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theScore esports Daily (Jan. 9): Doublelift reflects on his departure from TSM, freakazoid leaves Echo Fox and Overwatch League signs broadcast deal with Twitch

by Keith Capstick Jan 9
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theScore esports Daily is a once-a-day briefing covering the top news stories from around the world of esports.

Freakazoid leaves Echo Fox

After more than a year of uncertainty, Ryan "freakazoid" Abadir has announced he's be leaving Echo Fox.

Freakazoid was the last CS:GO player on contract with Echo Fox after the organization told its roster that they could seek new teams in 2016.

He most recently competed with a team aptly called Swole Patrol.

Doublelift reflects on on his departure from TSM

Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng published a Players' Tribune article on Tuesday titled "Everyone Else is Trash" wherein he reflected on his departure from Team SoloMid and his future with Team Liquid.

In the article, he reflected on initially finding out about being cut by TSM while browsing Reddit, how motivated he is to pursue success this year and how he won't let anyone or any team (even TSM) stand in his way.

"I don’t ever want to feel like I did after worlds this year. I’ve been dealing with people saying I’ve fallen off since season three. I’m used to it," wrote Doublelift. "You can talk all you want, but I’m going to stay in competitive League until my last breath. You will have to force me out, because I’m not going anywhere."

Overwatch League signs two-year with Twitch

Overwatch League announced its media rights partnership with Twitch on Tuesday.

Every match of the major city-based esports league for the first two seasons will be streamed on Twitch. Overwatch League games will be streamed in English, Korean and French and will be globally exclusive to Twitch, with the exception of China.

"Our fans love to engage with content on Twitch, and we wanted to drive significant viewership of the Overwatch League in its inaugural season and beyond,” said Armin Zerza, COO of Blizzard Entertainment, in a press release.

The first match of Overwatch League will take place on Jan. 10, at 7:00 p.m. ET and will see the San Francisco Shock play the Los Angeles Valiant.

ELEAGUE announces Boston Major schedule and casters

ELEAGUE announced the schedule and casters for the Boston Major on Tuesday. The event will be begin with the New Challengers stage on Friday, Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. ET.

This stage will include the bottom eight finishers from the previous Major, the Minor Champions and Runners Up.

Here are the first round matchups:

The event's broadcast team includes ELEAGUE host Richard Lewis along with Anders Blume, Jason "Moses" O'Toole, Janko "YNk" Paunovix, Daniel "DDK" Kapadia, Henry "HenryG" Greer, Sue "Smix" Lee, James Bardolph and Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett.

PerkZ signs three-year contract with G2

Carlos "ocelote" Rodriguez, the founder and CEO of G2 esports, announced on Twitter Tuesday that Luka "PerkZ" Perkovic has signed a contract for another three years with the org.

No details have been released regarding a contract between the two parties, but it seems that PerkZ isn't going anywhere.

Keith Capstick is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.