Esports news: VALORANT lawsuit for plagiarism, transfers in League of Legends and Apex Legends, CS:GO Blast Premier World Final!

January 8 2023

Esports news: VALORANT lawsuit for plagiarism, transfers in League of Legends and Apex Legends, CS:GO Blast Premier World Final!
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Today's esports news are: CS:GO Blast Premier World Final, VALORANT lawsuit for plagiarism, transfers in League of Legends and Apex Legends, and more!

Hello friends, and welcome back to yet another article, this time with a brief overview of recent esports news. We will post regular updates on this channel so you can stay informed — quickly and to the point.

Today's news are: the outcome of the last major CS:GO tournament of this year - Blast Premier World Final, transfers in League of Legends and Apex Legends, the achievements of VALORANT as a discipline and a lawsuit for plagiarism.

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The year 2023 has barely started, but League of Legends, perhaps, has already had the comeback of the year: Martin Rekkles Larson will join Fnatic again! He's won the European championship in LoL with this team four times. In addition to Rekkles, Ruben Rhuckz Barbosa appeared in the Fnatic roster, so the final line-up looks like this:

The Apex Legends scene also has major news but not a good one — Team Liquid is leaving this discipline for good.

In its statement, the team talks about the lack of support from EA and budget cuts — this was the direct reason for leaving the ALGS.

“Though the writing has been on the wall, and on social media, we understand this is probably confusing given how well the team has performed, even after they lost Gildersons,” the organization said on December 15.

“As with our experience in competitive PUBG, Team Liquid is an organization governed by the realities of this industry, both financial and social. On the financial side of things, the ALGS and how it is moving forward with monetization for teams simply doesn’t fit with our operations, and so we need to take our leave, though we take no pleasure in doing so.”

Steve ‘LiQuiD112’ Arhancet, the CEO of Liquid, has said that the team will be happy to come back into the discipline if the developer provides more support in the future. 

“We are always going to be big fans of Apex Legends, of ALGS, and of our former players too,” he said. “I can tell there’s a real love of Apex in the entire Team Liquid family, and so I wish that we could stay in the ALGS and make a long-term investment in our roster and the competitive scene.

“But we strive to only participate in games where the developers support the teams, so the teams can support their players in turn. I’m hopeful that, one day, competitive Apex could follow that model and that we could return to the competition then.”

Enough with the sad news, moving on to celebrating VALORANT’s success — this discipline has won the “Esports Game of the Year '' award from Esports Awards!

In addition, the main VALORANT tournament - VALORANT Champions 2022 - became the most watched event among other shooter tournaments.

VALORANT Championship 2022 was watched by 1,5 million viewers at the peak. 

This level of popularity lured those who wanted to capitalize on someone else's success - Riot Games sued NetEase for creating a VALORANT clone.

Riot Games representatives said that NetEase's Hyper Front smartphone shooter repeats the design and gameplay solutions from VALORANT. As an example, the developers cited similarities in character design, description of their skills, mechanics of the abilities, and visual effects. Riot Games also believes that the authors of Hyper Front copied the theme, color scheme, and map details from VALORANT.

Riot Games wants to see Hyper Front closed down and demands a monetary compensation of an undisclosed amount. In addition, representatives of the studio said in a comment to Polygon that they are going to sue NetEase in several countries at once - in this way, they expect to achieve better results. Judging by the screenshots, the probability of winning this lawsuit, at least partially, is very high.


We're going to conclude this episode with the results of the Blast Premier World Final 2022.

The finals was a clash between G2 and Team Liquid. The European team obtained the victory with a score of 2-0. For G2, this is the first victory in a major tournament since September 3, 2017 - the organization's then-French roster took 1st place at DreamHack Masters Malmö. The best player of Blast Premier World Final 2022 was 17-year-old Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov.

Here's what the final distribution of the prize money looks like:

And last but not least: while Alexander Simple Kostylev was playing at Blast, the Esports Awards had chosen him the Esports PC Player of the Year! Our sincere congratulations to Alexander!

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