It’s Tuesday so that means we’re taking a look at the biggest stories from the console eSports world. Here are our top picks for this week.
UMG Orlando Cancelled Due to Hurricane Matthew
Set to be the final Call of Duty Major of the Black Ops 3 calendar, UMG were forced into a last minute cancellation of their Orlando event with the threat of Hurricane Matthew looming. The announcement was largely met with understanding by participants, who will receive their ticket money back from the organizers as a gesture of goodwill. Since then it has become even more clear that UMG’s decision to pull the plug was the right one, with conditions at record highs and resulting power outages in the area. Unfortunately, that does mean there won’t be another major this year for Call of Duty; a sad but necessary end to the season.
Due to the hurricane that is anticipated hit Florida this weekend, UMG Orlando has been cancelled.
— UMG (@UMGEvents) October 4, 2016
OpTic Gaming Are HCS Orange County Champions
On the West Coast of America, the new OpTic Gaming Halo team were scooping their first title since their high profile move to the Green Wall. The reigning world champions beat rivals Team EnVyUs in the Grand Final to take home the $7,000 first place prize. Team Liquid rounded off the podium placements by taking 3rd place. The competition also featured a FFA tournament, where bubu dubu took home the first place prize of $3,000, pipping former CoD Pro Huke to the title. Huke earned $1,500 for second, while Suspector bagged $500 for his 3rd place finish.
Team Infused Complete Call of Duty Roster
After half their roster split off and eventually linked up with Orbit, Team Infused have now rebuilt their team ahead of Infinite Warfare. Replacing the departing Urban and Zer0 comes veteran Moose and former Hypergames man, Nolson. Moose, MarkyB, and Peatie have a long history of teaming together, having represented the likes of TCM before to great effect. Nolson, on the other hand, will look to continue his upwards trajectory, having helped HG to a number of impressive placements during the Black Ops 3 calendar. With Infinite Warfare just around the corner, the future is bright for the new Infused Call of Duty team.
— Team Infused (@team_infused) October 7, 2016
Energy Astra are AGCL South African Championships
In Johannesburg this weekend, South Africa’s finest Call of Duty players got together to compete for the ACGL CWL Mag Cup after qualifying online. With 60,000 South African rand (approximately $4,200) for up for grabs for the winners, there was a lot to play for in one of the biggest African events of the Black Ops 3 calendar. In the end it was Energy Astra who walked out as winners, beat Hi5 White in the final to secure the title. Insane Gaming took home 3rd .
Paris Saint-Germaine Set for eSports Expansion
In 2016 eSports has been in vogue and there has been no better reflection of this than the sheer number of mainstream sports teams that have jumped into the industry land grab. The latest sports team to declare their interest are French based Paris Saint-Germaine, or PSG for short. The winners of last year’s Ligue 1 have teamed up with Webedia to bring an eSports teams under PSG banner. So far details are at a premium but the group behind the move have vowed to bring fans esports stars wearing the familiar PSG jersey in the very near future.