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August 19, 2017

Capitalising on the Investment and Exposure of the Gfinity Elite Series

Gfinity made the biggest investment we have seen in the UK Counter Strike scene for many years with the Gfinity Elite Series. The eight week long LAN league features five wholly UK rosters, as well as a $110,000 prize pool and is broadcast on Twitch, BBC Three and BT Sport. The event began on the 8th of July 2017 and hosted a range of topflight talent such as Henry “HenryG” Greer and Alex “Machine” Richardson. BBC Three have even been doing a few interviews and editorial pieces with players, such as Charlie “pickles” Pickles of Endpoint. However, when the tournament finishes on the 2nd of September, it will also likely bring an end to much of the exposure [...]

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April 19, 2017

The Grand Debate: UK LAN Formats

The two biggest issues that plague UK LANs for the many years that we have seemed to enjoy them, are the following, seeding and format. Whether you are a believer in best-of-three all the way through, or best-of-one lower bracket, more group games, less group games, there is always a huge talking point every LAN. It always causes great debate’s around the scene. It should be noted though, this isn’t directed at specifically Multiplay, it is one for both UK LAN events to actually work on and continue tweaking.

It is frustrating for event organisers, because there have been expectations placed upon them by the community, but the competitive teams want something [...]

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April 8, 2017

PhoenixUK: insomnia60 Special

PhoenixUK the esports talk show created by Tom “Gumpster” Gumbleton returns on Sunday evening on the epic.LAN Twitch channel and will be talking over insomnia60, the recent ECS Finals announcement, and will feature a select panel and a variety of guests. The show was founded early last year as part of epic.LAN’s Stream Team project. For a few months last year, it was an incredibly successful show that provided the UK esports scene a talk show that covered a wide variety of talking points.

After a return back in February to talk about epic.TWENTY in greater detail, we had to cover the largest LAN event in the UK which is hosted by Multiplay. It is only fitting [...]

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February 16, 2017

Would more money help the UK Scene? Or should something else change?

As most people will know, the U.K. Scene has been pretty lackluster when it comes to international tournaments. Both Rory “dephh” Jackson and Kia “Surreal” Man have made the jump over to North America, joining Complexity Gaming, whilst Owen “smooya” Butterfield stood in for Flipside Tactics at the iBuyPower Masters event in December replacing electronic, who was unable to obtain a visa in time for the event. Unfortunately for smooya, Flipside crashed out of groups losing both of their games. During the WCA World Contest Championship, the three top U.K. Teams, Endpoint, FM eSports and CAZ eSports, managed 3 wins between them vs the relatively unknown Quantum Bellator, 5FRAGS.ORG and [...]

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