The Golden Joysticks Awards is bringing back the best streamer / broadcaster category, once again giving you the opportunity to vote for your favourite creator that has made waves online in the last 12 months.
From rising Twitch superstars, to hidden Facebook Gaming gems, we’ve taken a deep dive into the ever-expanding platforms and plucked out some of the freshest and most exciting new talent in the streaming space.
Last year, popular Fortnite streamer Ewok took home the golden gong for best streamer / broadcaster following an incredible year of growth and the support of some of the industry’s biggest names.
Among the shortlisted nominees for this year’s category is Luminosity Gaming’s ShivFPS.
Shiv is an Apex Legends content creator that been making waves on Twitch for the last couple of years. In January 2020, he partnered with Luminosity Gaming to take his play to the next level. Since then, he has dominated as one of Apex’s best players, and has branched out into other titles too.
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The Vancouver Titans have announced several roster changes heading into the 2021 Overwatch League Season, re-signing three players as well as letting another three walk into free agency.
In a move that is not overly surprising the team has chosen to hold onto Main Tank Abtin “Shredlock” Shirvani, DPS extraordinaire Dalton “Dalton” Bennyhoff and Support Randal “Roolf” Stark. These players joined the team in the roster shakeup which occurred back in the midseason. With these contracts being extended the team is one step closer to achieving Canadian super-team status.
Roolf has been a longtime fixture of the T2 scene, as well as playing for Team Canada at the Overwatch World Cup in years past. Shredlock however, is not as well established in the scene. He still did get noticed though for his play during his time on Second Wind in contenders North America. He was also poised to possibly take the starting Main Tank spot on Team Canada should Félix “xQc” Lengyel choose to not participate.
Dalton on the Titans was one of the more impactful players. Showcasing an impressive display of skill across multiple heroes and stepping up to fill the flex DPS role when called upon. His return should be met with warm regards by the fandom.
The team has released three players: Carson “CarCar” First, Samir “Tsuna” Ikram and Alhumaidi “KSAA” Alruwaili.
While CarCar and Tsuna didn’t really get a chance to shine with the Vancouver Titans. During a French interview, Tsuma revealed that he is currently trialing for five other teams. Meanwhile, CarCar tweeted that he is looking for a team for the upcoming Overwatch League season.
Finally, there’s KSAA, who carried his team with his skills on Sigma. However, due to a shaky internet connection and frequent lags in-game, the player couldn’t perform at his highest level. The COVID-19 crisis hit the Overwatch League in many ways. Players having to play from home with unstable internet was one of its consequences.
The roster as of now is as follows:
Call of Duty League 2021 has not even started, and it is already creating a lot of noise. Not long ago, the League made a massive announcement that changed the format from 5v5 to 4v4. The twelve teams began shuffling rosters left and right, with some drawing a lot of attention.
Seattle Surge is the latest to announce their 2021 roster. Apart from Sam “Octane” Larew, none of the other members from the previous squad remain. Preston “Prestinni” Sanderson, Peirce “Gunless” Hillman, and Daniel “Loony” Loza will now join Octane in representing Surge in the 2021 season.
Seattle did not have a great season in 2020. They were one of two teams that were eliminated from the Playoffs, without winning any prize money. In fact, they finished 11th last season, with a meager 50 CDL points. LA Guerrillas finished last with the same points as Surge.
Nonetheless, Octane performed superbly all year round. The disparity in performance with his teammates led to the circulation of a lot of memes during the season.
This also serves as the reason Seattle retained Octane for their 2021 roster.
He seems very ecstatic about the new team.
It seems like Seattle Surge was planning to put forward a team that need not start from scratch. Or it could also be a mere co-incidence.
Prestinni and Gunless had played together for Chicago Huntsmen, not so long ago. Prestinni had started out the 2020 season with the Florida Mutineers but was replaced by Fero. However, Prestinni was reunited with his twin brother Alec “Arcitys” Sanderson in the Huntsmen squad. Gunless was benched on Prestinni’s arrival.
Further to that, this is not the first time Octane is playing with Loony and Gunless. They had previously teamed up in Rise Nation during World League Championship.
Surge are yet to announce their last member, the substitute. The team will be under the guidance of coach Joey “Nubzy” DiGiacomo. After a poor 2020 season, this team of veterans will look to bounce back as one of the title contenders in 2021.
Presented by SpiderTech, 40 contestants will compete to impress a panel of Luminosity Gaming judges, including newest roster addition xQc for a grand prize of a US$100,000 sponsorship to Team Luminosity
Enthusiast Gaming Holdings, Inc. (“Enthusiast Gaming” or the “Company”) (TSX: EGLX)(OTCQB: ENGMF)(FSE: 2AV) is excited to announce that once again, it will be hosting its Rising Stars reality competition, to discover the next gaming superstar. The grand prize winner will receive a US$100,000 sponsorship with Luminosity Gaming and will be added to its roster which includes top gaming influencers such as Anomaly, Muselk, Fresh, RockyNoHands, and most recently, xQc.
Luminosity Gaming, owned by Enthusiast Gaming, is one of the leading esports organizations in North America with some of the top esports influencers and creators and a collective social following of over 70 million fans. In this Rising Stars series, gamers will have the chance to compete against each other with the hopes of becoming the newest member of team Luminosity.
The Rising Stars contest will take place online for six weeks beginning this fall. Aspiring gamers can submit an entry, from which 40 contestants will be invited to audition live on Twitch. The celebrity judges will then vote the top eight contestants on to the next round, from which two finalists will emerge, while the audience will have the ability to bring back their favorite contestant from the top eight and recently eliminated back into the finals. The final showdown will see one of the final three contestants crowned as the “Rising Star”. The panel of celebrity judges includes top Luminosity influencers and content creators, xQc, Anomaly, Muselk, RockyNoHands, Fresh, Problem, ShivFPS, Pinky, Kaidoz, Allenownz, Tori Pareno, Legendaley, Sommerset and Melt. Enthusiast Gaming’s brand partner, SpiderTech, the leading athletic tape brand among gamers, is the presenting sponsor of the series. Their Gaming Gear Applications help gamers enhance their performance, and as these 40 applicants compete for a top spot, SpiderTech can help provide the edge they need—as it can help with pain, swelling, fatigue, range of motion and grip strength.
The pilot series of Rising Stars, which launched in March 2019, crowned three winners, each for their expertise and mastery in Fortnite, Super Smash Bros. and Smash Melee, and had Enthusiast Gaming support them on their tournament journey. With Enthusiast Gaming’s platform reaching over 300 million gamers monthly and the continued surge of up-and-coming gaming and esports streamers in the industry, the Company will look within its communities for the newest and brightest esports talent. In this season, the winner of Rising Stars will be fully integrated into Enthusiast Gaming’s umbrella and will be named the next esports star for Luminosity Gaming which includes signing a one-year contract.
Starting today, applicants can sign up for their chance at fame, via www.RisingStars.gg. The submission process consists of each applicant sharing a highlight reel of recent streams, commentary and gameplay. The entry period will close on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 11:59pm ET. From there, the panel of judges along with the Twitch chat voting with the power of two judges, will select the top 40, who will go on to compete head-to-head in the live auditions on Twitch. Submissions will be scored based on both skill and style which includes components of strategy, leadership, communication, personality and awareness.
The public can tune in to watch these live shows, every Tuesday and Thursday night between October 13 and November 5 at 9pm ET on twitch.tv/lgloyal. The top two performers will have a guaranteed spot in the finals–while the third final spot will be given to the fan favorite of the remaining top six. The finals will take place during EGLX Digital November 10-13th live on Twitch, at which time the judging panel will reconvene, review the top three and crown the “Rising Star.”
“We are building the largest social network of communities for gamers and esports fans, and the Rising Stars series is yet another way we connect and interact with our 300 million monthly gamers to provide exciting and engaging content. It’s only natural for us to look within these communities for the next rising star, which is comparable to popular shows, ‘American Idol’ or ‘The Voice,’ but for gaming,” commented Adrian Montgomery, CEO of Enthusiast Gaming. “Gaming is the social network for the Gen-Z and Millennial audience, and we are confident Rising Stars is something that is not only wanted and craved, but that it is also inspirational and aspirational to those watching and competing. As we continue to grow our brand and esports organization, we believe in the importance of keeping true to our communities, and all that they stand for.”
Extremely popular Twitch streamer Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel joins esports organization Luminosity Gaming with a focus on content creation.
Twitch streamer Felix “xQc” Lengyel has announced his signing with esports organization Luminosity Gaming. Lengyel made the announcement during a Twitch stream this week with a quick video followed by a broadcast featuring him in a Luminosity Gaming jersey.
Although xQc made a name for himself in the professional Overwatch circuit, playing for organizations/teams like Denial and the Dallas Fuel, he has since focused on the content creation side of entertainment. He’s easily one of the top streamers on Twitch, regularly bringing in 30,000 or more viewers regardless of what game he streams.
With that in mind, Luminosity Gaming signed Lengyel on the creation side rather than to an esports team. xQc does still play Overwatch from time to time on stream (and claims to play plenty off-stream), but his focus as of late is more so on the creation side.
Even though Overwatch is the game that has made xQc a household name in the esports world, it is his variety streams and react videos that have helped rocket the content creator into the upper echelon of Twitch. Known for aggressively defending his opinions, xQc has found huge success with his Among Us streams as both a consistent source of entertainment for Twitch viewers and some drama as well. Odds are that if a game is generating a lot of attention on Twitch, xQc is actively streaming it and with plenty of viewers.
While most associate esports organizations with competitive games like League of Legends, Counter-Strike, and Call of Duty, many of these same companies also feature segments dedicated exclusively to content creation. The backing of an organization helps these streamers secure partnerships with brands to help boost their profile and they usually lead to unique opportunities. For Luminosity Gaming, the plan is to have xQc be a judge on the upcoming second season of Twitch’s Rising Stars reality competition.
As far as what is next for xQc beyond judging Reality Stars there is no clear indication of what the next big Twitch game will be. Among Us has certainly taken the platform by storm, and before that was Fall Guys, which was yet another big draw for xQc. Most likely the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War will be huge for streaming as a whole, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see xQc right at the top of the directory alongside content creators like Shroud and Ninja, who just recently returned to Twitch.
In 2006, Rocky Stoutenburgh, then an amateur hockey player, was at a friend’s house when he got dropped on his head and broke his neck. On the way to the hospital, he couldn’t feel his legs and soon lost movement in the rest of his limbs.
“I’m paralyzed from the chest down, and it’s been 14 years now,” he told In The Know.
Adjusting to this reality wasn’t initially easy. The first two months of Stoutenburgh’s recovery were incredibly challenging, his mother Christine recalled. Over time, Stoutenburgh adapted to life confined in a wheelchair, as his family searched for a hobby he could enjoy in spite of his limited mobility.
“When I knew he was gonna be paralyzed forever, it kind of, like, tore me up inside,” his brother Andrew said. “So I turned it into a focus on trying to find something for him to continue living his life the best that he could.”
While scanning the internet, Andrew came across the QuadStick, a mouth-operated joystick for gamers. The joystick, which comes in three different models, has sip and puff pressure sensors that can be connected to any game controller button. Its price can range between $400 and $550.
Stoutenburgh, who admitted that he had been a “hands-on” type of person prior to his accident, quickly embraced the new device, first by using it to play Halo Wars, which he called “a real easy game,” and later by moving on to Call of Duty.
“When I first got the QuadStick, I wasn’t that good,” he said. “It’s basically just one analog with three holes that you can sip or puff into and then a lip trigger at the bottom. But the more you use it, the more you learn what you can do, what you can’t do. You gotta just play smarter and not harder basically.”
It wasn’t until Stoutenburgh signed with esports organization Luminosity Gaming and started streaming on Twitch that he really start to cash in on his gaming skills. In the process, he began making a name for himself as Rocky NoHands. He has since accumulated 60,000 followers, breaking several world records along the way.
Still, Stoutenburgh, who predicts he’ll have an even bigger year in 2021, believes he has a bigger purpose: to inspire and motivate those who are living with a similar disability.
“If a guy, who can’t move his body, can use his mouth to play any video game and actually be better than most people that use their actual hands, then anything’s possible for whatever you want to do,” he said. “Me being on Twitch live streaming, showing the world what I can do, showing people that ‘hey, look, you can still play games,’ there’s tons of devices out there that you might not know about.”
Luminosity Gaming Welcomes Swedish CS:GO YouTuber-Streamer Anomaly
Popular Swedish CS:GO YouTuber Ludvig ‘Anomaly’ Lagerstedt in his recent video revealed that he has been picked up by the North American esports organization Luminosity Gaming. The organization had been building up a lot of hype surrounding this announcement since quite a few days despite this, the fans were quite surprised when the massive reveal turned out to be none other than the Swedish YouTuber/Streamer Anomaly.
The North American esports organization has been without a functioning CS:GO roster for almost a year now. Since releasing their previous lineup in September last year the organization has stayed away from the game, focussing more on other competitive titles.
In the last few weeks, Luminosity Gaming has made some big moves establishing a new Fortnite roster which is being touted as being the ‘Biggest Signing in Fortnite History’. Following this the organization started teasing the fans that they have another big announcement to make.
They tweeted out stuff like ‘Who do you think is joining Luminosity next’, ‘The upcoming signing is VALORANT related’, ‘A legend is joining Team Luminosity soon’, and other such things to hype up the big reveal until yesterday, when they surprised everyone by revealing the signing of Anomaly.
Many could not initially believe the news because all this while Luminosity had been dropping VALORANT related hints, so everyone believed that the organization was thinking of picking up a roster to enter the new tactical first-person shooter. Maybe there is another such announcement still on the horizon which could be dropped anytime soon, who knows.
The main concern that the community still has is not knowing Anomaly’s role in the organization because Luminosity never mentioned if he was coming on board as a content creator, a CS:GO pro player, or a VALORANT pro. All the organization stated was “Welcome Anomaly To Luminosity”.
While the YouTuber himself titled his video as “I Joined A Pro Esports Team (Anomaly Pro CS:GO Player)” the community believes that Anomaly was just messing around and that he has certainly been signed as a content creator. This was also based off the fact that he was nowhere near the level of a professional Counter-Strike player and also that Luminosity who has a glorious past in the esport title would try to preserve it and not just throw it all away.
Anomaly is one of the most popular CS:GO content creator out there, running two YouTube channels with around 3.6 million subscribers in total and a Twitch channel as well which has a following of 2.6 million users. Let’s see how the relationship between Luminosity and Anomaly evolve from here on!
Australian Fortnite sensation Elliott ‘Muselk’ Watkins has followed in the steed of Harley ‘MrFreshAsian’ Campbell, joining Luminosity after the disbanding of Click Crew earlier in 2020.
Muselk has found a new home after the Click Crew disbanded earlier in 2020. One of Australia’s biggest names in Fortnite has joined North American organization Luminosity, following former Click member MrFreshAsian.
He was labelled the “God of Fortnite” by Luminosity in their announcement, a title Muselk has coined for himself numerous times over the last few years.
“I’m super excited to be joining Fresh as the newest member of LG,” Muselk said in the July 22 announcement.
Muselk, who has over a million followers on Twitter and almost 10 million subscribers on YouTube, is widely considered to be one of Australia’s most successful gaming content creators.
While he’s not a big hitting pro player dropping dozens of kills in every lobby, he gets up to more creative antics in-game, often working with former Click members like MrFreshAsian and Lannan ‘LazarBeam’ Eacott in his videos.
However, he did joke about being a shoe-in for the Fortnite World Cup later this year. “Epic hand us the trophy right now. Now there’s no way we can lose,” he said.
Campbell, Eacott, and Watkins were all part of the Australian-based content creation house. While Click had a handful of big name talent under their banner, they disbanded in early July. The group last uploaded in April.
Other content creators under the Click banner, like LazarBeam and Kathleen ‘LoserFruit’ Belsten, haven’t found new homes yet.
Muselk was not the only pickup Luminosity made on July 22. They also picked up five other Fortnite pros, including ‘Keys’ and ‘Slackes’, who were suspended for teaming during the Season 2 FNCS tournament.
It marks a massive expansion in Luminosity’s Fortnite arm, which was gutted earlier in 2020 after a number of long-time players left.
Luminosity has a massive signing day that includes some of the top names in Fortnite competitive and content creation.
Luminosity is one of the biggest names in esports, but they seem to have taken a backseat in the Fortnite department over the past year or so. The former LG roster consisted of names top names like Ninja, SypherPK, and Kreo – all of which have moved on from the organization.
Sure, Luminosity had people like Hogman, Kiwiz, and Khuna signed to their roster, but it seemed like a while since the organization made a splash with a big Fortnite signing. At the same time, we’ve been seeing organizations like BBG, FaZe, and NRG sign the biggest names in the game to their teams.
This trend began to change with the signing of Australian YouTuber, MrFreshAsian, but he was only the first domino to fall. On July 22, Luminosity released their massive signing spree, starting with the announcement that they added fellow Australian creator, Muselk, to their roster.
Muselk may be one of the biggest Fortnite creators on the internet, but he was only the first of many signings that Luminosity would announce on July 22. Later in the day, Luminosity announced the signings of Keys, Slackes, Sommerset, Eclipsae, and Jamper.
All of these signings show LG fans that the organization is far from complacent when it comes to Fortnite. In one day, they signed two content creators and a whole squad worth of competitive players.
Several months ago, it seemed like organizations were divesting in Fortnite due to the lack of official tournaments. Well, things have certainly changed since then. Bucke, Kreo, Clix, Slackes, Keys, Jamper, Eclipsae, Calc, and Haz have all been signed within the past month – just to name a few.
Fortnite esports may not be the most competitive game on the planet. It’s far from a game like CS:GO when it comes to an even playing field and competitive mechanics. That being said, it’s incredibly entertaining to watch and the interest from organizations shows that there’s a bright future ahead for the sport. To borrow the words of Jordan Belfort, Fortnite ain’t f***ing leaving.
Esports giants, Luminosity Gaming, have signed three Apex Legend professionals to their roster including players Anatoly ‘Wrigb’ Belousov and Oleksander ‘Sanya’ Bokuchava, alongside coach Oleksandr ‘Xeon‘ Bakumenko
The trio joins Luminosity off to complete ta fully eastern European roster with Anton ‘xaniyaa’ Shkuratov. Including Xeon, the roster is split 50/50 between Russian and Ukrainian natives.
Luminosity Gaming originally entered the Apex Legends scene in 2019 and originally competing with a roster consisting of Exens, Esdesu and xaniyaa, with the latter being the only member remaining. Exens and Esdesu have now both left the organisation.
The announcement comes as a shock considering the lack of high profile names within the roster, however, with the right support, the trio could look to form a great team capable of challenging in North America.
The new roster will look to add to the $10,000 that Luminosity have won in Apex Legends so far, all at the GLL Apex Legends Series in December 2019.
We will see Luminosity’s new roster next at the Super Summer Regionals, where they will be put to their test to see if they can continue to top North America.
As traditional sports and esports continue to converge, one esports team have signed up a Major League Baseball player to stream under their banner.
Minnesota Twins pitched Trevor May will now represent North American team Luminosity Gaming on his stream.
The 27-year-old has been streaming on Twitch most days since the end of December while the MLB is on break, primarily playing Overwatch with a smattering of H1Z1 and World of Warcraft. He has already attracted nearly 4500 followers on Twitch.
“There is so much we can learn from the world of traditional sports,” Luminosity owner Steve Maida said on the team’s website. “and I hope that Trevor can pass on some of his experience to our players and management.”
Trevor May was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008, before making his major league debut with the Twins in 2014. Aside from his interest in gaming he is also a keen amateur DJ under the name “DJ Heybeef”.
May is not the first traditional sports player to try and forge a path for themselves in the esports world. From UFC champion and avid streamer Demetrious Johnson to team owner Jonas Jerebko of the Boston Celtics, more and more traditional esports figures are finding themselves gaining fame online.
Luminosity Gaming owner Steve Maida told Dot Esports that May’s official role is that of a “brand ambassador”. According to Maida, discussions were also ongoing over May potentially obtaining a financial stake in the Luminosity organization.
Like everyone else, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman has had his life grind to a standstill because of the coronavirus outbreak. But being housebound is not all that bad for the one-time Super Bowl champion and five-time Pro Bowler. For one, he has a Peloton at home to use while his normal off-season training is disrupted. For another, the avid gamer, known as MrRUNnGUN25, has plenty of free time to play Call of Duty.
Today, he gets to play with friends, including the Philadelphia Eagles’ newly signed cornerback Darius Slay and professional gamer Josiah “Slacked” Berry. They will join up with other popular streamers, musicians, athletes and celebrities on streaming service Twitch for Stream Aid 2020, a charity event—like Live Aid but online—to raise money for the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
“We’re playing [Call of Duty] Warzone, and I’m going to get my loadout and pull four or five kills,” he told Forbes by phone, talking some smack about how he was going to dominate. “I’m definitely going to provide some laughs.”
Over 12 hours of programming, from noon to midnight Eastern, a who’s who of celebrity guests will make an appearance on the Amazon-owned platform, including Fortnite streaming star Nick “Nick Eh 30” Amyoony; Mr. Sophie Turner, Joe Jonas; a Forbes highest-paid DJ in Diplo; award-winning singers John Legend, Garth Brooks and Rita Ora; and athletes including two-time Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, WWE wrestler Cesaro, F1 driver Lando Norris and players from David Beckham’s MLS team Inter Miami—all live-streaming from the social-distancing-safe confines of their own homes.
Esports company Enthusiast Gaming, which counts Sherman as an ambassador and among its minority shareholders, is serving as Twitch’s partner for the event. Through its subsidiary Luminosity Gaming, it will lend its Seattle Surge team in Activision’s Call of Duty League to participate. But its main role: to mobilize the 200 million gamers it connects with on a monthly basis across its gaming websites and YouTube channels.
President Menashe Kestenbaum told Forbes via video conference that the company is replacing advertisements on the company’s digital platform with promotions for the event and embedding the stream for the full 12 hours across all its properties.
“We are giving up revenue, actually,” said Kestenbaum. “And we are happy to—to provide an environment that allows viewers to feel whole and allow them to connect.”
Enthusiast, based in Canada and publicly listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, is worth $80 million and is in contention to join the ranks of Forbes’ most valuable esports companies this year.
Charity drives are nothing new to Twitch. In December, one of its newly signed content creators, Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo, raised $3 million during a 24-hour stream for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
To date, WHO has raised $108 million from over 200,000 donors for these COVID-19 efforts. Money is being used to support their work to track the spread of the virus, get frontline workers essential supplies, and aid in the development of vaccines, tests and treatments.
“I am excited to help raise money and raise awareness for this cause,” said Sherman. “And just as important, entertain everyone and take their minds off of it for a few minutes.”
Super Bowl winner joins as global ambassador and will challenge NFL players to Call of Duty battles.
National Football League (NFL) star Richard Sherman has bought into Luminosity Gaming as a shareholder.
The San Francisco 49ers cornerback has also been appointed as a global ambassador of the esports organisation.
In his role, Sherman will attend live activations for the esports organisation and its parent company, Enthusiast Gaming. In addition, the 2014 Super Bowl champion will challenge other NFL players to team play with the company’s Call of Duty team, which will be streamed across the Luminosity network.
As captain of Luminosity’s esports organisation, Sherman will also help to build out its professional player roster.
Steve Maida, president of Luminosity Gaming, esports division of Enthusiast Gaming, said: “As a globally recognised athlete, and an avid gamer who was featured on the cover of Madden NFL 15, Richard is a perfect fit for us. With over 50 gaming influencers and esports professional athletes, we are looking forward to adding a Super Bowl champion to our roster.”
Sherman added: “As a brand ambassador and team captain of Luminosity, I plan to bring my competitive spirit and love of the game to the esports organisation.
“I am especially eager to challenge some of my NFL rivals and teammates to join me for online matches, streamed on the Luminosity network for all our fans to view and enjoy.”
The announcement of Sherman follows the Enthusiast’s merger with Aquilini GameCo, the parent company of Luminosity, earlier this month. The deal makes Enthusiast one of the largest publicly traded companies in esports.
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