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JD Sports to host esports tournament featuring multiple games

Published: 27/Jun/2019 12:59 Updated: 27/Jun/2019 14:41

by Joe O'Brien


Sports retailer JD Sports is set to take its first steps into esports with an event titled JDX.

JDX will feature tournaments for Fortnite, Rocket League, and FIFA 19, and will begin with offline open qualifiers taking place in London and Manchester.

The London qualifiers will take place on July 26 at the Westfield Stratford City shopping center, while the Manchester qualifiers will take place on July 31 at the Trafford Centre.

If you wish to participate in the JDX qualifiers, you have to register through the JD Sports mobile app, which can be downloaded for free. JD Sports are also offering some incentives for signing up, such as seven days of free membership at JD gyms.

From the qualifiers, 36 players will advance to the playoffs, which will take place at MediaCityUK dock10 in Salford on August 3.

Retail GazetteThe London qualifiers will take place in the Westfield shopping center.

The winners of the JDX tournaments will have the chance to join “Team JDX”, which will offer them the opportunity to take part in a training regime in Las Vegas, as well as feature in their ‘IAMJD’ national advertising campaign.

The Group Marketing Director of JD Sports, Stephen White, commented on the company’s move into esports:

“Esports is a natural fit to our customers and they are central to everything that we do. Gaming has a huge reach and relevance to the JD audience and we’re delighted to be bringing our first Esports events to London, Manchester and Salford this summer.”

JD Sports are the latest major brand to move into esports, following the lead of GAME by using their high street presence to host esports competitions.

The move comes as an increasing number of non-endemic companies look to establish some sort of presence in the esports industry, with 2019 seeing the likes of Mercedes-Benz and KIA entering partnerships with esports teams and leagues.


Movistar Riders drop Valorant pro for cheating in an official match

Published: 17/Jan/2021 17:01 Updated: 17/Jan/2021 17:22

by Joe Craven


Spanish esports organization Movistar Riders have released Rui ‘rapaztriste’ Fonseca from their professional Valorant roster for using cheats during an LVP Rising Series qualifier. 

Professional Valorant is very much still finding its feet, with a plethora of new talents joining ex-CS:GO pros in the esports world of Riot’s new FPS. 

Movistar Riders are not necessarily a household name in Valorant, yet, but are one of the many esports organizations that have joined the game’s competitive landscape. 

However, their time in Valorant esports has now been marred by a cheating controversy, which has seen them part ways with one member of their roster. 

Valorant artwork
Riot Games
Professional Valorant looks to have a bright future.

A January 17 statement from Movistar confirmed that Rui ‘rapaztriste’ Fonseca has been released with immediate effect, after being found to be using cheats in a January 16 match. 

The statement explains that, following on from a game in the LVP Rising Series, a number of the team’s players informed their manager of suspicious behavior and gameplay on the part of rapaztriste. 

Subsequently, an investigation was launched with the help of LVP and Riot Games, and Fonseca was found to be “using resources not allowed within the game to gain a competitive advantage.” In other words, using illegal cheats. 

“As a response from the club, the player is no longer part of Movistar Riders,” the statement finishes. “From here, we want to apologize to LVP and Riot for what happened and thank them for their speed and their availability to find a solution to the problem. Of course, we also want to extend our sincere apologies to all Valorant fans and tournament participants.” 

Fans were, quite understandably, frustrated with the player’s behavior, but glad to see the swift action taken by his organization. 

The remainder of the roster remains unchanged: 

  • Carlos ‘scarx’ Sanchez
  • Maks ‘kamyk’ Rychlewski
  • Mihály ‘Tishler’ Kállai
  • Michael ‘mikigoalie’ Buzek

It’s currently unclear who Movistar will look to sign to fill the vacant position left by rapaztristre.