The First Round Matches of the FACEIT London CSGO Major Have Been Announced - Dexerto

The First Round Matches of the FACEIT London CSGO Major Have Been Announced

Published: 31/Aug/2018 17:02

by Matt Porter


The first matchups for the New Challengers Stage of the upcoming FACEIT London CS:GO Major have been revealed.

The highly anticipated $1 million event will kick off on September 5 and even the New Challengers Stage will feature some stellar talent (including the world’s number one team, Astralis).

Now FACEIT has revealed the first round match-ups, which include some Virtus.Pro vs NiP, Team Liquid vs OpTic Gaming and Astralis vs compLexity:


The New Challengers Stage, and the New Legends Stage that follows, will use a 16 team Swiss System format with the first four rounds features best-of-one games and the fifth round being a best-of-three.

The Buchholz system will be used to re-seed teams from rounds three to five in an attempt to make the matches less random and the top eight teams will proceed to the next stage of the competition.

The New Legends Stage of the London Major begins on September 12, with the single elimination Champions Stage starting on September 20. The Grand Final will take place on September 23, with the winners taking home $500,000.

The full list of matches for the first round can be viewed below.

Space Soldiers vs. Rogue vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas
Gambit Esports vs. TYLOO Gaming
BIG Clan vs. Renegades
Vega Squadron vs. Team Spirit
North vs Hellraisers Esports
Team Liquid vs. OpTic Gaming
Astralis vs. compLexity Gaming

Real Madrid footballer Casemiro launches esports team CaseEsports

Published: 29/Oct/2020 21:32 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 21:39

by Adam Fitch


Real Madrid and Brazil football star Casemiro has announced the launch of his own esports team, CaseEsports.

The defensive midfielder’s team will initially compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, debuting in the qualifier for DreamHack Masters Winter on November 3.

The decision to start a team, according to the org’s official website, was birthed from Casemiro’s “enthusiasm, desire to enjoy and passion for this game” – speaking specifically of Counter-Strike.

The organisation will provide a team of sports professionals to enhance the performance of their players. They plan to “lead the European esports scene” through “effort, perseverance and teamwork.”

CaseEsports land1n
CaseEsports will be hoping for land1n to make an instant impact.

The all-Brazilian roster that has been assembled includes former paiN Gaming and Tempo Storm players Denis “⁠dzt⁠” Fischer and Paulo “⁠land1n⁠” Felipe, former FURIA Academy duo Yan “⁠yepz⁠” Pedretti and Vinicius “⁠n1ssim⁠” Pereira, and former Imperial player Felipe “⁠delboNi⁠” Delboni.

CaseEsports has already secured the support of multiple sponsors, including peripherals brand HyperX, glasses retailer Hawkers, gaming chair brand Drift, and “fashion soccer” line BŮH.

“This team was created out of a hobby of mine that I really enjoy,” said Casemiro, according to HLTV. “I wanted to take it to a professional level, and just like in my career, I want them to be the best. I know that creating a new team and winning titles will take time and require a lot of work, but I hope that the players and the fans will really enjoy this project.”

Athletes starting their own esports teams is not a new trend by any means.

In the last few months alone, David Beckham launched Guild Esports, Manchester City star Sergio Aguero founded KRU Esports, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster started Team Diverge.