower than total victory.

Domestic success, particularly in the fashion Mindfreak have managed, is impressive, but the greatest challenge is on the international stage – and at the pinnacle of international competition is the Call of Duty Championships.

It was here, in 2015, that BuZZO’s Mindfreak came sixth, out-placing the likes of EnVyUs, Team Kaliber, and the legendary OpTic Gaming while finishing as the highest-placing team from outside of North America. Despite not reaching the trophy they’re so accustomed to receiving at home, the result was a demonstration that APAC teams had the potential to compete with the best in the world, something no amount of domestic success could show by itself.

In-game


BuZZO usually plays a similar playstyle to that of fellow veterans like Proofy or Swanny, typically an AR anchor type role. With the switch to the jetpack Call of Duty games, there has been less demand for this type of slow, methodical play and subsequently BuZZO has had to adapt.

There’s still elements of this classic play in his game but certainly he’s adapted to the more run and gun type game play we’re seeing with the current iterations of Call of Duty.

BuZZO is something of a captain figure for his team but doesn’t really occupy the typical “hype-man” role you associate with the team leader, and leaves that to his mate mates to take up.

His role in the team means that he’s most likely to engage with players who occupy a similar AR role in their teams, such as Assault for Cloud9 or Clayster for FaZe Clan, and his ability to win these crucial gun fights that often lead to large portions of the map being locked down are pivotal to the success of Mindfreak.

Given his more traditional playstyle, it’s likely that a move back to Boots on the Ground Call of Duty will suit BuZZO extremely well. Expect even more from the Adelaide based pro next year.

IMG_5719

Public Persona


BuZZO is arguably the face of modern Australian Call of Duty, having been part of the all-conquering Mindfreak team that have led the APAC scene for many years now.

In his time in Call of Duty, BuZZO has seen it all and done it all, having clashed with the best the game has offered since his rise to the top of the APAC region. He has also had the fortune of learning from the biggest names that his region has had to offer.

The torch has since been passed and BuZZO has graduated into the poster boy for the Australian and APAC Call of Duty region. In interviews BuZZO is composed, well-articulated, honest and often critical of himself and his own performances. He effortlessly exudes confidence, while displaying a deep understanding of Call of Duty. It is this confidence and understanding that have elevated him to becoming the star that he is today.
This week’s profile takes a look at Team Kaliber’s Dylan ‘Theory’ McGee.

Living_Esports-Theory

Origins


Theory is one of the few pros that didn’t take long to reach the dizzying heights at the top of the scene. He kicked off the Black Ops 2 season in considerable fashion and almost immediately after finding his way onto the vVv roster, had landed 3rd place at MLG Winter Championship and a top 8 finish at the 2013 Call of Duty Championships.

From there, Theory linked up with the newly formed Team Kaliber where he has spent the vast, vast majority of his Call of Duty career, minus a few brief cameos for other established outfits.

Current Team


While no one would claim that the current iteration of Team Kaliber is the best ever, there’s certainly some potential in the ranks. Having gone into hiding after a bizarre and unfortunate series of events largely contributed to the team unfortunately missing out on last year’s CWL Stage Two, Team Kaliber returned at the eleventh hour of Black Ops 3 to make a notable cameo and snatch top 12 at last year’s Championships.

Heading into the new year and many believed that Team Kaliber would have a launch pad with which to start their new era. Unfortunately, after a decent start where the team achieved top 16, tK’s ambitions have been somewhat thwarted by having begin each Major tournament in the Open Bracket.

Despite tough runs at almost every subsequent event post Vegas, Team Kaliber have continually been knocking on the door but have fallen just short. In Paris the team had two opportunities to break into the Championship Bracket but were defeated in each instance. In both Dallas and Atlanta, Team Kaliber did reach the latter stages but were eliminated by European opposition – Supremacy and Fnatic respectively.

This has all added up to a frustrating season for a team packed with genuine potential. Having just missed out on a spot in Stage One Relegation, the team will look ahead to Anaheim where they’ll make their debut appearance since switching ColeChan for Accuracy.

On current form at least, Theory and Team Kaliber are very much on course to snatch up a place at this year’s Championships, where they’ll look to show the scene what they’re really made of on the biggest stage.

theory

Career Highlight


While Theory has moved about occasionally, he’s largely been a Team Kaliber player over the course of his playing career. His sustained quality has led Theory to be an ever-present at Call of Duty Championship events over the years, achieving top 8 on two occasions along the way.

Arguably though his career highlight was during the latter stages of Black Ops 2 and the earlier stages of Call of Duty Ghosts. It was during this period that Team Kaliber were at their pinnacle and had it not been for the incredible quality of compLexity – a team whose dominance hasn’t since been matched – Theory would likely have won at least one Major title.

Unfortunately, playing in the era of the most dominant team ever left Theory empty handed on the Major title front; he did however win a Minor offline competition in the form of AEL Dallas 2014 upon return to Team Kaliber after a hiatus with FaZe.

At their peak, Team Kaliber earned second place finishes at the MLG Fall Championship 2013, UMG Philadelphia 2013 and a top 3 finish at Gfinity 2. Had Theory not made the move to FaZe Clan when he did, arguably he could have been a catalyst to finally land a first-place finish for Team Kaliber as compLexity started to run out of steam. Coincidentally, by the time Theory did return, Team Kaliber themselves had gone somewhat off the boil and finished the season empty handed anyway.

B6ZmumbIEAAy0GP

In-game


Theory has long been associated with being an objective player. While he leans towards a more aggressive style of play, his understanding of the fundamentals is what has led him to being a top player for many years and has kept his stock high for such a prolonged period of his career.

His cool and collected demeanor translates to both inside and outside of Call of Duty, helping his team keep a level headedness at important moments in time. Fundamentally, Theory is better suited to boots on the ground Call of Duty, as his career statistics show. Despite still enjoying success during the ‘jetpack era,’ look out for Theory to have a big year when CoD returns to boots on the ground action later in 2017.

17437898_436445753369975_301876054186786816_n

Public Persona


Theory has never been a particularly outspoken pro and tends to remain reserved and professional regardless of the situation. On Twitter Theory has amassed almost 60K followers, but has largely shunned the limelight, despite opportunities to boost his own profile.

As a former member of the Team Kaliber house, Theory regularly appeared in videos with housemates including Sharp and Kosdff, but never used the opportunity to launch his own YouTube channel with regular content. Theory is an occasional streamer but that’s where his content production ends. Theory, unlike many of his counterparts, is a dedicated player first and foremost.

Learn More About Theory In His Own Words With SCUF Living Esports