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On life support, Mutineers rally for epic run to title match in Atlanta

The Florida Mutineers used a literal last-second victory to catapult them on a run in Atlanta this weekend that ended with a loss in the championship match to the host team Faze.

The showing earned them 30 points and pushed them into fifth place three events into the Call of Duty League’s inaugural season. The Mutineers have only participated in two of the events so far.

The team had to rally after dropping its opening match to the London Royal Ravens 3-1 in the initial double-elimination portion of the schedule.

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NBA 2K League draft: Magic Gaming has ‘unfinished business’ as 2020 season approaches

Magic Gaming feels it has unfinished business, a year after finishing one slot out of the postseason.

On Saturday, the squad starts its journey toward the playoffs at the NBA 2K League’s draft in New York City.

Head coach Jonah Edwards said the third year for the league will be crucial.

“It’s vitally important,” he told The OVG. “We are a growing league. We have done a good job of finding ways to evolve, even expanding internationally this year.”

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Mayhem creep up 2 spots in ESPN’s 1st Overwatch League rankings since 2020 debut

The Florida Mayhem (1-1) couldn’t break the top half of the 20-team league in the first rankings released after the squad split a pair of matches in Philadelphia this weekend.

But their performance against the Philadelphia Fusion (2-0) and Houston Outlaws (0-2) did push them up two spots from No. 15 to No. 13 in ESPN’s coaches poll this week.

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Florida Mayhem fans “light it Up” for new squad in season opener

A complete overhaul of Florida Mayhem’s roster in the Overwatch League paid off, at least on opening night.

The last-place team from last year on Saturday busted out of the gates strong, comfortably sweeping the Houston Outlaws in their season-opening match.

However, the excitement was quickly doused on the second day, when the Mayhem were swept by Philadelphia Fusion.

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Tampa Bay Lightning brings NHL 20 tourney to Full Sail

WINTER PARK – An 18-year-old Montreal Canadiens fan took home the top prize in an NHL 20 esports tournament hosted by the Tampa Bay Lightning at Full Sail University on Saturday.

Samuel Landry, playing under the handle Canadiens27, swept a best-of-three series from one of the best players in the world to nab the $2,500 top prize.

He defeated Erik Tammenpää of Finland, the top-ranked-player in the world last summer, 6-3 and and 7-3 in consecutive games.

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RIT wins Hearthstone college title at Full Sail

A team from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York took home the fall title in the collegiate championships of Hearthstone, a tournament held at Full Sail University earlier this month.

The online digital collectible card game from Blizzard Entertainment has grown in popularity and drew the top four teams to Winter Park.

In Hearthstone, players build a deck of digital cards that are based in the popular World of Warcraft universe.

Players and teams use cards from their constructed decks to battle those of their opponents, with specific traits of the characters in the card determining who comes out on top.

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Full Sail to host Hearthstone college title meet

The college championship of Blizzard’s esports competition of Hearthstone is coming to The Fortress.

Full Sail University and Blizzard officials announced Friday that the school’s dedicated competitive gaming venue would host the event in Saturday, Dec. 14.

The finals will be played on the newly released Descent of Dragons expansion, which launches Tuesday.

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Mutineers’ Call of Duty roster features most-recent world champion

The Florida Mutineers will have some decorated firepower for the upcoming season of the Call of Duty World League.

Preston “Prestinni” Sanderson, who has earned $1.4 million in Call of Duty World League prize money since July, will lead a squad that also includes a two-time Halo world champion and three Call of Duty veterans.

The team will be led by coach Ricky “Atura” Lugo and general manager Tom “OGRE2” Ryan, who himself has been called the best Halo player of all time.

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Magic Gaming delivers game kiosks to sick children at Arnold Palmer Hospital

The Orlando Magic’s esports team delivered special gaming kiosks to sick children at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children this week.

Magic Gaming head coach Jonah Edwards and small forward Brandon “ ToXsiK” Raudenbush distributed four GO Karts, which are built by Michigan-based Gamers Outreach.

“It’s always fun to go spend time with them and put a smile on their face and take their mind off of everything they’re going through,” Raudenbush said. “I fell in love with playing games at a young age, so it’s cool to give back and make them happy.”

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Video game pioneer, Pitfall! creator David Crane says esports roots planted 40 years ago

Legendary video game designer David Crane said he probably should have seen the rise of esports way back in the 1980s.

While building games for Atari, a long hallway ended in a sort-of makeshift game room, where programmers would play the latest titles.

These often impromptu sessions would often draw six to eight people watching the gameplay.

“We, of course, looked at games differently than the average person – concentrating on design issues and technical implementation,” he told The OVG in an email interview. “But it could be entertaining nonetheless. It showed the value of watching an expertly played game.”

Crane would move on to Activision, where he would be the brains behind the legendary Atari 2600 game “Pitfall!,” and “Ghostbusters” for the Commodore 64.

This weekend, Crane will be in Orlando for Free Play Florida, an annual showcase of arcade games that serves as an homage to that classical video game period.

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