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Riot Games’ $50M annual deal with MLBAM, poaching rule explained, ELEAGUE Major Qualifiers

Our top stories from the weekend:

Riot Games and MLB Advanced Media partnered for a $50 million annual deal for the monetization and commercialization of League of Legends.

NRG has completed its Counter-Strike roster going into next year, according to sources.

An interview with TyLoo manager Chang “Marshall” Lou during the ELEAGUE Major Qualifier.

Paul “Redeye” Chaloner on how location-based esports teams could work.

MLG had the right idea in 2012 about paying to watch esports tournaments, but the execution was misguided.

KurO and GorillA talked about what free agency is like for League of Legends players.

Flame says he plans to use a tutor to learn English when he arrives in America with Immortals after IEM Gyeonggi.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

Team Vitality announced the signing of Hachani for the 2017 season.

Riot Games attempted to clarify its poaching rules in lieu of reports about Echo Fox but might have made it worse.

Korea dominated IEM Gyeonggi, as expected.

Dignitas announced the signings of Ssumday and Chaser.

Chinese teams LGD, EDward Gaming, Snake eSports and QG Reapers all announced their rosters for the 2017 season.

An interview with caster Sam “Kobe” Hartman-Kenzler.

A interview with Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels.


Interviews with HellRaisers’ Patrik “Zero” Zudel, G2’s Adil “Scream” Benriltom, mousesports’ Nikola “Niko” Kovac, Dignitas’ Mathias “MSL” Lauridsen and EnVyUs’ Nathan “NBK” Schmitt from the ELEAGUE Major Qualifier.


EnVyUs defeated FaZe Clan to win MLG Vegas.

Counter Logic Gaming has signed an Overwatch roster.

Other games

PVP planned to run a Hearthstone tournament again this year, until it didn’t.

Jon “Orange” Westberg won Seat Story Cup VI (Hearthstone).



ELEAGUE Major Qualifier

Counter Logic Gaming 1:0 Renegades (19-16)

mousesports 1:0 Team Spirit (16-5)

HellRaisers 1:0 Ninjas in Pyjamas (19-17)

G2 1:0 EnVyUs (16-12)

Immortals 1:0 Vega Squadron (16-8)

Godsent 1:0 Dignitas (16-11)

TyLoo 1:0 Cloud9 (16-11)

FaZe Clan 1:0 OpTic (16-11)

IEM Gyeonggi (League of Legends)


Kongdoo Monster 2:1 Immortals


ELEAGUE Major Qualifier

G2 1:0 Vega Squadron (16-6)

Godsent 1:0 HellRaisers (16-11)

mousesports 1:0 TyLoo (16-3)

Cloud9 1:0 Renegades (16-8)

OpTic 1:0 Ninjas in Pyjamas (16-9)

Dignitas 1:0 Counter Logic Gaming (16-9)

EnVyUs 1:0 Spirit (16-2)

FaZe Clan 1:0 Immortals (16-11)


ELEAGUE Major Qualifier

OpTic 1:0 HellRaisers (16-10)

Dignitas 1:0 G2 (16-9)

EnVyUs 1:0 TyLoo (16-9)

Vega Squadron 1:0 Ninjas in Pyjamas (16-2)

Cloud9 1:0 Counter Logic Gaming (16-8)

mousesports 1:0 Immortals (16-3)

EnVyUs 1:0 Vega Squadron (16-12)

G2 1:0 Immortals (19-17)

HellRaisers 1:0 Cloud9 (16-13)

IEM Gyeonggi (League of Legends)

Grand final

Samsung Galaxy 3:1 Kongdoo Monster


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