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Interview: Lucas Almeida – CEO INTZ eSports

Interview: Lucas Almeida - CEO INTZ eSports

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INTZ is a Brazilian multi-game organization founded in June 2014. Currently, it has a list in the Brazilian League of the Brazilian League of Legends Championship and among other games such as Arena of Valor, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Rainbow Six, CrossFire , Overwatch, Hearthstone, Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, Garena Free Fire, PUBG Mobile, Apex Legends, Fortnite, Brawl Stars, Speed Drifters and Rocket League. They were previously known as INTZ e-Sports, it is currently the club with the highest achievements in CbLOL with 4 titles in total.

Interview: Lucas Almeida - CEO INTZ eSports

INTZ eSports is one of the largest organizations in the world. (Image: INTZ)

The organization’s mission is to provide emotion and professional excellence through titles and entertainment. Having the vision of being the biggest club in Latin America and having international recognition until 2022. Having the values of recognition, new talents, champion spirit, innovation and financial responsibility.

Interview: Lucas Almeida - CEO INTZ eSports

Lucas Almeida is the CEO of INTZ eSports. (Image: INTZ)

Lucas Almeida is the CEO of INTZ eSports, below the interview we had with him shows a little how the Brazilian eSports organization works, which is one of the largest in the world. Check out the interview:

When did INTZ appear and who was the creator?

INTZ emerged on June 20, 2014, it basically emerged from a dream of the son of my partner, Rogério. Had the dream of being a professional League of Legends player. They met on weekends, but Luan (Rogério’s son) did not want to leave the house to have fun because he had to train. So Rogério asked Luan to teach his father his world. And instead of showing how the game worked, he showed all the business behind eSports, from tournaments, awards, players and sponsorships. So that’s how INTZ eSports came about.

How many modalities and how many people are currently involved?

We are more than 105 people today, more than 85 athletes in 14 sports, with some sports having a male and a female team, totaling 18 teams.

How is INTZ’s gaming house established?

We understand that the Gaming House is a place where teams train and live. So we have a complete training center with more than 6 training stations, offices. More and more players are living in the surroundings, so they end up just going there for training, so it becomes a Gaming Office or Training Center. The area of this place consists of 1000 m², with 4 floors. With the kitchen, resting place and old dorms on the first floor, which are now being renovated and will be used as a training room. On the third floor the offices, and on the top floor the doctor’s office, ecommerce, press conference room.

INTZ is one of the 8 best clubs in the world according to Esports BAR in engagement with the community, what is the essential key to this success?

We were in second place, behind Vitality. Basically we are very engaged with the community, this was the main reason for having achieved this position. The key to success is always to put intrepid people first, without them there is no club, so we try to do everything with great care.

INTZ talent training is one of the organization’s strongest points, what are the most important aspects of having Academy teams?

You do not necessarily need to have the Academy team. But to invest in the training of new talents, to provide an adequate structure from the beginning. Not only in training, but also personal and professional.

Force Intrepid brings fans together with the organization through a Supporter Member, what are the biggest benefits of these association plans?

The Force Intrepid is a social supporter under construction. The biggest benefit is that with the value that the fan would buy the uniform. Being a partner wins the uniform in addition to accumulating points and exchanging players’ subscription raising the experience. Aiming to continue evolving this project of the Partner Partner.

How do you work with the players’ mental health issue?

We work with all the nutrition part. But mainly the psychologist and hypnotherapist part, helping a lot in the athletes’ performance.

INTZ is the club with the highest number of achievements in CBLoL, do you believe that in this year 2020 the number of titles of the team will increase?

Despite the poor start at this year’s CBLol, no one doubts our potential. One of the most important things is that it is not only at CBLol that we are the greatest champions. But in most of the modalities that we compete.

What is your expectation of the INTZ eSports brand for 5 years from now?

The expectation for 5 years from now, in addition to being the largest club in Latin America. Is to be present in other countries throughout the rest of the world. International expansion is part of our plans for the next 5 years, striving for continuous growth.

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Brazilian, 23 years old, I follow eSports since 2010 with a good experience in Counter Strike Global Offensive, Fornite, Free Fire and League of Legends with articles and news published in the electronic sports scene.

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Fortnite: Champion Series third week results

Fortnite: Champion Series third week results

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Another qualifying round for the third week of the Fortnite Champion Series has ended. The seven competitive regions had their results released. After three rounds of intense competition, the pairs begin to shape what will be the next few weeks. With only a week to go from the Fortnite Champion Series, it will be decided on the last battery of points.

With no apparent rule-breaking attacks this week, we saw one of the best teams in Europe claiming their first win at the FNCS. A West NA pair survived their relatively new East NA competition and Oceania continues to produce similar results week by week. You can consult the results of the second week for a complete list of qualified doubles up to that point. Now let’s dive deeply into the action of the third week of FNCS.

European Semi-Finals

The duo Mitr0 and Crr took first place in the third week of the European Fortnite Champion Series. They won 43 points and won their first qualification for the FNCS qualifiers in two weeks. Even without any Victory Royale, Mitr0 and Crr made several eliminations, making a total difference. Each player took home $ 2.5K USD for their efforts in the finals.

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Results from Europe in the Fortnite Champion Series. (Image: Epic)

SRN Hardfind and AstroSMZ closely followed the winners with 41 points. The road to success was a little different, with just 18 eliminations. However, they consistently earned placement points and had only a worse finish than 15th place. This week marks his second qualifying for batteries. The pairs of Sy Kyzen and Sy Clement, c4loverKubx and KamiFN and MCES Andilex and LeStream Nayte won their third qualifying for drums, with a top 20 this week.

Eastern Semi-Finals NA

The incredible Cented and NRG Edgey showed off their talent in the third week of the Fortnite Champion Series with their first big win in eastern NA. Cented and Edgey will do well in the standings after getting 59 points and a Victory Royale. This pair finished in the top ten in just one game and took home $ 2.25K each and their third battery qualification.

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Results from NA in the Fortnite Champion Series. (Image: Epic)

Captain Knight and Captain Shark achieved another impressive result with a second result in the third week. They got 26 eliminations en route to 52 points in total. They will participate in sleeves and continue to impress each week.

Twitch star Tfue and controller spotlight Scoped followed the performance of first place in the semifinals, with third place in the final three of the week. After not qualifying for the finals in weeks one and two, Tfue and Scoped took off and decided to secure a spot in the heats. They did just that with 47 points and a Victory Royale. 100T Ceice and Bizzle join Edgey and Cented as the only two pairs to be in the top 20 in three weeks.

Western Semi-Finals NA

Powur and Favs added 50 points from six games and won the Fortnite Champion Series final three of the week. These two achieved more eliminations than any other duo and did not even need a Victory Royale to take first place. Favs and Powur were in the top ten in five of their six games, proving how much consistency counts in Fortnite. These two won a total of $ 3,000 for their efforts in the finals.

Fortnite: Champion Series third week results

Results from NA West in the Fortnite Champion Series. (Image: Epic)

Stohkd and VANISH IREWQ were six points below the first, but ended up winning their first qualification, with a second place. In six matches, Stohkd and IREWQ achieved a Victory Royale and 22 eliminations in total. Several doubles, including Thomuss and wavyjacob, as well as CLG Symetrical and Leno, reached third place in this week’s top 20.

Oceania Semi-Finals

Jahlyn and Parpy won the tiebreaker and took first place in the third week of the Oceania Fortnite Champion Series. Despite combining points with the outstanding Gooboz and dignified, jahlyn and Parpy agreed with the eliminations, which yielded the victory. After qualifying last week, jahlyn and parpy celebrated their first win with 32 eliminations and 53 points. Gooboz and digno took second place for the second time in three weeks, each earning $ 400 USD and their second battery qualification. This week’s top ten players will also join Gooboz and will also be worthy of qualifiers.

Fortnite: Champion Series third week results

Results from Oceania in the Fortnite Champion Series. (Image: Epic)

Brazil Semi-Finals

R4J4DA and B4 TarzaN combined the OCE winners with 53 points to achieve victory in the region of Brazil. Despite falling slightly behind their competitors in the elimination column, R4J4DA and Tarzan had an average placement of 9.5 in six matches. Their consistent ability to earn placement points has elevated them above competitors. The two players raised $ 1,500 and will join the Brazil FNCS Qualifiers in two weeks.

Fortnite: Champion Series third week results

Results from Brazil in the Fortnite Champion Series. (Image: Epic)

Asia Semi-Finals

After finishing in fifth place last week, Maufin and Bob added an impressive 65 points to win their second qualification in the Asian FNCS Heats qualifiers. Their display included only 28 eliminations, but the two finished no less than 12th in their six matches. With an average placement of 6th, Maufin and Bob did not need a significant amount of eliminations to win. Peterpan and FaxFox, three heats, came in second, while conducting a clinic with 43 eliminations. This week’s top ten players will advance to the next round.

Fortnite: Champion Series third week results

Results from Asia in the Fortnite Champion Series. (Image: Epic)

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Fortnite: why are the pros making it competitive? Ninja and SypherPK explain.

Fortnite: why are the pros making it competitive? Ninja and SypherPK explain.

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The days go by and when you open social networks you are faced with a professional giving up the scenario. Players Ninja and SypherPK discussed what is happening to people getting away with Fortnite. Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Ali “SypherPK” Hassan are more focused on content production than the competitive landscape. So, it was very interesting to hear what they had to say about the growing number of professionals who gave up competing.

In the last few days, the bombshell has come from Harrison “Psalm” Chang’s withdrawal from the competition. Since winning 2nd place in the solo World Cup finals, he has been in decline. The player revealed that he has plans to dedicate himself to the new Riot Games game, Valorant.

Fortnite: why are the pros making it competitive? Ninja and SypherPK explain.

Harrison “Psalm” Chang is yet another professional player leaving Fortnite. (Image: EPIC)

Psalm at 24 is one of the biggest boomers in the game. Known as META Master, a strategic knowledge and a lot of notion of game has made him evolve since he was 13 years old. All of this made him take 2nd place in the solo finals of the World Cup and breaking $ 1,800,000. Practically 1 year after that big moment, Salmo is entering another life-changing event. Then announcing his departure from Fortnite to pursue new competitive experiences.

Salmo revealed that his dream is to be one of the most decorated contestants in the history of electronic games. He can be considered one of the most successful players in the history of Esports, with a plethora of titles.

In the last decade, Psalm achieved the following:

  • Top 20 Heroes of Newerth ladder;
  • Diamond Starcraft II S1 (highest at the time);
  • DotA 2 semi-pro (this one I regret quitting);
  • CS:GO Global Elite;
  • Top 70 Overwatch S1 ladder;
  • Best HotS pro in NA;
  • 2nd at FN World Cup;
  • Hit D3 in LoL in 2 months (brand new).

Ninja and SypherPK commented on Salmo’s withdrawal, his possible move to Valorant, Sypher said “He is obviously very talented, but he was always the guy who used his brain, not necessarily the most sophisticated mechanics, but at the end of the day, Valorant will demand an insane amount. Aiming ability. ”

Sypher did not mean that Salmo would not have the necessary mechanical skill, but he explains that adaptation in Valorant will not be easy. This change will be very impactful for the player. He still hints that in the case of Psalm, due to his experience in competing in several games, he could easily be a very successful player in Counter Strike Global Offensive for example. This bodes well for your future in Valorant, as the game has a mix of CS:GO and Overwatch.

Following the conversation, Ninja reveals: “If you’re doing well at Fortnite right now and you’re enjoying it, there’s no reason to change.” He adds, “Even if you’re doing well, you can get tired of Fortnite’s competitiveness”.

As for the reasoning of Fortnite professionals who leave the competitive landscape, they mention some issues that influence their choice. Since the failures that kill them for no reason, players who go without playing can affect the player. They also mentioned the other problems associated with these open online events, such as the team building and flow sniping scandals that have been making headlines recently.

What is expected?

The pair agreed that Valorant will be policed ​​much better than Fornite, speaking of the competitive scene. For them, it is much easier in a 5×5 game than a Battle Royale game. For professional Fortnite players, small changes are ignored by the developers. It is these changes that make a huge difference in the game, and that in most cases, cause players to lose interest in competing.

Fortnite: why are the pros making it competitive? Ninja and SypherPK explain.

The pair agreed that Valorant will be policed much better than Fornite. (Image: RIOT)

This article ends with a criticism of EPIC. If Fortnite cannot work with the main concepts of competitive integrity or, at least, fix it in the summer, VALORANT could be the real “Fortnite killer”.

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Fortnite: who are the best players in the world?

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With a competitive landscape still in its infancy, Fortnite didn’t need many championships to reveal great professional players. It’s been almost three years since the game’s release, and giant names like Tyler “Ninja”, Turner “TFue” and Kyle “Bugha” have gained prominence in Epic Games’ battle royale. Many other pro players and streamers are also part of the hall of the best players in one of the most played games today.

Great Fortnite players also benefit from Epic Games’ strategy to foster competition through big payouts. The first Fortnite World Cup alone distributed US$ 30 million, being the second largest prize in the history of eSports. And, with an outstanding talent, the best players gain even more prominence in the community due to achievements that are often unrelated to competitions.

Check out the top seven Fortnite players in the world:

Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf

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Bugha was the first Fortnite World Cup champion and made $3 million. (Image: Epic Games)

Winner of the first Fortnite World Cup, Bugha emerged into the world after collecting the $ 3 million prize last year. Despite not being able to remain at the top of the tournaments since then, the player has all the potential to be able to shine again in the competitive scenario. Before the World Cup, for example, he had already won Friday Fortnite 2019: Week 6 and the Fortnite World Cup Online Open: Week 1.

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins

It is impossible to name a list of Fortntite players without mentioning Ninja. Tyler Blevins has become, not only for the Epic Games battle royale, but for the whole world, one of the main references in the gaming world. Despite not having brilliant performances in the competitive scene, Ninja did not need to win a major title to be recognized by the scene.

Fortnite: who are the best players in the world?

Ninja has become one of the biggest names in the gaming industry in the world. (Image: Red Bull)

Currently dedicating himself full time to streams, he was the first popular figure to receive a skin within the game. Such importance of Ninja for the battle royale of Epic Games, the developer paid tribute and immortalized the player forever.

Turner “Tfue” Tenney

Unlike Ninja, Tfue knew how to divide attention between the competitive landscape of Fortnite and the life of a streamer. Still competing, Turner has the most recent appearance with a second place in the Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS). However, he has several other career achievements within the battle royale.

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Tfue was able to divide time between stream and competitive scenario. (Image: FaZe Clan)

The most recent was last year, when Tfue won the Fortnite World Cup Online Open: Week 3 – North America East. Prior to that, in 2018, he ranked first in Fortnite Fall Skirmish: Week 6 – TwitchCon Finals: Heat 1 and in weeks 2, 4 and 6 of Fortnite Fall Skirmish.

Trevor “Funk” Siegler

A FaZe Clan player, Funk has a long and successful career in Fortnite. At just 24 years old, he has already managed to prove his performance in the competitive battle royale scene. Despite finishing in 99th place at the Epic Games World Cup, the other five first places he won over the years 2018 and 2019 show that he can go even further.

Fortnite: who are the best players in the world?

Funk emerged on the competitive scene in 2018, but it made a brilliant 2019 year. (Image: Twitter)

The first prize came at the Red Bull Rise Till Dawn, when he was still defending SoaR Gaming. Still in 2018 and playing for the same organization, he secured Fortnite Summer Skirmish: Week 6. The good performances yielded the hiring for FaZe, where Funk moved last year. There, he secured weeks 5, 7 and 8 of Friday Fortnite 2019.

Nate “Nate Hill” Hill

Also defending the FaZe Clan, Nate Hill first appeared on eSport in late 2018. At the time, without wearing the shirt of any organization, he secured first place in Fortnite Summer Skirmish: Week 6 and good positions in the following weeks, as the second and fourth place. The latter, already representing FaZe.

Fortnite: who are the best players in the world?

Nate Hill is another professional player hired by FaZe Clan. (Image: FaZe Clan)

Despite signing two years ago, the player’s first placements for the team happened almost 12 months later. However, it ended up winning in double dose. That’s because Nate Hill was able to secure two consecutive weeks of Friday Fortnite 2019, writing the name once and for all among the greats of battle royale.

AliMyth” Kabbani

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A TeamSolo Mid player, Myth has been part of the competition since the beginning of battle royale. (Image: Twitter)

Representing TeamSolo Mid, Myth is one of the greatest Fortnite legends. Just like Ninja is far from having a successful competitive career. However, everything the player and streamer did on the platform was marked for battle royale players. One of the pioneers to enter the game with an organization, Ali Kabbani has as one of the main achievements only a Friday Fortnite.

Dennis “Cloakzy” Lepore

A former FaZe Clan player, cloakzy currently appears in Fortnite only as a streamer. However, he managed to prove, at the time that he defended the organization, quality as a competitive player. With most eSport appearances in 2018, Dennis showed that he had a lot of future ahead in the competitive battle royale scene if he kept up the intense pace.

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Cloakzy stood out on the competitive scene alongside Tfue playing for FaZe. (Image: FaZe Clan)

Of the few tournaments he participated in, he managed to secure two first place and always competed for the top of the competitions. However, from the middle of last year, the player had an intense fight with the FaZe Clan after contractual differences.

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