ESP and Richard Lewis Announce 'WSOE' Multi-Genre Esports Tournament with 'Fight Card' Style Matches - Dexerto
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ESP and Richard Lewis Announce ‘WSOE’ Multi-Genre Esports Tournament with ‘Fight Card’ Style Matches

Published: 10/Jul/2018 21:38 Updated: 11/Oct/2020 16:58

by Calum Patterson

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A new multi-genre esports tournament ‘World Showdown of Esports’ (WSOE) has been unveiled by ESP Gaming, and journalist and former ELEAGUE host Richard Lewis will have a central role.

The WSOE hopes to be unique in offering “fight card-style matches that showcase the best games, players and teams across the globe”, starting with a PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) tournament.

A plush venue will host the inaugural tournament on July 14 – 15, in the PokerGO Studio at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Players from OpTic Gaming, Team Envy, Vitality, FaZe Clan and more will all be in attendance – with $100,000 in prize money on offer.

Richard Lewis, a well-known figure in the esports world for over a decade has been appointed Director of Talent, and will “oversee the on-air personalities for WSOE streaming and live events.”

The twist with these events, which plan to host other esports titles in the future, is the ‘fight card-style” structure, which ESP says in the press release has been inspired by boxing and martial arts events.

“The WSOE focuses on the drama and spectacle of head-to-head competition between the world’s best players from a variety of genres and games across mobile, PC and console. Taking its inspiration from boxing and mixed martial arts, the WSOE will crown champions in several competitive divisions.

Uniquely in the world of esports, and unlike round-robin or bracket-style esports competitions, the WSOE’s “fight card” style presentations will feature compelling matchups of champions and challengers going head-to-head in every event.

Also featuring innovative prizing and production elements designed to reward aggressive gameplay and foster rivalries, the WSOE’s bouts will offer fans the most entertaining broadcasts in competitive gaming.”

Lewis, who previously worked as on screen talent at CS:GO and Tekken tournaments during his time with Turner Sports and ELEAGUE, is challenged by few in terms of experience in the esports space.

“With the WSOE, we’re completely flipping the script on the traditional esports tournament format in a way that has never been done in competitive gaming.”

The WSOE’s unique format allows us to create the matches that competitors and fans want to see and that the competitors want to engage in. We look forward to re-imagining and growing the sport of competitive gaming and crowning our first WSOE Champion this fall.”

 

The PUBG Pan-Continental, Presented by Auzom and the WSOE, will be broadcast live on www.twitch.tv/wsoe from July 14-15, where 16 teams of four players will compete for $100,000 in cash prizes. Invited teams include top players from the Auzom Premier League and other world-class PUBG organizations.

 

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100 Thieves join Dr Disrespect & Ninja on CAA talent agency

Published: 21/Oct/2020 10:25

by Adam Fitch

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Entertainment company and esports organization 100 Thieves have signed with talent agency Creative Artists Agency, better known as CAA.

As per a report from The Hollywood Reporter, the signing will see 100 Thieves work with CAA across areas such as digital content, talent, film, television, and podcasts.

It’s clear that the organization is looking to bolster the content arm of the business, which is one of three pillars alongside apparel and esports. On the competitive side, they just announced their departure from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Other gaming and esports figures who are signed to CAA include Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, who recently joined from Loaded, and Herschel “Guy” Beahm IV — better known as Dr Disrespect.

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100 Thieves is now represented by the same agency as Ariana Grande.

Since the launch of their YouTube channel on October 18, 2017, 100 Thieves have amassed almost 950,000 subscribers and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

The organization has signed creators such as Rachel “Valkyrae” Hofstetter, Jack “CouRageJD” Dunlop, Brooke Ashley “BrookeAB” Bond, Nicole “Neekolul” Sanchez, Mohammed “Yassuo” Abdalrhman, and The Mob to grow content efforts.

Series created by 100 Thieves so far include League of Legends docuseries ‘The Heist,’ ‘Run It Up’ hosted by Yassuo, ‘TBH with JHB’ hosted by intern JhbTeam, and Crash the Compound based out of the organization’s Cash App Compound in Los Angeles.

100 Thieves BrookeAB, CouRageJD, Neekolul, Nadeshot, Valkyrae
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Neekolul is the newest content creator to join 100 Thieves.

They also have podcasts like The CouRage & Nadeshot Show, Selfmade with Nadeshot, and The MobCast.

100 Thieves are not the first esports organization to place a huge emphasis on content, with the likes of OpTic Gaming and FaZe Clan starting that trend over a decade ago, but with business moves such as signing with CAA they’re certainly looking to push the envelope.

With a new emphasis on film and television, we could see 100 Thieves follow a similar path to FaZe Clan, who are gearing up to release their first movie on October 29.