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Complexity Gaming opens jaw-dropping esports facility to the public

Published: 16/Sep/2019 23:26 Updated: 17/Sep/2019 1:18

by Brad Norton

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The Dallas Cowboys-backed esports organization, Complexity Gaming, has opened the doors to a new, state of the art training facility.

Founded in 2003, Complexity Gaming is an American organization with a storied history across a plethora of titles such as Call of Duty and CSGO. Announced in November of 2017, the organization would be establishing its headquarters in Frisco, Texas.

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Today that state-of-the-art facility houses production studios, offices, and a wide range of practice areas for all Complexity Gaming rosters to sharpen their skills. To top it off, the headquarters will now be open to the general public.

In a September 16 video, it was revealed that the doors of the GameStop Performance Center had officially opened to the public. 

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“I’d like to welcome everyone to the GameStop Performance Center,” Jason Lake, Founder and CEO of Complexity Gaming, expressed with joy to begin the announcement. 

While certain sections of the facility such as executive conference rooms, will be inaccessible to the general public for obvious reasons, the performance center features a wide range of features for fans.  

From an exclusive merchandise store to a high-quality LAN setup with numerous rooms mimicking grand stage environments, Lake ensures that the grounds are “open seven days a week,” and that the organization would “love to see” all of its “gamer friends.”

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Complexity GamingThe exclusive merch store at the GameStop Performance Center

Showcased throughout the video, the massive location is highlighted by an unmissable Complexity Gaming sign above the entrance in Frisco.

Internally the environment is pristine. From countless displays and unique LED setups, to various wall art showcasing famous video game environments.

While the GameStop Performance Center uniquely stands out as one of the largest esports facilities in all of North America, numerous organizations are looking to plant their flag and establish similar headquarters. 

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100 Thieves for instance, recently unveiled their plans for a brand new facility that will act not only as the headquarters for all teams and staff, but also as a retail shop for fans of their merchandise.

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Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale

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Valorant developers Riot Games have announced First Strike: Europe, the first-ever Valorant tournament wholly produced by Riot, set to kick off in November with some of the region’s best talent.

Since Valorant launched in June, it has become one of the most exciting games in esports, with players from all different titles migrating to Riot’s first-ever FPS. Some of the biggest competitors from the likes of Overwatch, CSGO and more are looking to make a name for themselves in the new shooter.

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As a result, we’ve already seen some incredible talent, tense moments and top performances in a competitive setting, but now it’s becoming a little more official with the announcement of this highly-anticipated tournament.

So, with First Strike: Europe around the corner, here’s everything you need to know to tune in to the tournament, and even get involved yourself.

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Valorant First Strike art
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First Strike is the first Valorant tournament organized entirely by developer Riot Games.

Valorant First Strike: Europe schedule

Open qualifiers for First Strike take place from November 9-22, giving teams around two weeks to stave off the best competition in the region and qualify for the main event.

The schedule for Open Qualifiers will be as follows:

  • Week 1
    • November 9-10: Qualifier A
    • November 11-12: Qualifier B
    • November 13: Play-In #1
    • November 14-15: Playoffs
  • Week 2
    • November 16-17: Qualifier C
    • November 18-19: Qualifier D
    • November 20: Play-In #2
    • November 21-22: Playoffs
Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule
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Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule.

After qualifiers have concluded, the main stage will be held from December 3-6. Here are the dates for each part of the main event:

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  • December 3-4: Quarterfinals
  • December 5: Semifinals
  • December 6: Final
Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule
Riot Games
Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule.

Eligibility for Valorant First Strike: Europe

As the name suggests, the Open Qualifiers for the tournament are open to (almost) anybody. You don’t have to be a pro player to sign up, but you have to be over the age of 16 and you will need to reach the rank of Immortal 1 by the time you register.

Riot haven’t specified how people can apply and register for the tournament yet, but advise in their announcement that full rules for the event and how to apply will be available in the coming weeks — and we’ll be sure to update this page as soon as we know.

Valorant First Strike: Europe tournament format

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Will we see much of new Act III map Icebox in the First Strike tournament?

The tournament format is fairly simple to follow throughout, from the qualifiers right up to the main event. Here’s how the single-elimination tournament works:

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  • Qualifiers and Play-Ins: Best of 1
  • Playoffs: Best of 3
  • Quarterfinals and semifinals: Best of 3
  • Finals: Best of 5

With best of 1s in qualifiers and play-ins we might see some upsets, but finishing the tournament on a best of 5 means we really will see the two best teams in Europe fight it out and showcase their talent across all maps, proving how much they’ve mastered the game so far.

With G2 Esports undoubtedly the strongest team in the region since competition started, the main question now is whether they can prove it in Valorant’s biggest tournament yet.

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