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Milo Ocampo, CEO at 8-bit Esports LLC – Interview Series

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Milo Ocampo, has 16 years’ experience working with companies like Riot Games, building their collegiate initiative, Blizzard Entertainment, running their national collegiate Hearthstone tournament and Team Liquid, contributing to their social media presence. Currently, Milo oversees 8-bit esports, UNLV’s collegiate team, as the co-founder and CEO.

What was it that sparked your initial love of gaming?

I grew up in the Philippines and was constantly surrounded by video games. My dad took us to the arcade and computer cafes a lot to watch him play Street Fighter or Command and Conquer. However, the real love came when I played Pokemon Sapphire for the first time. I was so addicted to that game and never really put it down. Everyone in my life had a deep connection to video games. If I visited my cousins, we’d play Super Smash Bros. Melee, in elementary school, we’d all play Pokemon in the lunch room, in middle school we played Mario Kart, and in high school, we played League of Legends. My love for gaming went hand in hand with my love for people and community because it was constantly the lifeblood of all my relationships.

What was your favorite game growing up?

My favorite game growing up was definitely Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald. I owned all 3 games and put over 500 hours in them.

You’re the Co-Founder behind 8-bit Esports LLC which is an esports collegiate organization. Can you tell us more about this organization and what drove you to launch it?

8-bit Esports used to be a collegiate organization. That was our origin. Since I’m about to graduate, the plan was always to take 8-bit Esports out of UNLV and into the industry itself. Right now, UNLV Esports is the collegiate organization and 8-bit Esports is a professional esports team.

What ultimately drove us to launch a collegiate program was the love for the community. In 2012, Riot Games announced a collegiate initiative to better serve their main demographic. Only 20 schools were accepted into the initial program, and UNLV was one of them. My brother and I had a history of running video game clubs before because we started a “Cyber Sports Club” in middle school back in 2006 and ran tournaments for many years before college. After getting accepted into the Riot program, we had a unique opportunity to learn from industry professionals and shape the entire collegiate infrastructure which is still standing today.

The collegiate club was a way for us to build a community and make lifelong friends. Before the organization, our group of friends would just meet up at the library and play league in between classes and we’d have a ton of fun. The Riot program was a way for us to share our love of video games with the entire campus and provide the fun experience we felt in between classes on a large scale.

The professional team is the culmination of my 15 years of esports knowledge being put into practice to ultimately represent Las Vegas in the highest form of competition. 8-bit Esports’ mission is to house the entire Vegas gaming community and provide a way for gamers to interact with esports in a much deeper and meaningful way. We have a ton of community initiatives like charity streams, community events, and coaching bootcamps that would provide value to gamers of various interests. Our pro team is like the Raiders or the Golden Knights. We’ll be representing Las Vegas in the professional leagues such as the Rocket League Championship Series, the League Championship Series, and the Overwatch League within the next few years.

What’s your day-to-day role at 8-bit?

My role in both the collegiate organization and the professional organization is pretty similar. I delegate tasks to my other founders and officers while also having meetings with sponsors and partners. My main role is to steer the organizations in the right direction through strategizing and integrating the community’s wants and values into our culture and mission.

What excites you the most about esports?

The accessibility of it all. Esports is by everyone, for everyone. Esports embodies the saying “you get what you put in.” If you wanna be a pro, practice hard and compete in the many many many tournaments that go on everyday. If you wanna make friends, find all the discord groups and online platforms to get you connected to likeminded people, or go to collegiate events. If you want a job in the industry, learn from those already running events in your local area and actively network. Esports is incredibly open and inclusive to anyone that genuinely wants to be there.

You were instrumental in helping to launch the Hyper X Esports Arena at Luxor Hotel & Casino. Could you walk us through the journey of when you first heard about the idea to its final execution?

I wouldn’t say I was instrumental, however, a lot of organizations that want to have esports presence in Vegas has come to 8-bit/UNLV for some form of collaboration. The organization that was built definitely succeeded in housing and growing the local gaming community, so when the arena was being built, they wanted to know how to best support our goals so that they could connect with our community. When I first heard about it, I was excited. It was a dedicated venue on a large scale that was going to really bring attention to Vegas. As they were building the arena, I had a few calls with the chief creative officer of Allied Esports to discuss their goals and plans to see if we could synergize our strategies. After that, I was the sole esports representative among other Vegas executives during the hard hat tour. During their soft opening, I invited my championship winning collegiate players (we had just won the inaugural Mountain West Esports tournament) and filled the venue up with UNLV Esports jerseys. We were incredibly well represented and excited during the initial opening of the arena. Now, I believe the arena has a very strong identity and presence in the community, and they hold the absolute best esports productions in the city. I take my family there every time they come visit.

Were you surprised with how well the Hyper X Esports Arena turned out? How often do you visit?

I was very surprised with how the arena looked and the production value it gave. Before COVID, I used to visit at least once a month to compete in some tournaments.

You’re currently assisting with the first esports/gaming venue to be offered at a residential community called Tuscan Highlands which is located in Las Vegas. What was the vision behind this?

The vision is to be the first (and best) residential community with an esports lounge. This lounge is going to bridge a huge gap in the industry by tearing down all barriers to enter and allowing people to experience esports in the most non-overwhelming way possible. There will be tons of social events and tournaments, but the most unique thing will be the educational events that would help inform people that were hesitant or confused about the culture as a whole. This lounge is going to set the precedent that will catalyze the esports culture into mainstream.

What information can you reveal about the Tuscan Highlands gaming venue?

The sheer amount of events and amenities this lounge will have is amazing. It’s going to have 12 state of the art gaming PCs, 5 next gen consoles, and a virtual reality sports simulator all in the same room. The tournaments and social events will provide a unique and immersive experience that will ultimately grow the Tuscan Highlands community closer and if you’re hesitant, the educational events will introduce you to the world and help you become amazing at whichever video game you choose.

Is there anything else that you would like to share about esports, or any other project you are working on?

The biggest barrier the esports community faces is communication. The people with the resources are not talking to the people with the experience and knowledge even though they both want the same thing. The reason why we’re all so confident in the success of Tuscan Highlands is because the management team is incredibly open minded and enthusiastic about learning about esports and they were not afraid of not knowing. They fully understood that one size doesn’t fit all and that the parallels between esports and traditional sports only go so far.

Lastly, if you’d like to follow our journey as we transition from a collegiate organization to a professional esports team, please follow our social medias: @8bit_esports or @8bitesports.

Thank you for the interview, readers who wish to learn more should visit 8-bit esports.

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TFT: Teamfight Tatics patch 10.16 news

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TeamFight Tactics (TFT) received patch 10.16 on Wednesday (5). The update brought some news and added a new galaxy that promises to impact the style of play. With that in mind, Gaming Net selected the strongest compositions for the updated TFT Set 3. Strong compositions have not undergone so many changes and some may appear as alternatives in this Teamfight Tatics patch 10.16.

TFT is an Auto Chess game from Riot Games. The title is available in a mobile version for download on Android and iPhone phones (iOS) and as a game mode in League of Legends (LoL) for PC.

Rebel Blademaster

Champions: Shen, Yasuo, Zed, Yi, Fizz, Irelia and Riven.

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Master Yi is one of the strongest characters of Teamfight Tatics patch 10.16. (Image: Riot Games)

This composition appears as one of the best for some patches. The idea is to have many champions who can do damage, with Master Yi as the main one. Seeking to maximize the power of Shen, Yasuo, Zed and Yi, the strategy requires patience to reach greater potential.

Tips

  • Start the game by focusing on champions who are master of blades and infiltrators, such as Nocturne, Fiora, Shen, Zed, Yasuo and Master Yi.
  • Use the “Slow Roll” tactic on level 7. This strategy consists of accumulating money and spending the excess after reaching 50 gold until you reach Zed, Shen, Yasuo and Master Yi at the maximum level.
  • The items needed to maximize the characters’ damage come from the recurve bow. Get at least three of them to ensure greater efficiency in Master Yi. Steaming Cannon, Rabadon’s Deathcap, Mercury and Guinsoo’s Blade of Fury are the best items for the champion.
  • Zed is one of the best champions of this composition, but he needs to have the blade master feature activated. Focus on getting a spatula as soon as possible and, in the new patch, a GPC Sword to get the Destroyed King’s Sword.
  • Remember to always place the three rebels together so that they gain the shield of the rebel feature, which was improved in this update.
  • Riven, Ireilia and Fizz are strong champions in their own right. Riven comes in to provide the time characteristic buff for the entire team. Meanwhile, Fizz has a lot of group control and is an infiltrator, just like Zed. Irelia comes in as the sixth blade master for being a strong character.

Sniper Astronauts

Champions: Caitlyn, Nautilus, Ashe, Gnar, Jhin, Teemo, Wukong and Lulu / Karma.

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Teemo is one of the damage carriers of the composition. (Image: Riot Games)

In this Teamfight Tatics patch 10.16, Sniper champions do more damage from distance to opponents. Meanwhile, astronauts have reduced their mana cost to 30 when they are together. In addition, this is a composition with immense group control, has a resistant front line and causes enormous damage.

Tips

  • Being a composition with two magazines with different damage, a physical and a magician, it is good to pay attention to the items at the beginning of the game. If you get Tears of the Goddess, Needlessly Large Rod and GPC Sword, you have a call to make this composition.
  • Get Caitlyn two stars as soon as possible. As he is a strong champion at the beginning of the game, there is a chance to win some duels and maintain hit points.
  • Always have two Vanguards on the field. The Mordekaiser can be useful for being a Black Star and activating the trait once you get Jhin.
  • Reaching level 8 is essential as it contains four characters of cost 4, such as Jhin, Teemo, Gnar and Wukong. The chances of getting these champions increase from 15% to 25% from level 7 to 8.
  • Positioning is paramount. Knowing where to place the characters on the platform to increase the damage done and the distribution of group control caused by Gnar, Ashe, Teemo and Nautilus is necessary. Place the Snipers at the ends. Watch out if the enemy has Blitzcrank or the Zephyr item.
  • At level 9, having two Mystics can be very useful. To increase protection for Jhin, Karma and Lulu alongside him can be good champions. Karma is Black Star and Lulu is Celestial. Both will be activated because they already have Ashe and Jhin in the field.

Master of the Golden Blades

Champions: Fiora, Jarvan, Xayah, Rakan, Shen, Master Yi, Irelia and Riven.

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Fiora is part of the composition strategy. (Image: Riot Games)

The synergy achieved at the beginning of the game with three Blade Masters, two Temporal and the attack speed promoted by Jarvan’s skill, this composition presents a good start to the game. Seeking to activate the feature with six Blade Masters and a powerful frontline, this composition does a lot of damage.

Tips

  • With a focus on achieving the greatest number of tier 1 three-star champions, adopt the “hyperroll” tactic, which consists of accumulating gold and spending it all one round before reaching level five. Search for Xayah, Fiora and Jarvan.
  • Taken as the composition of the “three critics”, for requiring three Boxer Gloves, the items in the finals of Xayah are Last Whisper, Edge of Infinity and Mercury. With the best in Statikk Knife, it is an item that can be useful in the damage loader.
  • Strengthen your Jarvan so that he stays longer and can give Xayah more attack speed. The positioning of the characters of the two characters, being close to each other, is essential.
  • When you get the six Blade Masters, Riven is one of the most important for granting Temporal to the whole team, as you will already have Shen.
  • Always keep in mind to change the composition if you don’t get the six Blade Masters, being able to use four Celestial, with Lulu and Ashe. In addition to exchanging Riven for Caitlyn.

Demolishing Rebels

Champions: Malphite, Ziggs, Blitzcrank, Yasuo, Ezreal, Yi, Jinx, Aurelion Sol and Gangplank.

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When you activate your ability, Jinx does a lot of damage. (Image: Riot Games)

With a focus on keeping Jinx alive, this composition seeks to have a good position and a front line capable of waiting for the activation of the champion’s ability. With Gangplank or Aurelion Sol as possible loaders, the comp has a good distribution between physical and magical damage. Blitzcrank and Ezreal will activate Temporal and Fighter, in addition to the first bringing the element of surprise to the team.

Tips

  • If you start with items like the Red Effect, try to get characters like Lucian and Graves, as well as Malphite and Blitz. If you get a Rabadon Deathcap, an alternative is to drop it off at Ziggs in the beginning.
  • The transition is made from the moment you get Jinx, but always keeping two detonators together.
  • Your main loader is Jinx, make items like Giant Kills, Red Effect, Last Whisper, Infinity Edge and Mortal Blade to do more damage and Guardian Angel to protect yourself.
  • Blitzcrank near Jinx can be useful. The champion’s ability is activated after she kills two enemies. With the initial pull of Blitz, Jinx can start distributing damage more quickly.
  • Gangplank adds the Daredevil deal along with Ziggs. With the right items, the Space Pirate is able to deal a lot of damage and group control. Guardian Angel, Ionic Spark and Rabadon’s Deathcap are the items to survive to the point of using your ability.
  • Position the rebels always together, with Jinx at the center. At the start of the fight, Rebels gain a shield for each adjacent rebel. The shield was buffed in the current patch.

Cybernetic

Champions: Fiora, Leona, Shen, Vayne, Vi, Irelia, Ekko and Thresh.

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With Ekko, cybernetics remain at the finish line. (Image: Riot Games)

With low cost champions such as Leona, Fiora and Lucian, the beginning of the Cybernetic game can be very strong. Along with the ease of finding champions, the feature gains life and attack damage when equipping only one item. With the possibility of a game start with detonators, passing through Snipers and ending with the help of Masters of Blades, the composition ends up being versatile. In the Treasure Chest galaxy, the composition gets even stronger in this Teamfight Tatics patch 10.16.

Tips

  • The beginning of the Cybernetics game is very strong. Search for Leona, Fiora and Lucian. If you get many items, distribute them among the three, but focusing on the damage items on Lucian. He will be your loader at the start of the game. Red effect is a great item if you get another Detonator.
  • After the addition of Vayne it was easier to get six Cybernetics, but don’t stick to that. Try as many synergies as possible, as your two carriers will be Irelia and Ekko and they will be slow to arrive.
  • Vi always uses her skill on the champion furthest from her. Position it to reach a target that could be problematic for your team.
  • Transition the team as soon as you get Irelia. If you have Shen or Riven, you will be able to activate Blademaster, making it stronger. In addition to these, Thresh is important to activate Manamante and Temporal.
  • Positioning is key. Upon obtaining Ekko, he will jump on the enemy. Get a spot for him to hit the most powerful opponent. Irelia with active Manamante can also unbalance a round.
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David Vinokurov, President & CEO at FANDOM SPORTS Media Corp – Interview Series

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David Vinokurov,  is the President & CEO at FANDOM SPORTS Media Corp, an esports betting platform.

What is the Fandom Esports Platform?

The Fandom Esports Platform is an agnostic platform that allows esports viewers to “play along” with their favorite esports team during tournaments by making predictions in real-time as to what the pros will be doing during live gameplay either through a mobile device or embedded with any streaming platform.  Furthermore, if the players are in a licensed jurisdiction and of age they will be able to wager real money on those in-game outcomes.

What was the inspiration behind launching this network?

We saw an opportunity to develop an agnostic mobile-friendly platform that accentuated incumbent streaming platforms.  Our model is complementary to existing industry players and most importantly does not seek to remove users from a base. Our goal is to increase the stickiness of the viewing audience through hyper-gamification and increased engagement with a variety of esports regardless of the platform it is viewed on.

How big is the Esports betting industry?

In 2019, the esports wagering industry was forecast to reach USD $3billion in 2022.  Due to COVID-19, that goal has so far been reached this year.  With the absence of sports in key markets continuing at the moment, the long term potential of esports wagering is immense.  Keep in mind that Fandom has both an all-ages user aggregation model and the wagering model.  We believe that our unique proposition and technology will allow us to disrupt both verticals we are entering.

What jurisdiction are the gaming licenses held in and which licenses are held?

We have just applied for the Curacao gaming license.  We are evaluating other jurisdictions as we speak with the end goal of being able to accept wagers anywhere in the world it is legal.

What blockchain is currently being used and what are the advantages of that blockchain versus EOS, Ethereum, etc.?

We are currently using the Blaze blockchain protocol which allows for 50,000 microtransactions per second.  The advantage is the speed and cost of transactions we can enjoy relative to the competing platforms.

Which esports will players be able to bet on?

League of Legends, Dota 2, CS:GO, hearthstone, Overwatch, Supersmash Bros, Heroes of the Storm, World of War Craft, Smite, Call of Duty, Starcraft, King Of Glory, PUBG plus more to come.

What types of bets will players be able to place?

They will be able to make wagers on in-game action, game outcomes, and other proprietary decisions that our system will generate.

Will FANCOINS be introduced to regular cryptocurrency exchanges such as Binance for players to cash out or will it live exclusively on the Fandom Esports Network?

No. FanCoins are an in-game currency.

Fandom Sports has recently signed a letter of intent with the Esportz Network. Could you discuss this partnership?

Esportz network will be providing Fandom Esports platform with content from more than 90 Esports journalists globally who will be reporting on all things Esports relating to games, tournaments, teams and players.

What’s next on the agenda for Fandom Esports Platform?

Fandom is working with several potential partners for integrations that would allow their userbases to interact with game content in a whole new way.

Is there anything else that you would like to share about Fandom Esports Network?

Fandom Sports is a publicly-traded company.

We trade in Canada: CSE-FDM, in the USA: OTCQB-FDMSF and in Frankfurt: TQ43.

Thank you for the interview, readers who wish to learn more should visit FANDOM SPORTS Media Corp.

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Valorant: 1.05 update with KillJoy and deathmatch mode

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The Valorant Update 1.05 was released on Tuesday by Riot Games. From the already announced KillJoy, the new FPS agent, to the confirmation of rumors regarding the arrival of deathmatch mode. The developer released the patch notes with all the news of the new version. In addition to the new agent and a new way, there was a patent reset and Raze was nerfed. A new set of skins and a new Battle Pass will be added to the game as well.

KillJoy is added to the game

Main addition of Valorant Update 1.05, KillJoy is of German origin and is regarded as a prodigy in the use of gadgets and robots. With animations and skills already released by Riot Games even before the Update, KillJoy will be the game’s twelfth agent. The second added after the official launch of Valorant.

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KillJoy was added to Valorant Update 1.05. (Image: Riot Games)

With a 100% technological kit, the agent arrives, in that first moment, much more as a defense agent than an attack agent. Check out the description of your skills below:

Alarm Robot: KillJoy launches a robot that chases enemies, similar to Rumba’s Bumba, and explodes when it reaches them. Affected enemies are temporarily vulnerable to double damage from all sources. That is, shots, falls or damage skills such as molotovs, grenades, shock arrows and the like.

Turret: KillJoy equips a turret that shoots enemies at an angle of 180º. The turret can be destroyed by enemies and removed by KillJoy by pressing the same button used to equip the machine.

Nanoenxame: KillJoy launches a silent grenade, which, when touching the ground, stops making sounds. When activated again by KillJoy, a swarm of nanorobots are sent to damage those on top of the gadget.

Confinement (X): KillJoy imprisons all enemies within range of the ultimate ability for about eight seconds. However, the gadget that causes the confinement can be destroyed by enemies.

Confirmation of deathmatch mode

An old request from the Valorant community, deathmatch mode was confirmed by Riot Games in the Update Notes for Act II. Common in all FPS games, the deathmatch mode on Valorant will start the testing phase and work as follows:

  • FFA (Free For All), that is, all against all. No pre-defined teams.
  • 10 players per game.
  • Random agents.
  • Abilities disabled.
  • Weapons released and heavy vest equipped automatically.
  • A kill automatically reloads your weapon and completely regenerates your health and armor.
  • Whoever gets 30 kills first or who has the most kills after six minutes wins.

Ranked: patent reset and Act Rank

Along with the Update, Riot decided to reset all players’ patents. Now, players who already had rank in the previous version will need to play three games in Unrated mode to win their new rank. The company informed that the “new” link should not be so far from the old one. He also warned of the possibility of players falling “more or less 2 ranks below their rank in Act I”.

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Act ranks will appear in the lobby and during game loading after Valorant Update 1.05. (Image: Riot Games)

In addition, Riot has adopted a kind of “prize pool” for ranked players. The Act Ranks. A border added to the card of all players with a Valorant rank, similar to the borders of League of Legends. It refers to the nine best ranked wins that the player obtained and for his overall number of victories in Act I. As of the Update, each player’s starting history will also be available.

Raze nerfed

Raze has undergone some adjustments in Update 1.05. Figurine stamped in casual and ranked matches, the Brazilian once again received a nerf, this time in two of her abilities: Plague-killers and Charge of Explosives.

Spoiler

  • Equip time increased: 1.1 to 1.4 seconds
  • Fast equip time increased: 0.5 to 0.7 seconds

Explosives

  • Damage reduced: 75 to 50 damage
  • The skill now deals 600 damage to objects consistently
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