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Coke Esports and SMITE

Coke Esports has teamed up with Hi-Rez Studios to bring competitive gaming to theaters across the United States. The SMITE World Championship is a showcase for the most talented SMITE players from around the world. Old champions and new stars will battle it out for the ultimate prize, and fans around the US can have front row seats to the finale.

Experience the SMITE World Championship finals live at a theater near you, and take home exclusive SMITE prizes courtesy of Hi-Rez Studios. Tickets can be acquired at

This offer is only available in the United States, and the doors open at 3:00pm on Sunday January 7th.

Toronto hosts WorldGaming’s first national racing tournament

With the release of the latest edition, Gran Turismo Sport, WorldGaming is calling on all Canadian drivers to register now for the very wordily titled WorldGaming Gran Turismo Sport Canadian Championship Series, presented by PlayStation and Pfaff.

The Championship Series is WorldGaming’s first national racing tournament. Canada’s top 16 drivers will convene in Toronto on February 25, 2018, to race in what will be a historic event.

Drivers will compete for their share of nearly C$60,000 of prizing, including a cash pool of C$25,000. The grand prize, going to the tournament’s Canadian Champion, includes a three-day, all-expense paid trip to Grand Prix of Long Beach in California, racing gear from Piloti and body panels from a Porsche RSR race car.

“Gran Turismo is the godfather of all racing and driving sim franchises and this is the event that racing competitors have been waiting for,” says Wim Stocks, General Manager of WorldGaming. “Fans and spectators alike will be on the edge of their seats to see just how far our Canadian competitors are willing to push it to win incredible prizing including the chance to train with some of the top drivers in the world.”

Gran Turismo Sport competitors can rev up for online qualifiers starting on January 13, 2018. For the Live Championship, 16 drivers from the online qualifiers will travel to Toronto for an all-expense paid trip to the National Finals – taking place at Cineplex Cinemas Vaughan, on February 25, 2018.

Visit to learn more about all the important dates, eligibility rules, and registration. Gamers can join the conversation online with #RaceTheNorth or by following WorldGaming on Facebook (, Twitter (@WorldGaming) or Instagram (@WorldGaming).

Gamers must be living in Canada and be at least 17 years of age to compete in WorldGaming Gran Turismo Sport Canadian Championship Series, presented by PlayStation and Pfaff. 

Vegas casino to host bi-weekly esports tournaments

Unikrn, an esports brand, announced a new partnership with MGM Resorts International to bring esports tournaments to LEVEL UP inside MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in 2018. Unikrn will host tournaments on Fridays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Each tournament will offer competitors cash prizes and UnikoinGold tokens, as well as exclusive experiences at select MGM Resorts properties.

Unikrn is known for its regulated betting and interactive gaming communities. LEVEL UP, located between Hakkasan Nightclub and the MGM Grand Race and Sports Book, opened in December of 2016.