Here’s our latest weekly Newsflash roundup, where we cover a host of brief esports and gaming news in an informal, bitesize nature for you to digest.
Hashtag Tom wins EU FIFA qualifier
UK FIFA player Tom ‘Hashtag Tom’ Leese won the PS4 FIFA Global Series PS4 Europe Qualifier 5 over the weekend and picked up $15,000 in winnings.
London Royal Ravens release Zer0 and Dominate
The London Royal Ravens, ReKTGlobal’s Call of Duty League franchise team and top-four finisher in the inaugural CDL season, announced the release of UK player Trei ‘Zer0’ Morris and UK coach James ‘Dominate’ Batz from the team after a prolonged attempt to unsuccessfully get them into the United States.
“We are saddened by the need to part with ‘Zer0’ and ‘Dominate’ as a part of our organization,” said Michael ‘ODEE’ O’Dell, chief gaming officer at ReKTGlobal. “Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented us from implementing our plan for the season since the beginning of Stage I, by keeping ‘Zer0’ and ‘Dom’ stuck in the UK. There is still no clear solution for this problem in the foreseeable future, so we’ve been forced to make the decision to move forward without them. We wish them nothing but the best.”
Tommey finishes second in AT&T Annihilator Cup
UK Call of Duty streamer Tommey picked up $50,000 after finishing second in the AT&T Annihilator Cup.
The tournament ran for five weeks across five games in April, with 20 competitors taking part.
UK talent recognised at annual Dreamies awards show
Tournament provider DreamHack has announced the full list of winners at its second annual ‘The Dreamies’ Award Show, presented by iam8bit.
UK talent including Dota 2 broadcasters PyrionFlax and ODPixel were among those recognised, picking up the Best Variety Streamer and Best DreamHack Caster respectively.
Scientists ‘discover way to secure wins’ in FIFA
Scientists have been working on discovering how gamers can get marginal gains to achieve a competitive edge and secure a win when playing FIFA.
The secret? Players should apparently lean forwards for 4 minutes 41 seconds per game – a strategy that’s backed by the new research.
Stakester, the competition marketplace allowing users to play online games against real people for a chance to win money and prizes, has partnered with Dr Andrea Utley from Leeds University to uncover the secrets behind FIFA success.
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.