It is truly the dog days of summer in the sporting world, with the NHL and NBA seasons wrapped up, the Euros finished, and football still a month away. But while the Olympics give us a fresh three-week palette cleanser from the middle of the baseball season, the world of esports competition continues to trundle along as summer series are winding down. Some developers are even beginning to look towards the next iteration of their own competitive games (ahem, looking at you, Call of Duty). Nevertheless, there is still plenty of news to break down as the hot summer days continue.
PUBG Mobile Global Championship (PMGC) 2021 announced
Player Unknowns: Battlegrounds’ publisher Tencent Games announced its plans for this year’s PUBG Mobile Global Championship during its World Invitational event this week. The PMGC will take place from November 2021 to January 2022. It will be split into two stages, a league stage taking place during November and December and a finals stage in January, to crown a champion.
Tencent also announced that the prize pool would be $6 million this time around, a significant rise from the $2 million that was up for grabs last year. Tencent has not announced a format for the final yet, although they did say they would like to host an offline, in-person event this year. Last year’s championship was intended to be such an event. Still, after three players tested positive for COVID-19 on the eve of the tournament, it was played from competitors’ Dubai hotel rooms instead.
TSM pulls into tie for first in League Championship Series Summer Split
TSM (28-14) took hold of a share of first place with their victory over third-place Cloud9 Gaming (26-16) in some Week 8 action in the LCS Summer Split. They now sit tied with 100Thieves (28-14), with a chance to take sole possession when the two square off in Week 9. It was an exciting esports move by TSM.
The top eight esports teams in the Summer Split will earn the right to compete in the LCS Championship, which developer Riot Games announced this week will be held in the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on August 28 and 29. Most importantly though, Riot also confirmed that fans and press would be allowed to attend the event, making it the first time in over a year that fans will be able to attend an LCS event in person.
Esports legend shroud’s return to competitive gaming lands with a thud
In this column, we discussed last week that the famed esports and Counter Strike: Global Offensive player shroud was returning to competitive gaming, this time competing in VALORANT with a ragtag team of streamers and former CS:GO, teammates. The team, dubbed What’s Going On?, entered the Open Qualifiers for VALORANT Champions Tour Stage 3 Challengers 2.
Competing against 127 other teams in open qualifiers, What’s Going On? defeated Dam I Love Fwogs (what a name) in the Round of 128, before falling in the Round of 64 to EZ5. Shroud held his own, racking up an 11/10 K/D in the opening round, and 12 assists with new operator KAY/O’s utility, but ShawnBM carried the team with a 24/8 K/D as Cypher.
The crew did not have high aspirations heading into their first competitive esports tournament together, saying they simply wanted to see how far they could go in the competition. shroud and company did not state if they had any other tournaments on the horizon.
The 2021 Call of Duty League Championship field is set
The Florida Mutineers claimed the eighth and final spot in the CDL 2021 Championship field with a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Guerillas this week. Atlanta FaZe has already locked up the top seed with 485 points so far this season, a 155-point lead over second place. Dallas Empire, Toronto Ultra, New York Subliners, and OpTic Chicago can all still qualify for second place, and earn a first-round bye when the Championship starts its three-day run on August 19.
The top six teams in the standings will begin the tournament in the winner’s bracket, which affords them the luxury of a loss without being eliminated. The seventh and eighth place esports teams must start in the elimination bracket, where a loss will send them home.
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