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League of Legends Beats Out Traditional Sports to Win an Emmy

Published: 10/May/2018 0:25 Updated: 16/Oct/2020 14:19

by Albert Petrosyan

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Popular PC game League of Legends has achieved another major milestone in its illustrious history, continuing to build upon its highly successful foundation.

Publisher Riot Games was awarded for Outstanding Live Graphic Design at the 39th annual Sports Emmys being held at the Lincoln Center in New York City.

The Sports Emmys is an awards show in which the National Academy of Arts and Sciences honors sports broadcasters with Emmy Awards for their coverage of the 2017-2018 sports season.

Sports Emmy awards are usually given for the coverage of traditional sports, however League of Legends won one as an esport.

The award for Outstanding Live Graphic Design was given to Riot Games for the spectacular job they did with the opening ceremony at the 2017 League of Legends World Championship final.

In addition to an extensive array of musical and dance performances, the broadcast of the ceremony featured an impressive, augmented reality dragon that flew around the stadium and onto the stage.

Ariel Horn, Global Executive Producer at Riot Games, dedicated the Sports Emmy to the League of Legends esport’s massive fan-base.

The fact that an esport was able to claim a major award that is normally reserved for traditional sports is a telling sign that the two are becoming further integrated with each other.

There have been rumors that esports can feature in the Olympics in the near future, and it should not be considered a coincidence that Horn formerly worked as an executive for NBC Sports in their coverage of the Olympics.

Call of Duty

World Champion John nearing return to professional Call of Duty

Published: 22/Oct/2020 23:42 Updated: 22/Oct/2020 23:59

by Theo Salaun

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After eons of silence, Johnathan ‘John’ Perez is updating fans on his status as a competitive Call of Duty player and suggesting that he is nearing a highly anticipated return to the scene.

One of competitive Call of Duty’s greatest mysteries appears to be unfolding into its next chapter, as John has finally spoken up and let fans, and competitors, know that his return is nigh. 

A former Call of Duty world champion and MVP, John surreptitiously vanished from the competitive circuit with rumors that he was banned from participating in the inaugural Call of Duty League season.

Although those rumors couldn’t specify why he was banned or for how long he would be (some saying one year, some saying indefinitely), it appears that John is making headway on his highly anticipated return. In a tweet that has sent the CoD community into an uproar, he explained that he will be coming back, but only once he is entirely healthy and distraction-free.

A 2016 World Champion and MVP while playing with Team Envy, John has been widely considered a premier SMG player in Call of Duty. Absent from the inaugural CDL season, he nonetheless made one appearance at a local LAN — taking first place at AGN Charlotte with Total Advantage.

Following some highly contested rumors that he was on the New York Subliners’ radar for 2020 rostermania, John’s tweet is the first true indication that he will be making a CDL debut. 

He explained his current progress, along with two pictures, to share his status update with, and encourage patience from, his fans: “I’m close to getting my mind and health perfect with the help of my second home…trust the process.”

In the pictures, it appears that John is prioritizing his health over everything before returning to high-level CoD competition. One image shows a sports therapy room with what appears to be an OxyHealth hyperbaric chamber, typically used to stimulate oxygen flow. Another shows him looking into a office as a doctor monitors an Eclipse eVive pulse wave therapy device, typically used to repair and stimulate growth of red blood cells.

None of that really matters, as the specific health and distractions affecting John have been, and will continue to be, up to his own discretion to disclose. What matters is that one of Call of Duty’s biggest stars appears nearly ready to make his return.

Following the early rumors that he was banned from the professional circuit, this is exciting news. Among teams that have the roster space to sign the former SMG superstar, the Subliners remain the most intriguing. Further, the London Royal Ravens, Paris Legion, and Florida Mutineers all have undecided starting spots available, while numerous other rosters have substitute spots unoccupied.

Among fellow competitors, peers like the New York Subliners’ James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks and OpTic Gaming’s Jordan ‘JKap’ Kaplan have already expressed excitement over this focus on a return.

As for when John might be making his CDL debut, no one knows when it will be or which team it will be with. But he’s reminded us all that when he’s back, he’ll be at his best: “Just know that when I’m 100 percent ready, I’ll be coming back with none of the health issues or distractions that I was lowkey playing with before.”