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Microsoft responds to the possibility of Master Chief in Smash Ultimate

Published: 1/Oct/2020 18:08 Updated: 2/Oct/2020 15:06

by Michael Gwilliam

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With Steve from Minecraft finally revealed as the seventh DLC fighter in Super Smash Bros Ultimate, many game companies have been asked if they want a character appearing in Nintendo’s flagship fighter. Now, Microsoft has responded to whether or not Master Chief from Halo will appear in the game.

On October 1, the official Xbox accounts retweeted the Nintendo announcement that Steve was joining the cast of Smash Ultimate. This makes sense after all, as Microsoft has owned Minecraft’s developer Mojang since 2014.

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However, the French Xbox account took things a bit further and remarked how Steve and Alex had received an invitation – a common motif in Smash Ultimate fighter announcements.

In the comments, a user appeared to joking ask when Master Chief will be added to Super Smash Bros, leading the French account to reply: “He’s still waiting for his invitation.”

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What does Microsoft’s comments on Smash mean?

This is incredibly interesting because it seems to suggest that Microsoft is open to the idea of Master Chief joining Smash Ultimate as a playable fighter.

Amusingly, Microsoft does have several fighters in Smash already, albeit retroactively as the Vault Boy Mii Fighter outfit was added before the company purchased Bethesda.

Of course, Microsoft allowed Banjo to be in Smash and now Steve, so the chances of Master Chief being added seem like more of a possibility than ever.

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On the flip side, it’s also possible that by “still waiting for his invitation”, the account is suggesting that Nintendo and Microsoft haven’t been in talks about the Spartan joining the game.

The last possibility is that this is just the French Xbox account having some fun, but given how big the idea of Master Chief appearing in Smash is, this is hardly something that should be joked about.

There are still four more characters coming in Fighters Pass Volume 2. Will Master Chief be included? Only time will tell.

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Chipotle Challenger Series 2020: Results, teams, format, more

Published: 2/Oct/2020 7:00 Updated: 2/Oct/2020 11:05

by Calum Patterson

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The Chipotle Challenger Series returned on Octrober 1, this time featuring Fortnite Battle Royale action as players and a star-studded list of influencers and streamers went head-to-head.

Both of the previous events in the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series were won by surprise teams, as unexpected players made it all the way through the qualifiers to take home the winner’s prize and a year’s worth of free burritos in the finale. 

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Chipotle Fortnite Challenge Results – October 1

This time, though, the winners were a little less shocking as Furious, Ronaldo, and illest took home the grand prize – $50,000 and a year’s worth of free Chipotle burritos!

The Trio blitzed through to first place with three extremely high scoring games out of their five in the grand finals. 77 points pushed them just ahead of the second-best team on the day by a total of three points.

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Full results & tournament recap.

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A look at the top three Trios at the end of the Chipotle Challenger Series event.

Who else was playing?

As well as the qualified teams, there was another stacked lineup of celebrities, streamers, and YouTubers taking part in the tournament. Here are some of the biggest names:

Streamers
  • CourageJD
  • Bugha
  • Myth
  • Aydan
  • Ewok
  • FRESH
  • NickEh30
  • Mongraal
  • Stable Ronaldo
  • MrSavage
  • Arkhram
  • Rehx
  • Ceice
  • Falconer
  • EmadGG

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  • Soccer phenom Christian Pulisic
  • Hoopster Josh Hart
  • Top hoops draft picks Cole Anthony, Obi Toppin, and Tre  Jones
  • DJ Deacon Phillippe

Format

Qualifiers

In the Chipotle Challenger Series Fortnite event, there were four qualifiers for teams of three to try to get through. Teams scored one point for each elimination they earned.

There was a total of four qualifiers for the tournament. Each qualifier:

  • Allowed up to 1000 trio teams
  • Had private lobbies for a 3-hour play window
  • Had a Ladder system that allowed registrants to play for the totality of the 3-hour window

Finale

Qualifying teams then have the chance to go head to head in a private lobby of 33 trio teams with streaming superstars, celebrities and athletes. Again, it was played in a private lobby, which included:

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  • The top four teams from each qualifying round
  • 17 teams of invited talent
  • A 5-game series

Chipotle Challenger Series Prize Pool

A total of $50,000 in prize money was presented to winners of the Fortnite event. But, that’s not all – as with previous events, the winners also secured themselves free burritos for a year!

  • 1st: $30,000
  • 2nd: $15,000
  • 3rd: $5,000

Previous Chipotle Challenger Series results

Here’s a look back at how previous events in the Chipotle Challenger series have finished.

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Chipotle Warzone Challenge #1 – April 30

Here are the top-10 placing teams for the first Chipotle Challenger Series event. The winners, a surprise team, actually had to go through the qualifier stages to make it to the main event.

Full results & tournament recap

Chipotle Warzone Challenge #2 – July 16

As with the first Challengers Series tournament, the second event on July 16 also featured a relatively unknown pair of Warzone players top the star-studded list of participants, taking home $25,000 and a year’s worth of burritos.

Full results, highlights & recap

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What is the Chipotle Challenger Series?

The Chipotle Challenger Series first launched last year at DreamHack in Dallas, TX and is now virtual for 2020 with an online tournament that gives every fan across the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to join the competition and prove their skills in some of the world’s most popular games.

A live-broadcasted Finale is held, featuring the top-performing teams from the Qualifiers up against the streamers and celebrities.

These teams have the opportunity to go head-to-head against fan-favorites in esports as well as Chipotle-fan gamers in sports, music, and entertainment.

Some of the big names that took part in the first tournament of the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series included award-winning DJ Steve Aoki, actors Finn Wolfhard, Jerry Ferrara, Colton Underwood, and Cameron Fuller, esports players Tommey, Rallied, Shane ‘ShAnE’ McKerral, and Crowder, streamers ItzWarsz, Symfuhny, Di3seL, TSM Diego, and HusKerrs, YouTuber FaZe Swagg, baseball players Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, and Joey Gallo, DJ-Gamer CRAY, USA Hockey’s Hilary Knight, elite basketball prospects James Wiseman, R.J. Hampton, and Tre Jones, U.S. Soccer’s Allie Long, and athlete Demi Bagby.

Chipotle and esports

This is far from Chipotle’s first foray into the world of esports. In 2017 the company made headlines as one of OpTic Gaming’s main sponsors and the Chipotle logo was on proud display when the organization’s Call of Duty roster took home the trophy at the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship.

The Challenger Series first kicked off at DreamHack Dallas, where players duked it out on PUBG, before moving to Fortnite for the second event at DreamHack Atlanta.

In 2018 Chipotle became a title sponsor of Team SoloMid’s competitive Fortnite roster, specifically the TSM Fortnite house in California. This has led to various collaborations, including one of the world’s most recognized streamers, Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani, creating his own burrito inside a Chipotle store.

 

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