Activision Blizzard/Facebook partnership, ELeague sponsorships

Our top story from Thursday:

Colin Cowherd, one of esports’ biggest and most vocal detractors, said on his radio show Wednesday he’s considering investing in the industry.

Best from around the web:

League of Legends

The manager of Newbee, formerly known as Quai Gu Reapers, has left the team.

Fnatic officially announced its Challenger Academy.

Battle for respect at the Mid-Season Invitational: Taiwan vs. North America.

Catching up with EDward Gaming’s Ji “Aaron” Xing.

A look at Counter Logic Gaming’s successful bottom lane of Zzqueri “Aphromoo” Black and Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes.

Dota 2

Team OG’s win against Newbee at the Epicenter LAN Finals ended a 29-game winning streak.

A roundup of recent Dota 2 action, including the new patch and Manila Major qualifiers.

Counter-Strike

ELeague has signed sponsorship deals with Arby’s Buffalo Wild Wings and Credit Karma, reportedly worth $2 million each.

MLG announced the teams and groups for the upcoming Americas minor in Columbus, Ohio.

Catching up with Team Liquid’s Nick “nitr0” Canella.

Super Smash Bros

An interview with Robert ‘Wobbles” Wright.

Industry

Activision Blizzard announced a partnership with Facebook to stream live events on the social media platform.

How Facebook streaming could dethrone Twitch.

Why Bud Light All Stars is a missed opportunity.

Other games

Fnatic made a change to its Heroes of the Storm roster.

Catching up with Call of Duty host/analyst Alex “Machine” Richardson.

Results

ESL Pro League Finals (CS:GO)

Group A

Luminosity 2:0 OpTic (16-12, 16-13)

Group B

Team Liquid 2:0 Cloud 9 (19-16, 16-10)

Fnatic 2:0 Liquid winner (16-6, 16-13)

Epicenter Finals (Dota 2)

Winners bracket

Team Liquid 2:0 Evil Geniuses

OG 2:1 Newbee

Mid-Season Invitational (LOL)

Semifinals

SK Telecom T1 3:1 Royal Never Give Up

Schedule

(All times Eastern)

Friday

Mid-Season Invitational (LOL)

Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/riotgames

Counter Logic Gaming vs. Flash Wolves, 1:30 a.m.

Epicenter Finals (Dota 2)

Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/epicenter_en1

Losers bracket

Virtus.pro vs. compLexity, 8 a.m.

Newbee vs. Alliance, 12 p.m.

Saturday

Mid-Season Invitational (LOL)

Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/riotgames

Grand finals, 1:30 a.m.

Epicenter Finals (Dota 2)

Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/epicenter_en1

Losers bracket matches, 4 a.m. and 8 a.m.\WInners bracket

OG vs. Team Liquid, 12 p.m.

ESL Pro League Finals (CS:GO)

Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/esl_csgo

Semifinals

Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Luminosity, 10 a.m.

Fnatic vs. G2 Esports, 1:40 p.m.

DreamHack Tours (CS:GO)

Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/dreamhackcs

Group A

Dignitas vs. Epsilon eSports, 6 a.m.

SK Gaming vs. Mortal Kombat, 6 a.m.

Winners match, 7:30 a.m.

Losers match, 7:30 a.m.

Elimination match, 9 a.m.

Group B

HellRaisers vs. Lounge Gaming, 10 a.m.

GODSENT vs. ENCE eSports, 10 a.m.

Winners match, 12 p.m.

Losers match, 12 p.m.

Elimination match, 1:30 p.m.

Sunday

Epicenter Finals (Dota 2)

Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/epicenter_en1

Losers bracket final, 4 a.m.

Grand final, 8 a.m.

ESL Pro League Finals (CS:GO)

Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/esl_csgo

Grand final, 12 p.m.

DreamHack Tours (CS:GO)

Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/dreamhackcs

Winners bracket matches, 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.

Losers bracket match, 12 p.m.

Slingshot Editor-In-Chief. Former newspaper reporter from Cleveland, Ohio, who appreciates clean copy and good Counter-Strike. You can reach him at Vince@slingshotesports.com

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