This week in esports: Overwatch League, EnVyUs, Betway and VfL Bochum

first_imgIt’s been a huge week of news in esports, both from a business side and consumer side. News of the Overwatch League has been long overdue and finally Blizzard has revealed a start date, as well as confirming the final three slots for the inaugural season. Away from Overwatch and EnVyUs has secured huge investment from an oil tycoon, Betway and NiP have rekindled their romance and VfL Bochum has become the first Bundesliga 2 team to enter esports through FIFA. Overwatch League confirms 12 cities and start date Image courtesy of BlizzardAlthough still later than initially planned (quarter three of 2017), the Overwatch League preseason fixtures will get underway on Wednesday December 6th 2017, with the official season starting on Wednesday January 10, 2018. Additionally, Blizzard has revealed that Philadelphia, Dallas and Houston are the final three destinations for the inaugural season of the Overwatch League. The Philadelphia franchise will be owned by sports and entertainment company Comcast Spectator, which manages stadiums, arenas and venues across the world and also owns the Philadelphia Flyers, a professional hockey team. The two Texas franchises will be heading to two more familiar faces. Team EnVyUs, following news of large investment and a relocation to Dallas will indeed be taking the spot in Dallas. EnVyUs are a team that have been in Overwatch for a long time and have kept faith. Their current roster is considered up there with the best so it wouldn’t be surprising to see them enter the inaugural season with very few changes.The other franchise in Texas will be Houston. The Houston franchise will be taken up by esports juggernaut OpTic Gaming, a team very well versed and highly regarded in FPS titles already. The fan base, dubbed the “green wall” are amongst the most raucous in esports so this is a move that will most definitely generate interest.Read the full article here.EnVyUs secure huge investmentTeam EnVyUs has confirmed a large multi-million investment from the Hersh Interactive Group. The figure is believed (according to ESPN reports) to be around $35,000,000 (£25.9m) and is comfortably one of the largest investments in an esports team to date. Confirming for all of you today that we have accepted a multi 8-figure investment from a great new partner in the Hersh Interactive Group.— Mike Rufail (@hastr0) September 18, 2017The deal was confirmed on Twitter last night by owner Mike “Hastr0” Rufail, saying “Confirming for all of you today that we have accepted a multi 8-figure investment from a great new partner in the Hersh Interactive Group”. He stated further: “I will continue to be the principal owner and operator of the team. I’m not going anywhere. In many ways, we’re just getting started. In addition, I’m coming home to Texas and bringing the entire team with me. Get ready Dallas, we have some neat things on the way”. The funding is led by Hersh Interactive Group, headed up by oil and natural gas tycoon Kenneth Hersh. The relocation to Dallas comes as the team purchased the Overwatch League Slot for the city, as aforementioned.Read the full article here.Ninjas in Pyjamas and Betway are officially back togetherGuess who’s back? Back again? Betway’s back. Tell your friends. That’s right, the bookmaker has resigned a sponsorship deal with Ninjas in Pyjamas after a relatively small break due to Riot rules and regulations. The bookmaker and the team terminated their arrangement following NiP’s decision to enter League of Legends, and game developer Riot’s rules regarding teams and gambling industry sponsors.There was considerable outcry at the decision, with Betway one of the leading bookmakers in the space, a fully regulated one at that and one that understands the space. The partnership had proven a popular one; the Betway Esports team has created a great deal of strong content, competitions and more, whilst its Twitter channel is a consistent source of fun. The sponsorship was also amongst the largest esports has seen, with a ‘high six figure’ fee. It comes as Ninjas most likely leave the League of Legends scene once more to reassess, thus leaving the organisation with their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team who have recaptured some form of old as of late, albeit with a new look roster.Read the full article here.VfL Bochum 1848 become the first Bundesliga 2 team to enter esportsVfL Bochum 1848, the German football team currently residing in the Bundesliga 2, has announced the signing of two FIFA players marking its move into esports.It becomes the first club from the second tier of German football to make a move into the burgeoning esports space. There’s now a fair few German clubs involved, and we would expect further activity across the FIFA space as a whole with rumours suggesting that every top tier football club across Europe may be required to have a FIFA player on their books. The two players signed by VfL Bochum 1848 esports come from STARK, arguably the leading agency for clubs looking to enter esports through the FIFA medium. The club will gain strategic and operational guidance from STARK, and STARK players Michael “MgaBit” Bittner and Daniel “DaniFink” Fink will represent the club. Read the full article here.last_img read more

Uganda Cranes coach Desabre quits

first_imgThe FA said they recognise the contribution by Desabre for the improvement of the sporting and professional organisation of the Uganda Cranes inclusive of qualification to the AFCON 2019 Finals and also to the Round of 16.The reasons for termination of the employment contract however have not been mentioned.The development also comes after the Cranes players staged a sit-down strike ahead of their game against Senegal in the Round of 16 demanding payment of a bonus from the Federation.In the Group stage of the 2019 AFCON Uganda Cranes beat the Democratic Republic of Congo 2-0 before drawing 1-1 with Zimbabwe and losing 2-0 to Egypt. They went on to fall 1-0 to Senegal on Friday in the Round of 16.*****URNShare on: WhatsApp Cranes coachKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre has resigned after the team failed to progress to the later stages of the on-going 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). An inside source told URN that the coach made his position clear on Saturday.The Frenchman signed a two-year deal in December 2017 taking over from Serbian tactician Mulitin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic who stepped down because of accumulated salary arrears.Before joining Uganda Cranes, Desabre was in-charge of Egyptian Premier league side Ismaili FC.On Sunday the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) released a communication that they had parted ways with Desabre.“On the 6th of July 2019, both FUFA and National Team Head coach of the Uganda Cranes Desabre mutually agreed to terminate the contract between the two parties,” read the communication.last_img read more

The clear sign that the 49ers are on the right track

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — The 49ers played their fourth and final preseason game on Thursday night. They lost, but nothing that happened in the game really mattered. If you watched or even heard tell of it, go ahead and Forget it ever happened.I only mention the meaningless preseason finale because it was the last checkpoint before a truly important date on the 49ers’ calendar: cut day. The NFL used to mandate that …last_img read more

Chile to set up Mandela scholarships for African students

first_img11 August 2014Chilean President Michelle Bachelet Jeria says she has put a proposal to her government to make 50 scholarships available to students in South Africa and other African countries to pursue their master’s degrees at the University of Chile.Briefing journalists after delivering the annual Nelson Mandela Lecture in Cape Town on Saturday, Bachelet said the scholarships would be named after Mandela.“Nelson Mandela has been a leader who inspired me all of my life. So for me, this is very special. But also, as I said in the lecture, he has taught us so much … So that is why … in 2015, we are going to have 50 Nelson Mandela scholarships … to go study at the University of Chile.”She said the scholarships would fund deserving students who wanted to pursue master’s degrees in fields such as farming, mining and astronomy.Bachelet added that her country would erect a special sculpture of Mandela at a park in Santiago, “where so many people [walk by], so they can learn about Nelson Mandela and be inspired by him”.She said she was honoured to have been invited to deliver the 12th Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture, and had in turn invited the Nelson Mandela Foundation to attend a South-South dialogue in Chile, where they could share their experiences on the challenges of social cohesion, diversity and inequality.Delivering her lecture earlier, Bachelet spoke of how Mandela had inspired not only South Africans but the rest of the world when he chose nation building through reconciliation after spending wso many years in jail.While building social cohesion included dealing with poverty, cultural differences and inequalities, she said, the strongest weapon for forging national unity was through the state holding extensive consultations with its people.This included consulting people not only on the implementation of programmes, but also on decisions that preceded law and policy making.She said her government was currently consulting the people of Chile on creating a new ministry for indigenous groups, in order to get their input on how they want their country to be run.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

10 months ago​Brighton boss Hughton weighs up Murray recall

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Brighton boss Hughton weighs up Murray recallby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton must decide on whether to recall Glenn Murray to his starting lineup.The veteran attacker has enjoyed success against West Ham United, Brighton’s upcoming opponents, in recent games.He scored twice in the 3-0 win at the Hammers last season. But Florin Andone has also been in good form.Speaking on their last win over Manuel Pellegrini’s side, Hughton told The Argus: “It was an emphatic win but I also remember the two centre-halves had to defend really well, deal with a lot of crosses.”Glenn got the first one and Jose (Izquierdo) scored a wonderful goal, it was almost like one of those games that everything went our way.”It was a memorable one but they have certainly come on since then. All we want to do is be right in the game but they are a very good team at the moment.”It will absolutely be a more difficult game than last year. They will start as favourites, they are at home, and we will have to make sure we turn up.” last_img read more

a month agoWolves boss Nuno pleased with victory over Watford

first_imgWolves boss Nuno pleased with victory over Watfordby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno was pleased for his players and supporters after they ended their wait for three Premier League points against Watford.Matt Doherty’s opener was added to by Daryl Janmaat’s own goal after the break, which saw Wolves pick up three points and rise up the table. Nuno said, “It was a good performance. First-half we began very well, creating a lot of problems, good in possession, with good lines and I’m happy for that. We did a very good game.“We organised defensively well, we didn’t allow many situations for Watford, they didn’t create much and we had clear chances to score.“I’m happy for the boys and I’m happy for the fans because it was important, everybody felt that, but we have to grow.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

13 days agoAgent Empacher offers AC Milan Premier League players

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Agent Empacher offers AC Milan Premier League playersby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAgent Sacha Empacher is in talks with AC Milan about several of his clients.Calciomercato.com says Empacher met with Milan directors yesterday ahead of the January market.During the summit Empacher offered loan deals for Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny and Chelsea fullback Abdul Rahman Baba.Baba is currently on loan with Real Mallorca, while Elneny is on loan from Arsenal at Besiktas.Milan are also interested in Schalke fullback Ozan Kabak, another Empacher has on his books. last_img read more

4 days agoArsenal, Everton target Unai Nunez drops agent

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal, Everton target Unai Nunez drops agentby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Nunez is edging closer to leaving Athletic Bilbao.The Athletic Bilbao defender was linked with Everton and Arsenal last week.AS the Spain international, who is currently out of favour at Bilbao, wants to leave the club in January and has taken the step of changing agents.Nunez is leaving agent Felix Tainta to be represented by the Leaderbrock Sports agency in Valencia.A move inside LaLiga is also being considered. last_img read more

Video: Former Florida Golfer Bill Horschel Does Gator Chomp After Birdie, Trolls Florida State “Bandwagon” Fans Following Round

first_imgflorida golfer bill horschel celebrates birdie with gator chomp.florida bill horschel gator chompThe Florida-Florida State rivalry has surfaced at the PGA’s The Players Championship event in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., this weekend. Former Gators’ golfer Billy Horschel wore his Florida colors during the tournament’s third round on Saturday. On the course’s famed No. 17 hole, he was taunted by some FSU fans with the tomahawk chomp. He responded by birdieing the hole. Then he did the Gator chomp. After his round, he was asked about that moment. He responded by criticizing Florida State’s “bandwagon” fans.   Billy says fsu fans are bandwagon fans. Go Billy! Go Gators!Posted by Glenn Irvine on Saturday, May 9, 2015As of 3:25 p.m. E.T., Horschel is tied for sixth at -8. He’s six holes into his final round. We could be seeing some more Gator chomps today if he continues to play well. [247 Sports]last_img read more

Video/Photo: Iowa State Crowd Rushes Court After Knocking Off No. 1 Oklahoma

first_imgIowa State fans storm the court after beating Oklahoma.Iowa State Court StormOn the same day they were voted No. 1 in both major polls ,Oklahoma suffered its second loss of the season, 82-77 at the hands of No. 19 Iowa State.And how did the fans in Ames celebrate the big victory? With a huge court storm, how else?Another No. 1 goes down, another court storm https://t.co/s9C2OvR5bO— David Gardner (@byDavidGardner) January 19, 2016Shout out to security. Great protection of OU in court Storm pic.twitter.com/vXv9ipdypT— Reid Forgrave (@ReidForgrave) January 19, 2016Storm that court! pic.twitter.com/4XTDIyoE8A— Anthony Samuelson (@ajsamuelson) January 19, 2016Storming the court when your team is also ranked? We’re not sure about that. But we do know one thing: the Big 12 is flat-out awesome this year. Every Big Monday game in the conference is must-see TV.last_img read more