NBA 2K LEAGUE & SCUF GAMING ANNOUNCE NEW PARTNERSHIP

— Scuf Gaming Controllers Will Be Used During All NBA 2K League Gameplay —

 

NEW YORK, May 1, 2018 – As the NBA 2K League makes its debut today, it has announced a new multiyear partnership that will make Scuf Gaming, the innovator and creator of high-performance gaming controllers, the Official Gaming Controller of the NBA 2K League.

The NBA 2K League, the professional esports league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., tips off today with 17 teams competing in the inaugural season.

During the NBA 2K League’s first season, Scuf Gaming controllers will be available for use by the best NBA 2K players in the world as they compete during the 17-week season which runs from May to August and includes weekly matchups, three in-season tournaments, playoffs, and the NBA 2K League Finals.

“Scuf Gaming’s handcrafted controllers are fully customizable and will allow our players to personalize key areas of design and function to match their styles,” said Brendan Donohue, Managing Director, NBA 2K League.

The partnership will also include a merchandising component, giving fans of the NBA 2K League the chance to game with the same official NBA 2K League controllers that will be used in competition.

“NBA 2K encompasses everything we love about gaming: it’s fun, fast, and it rewards real skill. It’s a franchise that is destined to become a standard-bearer of professional gaming,” said Duncan Ironmonger, CEO and Founder of Scuf Gaming. “Like a good pair of sneakers on the court, a SCUF is an extension of the player, allowing for a better controller experience through customization, comfort, performance and design.”

SCUF controllers can make a significant impact when playing competitively. There are several functional areas of a SCUF that can improve gameplay, including the configurable paddle control system on the back of the controller which allows players to use more of their hand simultaneously, resulting in faster passes, more steals, and better shots.

All NBA 2K League games will be available live on Twitch at twitch.tv/nba2kleague. For more information about the NBA 2K League, visit NBA2KLeague.com.

About the NBA 2K League
The NBA 2K League is a professional esports league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO). Launching in 2018, the league will feature the best 102 NBA 2K players in the world. Each of the league’s 17 teams drafted six players to compete as unique characters in 5-on-5 play against the other teams in a mix of regular-season games, tournaments and playoffs. The league hosted tryouts in early 2018 before the draft in April and the season tip-off in May. For more information about the NBA 2K League, visit NBA2KLeague.com.

About Scuf Gaming
Scuf Gaming®, the 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 36 granted patents, and another 69 pending, protecting three key areas of a controller: the back control functions and handles, the trigger control mechanisms, and the thumbstick control area.

The SCUF CWL Atlanta 2018 Roundup!

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MLG brought another explosive event to Atlanta this weekend! With 172 teams in the running, and over $200,000 in prize money, the third major Call of Duty event of 2018 was always going to be a show stopper, and Rise Nation showed the world that they’ve still got plenty to offer pro gaming by taking home the first place trophy!

With two first place finishes under their belt this season, many were pulling for Team Kaliber to take home a third. And while TK couldn’t complete a 3 for 3 record, they still put on a great show before getting sent to the Loser’s Bracket by Team EnVyUs.

In the end, however, it was Rise Nation that brought down Red Reserve for a hefty cash prize, and a new shot at relevance in the 2018 CoD: WWII season!

As always, Team SCUF made a prominent appearance at CWL Atlanta, and the SCUF Booth was a hive of activity, with giveaways, autograph signings, and sneak peeks at some of the latest in custom controller technology. Legends such as OpTic, Rise Nation, Luminosity, TK, Faze, Splyce and EnVyUs visited the booth to sign merchandise and give a little bit back to the fanbase that keeps them going day after day. All in all, it was another amazing Call of Duty event for the books! But there’s no end of the action in sight, with CWL Birmingham promising to tear up the UK at the end of March, and CWL returning stateside to Seattle for more mayhem in April! As usual, Scuf Gaming will be on top of the excitement, and make sure you visit the SCUF Booth when you visit the latest Call of Duty World League events!

CoD: WWII DLC The Resistance Coming January 30th!

The latest in Call of Duty DLC has an arrival date of January 30th, and it’s bringing more maps, more war, and more zombies!

With a theme of uprisings against the Nazi scourge, the appropriately titled The Resistance will be Activision’s first DLC pack for CoD: WWII, and features plenty of new ways to keep multiplayer fresh for soldiers who were there in the beginning, fought their way through the Winter, and are now looking for more ways to play.

First and foremost, The Resistance will feature three new maps: the Czechoslovakian-centered Anthropoid, the Eastern Front action of Valkyrie, and Occupation: a remake of the classic Call Of Duty map Resistance, which made its first appearance in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

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If you’re looking for more objectives-based action, The Resistance is introducing Operation Intercept. The mission surrounding this latest War Mode map involves an Allied rescue attempt on resistance fighters being transported outside of St. Lo, France. Free your allies, destroy Axis communication equipment, and bring their latest train full of innocents to a complete (and permanent) halt.

And finally, if regular Nazis aren’t scary enough for you, The Resistance continues CoD: WWII’s epic Zombie tale with the latest chapter: The Darkest Shore. The terrifying action in this one sounds like a truly lock n’ load good time, so we’re going to let Activision themselves describe it:

The Darkest Shore follows our heroes into the next chapter of their dangerous journey. Only days after the horrific disaster of Mittelburg, the crew has received intel that suggests Doktor Straub is on an island just north of Germany. Blanketed in fog, this island is surrounded by Nazi air and sea power – and crawling with the Undead. Marie, Drostan, Olivia, and Jefferson will need to battle all this and more to uncover the mysteries hidden within the Darkest Shore.

If that doesn’t sound like enough intrigue, danger, and crazy flesh-eating zombies for you, then check your pulse: you might be a zombie yourself. The Resistance DLC is coming on January 30th, and you know Scuf Gaming is going to be there the first day: racking up kills and blowing up trains.

Are you ready for The Resistance? Make sure you have the right equipment, and take a look at SCUF’s BOTG Bundle, full of everything you’ll need to bring the Axis to its knees.

CoD: WWII – Sony’s Favorite Multiplayer Loadouts

Are you still looking for the right loadout when you log into Call of Duty: WWII? Are you unable to pick the division that defines you as an online warrior? The fine folks at Sony have heard your cries, and developed a video detailing their favorite loadouts for CoD: WWII Multiplayer!

More than just some helpful advice, Sony’s made a point of delivering an option for each division choice, ensuring that no one is left out. Of course, these won’t cover every single player’s tastes, but it’s a terrific place to start, particularly if you’re just getting into CoD. From the Jack Of All Trades Infantryman to the Tactical Insertion Sniper, these loadouts offer up some great food for thought when it comes to getting the most out of your online experience.

Take a look at the video below: do any of these samples feel familiar to you? Or have you found the perfect setup for your soldier already?

 

Winter Carentan Map Is Live This Weekend!

The Winter Carentan map is coming to Call Of Duty: WWII in three days, and we can’t wait!

When you spend a lot of your time playing the same maps in multiplayer over and over, the idea of learning the layout of a new locale is always some exciting and challenging fun. CoD: WWII’s Winter Siege event is coming on December 8th, along with this new map variant. With Ranked Play so recently introduced, it’s great to see so many new venues to visit on your way to the top of the ladder!

SCUF will be playing in the Winter Siege this weekend, so keep your eyes peeled for our impressions of how it feels to play!

SCUF Affiliate of the Week: Tony “Lethul” Campbell, Jr

This week’s affiliate profile takes a look at a legend of modern Halo in Tony ‘Lethul’ Campbell Jr.

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Origins

Lethul made his major event debut towards the end of the Halo 3 era, playing at MLG Columbus in 2010. It wasn’t a spectacular first outing, but at the start of the Halo Reach season just months later, Lethul would be launched into the spotlight for the new game, winning the MLG Washington D.C. Combine and following up with a win in the MLG Dallas Halo Reach exhibition tournament.

When the MLG circuit for Reach got going the following year, Lethul remained at the top, with finals appearances at MLG Dallas and MLG Orlando, and victory at MLG Raleigh as highlights of the season. Lethul remained among the elite for the whole of Reach and through Halo 4, but it was on Halo 2: Anniversary Edition that he would really stamp his authority on the game.

Playing under Evil Geniuses, Lethal would dominate for the entirety of the H2A season, winning the majority of the tournaments he attended, including both seasons of the Halo Championship Series. From the release of H2A to present, Lethul has been the most successful player in Halo, consistently winning trophies for the past three years.

Current team

Lethul currently represents OpTic Gaming as the most dominant and successful force in Halo 5. The squad originally came together at the game’s release under Counter Logic Gaming, before moving to the green wall in the summer of 2016.

Alongside Paul ‘SnakeBite’ Duarte, Matthew ‘Royal2’ Fiorante and Bradley ‘Frosty’ Bergstrom, Lethul has been a part of creating a dynasty which has so far spanned the entirety of Halo 5’s lifespan.

Since the game’s release, Lethul and co have been the most successful team in the world, and it’s not close. The squad has been a permanent feature of grand finals and won the majority of them. There is almost no accolade that the team hasn’t collected over the near two years of their rule.

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Great achievement

When success comes as consistently as it has for Lethul over the past three years, that in itself begins to eclipse any single moment. Many teams and players can win titles, almost none will ever experience anything close to the level of continued dominance Lethul has imposed upon the game.

Within such immense success, however, there are particular accomplishments that stand out even among the rest. In any game, for those that can claim it, the title of “World Champion” is usually the pinnacle achievement of a career.

In Halo, there are only four players that can make such a claim, and Lethul is among them. That’s not simply because there has only been one such event – there have been two since the Halo World Championships’ inception in 2016. Lethul and his team claimed victory at both.

In-game

Lethul has long been a really solid team player. Many would categorize him as something of a “glue guy,” if you will to put it into a more traditional sports term. He’s constantly in good spots and shooting things to make things easier for his teammates. He’s a team first kind of player who has no problem dying if it means his teammates will get 2 or 3 kills or secure the objective. This unselfish play and ability to bring a team together has seen Lethul help his team to countless Major titles, including two World Championships.

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Public persona

Publicly, Lethul is known as something of a troll. Not one to shy away from the jokes, he’s embraced the extra publicity that comes part and parcel with representing OpTic Gaming. His unveiling as a member of OpTic was also iconic, teaming up with owner H3cz as part of a shock reveal at the end of an episode of OpTic Vision.

SCUF Affiliate of the Week: Patrick “Aches” Price

This week’s profile takes a look at one of the most legendary and successful players in Call of Duty history, Patrick ‘Aches’ Price.

Origins

Among the more veteran players on the circuit, Aches broke into the upper echelons of competition during the Modern Warfare 2 season. Along with Tyler ‘TeePee’ Polchow, with whom he would go on to have a legendary partnership, Aches’s LeveraGe squad placed second at the MLG National Championship in 2010, his first major LAN appearance.

The following season, LeveraGe would maintain their place at the top, adding Seth ‘Scump’ Abner, who made his LAN debut with the team. MLG Dallas was the first event on the newly-expanded MLG Pro Circuit for Call of Duty, and LeveraGe took it by storm. It was the first of very many to come for Aches, and kicked off a pattern of success for him at the first event of each year.

LeveraGe would win one more title during the Black Ops season, making them one of the most successful teams of the year, matched only by OpTic Gaming’s two victories. Unfortunately, the diminished opportunities on Modern Warfare 3 meant Aches only competed once on LAN the following season, at EGL 8, where he placed 7th-8th.

The following year would see the arrival of Black Ops 2, however, and it was during this season that Aches would build his squad under compLexity. It took a few months to settle on the formula for success, but when the team added James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks they became something unlike anything else Call of Duty had ever seen.

The team went on a run that to this day is somewhat unparalleled, ultimately winning thirteen of the eighteen events that the core three competed at and at their peak hitting a level that remains, in the eyes of many, unmatched. By his role in one of the greatest teams of all time, regardless of what Aches’s future holds he has already carved out a massive and permanent place for himself in Call of Duty history.

 

Current team

Unfortunately, the advanced movement era of the last three years hasn’t seen Aches frequently on top, with his last LAN victory coming at MLG Columbus in 2014, the first event of the Advanced Warfare season.

Rather than being surrounded by the best players in the world, Infinite Warfare in particular saw Aches at the head of a team of young talents, the veteran leader guiding the raw talent of rising stars. His Cloud9 squads certainly made an impact at times, but for the coming season Aches has opted for a change of direction once again.

Ahead of Call of Duty: WWII, Aches finds himself back under Evil Geniuses, the organisation under whom his reign of dominance originally ended. The new squad is stacked with veteran players, featuring another World Champion in Bryan ‘Apathy’ Zhelyazkov, Anthony ‘Nameless’ Wheeler and Ian ‘Enable’ Wyatt.

It’s a team built around not just talent, but experience – both generally as professional players and specifically in boots-on-the-ground titles – and a shared mindset. Aches himself is at the center of the squad, already publicly announced as the primary leader for the team.

In the coming season, OpTic Gaming will once again be the team to beat. Given his history in boots-on-the-ground titles and specifically as a rival to the green wall, Aches surrounded by veterans who are buying into his leadership might well prove a formula capable of toppling today’s titans.

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Greatest achievement

For anyone who can claim it, becoming a Call of Duty World Champion is usually a career highlight. This is as true for Aches as anyone else, but when Aches earnt his ring he did so as part of one of the greatest and most dominant teams of all time.

Excluding the US Regional Qualifier, which didn’t offer any prize except qualification and seeding for the Call of Duty Championships, when Aches entered the main event he had claimed the trophy at the preceding five tournaments. The rule of compLexity over Call of Duty was absolute.

The Call of Duty Championships itself saw compLexity claim the most dominant victory that the event has ever seen. Throughout the entire event, the team lost only four maps in total, dominating the group stage and then walking their way to what felt like an inevitable trophy.

Not only is the Call of Duty Championships the biggest and most prestigious event Aches has won during his incredibly decorated career, it also represents the very peak of his dominance over the game, a level few if any teams have ever replicated.

At that moment, compLexity was producing a peak of play that even the legendary OpTic Gaming, whose total trophy count now eclipses that of compLexity, have failed to truly replicate. As part of compLexity, Aches helped to create a magic that may never be matched, and that legacy will last as long as Call of Duty itself.

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In-game

During his individual peak, which somewhat unsurprisingly coincided with prime compLexity, Aches was one of the most dangerous players in the world. Usually found with an SMG in hand, Aches was capable of putting up huge performances, at times taking over games single-handedly. That he was one of the star players of one of the most successful teams of all time should say plenty about his skill level at that time.

In recent years his blistering performances have become a little more uncommon, although still showed up occasionally while playing for Cloud9 this past season. Instead, Aches has typically played a more supportive role during the advanced movement era, relinquishing the role of the star often to younger talents.

Aches’s impact in-game has instead been perhaps most notable in his ability to guide his team-mates. Aches is one of the most accomplished leaders in Call of Duty history, and he has been able to use that experience to elevate teams of comparatively inexperienced players.

Come WWII, Aches will once again be in a position of leadership, and that alone is enough to make him valuable to a team. With the franchise returning to boots-on-the-ground combat, however, it’s within the realm of possibility that Aches could once again begin to unlock that star player of old.

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Public Persona

Throughout his time as a professional player, Aches’s presence outside the game has been almost as great as within it. Aches had never been afraid to speak his mind, never held his tongue for the sake of popularity or avoiding controversy.

In that regard, Aches is perhaps one of the most important players in Call of Duty. He will never be the most beloved player in the world, but in his willingness to set himself against some of the most popular teams in the world, and his talent in defeating them, Aches has often provided the other half necessary for a great story – a worthy villain. A world without Aches would be noticeably bland by comparison.

While fans might not always appreciate Aches’s outspoken nature, especially when it manifests as criticism of a popular team, it also means that Aches has often been happy to raise controversial issues. When faced with issues in the game or the competitive circuit, he has never shied away from addressing them, and in doing so has at times forced a conversation around topics that might otherwise be ignored.

Love him or hate him, there is no doubt that Aches has played a major role in shaping competitive Call of Duty, both within and without the game.

A superhero in your hands: SCUF teams with Ali-A to launch “Ali-A Game On” controller

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ATLANTA, GA., October 20, 2017 — Scuf Gaming, the maker of high-performance game controllers used by 90 percent of the world’s professional gamers, has teamed up with gaming influencer and celebrity Alastair “Ali-A” Aiken on a stylish new design, the “Ali-A Game On”. The new Game On controller is inspired by Ali-A’s new graphic novel “Ali-A Adventures: Game On”, which released October 19 in the United Kingdom by Puffin Books and on October 24 in the United States by Random House Books for Young Readers.

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“SCUF controllers are my go-to for every single gaming situation because they feel so comfortable in my hands, and everything is totally customizable,” Ali-A said. “It’s just so amazing they made the Ali-A Game On in that “Ali-A” blue, the same color as the hero’s uniform in “Game On”.”

In the book, Ali-A is depicted as a gaming icon who transforms into a superhero when merciless aliens crash the launch party for a hot new video game. The action takes readers from Ali’s transformation into the Liberator all the way to the final boss battle.

As an iconic member of the gaming community in real life, Ali-A has built two YouTube channels with over 13 million subscribers combined. He is also the host of Ali-A’s Superchargers on CBBC, in which kids give their parents’ tired old vehicles a hip new look.

“We’ve worked with Ali-A for about four years, and like SCUF, he’s passionate about video games and the gaming community” said Scuf Gaming CEO Duncan Ironmonger. “Ali-A instantly understood the SCUF layout, and how paddles on the underside of the controller, adjustable triggers, and interchangeable thumbsticks could make anyone a better gamer. Ali-A’s millions of fans will love the look and feel of this fully customizable and high performance controller. Anyone who wants to play like Ali-A will want to get their hands on this controller.”

The Ali-A Game On SCUF is available for PS4, Xbox, and PC at scufgaming.com starting at $169.95 for the SCUF IMPACT (£134.99, 169.95€); $159.95 for the Infinity4PS PRO (£127.99, 159.95€); and $159.95 for the Infinity1 (£127.99, 159.95€).

 

About Scuf Gaming

Scuf Gaming®, global leader and innovator of gaming peripherals and winner of eSports Industry Awards for “Best Hardware” in 2016, provides tactical gear for elite gamers where over 90% of the top professional gamers in the world use SCUF. Selling high-end accessories and customized gaming controllers for console and PC, 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 competitive and casual gamers who recognize that one size does not fit all. The SCUF controller has features, which are covered by 36 granted patents, and another 69 pending; protecting 3 key areas of a controller; back control functions and handles, trigger control mechanisms and thumbstick control area.  For additional information about Scuf Gaming, please visit www.scufgaming.com or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, or Snapchat.

Call Of Duty: Reassemble!

Everyone has their favorite cluster of squadmates for multiplayer get togethers: it definitely beats sitting around waiting for some random pubbies to join. Activision released a CoD: WWII trailer today that does a brilliant job of recreating the feeling of getting the old team back together for something new and exciting.

Now, while this particular squad seems a little… overpopulated… It’s got everyone at TeamSCUF excited to gather their teammates and decimate the battlefields in Call of Duty: WWII.

November’s right around the corner, and we are pumped.

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Scuf Gaming Presents: The Boots On The Ground Series

With Call of Duty: WWII getting its full release on November 3, it makes sense that gamers all over the world are desperate for some boots on the ground competition. And to satisfy that need for some classic run and gun action, Scuf Gaming is proud to host the Boots On The Ground Series by Courage and Hitch!

Featuring three invite-only competitions, the Boots On The Ground series is a perfect opportunity for CoD fans to watch some of their favorite players tickle those nostalgia glasses with multiplayer mayhem from Modern Warfare 2, Modern Warfare 3, and Black Ops 2.

The event begins this weekend with Modern Warfare 2, and continues all the way to the end of October. And the best part? All proceeds from the BOTG Series are going to charity!

Here’s the full tournament schedule:

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Considering the fact that Scuf Gaming has its roots in boots on the ground combat, this is a competition that is close to the hearts of everyone at SCUF HQ. It was thanks to that style of multiplayer that terms like “SCUF Jump” and “SCUF Knife” have become household names since SCUF’s founding in 2011.

Be sure to visit Courage and Hitch’s Twitch channels to catch all the throwback fun!