bytes: Gen.G Wins Mid-Season Brawl, Fortnite Chicago

Korea’s Gen.G esports Wins HGC Mid-Season Brawl in Epic Finale

Since June 9, the world’s best teams competing in the Heroes Global Championship (HGC) have been battling it out to determine who would be crowned the winner of the HGC Mid-Season Brawl 2018 and take home the lion’s share of the tournament’s $250,000 prize pool. In the end, in front of a packed crowd at DreamHack Summer in Jonkoping, Sweden, it was the HGC Grand Finals 2017 champions – Korea’s Gen.G esports (formerly KSV Black / MVP Black) that emerged victorious.

Gen.G dominated the competition at the Mid-Season Brawl, going entirely undefeated throughout the tournament before taking on 2017’s HGC Mid-Season Brawl winner – Europe’s Team Dignitas – in the Grand Finals. However, Team Dignitas put up a heroic fight, trading wins with Gen.G to take them to a final Game 7 on Sky Temple. Ultimately, though, it was Gen.G who won, 4-3, to become the 2018 Mid-Season Brawl Champion.

The final results from Mid-Season Brawl are:

  • 1st Place: Gen.G (Korea) – $100,000
  • 2nd Place: Team Dignitas (Europe) – $50,000
  • 3rd Place: Tempest (Korea) – $20,000
  • 4th Place: Tempo Storm (North America) –  $20,000

For all the latest news, as well as recaps and VODs from both events coming soon, head over to You can also find photos from the event on the Blizzard Press Center.

Now Live – Tickets to Western Clash at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles

The HGC Western Clash, Blizzard’s international Heroes of the Storm competition, is back and will pit the top four teams from North America and Europe at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles!

Tickets for the next Western Clash are now on sale. You can purchase tickets for any or all of the Western Clash dates:

Date Price
Friday, August 10 $15.00 USD + fees
Saturday, August 11 $15.00 USD + fees
Sunday, August 12 $15.00 USD + fees

Europe and North America’s best will be on hand for the Western Clash and they’ll be looking to the Blizzard Arena crowd this August to bring the passion and keep the hype going all weekend.

The Los Angeles Valiant are the Overwatch League Stage 4 Champions

The Overwatch League’s regular season concluded with the Los Angeles Valiant (27-13) defeating the New York Excelsior (34-6) at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles. The Valiant won the best-of-five series 3-1 will be taking home a $100,000 USD bonus.

With the regular season now complete, the top six teams advance to the playoffs. The New York Excelsior and Los Angeles Valiant – as winners of the Atlantic and Pacific Divisions, respectively – earn a first-round bye.

Quarterfinals games take place on July 11, 13 and 14. Third-seeded Boston Uprising (26-14) takes on the sixth-seeded Philadelphia Fusion (24-16), and the fourth-seeded Gladiators playthe fifth-seeded London Spitfire (24-16) in best-of-three series. Semifinals matchups are played the following week in the same format.


When the sun sets in the West on July 21, teams of two will hop on the battle bus, grabbing their favorite pickaxe and glide for Red Bull Rise Till Dawn, a dusk to dawn Fortnite Battle Royale duo competition taking place on the 99th floor of Chicago’s famed Willis Tower. Featuring a unique scoring system, the tournament will start as soon as the sun sets at 8:21 PM and continue throughout the night as teams battle to accumulate the most points possible before the sun rises over Lake Michigan at 5:35 AM.

One hundred teams of two will embark on their overnight mission competing for points based on end game placement and eliminations of other players. The team which gains the most points by the time the sun rises will be crowned the winner. The tournament will feature streamer, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and a teammate of his choice. Adding to the intensity, competitors who successfully eliminate Ninja and his teammate will receive bonus points.

“Competing and streaming Fortnite all night at the most iconic building in Chicago, a city close to my heart, is a dream come true,” said Ninja. “Red Bull Rise Till Dawn will be unlike any other tournament and something people need to see and experience for themselves.”

For those unable to compete in person, the entire tournament will be streamed via Ninja’s Twitch channel at starting at 8:00 PM CST on July 21.

Interested participants can register now at Red Bull Rise Till Dawn is open to United States residents 18 years and older. The entry per team is $40.

Red Bull Rise Till Dawn is supported by HyperX, 7-Eleven and

 Photos courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment