Vegas Esports Weekly: summer series wrap up while expansion announcements abound

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It was a wild week in the world of esports, with plenty of summer series wrapping up, expansion announcements, and even a major event right here in Las Vegas. So here were the biggest headlines of the week in your weekly checkpoint:

Esports Expansion: New York Subliners announce expansion to COD Mobile

The NY Subliners of the Call of Duty League announced earlier this week via Twitter that they will be expanding their roster out of standard Call of Duty and into the mobile sector with their new COD Mobile team called NYSL Mayhem. COD Mobile has become wildly popular since its release, particularly overseas and in South America, but popularity has been on the rise in the North American market. The Mayhem team will operate under the Subliners brand and have access to the team’s coaching staff and other resources. The move marks the first CDL team to expand into mobile, but certainly will not be the last. 

Cloud9 White defeats Counter Logic Gaming Red in the VALORANT Champions Tour

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Cloud 9 White has a good weekend.

Cloud9 White reigned supreme in the VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT) Game Changers over the weekend. The Game Changers, a year-long program helping to boost women and marginalized genders in Esports, featured eight teams competing in the main event, where Cloud9 White took down Counter Logic Gaming Red. 

Could9 White is CLoud9’s all-female VALORANT squad, who has become a dominant force in the woman’s VALORANT scene. After their victory, the team credited their play in open competitions against higher-level teams for helping them raise their own game. In addition, they encouraged other female squads to enter more open competitions in the future, much like their Grand Finals opponent CLG Red, who are competing in the open qualifiers for VCT Stage Three at the end of July. 

Esports Zombies: GannonSnipes wins Zombie World Championships 3

Zombie World Championships made a triumphant return over the weekend, with GannonSnipes taking home the $10,000 grand prize from the event’s third iteration. While GannonSnipes competed remotely due to personal concerns over COVID-19, the event was held at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas, NV. 

After being tied with 2nd place winner Reviverz heading into the final round, GannonSnipes earned 74 points to win the top spot in the competition, only pulling ahead by virtue of a higher kill count in the final game. 

The week ahead in esports:

eNASCAR Coca-Cola Series – June 29

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eNASCAR Coca-Cola Series heads to Road America this week.

With ten different winners in the last ten races, the eNASCAR Coca-Cola Series heads to Road America this week. It will be the track’s first appearance on the Coca-Cola iRacing Series circuit, and it will also be the longest track in series history. Coverage begins at 6pm PT on twitch.tv/iRacing

LPL Summer Split Week 4 – All Week

China’s professional League of Legends League continues its summer split this week, with LNG Esports a perfect 7-0 so far in league play. This week they will take on 4th place Rare Atom, who are currently riding a three game win streak. That match can be caught on twitch.tv/lpl on July 3, times TBA. 

VALORANT Champions Tour Stage 3 – July 1-4

The VALORANT Champions Tour Stage 3 begins its first of two rounds of Open Qualifiers this week, running from July 1-4. Eight teams will advance out of qualifiers, before being whittled down to four squads, who will then progress to take on the top four teams from the second round of qualifiers in the Challengers Playoffs. Up for grabs: the top 3 squads from the playoffs will head to Europe to represent North America at Masters Berlin in September