High School Esports League and NRG Esports Add Fortnite to Summer League - Dexerto
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High School Esports League and NRG Esports Add Fortnite to Summer League

Published: 30/May/2018 13:34 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 13:01

by Calum Patterson

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The top esports league for High Schools in the United States, High School Esports League (HSEL) have announced that Fortnite Battle Royale will be the competitive game for the upcoming Summer Open season.

Fortnite is fast becoming the most desirable and hottest topic in esports, after developer Epic Games announced it would be pledging $100m into prize pools over the 2018-19 season.

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HSEL works with high schools across North America and pairing up with NRG Esports – one of the top NA esports organizations – are expanding into the Fortnite scene.

Hosting the first major Fortnite tournament at high school level is an inspired move, and one that should hopefully spread esports generally through the massively popular vehicle of Fortnite.

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And the prizes for the winners should be very enticing for potential competitors, with the opportunity to play with top Fortnite player and NRG pro “Svenoss”.

But, the main prize could actually come from HSEL’s partnership with the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), which will be scouting the tournament and could result in scholarships being on the line.

HSEL has clarified that participants do not necessarily need to be affiliated with their high school to take part, but provided they have eligible student ID can sign-up as a free agent, and team up with students from other schools.

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Mason Mullenioux, CEO of High School Esports League, explained the decision to enter into Fortnite esports.

With the explosive rise of Fortnite, and colleges starting to offer more and more scholarships, making it our Summer Open title was a no-brainer. 

Being the first to offer Fortnite, plus working with NRG eSports and Svennoss, really takes things to the next level. We’re thrilled to continue to create more opportunity and value for the students.”

NRG esports, who are backed by prominent investors including Shaquille O’Neal, claimed that they reckon Fortnite players could be the ‘future’ of esports.

“We’re thrilled to team up with High School Esports League for the first-ever Fortnite tournament at the high school level. 

These players are the future of professional eSports and any chance we have to work with them to grow the sport is a top priority.”

Qualifiers for the Summer Open are live now through June 17th, and the league begins on June 18th.

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And it is not just for PC and console players, as HSEL have announced that the Fortnite league will support iOS, PC, Xbox and PS4, all separated into different leagues for each platform.

The HSEL Summer Open also offers competition in a variety of other esports titles, including CS:GO, League of Legends, Overwatch and Call of Duty. 

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You can sign up for the HSEL and NRG Esports Fortnite Tournament right here.

CS:GO

HenryG explains Cloud9’s CSGO player salaries after $400k floppy deal

Published: 7/Oct/2020 19:11

by Calum Patterson

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Cloud9 have now confirmed that Ricky ‘floppy’ Kemery is the fourth player of their self-proclaimed CS:GO “colossus” roster, in a deal worth over $400,000, bringing their total to around $4 million in player contracts, with another two players still to go.

Floppy joined Cloud9 from ATK in January, and is now transitioning to the new ‘colossus’ roster alongside ALEX, mezii, and woxic.

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The colossus began with the signing of ALEX from Vitality, whose deal is worth $1.65 million. He was joined by fellow brit Mezii on a $426,000 deal. Then, woxic was added from mousesports, in another deal surpassing the $1m mark, at $1,365,000.

This latest deal for floppy takes the total value of this 4-man squad to $3.87 million, and with two players to go (GM Henry  ‘HenryG’ Greer has plans for a six-player roster), is set to surpass the $4 million mark.

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Since HenryG’s move from casting into a management role at C9, he has aimed to shake-up the traditionally opaque nature of esports transfer dealings.

In each of the four signings, Greer has confirmed the length of the player’s contract, and it’s total value over that period. All four players announced so far have been signed to three-year deals.

After the floppy announcement, Greer clarified on Twitter that despite the lower total value of deals for floppy and Mezii (compared to ALEX and woxic), each player’s deal is negotiated on an individual basis.

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“Ricky has received a pay increase from his previous contract and that will be reviewed each year of his stay,” he concludes.

Presumably, salaries could increase based on performance metrics or other value added to the brand by the player, or as thanks for loyalty to the team.

After he was confirmed as the GM of Cloud9, Greer told Dexerto: “My plans for this team are certainly ambitious. I wouldn’t be involved in any sort of General Manager role unless I had absolute full control of the roster and direction we plan to head.

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HenryG is now at the helm of Cloud9’s CS:GO venture.

“C9 have entrusted me with their entire CS:GO dynasty and, honestly, I think that’s one of the boldest moves any org has made in a long time.”

HenryG and Cloud9’s new approach to player deals could very well set off a new trend in CS:GO and esports generally, though for now, they remain on solitary ground.

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