Tuesday Telecast April 12th, 2022

Good Afternoon folks, Dan here with Des Moines Gaming Club bringing you another Tuesday Telecast. We’ve got a regular week ahead here at the Club except for Sunday which will be closed due to the holiday. Otherwise, we are open for casual play today, Wednesday, and Thursday 1pm-10pm, Friday & Saturday 1pm-11pm, and like I said we’ll be closed Sunday due to it being Easter Sunday. 

The weekly tournament schedule is normal too except for Sunday so that is FGC Wednesday night at 7pm with tournaments in Guilty Gear Strive & Street Fighter V and plenty of casual matches too. Thursday is Smash Bros. with squad strike at 6:30 sharp followed by singles at 7. Friday night is FIFA 22 at 7pm and then there is no Rocket League tournament on Sunday since we’ll be closed.

That’s all the news we have at the Club here this week so let’s go over some esport industry news! In the world of competitive Valorant, the first international LAN event of 2022 is occurring in Iceland right now. Having started a couple days ago, the Valorant Champions Tour Stage 1 Masters Tournament is well underway. Last year’s Iceland champions Sentinels will be absent as they could not qualify out of North America and European champions Acend also did not qualify for this event so that means two of the heaviest hitters on the tour will not be in attendance leaving the title completely up for grabs. You can watch all the action on Twitch where it is sure to be one of the highest viewed events on the platform.

In CSGO teams from North America and Europe are competing this week to qualify for the first Major of 2022 set to be held in Antwerp, Belgium in about a month from May 19th to the 22nd. There will be a lot of team slots for this major so many CSGO teams are believing that they can get themselves a spot during the qualifying. Two teams have already qualified so far and they are MIBr and FURIA. You can watch all the qualifying action on PGL’s twitch channels as well as their YouTube channels.

Finally, we’ll with a bit of esports business news. Infinite Reality, Inc. has acquired RektGlobal which is a parent company that runs Rogue, who competes in the League of Legends European Championship, and the London Royal Ravens of the Call of Duty League. The price tag is reported to be $470 million and the deal was finalized just this morning. Both Rogue and the London Royal Ravens, while being solid teams and organizations, are not necessarily at the top of either of their divisions yet they sold for such a high price which points to the fact that more and more large companies are interested in diversifying into esports. Makes you wonder what some the biggest and best teams in professional esports are really worth.

That’l do it for today’s telecast. Thanks so much for watching and have a great day.