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Thorin Roasts Fortnite and FACEIT London Major During Stockholm Esports Awards

Published: 4/Sep/2018 12:23 Updated: 4/Sep/2018 12:41

by Matt Porter

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Controversial analyst Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields was in attendance at the Stockholm International Esports Awards, and took a moment to throw a few hilarious digs at FACEIT’s CSGO London Major and the Fortnite community.

With Thorin not invited to work on the analysts desk at the Major, the ‘Esports Historian’ used an interview with host Frankie Ward to take a few quick jabs at the event. Thorin began by stating that he could work on DOTA 2’s The International, because “they hire a lot of talent these days”. Then, while discussing esports’ past, he joked “I am part of history now”.

When asked about his vision for the future of esports, Shields took a direct shot at the FACEIT Major, saying;

“I just want to see esports get bigger, but crucially, better. Let’s not water it down or hire people who don’t deserve to be hired. Don’t know why I keep mentioning that, just on my mind at the moment… I might make an appearance. Any scalpers got a ticket? No? Nobody’s going anyway, are they?”

Thorin, however, wasn’t content with just roasting the FACEIT Major, but also took aim at the popular battle royale game Fortnite’s community. Asked whether he thought Fortnite would make a good esport, Shield simply replied with;

“I’m not 12 so I’ve never played that game.”

Shields has been a regular feature of CS:GO analysis desks since 2013. He worked at a total of six majors in the past but hasn’t featured at one of the Valve sponsored events since the ELEAGUE Atlanta Major in 2017.

The Brit hasn’t shied away from criticizing FACEIT’s handling of the London Major in the months running up to the event and even released a video titled “FACEIT’s Troubling Handling of the Major Thusfar” where he aired some of his grievances.

While Thorin may not be working at FACEIT’s London Major, it will be interesting if he does indeed make an appearance at the event, which kicks off on Wednesday, September 5.

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BLAST announce Nubia mobile esports promotion at Premier Fall Series

Published: 23/Oct/2020 11:23

by Adam Fitch

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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.

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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.

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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.