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H1Z1 Is Now Free To Play And More!

Daybreak Studios announced today that H1Z1 is going Free to Play. Starting today anyone can download and play H1Z1 and Auto Royale for free. For players who have previously purchased the game and helped test throughout Early Access they will be rewarded with the “H1Z1 Appreciation Pack”, which consist of various skins, crates, and in-game currency.

The studio also announced 3 sets of DLC for the game to celebrate the transition to Free to Play. The DLC’s Bronze Battle Royale Pack, Silver Battle Royale Pack, and the Gold Limited Edition battle pack include everything ranging from crates to custom skins for your cars.

On top of the announcements for the game going Free to Play and the launch of new cosmetic DLC packs the H1Z1 Pro League confirmed the 15 teams that will be fighting it out in the first season of the league. Anthony Castoro, H1Z1 General Manager was quoted on the announcement of the league.

“We are very excited to announce that H1Z1 will be free to play starting today. Not only does this decision allow us to share our version of Battle Royale and Auto Royale with even more players, but it signifies the next step in making H1Z1 a must-watch esport. The Pro League is going to redefine esports when it kicks off in Las Vegas this April, and whether a person is an aspiring pro athlete or just wants to play with friends, we want everyone to have the chance to play the most competitive battle royale game.”

You can find the full update here and if you have been waiting for the chance to pick up H1Z1 the time has never been better. Let us know what you think about the game, the change to Free To Play, and the new DLC sets by leaving a comment below.


Avangar Wins PUBG IEM Katowice!

Another PUBG event has come and gone. After eight games and two days of competition when the dust finally settled, Avangar was crowned the winner of the PUBG IEM Katowice Invitational.

Over the course of the weekend, Avanger battled it out with the top teams in PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS. They went head to head with OpTic Gaming over the course of the weekend, as the two teams fought to take home the first place prize. Going into the second day of the event, OpTic Gaming was in the lead. However, after an amazing 16-kill game, Avanger was able to secure first place.

Unfortunately, after being the first team eliminated in the last match Avangar – which consists of Aleksey “0nuqtive” Trufanov, Adlet “keeN” Nurseitov, Komissarov “Drainys” Sviatoslav, and Zhandos “MuMiNo” Omarov – had to watch as OpTic Gaming and FaZe Clan battled it out in the final match. Avanger was all the while hoping that OpTic Gaming would not secure enough points to take the lead.

After the scores from the last match where tallied up, Avangar managed to keep their spot in first place and take home the main share of the $50,000 prize pool.

Overall, the PUBG IEM Katowice Invitational proved that even though the game is experiencing growing pains, such as the developers having to battle cheaters, the game still has a strong future as an eSports title.

Which team where you pulling for this weekend? And what did you think of the matches? Let us know by leaving a comment below!


The World’s First eSports Tournament with a Cryptocurrency Prize Pool has Arrived

This weekend Play2Live (P2L), the first entirely blockchain-fueled streaming platform, is hosting the world’s first eSports tournament with a cryptocurrency prize pool.

The CS:GO tournament takes place on February 24-25 in Minsk and broadcast in seven languages. The tournament features eight international teams competing for the main prize of $100,000 in P2L’s token.

 “We are even more excited to host the world’s first ever eSports tournament with crypto prize: an event, that will become a milestone in further integration of the blockchain technology into gaming industry,” said Alexey Burdyko, CEO and Founder of Play2Live.

Cryptocurrency has continued to grow in popularity throughout the video gaming community in recent months. In-game item and skin traders are naturally familiar with the intricacies of trading cryptocurrencies, as both have similar traits. OPSkins recently launched it’s own cryptocurrency, WAX, to make it easier, cheaper, faster, and safer to trade in-game digital items. WAX is currently in it’s infancy and still in Alpha stage, with the final product expected in late 2018. The final product is a custom blockchain and protocol token, which will enable all of the unique features of the Worldwide Asset eXchange including buying and selling items through the use of smart contracts, sharing fee income among multiple parties, pegged asset contracts managing volatility, pledging to guilds, enabling exchange widgets, and more. It will also enable nearly anyone to operate their own virtual items trading marketplace similar to OPSkins.


IEM Oakland: Everything You Need to Know

The Intel Extreme Masters in Oakland is quickly approaching, so it’s only right that we give you a rundown of everything you need to know leading up to the event. You can expect non-stop action from not only the world’s best in CS:GO, but also PUBG! For the first time ever, PUBG will be joining the IEM lineup as it continues to make a case for it’s place in eSports. Without further adieu, let’s get into all of the exciting details of the event.


It’s time to gather the best players in the world yet again to prove who is #1, and who deserves the 1st place prize of $300,000. With the likes of FaZe, SK, Gambit, recent IBP Master winners Cloud9 and many more, we’re in for a weekend of epic matches to say the least. Below you will find your favorite teams in their assigned groups, as well as the full CS:GO event schedule:


  • Astralis
  • EnVyUs
  • SK Gaming
  • NiP
  • The MongolZ
  • Cloud9


  • FaZe
  • OpTic
  • Team Liquid
  • Renegades
  • Gambit
  • G2


After last month’s highly-anticipated announcement, PUBG will finally be making it’s stadium debut at IEM Oakland. This weekend, 20 teams from North America and Europe will be pitted against each other for the 1st place prize of $200,000, and of course, a chicken dinner. Below you will find all teams participating in the tournament and when Squad matches will be going down:


  • TSM
  • Team Liquid
  • Noble
  • Luminosity
  • Cloud9
  • FaZe
  • NIP
  • Alliance
  • Penta
  • Evil Geniuses
  • Tempo Storm
  • Method


  • Crimson Esports
  • Wind and Rain
  • Digital Chaos
  • Ghost Gaming
  • Miami Flamingos
  • Corn Shuckers
  • Ronin Esports
  • AAA Gaming

You can enjoy IEM Oakland live on Twitch at:



ESL One NY: A Clean Sweep Grants FaZe the Title

The ESL One New York Counter-Strike tournament ended this Sunday, and FaZe won following a 3-0 clean sweep against Team Liquid.

Source: HLTV

On their way to the finals, FaZe went 2-0 during the group stages and 2-0 during the semifinals against Cloud9.

This is the first time FaZe competed with their newest roster after acquiring Fnatic’s olofmeister and NaVi’s GuardiaN in August. The eight-team tournament featured Astralis, Liquid, Na’Vi, SK Gaming,, EnVyUs and Cloud9 and served as a great platform for the teams to display their performance along with their new rosters.

In an interview done to HLTV FaZe’s Nikola “Niko” Kovač compared the team to the old Fnatic, in the sense that they have a group of versatile players who know what to do in order to win every round.

The tournament featured a $250,000 prize pool, and with their win FaZe took $125,000.

The final standings and full prize pool break down for the event where as follows

ESL One New York final standings:

1. Europe FaZe – $125,000
2. United States Liquid – $50,000
3-4. Brazil SK – $25,000
3-4. United States Cloud9 – $25,000
5-6. Ukraine Natus Vincere – $8,500
5-6. Denmark Astralis – $8,500
7-8. Poland – $4,000
7-8. France EnVyUs – $4,000

Now that the dust has settled, what did you think of the event?


ESL One: New York 2017 CS:GO Tournament


ESL One: New York kicks off at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in New York City from September 15 – 17th. The CS:GO tournament is part of the Intel Gran Grand Slam Season 1 and features a $250,000 prize pool.

The Intel Grand Slam will give $1,000,000 to the first team that wins four out of 10 premier events of either ESL or DreamHack. This prize is given directly to the players, and there is a spoils bonus for any team that defeats another team with three out of four victories.

Eight teams will be playing for the chance to take home the largest share of the prize pool.  The tournament features some of the best talent from the Americas with teams such as Cloud9, and European team who won the DreamHack Masters in Las Vegas 2017 back in February. You can watch the tournament on ESL’s Twitch.

The teams are divided in two groups, and using a double elimination format, the teams will make their way to the playoffs. Teams are:

Group A:

  • SK Gaming
  • Cloud 9
  • Natus Vincere
  • Team EnVyUs

Group B:

  • FaZe Clan
  • Astralis
  • Team Liquid
  • Virtus.Pro

Who do you think will prove victorious?


PUBG: Changes to Water and Blue Zone

Water Camping and Blue Zone Camping. It’s something that almost every one of the 1 million concurrent players who play PUBG will experience at some point. Whether it’s someone camping in the Blue Zone for half the match only to come out at the last moment, or someone swimming underwater while you try to unload bullets on them – only to find that with the current ballistics, swimming underwater makes a player near invincible.

These are issues that have been present since the start of the game. However, after the first eSports showing for PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS these issues have grown more common and have become a tactic used by some of the top teams in eSports to secure that chicken dinner.

This weekend during a conversation about the Curse Trials matches, Amir Khair, the eSports Program Manager at Bluehole, shed some light on important changes in the works. These changes will not only affect the general gaming community but also greatly improve the state of eSports for the game.

After the Gamescom event, Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene informed players that the Bluezone was something that was being worked on internally at the studio. Then after another incident last night, Amir Khair once again assured that the changes were in the works. However, no ETA or firm details on the changes have been made available yet.

Not stopping there, Amir also went on to add that a new Ballistix Update is in the works. Water would become penetrable and it would no longer be safe for a player to hide in.

These new changes and updates will hopefully eliminate some of the more “Cheesy” tactics teams have been using, not only in eSports but the general game play moving forward. With the changes to the Blue Zone potentially limiting how long a player can survive, and hiding under water no longer a get-out-of-jail-free card in a gun fight, we should hopefully see the action in the matches ramp up.

With these new changes in the works, along with the new Mini 14, and the Foggy Weather Settings being added, what else would you like to see added or changed in PUBG moving forward? Be sure to leave a comment below to let us know!


Twitch H1Z1 2017 Invitational Crates Promotion!

Daybreak Games have partnered with Twitch to bring players an exclusive deal on the new H1Z1: KotK Invitational 2017 Crates. For a limited time, only these crates will be available through the Store.

The crates will come in bundles of 2, 5, 20, and Ultra-Rare guaranteed 50 packs. In addition to the in-game pack, each purchase will also include two crates. The crates will include Emotes, Badges, and other limited edition items from your favorite twitch streamers.

If that wasn’t enough to get players excited, as an extra bonus every time a player opens a crate they have a chance to win an exclusive Ultra-Rare Twitch parachute skin, which is the first of its kind in the game.

Since the release of the crates, the Ultra-Rare Twitch Parachute skin has been sitting at the impressive price of $21.99 on the OPSkins marketplace. There’s speculation among H1Z1 traders that this price will rise as this promotion winds down. The tournament ends October  22nd.

So be sure to pick up those crates and let us know what skins are your favorite in the H1Z1 2017 Invitational Crates!


DreamHack ASTRO Open Montreal begins Today

DreamHack Montreal will be home of one of the nine DreamHack ASTRO Open tournaments and will feature a $100,000 prize pool. All games will be aired live starting September 8th at 13:00 EDT on Twitch.

The DreamHack ASTRO Open is a series of small tournaments taking place across different gaming festival events throughout Europe and North America. The previous event was held in Atlanta in July, where Team EnVyUs took first place.

Starting tomorrow, eight teams will be fighting it out to take home the biggest share of the prize pool. The tournament features some of the best talent from the Americas with teams such as Cloud9, and Brazilian team Immortals who were the runner ups for the PGL Kraków Major in July.

The teams are divided in two groups, and using a double elimination format, the teams will make their way to the playoffs.

Group A:

  • North
  • Team Kinguin
  • Counter Logic Gaming
  • Gale Force Esports

Group B:

  • Cloud 9
  • Immortals
  • compLexity Gaming
  • Luminosity Gaming



ESG Tour Mykonos 2017

The Electronic Sports Global Tour (ESG) Tour kicks off this weekend from the island of Mykonos in Greece. The famous island will host some of the most renowned teams in CS:GO fighting to take home their share of the €200,000 Prize Pool.

During the event, for the first time, all players will be staying under one roof – the Destiny Villa. The Villa features three separate houses, two pools, and a scenic view that overlooks the Aegean Sea but more importantly will also be serving as the venue for this amazing event.

The following eight teams will be present at the event, broken into the following groups:

Group A:

  • mousesports
  • SK Gaming
  • Gambit Gaming
  • Heroic

Group B:

  • Team Liquid
  • BiG
  • Team EnVyus

The tournament will feature the groups battling over the course of the week for a chance to make the playoffs; which will be held this Saturday followed by the Championship Sunday.

Be sure to tune in and catch the action starting September 7th at 13:00 CEST on Twitch. Drop a comment below to let us know which team you think will take home the win!