theScore esports Daily (March 26): Vici Gaming replaces Rogue for StarSeries and Philadelphia to build $50 million esports arena

by Devin Jones Mar 26 2019
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Vici Gaming to replace Rogue at StarSeries i-League Season 7

Vici Gaming will replace Rogue for the remainder of StarSeries i-League Season 7 in the wake of Rogue dissolving its CS:GO roster.

In a TwitLonger post, Rogue CEO and co-founder Franklin "Frank" Villarreal stated that "After much deliberation, we determined that we could not spend another six months rebuilding the roster again, especially with the ESL Pro League roster lock less than a week away."

The roster rebuild comes on the heels of MSL and niko reportedly looking to sign with OpTic Gaming while Hunter "SicK" Mims and Daniel "vice" Kim have committed to compLexity Gaming and Cloud9 respectively.

Vici Gaming will face off against Natus Vincere in the first round of StarSeries i-League Season 7, which is set to kick off on March 30.

bondik joins Winstrike, replaces wayLander

On Tuesday morning Winstrike announced via Twitter that Vladyslav “bondik” Nechyporchuk will be joining their CS:GO roster.

The former HellRaisers and Gambit player will replace Jan “wayLander” Rahkonen.

bondik joins Winstrike on a trial basis.

Philadelphia to build $50 million esports arena

The Philadelphia Fusion Overwatch team is getting its own esports stadium, with construction to begin this summer.

The $50 million project is being led by Comcast Spectacor, who owns the Philadelphia Flyers NHL team and also operate the Fusion franchise.

At 60,000 sq. ft and 3,500 seats, the stadium will reportedly host 120 gaming events per year as well as concerts and other live events.

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