OpTic Gaming announce exclusive broadcasting partnership with Twitch

first_imgOpTic Gaming, an esports organisation best known for its prowess in console first-person shooting games, has signed an exclusive broadcasting deal with livestreaming platform Twitch.The move will see all of its players stream on the leading platform as Twitch looks to capture the “Green Wall” – the name given to the avid fans of OpTic’s teams. The organisation is amongst the biggest and most successful on social media, with the organisation’s Twitter having 2.75 million followers. The org is extremely successful in Call of Duty, Halo and just days ago the Gears of War squad were crowned the Las Vegas Open champions, defeating EnVy Us in the finals – in a match dubbed the #eClassico on social media. The organisation has never touched the multiplayer online battle arena (“MOBA”) genre, with League of Legends and Dota 2 never having been associated with the brand. It has, however, ventured into the world of PC esports with it’s North American Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster which has experienced varying levels of success in the past. “First and third-person shooters are what jump-started competitive online gaming as a phenomenon and are a catalyst in making esports what it is today,” revealed John Howell, VP of Global Partnerships at Twitch in a press release. He continued: “In the last year alone, we have seen shooter-game tournaments set viewership records and contribute to the meteoric rise of new FPS/TPS games on Twitch. By partnering with OpTic Gaming, an acclaimed fixture in the competitive shooter scene, we are able to ensure our large community of shooter game fans don’t have to go far to see the best the genre has to offer.”“OpTic content is curated across multiple platforms, but when it comes to a daily destination for live streaming, we see great value in leveraging Twitch’s strength of bringing gaming communities together,” commented Ryan “OpTicJ” Musselman, COO of OpTic Gaming.Esports Insider says: A deal between two esports juggernauts just makes sense. Twitch will be hoping to reap the benefits of OpTic’s huge fan base whilst OpTic will look to leverage Twitch’s nouse to continue to attract sponsorship and build its players personal brands.last_img read more

Matfield back in Springbok squad

first_img26 August 2014The Springboks’ most capped player of all time, Victor Matfield, has overcome injury and been named in the Springbok squad for their Australasian leg of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship.The 2007 Rugby World Cup winning lock was included in the 30-man line-up when the squad was announced on Monday by Bok coach Heyneke Meyer.Also named in the squad were Willem Alberts, whose place is subject to a fitness test in Johannesburg on Thursday, and Marcel van der Merwe, who was called up to replace injured prop Frans Malherbe.SurgeryVan der Merwe will join the rest of the touring party in Johannesburg on Thursday. Malherbe, meanwhile, will have to undergo surgery on a fractured ankle and is likely to miss the rest of the season because of the injury.With Matfield and Alberts, if passed fit, returning for the two-week tour to Australia and New Zealand, Warren Whiteley and Juan Smith will drop out of the squad. Smith, however, will remain on standby if Alberts is deemed unable to tour.‘Awaiting a final verdict’“Victor is over his injury and has been declared fit to travel with us for the next two tests, while we’re awaiting a final verdict on Willem,” Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said in a statement.“It will be good to have them back. Willem has been part of the squad for the last number of seasons and Victor showed he can still add a lot of value when he returned to the Bok fold earlier this year.“Losing Frans is a huge setback and my heart bleeds for him, because he’s done well since returning from a long injury lay-off recently which saw him miss the June tests.“It’s also a big disappointment for Frans, whose involvement with the squad was cut short because of injury last November as well, but Marcel has been with us before and will slot in seamlessly. He provides specialist tighthead cover as Tendai Mtawarira, Gurthro Steenkamp and Trevor Nyakane are specialist looseheads.”ImpressedMeyer added that Whiteley had impressed him immensely during his week with the Springboks and that Smith had made a massive contribution during his time with the squad in the last fortnight.“Warren and Juan know exactly where they stand and it was great to work with them, even if it was only for a limited period of time,” said Meyer.The Springboks returned from Argentina on Monday and will reconvene in Johannesburg on Thursday. They are scheduled to depart for Perth on Saturday.SPRINGBOK SQUADForwards: Willem Alberts, Bakkies Botha, Schalk Brits, Marcell Coetzee, Lodewyk de Jager, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Eben Etzebeth, Francois Louw, Victor Matfield, Teboho Mohoje, Tendai Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane, Gurthro Steenkamp, Adriaan Strauss, Marcel van der Merwe, Duane VermeulenBacks: Damian de Allende, Jean de Villiers (captain), Bryan Habana, Cornal Hendricks, Francois Hougaard, Patrick Lambie, Willie le Roux, Lwazi Mvovo, Ruan Pienaar, Handre Pollard, Cobus Reinach, Jan Serfontein, Morne SteynSAinfo reporterlast_img read more

LeBron James defends Like Walton record amid job speculation

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James stands in front of head coach Luke Walton during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 124-106. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LeBron James has defended Luke Walton’s record amid ongoing speculation concerning the Los Angeles Lakers coach’s future with the franchise.Walton is widely expected to be shown the door by the Lakers at the end of the season after a disappointing campaign which saw them fail to make the playoffs for a sixth straight year.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I’m not talking two or three games here, everyone is back in the lineup. We’re talking like 15, 20, 25 games.”The Lakers injury toll also included James, who missed 17 games between the end of December and February after suffering a groin strain.The NBA superstar’s absence — the longest injury layoff of his career — triggered a slump which saw the team fall out of playoff contention in the Western Conference.James said that when all of the Lakers’ key personnel was fit, the team had been a match for most other sides in the league.“We had a defensive rating of fourth in the NBA, and we were like seventh in offense when we played together over 23 games,” James said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Games of death Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew However, James said injuries and suspensions throughout the campaign left Walton short of resources for key parts of the season.James cited the suspensions handed down to Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram in the first game of the season as well as a litany of injuries as reasons for the team’s problems.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“No one expects for a suspension to happen on opening night,” James told Spectrum Sportsnet television in an interview.“No one expects for injuries to happen the way they did with our franchise this year. Where your starting point guard is out for numerous games. Your starting small forward is out. LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “As good as that is, it’s not enough for Luke to even know what he has on a consistent basis, when you don’t have a consistent roster every night during the season.“Like you said, control what you can control and you’ve got to play the hand you’re dealt. I think he played the hand as well as he could.”The Lakers wrap up their campaign on Tuesday against the Portland Trail Blazers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

The US Women Probably Werent Going To Win The Gold Anyway

Tournament favorites usually don’t win — even big ones like the U.S. women’s soccer team. Too many things can go wrong, as they did in the penalty shootout of the USWNT’s quarterfinal loss against Sweden in the Rio Olympics on Friday. A goalkeeper guesses the right way, a usually reliable shooter sends a penalty kick over the crossbar, and suddenly the team is out of the tournament. It was the USWNT’s earliest-ever exit from an Olympics or World Cup. With the Americans eliminated, the draw has opened up for new favorite Germany, which advanced to the semifinals later Friday, and host Brazil, which plays its quarterfinal against Australia on Friday night. (If Brazil wins, it could overtake Germany as the favorite, depending on the scores of its quarterfinal and Friday night’s other match, between Canada and France.) The outcome didn’t reflect the run of play: The U.S. outshot Sweden 26 to 3 and completed more than twice as many passes. U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo said after the match that the U.S. had played “a bunch of cowards,” a reference to Sweden’s defensive tactics. Swedish coach Pia Sundhage, who used to coach the U.S., responded, “It’s OK to be a coward if you win.”Even if the American women had escaped Friday’s shootout with a win, they’d have had their work cut out for them, with just a 36 percent chance of winning their fourth straight gold medal, according to our Women’s Soccer Power Index projections.U.S. fans spoiled by all the team’s recent success — the 2015 Women’s World Cup title, the 2012 Olympic gold — might have forgotten that past performance is no guarantee of future results. But those wins were hard-earned and never guaranteed. The Americans reached the 2012 gold-medal match after barely avoiding the lottery that is a penalty shootout in their semifinal against Canada, with an Alex Morgan goal at just about the last possible moment. And last summer in Canada, the team went scoreless in the first half of its first three knockout games before getting second-half goals. Just because the U.S. women sometimes made it look easy — like when they romped over Japan in the World Cup final — doesn’t mean it was.In these Olympics, even while the U.S. women were going undefeated in their first three games and winning their group, their chance of winning the gold medal, counterintuitively, was declining, to 31 percent from 38 percent before the tournament. That was partly because the quarterfinal field was so stacked: All of the eight best teams coming into the tournament advanced from the group stage. Also, the U.S. showed some weakness in the group stage, including yielding a 90th-minute goal to Colombia that led to a disappointing 2-2 draw. The team’s rating declined slightly during the group stage from the start of the tournament. Sweden’s did, too, but the Swedes remained a tough opponent, with a 21 percent chance of beating the U.S. before Friday’s match — about the chance the Cleveland Cavaliers had of beating the Golden State Warriors when trailing 3-2 in this year’s NBA Finals. Upsets happen to favorites all the time. On Friday, one happened, finally, to the U.S. women at the Olympics.Additional research by Jay Boice. read more

Bahamas Must Change the Way it Does Business

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 7, 2017 – Nassau – Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration, the Hon. Brent Symonette, said that measures must be taken to keep the country on the competitive edge of the Financial Services sector.   The Minister made the statement while delivering opening remarks at the Association of International Banks and Trusts (AIBT) Nassau Conference, which was held October 4 at Baha Mar Arts & Entertainment Centre.“Changing the way we do business must be our focus in both private and public sectors because what we are doing now is just not enough,” said Minister Symonette.   “We must be forward thinking to open our economy so that we can advance ourselves.”He applauded the AIBT for sponsoring the Nassau Conferences and their “collaborative efforts” with industry stakeholders along with the Ministry to ensure that The Bahamas remains a premier international financial centre in this jurisdiction.Commenting on their theme, ‘Business Unusual’, he said that it was “most relevant” to The Bahamas at this time.“We recognize that there are many untapped opportunities out there and my Ministry is open to the voices of our private and public sectors,” he said.   “Together we must be the catalyst to develop solutions to create opportunities to enact change and grow our economy. “He said that it was his “vision” that this shift in mindset would allow for a more competitive environment which would start with legislative reforms that would be superior to or on par with competing jurisdictions.“This shift has to be centered around changing the way we transact business in this country.   My Ministry has identified some quick fixes which will allow for ways to open the door to the global economy.”He listed four things that can be done to enhance the country’s position.   These four areas include: development of more innovative products and services to attract a new client base; revamping of government agencies to provide for a more efficient and productive customer experience to both local and international clients; relaxing and amending of the immigration process; and allowance for the exchange of professionals.“We see an opportunity in the legal profession in the area of International Arbitration lending to expertise in trust and maritime business,” he said.The conference featured speakers from a cross-section of professionals representing financial jurisdictions both local and international.   Topics included: The Global Marketplace; Global Regulation of Financial Services; Planning In Uncertain Times; Business Unusual; and An Actionable Framework for Success in The Bahamas.By: Betty Vedrine (BIS)Photo caption: Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration the Hon. Brent Symonette addresses the AIBT Nassau Conference on the theme, ‘Business Unusual’, October 4, 2017 at Baha Mar Arts & Entertainment Centre.(BIS Photo)last_img read more

Tuchel hopes to see PSG duo playing against Napoli

first_imgWith Champions League clash with Napoli around the corner, Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel hopes to have all of his key players fit and ready for the big showdownThe Parisian have opened the new Europe campaign with a 3-2 defeat at Anfield before devastating Red Star Belgrade at Parc des Princes by six goals to one.The defending Ligue 1 champions now have beat Gli Azzurri if looking to move onto the top of their respective group.However, Tuchel might have to face the Italian giants without two indispensable first-team players, with both Marco Verrati and Angel Di Maria had to come off the pitch in PSG’s 5-0 triumph over Amiens last weekend.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….The famous portal, Goal.com, have broadcasted Tuchel’s words ahead of his team’s trip to Naples.“[Verratti] felt a muscle discomfort,” Tuchel explained at his news conference.“Like Angel Di Maria. But I think they can play against Napoli. Same for Thiago Silva, who also felt muscle discomfort at the end of training [on Friday]. It was too risky to play this afternoon.”In the meantime, Layvin Kurzawa and Dani Alves won’t travel to Italy with the rest of the team, as both are struggling with injuries. As for the captain Thiago Silva, he should be fit, according to the reports.last_img read more