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theScore esports Daily (April 17): Mortal Kombat $255K tournament circuit announced, Psyonix launches Rocket League Esports Shop, and Virtus.pro sign Vegi to CS:GO roster

by Devin Jones Apr 17
Thumbnail image courtesy of Rocket League Press Kit / Psyonix

theScore esports Daily is a once-a-day briefing covering the top news stories from around the world of esports.

Warner Bros. and Netherrealm announce MK11 Pro Kompetition

NetherRealm Studios and the video game publishing arm of Warner Bros. Interactive Media recently announced a Mortal Kombat 11 tournament circuit with two separate prize pools worth a combined $255,000.

With nine different tournaments across North America, Latin America and Europe—as well as a few online tournaments—players will compete for one of 12 spots in the Final Kombat tournament and a cut of the first $155,000 prize pool.

According to a Warner Bros. press release, "Four additional spots in the finals will be reserved for winners of Canada’s Northern Arena, Latin America’s Liga Latina and the Interkontinental Kombat which takes place across Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Australia. The final spot is awarded through a last-chance qualifier tournament hosted the day prior to Final Kombat."

The top 16 players from the various tournaments will qualify for the Final Kombat championship and the chance to take home an additional cut of the $100,000 prize pool exclusive to the final.

The first stop on the NA circuit will take place from May 24-26 at Combo Breaker 2019 in Chicago, while the Final Kombat championship is scheduled for Q1 of 2020 in Chicago.

Both the regular season and Final Kombat tournament will be live streamed through NetherRealm's official Twitch channel.

Rocket League to Launch Esports Shop

Rocket League developer Psyonix recently announced the upcoming launch of a Rocket League Esports Shop with a ton of well-known teams involved.

Launching on April 16, Rocket League has partnered with various RLCS including:

  • Cloud9
  • Dignitas
  • Evil Geniuses
  • G2 Esports
  • Ghost Gaming
  • mousesports
  • NRG Esports
  • Rogue
  • Splyce
  • TSM
  • Team Vitality

The shop will include two decals per team, one Player Banner per team, and a variety of wheels per organization.

After the update, the shop will show up in the main menu under "Shop" and will require a new currency called Esports Tokens. According to a blog post on the RLCS website, the tokens will be sold in packs of:

  • 100 Tokens for $0.99 (or regional equivalent)
  • 600 Tokens for $4.99 (or regional equivalent)
  • 1200 Tokens for $9.99 (or regional equivalent)
  • 2500 Tokens for $19.99 (or regional equivalent)

Esports Tokens are not tradeable, and can only be used in the shop. Items in the Esports Shop will start at 100 Esports Tokens.

According to the post "All organizations participating in the Esports Shop pilot program will receive 30% of the revenue. Additionally, a portion of the revenue from the items sold in the Esports Shop will also go to the players in North American and European RLCS League Play via a Prize Pool bonus."

Virtus.pro sign Vegi to CS:GO roster

Virtus.pro recently announced the signing of 18-year-old Arek "Vegi" Nawojski to a permanent spot on their CS:GO roster.

Vegi has been playing with Virtus.pro as a stand-in for online tournaments and at Charleroi Esports, where they placed last in their group.

Vegi will replace Mateusz "TOAO" Zawistowski, who was benched by the team at the end of March

In a statement, Virtus.pro General Manager Roman Dvoryanki wrote "Despite his young age, Vegi has already proved himself as a promising player and a competent teammate. We expect Arek to bolster the team in every way."

Ninja named to Time Magazine's Top 100 Influential people of 2019

Time Magazine has named popular Fortnite streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins to its list of Top 100 Influential People of 2019.

The brief profile on Ninja is written by Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, a life long fan of video games and recent friend of Ninja's. The pair have streamed Fortnite together on occasion.

Devin Jones is a content creator at theScore esports, you can follow him on Twitter.

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