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Rivalry.gg is Hosting a New CS:GO Invitational Tournament for Up-and-Coming Teams

Published: 6/Jun/2018 10:13

by Ross Deason


The popular esports betting website Rivalry.gg is currently hosting an invitational Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament for teams from the CIS region.

The “Rivalry CIS Invitational” kicked off on June 5th and features a $5,000 prize pool that eight teams will compete for. First place will take home $3,500 while second place gets $1,500.

The tournament features a Swiss System group stage with all eight teams playing best of three matches. As is always the case in Swiss System groups, the results will determine matchups as teams with the same record will play each other in each stage.

The games have a lot hanging on them as teams need just two wins to advance to the playoffs and two losses to be knocked out of the competition entirely.

The four teams that advance to the playoffs will play in a single-elimination bracket with the semifinals being best of three. It has not yet been decided whether the Grand Final will be a best of three or best of five.

As for the teams that will be competing, perhaps the best known organization is k1ck eSports Club. The days of K1ck fielding a Portuguese lineup are long gone as former Na’Vi star Sergey ‘starix’ Ischuk joined in May and now heads up a majority Ukrainian roster.

DreamHackFormer Na’Vi player, and coach, starix joined k1ck in May.

Rivalry.gg is hosting the event as an opportunity to showcase some of the up-and-coming teams and players from the CIS region:

“The Rivalry CIS Invitational features eight exciting teams from the CIS region. This event aims to give fans an insight into the exciting potential of some of the players and teams from this region, spotlighting rising talent.”

The Rivalry CIS Invitational will conclude on June 25th and matches will be broadcast in both English and Russian on Twitch.tv:

English: https://www.twitch.tv/RivalryFTW

Russian: https://www.twitch.tv/jay_tb

The first match of the tournament took place on June 5th and saw the Belarusian team Evolution, which features former FlipSid3 stand-in Roman ‘CyberFocus’ Dergach, defeat the Russians of DreamEaters with a score of 2-0.

The next match, which will take place on June 7th, will see k1ck Esports face 5balls, a team that has a handful of recent wins over other teams in the competition.

The full list of participants consists of:

  • DreamEaters
  • 5balls
  • Evolution
  • HEY
  • WINside
  • GoodJob
  • K1ck Esports

BLAST announce Nubia mobile esports promotion at Premier Fall Series

Published: 23/Oct/2020 11:23

by Adam Fitch


Counter-Strike tournament series BLAST Premier has named Nubia Technology as its very first mobile phone partner.

Nubia’s gaming phone, the RedMagic 5S, will be advertised during the BLAST Premier Fall Series starting on October 26.

Not only will Nubia’s phone be shown through in-game branding, the technology company will host giveaways where fans can win their own RedMagic 5S and behind-the-scenes access to the tournament.

On-screen talent like Anders and Semmler will also get their hands on the phone.

BLAST Premier Fall Series with S1mple
The event will be played online but features teams from both Europe and North America.

While this partnership doesn’t include a mobile esports tournament it’s clear that BLAST are willing to embrace and encourage mobile gaming, which could be a sign of things to come in the future. They have been expanding their reach into new games in 2020, including Valorant and Dota 2, so perhaps a mobile title could be next.

“We are excited to showcase Nubia’s impressive RedMagic 5S gaming phone to the esports ecosystem via our global audience,” said Leo Matlock, BLAST’s commercial director. “This partnership is a strong fit with both brands sharing a major focus on innovation, technology and gaming – and with more and more people gaming and watching BLAST Premier on their phones every day – their product should be something that naturally resonates with our fans.”

All 12 teams in the BLAST Premier Fall Series will play from Europe, making for one of the first international Counter-Strike competitions since the first quarter of 2020.

The phone was designed with gaming in mind.

With events moving online in March due to the global health situation, Europe and American teams have typically been split up due to poor ping posing a threat to competitive integrity.

European sides Astralis, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 Esports, OG, Team Vitality, FaZe Clan, and BIG will face off against American teams Complexity, MIBR, Evil Geniuses, and FURIA at BLAST Premier.