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Martin Garrix to perform during Overwatch League Grand Finals weekend

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Martin Garrix

Martin Garrix to perform during Overwatch League Grand Finals weekend

For the 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals weekend, world-renowned EDM artist Martin Garrix has been announced as a headliner at an outdoor concert featuring special guests Matt Ox and PAZ at the Wells Fargo Center complex on Saturday, September 28. 

The outdoor show held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia will precede the main grand finals event taking place at the arena the next day, Sunday, September 29.

Last year the Overwatch League opening show was hosted by DJ Khaled who to the dismay and confusion of many fans put on one of the worst shows to date at an esports event. Learning their lesson from last year’s awkward performance, the community has responded with a wave of positivity to the announcement of Martin Garrix and his fellow artists at the 2019 grand finals event.

Martin Garrix is an internationally renowned artist known for his work in the pop and electronic music circles. As one of the leaders in the current generation of music with countless festival appearances under his belt, Garrix’s musical achievements have been recognized with two MTV EMAs in 2016, holding the #1 spot in the 2017 and 2018 DJ Mag Top 100, a ‘Man of Today’ accolade from GQ, a spot among Forbes’ ’30 Under 30’ and another at Billboard’s ‘EDM Power Players’.

Tickets for the show go on sale this week on Friday, July 26 at 10 a.m., online at WellsFargoCenterPhilly.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200, or in person at the Wells Fargo Center box office.

ZEDD to perform at 2019 Overwatch League grand finals

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Anton "Zedd" Zaslavski will perform at the 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals

ZEDD to perform at 2019 Overwatch League grand finals

World-renowned award-winning record producer, DJ, and songwriter Anton "ZEDD" Zaslavski will be performing at the 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals.

The event held later this month on Sept. 29 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia will feature a performance by Zedd along with the grand finals match of the 2019 Overwatch League season in which a new champion will be crowned.

This is not ZEDD’s first time putting on a show for an esports event. In 2016, ZEDD was approached by Riot Games to create the official song for the 2016 League of Legends Worlds Championship titled “Ignite” and perform live as the hit opening act 

As far as Overwatch is concerned ZEDD is a fan of the game and plays it along with other popular titles such as APEX Legends when he has free time in his busy schedule.

Compared to the misfire that was the DJ Khaled performance at the 2018 OWL Grand Finals, Overwatch fans are excited by the prospect of a show held by ZEDD as the latter himself is fairly familiar with the title.

ZEDD’s love for Overwatch and involvement in the OWL has extended in him being welcomed last year by the New York Excelsior as the unofficial 11th member of their team ahead of the franchise’s Homecoming Weekend

While the local franchise, PHL Fusion, may have been knocked out, attendees can still look forward to a weekend of fun.

In addition to ZEDD, the grand finals weekend will kick off with an outdoor concert held the night prior featuring the likes of Martin Garrix as the headliner along with special guests Matt Ox and PAZ at the Wells Fargo Center complex on Saturday, September 28.

Tickets for the 2019 Overwatch League Grand finals on Sept 29 at the Wells Fargo Center have already sold out on the official ticketing sites.

International Olympic Committee and Intel to host $500,000 esports tournament ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics

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International Olympic Committee and Intel to host $500,000 esports tournament ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The International Olympic Committee and Intel, one of the world’s leading multinational technology corporations, have partnered up to announce the Intel World Open, an esports competition that will take place in the run-up to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Featuring a $500,000 prize pool, the Intel World Open will feature Rocket League and Street Fighter V competitions in partnership with each title’s respective developers Psyonix/Epic Games and Capcom.

The Intel World Open kicks off with a series of online qualifiers in early 2020 for both titles followed by a live qualifier event that will take place in Katowice, Poland in June to determine which teams will be able to advance onto the main event. Intel and the IOC will host the World Open finals at Tokyo’s Zepp DiverCity venue from July 22-24, 2020, with an even split of $250,000 from the prize pool being up for grabs for competitors in each title.

IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell stated, "We are excited Intel is bringing the Intel World Open esports tournament to Japan in the lead up to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. As we explore the engagement between esports and the Olympic Movement we are looking forward to learning from this event and continuing to engage with the passionate esports community from around the world."

Event production will be handled by none other than ESL who has years of experience hosting large scale tournaments around the world for various esports titles. In 2018, ahead of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, ESL similarly collaborated with both Intel and the IOC to run the Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) PyeongChang which featured esports tournaments for titles ranging from StarCraft II to Overwatch.

Following the conclusion of the Intel World Cup, the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics themselves begins two days later on July 24.