MonteCristo finds new home at Cloud9 after departing Overwatch League - Dexerto
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MonteCristo finds new home at Cloud9 after departing Overwatch League

Published: 20/Jan/2020 0:50

by Andrew Amos

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Fan-favorite caster Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles will be creating content for Cloud9 as well as “partnering with them [to design] competitive products” in 2020 after his very public departure from Blizzard’s hallmark esports league.

MonteCristo has worked with Cloud9 in the past in a more informal capacity, hosting shows like Summoning Insight, a League of Legends talk show, and The 9’s, a series covering esports news from around the world.

However, the former Overwatch and LoL caster will now be shifting into full-time content creation under the Cloud9 banner as the organization looks to boost their content game in 2020.

Christopher MonteCristo Mykles casting Overwatch
Blizzard Entertainment
MonteCristo casted Overwatch for four years before departing the league over creative differences.

The move was announced on January 19 in true MonteCristo fashion ⁠— by taking off one layer of clothing to reveal a new chapter.

“I know you’ve seen a lot in the media recently about my departure from the Overwatch League, and I just wanted to have a chance to explain my experience to you and tell you the reasons why I left,” he said, deadpan into the camera.

“Obviously, I’ve been with the Overwatch League since the inaugural season and even before that I started casting Overwatch at the start of the competitive scene, going all the way back to APEX.

However, the jokes then started coming as he announced his new home. “I was there for the very first C9 in Overwatch and I’ve gotta tell you, this is going to be my last C9 as well.”

While he doesn’t have a formal title, MonteCristo said “I will be making content my way with Cloud9.

“I appreciate the fact that C9 embraces my creative vision and goals,” he added.

He also has partnered with them to design “competitive products” that will be announced in the coming weeks. Little is known about what this could mean, so it could be anything from new content, teams, or other paraphernalia.

This comes after multiple rumors that MonteCristo could be returning to League of Legends, or even casting new games like CS:GO after his departure from Overwatch’s franchised league.

The door might not be closed on some of these opportunities if he can go his own way with his content, so fans of the caster could look forward to him moving on to new games alongside his role with the North American organization.

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Exclusive: Dota 2 legends OG bring Asian bookmakers Fun88 into esports

Published: 17/Nov/2020 7:59

by Adam Fitch

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Fun88, the Asian bookmakers who sponsor football club Newcastle United, have entered esports through a deal with OG.

The two-time champions of The International, the best-paying tournament series in esports, have signed a multi-year partnership with the betting company.

The partnership will see Fun88 work with the organization to “bring fans closer to the Dota 2 action” through community interactions and “pre-play, real-time, and post-match insights.”

The bookmakers will also have their logo shown on the shoulder of jerseys worn by the legendary Dota 2 players.

OG N0tail The International 2019
Valve
OG are the defending The International champions.

OG’s well-known roster includes Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundsteni, Martin ‘Saksa’ Sazdov, Sébastien ‘Ceb’ Debs, Topias ‘Topson’ Taavitsainen, and Yeik ‘MidOne’ Nai Zheng.

They are the current defending world champions having won The International in both 2018 and 2019, with this year’s iteration of the tournament being delayed due to the global health situation.

“OG Esports’ legacy and story in Dota is one of the most legendary stories in esports and, because of this, we have been able to break into the mainstream and our story has been documented in many mediums — articles, magazines, and several documentaries,” JMR Luna, CEO of OG, told Dexerto. “Following this trajectory, OG has become the breach for new non-endemic companies that want to break into this space.”

“Fun88 have a great track record and have really invested in traditional sports, this is the next step for them as they recognize that some of the biggest competitions in the world right now are happening behind screens,” he continued. “This is a great moment for esports because we’re welcoming a new massive brand into our ecosystem which ultimately benefits everyone. We’ve worked really hard to make this happen and we’re happy we can finally announce it.”

Outside of esports, Fun88 have worked with late basketball icon Kobe Bryant and football club Tottenham Hotspur. In July 2020, they extended their sponsorship deal with Newcastle United for an undisclosed period of time.

Betting sponsors may not be new in esports, but this is the first rodeo for Fun88.