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Michael Jordan invests in esports, joining Team Liquid ownership group

Published: 25/Oct/2018 15:57 Updated: 25/Oct/2018 17:52

by Calum Patterson

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Legendary NBA player Michael Jordan has officially entered the world of esports, becoming of the main investors in aXiomatic, parent company of Team Liquid, as part of their Series C funding round.

Announced on Thursday, October 25, Jordan is one of two primary investors, the other being David Rubenstein’s Declaration Capital.

It is the second big name celebrity to make a serious commitment to esports in the space of a week, after 100 Thieves announced that Drake and Scooter Braun had joined as co-owners. Current NBA star Stephen Curry is also an investor in Team SoloMid in July 2018.

Jordan is also the owner of NBA franchise Charlotte Hornets, making him yet another investor in esports coming from traditional sports background, largely down to aXiomatic.

Golden State Warriors owner Peter Gruber, and Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis are both involved directly in esports through aXiomatic, while Cleveland Cavaliers’ owner Dan Gilbert invested in 100 Thieves in 2017.

aXiomatic is co-chaired by Jeff Vinik, owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and now holds a controlling stake in Team Liquid. Jordan joins as a co-owner of aXiomatic, alongside fellow NBA legend Magic Johnson.

Team Liquid even sent a shot at their NA LCS rivals 100 Thieves in announcing their big name investor.

Under aXiomatics control since 2016, Team Liquid has risen up the ranks of esports organizations, capturing Dota2’s ‘The International’ title in 2017 – taking home $11 million – plus their NA LCS championship in Spring 2018.

Liquid were ranked as the third most valuable esports organization by Forbes recently, and will look to expand with this new funding, improving training facilities and bringing in new talented players.

Team Liquid currently field teams in Starcraft II, Dota2, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Smash, Street Fighter, Quake, Rainbow 6 Siege, Fortnite, PUBG and Clash of Clans.

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How to watch HusKerrs Howl $300K Warzone event: streams & schedule

Published: 30/Oct/2020 3:39 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 3:45

by Brad Norton

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Another massive Warzone event is heating up as popular content creator and battle royale champion Jordan ‘HusKerrs’ Thomas is hosting his very own tournament with $300,000 on the line.

Following close behind Vikkstar’s original Warzone competition, HusKerrs is next in line for his own huge Call of Duty event. HusKerrs Howl aims to crown the best partners in the world as this unique event focuses on Duos action.

After making history as the first player to pass six figures in Warzone winnings, it’s only fitting that HusKerrs’ event comes with the biggest prize pool yet. A whopping $300,000 is up for grabs over the course of two weeks.

From the teams that will be dropping in to when each round of action is taking place, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about the HusKerrs Howl Warzone event.

What is the HusKerrs Howl Warzone event?

The HusKerrs Howl event is one of the biggest Warzone tournaments to date. Not just in terms of prizing, but in how long it’s set to last and how many teams will be getting involved.

Duos will be dropping into Verdansk across multiple weeks in order to qualify for the Finals. Additionally, there’s also a special one-off Zombie Trios section to get things going before the Duos competition really begins.

A brand new Twitch channel has been created just for this event with HusKerrs set to host. We’ve embedded this below for your convenience. Expect almost every competitor to be sharing their own perspective throughout the tournament as well.  

HusKerrs Howl Warzone event schedule

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HusKerrs Howl will be starting with a Zombie Royale showdown.

First up is the special Zombie Day event on Friday, October 30 at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET. This is a unique Trios competition in the Zombie Royale playlists. Only one team can take out the prize for what is essentially a warm-up run before the real show starts up.

The following day on October 31, Duos will be dropping in for the first round of qualifying action. This will be followed up by the second and third rounds on November 5 and November 6 respectively.

Last but not least, the best Duos from the qualifiers will advance through to the Finals. This takes place on November 7 to determine the overall winner of the HusKerrs Howl event.

HusKerrs Howl Warzone event format

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This particular competition is for Duos only.

This particular Warzone competition is for Duos only and will feature a double-elimination bracket. 16 teams will be dropping in for the first day of action. They will go head to head until the very end with only the Top 3 qualifying for the Finals.

For the final two days of the qualifiers, only eight duos will be playing. From here, the Top 2 make it into the Finals. This makes seven Duos so HusKerrs will be taking the eighth and final spot.

As teams are going head to head, the Duo with the highest point total in each matchup will advance. No different from most Warzone events, teams will be awarded one point per elimination. There’s currently no telling how many points will be awarded for higher placements in each match.

Stay tuned over the coming days for full recaps and results as the action gets underway. Big names such as Symfuhny, Aydan, and TeePee are all expected for the event. So it’s sure to be an intense tournament.