The SCUF News in Esports: January 4th – 10th

It’s a new year and a new chapter in the esports calendar. With the CWL heating up ahead of a busy event period, we take a look at the biggest talking points of the past 7 days in console esports.

ESWC Winter Boasts $100K Prize Pool

$100,000 will be up for grabs at ESWC Winter in Paris, France February 17th – 19th . 96 teams are expected to attend, including the world’s premier Call of Duty teams. Significant Pro Points are up for grabs, as well as the substantial prize fund; one of the largest ever awarded in Europe.

The competition will take place at the Paris Expo at Porte de Versailles, the usual home of the annual Paris Games Week. Team Passes and Spectator Tickets are both for sale right now from ESWC, so grab yours now before they sell out!

CWL Atlanta Details Released

Following on from the IW kick off tournament MLG Vegas, CWL Atlanta is the next stop on the NA World League circuit. $200,000 will be on the line in Atlanta, February 10th – 12th and one week before ESWC Winter in Paris, France.

As well as the Open Bracket, 10 North American teams and 6 European teams will automatically qualify to start their tournament in Pool Play – essentially bypassing the brutally unforgiving Open Bracket. 160 teams are expected to attend in total.

The Pro Points cut off for the tournament has been confirmed as January 30th , and will therefore incorporate the results of CWL London (details below).

CWL London Announced – Hosted by Gfinity

Europe’s CWL calendar gets truly underway this month, as the 16 top ranked teams will head to the Gfinity Arena for CWL London.

$25,000 will be up for grabs to the 16 attending teams, as well as a host of Pro Points which should have the final say on which 6 teams secure their place in the Pool Play at MLG Atlanta.

The 16 teams will be decided from the existing Pro Points rankings, with Splyce, Infused, and Elevate currently leading the way, thanks largely to their final placements in Las Vegas last year.

The tournament will take place January 28th – 29th in London, England.

FaZe win the NA 2K Tournament

After taking home third place at MLG Vegas, FaZe significantly added to their Pro Points tally by winning last weekend’s, beating eUNITED in the Final. A 3-2 victory over eUNITED saw FaZe Clan to the 2K title, having defeated Luminosity and EnVyUs en route.

The reward for FaZe was all important Pro Points, earning a lofty 2,000 for their finish, while eUNITED earned 1,200 for themselves.

Echo Fox and Luminosity split top 4 honours, while OpTic Gaming, Rise Nation, EnVyUs and Team Kaliber all placed top 8, earning 400 Pro Points a piece.

Orbit win the EU 2K Tournament

Over in Europe it was Orbit who took home the 2K title over Supremacy. Having finished 2nd at the Playstation Experience, Orbit found life at MLG Vegas much tougher and surprisingly failed to make it out of the brutal Open Bracket which also claimed the tournament life of Epsilon – COD XP’s fourth place finishers.

Orbit’s route to the title included victories over Elevate EU and Infused. Elevate EU and Aware Gaming EU split the top 4 spots, while Splyce surprisingly settled for a top 8 finish following defeat against Aware EU 3-2.

Orbit, Elevate, Infused, and Splyce are all expected to qualify in the top 16 for this month’s CWL London.

SCUF is at the Hi-Rez Expo!

The 2017 Hi-Rez Expo is here! This weekend, fans of the SMITE and Paladins franchises can look forward to the best of the best battling it out in heavenly battlegrounds, and Scuf Gaming is proud to be there!

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The event has only just begun, but already we’re feeling the excitement as teams like Soar, Luminosity, and Allegiance begin their ascent into the highest ranks of one of the world’s most popular MOBAs. For a full look at who’s playing today, take a look at the schedule or jump right into the action on Twitch.

Coming to Atlanta for the event? Be sure to visit the Scuf Gaming booth! We’ll be there with some of our favorite controllers in stock, including our exclusive SCUF SMITE Infinity Series. Throughout the weekend, some of your favorite players will be visiting to sign posters and merch, as well, so be on the lookout! Also be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates! 

It’s going to be a good weekend in Atlanta, and we hope to see you there!

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SCUF Rolls The Dice At MLG Vegas!

MLG Vegas was the last major event of 2016, and Scuf Gaming was in attendance, watching esports and admiring the gleaming lights of Sin City. SCUF set up a booth at Mandalay Bay, and it was amazing to see so many excited faces and pumped members of TeamSCUF. Some of SCUF’s favorite teams made an appearance for a signing, including OpTic, FaZe, Rise Nation, EnVy, Luminosity, Allegiance, SoaR, and the Old Men of OpTic!

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The SCUF Booth was a constant swarm of TeamSCUF members old and new, and there is nothing quite as satisfying and getting to put a face on the thousands of people who have supported us over the years.

But nothing could compare to the excitement of the games themselves. While this was the last MLG event of 2016, it was the first of Infinite Warfare’s majors tournaments, bringing together over 160 of North American and Europe’s finest Call of Duty teams to Las Vegas.

It seems a lifetime ago that Rise Nation was taking home the UMG SC title. Fast forward almost a year and a totally different looking Rise team was walking out of Mandalay Bay, confirmed champions of the first Major tournament of the Infinite Warfare calendar. Only Loony survived a roster exodus that saw ¾ of the line up head to Luminosity, forcing Rise to rebuild with a majority acquisition of the Elevate roster that took home 3rd at COD XP.

In his tournament debut, Faccento turned in an MVP-worthy performance, putting up huge numbers all weekend.

Scuf Gaming would like to congratulate Rise Nation for their brilliant performance: we can’t wait to see what they bring to the table in 2017.

Cloud9 came away with 2nd place in a nail-biting fashion, clutching an incredible five series 3-2 over the course of the tournament. Narrow victories over Echo Fox, Splyce, Elevate, Allegiance, and FaZe Clan were enough to see Cloud9 to the Grand Final, with Rise twice standing in their way in the pursuit of the title. Defeats in the Winner Bracket Final and Grand Final were the difference maker for C9, who finally fell down on the fifth map of the finale.

Fans have waited a long time for a FaZe vs. OpTic showdown and were not disappointed when the two powerhouses finally went toe-to-toe in Vegas. After a truly memorable series, FaZe walked out as 3-1 winners over their rivals. FaZe also exacted some revenge on Splyce for their narrow defeat at COD XP, but fell short at the hands of Rise and Cloud9 to miss out on a Grand Final appearance.

Early signs suggest that FaZe fans should expect a much more exciting season this year, with Clayster and company looking to recapture some of the form they displayed during Advanced Warfare.

Back-to-back top 16 finishes to wrap Black Ops 3 had laid a solid foundation for Allegiance to kick off their Infinite Warfare campaign with a bang. After changing Xotic for Sinful, the line up improved to a stellar 4th place this weekend, claiming the scalps of Luminosity twice, Enigma6 and compLexity en route. FaZe proved to be one bridge too far for the young roster, however, if Vegas is a sign of things to come then we certainly haven’t heard the end of Allegiance this season.

MLG Vegas was one for the books: incredible fans, amazing sights, and high-octane plays. 2016 has been an amazing and complex year for esports, and SCUF is thrilled to be a part of it. Setting our sights forward on 2017, we can’t help but wonder what sort of surprises there are in store for all of us. The only way to know is to keep playing!

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Scuf Gaming Launches Innovative Range of Accessories and Controller Customization for the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller

scuf_elite_customized_xbox_controller_anodized_silverPRESS RELEASE – December 19, 2016 (Atlanta, GA) – Scuf Gaming® (SCUF), global leader in esports and input devices, announces a new range of innovative accessories for the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller and the launch of the SCUF ELITE customization program as part of their partnership with Microsoft.

Six years ago, SCUF created a new market space for professional customized controllers, challenging the ‘status-quo’ of how controllers were designed and used. Inventing many features that improve performance including paddles and adjustable hair trigger/stop mechanisms, SCUF has 25 granted patents and another 55 pending. SCUF is used by over 90% of professional gamers, in October 2015, SCUF announced that it signed a licensing deal with Microsoft Corporation providing Microsoft the rights to use SCUF’s intellectual property, patents and innovations. Under the terms of the agreement, Scuf Gaming became the exclusive 3rd party accessories partner for professional gaming.

Recognizing the competitive edge that SCUF patented features provide, Duncan Ironmonger, CEO & Co-Founder of Scuf Gaming stated, “Since inception, our vision has always been to cater to the top 10% of the market, but also see the mass market benefit from the innovative features and functions we patented. Over 90% of top professional gamers use SCUF so, our handcrafted SCUF Infinity Series are always built with weight, performance, precision and design in mind. Not everyone is aware we exist so, now we are able to offer the wider market an alternative through our partnership with Microsoft to further increase awareness with the launch of the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller and our SCUF ELITE accessories.”

Now gamers can experience SCUF familiarity and innovation to further boost their Xbox Elite Wireless Controller gaming experience. SCUF is offering their crossover paddle control system and directional bias D-pad positioned for optimal ergonomic performance, military grade grip handles contoured to fit your hand and an increased range of precision thumbsticks. The SCUF ELITE customization program also offers a full range of unique designs and color treatments, including faceplate, buttons, trim and SCUF accessories.

SCUF ELITE accessory kits may be purchased separately on scufgaming.com for the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller. SCUF ELITE Paddle Control System & Directional Bias D-pad kit sells for $39.95 and the SCUF ELITE Pro Grips & Precision Thumbstick kit is $29.95 and available in five color options. The SCUF ELITE controller customization program ranges from $149.95 to over $200 depending on features and customization selected.

eliteaccessory_paddledpadSCUF ELITE Paddle Control System & Directional Bias D-pad Kit – $39.95

SCUF ELITE Paddle Control System

  • SCUF paddles are positioned for optimal ergonomic performance, using crossover paddle control system.
  • Paddles mimic any face button, allowing thumbs to remain on the thumbsticks – shortening response time between actions.
  • Modular and customizable, choose from 0 to 4 paddles to utilize more of your hand in game.
  • Comfortable, intuitive design, and familiar to SCUF users. Play like a Pro.
  • Color: Silver

SCUF ELITE Directional Bias D-pad

  • Tilted D-pad to access a single direction bias quicker – reduced distance when alternating from the thumbstick to D-pad.
  • The angle helps the gamer focus on the direction of the D-pad bias.
  • Adjustable to all 4 positions.
  • Magnetic technology for easy position changes.
  • Color: Silver

eliteaccessory_thumbsticksgripsSCUF ELITE Pro Grips & Precision Thumbstick Kit – $29.95 (coming soon)

SCUF ELITE Precision Thumbsticks

  • Improve precision and accuracy.
  • Length and shape caters to different hand sizes.
  • Military grade grip for increased comfort and durability.
  • Magnetic technology for easy thumbstick change.
  • Colors: Black, White, Red, Blue, Green

SCUF ELITE Pro Grip Handles

  • Contoured to fit your hands.
  • Military grade material for improved grip.
  • Easy to install.
  • Colors: Black, White, Red, Blue, Green

To learn more about SCUF’s Infinity range of professional controllers and the SCUF ELITE customization program and accessories, please visit us online at www.scufgaming.com.

About Scuf Gaming
Scuf Gaming® is a global leader and innovator in esports, providing 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 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 recognize that one size does not fit all. The SCUF controller has features, which are covered by 25 granted patents, and another 55 pending; protecting 3 key areas of a controller; back control functions and handles, trigger control mechanisms and thumbstick control area.

The SCUF News In Gaming: Dec. 9th – 15th

In a Christmas season packed with new releases, gamers are faced with some tough choices, and may have to juggle their time between triple-A titles on phone, console and PC. Admittedly it’s not the worst problem to have, but we’ll try and narrow down the challenge with 5 SCUF highlights.

Super Mario Run releases on iOS and Android

Super Mario on a non-Nintendo device? It’s hard to believe but easy to love as the world’s most famous plumber (and video game character period?) embarks on another adventure to save Princess Peach from the clutches of Bowser. It all sounds very familiar but in Nintendo’s genius, a fully-fledged Mario experience can be experienced and mastered with just one hand as he runs automatically, leaving you to perform jumps and tricks to collect coins, race against your mates, and build your own Mushroom Kingdom with just your thumb.

Resident Evil 7 Demo now available on Xbox One

Versions of it have been available on the PS4 since E3 but as of December 14th , Xbox One owners – soon followed by PC players on December 19th – have had access to a demo of the latest installment in Capcom’s legendary horror series. Titled ‘Midnight’, it’s the final version of what began as ‘Beginning Hour’ on the PS4. Turns the lights off, crank up the headphones and sink your teeth into the zombie thriller.

Xbox One updated increases download speeds

Xbox One’s most recent system update promises to increase download speeds by up to 80%. Xbox.com details that the main group to benefit is people with connections greater than 100Mbps, while anyone with speeds below that should still enjoy downloads up to 40% quicker. According to our calculations, that’s a 100% guarantee to have more time to actually play the game.

Uncharted 4 Survival mode released

On Tuesday December 13th , Naughty Dog launched their much anticipated Survival mode for Uncharted 4, a wave-based multiplayer mode where up to 3 players join to fend off mobs of enemies over 10 maps. Survive for 10 waves and you’ll encounter a boss battle including a new enemy type in the form of Pirate Warlords. Think zombies on Call of Duty or Horde for Gears of War, molded for the Uncharted world.

Switch to be less powerful than PS4?

Keeping on the subject of Nintendo, VentureBeat have heard from 2 sources that the Switch, Nintendo’s forthcoming portable-home console hybrid, may be less powerful than even the previous generations of PS4 and Xbox One. Switch is reported use a custom Maxwell Tegra chip with a 1 teraflop performance, well below the 6 and 4.2 teraflops of Project Scorpio and the PS4Pro respectively, and barely a match for Xbox One’s and PS4’s 1.3 and 1.8 teraflops. Not for the first time, it seems that Nintendo are focusing on other qualities rather than pure horsepower.

The SCUF News In Esports: Dec. 8th – 14th

With MLG Las Vegas this weekend, and the NA HCS Pro League Fall Championships and Gears Gfinity London Open last weekend, the console esports scene has never looked more alive and varied. Here are our top stories from the last week.

MLG Las Vegas COD Online Qualifier Results

With four places up for grabs in the MLG Las Vegas pools, there was everything on the line for for the 8 teams who weren’t on the invite list. At the close of play, Echo Fox, Revenge, compLexity and GosuCrew all emerged as winners, earning themselves a solid platform from which to launch their Infinite Warfare campaign. Unfortunately, the competition wasn’t without controversy, as the newly-formed Evil Geniuses team missed out on a place after suffering persistent DDOS strikes. EG will now join others, including the traveling European outfits, in the Open Bracket at MLG Las Vegas.

Call of Duty NA 2K Results

EG frustration was no doubt amplified by their impressive finish in the MLG Gamebattles 2K last weekend, where they picked up a 2nd place finish after losing 3-2 to OpTic Gaming in the Final – proving their true credentials when they’re unhampered. Once again OpTic set their stall out for what is expected to be another dominant season for arguably the greatest CoD team in esports history. Cloud9 and XtroVert wrapped up the 3rd /4th place honors.

Insomnia59 Results

While the organizers of Insomnia59 have been struggling to attract the biggest names from Europe, many of the scene’s emerging talents were in attendance, as £3,000 in prize money was up for grabs. Bulldog Esports bettered CRYPTICK Gaming in the Grand Final to secure the team’s first ever event title. Valour Esports also secured a podium finish and a cut of the cash.

EnVyUs are NA HCS Pro League Fall Champions

In the ongoing battle between EnVyUs and OpTic Gaming that has now spanned to three major console titles, EnVyUs emerged triumphant as they were crowned the Fall Champions of the HCS Pro League. EnVyUs won back-to-back Grand Final series to snatch the title away from OpTic and earned $75,000 in prize money. Team Liquid and Str8 Rippin wrapped up 3rd and 4th respectively in the four team championship. In the Relegation tournament, both Allegiance and Enigma6 re-qualified for the next season of the Pro League, as 3sUP Enterprises and TMMT came up short.

And More Halo Was Announced

Following the NA HCS Pro League Fall Finals, further announcements were made about the next Halo World Championship. The timeline includes stops in St. Louis and Las Vegas in the US, Mexico City in Mexico and London, England. The competition will culminate in the $1M Championship Finals with the date to be announced. That’s not all, as the NA Pro League will return for a Summer and Fall season again, with finals now taking place at the Dreamhack Atlanta and Dreamhack Denver events to be held in July and October respectively, moving away from the Burbank based ESL Studios that had previously hosted the season finale.

OpTic Gaming win Gfinity Gears London Open Winners

While nV were getting the better of OpTic in Halo, the OG Gears team were claiming a title of their own. OpTic defeated eUnited in the Grand Final of the London based tournament, taking home an impressive $60,000 in cash. Team Allegiance took 3rd place, while Team EnVyUs finished 4th . The highest placing European line up were Epsilon, who managed to grab a top 8 finish. The seven travelling American teams impressively managed to occupy all the top 7 places. Finally, Mexican outfit Splyce had to settle for a share of top 12 honors.

The SCUF News in eSports: Nov. 25th – Dec. 1st

We’re heading towards the end of the year, with the biggest tournaments starting to pick up steam. MLG Vegas is around the corner, the next season of the CWL can’t be far away, the HCS Season is heading toward conclusion, and the Gears circuit is cruising along.

So there’s plenty of console eSports to sink your teeth into. Here’s our pick of this week’s big stories from the world of eSports.

OpTic Gaming beat EnVyUs in MLG Columbus Gears Final

OpTic Gaming’s Gears of War team took home another title when they won the MLG Columbus Major last weekend, defeating arch rivals EnVyUs in the Grand Final. BOT Empire rounded up the final podium place, with the top three taking a combined $220,000 in prize money. 7th /8th place honors were shared by Mexicans Splyce and Britons Epsilon, while travelling French teams, Vitality, Supremacy and Millenium placed top 12, top 20 and top 28 respectively. Australians Mindfreak also placed inside the top 20. In all, $300,000 in prize money was split between the top 16 teams.

Echo Fox Finalize Team

Echo Fox, the outfit fronted by former NBA star Rick Fox, announced their new Call of Duty line up ahead of MLG Vegas. Former tK man Neslo will take over at the helm of the take, receiving the baton from veteran star Proofy, who has similarly announced a new team recently. Nelso is joined by MethodZ, TcM and Mosh. Echo Fox CEO, Jace Hall, is confident that the organization have assembled a championship calibre roster.

3sUP Enterprises Announce Line Up

Yet more roster news this week, as 3sUP released details of their new foursome. Familiar faces Califa and Baker return to the line up, to be joined by Apox and Lawless. Along with the roster announcement, 3sUP confirmed the team’s attendance at MLG Vegas, where over 250 teams are expected to take part. The team will also return their attention to qualifying for the next season of the CWL, where details still remain thin on the ground.

A LAN by Brice Modern Warfare Remastered Tournament

British commentator Alan ‘Bricey’ Brice assembled one of the world’s first ever MWR tournaments, held in Colchester, UK. A number of the scene’s retired stars blew the dust off their controllers to return to compete, including former Epsilon and TCM man Flux, and COD XP 2011 fourth place finisher, RichE. In the end, the Flame Retardant team, comprised of Flux, Monksy, Bissell and Jake, took home first place, beating the RichE fronted The SAS team in the Grand Final. £1,000 in prize money was split between the top two.

Evil Geniuses v Enigma6 On Stage with 360° Camera

Finally, have you ever wanted to experience the Main Stage feeling of a major tournament, but haven’t quite made it to the elite level? Well, the guys over at Evil Geniuses Halo have got a solution for you, as the release the first 360° Camera view of a major tournament main stage face off. The whole video lasts almost an hour and also includes the HCS broadcast so you don’t miss any of the action. You can watch on the link below.

The SCUF News in eSports: Nov. 18th – 24th

This week’s top stories include the latest news from the first ever eSports Industry Awards, held in London, England on Monday evening. The star-studded event brought together many of the industry’s biggest players, and included an award win for Scuf Gaming in the category of Best Hardware Provider! Here are our picks of the best news of the last seven days.

Scump Wins Console eSports Player of the Year

At the inaugural eSports Industry Awards, OpTic Gaming star Seth ‘Scump’ Abner walked away with the biggest honour up for grabs for console players. Taking home the Console eSports Player of the Year award, Scump beat fellow CoD teammate Crimsix, OG member Royal2, among others, to the award. Scump enjoyed a hugely successful year in Call of Duty, with OpTic Gaming performing consistently well throughout.

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EnVyUs Win Team of the Year

Team EnVyUs beat a fiercely competitive field to take home this year’s Team of the Year. In a year that has included countless titles across a multitude of games, including the Call of Duty Championship title for the first time in their history, certainly the Boys in Blue were deserving of this year’s awards. Their competition included fierce rivals OpTic Gaming, Team Liquid, Luminosity and more. Team owner Mike ‘Hastro’ Rufail collected the award on behalf of the team.

Swanny Wins UK eSports Player of the Year

Callum ‘Swanny’ Swan, the poster boy for European Call of Duty, won the first ever UK eSports Player of the Year. After a year that included winning both CWL Stage 1 and Stage 2, Swanny took home the personal accolade to reward his success. Unfortunately, Swanny missed out on both the Call of Duty Championship Finals in LA and the award ceremony, with OpTic Gaming’s Hector Rodriguez accepting the award on behalf of his former player. Hopefully Swanny will return to action regularly for the new Call of Duty season.

EnVyUs Win HCS Las Vegas

EnVyUs continued their fine form across numerous titles, this time with a victory in Las Vegas as they scooped the HCS Las Vegas Championship. nV had to recover from defeat in the Winner Bracket Final against Team Liquid, first defeating Team Alliegance in the Loser Bracket Final before beating Liquid at the second time of asking in a two series finale. The finale concluded at 3AM, with EnVyUs bagging $10,000 for their troubles. Notably, OpTic Gaming was absent from the tournament. Fans will have to wait slightly longer for the next showdown between these two esports titans.

Elevate with CoD Return

After their remaining three members transferred to Rise Nation, Elevate have chosen a slightly different approach in their rebuilding process. Surprisingly, Elevate have gone for an all-European line up this time out, despite their continued success in supporting North American rosters in the past. The new squad brings together players from varying backgrounds and will feature Watson, Reedy, Seany, and Zed. The first real test of the new Elevate line up comes in the form of the upcoming Playstation Experience Invitational; a tournament that will also include Orbit EU, EG, FaZe, Renegades, Luminosity, Splyce and the recently departed Elevate threesome, now representing Rise Nation.

Scuf Gaming wins Hardware Provider of the Year Award at the eSports Industry Awards

esports-awards-scuf-gaming-2016PRESS RELEASE – November 21st (Atlanta, GA) – Tonight, the inaugural eSports Industry Awards took place at The Brewery in London. The awards are dedicated to rewarding and recognizing the amazing talent and innovation of the eSports industry. Scuf Gaming had the immense pleasure of winning the Hardware Provider of the Year award at this year’s event.

When accepting the award, Duncan Ironmonger, CEO and Co-
Founder of Scuf Gaming had this to say, “We started Scuf Gaming about 6 years ago and I must say, we weren’t expecting it to become something this large. We now have 200 employees and my heart goes out to each and every one of them. They’ve put their heart and soul into this company and honestly, we wouldn’t be here, receiving this award, without them. I’m proud to say that we’ve built something pretty special at SCUF.”

Scuf Gaming would also like to congratulate our partners who either won or were nominated at this year’s awards, including Callum “Swanny” Swan, winner of the UK eSports Player of the Year Award and Team EnVyUs, winner of the eSports Team of the Year Award and Seth “Scump” Abner, Console Player of the Year Award.


About Scuf Gaming

Scuf Gaming® is a Global Leader and Innovator in eSports, providing 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 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 recognize that one size does not fit all.

The SCUF controller has features, which are covered by 22 granted patents, and another 59 pending; protecting 3 key areas of a controller; back control functions and handles, trigger control mechanisms and thumbstick control area.


About the eSports Industry Awards
The eSports Industry Awards are dedicated to recognizing the international eSports business, showcasing top class performance and innovation from the players, teams, media, hardware providers, games, events, and personalities within the scene.

Hosted by games industry commentator and presenter Julia Hardy and the Gadget Show’s Jason Bradbury, over 600 of the industry’s leading figures gathered in London’s The Brewery on November 21st to celebrate achievements and network with each other. The event was streamed to the world live on the night.

The long list of categories and nominees were constructed through public nominations, and a judging panel consisting of respected professionals from a cross section of the eSports industry including ex-players, media and broadcasters who determined the overall winners in each of the categories.

The SCUF News in eSports: Nov. 10th – 16th

Once again we’re taking a look at the biggest eSports stories from the console world. Here are our top five picks of the last seven days.

Evil Geniuses Return to Call of Duty

After a lengthy hiatus from Call of Duty, Evil Geniuses announced their return to the scene with the acquisition of a newly formed team, led by veteran Anthony ‘Nameless’ Wheeler. Bringing together talent from Luminosity, Elevate, and compLexity, the new-look EG team combines experience with youth in a team that looks promising enough to gain qualification to this year’s Pro League. The new team will have big shoes to fill, given that Evil Geniuses’ last foray into Call of Duty started with the acquisition of arguably the game’s greatest team ever.

NA HCS Pro League Season Concludes

Team EnVyUs has beat rivals OpTic Gaming to the top spot in the North American regular season of the Halo Championship Series Pro League. Boasting an impressive 13-1 record, nV topped the group, with OpTic not far behind with an 11-3 record. 3rd and 4th was shared between Team Liquid and the recently rebranded Str8 Rippin, the latter having formed in the wake of their departure from OpTic Gaming. Facing relegation this season will be Enigma6 and Team Allegiance, both of which will battle it out with the best of the non-Pro Leagues for places in next season’s competition.

More EU Call of Duty Team News

Yet more team news coming out of Europe this week, as Supremacy announces their new French and Belgium line up. With Millenium moving to acquire the services of two former Supremacy stars, the France-based organization was forced to rebuild from the ground up. This week they announced their new foursome will be Vortex, Senka, Eazy, and Hosterz. Also coming out of the European scene this week, Qwiker, real name Shea Sweeney, took to Twitlonger to announce that Carbines had been replaced by Revolt on his team’s roster. The team is currently without an organization to represent going into the Infinite Warfare season. Qwiker outlined the team’s goals as qualifying for the CoD World League, claiming that Revolt is simply a better fit for the team that looks to have great potential on paper. Both teams will turn will with great anticipation of the impending CWL announcement in the coming weeks.

Gfinity Announce $25,000 Modern Warfare Remastered Tournament

The Call of Duty 4 remake has been extremely well received by fans, both new and old, leading to British based organisers Gfinity to offer up a $25,000 prize purse in what could be the first of many international calibre MWR competitions. The tournament does come with a caveat, however, and looks set to be played on the PC, with a mix of console and PC teams invited to compete. There remains some uncertainty about whether players will be competing with keyboard and mouse, or a controller, but whatever happens, it’s sure to be an excellent showcase of the console and PC classic that really kicked the whole series into overdrive.

Karma Features in Music Video

Karma, one of Call of Duty’s most decorated players and two-time World Champion, has turned his hand to acting with an appearance in St. Louis based rapper, Trenton P’s latest music video. In the video Karma, real name Damon Barlow, is a gun for hire who’s drafted in to save the kidnapped Trenton P as he’s being held hostage at a UMG event. You can watch the full video on the UMG Gaming YouTube channel now: