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Redeye Rants About “Pompous” Olympics Committee on Bringing Esports to Olympic Games

Published: 18/Jul/2018 19:39 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:07

by Calum Patterson

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Renowned esports broadcaster Paul “Redeye” Chaloner spoke passionatley about the potential for esports events at the Olympics, calling those on the committee ‘pompous’.

The Paris 2024 Olympics committee have reportedly discussed the potential of having esports as a medal event at the games, which has split opinion both within esports and in the mainstream.

From an esports perspective, the main issue is that President of the International Olympics Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach has said that any esports inclusion “must not infringe upon Olympic values.”

That means any ‘promotion or demonstration of violence’ would be a “red line”, so there could be no Counter-Strike, League of Legends, Overwatch Call of Duty, Rainbow Six, Dota2, fighting games or even Fortnite, and the list goes on.

Redeye suggests this “vetting” of esports is an entitled view, and that the Olympics needs esports more than esports needs the Olympics.

“It’s time that we stopped pandering to other sports, to let them into us. They need us more than we need them now. I don’t care about the Olympics, I really don’t.

I love Mo Farah and what he’s achieved, I think all the sports, the men and women and the disabled people involved are all incredible. It’s nothing to do with that whatsoever. I also happen to think that someone like s1mple or coldzera or Ryan Hart, or any of the amazing people involved in our world, are also capable of incredible things.”

He goes on to say that esports already has the necessary infrastructure, events and talent in place to operate itself – without Olympics involvment.

“We’ve already got it. We’ve got ESL One Cologne, we’ve got Katowice stadium, the majors coming to the UK. We’ve got FaceIT, DreamHack, StarLadder. We’ve got incredible people all around the world – North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, everywhere.

Doing incredible things that make me smile, that give me enjoyment, that promote my passion for what we’re doing. I don’t need the Olympics to prove any of that.

[…] It just feels pompous as f*** to me that these olympian people can come in and think they can include this – I DON’T CARE!”

Watch Redeye’s passionate rant in full below, courtesy of the official LuckBox YouTube channel where he is joined by Sujoy Roy.

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Marvel reassembles with Team Liquid for esports apparel until 2022

Published: 23/Oct/2020 21:33

by Adam Fitch

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Entertainment giant Marvel and Team Liquid have renewed their partnership and released a new collection to celebrate.

Over a year on from the initial announcement of Team Liquid helping Marvel enter the esports industry, the collaboration has now been extended for another year.

Now lasting through to 2022, the partnership’s renewal has been commemorated with the release of retro-themed hoodies, sweatpants, shorts, and t-shirts.

The collection features 8-bit interpretations of Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor alongside Team Liquid branding. They collaborated with artist Pixel Jeff on the limited apparel range.

Marvel Team Liquid Retro Collection
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Marvel and Team Liquid have released a collection with retro designs.

Since entering the industry with Team Liquid in June 2019, Marvel have released a number of collaborative clothing lines with the org including both esports-focused designs and more casual, streetwear items.

It’s said that original content will be a component of the extended partnership, though no specific plans have been unveiled at the time of writing.

More co-branded merchandise and apparel will come from Team Liquid and Marvel. So far, they’ve used designs of The Avengers, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America, Black Widow, X-Men, The Hulk, and Thor.

“We’re excited to continue our team-up with Marvel,” said Team Liquid owner Steve Arhancet. “Both of our brands are built around compelling narratives: heroes, rivalries, triumph and even, overcoming hardships. And, there’s so many more stories for us to tell together through custom apparel, original content and other fan offerings.”

Marvel, who are owned by The Walt Disney Company, also partnered with Australian organization The Chiefs in a two-year deal, which was announced in February this year.

The extension with Team Liquid shows that the company are serious about esports after successfully completing their first year in the industry, and that can only be a good sign for the future.