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Dream Cruises Launches Permanent Esports Center Onboard Luxury Liner

Published: 8/May/2018 17:08 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:50

by Chantal Stewart-Jones

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Dream Cruises has unveiled the world’s first permanent esports facility at sea.

The luxury cruise line company, which is based in Asia, has created a 1700 square foot venue as part of its VR games centre, the ESC Experience LAB, aboard the 150,000-ton megaship the World Dream.

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Dream Cruises collaborated with CR1, Hong Kong’s most listened-to radio station, to celebrate the unveiling and the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup by hosting a FIFA 18 match with radio hosts and viewers at sea, which was also streamed live on a 4K LED wall on the cruise ship.

Mr. Thatcher Brown, President of Dream Cruises, said: 

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“We are excited to announce that the world’s first dedicated esports facility at sea is now available on World Dream, where professional and recreational e-players can compete in state-of-the-art setting with a great variety of games. 

This initiative also supports the Hong Kong government and Tourism Board’s commitment to promote esports in the region.  We look forward to inspiring our guests from millennials to the young in spirit in these exciting esports activities.”

The esports facility will be able to hold a live audience of 80 people and up to 10 players, with any event being streamed live to all guests aboard the ship within its indoor venues, as well as their in-cabin TVs.

Professional staff will also be on hand with complimentary workshops and free trial games to help anyone wanting to give it a go learn the basics on a wide range of games from DOTA to Street Fighter, Tekken and more.

With esports being added as a medal sport for the 2022 Asian Games and under review by the International Olympics Committee as a potential sport for the 2024 Summer Olympics, Dream Cruises are not the first to join the ever-growing industry.

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With Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary, Paul Chan Mo-Po, having pledged HK$100 million as part of the 2018-2019 budget to promote esports as a mainstream sport and educate the public about it, could we see more businesses in the area move into the industry?

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CoD streamers slam Warzone star WarsZ for “pathetic” K/D tanking

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun

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Call of Duty: Warzone stars continue to call each other out – this time Tommey is joined by HusKerrs and others in critiquing multi-event champion, WarsZ, for manipulating tournament Kill-Death Ratio (K/D) caps by tanking his account.

With more and more money being piled into Warzone tournaments, the stakes are higher than ever and competitors are understandably adamant about integrity. Many of these competitions have turned to K/D caps, as a way to limit good players from forming super squads that’ll end up dominating the opposition.

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Following earlier condemnations from top streamers like NICKMERCS and Aydan about others gaming the K/D cap limits, Tommey has exposed WarsZ in particular for allegedly partaking in the unfair practice.

Tommey, a former Call of Duty League player and multi-time Warzone champion, did not hesitate to single out WarsZ for a suspicious drop in his kill-death ration just ahead of this week’s leg of the $210,000 Vikkstar Warzone Showdown. 

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Although the caps have been instituted in tournaments to provide for better parity among teams, they can also be manipulated by purposefully delivering uncharacteristically poor performances.

WarsZ has won six Warzone championships across different tournaments, so Tommey’s linked image of the streamer having double-digit zero-kill matches in the past few days is particularly damning.

“People seem to be scared of the repercussions but I’m fed up with the bulls**t,” Tommey tweeted, tagging the rival competitor directly while calling the alleged tanking “pathetic.”

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As for WarsZ’s response, it was not well-received. Suggesting that this notable drop in K/D was spurred by having his “girl” play on his account, a variety of notable Warzone competitors slammed the excuse. Among those wast renowned multi-time champion, HusKerrs, who replied simply, “Brother, c’mon now… nobody is buying that.”

Popular streamer DougisRaw also chimed in, mocking the excuse for how obviously the screenshot goes against the idea of letting an inexperienced player drop in for some games: “Damn, your girl plays solo squads. She’s cracked.”

 

While none of the allegations can be proven, many seem dissatisfied with WarsZ’s excuse and believes it is unfair to competitors like Jukeyz and others who were unable to snag tournament spots because of their high K/D.

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It must be noted, as Tommey mentioned in the tweet above, that Vikkstar’s tournament technically doesn’t prohibit such a tactic, so while WarsZ isn’t breaking any rules, it’s fair to say that the rest of the big-name competitors don’t think too highly of it.

It remains to be seen if other tournaments will begin following NICKMERCS in the way he runs his MFAM Gauntlets, monitoring participants’ past in-game performances to make sure that they’re not trying to circumvent the K/D cap.

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