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Each week, High Score updates you on the week that was in esports. Catch up on the coolest matches, the biggest battles, and the latest news right here, all in easy to digest word bites! Read on friends and stay in the know!
Overwatch 2 Is Coming For You
ESPN has reported that Blizzard, which is having no PR problems of any kind, is working on Overwatch 2, a sequel to the massive 2016 hit.
The sequel, which will reportedly have a new logo, new game modes, maps, heroes and PvE features, will be revealed at BlizzCon this coming weekend. Blizzard has been working on the game for a while now, with the first reports of its existence popping up back in June. According to Kotaku, part of the team that was working on the now-canceled StarCraft FPS (which was using the Overwatch engine) was moved to Overwatch 2
Breaking away from the 6v6 format of Overwatch, Overwatch 2 will feature a four-player story set in Rio de Janeiro. At least, that’s what the document that ESPN got their hands on says. The game will also have a new mode called “Push” that will be set in Toronto.
Word on the street is that the PVE and “Push” mode will be playable at BlizzCon. If that’s true, we’ll be sure to get hands-on accounts real soon.
Activision Blizzard is surely looking to get a big push of good news from Overwatch 2, not only to try and move past the less than great press they’ve been getting lately, but also because the 2-year exclusivity deal the Overwatch League has with Twitch is coming to an end, and the company is surely looking for a bigger deal.
We’ll have more news on this next week for sure!
Faker Gets His Very Real 100th International Win
The League of Legends World Championship is still going on, and after their 3-1 victory over Splyce, SK Telecom T1 is moving on to the semi-finals. And while that’s some esports news on its own, the real deal story is mid laner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, who notched his 100th international win during game 2of the match.
A native of Seoul, South Korea, Faker joined SK Telecom T1 in 2013, and lead the team to their first LoL World Championship. At HOT6iX Champions Summer 2013, Faker became a League of Legends icon when he had a perfect outplay against KT Rolster Bullets mid laner Ryu Sang-wook.
In 2015, when a bunch of the Korean LoL players jumped over to Chinese teams for more cash, Faker stayed with SK Telecom, turning down a million-dollar payday. In 2017, SK Telecom awarded Faker for his loyalty, paying him $2.5 million. Not a bad bit of cash.
Earlier this year, Faker played his 500th match at LCK Summer Playoffs. SK Telecom won it, too, so that must have been nice for him.
Congratulations to Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok on 100 international wins. Here’s to 100 more!
Bjergsen Bjergsings 2 Year Deal, Becomes Part Owner of Team SoloMid
In other League of Legends news, 23-year-old Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg signed a two-year extension with North American team Team SoloMid. The deal also makes Bjergsen a part-owner of the team. Speaking on the extension, Bjergsen said:
“The big reason I decided to re-sign with TSM has always been my relationship with Reggie (owner Andy “Reginald” Dinh) and kind of always being on the same page and having really similar goals. Especially after this season and talking in review of the last two years, I had a talk with him about what we thought went wrong, and we had really similar feelings on those issues and that made me really confident going forward.”
Andy Dihn also seems pretty happy with the deal, saying:
“It was essential for us to re-sign Bjergsen. Not only is he is one of the best players at his position, he is a great leader.”
Team SoloMid was a dominating force in LCS for years, but since 2017 they have been struggling. Before the announcement of the contract extension, more than a few peeps thought that Bjergsen would be leaving the team.
Philidelphia Fusion Carpe Carpe
With the season done, and the next one coming soon, we’re seeing more and more Overwatch League roster changes. This week’s big roster news isn’t a player getting dropped or switching teams, but one extending his deal. Jae-hyeok “Carpe” Lee and the Philidelphia Fusion have agreed to a three-year extension, which will keep Carpe on the team through the 2022 season.
While the Fusion finished in 6th for the inaugural Overwatch League season, they fell to 10th this season. Clearly, management doesn’t think Carpe, who was a season 1 MVP finalist, is the reason for the fall.
Rick Fox Settles
The ongoing Echo Fox wackiness continues! You may remember a few weeks ago when we told you about Rick Fox’s latest legal issues, with him filing a lawsuit against Amit Raizada and Stratton Sclavos, claiming that his two business partners committed fraud, conspiracy, and breach of contract. This came after Sclavos, through Vision Esports, sued Fox for “willful, wanton, and intentionally destructive efforts towards the Partnership.”
Well, the two parties have settled out of court, with each of them dropping their suits. While all the details are still under wraps, word has leaked that part of the deal appears to include the termination of Rick Fox’s non-compete agreement with Vision.
Newsweek reported that Fox will be starting a new company with former Echo Fox CEO Jace Hall, called Twin Galaxies International. Twin Galaxies, of which Jace Hall is the CEO, is arguably the oldest esports company. Best known to the masses for its part in the amazing documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, Twin Galaxies has been keeping a record of gamer’s high scores since Walter Day started it back in 1981. It is impossible to imagine the world of esports without the contributions of Twin Galaxies.
Rick Fox released a statement on the whole thing, and here it is!
I have chosen to leave Echo Fox, the esports company that I founded, as a method to end the turbulent fighting and instead just continue to advance my visionary interest in being involved in a number of forward-thinking opportunities in the video game space with other strong, credible partners that share my values.
On the court and in the business world, teammates are everything and there must be unity and a shared sense of purpose in order to succeed. In the case of Echo Fox, the significant difference of values, ethics and commitment to integrity was very problematic and damaging. I have shared my thoughts on this in my past statements and court filings, and sincerely hope that my experience can help provide further insight for people who should of course make their own judgements and determinations. I have learned some very painful lessons, and am relieved to now be moving on towards more positive business experiences.
My experience with Echo Fox has in no way diminished my abiding passion for esports. I look forward to announcing my next endeavors in the coming days.
Along with joining Twin Galaxies, Rick Fox is working with CBS on an esports related sitcom. Based on how things have gone for him these last few months, you have to wonder if the show will be more like HBO’s Silicon Valley rather than your usual network sitcom.
Is this the end of the Echo Fox drama? Only time will tell!
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