Organizers of WESG made an official statement about the reason of delay for prize money payment to winners of the general championship. Organizers reported on Twitter that the majority of participants had already been paid. Complaints about non-payment were previously received from seized and vilga. According to the representatives of the event, in the near future all issues are going to be resolved.
WESG explained the failure to pay was caused by the reasons:
- Players incorrectly specified the details of their bank accounts.
- China’s legislation involves tax declaration of transactions more than $40,000.
Grand Final of WESG 2017 happened on May 13-18 in the Chinese city of Haikou. Competition was held within disciplines Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, StarCraft II and Hearthstone. Total prize pool of the tournaments exceeded $1.5 million. Special leagues were created for women’s category.
Well-known hub EsportsObserver published their analysis of the most viewed e-sports disciplines on Twitch’s streaming platform. only the first week of July has been analyzing. Most spectators were registered at Fortnite broadcasts. Previous week was more productive for this game – the streams were viewed by 2.5 million more viewers.
The fourth place in the overall rating is occupied by PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. It has ~8 million hours watching time. CS:GO increased stream’s positions as well (by 2 million hours). Due to ESL One Cologne 2018 this discipline took the fifth place in the ranking.
Next line of the rating belongs to Dota2, which in view of the break has lost its watching time. Strongly increased Overwatch together with the start of the Overwatch League – Season 1. Broadcasts of the first week of July were viewed by 1.6 million hours more.
Virtus.pro lost the final battle to G2 Esports and settled last in Group B of the DreamHack Valencia 2018. Squad made two defeats, losing to Fragsters squad, which led the group B.
G2 are in the lower bracket finals, where they are going to play for the spot in the main championship. Real competitor for G2 is now Luminosuty Gaming. They already met in the first round, and as a result, the winner was the Brazillians. Best gaming performance in Group A was achieved by Heroic. Second ticket to DH Valencia 2018 will be twisted between AGO Esports and North.
Central phase of DH Valencia 2018 will happen on July 12-14. Total number of participants is 8. Squads will share a prize pool of $100,000.
Marcelo ‘coldzera‘ David officially announced in his Twitter that he does not plan to leave MIBR in the short term. E-sportsman leveled all rumors provided by Flickshot.fr. Fans of the famous roaster panicked about the possible departure of Marcelo.
On the portal Flickshot.fr in the beginning of July there was information about coldzera’s departure from the new e-spots team MIBR – Made in Brazil. According to rumors, he had to change the team after the performance on FACEIT Major – London 2018. According to his colleagues, the player has disagreements with current leadership of the team regarding the future of the organization. Most likely coldzera could be moved to Team Liquid.
Rogue and compLexity Gaming will face each other in the top bracket finals of Americas Minor Championship – London 2018 Qualifier. Fight will happen on July 10 at 19:15 EET. Winner of the match will come to the qualifying stage of FACEIT Major championship – London 2018.
Losing team will move to the lower bracket to compete for the second spot in the main event. General competitors of these teams are eUnited and NRG Esports. They will meet in the first round of the qualifier. Rogue have a historical advantage, because they previously managed to beat eUnited, and coL neutralized NRG.
Americas Minor Championship – London 2018 Qualifier is scheduled for July 7-11. Event venue is London’s e-sports arena. At the end of the group stage, the teams Não Tem Como, Swole Patrol, Team Dignitas and Furia eSports were eliminated. All these squads will not come to the main event.
French e-sportsmen Vincent ‘Happy‘ Schopenhauer and Cédric ‘RpK‘ Guipouy to play for Tempo Storm. Players will join the new squad for a two-month test period, after which the team’s management will decide to sign formal contracts. This news appeared from the insider Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis.
DeKay said that players will be able to remain in TS if they play satisfactorily during the trial period. With a favorable development of events, they will take spots of Christian ‘loWel’ Garcia Antoran and Hendrik ‘cheti’ Vallimägi. Head of the organization in special interview for DBLTAP informed that the final decision for the structure of the main roster has not been made yet.
Previous team of Happy and RpK was EnVyUs. At the end of June, the organization officially disbanded, and all their representatives acquired the status of free agents. Happy immediately decided to join Tempo Storm, on behalf of which he registered for ESEA and DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018. Three other former EnVyUs players are going to perform at Europe Minor Championship – London 2018 within LeftOut’s roster.
Future lineup of Tempo Storm:
- Ricardo ‘fox‘ Pacheco
- Kevin ‘HS‘ Tarn
- Paweł ‘innocent‘ Mocek
- Cédric ‘RpK‘ Guipouy
- Vincent ‘Happy‘ Schopenhauer
Fitch‘s contract with Gambit Esports came to the end. Information about this appeared in the official Twitter-account of the player. At the moment he is at the stage of choosing new team. Now the player is open to real market offers.
Fitch has been presenting Gambit Esports since last summer. In February of this year, he was transferred to reserve due to unsatisfactory gaming of the team at ELEAGUE Major 2018. Gambit could not even reach the playoffs. Since spring, Fitch has been auditioning for Tengri as part of a lease agreement between organizations. Probably, he will continue playing in this lineup if there are no other weighty proposals.
Future lineup of Tengri:
According to the famous e-sports journalist Jarek DeKay, the transfer of Janusz Snax Pogozelski to mousesports was made after the payment of $290,000. Journalist referred to his insider sources close to the organization. Earlier there were rumors that the Germans paid for Snax $350,000 in the budget of Virtus.pro.
Yesterday, on June 28 within the Rush B podcast, this sum was declared by Ryan Frend. Virtus.pro’s management denied this information, but noted that Snax was extremely expensive player. Snax came to new lineup on June 27. Within team’s internal rotation, he took STYKO’s position.
For mousesports Snax is going to debut at ESL One Cologne 2018. Recently in the network appeared information that Janusz was a step away from signing a contract with FaZe Clan.
Current lineup of mousesports:
- Tomáš ‘oskar‘ Šťastný
- Janusz ‘Snax‘ Pogorzelski
- Chris ‘chrisJ‘ de Jong
- Miikka ‘suNny‘ Kemppi
- Robin ‘ropz‘ Kool
Nemiga Gaming faced difficulties for getting UK visas to participate in CIS Minor Championship LAN-London 2018. Information about this appeared on the official page of the team at VK.com.
Nemiga’s management reported that the organizer and operator of the championship – FACEIT had been notified right in time. Representatives of the organizer will try to solve the problem with visas independently within 24 hours by direct negotiations with the British Embassy.
Nemiga Gaming received spot in CIS Minor Championship – London 2018 through participation in closed qualifier. Final stage of the competition is scheduled for mid-July with a total prize pool of $50,000. Finalists of the tournament will also get spots in FACEIT Major: London 2018.
Official participants of CIS Minor Championships – London 2018:
Team 3DMAX returned to the e-sports arena by signing the French team NOBO. In their first match, they faced the strongest opponent Virtus.pro within DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018. Fight ended with the victory of NOBO with a score of 2:0.
Team 3DMAX was clearly stronger than its Polish opponents. Meeting happened on Cache and Mirage. On the first map, NOBO seized the initiative from the first rounds and ended the map with a score of 16:11. On Mirage, the game was spread to additional rounds (22:18). Finally NOBO took spot in semifinals.
Virtus.pro can still recover themselves by winning the lower grid of the championship. NOBO will meet in semifinals with the winner of the pair OpTic Gaming vs Space Soldiers.
Current NOBO’s lineup: