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Epic Games raises over $1 billion in newest financing round

Published: 26/Oct/2018 22:23 Updated: 27/Oct/2018 4:54

by Wyatt Donigan

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After an incredibly successful year with the rising popularity of Fortnite Battle Royale, Epic Games has achieved another large milestone.

If it wasn’t enough that Fortnite continues to be one of the biggest games on the planet, Epic Games just received a massive boost from some big-name investors.

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On October 26, the same day Fortnite’s $2.6 million event at TwitchCon kicks off, it was announced that Epic had received $1.25 billion in financing from a group of investors that includes aXiomatic, the company that just a $25 million investment from NBA legend Michael Jordan.

In addition to aXiomatic, Epic received investments from KKR, Iconiq Capital, Smash Ventures, Vulcan Capital, Kleiner Perkins, and Lightspeed Venture Partners.

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With these names being some of the biggest in the Silicon Valley venture capital investment scene, it’s just yet another sign of Fortnite’s immense growth and potential here in 2018.

This latest round of investments is perhaps the biggest sign yet that companies are ready to pay top dollar for esports properties over the next few years.

Esports consultant Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau summed it up perfectly when he said that “the war over competitive video games and esports […] has only begun.”

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Speaking of Tencent, Slasher was also quick to remind everyone that Tencent already has a large stake in the esports scene, having invested in multiple companies already.

With Fortnite’s first competitive season featuring a $100 million prize pool spread across the different Skirmish and upcoming World Cup events, time will tell what the prize pool for Season 2 looks like after these investments.

If nothing else, this simply caps off an impressive week for esports after Drake, Michael Jordan, and now the Silicon Valley, have taken the dive with major investments.

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CoD streamers slam Warzone star WarsZ for “pathetic” K/D tanking

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun

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Call of Duty: Warzone stars continue to call each other out – this time Tommey is joined by HusKerrs and others in critiquing multi-event champion, WarsZ, for manipulating tournament Kill-Death Ratio (K/D) caps by tanking his account.

With more and more money being piled into Warzone tournaments, the stakes are higher than ever and competitors are understandably adamant about integrity. Many of these competitions have turned to K/D caps, as a way to limit good players from forming super squads that’ll end up dominating the opposition.

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Following earlier condemnations from top streamers like NICKMERCS and Aydan about others gaming the K/D cap limits, Tommey has exposed WarsZ in particular for allegedly partaking in the unfair practice.

Tommey, a former Call of Duty League player and multi-time Warzone champion, did not hesitate to single out WarsZ for a suspicious drop in his kill-death ration just ahead of this week’s leg of the $210,000 Vikkstar Warzone Showdown. 

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Although the caps have been instituted in tournaments to provide for better parity among teams, they can also be manipulated by purposefully delivering uncharacteristically poor performances.

WarsZ has won six Warzone championships across different tournaments, so Tommey’s linked image of the streamer having double-digit zero-kill matches in the past few days is particularly damning.

“People seem to be scared of the repercussions but I’m fed up with the bulls**t,” Tommey tweeted, tagging the rival competitor directly while calling the alleged tanking “pathetic.”

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As for WarsZ’s response, it was not well-received. Suggesting that this notable drop in K/D was spurred by having his “girl” play on his account, a variety of notable Warzone competitors slammed the excuse. Among those wast renowned multi-time champion, HusKerrs, who replied simply, “Brother, c’mon now… nobody is buying that.”

Popular streamer DougisRaw also chimed in, mocking the excuse for how obviously the screenshot goes against the idea of letting an inexperienced player drop in for some games: “Damn, your girl plays solo squads. She’s cracked.”

 

While none of the allegations can be proven, many seem dissatisfied with WarsZ’s excuse and believes it is unfair to competitors like Jukeyz and others who were unable to snag tournament spots because of their high K/D.

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It must be noted, as Tommey mentioned in the tweet above, that Vikkstar’s tournament technically doesn’t prohibit such a tactic, so while WarsZ isn’t breaking any rules, it’s fair to say that the rest of the big-name competitors don’t think too highly of it.

It remains to be seen if other tournaments will begin following NICKMERCS in the way he runs his MFAM Gauntlets, monitoring participants’ past in-game performances to make sure that they’re not trying to circumvent the K/D cap.

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