theScore esports Daily (Oct. 10): OGN to expand into North America and produce National PUBG League, ESL abolishes Minor invites as qualifier dates announced

by Dimitri Pascaluta Oct 10 2018
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OGN to expand into North America, produce a National PUBG League

South Korean esports network OGN is planning a North American expansion, a national PUBG league, and a new esports arena in Calforinia geared specifically toward battle royale style competition, the organization announced in a press release Wednesday.

CNBC's Annie Pei reports that OGN's investment in the North American market is at least $100 million. According to a press release, OGN plans to open an 100-player capacity arena and studio in Manhattan Beach, California where the newly announced OGN Super League and Super Match invitational competitions are slated to be held.

ESL does away with Minor invites, announces qualifier dates

ESL will not be issuing invites for the Minors leading up to the IEM Katowice Major, the organization announced on Wednesday.

In a statement, ESL explained that its aim is to make the Minors "completely inclusive," with "all teams [being] required to qualify online."

The spots in each regional closed qualifier will be divided equally between invited and open qualifier teams. ESL plans to release the qualifier rulebook next week, along with registration resources for each tournament.

Echo Fox culls fighting game roster, drop CoD roster

Echo Fox has parted ways with fighting game competitors Victor "Punk" Woodley, Jivan "Theo" Karapetian and Brad "Scar" Vaughn as part of an "organizational realignment," the organization announced Wednesday in a statement.

The organization also announced the disbanding of its Call of Duty and Gears of War rosters, as well as the release of "other select players."

CS:GO update introduces economy changes, adjustments to CZ and TEC-9

Valve has released a CS:GO update that fine-tunes the CZ and TEC-9, while also making significant changes to the game's economy.

Most notably, the economy at the start of the half has been tweaked, with both teams holding the equivalent of a one-round losing streak, which gets reset following a round win. Instead of $1400, "the Round 1 loser receives $1900, then $2400 for a subsequent loss," according to the patch notes.

The CZ has been modified so as to "encourage semi-automatic fire at medium and long ranges," while the TEC-9 has been buffed to make the weapon "more forgiving at medium rates of fire." In addition, the price of both the SG 553 and the AUG has been reduced in an effort to make them more viable in competitive play.

HeatoN steps down as NiP's brand ambassador

Emil "HeatoN" Christensen has stepped down as the brand ambassador of Ninjas in Pyjamas, the organization announced on Wednesday.

In a statement, NiP described HeatoN's departure as happening on "the most amicable of terms," since it would allow HeatoN to "focus exclusively on building his personal brand" without raising any conflicts of interest.

Dimitri Pascaluta is a content creator for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.