The News in eSports: June 20th — 26th!

Following another exciting week of eSports, Scuf Gaming takes a look at this week’s biggest stories from around the world.

Millenium Qualifies For Stage 2 Finals On Last Day

In the final week of Call of Duty World League action over in Europe, Millenium’s vital win against Splyce saw them qualify for the Stage 2 Finals in the sixth and final place. Splyce, who’d already qualified, will likely play Millenium in the first round of the offline competition in the coming weeks. Millenium and Splyce will join table topping Hypergames Infused Epsilon eSports and Frenchmen Supremecy in the Stage 2 finals, set to take place in Cologne, Germany mid-July.

MLG Orlando Sells Out

Following the success of MLG Anaheim, MLG Orlando has already sold out all 96 Open Bracket team passes and 12 Pro team passes ahead of the tournament in August. 108 teams will battle it out for the MLG Orlando title 5 th -7 th August. OpTic Gaming walked out winners of MLG Anaheim and another exciting competition is anticipated in what looks likely to be the final testing ground for teams ahead of this year’s Call of Duty World Finals.

FC Schalke Expand Further Into eSports

2016 has seen a number of professional sports teams and former stars join the eSports arms race and one such team is German based FC Schalke who kicked off their eSports interest with the acquisition of a League of Legends team. Now, Schalke have gone one further with the addition on a competitive FIFA set up. The new division of FC Schalke will be headed up by one time FIWC Champion and former SK Gaming man, Joshua Begehr aka Kr0ne. Begehr will be charged with developing FIFA talent that so far comprises of Austrian born talent Mario Viska and Berlin based Cihan Yasarlar.

Aches Joins YouTube

One of Call of Duty’s most colourful characters has announced he’s joining YouTube this week. Aches, the former Call of Duty World Champion and one of the game’s most successful ever players, released his first video on the website, a 60 kill game against Kingdom eSports. Aches has taken a page out of 100Thieves owner, Nadeshot’s book. The former OpTic Gaming man has become one of eSports’ most popular figures with a subscriber base of over 2,500,000 on YouTube.com.

Crimsix Moves Out Of The OpTic SCUF House

This week Crimsix announced that he’d be vacating the OpTic SCUF House after a lengthy stint living with his team mates, in order to move in with his girlfriend at a separate location nearby. Fans of OpTic Gaming won’t be all that surprised by the news that should have no impact on the team that look set to scoop their second ever World title later this year. Like Crimsix, Karma has also taken up residence in a nearby property rather than living directly with his team mate. His move now opens up the opportunity for a new face to move into the house in the near future.

The News In eSports, 6/13-6/19!

The world of eSports has been working hard for the week of June 13-19, with multiple games going through the motions of their respective leagues, some tournament play and little bit of news. So here is your rundown of all the action.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III
On day one, the Call of Duty World League took a different turn than usual as several teams played twice to make up games missed a few weeks ago. In addition, all but one European match was postponed due to travel issues relating to MLG Anaheim.

Day two had similar problems, but this time in North America, with teams such as OpTic Gaming and Dream Team having to forfeit their matches vs. compLexity Gaming due to traveling issues. With only three weeks remaining, every win is crucial to help the teams secure their spot in the top eight.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Tons went down in the CS:GO world, with the continuation of the ELEAGUE, as well as DreamHack ZOWIE Open Summer.

Group D of Turner’s and WME|IMG’s ELEAGUE would have Fnatic, FaZe Clan, Team SoloMid and Team Dignitas face against each other. TSM had a strong showing, even though they only managed to pick up one map the entire week. However, this map was against the recently returned Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer and his squad, Fnatic, during their day three matchup.

Over at the DreamHack tournament, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Astralis and the newly acquired Immortals took to the stage to battle for the biggest piece of $100,000. After a shocking upset at the Major Qualifier where Immortals were knocked out by FlipSid3 Tactics, Immortals bounced back in insane fashion, taking down GODSENT 2-1 in the semifinals and NiP 2-0 in the finals, winning the event.

One team that had a highlight performance was Epsilon in the matchup against NiP. They narrowly lost two games 16-13 and 16-14 against their fellow Swedes and this was the first time we have properly had a chance to see this roster have a good showing against the tier one teams.

In terms of news, we saw a whole host of roster moves over in North America. Counter Logic Gaming and Team Liquid traded their primary AWPers, meaning that CLG now has Kenneth “koosta” Suen and Liquid have Josh “jdm64” Marzano. Following this announcement, it was revealed that Jacob “Pimp” Winneche from SK Gaming would also be joining Liquid, completing their roster.

That does it for this week, what do you think of all the news? Let us know in comments below.