ESTNN Daily: Esports News Recap 2/22

Welcome to the ESTNN Daily for February 22nd. We’ve got an action-packed esports news recap for you today, so let’s dig right in. 


League Of Legends

League of Legends

Trouble may be brewing for Moviestar Riders, a Spanish League of Legends team, after they found what they thought was a great new sponsor. The Spanish brewing company, Mahou San Migiel, announced a partnership with Moviestar Riders yesterday, but there just one, small problem. Riot Games currently does not allow any branding relating to alcohol, gambling, or any other adult-oriented brands to have logos on team jerseys. In other words, Moviestar Riders will be able to keep their sponsorship, but the logo will not be allowed on any team jerseys worn on gameday.

Here’s the announcement:

 


DOTA 2

Dota 2

 

In DOTA 2, VP Esports is reporting that Valve is seriously considering acquiring DOTA 2 Auto chess. If that happens, Valve would provide support and development assistance in exchange for Auto Chess becoming Valve property. The mod has almost 4.5 million subscribers, so it’s no surprise that Valve is taking a look. Former fnatic Heroes of the Storm player Schwimpi took the opportunity to take a shot at Valve’s card game Artifact in the face of the rumors.

In other Valve news, we still don’t have Half Life 3 yet, so I hope you’re an Auto Chess fan.


Overwatch

Overwatch League

Not much went on in Overwatch today, unless you count Boston Uprising owner getting in trouble with the law in Florida.

We don’t think that’s really esports news, so you should probably just read our OWL S1W2D1 Recap here. Trust us.


Counterstrike: Global Offensive

Na'Vi defeat Avangar IEM Katowice

The IEM Katowice Major continued today and added two more teams to the growing list of Legends. Renegades, Na’Vi, and MiBR attained Legend status today, booking tickets straight to the first round of the playoffs. Renegades defeated Vitality 2-1, while Na’Vi stomped AVANGAR 2-0. In the last of the 2-1 advancement matches, MiBR defeated Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-0 in a hard-fought match, sending them to the lower bracket.

The Katowice Major continues tomorrow with the 1-2 matches where viewers will see three more teams go home empty-handed and three more teams make Legend status.


Call of Duty

Black Ops 4 COD

In Call of Duty esports news, Treyarch released the latest Limited Time even in Black Ops 4’s BR mode, Blackout. Called Hot Pursuit, the mode went live yesterday for PS4. Similar to Battlefield Hardline, the mode puts players in a game of high stakes Cops and Robbers and adds police-themed vehicles into Blackout.

League Play was also added to Black Ops 4 with the update, which, for right now, is only available on the PS4. It was one of the most requested features from the community. League Play uses the same ruleset used by the Call of Duty World League, so players can get a taste of pro-play without, you know, actually being pros.

In competitive CoD news, Treyarch have decided to stall the weapon tuning patch in the CWL until the CWL tournament in Ft. Worth, Texas.


Fortnite

Fortnite World Cup Announcement

Big news on the Fortnite front today as Epic Games has announced a massive $40 million tournament called the Fortnite World Cup. Qualifications for the event start April 13th and will feature both Solo player and Duo team brackets. Make sure you get out there and start building and fragging to get your chance to play for your share of the $40 million combined prize pool. You can read more about the Fortnite World Cup on ESTNN right here!


That’s all for the ESTNN Brief for Tuesday, February 22. Make sure to head on over to ESTNN.com to catch up on all of the latest esports news and check back here tomorrow for another Episode of The Daily!