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Mindblowing MSG Sphere photos show how amazing esports in Vegas can be

Published: 28/Jul/2019 0:24 Updated: 28/Jul/2019 3:27

by Brent Koepp

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The Madison Square Garden’s new ‘Sphere’ venue in Las Vegas is deep into construction, and new photographs give us a glimpse into the future of esports events.

As esports continues to grow in revenue, more companies are looking to get involved with the growing sport. In 2018, the Luxor Resort’s HyperX Arena was the first esports dedicated arena to open on the Vegas Strip. 

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Now the Venetian Resort is looking to go all in on entertainment events, including esports, as they put millions into building the new MSG ‘Sphere’ which is set to open in 2021.

The Madison Square Garden CompanyThe new arena looks phenomenal.

The venue will be super high-tech

The high-tech venue, will be in the shape of a sphere, will seat anywhere from 17,000 to 20,000 people and will be 366-feet tall and 516-feet wide. 

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In a recent Billboard article, the venue is said to have “dynamically adaptive acoustics system that will deliver crystal clear audio to every guest with the ability to be directed to specific locations”. 

It will also have an “infrasound haptic system” which “will convey bass so the audience can “feel” the experience and content will be delivered at 25 megabits per second” which would make every gun shot and grenade blast be felt.

The Madison Square Garden CompanyThe venue is set to house the biggest resolution screen on Earth.

On top of having audio that is adaptive to the environment, the new venues centerpiece is what is being called the biggest screen in the world.

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It will be a “160,000 square foot interior LED display plane, which will be the largest and highest resolution LED screen on Earth” according to Billboard. 

The future of esports events

While the main focus for the venue is currently on concerts, Rolling Stone reported that the company talked about using the venue for esports too.

“In addition to musical residencies, MSG is pondering other, more radical uses for their Sphere. Ideas range from esports to “mass gaming” on the big screen.”

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The Madison Square Garden CompanyThe MSG Sphere is set to open in 2021.

The Vegas Sphere promises to focus on all the senses and be the most immersive venue in the world. With the adaptive audio and insane visuals, watching your favorite teams would be taken to a whole new level.

Hopefully we see more action to get esports into the new venue the closer it gets to opening in 2021. We will keep you updated when new information comes out.

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HenryG explains Cloud9’s CSGO player salaries after $400k floppy deal

Published: 7/Oct/2020 19:11

by Calum Patterson

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Cloud9 have now confirmed that Ricky ‘floppy’ Kemery is the fourth player of their self-proclaimed CS:GO “colossus” roster, in a deal worth over $400,000, bringing their total to around $4 million in player contracts, with another two players still to go.

Floppy joined Cloud9 from ATK in January, and is now transitioning to the new ‘colossus’ roster alongside ALEX, mezii, and woxic.

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The colossus began with the signing of ALEX from Vitality, whose deal is worth $1.65 million. He was joined by fellow brit Mezii on a $426,000 deal. Then, woxic was added from mousesports, in another deal surpassing the $1m mark, at $1,365,000.

This latest deal for floppy takes the total value of this 4-man squad to $3.87 million, and with two players to go (GM Henry  ‘HenryG’ Greer has plans for a six-player roster), is set to surpass the $4 million mark.

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Since HenryG’s move from casting into a management role at C9, he has aimed to shake-up the traditionally opaque nature of esports transfer dealings.

In each of the four signings, Greer has confirmed the length of the player’s contract, and it’s total value over that period. All four players announced so far have been signed to three-year deals.

After the floppy announcement, Greer clarified on Twitter that despite the lower total value of deals for floppy and Mezii (compared to ALEX and woxic), each player’s deal is negotiated on an individual basis.

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“Ricky has received a pay increase from his previous contract and that will be reviewed each year of his stay,” he concludes.

Presumably, salaries could increase based on performance metrics or other value added to the brand by the player, or as thanks for loyalty to the team.

After he was confirmed as the GM of Cloud9, Greer told Dexerto: “My plans for this team are certainly ambitious. I wouldn’t be involved in any sort of General Manager role unless I had absolute full control of the roster and direction we plan to head.

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HenryG is now at the helm of Cloud9’s CS:GO venture.

“C9 have entrusted me with their entire CS:GO dynasty and, honestly, I think that’s one of the boldest moves any org has made in a long time.”

HenryG and Cloud9’s new approach to player deals could very well set off a new trend in CS:GO and esports generally, though for now, they remain on solitary ground.

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