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Pokemon Unite esports? Developer hints at possible World Championship

Published: 12/Jul/2020 18:53 Updated: 12/Jul/2020 18:56

by Brent Koepp


In an interview on July 12, Pokemon Unite devs opened up about the possibility of the MOBA-like game eventually having a future in esports. The producer hinted at having World Championships like Pokken Tournament. 

Pokemon Unite was revealed during a special ‘Presents’ event in June. The MOBA-inspired title features 5 v 5 team battles, and will be launching on both Nintendo Switch and mobile devices.


In July, the game’s producer Masaaki Hoshino sat down for an interview where he and his team dished out new details on the upcoming project, including the possibility of having World Championship events.

Could Pokemon Unite have a future in esports?

In an interview with outlet ‘Dime,’ members of the Unite team teased new information about the team battle title. During the sit down, the Pokemon devs opened up about their thoughts on the game’s potential for esports in the future.


Industry insider Daniel Ahmad posted a translation overview of the discussion, and revealed that while the game is not launching with a focus on esports, they can see it becoming one depending on how popular and passionate players are with the release.

“There will be no esports focus initially but the game could become an established esports if the player base takes it in that direction. Would be interested in doing world championships like with Pokken Tournament,” he said.

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Industry analyst Daniel Ahmad gave a break down of the interview.

Hoshino, who originally worked on the development of Pokken, also pointed out that the fighting game holds “World Championships” and stated that he thinks it “would be nice” if United could also hold similar types of tournaments in the future.


While the team did not reveal whether they would take more steps to help build it up as an esport, they reportedly see the potential for the 5 v 5 team battle game to bring in an audience similar to competitive titles like League of Legends.

Unite, however, has challenges to face as the title was not initially received well from the Pokemon community. The backlash for the announcement was so bad, its trailer amassed over 161k dislikes in under 24 hours. Although in the interview, the devs assured that the game is already becoming popular in China.

Call of Duty

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

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun


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.


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. 


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.”


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.


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.