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How to watch $200K Valorant Twitch Rivals: streams, schedule, teams, more

Published: 4/Jun/2020 3:20 Updated: 6/Jun/2020 13:56

by Alan Bernal

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The Twitch Rivals: Valorant Launch Showdown is going to bring streamers and pros alike from around the world for a chance at the lion’s share of their respective region’s prize pool.

The North American and European regions are stacked. Not only will Twitch Rivals be the scene of T1’s full lineup debut, but will also feature pros in and out of the Valorant scene like Jonathan ‘EliGE’ Jablonowski, Lucas ‘Mendo’ Hakansson, Jay ‘sinatraa’ Won, and much more.

The elite-level players will be mixed with celebrities and stream stars such as Lisa ‘STPeach’ Vannatta, Jake ‘JakeNBake’ Abramson, Gotaga, and more.

How to watch Twitch Rivals

To catch the most exciting action as it unfolds, audiences should tune into the official Twitch Rivals channel where the broadcast team are likely going to be sifting through all of the hyped matchups.

For fans of a particular streamer can rest assured that every Partner and Affiliate will be able to stream their games concurrently with the live broadcast. For convenience, we’ve attached the Twitch Rivals channel below.

NA and EU groups and teams

North America will have a total of 80 players comprising the 16 different teams in the showdown. Meanwhile EU will have two separate regions that double the amount of players than NA, for a combined 160 people making up the 32 team event.

Only the top team from each of the groups will move on to playoffs, meaning there will be little room for error if a team wants to make it the knockout phase.

North America

Europe 1

Europe 2

Twitch Rivals NA format

As far as the North American tournament is concerned, there will be 16 teams split into four groups vying for the $42,000 regional pot.

The group stage will consist of Round Robin best-of-one games on June 6, as Groups A and B face off at 3 PM PDT / 6 PM EDT. Then, Groups C and D will kick off their games shortly after when their show begins at 6 PM PDT / 9 PM EDT.

Playoffs will begin on the following day, Sunday, June 7 at 3 PM PDT / 6 PM EDT to decide who will be crowned the Twitch Rivals Champions.

Twitch Rivals EU 1 & 2 format

Since there are two regions, Twitch is putting up $98,000 in total prize money. That means that the split Europe 1 and Europe 2 competitions will have $49,000 apiece to fight for.

The group stage will be similar to North America’s with best-of-one Round Robins but EU 1 will start on Friday, June 5 13:00 CEST / 4:00 AM PDT while EU 2 will start on the same day at 16:00 CEST / 7:00 AM PDT.

Playoffs for EU 1 & 2 will span two days. On Saturday, June 6, EU 1’s quarterfinals will be on 13:00 CEST / 4:00 AM PDT as EU 2 will start later in the day at 16:00 CEST / 7:00 AM PDT. The Finals on Sunday, June 7 follows the same schedule.

Twitch Rivals always deliver moments that range from incredible clutches to epic fails, so make sure to tune into the action as it unfolds.

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Top 10 most valuable esports teams in 2020: 100 Thieves, FaZe, more

Published: 5/Dec/2020 17:51

by Calum Patterson

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According to a new report from Forbes, the top 10 most valuable esports companies are worth a combined $2.4 billion, with some truly eyebrow-raising figures for teams like TSM, Cloud9 and FaZe Clan.

Forbes has released an annual estimate of the most valuable esports companies since 2018. Their sources for the figures comprise of “Company executives, investors, investment advisors, public documents.”

This does leave room for the organizations themselves to potentially inflate the figures somewhat, so should not be seen as an exact and accurate value. Rather, it is essentially an informed estimate.

Some of the standout moves from 2019 include 100 Thieves jumping 5 spots up to 5th, as well as the disappearance of Immortals Gaming from the top 10.

Top 10 most valuable esports companies

  1. TSM: $410 million (+3%)
  2. Cloud9 $350 million (-13%)
  3. Team Liquid: $310M (-3%)
  4. FaZe Clan: $305M (+27%)
  5. 100 Thieves: $190M (+27%)
  6. GenG: $185M (-)
  7. Enthusiast Gaming: $180M (-)
  8. G2 Esports: $175M (+6%)
  9. NRG Esports: $155M (+3%)
  10. T1: $150M (-)

In their report, Forbes says that overall esports revenue fell $150 million, largely due to the cancellation of most LAN events. This is said to have had a “knock-on effect” on merchandising and sponsorships too.

100 Thieves COO John Robinson said “The modern battlefield in gaming is for larger social media and YouTube talent.” 100 Thieves specifically now have a large roster of content creators, including the likes of Valkyrae, BrookeAB, Neeko, Yassou, CouRage, Tommey and more.

100 Thieves content creators at the Cash App Compound
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100 Thieves now boast a huge roster of content creators.

This has perhaps come at the expense of actual esports teams though. 100 Thieves pulled out of Counter-Strike, but have joined the Call of Duty League for the 2021 season. The company expects to make $16 million in revenue this year.

FaZe Clan are similar to 100 Thieves in their approach to signing the biggest talent in content creation, not just competitive players. FaZe CEO Lee Trink said “What you have seen in the last year is other esports companies are catching on to what has been our philosophy from day one, which is to explore the outer reaches of what gaming can be.”

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FaZe Clan continued their emphasis on content creators in 2020.

For Immortals, who dropped out of the top 10, are estimated to have sold the OpTic Gaming brand back to Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez for $10 million – significantly less than they bought it for.

With the hope that esports will return to putting on live events in 2021, an even bigger jump in these estimations could be expected. Although, the first CSGO major of 2021, which was scheduled for May, has already been canceled. So too has the Fortnite World Cup.