Vulcun layoffs, Dota 2 major site announced, esports in high school

After news last week that Vulcun was getting rid of paid fantasy esports, it laid off a quarter of its staff in an unsurprising, yet still unfortunate, decision.

Valve Corporation announced a date and site for its spring major: Manilla, Philippines, in June.

Team SoloMid mid laner Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg became sponsored by Red Bull, and its esports division profiled him on its website.

A public high school in Norway will reportedly add esports to its curriculum.

Alex Fletcher wrote in the Esports Observer about the “diversity gap” in esports, referring to a lack of out-of-industry people involved in esports and how that needs to change.

Thorin wrote about popular Chinese AD carry Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao.

Following up on a story from last week, Riot Games ordered the sale of a Brazilian League of Legends team because the ownership was from the same family as another team in the same league.

An interview with three players from Chinese League of Legends team,LGD Gaming.

Riot caster David “Phreak” Turley got some funny responses asking fans questions ahead of this weekend’s LCS start.

A primer for the beginning of the LCS by The Score eSports.

A preview of the League of Legends Masters Series.

Challenger player Jamie “Sheep” Gallagher announced his retirement via TwitLonger.

Kublai “Kubz” Barlas has joined Team Huma as coach in the European Challenger Series.

The StarLadder i-League StarSeries XIV finals begin tomorrow. A good schedule for the CounterStrike: Global Offensive event is on Reddit. Tomi “lurppis” Kovanen had a good breakdown of storylines going into it.

Alliance, however, will not play in the tournament, organizers announced, because of a snowstorm preventing the team from flying.

Participants for next week’s minor CS:GO tournament in the Commonwealth of Independent States are finalized, with the winner earning a spot in March’s MLG major in Columbus, Ohio.

French CS:GO player Robin “GMX” Stahmer announced his retirement on Twitter.

Nintendo will partner with GENESIS 3 for this weekend’s Super Smash Bros tournament, one that has a few notable players expected to participate.

The Call of Duty World League begins today.

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