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UK CSGO community reacts to new Trust Factor matchmaking system

CSGO developer Valve has introduced a new 'Trust Factor' matchmaking system into the game, which matches players based on similar behaviour patterns through Steam. It expands on last year's Prime Matchmaking system, which initially matched players who linked CSGO with a unique phone number, and later required in-game experience (at least rank 21). The new…
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The rise of esports as a sports betting option

Guest post For decades, gamers have devoted tons of hours trying to conquer video games. In the early years of video gaming, the target was Donkey Kong, PacMan or Super Mario. In more recent years, many gamers focus on games like Warcraft, Call of Duty or Minecraft (for the latest and most popular games, you…
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Are glitches holding back FIFA’s potential in esports?

Every year we get a new FIFA, and every year it's hyped up and sells well. But with each iteration comes an unwelcome mix of glitches - some minor, some major. Iain Harris asks: With FIFA developing well as an esport over the past few years, how are these glitches affecting competitive play? EA Sports'…
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FIFA content creator Bateson87 joins up with Lightning Pandas

FIFA YouTuber and Twitch streamer Jamie "Bateson87" Bateson has joined the Lightning Pandas as a brand ambassador. The Kendal native has a following of two million strong across YouTube, Twitter and Instagram and will represent his new team at offline events, while also working with the organisation to create engaging content. Originally a HGV vehicle…
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Dr DisRespect steals the show at the 2017 Esports Industry Awards

Popular streamer Dr DisRespect (real name Guy Beahm) was on fine form at the 2017 Esports Industry Awards in London yesterday evening. He won the Streamer of the Year award, beating the likes of Paul "Ice_Poseidon" Denino, Christopher "Sacriel" Ball and last year's winner Michael "Imaqtpie" Santana. The Twitch streaming giant was in character throughout…
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Smooya situation outlines need for better esports contract clarity & advice

Esports News UK editor Dom Sacco shares his opinion on the contract problems UK CSGO pro Owen "smooya" Butterfield recently revealed he's having to deal with. Last week, UK pro CSGO player smooya published the following Twitlonger about his contract with Epsilon Esports: Contract problems Read: https://t.co/iH6RjOW8hN — Owen Butterfield (@smooyacs) November 7, 2017 He…
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