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Slasher schools ex-NFL player Jack Brewer about positivity of esports on Fox

Published: 16/Aug/2019 20:02 Updated: 16/Aug/2019 21:09

by Michael Gwilliam


Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau appeared on Fox Business on Friday, August 16 to discuss the Fortnite Champion series, noting its importance and the growth of esports. 

With competitive gaming growing at an ever-increasing rate and slowly creeping its way into mainstream society, Fox Business invited Slasher on to provide some insight as to why people should care about this event.

The Fortnite Champion series starts September 20 with the Grand Final taking place on September 22 with $10 million up for grabs. 

Epic GamesBugha won the Fortnite World Cup.

After reminding the hosts about 16-year-old Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf’s $3 million payday for winning the Fortnite World Cup, the group started digging into the economics of esports going forward.

“I know a few banks that have actually hired a department, so more than just one or two researcher people to begin to follow this as an economic sector,” Dagen McDowell chimed in. 

“Because video games in general are growing so much and Fortnite as a great example of competitive video gaming, that’s growing the overall esports pie… the biggest games in the world right now are the competitive games everyone is playing and at the core of that is esports on the more professional level.”

McDowell went on to ask Slasher about the skills needed to play esports at such a high level and how they can be beneficial for teenagers and not addictive like drugs. “There’s a lot that goes into gaming and there’s a lot of good that comes out of it.” 

“The criticism in the way is really absurd,” Slasher said. “To compare video games to an addictive drug… is pathetic and that should never be happening and it shows a lack of understanding of what’s going on and at the same time, video games and especially esports, really are a social activity more so than really most activities now… people think it’s anti-social, but it’s actually one of the most social things that you can do online.” 

“It’s more social than taking selfies and editing them so you don’t look like yourself,” McDowell added. 

Epic GamesBRUTE mechs are causing a lot of controversy in the Fortnite community.

Former NFL player Jack Brewer then confessed he doesn’t let his 7-year-old playing video games and is anti video game, but Rod was making him question his views. 

“How much time does it take to get really good at these games?” Brewer asked. “Do I allow my seven-year-old, who is a phenomenal athlete at his age… do I allow him to spend five hours in front of a TV playing video games versus being out training with me?” 

“Honestly, for competitive games, and the games that are in esports, it really does take as much time to practice and to scrim and to play and to really grind your way at the game as it does a professional sport,” Breslau answered. “You need to play 6-8 hours a day at the professional level, practice with your team, practice against the best players in the world to really do so.” 

Epic GamesFortnite’s $10 million Champion Series will conclude in September.

“But, to your point though,” the New York-based journalist went on, “really parents should be more involved in what their kids are doing. Video games are bigger than ever before. Everyone who has kids has a kid playing games. If you’re more active in what they’re doing, they’ll respond better…” 

The Fox Host went on to link Nascar drivers to video games because they learn to drive via gaming. 

“If your kid can run fast, jump high and has good prospects to get scholarships, do you let him play games instead? I don’t know if I could,” Brewer stated. 

“Some of those kids love playing games as much as they love playing traditional sports,” Rod replied. “Sometimes they excel even more at the games. There are pro athletes that play games just as much and sometimes that path is the one they truly love to do.” 

League of Legends

LIVE: LCS Lock In 2021 Day 1: Perkz’s debut for Cloud9 goes awry

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:00 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 2:52

by Andrew Amos


The LCS has kicked off 2021 not with the Spring Split, but with a new tournament called Lock In. Similar to the KeSPA Cup or Demacia Cup, NA’s top teams will duke it out in a pre-season event right before the main season. Here’s what you need to know.

  • 100 Thieves, Liquid, Evil Geniuses, Dignitas open up LCS Lock In with wins.
  • Perkz’s Cloud9 debut goes awry with 4/7/2 statline on Yone.
  • Golden Guardians vs CLG next at 7pm PT / 10pm ET.

LCS Lock In: Stream

The LCS Lock In tournament is the 2021 starter for League of Legends in North America. All 10 LCS teams will take part in the two-week competition that gives fans a taster of the year to come.

They’re not playing for pittance either. The winning team will take home $150,000 USD, and a lot of confidence heading into the start of Spring 2021 in February.

LCS Lock In 2021: Teams & groups

As we mentioned earlier, all 10 of the LCS teams will be taking part in the Lock In tournament. Some teams may choose to field their academy rosters instead of their main rosters, but with $150,000 on the line, there’ll definitely be some teams gunning for the flag.

Among them, Summer 2020 champions TSM would be favorites. Having made a number of moves in the off-season, only keeping jungler Mingyi ‘Spica’ Lu, the new squad will have a hard task in front of them. Team Liquid, CLG, and Cloud9 also made some big moves in the off-season to catch back up.

The 10 teams will be split into groups of two, with the top four from each group making it to the single-elimination playoffs.

Group A Group B
TSM FlyQuest
100 Thieves Cloud9
CLG Dignitas
Golden Guardians Evil Geniuses
Team Liquid Immortals

LCS Lock In 2021: Schedule

Groups Day 1: Friday, January 15

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A 100 Thieves 1 – 0 TSM 3pm 6pm 11pm
CLG 0 – 1 Liquid 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 16)
Group B Cloud9 0 – 1 Evil Geniuses 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 16)
Dignitas 1 – 0 FlyQuest 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 16)
Group A Golden Guardians vs CLG 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 16)

Groups Day 2: Saturday, January 16

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals vs Evil Geniuses 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Golden Guardians vs TSM 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Cloud9 vs FlyQuest 3pm 6pm 11pm
Immortals vs Dignitas 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 17)
Group A CLG vs 100 Thieves 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 17)

Groups Day 3: Sunday, January 17

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals vs Cloud9 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Liquid vs 100 Thieves 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Dignitas vs Evil Geniuses 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A CLG vs TSM 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 18)
Golden Guardians vs Liquid 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 18)

Groups Day 4: Friday, January 22

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Dignitas vs Cloud9 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A Golden Guardians vs 100 Thieves 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 23)
Group B Evil Geniuses vs FlyQuest 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 23)
Group A Liquid vs TSM 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 23)
Group B Immortals vs FlyQuest 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 23)

Quarterfinals Day 1: Saturday, January 23

TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Quarterfinals Day 2: Sunday, January 24

TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Semifinals Day 1: Friday, January 29

TBD vs TBD 3pm 6pm 11pm

Semifinals Day 2: Saturday, January 30

TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm

Grand Finals: Sunday, January 31

TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm