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Everything Esports - NBA 2K20 to Include WNBA Players, Call of Duty League Will Add Franchises in LA and Florida, and more

Everything Esports: your esports news from the past week. NBA 2K20 Will Include WNBA Players For the First Time, Call of Duty League Will Add Franchises in LA and Florida, Europe's Largest Esports Venue will Open in 2019, Rick Fox's Partners Move to Remove Him From Echo Fox, and more!

NBA 2K20 Will Include WNBA Players For the First Time

Many of the top WNBA superstars, including Parker, A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces and Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm, were scanned into NBA 2K20 earlier this year using 2K’s best-in-class motion capture technology to create the most realistic simulation on the market.


Call of Duty League Will Add Franchises in LA and Florida

Activision Blizzard Esports announced Tuesday the sale of two new franchise spots in Los Angeles and Florida for their upcoming city-based Call of Duty esports league, a day after the American team eUnited took first place and $800,000 at the final world championships held in the league’s previous model.


Europe's Largest Esports Venue will Open in 2019

The Rabo Esports Stadium Amsterdam is due to open in November on the site of a former school and sports hall in the Dutch capital.

Rabobank and H20 esports announced the news on Tuesday in Cologne, with H20 founder Dirk Tuip saying: “We realize a dream that we have been working on for years. H20 esports wants to create an ecosystem for ‘Developing the Next Generation’ through gaming, esports and creative tech.


World's top Esports event opens in Shanghai

A total of 16 eSports teams from around the world are in Shanghai to compete for prize money in excess of US$33 million at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. After six days of competition, the winner will be decided on Sunday. 

Of TI9's prize money pot, which has surpassed that of football's World Cup, about 45.5 percent, or 100 million yuan (US$14 million), will go to the championship team, the first time an eSports prize has exceeded US$10 million. 


Kent State Univeristy Will Host Events and Practice at Cavs Legion's New Facility

“It’s a great opportunity for us to team up with Kent State University Esports as we continue to build, support and engage the esports community in Northeast Ohio,” said Jonathan Sumers, Cavaliers and Cavs Legion senior director of esports, in the release. “Bridging the gap between the collegiate and professional level of esports is an important next step in our growth, and we couldn’t be more excited to have Kent State Esports by our side to help us do this.”


Player Omega Brings Esports, Gaming & Lifestyle Culture Together For Event

“Player Omega is not another passive event for you to go watch other people do something special –– it’s your turn to seize your moment and be the hero,” Bukosky said. “This is a live event like nothing before and you’ll be participating as part of your own community.”

Meet Lando Norris, the F1 rookie leading the esports generation

"Even before I started in karting or anything, by racing online you learn how to drive a racing line, you learn how to brake, how to release the brake into the corner, apex, run wide on the exit," he said.

"You learn that very basic thing, the most simple thing of all, on a game to begin with, then you keep developing it from there. So already since the beginning it's helped.


Esports tournament tickets are going for $2,000, but fans say seats are empty

That’s one reason fans are now frustrated by the sky-high cost of trying to attend the event. Tickets to TI9 initially sold out online in less than a minute, so fans have turned to scalpers who have asked for as much as 15,000 yuan (US$2,120) for a single ticket. That’s nearly five times the original price.


Rick Fox's Partners Move to Remove Him From Echo Fox

In an email obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, sent to Fox on Wednesday, the partners call for the removal of Fox from his position as co-owner in the next 60 days, claiming he was "grossly negligent or committed willful misconduct in the performance of [his] duties." After that window, a limited partner supermajority can officially vote Fox out unless he convinces them the allegations in the removal notice are unfounded.


Arda Ocal, ESPN - XLIVE Interview Series | 2019 XLIVE Esports Summit

XLIVE caught up with Arda Ocal of ESPN and the NHL Gaming World Championships, on the roof of the Ace Hotel from the 2019 XLIVE Esports Summit in Los Angeles.

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