A guide to Diretide

Each year, as Halloween draws close, the Dota 2 community asks for Diretide, and for a many years, their calls have been neglected. But after eight long years, Valve has answered the calls of many by bestowing upon them Diretide 2020!

Diretide returns to Dota 2. Learn more at:

But how does it work? What exactly is to be done to get the most out of the new game mode? Here’s a quick look at what Diretide brings and how it can be enjoyed.

Best of 5 competition

Diretide is a best-of-5 competition on a custom map, which has a cartoony look to it, and the first team to win three rounds wins. The map has two lanes, a top lane and a bottom lane. The five games aren’t disconnected from each other. Each round lasts for 6 minutes and at the end of the round, the team with the higher taffy count wins the round. The level you have at the end of a round carries ahead to the next round. Three such wins and the game is won.

Collecting taffy and stashing it

The main objective of the game is to collect taffy. Taffy can be obtained in multiple ways – killing creeps, killing a taffy well near the enemy base or killing a hero. Killing a hero transfers whatever taffy the enemy hero has to the hero that gets the kill. Once taffy is collected, it needs to be taken back to the stash at the base.

Scarecrow stash

At the top and bottom of the map is a scarecrow. There will be a notification saying ‘Scarecrow stashes are refreshed ‘, which is the que to go and take down the scarecrow. Killing a scarecrow gives you either taffy or a neutral item. The tier of neutral item depends on the round – round one gives tier 1 neutral items and round five gives tier 5 neutral items.


Roshan will be roaming around the map, looking for candy. He is a kid, and it is Halloween, so it’s only right. If Rosh comes behind a teammate of yours (or you), you need to give him taffy to pacify him. If you don’t do that, he will kill your team and put a curse on you which will put a debuff on the entire team. Make sure you keep the big guy happy!

Other than that, it’s just a casual game mode to go out trick or treating and have some fun! Every game gives Diretide points, and a total of 100 Diretide points will give each player a prize. So it’s time to go out there and get some Dota 2 Halloween taffy!

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Warzone to integrate into Black Ops Cold War in December with Season 1

Call of Duty: Warzone is perhaps the most popular Call of Duty title in the past half-decade. While not yet up to the levels of some of the older titles, it still blows any current-gen entry out of the water. However, its future wasn’t clear up until today, as the game was designed with Modern Warfare in mind. Although, Activision stated it would be integrated into Black Ops Cold War sometime in the future. Well, during today’s investor’s call, the publishers revealed when fans can expect Warzone to integrate into the new title.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone to integrate after launch

The quarterly investor’s calls are usually quite revealing, as Activision wants to offer as much insight as possible. This time around, the call featured topics surrounding Black Ops Cold War, Modern Warfare, COD Mobile, and, of course, Warzone.

To hit the highlights of the call, Activision stated that Warzone will remain tied to Modern Warfare until December. For fans that were expecting new content when Black Ops Cold War launches on November 13, you can put those expectations away. We now know that whenever Season 1 releases for the new Black Ops title is when Warzone will transition.

Warzone is set to take on a more Black Ops feel when it fully integrates in December. Image via Activision

This likely means a new map and for sure new weapons and loadouts. Activision explained that fans can either pick between their Modern Warfare loadouts or the new ones from Black Ops Cold War.

In regards to monetization, the new Call of Duty will feature the same Battle Pass-style content stream that Modern Warfare had. We already know that every post-launch piece of content will be free for players.

Black Ops Cold War progression system revealed?

The last bit of news from the call has to do with the progression system in the upcoming title. While the Activision representative didn’t go into detail, he did explain that Black Ops Cold War will feature a similar system to Modern Warfare from levels 1 to 55. However, he declined to comment on anything further.

Image via Activision

This could mean a couple of things, with the first being that we’re getting the same system from MW. Although, fans have made it clear they don’t enjoy this style of progression. The next option is that levels 1 to 55 will be for Warzone progression and multiplayer could feature some type of prestiging. Treyarch is set to release a blog post detailing the way the system will work sometime before launch, so we’ll have to wait for that to receive more information.

Make sure to stay tuned to Daily Esports for all Call of Duty news.

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Fortnite: Epic Games Invalidates Box Fight Tournament Results Due To A Scoring Exploit

A scoring exploit led to the cancellation of Fortnite’s first Box Fight tournament.

Epic Games announced that players exploited a scoring error during yesterday’s Fortnite Wild Wednesday Box Fight tournament. As a result, the tournament results are no longer valid, and no players within the money will receive a payout. That means box fighters like Benjy “benjyfishy” Fish and NA East winner Joji have nothing to show for their efforts. Many competitors who took part in Wild Wednesday identified the scoring exploit during the tournament. However, Epic Games waited nearly a full 24 hours to inform competitive players. The competition will take place at a later date, according to the @FNCompetitive Twitter account.

Also Read: FNCS Chapter 2 – Season 4 NA East Heats and Analysis 

Epic Invalidates Results

The tweet from Epic Games came through mere hours before the Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) Heats began in the European region. Knowing the competitive Fortnite scene, players did not take the news very well.

“Due to a bug, there was a scoring exploit in the Box Fight Tournament yesterday. The tournament scoring was compromised so we are invalidating the results. When the mode is ready, we’ll run another Box Fight Tournament.”

We’ve seen similar situations in the past with Epic Games. They often cancel tournaments when players capitalize on a scoring bug, which is not out of the norm. However, the time it took the developers to relay this information is a bit concerning in this case. Several players, including benjyfishy, identified the scoring exploit yesterday during the tournament.

Also Read: NBA Champion Dion Waiters Invests in Centric Gaming, Signs Multiple Fortnite Pros 

Benjy Identifies the Scoring Exploit

Benjy highlighted this exploit in a tweet, including screenshots. It seems that Benjy encountered an opponent who already reached 35 points but was down 3-0 to him during their match. Benjy’s opponent left quick enough and did not receive a loss on his record. It was clear that some competitors who queued into Wild Wednesday found a way to elevate their scores.

“there is a bug in wild wednesday where if you leave just as you lose then the loss didnt count idk how many people have used it but there is prob alot of people in top 20 that abused it hopefully they fix before NA,” said benjyfishy on Twitter. Players caught wind of this and abused it, resulting in a logjam and several ties atop the leaderboard. Nevertheless, Benjy finished in sixth place and stood to earn $1.8K USD. Epic announced the scoring exploit news the following day and nullified any tournament results and earnings.

Also Read: Confirmed DreamHack Duos – NA East and Europe 

NA East pro – Joji – won his region’s Box Fight tournament and received the news from multiple sources. He took a more novel and respectable approach than most. He stated, “I 100% don’t deserve to be paid out at all, this is fully understandable, obvi it sucks but I feel bad for the people that got top 15 legitimately. I don’t think a tiebreaker should ever be by an ‘epic Id’ it ruins the competitiveness of the tournament and makes it depend on luck.” He conceded the $3K USD he would’ve won in favor of a better system than for Wild Wednesday Box Fights. It’s never enjoyable to watch players lose out on legitimate earnings due to these unfortunate scoring errors. Hopefully, Epic Games can identify these issues earlier in the process and act accordingly, moving forward.

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Fortnite: FNCS Chapter 2 – Season 4 NA East Heats And Analysis

Fortnite: Battle Royale’s NA East region is preparing to crown its sixth Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) winner since Season X.

It comes full circle, too, as Season X introduced trios into the competitive playing field. Last time around, players like Tfue and Symfuhny were still playing Fortnite. A lot has changed since then, and the best players are seemingly better than ever. There has been no shortage of drama since this season began.

More will undoubtedly develop as this weekend’s FNCS Heats and Grand Finals conclude. These trios are competing for a piece of $5 million and the ultra-rare Axe of Champions. Now, let’s look at each heat and highlight some of the key teams to watch for this coming weekend.

Also Read: World Cup Champion Aqua Banned from Fortnite for 14 Days

Heat 1 October 29 – October 30 5 PM EST – 8 PM EST

  • Nobu Tragix, Outcast Snake, cN Simple yt_OW
  • Nobu Divine, XnB2006, Nobu Froppe
  • Fwex2005, SAKEFISHY, rez.
  • Zuky, Nobu Bfo, chucky
  • Noob teyo, Parker, Clamps
  • V0il, OA Rocaine, vsB TeeJay
  • LIWILL, Liquid GodFiber, Ravz
  • Xurt, sphinx, Pluto
  • Sully, Doniee, 7eoLeo
  • Spike, Enquz, vyrus
  • AS Stonie, LA Cobolt, Discord Seem9966
  • SEN HighSky, A1 Scoped, lil tuexy
  • TSM Zexrow, BBG YUNGCALC, TSM MackWood1x
  • Kawzmik, NorCal Doh, NorCal Swaysuo
  • Okis, OT Inspyre, Fyerd
  • TRNL Silent, 1080, TRNL JIVI
  • Festivalxd, lyejax, GS9 Distrept
  • Maniac, James, youtube dupes
  • Juju, Billz is weird, OmG Me II
  • Ray, spdy, Jarekor
  • Cerbs, problem, Slapiin
  • Happed, Staqi, Spayde OT
  • Moo drinks milk, Depressed Aqua, Why
  • GABE, tahi, sprite
  • LG Jamper, Bugha, C9 Avery
  • Dictator Connor, Plege, Gage is FA
  • MSF Claw, Noul, Vanish Agro
  • BBG Kreo, BBG Bucke, TSM Khanada
  • Curix, Hide n Seek, Hudson
  • Kwah, codgenesis, Shaedss
  • 100T Ceice, Ghost Blake, Furious

Also Read: Tfue Explains Why He Quit Fortnite, “I was Digging Myself in a Pit”

Season X Champs Zexrow, MackWood and Calc lead the way out of heat one. They’ve shown success in past trio tournaments, but it’s a new day and age. These three have struggled at times with zones that pull far north away from Craggy Cliffs. Zexrow, MackWood and Calc may need RNG on their side but should qualify either way. It’s just a matter of grinding out enough points.

The uncontested Stark Industries trio of Bugha, Jamper and Avery is yet another outstanding team in this challenging heat. They finished first in series points and qualified three times for heats. That sort of consistency comes from landing at arguably the best POI and rotating effectively until the end game. We should see these three in the Grand Finals.

Bugha’s rival Khanada and teammates Kreo and Bucke are one of the best trios across all regions. They finished with the fifth-most series points and won the first qualifier. This trio will claim Slurpy Swamp with plenty of guaranteed shield and two Marvel Quinjets. Hopefully, we will see some encounters between Khanada and Bugha.

Rounding out the top teams in NA East Heat 1 is Ceice, Blake and Furious. All three of these players struggled to find a steady trio and lucked out with the team they built. They secured their ticket to heats in the final qualifier. Look for them to turn some heads and dominate out of Lazy Lake.

Heat 2 October 29 – October 30 5 PM EST – 8 PM EST

  • Ral, LA Vetta, magnolia
  • A1 Nayht, leo2004, Ved 2005
  • Verzatyl Trizz, Verzatyl Rocco, Verzatyl loupee
  • EXO Eomzo, tetro55, lolSamppA
  • C9 Chap, G2 Coop, OA Whofishy
  • Trevin, Frostyk, kodrr
  • Outcast Trap, Nobu Pozed, GoodGuyNani Tv
  • SEN Aspect, Xoonies, OA npen
  • Cloud, JFree, Dmur
  • Walkman, cozhies, Aminished
  • Nobu PaMstou, Artsy, wCarey
  • Summr, Legedien, NoLimitTyfoon
  • YT CatchingsFN, twitter cozyfa, chay5e
  • Ace1xx, Nef, susscript
  • TNA OliverOG, pulseonix, Larson
  • Strobe, gooshtv, kyrha
  • TNA Deyy, TNA Mero, Reverse2k
  • Slayyz, ChrisChin, Savtona
  • Vanish Bully, TNA Slick, Outcast Iciev
  • XSET Knight, XSET Shark, XSET Av
  • Stroud, strep, LazarP
  • NOBU APEMON, Nobu Beef-YT, Spooky Kamare
  • TSM Commandment, Liquid Cented, NRG Edgey
  • Leinad, acrian, smarty
  • LA Narwhal, zlem, Vanish Bank
  • Roatdw, kolor, oDxnied
  • MamySr4, Vanish Aperta, spark
  • Zum, skqttles, NRG Ronaldo
  • Xen Kiox, Outc4st fr4t, Pure Ganzo
  • Inqyns, Phix, Oaxie
  • Hardworkpaysoff, FrostedSpy, FrostyJays
  • Skivex, MenaceXV, Euzey

Some hearts will break at the end of heat two. It features five of the top 25 series point earners and some genuinely impressive teams. Commandment, Cented and Edgey are the trio to look at first. They just won the final NA East Qualifier decisively. Without Bugha to contest them, Commandment and his teammates will look to secure a spot in the Grand Finals out of Stark Industries.

The full Team New Age trio of Deyy, Mero and Reverse2k has been a pleasant surprise to watch this season. Reverse struggled to find partners when trios began and landed with two underrated slaying machines. They finished no worse than sixth in any of the three qualifiers, landing at Dirty Docks consistently. Only a handful of teams could stop them at this point.

The low ground masters – XSET Gaming’s Shark, Knight and Av – should be in the running out of heat two as well. They popularized the Fortilla loot path, which encompasses several key areas close to Slurpy Swamp. Although storm surge will be necessary, this combination should be just fine if they stick to their game plan. They will have to fight Cented’s trio and our next trio on the low ground, however.

Rotational genius Chap and controller players Whofishy and Coop will look to ride the Catty Corner area to victory. They only qualified once from placement but have shown their ability to dominate the low ground. It’s never smart to count out Chap, especially after taking second at the Season X Finals. He and his controller teammates are in position for a massive upset.

Heat 3 October 29 – October 30 5 PM EST – 8 PM EST

  • FaZe Funk, XSET Snood, chenkinz
  • Shmexy, 24 Glidez, Vanity zero
  • France, fillipisasian, Vaghue
  • LDamienS, ms13 dany, ETB ETB ETB
  • Nobu Rehan, Clover Plays Osu, Youtube RyzeSZN
  • Kjrop, Capt. Frostymug, Neon
  • FaZe Megga, FaZe Dubs, Liquid Riversan
  • Vanish TIEKKO, YouTube Sucky, piece ctrl woz
  • Joji, TabzG, Kn1pher
  • BBG Haz, paper, chaotic
  • Trashy, Grant Kim, Painful
  • TFC Fuzzy, LA Santhro, Tylarzz
  • Zombie, Han, kburbs
  • NRG Clix, illest, FaZe Bizzle
  • Dwin, eric, edan
  • Sunnyy, whitehat, Threats
  • Ora Bucktee, Death, SRN Zykoma
  • EvanGG, paorha, dustyy
  • Coach Arab, TFC DPChew, TNA Till
  • Jerids, NotStatsy, cryp
  • LG Slackes, Acorn, Vanish Jahq
  • Rubyfied, CrazyGGs, alteu
  • Twitter RPHfn, youtube zyndio, demon mode coxy
  • Drowsy tech tips, ryann, shmeeb
  • SEN Zyfa, C9 nosh, LG Keys
  • RODEO, ecto, aqlx reece
  • Twunti, CoconutGoatz, Twitch Timberz
  • Crumblerr, Nexybtw, Marzz_OW
  • Ghost Nittle, Mikey, Ghost clarityG
  • Bowlcut tyler, pweqy, cqrz
  • Hiro, lonely, alee
  • LittleSpoon42, CerealBowler69, almondmilk24
  • E11 Grazca, Posick, Xccept

Also Read: Benjyfishy’s Trio Accuses World Cup Champ Aqua’s Trio of Stream Sniping During FNCS

Heat three features some heavy hitters and dark horses alike. The discussion begins with Clix, Bizzle and illest. Bizzle’s Doom’s Domain obsession was not working well for him, Megga and Dubs. He wound up back on a team with Clix, and it has paid dividends. Add elimination machine illest into the mix, and you have the makings of a potential FNCS-winning trio. Hopefully, no one decides to challenge them at Sweaty Sands because that team would be making a huge mistake.

Next up is the relatively new trio of Dubs, Megga and Riversan. After the Bizzle experiment fell through, Dubs and Megga added former NA West standout Riversan to complete their team. It was not going so well until week three, where this trio claimed tenth place. They have selected Craggy Cliffs as their drop spot and should reach the finals based purely on talent.

Slackes, Acorn and Jahq have been one of the best trios this season. They’ve managed a Ninja Battles victory and two relatively effortless qualifications into heats. Acorn stated that he and his teammates would land south of Slurpy Swamps and plan to w-key everyone in sight. Teams would be wise to stay clear of that area, given their second-place finish in week three.

The last team I’d like to highlight includes Arena Leaderboard master Marzz and his teammates Nexy and Crumblerr. These three players quietly finished with the 11th most series points. Additionally, they finished ninth in week three. Crumblerr claimed that his trio would land Craggy Cliffs, which will create some drama with Dubs, Megga and Riversan. It will be a sight to see without question.

Also Read: DreamHack Online Open Will Move to Duos Format Beginning in November 

Heat 4 October 29 – October 30 5 PM EST – 8 PM EST

  • TSM Ferrrnando, deal with Sebby, ghost nanoo
  • Vaniity ryze, NastyNate, Trollox
  • Vanish Cazz, curnballswag, OT Pxlarized
  • Chimp, 999 moudy, yung stizzxy
  • Vanguard iKerry, noire, TwitchRianWatson
  • Pelly, malgre, twitch magycgg
  • Aqualix Walk, jwordn, drew
  • Outcast Hunt YT, crunchy, jayth
  • Sparebow, Felix, ohreckz
  • FISH CPC, Pure Brycx, crxspy
  • Klass, LG Eclipsae, Code Crimz
  • Chubs, gg vortex lol, 07 twix
  • TFC Diddy, TFC Sharkman, TFC dankline
  • Atoms 8, loqqty, youtube zypr
  • BBG Ajay, roqz, vyx
  • Twitch Nevify, AG TYMON, Sokez
  • Kippits, crusty, kari
  • Dxrant, HEARTT, Takened
  • NRG Unknown, casqer, smaqcked
  • Zyfin, zany, vizee
  • CrunchTP, phrag, yusufrr
  • CizLucky, LordNM, Gandhi
  • NRG Zayt, TSM Saf, Liquid STRETCH
  • TNA Hajie, Pandushh, OA NEEQO
  • Jelty, Alliege, vsB pgod
  • VCGO Paris, Hngry, Presto
  • NotBuildz, dev64, yuz64
  • Visxals, Fijex, Ghoul
  • Steelzy, !stats Jelly, zenix
  • Degen, Ajerss, SEN Animal
  • IMP4CT, frot, centrl
  • Evasion, Youtube Avivv, fearfll

Also Read: Confirmed DreamHack Duos – NA East and Europe 

Tournament favorites Zayt, Saf and Stretch lead the way in heat four. What more can we say about this team that people haven’t? They are arguably the best, land at one of the top locations and finished fourth in series points. Zayt, Saf and Stretch all know what it takes to win, but they will have some company at Doom’s Domain. Dxrant, HEARTT and Takened vowed to contest Zayt and the same POI, which could cause problems for both teams.

Unknown, casqer and smqcked have performed well despite the odd grouping. They finished with the eighth-most series points and qualifiers twice for heats. Retail Row will be waiting for them as Unknown looks to move closer toward his second FNCS title. This trio should be on the fast track to the Grand Finals.

The all-Mexico trio of Jelty, pgod and Alliege are a fun trio to highlight. All three of these players possess an insane amount of talent despite playing on high ping. They secured one qualification from placement and drew arguably the most comfortable heat. Jelty and his teammates will join Unknown at Retail Row, so we will get to see some fun early-game engagements.

Ferrrnando, nanolite and Sebby finished qualifiers at number 13 in series points despite earning just one placement qualification. They will land at Dirty Docks with hopes of reaching the finals. Consistency will be critical as it typically is in competitive Fortnite.

That concludes our analysis of NA East Heats. The storylines never fail to impress in this region, and the egos make it even better. All of these teams believe themselves to be the best. There is no question that drama will develop and some friendships may even end. Don’t miss the NA East action beginning on October 29. All heats will coincide.

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NBA Champion Dion Waiters Invests in Centric Gaming, Signs Multiple Fortnite Players

Dion Waiters joins Centric Gaming as an investor, looking to make a splash in esports.

NBA Champion and Los Angeles Lakers player Dion Waiters is the newest professional sports athlete to delve into the esports stratosphere with Centric Gaming. Sporting the motto, #WeAreCentric, this Miami-based esports organization is looking to focus primarily on the Philadelphia area to give back to the community with founder Kyree Ware at the helm, Esports Insider reports. Centric Gaming acquired four Fortnite players to begin its relaunch into esports.

Dion Waiters spoke before the ensuing Fortnite clips in the organization’s introductory video. “I’m here to present to you my esports team, Centric Gaming. Check us out. Let’s go!” said, Waiters. The eight-year NBA professional also provided a comment to Esports Insider, stating, “Esports has always been a healthy escape for me and it is something I can see myself being a part of for a long time. I’m bringing that Champ Cheese Swag to esports!” Let’s take a look at the talents on tap for Centric Gaming.

Also Read: FNCS Chapter 2 – Season 4 Week 3 Final Results 

Centric Gaming Signs Adn, Jelty, Night and Kylie

Centric Gaming begins its esports endeavor with professional Fortnite NA East player Jelty and European players Adn, Kylie and Night. Although not household names in competitive Fortnite, the more hardcore fans will recognize these names. Particularly Jelty, who is making waves in the NA East despite competing out of Mexico. He’s found most of his success as a solo player, taking eighth place in the Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) Invitational and securing two top-15 finishes in the DreamHack Online Open tournament series. He and trio teammates Alliege and pgod will compete in FNCS Chapter 2 – Season 4 Heats this weekend.

Adn is another standout player that some of the more fairweather competitive Fortnite fans may recognize. The England-native has improved immensely over the bulk of his career. He is a one-time FNCS Finalist with a Cash Cup victory to his credit. More recently, Adn joined fellow EU pros Umplify and Matsoe for FNCS Chapter 2 – Season 4. These three players achieved qualification to FNCS Heats in all three qualifiers, making them one of the most consistent trios. Kylie and Night have not found as much success but will look to do so under the Centric Gaming tag.

Also Read: Team Atlantis Disbands and Release all Contracted Players 

Professional Athlete Support and Lifestyle Brand

Waiters joins the growing list of athletes who have embarked on the esports journey, including Shaquille O’Neil and Alex Rodriguez with NRG Esports and Magic Johnson with Team Liquid. Centric Gaming will double as an esports organization and lifestyle brand. Many notable organizations like 100 Thieves and XSET Gaming follow this same model with a presence in gaming and apparel. Centric Gaming will look to replicate the same success, beginning with Fortnite: Battle Royale and the ‘ALL IN’ apparel collection, which will drop sometime in November. Professional athletes continue to take notice of the esports impact and are involving themselves accordingly.

Source: Esports Insider

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Totino’s Extends Partnership With Call of Duty

Totino’s has extended its sponsorship of Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty video game ahead of next month’s launch of Black Ops Cold War, as the General Mills-owned pizza rolls brand continues to build its presence in gaming.

The brand has been making several plays in esports and gaming in recent years, including working with former gamer and 100 Thieves co-owner & CEO Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag. Totino’s is now set to announce a renewal of its deal with CoD that includes getting special in-game items by purchasing the pizza rolls.

Totino’s Director of Marketing Justin Conzemius said that the brand renewed because “as a non-endemic brand in the gaming space, we’ve always been strategic in the partnerships and collaborations we pursued — it’s important to us to align with organizations and games that organically fit with our brand — and we know our consumer loves Call of Duty.”

This article appeared in Sports Business Journal’s weekly esports newsletter.  

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Gen.G expands Team Bumble partnership, plans all-women VALORANT team – Esports Insider

Multinational organisation Gen.G has expanded its partnership with female-focused social networking app Bumble, as both entities collaborate to launch an all-women VALORANT team.

Gen.G will enlist the help of Team Bumble Fortnite player Madison ‘Maddiesuun’ Mann, who will serve as a mentor and talent scout to help find new VALORANT players for the organisation. 

RELATED: Cloud9 signs female VALORANT team, expands AT&T partnership


Moreover, Mann will also search for ‘creators, castors, and mentors’ for the Team Bumble community.

Nate Stanz, General Manager for Gen.G commented on the new team in a release: “By expanding Team Bumble with an all-women VALORANT team, we are laser-focused on finding the best untapped female talent on the planet.

“We will be integrated into the North American scene quickly, including scrims with and against our current roster. We commit to providing the correct competitive tools for the quickest path to success for all our players.”

Gen.G founded its all-women Fortnite team dubbed ‘Team Bumble’ in 2019. This year, Gen.G formed its own VALORANT team that is made up of male players who competed in CS:GO tournaments together under the name LiViD Gaming.

Bumble’s continued partnership will allow the organisation to field both male and female teams in Riot Game’s latest competitive title.

RELATED: Opinion: Why do we need all-women esports teams?

Julia Smith, Head of US Partnerships at Bumble added: “At Bumble, our mission is to empower women around the world to make the first move in every facet of their lives. We are excited to expand Team Bumble and continue our work with Gen.G in an effort to empower women gamers and create a safe and supportive community for them to come together.

“We are thrilled to welcome a new team of women to Team Bumble and are looking forward to furthering our goal to achieve equity for women in online spaces.”

Esports Insider says: We now have two all-female VALORANT teams in Gen.G and Cloud9 and it seems that organisations are taking the opportunity to create a new precedent for a burgeoning competitive scene. Partnerships like those between Gen.G and Bumble as well as AT&T with Cloud9 White are creating new ways for brands to showcase their values and goals for the community. Gen.G and Bumble discussed this topic at ESI Digital Summer, during the ESI Brand Showcase. If you haven’t already, be sure you reserve your spot for ESI Digital Winter!

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