REUNITED cease operations, roster to stick together

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REUNITED have ceased all operations, citing financial concerns, but the roster is planning to stick together to seek new opportunities.

The organization, known primarily for their Overwatch team, made the announcement on their website Monday. The post notes that the move is due to "a range of reasons," but that the primary concern is financial.

"The main reason ... is the timing of the Overwatch League conflicting with our internal financial model, as we are running out of money."

The post also confirms previous reports that the team was in talks with several traditional sports entities but that uncertainty regarding the acquisition of spots for the Overwatch League had stalled out the talks.

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The post from REUNITED says that they are in favor of the Overwatch League, but that the timing of the announcement "came at the worst possible moment" for the organization.

Several of the former REUNITED players took to Twitter to confirm that they would remain as a team and attempt to find a new organization.

The roster has been one of Europe's top teams since even before the game's release. During the game's inaugural post-release season, the team became known for Harrison "Kruise" Pond's in-your-face Lucio play, Hendrik-William "vallutaja" Kinks' hitscan performances and some incredible Genji play shown off by DPS Finley "Kyb" Adisi.

Kyb, who later left the team's starting roster but remained under contrac, has also recently announced that he is a free agent.

Their best placement at a premier event was a second-place finish at the ESL Atlantic Showdown, held at Gamescom. Reaching the grand finals, they lost 3-1 to Rogue.

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Besides the Overwatch team's strong results, the organization was also notable for being a player-owned organization akin to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's Astralis. In a previous interview in August 2016, REUNITED co-founder Frederik Kragh Christensen talked about the model, noting it was a risk.

"So we actually decided to take a bet on this, because we thought that this was a huge chance, you know? We also believe that, in a few months, we're going to be in the same position that Astralis are in CS, where they have to choose between big tournaments because it's so packed, hopefully."

However, instead of a CS-like ecosystem, the reveal of the Overwatch League at BlizzCon 2016 points to a more centralized structure for the game's competitive future. The league has already attracted potential interest from big names in the traditional sports space.

Josh "Gauntlet" Bury is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find him on Twitter.

Luminosity Gaming partners with Minnesota Twins pitcher, Overwatch streamer Trevor May

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Luminosity Gaming has partnered with Minnesota Twins pitcher Trevor May as a featured Overwatch streamer.

"The first time I spoke to Trevor, we talked at length. As the call ended, Trevor revealed to me that he was just about to start his baseball game," LG CEO Steve Maida said in a news release.

"I was pleasantly surprised and I think it speaks volumes about his passion for esports and gaming in general. He is a genuine guy through and through and I couldn't be happier to welcome to Luminosity Gaming.

"There is so much we can learn from the world of traditional sports, and I hope that Trevor can pass on some of his experience to our players and management."

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Jeff Kaplan on why there's no minimap in Overwatch

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Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan took to the Battle Net forums to explain why Blizzard did not develop a minimap for the game, citing the desire to avoid players becoming overtly reliant on it to succeed.

Kaplan went on to say that there are plans in the works to add a spectator map for a stronger esports experience.

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Mayors, sports teams approached NRG Esports regarding Overwatch League bid

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There is still plenty to learn about the Overwatch League, but what is certain is that there are major players interested in securing a team for the future esports competition.

In an interview with theScore esports, NRG Esports chairman and co-founder Andy Miller said that, beyond just traditional sports teams, the organization has received overtures from mayors interested in bringing the esports organization to their cities.

"It's an eye-opener to me," Miller told theScore esports. "We've had interest from traditional sports teams who are located in cities saying 'hey, do you want to partner with us?' We've had interest from actual cities: like mayors and sports entertainment authorities, saying 'hey, is there a possibility that you want to bring your org to our city and partner with us?'"

NRG isn't playing coy about their interest in the Overwatch League, either. The competitive structure for the company's class-based FPS will see esports organizations bid for franchises that represent specific cities. Miller said NRG are "super interested, we want in," and that he believes the team's blend of popularity and skill can make them a hallmark entry in the future league.

"We've just signed [AndrΓ© "iddqd" DahlstrΓΆm] this weekend β€” which blew us away with the response, and if you check out our social, it was amazing. People freaked that [Brandon "Seagull" Larned] and [iddqd] are on the same team," he said. "We want to bring that team into the league, we want to be the face of the league. We like what we hear so far."

Miller said that NRG are still considering their options for the league. Despite a perceived connection through Miller and fellow NRG co-owner Mark Mastrov to Sacramento β€” both are members of the Sacramento Kings' ownership group β€” the organization hasn't truly settled on a single city.

"Because we don't have a home, per se," Miller said, "and we're going to have to find one and partner up with someone so we have a great, attractive bid for the franchise."

Josh "Gauntlet" Bury is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find him on Twitter.

Overwatch Tips and Tricks: 5 Overpowered Combos that win every teamfight

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Timing and communication make all the difference but if you know which heroes can team up for game-changing Wombo Combos, your Play of the Game dreams can come true.

Take notes from the pros and fellow Overwatch community members β€” here are five proven OP combos for you to learn.

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Fnatic to move to Los Angeles

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Fnatic's Overwatch team will be moving to a gaming house in Los Angeles, according to organization founder Sam Mathews in an interview with Yahoo Esports' Zorine Te.

"I mean, it's un-announced, but our Overwatch team is American and currently they're in Korea and esports is based in L.A.," Mathews told Te. "Really in the U.S. there's a lot of esports brands out here, game developers, so makes quite a lot of sense to have our U.S.-based esports team in the U.S. capital of esports."

At the moment, half of Fnatic's current roster, Casey "buds" Mcllwaine, Matthew "coolmatt69" Iorio and Warsi "Stoop" Faraaz Waris, are American.

The team are currently competing in OGN Apex Season 2 where they're in third place in Group D with a 1-1 record. Their next match will be against RunAway on Feb. 28.

Sasha Erfanian is a pro Genji-main for theScore esports. Follow him on Twitter.

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