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United WE GAME: for Jacksonville – Long Island Gaming Community

United WE GAME: for Jacksonville: Long Island Gaming Community

The Long Island gaming community comes together to raise money for the Jacksonville shooting victims. The horrific tragedy took place at a Madden tournament and it hit particularly close to home for organizations like MT Summit Gaming. September 23rd, MT Summit Gaming and eSport tournament organizers from all around the island are teaming up to host a massive, collaborative event and all proceeds will be donated directly to EA’s public fund to support the victims.

MT Summit Gaming reached out to the entire local gaming community and everyone was excited to get started. MT Summit Gaming, Aon Gaming, Waypoint Gaming, GenGAME, Long Island Retro Gaming, Esports Long Island, Tech Chase TV, and Gigamax Games will all be taking part in promotion and handling tournament operations. 

Long Island Gamers Have Options

The event is called “United WE GAME: for Jacksonville” and there will be ten different events spanning from 12:00pm to 6:00pm EST. It all takes place at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Garden City, NY.

Find all the different tournaments that will be taking place on that very special Sunday, below.

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Free-play retro gaming will also be available as the tournaments rage on. There is truly something for everyone at “United WE GAME: for Jacksonville”.

MT Summit Gaming has been hosting local eSports tournaments around Long Island since January of 2017. Each event is focused on the local community and sportsmanship, ensuring everyone feels as though they belong. Any tournament has the potential to get competitive, but MT Summit Gaming makes sure to create a friendly atmosphere. Now, MT Summit Gaming is combining forces with the entire might of the Long Island gaming community to host a tournament for an excellent cause. 

Gaming for Good

The event captures the MT Summit Gaming spirit but instead of just bringing the video game community together for a fun tournament, this time, the event organizers and competitors are doing so much more. Gamers are a special breed and the tragedy in Jacksonville hit each and every one of them hard. Long Island gamers want to bring some light to this dark time in eSports history by raising money for the victims' families.

Everyone at Gigamax Games wants to thank the entire Long Island video game community for coming together to host such an important event.

For more information on “United WE GAME: for Jacksonville”, visit the official Facebook Event page and to keep up with all of MT Summit Gaming tournaments, jump over to the MT Summit page on Gigamax Games.

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The Overwatch League Revolutionizing eSports

The Overwatch League Revolutionizing eSports

The first Overwatch League championships are over and London Spitfire took home the trophy and the $1 million prize. Gigamax Games was lucky enough to be in attendance for both days of this incredible eSports event. Overwatch by itself has not only revolutionized the "Games as a Service" business model but Blizzard Entertainment and the Overwatch League completely transformed eSports in a massive way.

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London Spitfire - Overwatch League Champions

eSports isn’t a new concept. The company, Major League Gaming (MLG) was founded in 2002 but was recently purchased by Activision Blizzard in 2016. Gamers have always had a competitive streak in them since High Scores first made an appearance in arcade games. However, the world has had an extremely difficult time taking competitive gaming seriously.

eSports Credibility Rises 

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London Spitfire and Philadelphia Fusion Take The Stage

The Overwatch League just broke the mold and helped completely transform the way the public views competitive gaming. With the minimum league salary set at $50,000, selling out the Barclays Center in New York City two nights in a row, and broadcasting live on ESPN, Disney and ABC family networks gave the concept of eSports an incredible amount of credibility. Furthermore, it shows that these competitions can resemble a professional organization and sporting league. What’s even more astonishing is that all of this notoriety is surrounding a single game, Overwatch. 

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This is not to say that other organizations haven't hosted impressive, international eSports tournaments. In 2013, MLG hosted the Winter Championships and offered up a hundred and seventy thousand dollars in prizes. More recently, Epic Games unveiled the Summer Skirmish series. This 8-week series is offering gamers a chance to compete for a total of $8,000,000 in prize money. Yet, the Overwatch League is unmatched in creating an eSports environment that rivals conventional sporting events.

A Year of Hype

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Kicking off in January of 2018, The Overwatch League closely resembled other professional sporting leagues. The MLB, NBA, NFL all develop throughout an entire year. They gradually build the hype until the end of a season when the two best teams meet in an epic showdown. This is exactly what The Overwatch League achieved, and was incredibly successful in doing so. For nearly seven months, fans tuned in to watch the matches and developed their favorite teams and players until The Overwatch League finals came along and the true winner was crowned.

The Video Game Community Is Spectacular 

When the Gigamax Games crew pulled up to the Barclays Center, it at first felt like attending any other concert or sporting event. A massive amount of people all working their way into a gigantic building to watch talented people perform for the crowds' entertainment. What stood out was the people. Instead of rowdy sports fans or enthusiastic concertgoers, this group felt familiar.

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The Overwatch League Community

All these gamers ended up grouping up together as if guided by an invisible force. The gaming community can be incredibly friendly when the toxicity of anonymity is removed from the equation. Everyone felt like a family. No matter if they were rooting for the London Spitfires or Philadelphia Fusion, the entire crowd was rooting for the sport to succeed. The Overwatch League was the event that brought not only like-minded gamers together but forced the public to take note of this massive eSports movement that’s taking place.

As fans get ready for a Season 2 of The Overwatch League, more teams are expected to enter the competition. The massive success of its inaugural season and other countries and U.S. states interest in starting their own teams is not only a great sign for The Overwatch League but for eSports as a whole. There's no telling what the future will hold.

Be sure to stay up to date with the entire video game industry, eSports included right here on Gigamax Games.com.

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Cosplay at Overwatch League Finals Barclays Center NY

The last battles of the Overwatch League Finals have been fought. Its outcome sparked both cheers and tears, filling the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. London Spitfire's took home the trophy for the first, in what will hopefully be a long history of championship rounds.

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While there was plenty of hype surrounding the competitive superstars and their superb skills, the other side of Overwatch's fandom made a strong appearance at the finals. The spectacular cosplay highlighted the awe and dedication that has made the series so famous. These cosplayers spend countless hours putting together costumes to show their love for the colorful cast of characters the game has to offer.

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Cosplay Spotted at Overwatch League Finals

Gigamax Games was lucky enough to attend the final matches of the Overwatch League. Besides the impressive scale of this massive video game tournament, the cosplay stood out.

The arena was packed full of dedicated fans and you didn't have to go far to find someone dressed up in a very accurate representation of their favorite hero. One of the many amazing Cosplays we saw was a Widowmaker donning an outfit that replicated the character's Black Lily skin. It is immediately evident that a ton of commitment was put in to accurately portray the purple villain. With body paint, an elegant dress, high heels, and even the signature sniper/automatic rifle this Cosplay was a perfect example of one fans love for Overwatch.

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One Shot, One Kill

Other Cosplayers made full suits of armor for their costumes, dedicating time and effort to make sure every piece matched up to its virtual counterpart. Another fantastic cosplay we saw roaming the halls of the Overwatch League Finals was a Brigitte dressed in the colors of the New York Excelsior's. Of course, cosplaying comes with its fair share of struggles, mainly being surrounded by people who want a picture with the character and to learn about the hard work that went into making the costume. But this only goes to show how integral Cosplayers are to the Overwatch League experience and getting fellow fans excited for the festivities.

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Rally To Me!

An insanely detailed portrayal of Junkrat made an appearance. This would make any fan stop and double take to make sure the fictional Australian criminal wasn't there. Blizzard certainly showed these fans love on the final day of the event, pulling some of the best Cosplayers there during one of the intermissions between matches.

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BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!

What's Next?

With the Overwatch League Finals come and gone, we already can't wait to see what Blizzard has planned for next year's grand event. More importantly, we are hyped to see what Cosplayers put together for their costumes, hopefully, we'll finally see an Orisa!

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Mid-Tier Summit: Another Step Forward in the World of eSports

Mid-Tier Summit: Another Step Forward in the World of eSports

Long Island, NY's Mid-Tier Summit is an event organizer which hosts eSports tournaments for a wide variety of games including but not limited to, Super Smash Bros., Dragon Ball FighterZ, Street Fighter V, and Call of Duty WWII. At the beginning of June, the company announced their next step forward into the world of eSports. The company has founded their very own eSports team. President and Lead Tournament Organizer, Alex handpicked each individual that would be taking a spot on the new Mid-Tier Summit eSports team.

Team Members include:

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CEO of Mid-Tier Summit, Joe had this to say about the company's new eSports team, “Since the inception of this company, it has been our vision at Mid-Tier Summit not only provide world-class tournaments, but also world class players to challenge the competition. This has been something my business partner Alex has always been exceptionally passionate about, and Alex took the time to hand-select every player that has joined our team. He has really put together a special group of players, and I am really excited to watch them show the world what Mid-Tier Summit is all about.”

Gigamax Games has been following and attending Mid-Tier Summit events since August of 2017. Since then, they have continued to impress the Long Island, NY competitive gaming community. Their events, their prizes, and the company has continued to grow. The future looks bright for the video game tournament organizers and now, eSport team owners.

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Based in Long Island, NY, Mid-Tier Summit is an event organizer and now eSports team owner. Hosting a variety of tournaments, the company has an exciting year lined up. For more information on Mid-Tier Summit and news about the incredible team, be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and keep up with all the action on the Mid-Tier Summit community page on Gigamax Games.

Epic Makes Big Announcement Concerning Competitive Fortnite

Epic Makes Big Announcement Concerning Competitive Fortnite

Epic Games recently showed off their latest plans regarding competitive Fortnite. The developer officially revealed that they will provide $100 million in various prize pools for the 2018-2019 season. They clarified this in a small blog post where they shared their thoughts on making competitive Fortnite along with the overall experience of playing and watching the game more inclusive.

"We're getting behind competitive play in a big way, but our approach will be different," Epic Games explained. "We plan to be more inclusive, and focused on the joy of playing and watching the game." (https://bit.ly/2IwOWJM)

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More details on how the tournaments will be structured and the platforms they have planned will be revealed in the weeks ahead. (We will be sure to offer an update whenever the company shares what its plans are.)

That's Big Money

According to the website E-Sports Earnings, the $100 million that Epic Games plans on dishing out more than doubles the $38 million in total prize money that Valve had given out for all of the Dota 2 tournaments that were held through 2017. Valve's biggest Dota 2 event, The International, paid out what was once the biggest prize pool in gaming history with an astounding $25 million for the one event. To compare another ultra-popular game, Blizzard's first Overwatch Tournament only has a prize pool of 3.5 million for its entire season.

Fortnite brings in almost $1 million a day from just the mobile version of the game and according to analysts, the PC and console version both make more money than that in a single day. The game may be free, but the industry is quickly embracing the trend of charging for cosmetics that have no impact on gameplay. Most developers see this as a fair revenue source that makes their game both competitive and profitable.

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Epic Games currently has a competitive Fortnite competition planned for E3 2018, where celebrities and players will play Duos together.

In other news, Fortnite just received another big update that finally added the long-awaited jetpack into the game. This is shortly after the game's latest limited time mode, Solo Showdown, which was a competitive version of Fortnites' famous solo mode. For more information on competitive Fortnite, be sure to keep checking back with GigamaxGames.com!

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MT Summit Gaming: Local eSports & The People Behind It

MT Summit Gaming: Local eSports & The People Behind It

Gamers are a special breed. They put their time and effort into their craft and break down any barrier in their way. Gathering achievements in the games play and out in real life, Mid Tier Summit Gaming, also known as MT Summit, is an organization stands as an inspiration to anyone interested in the video game industry. Hosting tournaments that range from Super Smash Bros to Dragon Ball FighterZ, this Long Island, NY based company is doing something amazing for the gaming community. Bringing together different competitors of all skills levels, the tournaments they host are focused on bringing the community up, together.

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A New Take On Competitive Gaming

Mid Tier Summit recently hosted the College Pro Tour. Gigamax Games was on location and spoke with both competitors and the driven individuals behind this eSports organization. It was amazing to learn about the gamers taking part in the tournament and the people that founded Mid Tier Summit.

Find the interviews with the gamers that took part in MT Summit Gamings, College Pro Tour!

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Organizations like MT Summit are the embodiment of what can happen when gamers come together to accomplish a goal. Turning that idea or dream into something bigger is possible, no matter where someone is from or what they’re doing today. Gigamax Games sat down with many of the founding members to learn more about how this company was brought into existence and what was the driving force behind it all.

Interviews and New Friends

Gigs and Mack caught up with Chris, the CFO for MT Summit and wanted to see what drove him to play a part in helping build up the gaming community around Long Island, “I’m shy, [MT Summit] gave me the opportunity to branch out and gaming was a great platform because I felt comfortable with it. Other people who may or may not be shy can get into something that seems very scary, like competing. When I first started, my goal was to come in as a little bit of the money man. My intentions were to do something different that I’ve never done before. My goal is to reach people.”

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Even though Chris primarily plays shooters and doesn’t compete in fighting tournaments, he found a way to get involved in the community he loves. There’s no right or wrong way to play a part in the video game industry and there's a place for everybody.

Born Leader

Taking a second to escape the crowd, the Gigamax crew sat down with Joe, CEO of MT Summit and Tim, Creative Lead. Joe was asked how he found himself leading the organization and gave a surprising response, “Alex reached out to me, while I was still at the University of Virginia and asked if I wanted to help work on [MT Summit] and I said, no I don't. That ended that for a while. I kinda came back to it later and was like, you know what, it could be fun. I’ve played video games my entire life and gaming is definitely a growing industry."

Joe continues, "My initial hesitation was that I’m a public policy guy and I was getting my masters degree and when he asked me I was in the middle of writing my thesis. I realized as things were winding down that I had some free time, and this could be something really cool. “ A natural born leader, Joe had the unique ability to step into a leadership role. Again, this is a prime example of an individual that loves gaming and has his own unique set of skills finding his spot within the amazing gaming community. It was fascinating to learn about how Joe got involved and goes to show no one knows what tomorrow can bring.

The Creative Vision

Tim, Creative Lead is responsible for all the branding materials that come out of MT Summit. He too had an interesting journey that led him to take a vital seat within the organization. “Alex kinda approached me one day when we were hanging out and said, hey Tim you do all this art stuff right, and he showed me logos they were working on. Fortunately, they weren’t spending too much money on it. What ultimately wound up happening was that I said, give me 5 minutes and I’m going to make a quick rough sketch. At first, all I was there to do was to set up the branding and logos, evenly I was asked if I wanted to be a part of [MT Summit].”

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Now, Tim holds a critical role in MT Summit. All the posters, merchandise, and anything else with graphics, Tim is the one that puts it all together. An artist at heart, he found a way to turn that talent into means of being enveloped by the gaming community that’s so close to his heart.

Inspired and Determined

The one with the initial vision to bring MT Summit into existence was, Alex. With aspirations of one day being a professional eSports competitor, a master at fighting games in his own right, he saw an opportunity to do what he loves but in a different way. Alex is the main tournament organizer, in charge of the brackets and getting players involved. “I participated in a tournament called Defend the North and there weren’t any tournaments like this back at home. That was last year around February.”

This realization eventually lead him to come up with the vision for MT Summit Gaming. But first, there were obstacles he needed to overcome. “I need[ed] people that were reliable enough to help me start this.” Eventually, he went on to cultivate the amazing team he’s working with today. One at a time, he connected the dots with help from the team and formed the MT Summit we see today.

It was clear he had a passion for what MT Summit stood for. Every word was sincere, and there was no doubt he was giving his all to bring this organization to new heights. “It’s honestly amazing, this whole process has been amazing.”

Even with this passion, there were still lessons Alex was learning. [One of the main challenges was] “understanding this position more, as a tournament organizer there are still things I don’t know. I’m self-taught” To continue learning, Alex faced these challenges head-on with his incredible team. Speaking with other event organizers around Long Island, collaboration played a large role in his education and has proven to be incredibly beneficial as the College Pro Tour came together in a spectacular way.

Final Thoughts

This story should be an inspiration to anyone that wants to get involved in the gaming community. Years of experience is a plus but drive, determination, and a willingness to learn will pay off in success.

Each one of these individuals had a very different story and took a unique path that led them to the door of MT Summit Gaming. The brainchild of Alex, he went on to find a reliable group of like-minded people with a shared dream to accomplish a spectacular goal. They’ve already reached some impressive milestones within the Long Island gaming community and it’s just the beginning.

There is so much more to the story behind MT Summit Gaming. This is not just the beginning of their journey, but the start of a fascinating story. To learn more about MT Summit, be sure to check out their Facebook page. If you want to find out more about the team, there’s no substitute for attending one of their events in person.

Special thanks to MT Summit Gaming for inviting the Gigamax Games crew out to Long Island for this impressive event. Be sure to check back again soon for even more updates on local eSports tournaments and the entire video game industry.

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MT Summit: College Pro Tour Competitor Interviews

MT Summit: College Pro Tour Competitor Interviews

Gamers of all kinds came together at the Cradle of Aviation in Long Island, New York to celebrate the College Pro Tour, hosted by Mid Tier Summit Gaming. Five tournaments, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros 4, Street Fighter V, Super Smash Bros Melee, and Dragon Ball FigherZ, were taking place throughout the day and the action was non-stop. Gigamax Games was on location, speaking with competitors and the MT Summit crew to see what these tournaments mean to the gaming community and the individuals that put it all together.

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The first thing that becomes absolutely clear when walking around to the different tournament stations is that these competitors are extremely supportive of one another. No judgments and incredibly accepting, MT Summit Gaming did an amazing job creating an environment where gamers of all skill levels can thrive.

“It’s incredible actually,” said Vinny, who was competing in the Super Smash Bros 4 tournament. He went on to explain, “It feels like there’s a lot at stake even though it’s a smaller tournament.”

Big Prizes and Support

Gamers from all over the island couldn't wait for their chance to get a piece of the over $1000 in prize support, including a brand new Nintendo Switch. With such an amazing first prize, there was actually a lot at stake. However, even with the massive prize pool, the competition floor was still anything but cutthroat. Toxicity that is so often associated with the gaming community was nowhere to be found. A friendly atmosphere and gamers building other gamers up was the common theme of the event.

When speaking to SoulArts, the second place winner of the Super Smash Bros tournament, he stated, “The community has a lot of intertwined bonds” and after this weekend, that is evident.

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Even with all the good vibes throughout the tournament, people were still there to compete and have a good time.

Whan (Chibi Whan), who was competing in the Street Fighter V tournament is new to the competitive scene and was excited to find out about MT Summits latest event. “I’ve been waiting for a Street Fighter V tournament for like, ever.” He goes on to say, “[I’m] trying to get a little more competitive with this kind of thing - I know more than I did a couple months ago, but I still have a way to go.” It’s great to see those new to the competitive gaming scene get involved and with the atmosphere MT Summit created, it’s a perfect first step into eSports as a whole.

Gamers From Every Skill Level

Another gamer Gigamax Games had a chance to meet was Synchronaizah. It was his first time at an MT Summit tournament and he seemed excited. “I’m ready for it,” he said. After hearing about how close MT Summits College Pro Tour was to his house, it was clear he wanted to get involved, “I should just go and do this." 

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Not only where there new faces, Gigs, and Mack met up with some people that attended previous MT Summit tournaments. The crew first met Tony (SolidTony), formally from Crossfire gaming, at one of MT Summits first events last year. He’s a bit of a veteran of the competitive gaming scene. “About when Smash 4 came out, I played it religiously and I’ve traveled, I went through a lot of tournaments.” It was incredible having the chance to get some perspective from a seasoned gamer. Tony continued, “We used to run our own events [on Long Island] and we kinda just stopped and real life happened. I took a pretty big hiatus with competing. I love gaming, I love competing.”

The tournament spanned all day. Gigs and Mack made so many new friends and learned so much about the Long Island gaming community. There were contributors selling incredible handmade and 3D printed gaming gear and there was always a place open for a free play with some great people. One of those new faces the Gigamax crew had the chance to meet was RickyG, the winner of the Super Smash Bros 4 tournament.

Winners Share Amazing Advice

RickyG left the MT Summit tournament with a brand new Nintendo Switch and even though his tournament ended halfway through the event, he stuck around all the way until the end. Catching up with RickyG after his big win, we found out a little bit about this talented gamer. “I only just kinda sorta started getting back into [the competitive scene]”. He definitely knew the Long Island Smash scene well, “At one point I would say I was one of the best players on Long Island but nowadays you have a lot of great players. There is some really rising talent. There’s a deep bond within the community. What brought me back is that I made a lot of friends in the scene.” Ricky also had some amazing advice for any future or currently competing gamers, “Don’t be afraid to talk to gamers at a higher level than you.”

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Mike (Face), owner of Aion Gaming and Super Smash Bros Melee competitor who took home first place had another bit of important information for any gamer, “You can’t control how good your opponent is at all, spending any time on that is fruitless.” He went on to explain how focusing on practicing and improving yourself is the only thing that a person can do to keep getting better. 

There were so many gamers attending that are working hard every day trying to find their own space within the massive industry. Trevor, a Stream Technician from GenGaming and Aion Gaming, shared a few words of wisdom for anyone trying to get involved in the gaming industry. “There are so many ways you can get into [the gaming industry]. When you think about eSports and regular sports, there’s a lot of common allies.” He explained, “You can write, you can podcast, you can live stream, you can run tournaments like the guys at Mid Tier Summit are doing and what we’re doing over at Aion gaming, you can be a stream technician.”

Looking Forward

Not only was the College Pro Tour an exciting tournament, it was an amazing overall experience. Getting a chance to meet like-minded gamers, all from diverse backgrounds and at different stages in their competitive gaming journey was inspirational. It was fantastic to see top-tier gamers were giving advice to the newer competitors. MT Summit Gaming and the tournaments they host are the embodiment of what the Gigamax crew believes in, gamers can build each other up and thrive together.

Be sure to stop by again on Friday to check out the exclusive interview with some of the core members from Mid Tier Summit Gaming!

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NFHS Partners with PlayVS to Create High-School Level eSports Programs

The National Federation of State High School Associations and the eSports company, PlayVS are teaming up to create eSports programs for the association's 19,000 partnered schools. This news is followed by a joint announcement from the two companies last Thursday (April 26th).

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NFHS Partners with PlayVS to Create High-School Level eSports Programs

The NFHS will begin working with its member high-schools to bring eSports tournaments hosted by PlayVS at the beginning of October. School districts interested in joining the program will need to pay a $16 monthly membership fee as well as provide computers and internet infrastructure necessary for participating in the event. The CEO of NFHS, Mark Koski, said that they're projecting 18 to 19 states to take part in the 2018-19 season.

"There are states that are 'show me' states that will want to see something happen over the next year or two," Koski said, "and as things are successful, the goal will be to have all 51 in the long run." (https://es.pn/2JZrceo)

PlayVS competitions will run in two separate seasons during the districts school year. The first season will run from the beginning of October through January, with the second period of time running from February to May. The individual tournaments will all feed into playoff bracket,s eventually leading to a State Championship.

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Gaming All Summer Long

The startup company also plans on running summer tournaments for students not in school, but these competitions will not be weighed in the State Championship Race. The companies also haven't set a name for these competitions yet but the CEO of PlayVS, Delane Parnell explained its participant's ages are still being considered.

"We focus less on game and more on genre," Parnell said. "First off, we're doing no shooting games: no third-person, not first-person shooting, no battle royale, as much as that sucks, because the contents of the games are not friendly in a high school environment. We're sensitive to all of the issues around violence in schools, and we do not want to promote that for the foreseeable future. We are very much focused on multiplayer online battle arenas, fighting and sports. We think those genres work, and there will be other genres we expand to as new genres grow within eSports. Our entire system is designed to be plug-and-play, so as new games come out, we can plug that game in." (https://es.pn/2JZrceo)

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What Comes Next?

The league could also turn into a feeder program as well. About 65 colleges across the United States have expanded to offer scholarship sponsored eSports programs. Another consideration is that various game developers like Riot Games, Blizzard, and various other companies have hosted their own college level tournaments for their collection of competitive games.

This league sounds like an amazing opportunity for students that want to pursue a career in gaming or just want to leverage their passion and talent for something productive and constructive. Hopefully, this becomes a country wide tournament that helps remove some of the stigma surrounding the gaming industry. For more information regarding the upcoming NFHS high-school eSports league,, you can visit their website. 

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PUBG Map “Codename: Savage” Will Enter Player Testing Soon

PUBG Map "Codename: Savage" Will Enter Player Testing Soon

PUBG is getting a new map and the first testing phase is about to start for PC players. The map is currently being called Codename: Savage and will be 4 km x 4 km, smaller than the game's existing two maps. Early details about Codename: Savage have been popping up around the web but the map will enter its first full testing phase next week. Players around the world will get to test out the new, more competitive arena.

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Codename: Savage's beginning week of testing starts Monday, April 2 at 7 PM PT / 10 PM ET / 3 AM BST Tuesday. It will run up until Thursday, April 5 at 4 AM PT / 7 AM ET / 12 PM BST. This phase will only be offered to a select group, but players will be able to sign up to participate on Steam. The developer of the popular game, PUBG Corp. says it will offer a more detailed explanation on how to take part in the test on Monday and says players should "keep an eye on [PUBG's] social channels to maximize your chances of getting a key." (https://bit.ly/2Ih8M7m)

What Gamers Need to Know

PUBG creator Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene gave some details about Codename: Savage during his panel at the most recent Game Developers Conference. He claimed the smaller, island-based map will release by the end of this year and that it "should give you all a much more intense and faster paced Battle Royale experience." (https://bit.ly/2Ih8M7m) After the panel, he offered an aerial view of the map on his twitter account.

PUBG Corp. is stressing to its player base that the map is in a very early stage of development and it's opening Codename: Savage up to fans early so they can help gather as much data on the experience as possible. "We haven’t released content so early in its development since our alpha testing stage. We’re doing this because we want to start getting your feedback as soon as possible and drive the development in the right direction," (https://bit.ly/2Ih8M7m) the developer said on Steam.

Editors Thoughts:

PUBG has had some troubles reaching an eSports market. Even though it's hugely popular, the slow-paced and randomness of the matches created a difficult competitive environment. The introduction of this new map could have a huge impact on its eSports appeal and success moving forward. Gigamax Games will keep a close eye on how this new map progresses and if PUBG can successfully break into an eSports market. 

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Will OWL Competitors Hurt Its Future?

Will OWL Competitors Hurt Its Future?

The Overwatch League (OWL) has brought in millions of viewers from all over the world. Its first week drew over 13 million viewers, outpacing the latest NA LCS season in League of Legends. Blizzards OWL might be finding views are dropping during the second week but reports are coming in that viewership is stabilizing. However, will this last with the recent bad press OWL is experiencing?

Conduct of the competitors and viewers continue to be a topic of discussion. Racist and homophobic remarks and memes are popping up in the stream chat as well as the actions of some competitors are calling the professionalism of the competition into question.

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This Is Just The Beginning 

Blizzard set out to create an eSports league unlike any other. Salaried competitors, one of the most popular games in the world, and holding individuals accountable just like professional football or baseball players. However, not being aired on national television opens up some questions about what type of conduct will be tolerated.

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Players are already feeling the impact of the OWL’s Code of Conduct. Friday, January 19th, Dallas Fuel player Felix “xQc” Lengyel was suspended for four matches and fined $2,000 for violating the Code of Conduct during his individual stream. The official Overwatch League website stated that the league “takes standards of player behavior seriously whether during league play or otherwise, and is committed to responding swiftly when violations occur.

Where Is The Code of Conduct?

Even though the officials of the OWL say they take the Code of Conduct seriously, there is still no way for the general public to see what they actually are. Overwatch league’s commissioner, Nate Nanzer has still not made these rules public. “We just haven’t gotten around to it,” Nanzer told the Telegraphic. “I don’t know the exact timeline, but it’s something that we’re working on, and I think we’ll have it published within the next few months.” http://bit.ly/2nbMDOI

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Having a solidified Code of Conduct available to the public will be an important step toward further legitimizing the Overwatch League. They need to be clear, set in stone, and competitors must be held to the standards. Blizzard is allowed to set their own rules and conditions, but it will be important for the public to be able to understand what will be allowed in the professional eSports league so it doesn’t feel as though Blizzard is making things up as they go along.

Things Start Slow

Just as in professional Baseball and Football, standards and the code of conduct continue to evolve. Now, football players aren’t allowed to spike the ball in the end zone or celebrate with a dance. Rules and regulations of the NFL have changed over time and the Overwatch League is still brand new. It will be quite some time before the Code of Conduct will mature to a point where viewers and gamers can both surmise what’s acceptable behavior. Furthermore, the fact that these events aren’t on national television and instead streamed through services like Twitch could impact the decision making when creating the rules.

It will be important for the future of the league to address these issues. Blizzard is building the foundation for an impressive eSports league. However, if these issues continue to persist, the future of the OWL could be in jeopardy. There’s no telling if these streaming services will pull the plug if these kinds of violations continue to escalate.

Be sure to check back on Gigamax Games as the Overwatch League progresses. This is only the second week and there is sure to be more news coming out of this impressive tournament.

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Sources:

https://overwatchleague.com/en-us/news/21363702/xqc-suspended-and-fined

https://www.polygon.com/2018/1/25/16933532/overwatch-league-profit-middle-finger-xqc-rules-code-of-conduct

https://compete.kotaku.com/overwatch-league-commissioner-just-hasnt-gotten-around-1822393347

https://compete.kotaku.com/racist-jokes-keep-showing-up-in-overwatch-league-broadc-1822376195

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