bytes: 2017 PUBG Invitational, Overwatch Contenders S1 Playoffs

PUBG Invitational Announced

Today the PUBG Corporation and ESL announced the Intel® Extreme Masters Oakland – PUBG Invitational. 20 teams from North America and Europe will battle for their share of a $200,000 prize pool on November 18-19, 2017.  IEM Oakland 2017 ticket holders can watch the tournament live in the Oracle Arena.


For more information about Intel® Extreme Masters Oakland, head over to or follow IEM on Twitter and Facebook.

Overwatch Contenders Season 1 Playoffs October 7-8

The top four teams from each region will face off in their respective playoffs at the new Blizzard Arena this weekend, October 7th and 8th in Burbank, California. At stake is the Season 1 championship title and a share of the $100,000 prize pool for each region.

First-round Playoffs Matches:

  • North America
    • Envyus faces FNRGFE
    • Face Clan faces Envision
  • Europe
    • Misfits faces Cloud9
    • Team Gigantti faces 123

All matches will be streamed live on the Contenders Twitch channel and on the MLG website.

Regular Season Standings: North America | Europe

Full details including broadcast times and brackets can be found on the Overwatch Contenders website:

HGC Playoffs Seed Final Regional Teams to Global Finals

The Heroes Global Championship (HGC) held regional playoffs last weekend for North America (NA), Europe and Korea to determine which teams would take the third seed for their respective region in the HGC Global Finals.

  • In Europe, Team Expert held off a surprising run by Team Wish in the final round of the playoffs, winning the series 3-1. Team Wish (formerly known as Zealots), knocked out Team Liquid in the first round, 3-2, and Tricked esport in the following round, 3-1.
  • In NA, Tempo Storm dominated with 3-0 sweeps in the second and third rounds, holding off Spacestation Gaming in the first round and knocking Gale Force Esports out of the competition in the final round.
  • Tempest struggled in the final round of the Korean playoffs against challenger Mighty, but still snuck away with a 3-2 win to grab the final Korean seed to the HGC Finals.

With the playoffs phase complete, the field is set for the HGC Finals Group Stage that kicks off during BlizzCon Opening Week, October 26-29. All 16 teams will play through a seeded dual-tournament stage, the first of which will be the offline Group Stage in the Blizzard Arena. The top two teams from each group will advance into a single-elimination bracket that will be played out on the global BlizzCon stage in Anaheim for the HGC trophy—and the lion’s share of the $1,000,000 USD prize pool.

For information on the Group Stage assignments, casting talent and the full schedule, check out the Destination: BlizzCon blog:

All matches will be broadcast on the Heroes of the Storm Twitch Channel:

Current standings: Europe | North America | Korea

World of Warcraft Mythic Dungeon Invitational Results:

The first World of Warcraft Mythic Dungeon Invitational came to an epic conclusion over the weekend with a rematch of the Asia-Pacific teams.

Free Marsy and Honestly had previously met in the Asia-Pacific playoffs with Honestly taking the series, 2-0. It looked like Honestly was going to repeat that performance in the Finals, but Free Marsy capitalized on some of Honestly’s mistakes that led to some team wipes in game three. This gave Free Marsy the chance it needed to come back and take the series 3-2, and win the lion’s share of the $100,000 prize pool.

  • 1st – $50,000
    • Free Marsy (Asia-Pacific)
  • 2nd – $20,000
    • Honestly (Asia-Pacific)
  • 3rd/4th – $10,000
    • Raider.IO (Europe)
    • Premonition (North America)

GSL Super Tournament – Rogue Earns Seed to BlizzCon

The Global StarCraft II League (GSL) held its final major tournament of the year with the second GSL Super Tournament over the weekend in Seoul. The stakes were high as five players entered with a chance to secure the final qualifying seed to the WCS Global Finals at BlizzCon. In the end, it was Rogue who made the dramatic run to win it all, besting herO’s Protoss, 4-3 in the grand finals. With the win, Rogue will compete at BlizzCon in the WCS Global Finals.


  • 1st – $10,780 USD & 1,500 WCS KR Points
    • Rogue (Z)
  • 2nd – $4,490 USD & 1,050 WCS KR Points
    • herO (P)
  • 3rd/4th – $2,250 USD & 675 WCS KR Points
    • INnoVAtion (T)
    • Dark (Z)
  • 5th-8th – $900 USD & 450 WCS KR Points
    • Classic (P)
    • Dear (P)
    • soO (Z)
    • sOs (P)

With the conclusion of the Super Tournament, the following WCS Korea players will join other global competitors at BlizzCon:

WCS Korea BlizzCon Competitors

  • Stats
  • herO
  • GuMiho
  • INnoVation
  • Dark
  • soO
  • Rogue

For information including broadcast times, play off group stage assignments and the tournament bracket, check out the official StarCraft II Esports page:

Online qualifiers underway for the Madden NFL 18 Challenge

Starting this week, Madden NFL 18 players can compete in online qualifiers for the Madden NFL 18 Challenge, the second EA Major of the Madden Championship Series.  The top 16 players will advance to the online playoffs on October 21, 2017.  Eight winners from the online playoffs will travel to Toronto for an all-expense paid trip to the Live Championships on November 5, 2017.

Fans from around the world will be able to check out the action live on the afternoon of November 5th on Twitch.

Competitors can visit for more information and to register.

Players must live in Canada and be at least 16 years of age to compete in the Madden NFL 18 Canadian Challenge, sponsored by Xbox.