The Halo Championship Series 2017 Giveaway!

The Halo Championship Series is still underway, and this weekend the best Spartans in Europe are going head to head in Gfinity’s newly renovated arena in London! With a full pool of 32 teams, legendary organizations like Supremacy, Infused, and Excel will all be looking to get their hands on a 25k prize pool, and Scuf Gaming is going to be there to catch all of the action. The top 3 teams will automatically qualify for DreamHack Denver in October, and we’re looking forward to seeing who takes home the loot and the prestige.

And what better way to celebrate HCS than with a new SCUF Giveaway?

Sign up below for the chance to win a TeamSCUF Infinity1 custom controller for the Xbox One. There’s a limited time to sign up, so don’t miss your chance to get your hands on this piece of patented gaming technology!

Enter our HCS London giveaway to win a #TeamSCUF Infinity1 controller!

SCUF Affiliate of the Week: Team Allegiance

Allegiance first stepped into Call of Duty towards the back end of the Black Ops 3 season. While not featuring superstars, their debut squad consisted of some recognizable names at the highest level of the game – Steve ‘Mochila’ Canle, Remington ‘Remy’ Ihringer, Matthew ‘Royalty’ Faithful and John ‘Xotic’ Bruno.

After snagging a place in the 2016 Call of Duty Championship by way of the NA Last Chance Qualifier, Allegiance announced their arrival on the international stage with a stellar group stage performance — pipped Europeans Epsilon and Stage 2 Runners Up, Renegades to the top spot. In all, Allegiance dropped only two maps in the pools.

In the knockout stages, consecutive defeats to Luminosity, 3-2, and a sweep by Millenium spelled the end for Allegiance, wrapping their campaign in top 16 — something of a disappointing ending on a weekend that had shown much promise. Still, Allegiance had announced their arrival and their roster looked packed with promise heading into Infinite Warfare.

And the Allegiance Call of Duty squad did in fact get off to a blistering start in Infinite Warfare. The CWL Vegas Open marked the start of the season proper, the first major international event and the first opportunity to collect some coveted pro points – the key to qualifying for the Global Pro League later in the year.

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Though not tipped as a favourite for the event, Allegiance were able to fight their way to a fourth-place finish, outplacing the likes of OpTic Gaming, Team EnVyUs and Luminosity.

Unfortunately for that roster, Vegas would mark the start of a rapid decline, with placements falling off with each subsequent event until finally the team went their separate ways.

Around the same time, Allegiance’s Halo team were suffering similar struggles.

2016 had been an incredible year for the team; led by veteran Naded, a Bronze Medal at the X Games in Aspen was followed by a $500,000 pay day by way of a runner up spot at the Halo World Championship 2016.

The departure of Naded spelled the end of the high-flying Allegiance team. The lure of OpTic Gaming proved too much for the storied warrior, while the rest of the Allegiance pack took on new challenges of their own.

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Even after a total roster overhaul, the results were promising. A 6th place finish in the Summer Season and 8th in the Fall Season were followed by a third-place finish in at HCS Las Vegas 2016, the team would even go on to survive Relegation to set 2017 up for a bang.

2017 saw a new roster come in, though, and despite modest results the team failed to qualify for the Halo World Championship 2017; this was to be their last appearance as a team at a Major Halo tournament — just one week before the Allegiance Call of Duty team would implode in Dallas.

Their Gears team would have better longevity, but failed to recreate the kind of form that saw them take home a podium finish in London — albeit among an easier field of competition. Mexico, Atlanta, Paris, and Vegas were all top 8 finishes and in the end, the team would go their separate ways.

It was the beginning of a rebuilding era for Allegiance.

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Allegiance started to begin again, acquiring a team of aspiring amateurs that had previously competed as SetToDestroyX.

A new Call of Duty squad was formed and while it might not have featured such recognisable names, Austin ‘Believe’ Smith, Dakota ‘Nova’ Williams, Mehran ‘Mayhem’ Anjomshoa and Tristan ‘Spoof’ Green would have raised their profile considerably by the close of the season.

It wasn’t such an explosive debut for the new squad, a top-20 finish at CWL Anaheim — Allegiance’s best Call of Duty placing since Atlanta —  but when it came time to qualify for the most important event of the year, the Call of Duty Championships, the squad breezed through.

Unfortunately, it was announced shortly before the event that Allegiance would be no more. They were to shut down due to lack of funding, meaning that the squad’s run at the Call of Duty Championships would act as a swan song for the organisation.

It might have been an underwhelming end – the team were hardly among the heavy-hitters for the event anyway, and with the bottom two in the groups to be eliminated, Allegiance would have to out-perform at least one elite squad, their group featuring FaZe Clan and Red Reserve as the favourites to proceed.

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Remarkably, however, that’s exactly what they managed to do – a victory in their final match of the group against Red saw the team proceed, after which they even went a further step beyond expectations by beating Global Pro League top-six finishers Fnatic in the first round.

It might have been a bittersweet ending for the organisation – brought to an end just as their young team took the first step along the path to success with a break-out result. Instead, that result proved to be exactly what the organisation needed – in the aftermath of the Call of Duty Championships, it was revealed that their success had sparked enough interest to keep the organisation alive.

Having proven themselves on the biggest stage Call of Duty has to offer, the squad look to continue their push into the upper echelons of the game in the coming WWII season. They might still have a long way to go, but with their success having helped secure the future of Allegiance, they will yet have a chance to build a legacy for the organisation.

Allegiance will now push into a new era. Having survived destruction, armed with a Call of Duty and SMITE team, they will seek to stave off competition and stay alive in the cruel world of esports.

Through shrewd recruitment and clever assignment of resources, no one should count out Allegiance. Hopefully they’ll be competing for many years to come.

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The SCUF PAX West 2017 Wrapup!

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.

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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.

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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!

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The CoD: WWII Beta Is Over! What Did The Pros Think?

With a sad wave goodbye, the Call of Duty community said farewell to the CoD: WW2 beta. Now, the only thing left to do is wait for November and the full release. TeamSCUF spent a ton of time online these past two betas, getting to know the new divisions, weapons, and scheming with different loadouts. But what did the pros have to say? Scuf Gaming kept an eye on the social scene, and the responses were pretty positive.

The beta seemed to bode great things for the upcoming competitive season:

One of the most popular aspects of Call Of Duty: WW2, was its return to a boots on the ground play style:

The first beta had so much action packed into a few short days that it’s no surprise some pros couldn’t get into the second beta soon enough:

For some players, it took no time at all for them to start making incredible plays, which bodes well for an exciting new season:

Of course, not everyone was able to take advantage of the Beta. With such a limited time frame and a busy schedule, it would be easy for even some of the most dedicated CoD players to miss out. That was not the case for Ali-A, however, who got in some incredible play time from his hotel room in Germany: now that’s dedication!

SCUF contacted a few of our other favorite affiliates to see how they were enjoying the beta, and how their SCUF competitive controllers were holding up under the pressure! Here are some of their responses:

“I’m really looking forward to WWII and looking forward to having fun on those really long days of grinding CoD again. The grip on my Scuf always helps me block sweat and stay comfortable through those long days” – JKap

“Paddles are just as important if not more important going into WWII boots on the ground than they were during the jetpack era. I’ve never been more excited to SCUF jump noobs again” – KOSDFF

“This is the most complete Call of Duty since Black Ops 2 and I love it. I don’t think we’ve ever had this level or gun balance and map concepts this early in a game. It also helps when you have a Scuf and the ability to jump around any corner or drop shot while keeping your aim and movements fluid” – Theory

I’m loving WWII and I actually started using a SCUF back on MW3 for strafe jumping and I’ve been abusing this mechanic so far in the BETA.” – MarkyB

“Using a SCUF still adds an advantage to your game even in a slower paced CoD. It’s a big benefit to be able to jump around a corner while still being able to aim, drop shot, scufjump, and a variety of other things thanks to the paddles” – Octane

What do you think? Did the Call of Duty: WWII Beta get you pumped up for November? Have you chosen your main Division? Picked a favorite weapon? Join the conversation with Scuf Gaming on Twitter!

Global Leader and Innovator of Competitive Gaming Controllers, Scuf Gaming, Attends PAX West

ATLANTA, GA – August 31, 2017 – Scuf Gaming® continues to raise the game and bring the SCUF Experience to PAX West, September 1-4 in Seattle, Washington.

Witness our latest innovations and products at the SCUF booth (Level 4, #323) where attendees will have the opportunity for a hands-on experience to feel the difference SCUF controllers make whilst playing their favorite video games to include Call of Duty® and Destiny® on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Fans and enthusiasts will have the opportunity to meet the SCUF team and find out why over 90% of professional gamers choose SCUF. In addition to the gaming stations available for attendees to test SCUF controllers in game, SCUF will also have streaming stations where fans can watch their favorite streamers broadcast from the SCUF booth while fans at home will be able to follow the action live on Twitch.tv.

There will be two streaming sessions per day followed by autograph signing sessions at the booth so fans can gain that personal touch; session 1 is from 10am – 1pm and session 2 is from 3pm – 6pm. Confirmed streamers include: Ms 5ooo Watts, TheMavShow, Luminosity, TripleWreck, Charionna and RealKraftyy. Fans will also have the opportunity to meet some of SCUF’s top sponsored esports players and influencers and sign up for exciting giveaways.

Be sure to check SCUF social for all schedule updates!

Twitter: twitter.com/scufgaming
Facebook: facebook.com/ScufGaming
Instagram: instagram.com/scufgaming

SCUF will be offering a special PAX West onsite event pricing on controllers, apparel and accessories over the four-day weekend. SCUF controllers and accessories available onsite include SCUF IMPACT and SCUF Infinity 4PS PRO for PlayStation 4 and PC; as well as the SCUF Infinity1 and SCUF ELITE for Xbox One and PC. For those who can’t make it out to PAX West, SCUF will be providing a Twitch online promotion for the four-day weekend; offering customers $20 off SCUF orders of $225 or more.

As global leader and innovator of gaming peripherals SCUF was named “Best Hardware” award winner at the 2016 eSports Industry Awards. SCUF provides tactical gear for elite gamers where over 90% of the top professional gamers in the world use a SCUF controller. SCUF controllers are custom built to specification and cater to competitive and casual gamers who recognize that one size does not fit all. Selling high-end accessories and customized gaming controllers for console and PC, SCUF offers a number of patented functional and design features custom built to increase hand use and improve gameplay.

Duncan Ironmonger, CEO & Founder of Scuf Gaming said, “PAX in Seattle is always an event I’ve loved so I am delighted we’ll be featuring the SCUF Experience this year! For the past 6 and a half years we have dedicated our lives to re-inventing the way gamers use controllers through increased hand use and improved comfort. It’s humbling to see how far we have come and the impact esports is having on the entertainment world. PAX West offers an exciting festival environment to showcase what’s new in the ever expanding world of gaming so we are particularly excited to share our latest innovations with the masses this weekend.”

Scuf Gaming CEO and Founder, Duncan Ironmonger, will be available for onsite interviews Sept 1- 4; as well as other SCUF executives. Please contact Mel Wood, [email protected] for interview requests. Press materials and additional information about the company may be found online at scufgaming.com.

About PAX
PAX or Penny Arcade Expo is a festival for gamers to celebrate gaming culture. First held in Seattle in 2004, PAX has nearly doubled in size each successive year, with PAX Prime 2014 selling out of tickets in a matter of minutes. Connecting the world’s leading game publishers with their most avid and influential fans, PAX expanded with a second show in Boston in 2010 and a third in San Antonio in 2015, making it the three largest gaming shows in North America. The first international PAX was held in Melbourne, Australia in 2013. In 2017, Penny Arcade announced PAX Unplugged, its first tabletop focused show, to be held in Philadelphia.

About Penny Arcade
Penny Arcade is a web comic focused on video games and video game culture, written by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik. With over 3.5 million readers, it is the most popular and longest running gaming web comic online. Penny Arcade is also responsible for the Child’s Play Charity, the Penny Arcade gaming expos (PAX) in Seattle, Boston, San Antonio, Philadelphia, and Melbourne, multiple videogames based on the brand, and multiple online video series.

About ReedPOP
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading event organizer. ReedPOP is devoted exclusively to organizing and managing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and working with premium brands in the pop culture world to deliver once in a lifetime experiences for fans everywhere. ReedPOP is dedicated to facilitating celebrations of popular culture around the globe that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences. ReedPOP is proud to be a part of a portfolio of events that include New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) West, East, South, Australia and Unplugged, Emerald City Comicon (ECCC), BookCon, BookExpo, Oz Comic-Con, Comic Con India, Comic Con Paris, Comic Con Seoul, Star Wars Celebration, TwitchCon, ComplexCon and more. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan-based group of professionals uniquely qualified to serve those with whom they share a common passion.

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 competitive 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 30 granted patents, and another 65 pending; protecting 3 key areas of a controller; back control functions and handles, trigger control mechanisms and interchangeable thumbstick control area. For additional information about Scuf Gaming, please visit www.scufgaming.com.

SCUF Social
Twitter: twitter.com/scufgaming
Facebook: facebook.com/ScufGaming
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YouTube: youtube.com/scufgamingtv
Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/scufgamingusa

The Call Of Duty: WWII Beta Is Here!

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CoD: WWII has been among the most hyped games of the year, and Activision surprised fans everywhere by releasing the beta a day early! With a November release, the CoD: WWII beta represents the first chance in years to play a new boots on the ground Call of Duty experience. The beta for Playstation 4 ends on the 28th of August, and picks back up for Xbox One and PS4 with a second run from September 1st to the 4th.

It’s possible that a third (or even a fourth) beta is in the works, but for the time being, the next two weekends are your only chance to get some multiplayer training in before Call Of Duty: WWII releases on November 3rd.

With fewer high-tech options and a focus on the classic style that made Call Of Duty one of the most popular games of all time, it goes without saying that you’ll want every advantage you can get. SCUF’s custom controllers are equipped with the patented innovations that can give players a real advantage in the trenches of World War II. That’s the reason that Scuf Gaming is used by over 90% of all pro gamers.

This weekend’s multiplayer beta is already a true proving ground for pro gamers, esports hopefuls, and hardcore gamers of every stripe. SCUF’s gaming technology can provide the winning edge that a player needs, whether you’re enjoying CoD’s campaign, the chaos of multiplayer, or waves of the undead in Zombie mode. Keep your eyes peeled for SCUF’s Call Of Duty: WWII game guide, coming soon!

SCUF Affiliate of the Week: Cuyler “Huke” Garland

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This week’s affiliate profile takes a look at console esports prodigy Cuyler ‘Huke’ Garland.

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Among console esports stars, Huke might well be the most unique. He was unusual to begin with, a young talent that seemingly came out of nowhere on Advanced Warfare. By the end of the year, he’d gone from unknown amateur to being hailed as one of the best players in the world – a feat few have managed.

What makes him particularly exceptional, however, is that having been forced out of the pro level by age restrictions, he then transitioned to Halo. Not only did he become one of very few players to ever successfully make the move in that direction (OpTic Gaming’s Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter being the only other high-profile example), he has become even more successful as a result.

Within a year of making the switch, Huke was representing major organisations and playing alongside legendary names as he had in Call of Duty, but in Halo he’s managed to go a step beyond and win championships as well.

Having found success in both games, Huke is already among an elite group – the likes of the aforementioned Crimsix, his OpTic Gaming team mate Matthew ‘Formal’ Piper, and Ian ‘Enable’ Wyatt being the other obvious members. The company Huke shares despite still being a young player makes him one of the most exciting prospects in console esports, a legend in the making.

With Call of Duty: WWII on the horizon, rumours are swirling that Huke might make a return to Call of Duty now that he’s old enough to compete in major events again. If he does, he’ll instantly be one of the most highly anticipated players on the circuit.

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Origins

Although Huke had competed briefly in Call of Duty Ghosts, his rise to prominence truly began in Advanced Warfare. Having kicked off the season with a top-16 placement alongside fellow amateur players at MLG Columbus, he’d launch himself into the spotlight by reaching the grand finals of UMG Orlando with a Stunner Gaming squad that had no business contending for the trophy on paper.

It didn’t take long for Huke to earn recognition as a rare talent despite his inexperience on a professional level. Age restrictions at the Call of Duty Championships arguably prevented him from joining an elite squad earlier, but by the mid-season he was playing for a FaZe squad that reached back-to-back grand finals at major events.

To close out Infinite Warfare Huke found himself playing under Denial, alongside Advanced Warfare World Champion James ‘Replays’ Crowder. The team remained at the pinnacle of the game, appearing in another two grand finals but never quite able to overcome the dominant OpTic Gaming squad.

By the end of his rookie season, Huke was one of the most exciting and sought-after players in the world, universally recognised as an extraordinary talent relative to his age and experience. Unfortunately, his Call of Duty career would be cut short – at least temporarily – by factors beyond his control.

The introduction of the Call of Duty World League meant that all major events the following year, not just the Call of Duty Championships, would require competitors to be over the age of eighteen. Unwilling to watch from the side-lines for two years, Huke made the switch to Halo, where he has gone on to even greater success.

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Today, Huke competes in Halo 5: Guardians for Team EnVyUs. Champions of HCS Las Vegas 2016, the HCS Fall 2016 Finals, UMG Daytona 2017, as well as runners-up in the 2017 Halo World Championship, EnVy have been one of the most successful teams in the world during Huke’s time with them.

Since Huke’s addition to the team, they have been a constant presence on the podium, consistently placing third-place or higher. Over that period, they’ve been the primary obstacle in the way of an otherwise dominant OpTic Gaming squad, whom they’ve faced off against in several grand finals.

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Greatest achievement

Despite a meteoric rise in Advanced Warfare, Huke was never quite able to lift a trophy in Call of Duty. He reached four grand finals over the course of the season, but on every occasion ran into the indomitable OpTic Gaming, who were then only in the first year of the legendary roster that has terrorised the game since.

Having made the switch to Halo, it didn’t take Huke long to start reaching grand finals again. Having truly announced his arrival in the new game with a top-four finish at the 2016 Halo World Championship in March, he placed second in his first season of the Halo Championship Series.

It was the following season, however, that marked arguably his greatest achievement to date. Having moved to Team EnVyUs after HCS Summer 2016, the squad put together a dominant run for the HCS Fall 2016 season. Having topped the regular season, the squad were able to come back from the loser bracket to defeat the imperious OpTic Gaming in consecutive best-of-sevens to take the trophy.

 

SCUF Affiliate of the Week: Matthew “Formal” Piper

Origins

Unlike many of his esteemed colleagues, Formal came to Call of Duty with the reputation of being a champion. Formal’s five-year stint on Halo saw him race through the ranks before eventually becoming one of the best in the game.

He found a home as part of Ambush — joining forces with some of the game’s most accomplished stars such as Heinz, iGotUrPistola, Snip3down and later Enable. His time in Halo saw him take home seven Major titles, spanning three games in the series.

Understandably then, Formal came into Call of Duty with a higher stock than most. Team Kaliber were willing to take a risk on the former Halo star and combining forces with Sharp, Theory and Goonjar, Formal and Team Kaliber took home a top 4 finish in the Winter Invitational back on Call of Duty Ghosts.

A top 16 finish at the 2014 Call of Duty Championship was to be Formal’s last major act in a Team Kaliber shirt, as soon FaZe Black came calling. It wasn’t until EnVyUs swooped in to acquire Formal’s talents, though, that his true potential was exposed and he quickly helped the Boys in Blue to their first major title in years — this was only the beginning of the Formal story.

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The world champions (finally). Formal linked up with OpTic Gaming to deliver a Call of Duty Championship as part of a severe roster shuffle that also saw the acquisition of Crimsix.

The new-look OpTic Gaming had great promise and were a championship caliber team from offing, only denied on their debut by Aches and FaZe Clan. The first Major title would soon come, though, and was quickly followed by another before the team took first place at the Call of Duty Championship 2015 NA Regional Finals. The new OpTic Gaming were on course to achieve greatness.

Yet at the Call of Duty Championship, OpTic Gaming fell short, as Denial won the title. This forced a change in the ranks, with long-time OG man Nadeshot stepping down, with two-time Call of Duty Championship Winner Karma filling his boots.

With Karma, OpTic Gaming were even more successful, winning countless major titles along the way to the 2016 Call of Duty Championship. The heavy favourites again, OpTic Gaming were expected to deliver the world title after a season of dominance.

Yet again though, the Green Wall was demolished and Formal had to watch his former team, EnVyUs, lift the title instead of him. For the second year in a row, OpTic Gaming would place top 8.

Despite the defeat, OpTic Gaming decided not to make a change, confident that they had already assembled the game’s best roster. The next year was much of the same, with OpTic Gaming winning three Majors — the most of any roster on the pro circuit

This time, it was meant to be. In a year where OpTic Gaming weren’t the overwhelming favourites, the team assembled to win the world title won the world title. It was an outstanding achievement from a great team, starved of the one honor that deserted them.

OpTic Gaming finished the Infinite Warfare season having won titles in Paris, Dallas, Stage 2 in Columbus and of course, the all-important Call of Duty Championship title.

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Greatest Achievement

Unquestionably Formal’s greatest achievement is his latest achievement. Lifting the Call of Duty Championship was Formal’s goal in the game. Formal didn’t just win the title though, he turned in five-days of superb Call of Duty that’ll go down in history.

The competition’s MVP was outstanding from the moment the first bullet was fired, and his stats paint the picture of a man playing at the very top of his game. At the close of play, Formal led all players in Overall K/D, Hardpoint K/D, Uplink points per game, and was second in Uplink K/D.

Formal rose to the occasion like no-other at the 2017 Call of Duty Championship and was the single most important OpTic Gaming player for almost every series spanning the five-day competition in Orlando, Florida.

After claims of wanting to go down as the best FPS player when he eventually hangs up the sticks, Formal took great strides in the right direction.

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In-game

Formal is OpTic Gaming’s AR Slayer and is expecting to lead his team in kills — something he achieved to great effect at the Call of Duty Championship and in OpTic’s Stage 2 campaign.

Formal is among the most aggressive rifles in Call of Duty, and is comparable to Splyce’s Zer0 and Luminosity’s Octane in style of play.

What sets Formal apart though is the quality of his aim. The same talent that made him a winner on Halo, has made him a champion on Call of Duty as well. Precise and deadly, Formal has been the catalyst for OpTic’s success and rightly won the game’s biggest individual accolade at the 2017 Call of Duty Championship.

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Public Persona

Formal has a clear vision of who he is as both a player and a person; he is a leader, a winner and a competitor first and foremost. This drive and determination largely defines his character, although even by his own acknowledgement, behind closed doors he can be a goofball.

As a long-time member of OpTic Gaming and one of the best players in Call of Duty, understandably Formal has amassed a sizeable social media following. He has 700,000 Twitter followers, making him one of the most popular stars in the whole of Call of Duty. Brief forays into YouTube and Twitch have been highly successful, despite being inconsistent.

Compared to some of his counterparts, Formal has barely even scratched the surface of YouTube, uploading a handful of videos since starting his channel three years ago. Despite that, his following is over 250,000 — an enviable amount to almost any aspiring content creator but just part a parcel of being OpTic Formal.

Crimsix Takes Over SCUF HQ!

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Fresh from his 2017 CoD Championships win with the legendary OpTic Gaming, Ian “Crimsix” Porter invaded Scuf Gaming HQ! With his mind for tactics and tech, the Crimbot wanted a firsthand look at the patented technology that makes up each and every SCUF controller.

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Scuf Gaming’s affiliation with the two-time Call of Duty Champion goes back years, eventually culminating in the release of the Crimsix SCUF controller in 2016, and the limited edition Crimsix SCUF LE controller in 2017. In fact, in celebration of his arrival, Crimsix decided to offer one lucky winner the chance to take home an autographed Crimsix LE SCUF IMPACT!


This is a one of a kind opportunity, so don’t miss out! This is your chance to own a limited edition tribute to one of the best pro gamers of all time!

Scuf Gaming is Official Professional Gaming Controller Partner of MLG and CWL

Official Professional Gaming Controller Partner of Major League Gaming and the Call of Duty World League, Scuf Gaming, Congratulates OpTic Gaming, As Longtime SCUF Sponsored Team, on Winning 2017 CWL Championship

ATLANTA, GA – August 17, 2017 – Scuf Gaming (SCUF), global leader and innovator of gaming peripherals, is the official professional gaming controller partner of Major League Gaming Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), and the Call of Duty World League (CWL), Presented by PlayStation 4, the company announced today. Scuf Gaming has been the official professional gaming controller partner of MLG for the last three years and CWL for the last two.

Over 90% of professional players and teams used SCUF controllers at the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship, Presented by PlayStation 4 at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL, August 11-13.  As a primary sponsor at this year’s championship event, SCUF is pleased to congratulate one of our sponsored teams, OpTic Gaming, who were crowned champions of this year’s event. Many of the top players in the league are SCUF sponsored players including OpTic team members; Matt “FormaL” Piper (CWL 2017 MVP & 1st time CWL winner), Ian “Crimsix” Porter (2nd time CWL winner), Seth “Scump” Abner (1st time CWL winner) and Damon “Karma” Barlow (3rd time CWL winner). While SCUF controllers have become the de facto controllers for competitive gamers, they’re also used by a large number of enthusiast gamers.

“It’s been a long road to champs and there’s no better feeling than to finally claim the title. We are very grateful for all of our fans in the green wall and to partners like Scuf Gaming who have supported OpTic across multiple years,” said Hector Rodriguez, Owner and CEO, OpTic Gaming.

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Since its inception, SCUF has been a key part of the Call of Duty (COD) ecosystem, from professional players and teams, to leagues and enthusiasts. By inventing and patenting new technology and functionality (over 30 granted patents), SCUF controllers enable players to utilize more of their hand in a safe and ergonomic way, while potentially increasing performance. Scuf Gaming created a new market space in 2011 for professional gaming controllers and have continued to be an authentic and natural fit for MLG and Activision’s CWL.

Kevin Flynn, Director, Call of Duty Esports, “We see our collaboration with Scuf Gaming as a natural fit and great opportunity to continue to push esports forward. We have consistently seen many CWL players and teams rely on their SCUF controllers in the heat of battle. We’re excited to continue our partnership.”

A SCUF controller is designed to make a significant difference when playing competitively. The paddle control system on the back of the controller allows players to perform advanced moves like jumping, crouching, melee or reloading while keeping their thumbs on the thumbsticks. The trigger control system saves game-changing milliseconds when aiming and shooting. The interchangeable thumbstick control area and the SCUF military grade grip improve comfort and accuracy and like every SCUF innovation, they are fully customizable to match every individual’s style.

To support the lead-up to the finals, SCUF launched the #OurTimeIsNow campaign celebrating Call of Duty’s biggest esports event of the year. Esports enthusiasts and fans got in on the action by posting their own #OurTimeIsNow images on social media from the SCUF booth. SCUF fans also had the opportunity to meet SCUF sponsored teams at the SCUF signing booth throughout the weekend.

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Twitter: twitter.com/scufgaming

Facebook: facebook.com/ScufGaming

Instagram: instagram.com/scufgaming

YouTube: youtube.com/scufgamingtv

Snapchat: snapchat.com/add/scufgamingusa

Duncan Ironmonger, CEO & Founder of Scuf Gaming said, “We are excited to see the continued growth of the competitive community and for SCUF to be such an integral part of its success. The passion of gamers from hobby enthusiasts to elite professional players is evidence that Esports is here to stay.”

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 competitive 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 30 granted patents, and another 65 pending; protecting 3 key areas of a controller; back control functions and handles, trigger control mechanisms and interchangeable thumbstick control area.  For additional information about Scuf Gaming, please visit www.scufgaming.com.