Brawl Stars Tournament Guide For Beginners 2020


BAASH Launches Weekly Clash Royale Mobile Tournaments


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Clash Royale Tournament Guide 2019

The popular esport, Clash Royale, has a tournament coming right around the corner. Come have some fun and join a tournament or create your own Clash Royale tournament. It's extremely easy to host your own tournament.

One of the perks of hosting your own tournament is that you get to choose the tournament format and get to have new ways of earning rewards and resources. One of the requirements of making a Clash Royale tournament is having at least a level 8 profile.

If you are interested in creating your own Clash Royale tournament you will need 500 gems. When creating your own tournament you can decide whether to make it private or public.

One of the benefits of creating your own tournament is that you get to oversee the whole tournament. You get to choose the length of the tournament and how long before it ends and rewarding the top players. The length of the tournament can be set between a minimum of 1 hour all the way to a maximum of 3 days. You can also set your own preparation time from 15 minutes to 2 hours.

When hosting your own tournament, you can choose between multiple game modes such as: Normal Battle, Draft Battle, Double Elixir Battle, Sudden Death Battle, Double Elixir Draft, Mirror Battle, Rage Battle, Triple Elixir Battle, Ramp Up Battle, and Classic Decks Battle.

Another perk of hosting your own Clash Royale tournament is that you get to choose the prize you are going to host. You can choose from x30 chest awards all the way to x15,000 chest awards. Of course the higher the chest awards are the more gems you will have to spend. The minimum gems to host a tournament will cost you 500 gems, while the most expensive one will cost you 250,000 gems.

The hosts can also set their own caps for the Crown Towers and cards, ranging from 9 to 13. Other than the tournaments, there are also two Victory Challenges you can also compete in. One of the victory challenge goals, called the Grand Challenge is to win 12 times without losing more than 2 times. The other challenge, called the Classic Challenge, is to win all crowns and battles without considering the losts. There is also a Grand Challenge and a Classic Challenge, with the Grand Challenge costing 100 gems to enter, and the Classic Challenge costing only 10 gems to enter. Completing the Grand Challenge will earn you 22,000 gold and 1,100 cards, while completing the Classic Challenge will earn you 2,000 gold and 100 cards.

If 500 gems is too much to spend, there are also tournaments called Private Tournaments that you can create. Hosting a Private Tournament only costs 10 gems but there will be no prizes.

Supercell is in charge of the game but the hosts are in charge of the events. So that means the host should be responsible for their events and follow all guidelines and rules. As a host, you are responsible for providing the prizes of the tournaments, you can provide prizes such as in-game items. Any types of shady activities are forbidden and can get you banned. As a host, you are responsible to make sure your event is legal and under laws and regulations.

After putting in all the information about the length and prizes of the tournament, you can add your name and description and decide whether you want your tournament to be public or private. After setting up all the information required for your tournament you can start your first match by pressing the "Battle" button.

When you host your own Clash Royale Tournament, you can also compete with other players in that tournament. All the battles played in the tournament will be in the tournament and will not be in your battle log or dashboard. After that the tournament is pretty much the same as a classic Clash Royale battle. The only difference is that the overtime will increase from 1 minute to 3 minutes to avoid draws. The cards are also capped to make sure the games are fair and no player will have an extra advantage.

When you are not battling you can also spectate other players' battles on the leaderboard. After the tournament is over, the winners are declared and you can award the players. If players get pretty high on the global leader board, they also get extra bonuses along with their original rewards. The player who got the highest amount of trophies in the tournament will receive the top reward in the tournament. The second player will receive 2/3 of the top prize. The player in third place will receive half that prize. All the other players with receive prizes in respect to their place on the leaderboard.

If you just want to create a tournament to win prizes, you can create a tournament but only allow a few people in so that the fewer people will get bigger shares of the gems you spent. Other than a few rules you have to follow, creating your own tournament is all up to you. You get to decide the majority of the factors, such as game mode, capping levels, prizes, and length of the tournament.

If you don't have any spare gems to spend on hosting your own Clash Royale Tournament, you can still join in the fun and be allowed to join a tournament for free, without costing you any gems. You also get to have the chance to participate in the event and win top prizes for the competition. However, because of the high demands of players joining the competition and hoping to win massive amounts of rewards and prizes.

Most of the time the tournaments that appear on your dashboard will be full of participants and no room for you to join. However if you are patient enough you might be able to get into a few competitions and win some lucky prizes. If you aren't, fear not, as Clash Royale always host special events, tournaments, and competitions you can be part in to earn that extra gold or gem.


2019 Guide to Becoming a Professional Mobile Esports Player

It's 2019, and the Esports world is becoming just as big as physical sports are nowadays. When we see big tournaments for PC gaming and consoles, it's just a matter of time for this worldwide phenomenon to replicate itself to other media, and gaming is evolving in new and exciting ways that are able to reach a potentially bigger user base in the competitive side of gaming. This opens the door to just about anyone who thinks that wants to be a professional mobile esports professional.

But what about the knowledge of complicated commands and joystick movements that have to be practiced every day? What if you don't have a state-of-the-art computer to play? Do you still have a chance to become an esports athlete? Of course you do! Because Esports are not limited to PC or consoles anymore. Nowadays, with the amazing mobile technology we have available, mobile esports tournaments are more and more common!

With the newer and more powerful mobile devices that mobile companies are releasing day by day, some of the most popular games are being worked on mobile apps just as if you were playing the console or PC version of those games (In some cases, even playing on the same servers), so why not testing your luck into becoming a mobile esports professional athlete? You have the advantage of this genre not being yet overrun by competitors, and there are many ways you can improve your chances to be in esports tournaments if you start right now with these few simple tips:

Pick a game that suits your abilities:

Do you have superb reflexes or you're more of a tactical thinker? All of these questions come into consideration when trying to choose the game you'd like to play professionally. If your thing is making good decisions and resource management, maybe you should focus your efforts on an Auto-Chess type of game (Autochess Origins and Dota Underlords are two options currently for mobile apps) or if you'd like more hands-on action, you could always try for the Battle Royale games that require a lot of good aim and quick reflexes.

Know your game's in and outs:

For being able to compete in mobile esports tournaments (or any kind of esports tournaments for that matter) you need to know your game left and right, down and center, and this is only achieved through constant study and keeping up to date with all the information you can gather. From the meta generally applied for most winning strategies, to characters tiers, win rates and anything else, you need to keep track of all the resources you need to learn, and make a habit of reading as much as you can ( TIP: Always read ALL the patch notes of your game of choice, changes in balance can be critical for your development if you have strategies based on characters, weapons or specific conditions in-gam)

Take care of your device:

This is just as important as practice and studying. You need to keep your gaming mobile device in a prime state if you want to compete in esport tournaments. I would personally recommend having a separate device just for your mobile esports needs, because if there's anything worse than having problems in the middle of a match, it's to receive a call just before the winning move!

Keep historic records of yourself: One of the last and more important steps, even before thinking about climbing the ranks and divisions of any esports tournaments is to know how much you're improving, and even if games take the time to take your statistics and keep track of them, there's so much more you can do to improve your abilities! Take notes of yourself, save the replays of your matches and watch them frequently! In this way, you can learn from your mistakes and improve either your KDR, your MMR or your W/L Ratio just by adjusting to new strategies and getting closer to mobile esports tournament standards.

Consistency:

Finally, the most important rule of them all to become a Professional Mobile Esports Athlete is the consistency. You have to play a lot of hours, you have to study even more, you need to refine your technique and learn from your mistakes, but most importantly, you need to do this constantly, don't stop, even if you fail, because you always have to remember that every professional has failed more times than the rookie has tried yet.


7 Tips for Navigating Esports Contracts Like A Pro

Introduction

According to analysis by NewZoo, esports is projected to reach USD$1Bn in revenue by the end of 2019 and everyone wants a piece of the pie. More starstruck youth than ever are hoping to be the next Faker or Doublelift and earn worldwide acclaim. 

What’s the downside to esports’ massive growth in popularity and capital? A regulatory void that leaves aspiring players vulnerable to exploitation. Contracts for new pro players remain almost entirely unregulated, leading to exploitative agreements. 

Before digging into how you can negotiate contracts like a pro, you’ll need some background to better understand why bad contracts are so prolific.

Background - Contract Law in Esports

For decades, basketball, football, and other traditional sports have worked through countless legal and contractual issues. Esports, on the other hand, is a relative newbie, with only a few recent years of legal developments.

Low player salaries and poor working conditions have plagued esports since the industry first exploded in the 1990s. Many of these problems have come from a combination of poorly designed and abusive contracts that are common in esports. 

Players and organizations who aren't selective with who writes, reviews and edits their contracts are at risk of losing tens of thousands of dollars, as seemingly small clauses can negatively alter a contract hugely. 

Contract disputes simply haven’t been litigated or arbitrated enough to bring esports up to date. Many contracts in esports, especially at the amateur level, are not even legally enforceable. 

Organizations that don’t shell out the money for an expensive professionally written contract routinely copy poorly written contract templates from the internet. These often contain incorrect clauses and poorly defined provisions that can invalidate the contract entirely. Players and organizations who aren't selective with who writes, reviews and edits their contracts are at risk of losing tens of thousands of dollars, as seemingly small clauses can negatively alter a contract hugely. 

Educating new players on their rights has remained a very low priority for the industry and this poses potentially dire consequences for their careers. If you’re reading this article, you’re already ahead of the competition on signing a contract that works for you, not against you.

With that, here are 7 vital considerations every player should think about before signing a contract:

1. Contract Language

If you’re not talking to a lawyer (Protip: Do talk to a lawyer), you need to know what you’re signing. Do you understand the language the contract is written in?

Adam Melrose of Law in Esports writes that players can become stuck in low paying (or even non-paying) contracts because of terms that disproportionately burden them. Unreputable organizations have been known to exploit players who don’t natively speak their language by using complex legal jargon to get players to sign bad contracts. 

Here are some things to look out for:

  • Non-compete clauses: these restrict you from activities such as joining another team or playing competitively, even after the contract ends. Non-compete clauses can even prevent you from streaming on certain platforms that compete with team sponsors, costing you money and recognition. 

For more information about non-compete clauses, check out this great article by Kelley Warner Law. For some helpful examples of non-compete clauses in contracts, check out this database from LawInsider.

  • Ambiguity/Vagueness: undefined terms or intentionally vague provisions increase your liability or incurred costs when you sign. Get clarity on anything you don’t feel is clear. 

This article by LegalMatch has some more info on ambiguity in contract drafting, so check it out for further reading.

  • Loopholes: some contracts slip in terms that allow the drafting party to violate other sections of a contract under certain circumstances, leading to easy abuse.

Check out this great article by Business News Daily for more info on loopholes and other tricky contract clauses.

Take your time going through the contract and understanding what you’re signing away. Never let yourself get pressured into signing something you don’t understand or else you could end up in a situation you didn't bargain for.

2. Choice of Law and Contract Jurisdiction

The country or state jurisdiction you sign a contract under is key to protecting your rights. While this point may sound boring and unimportant, it’s critical to understand or you could find yourself dealing with significantly higher legal fees, unfair laws, or lacking legal resources. 

Contracts should always specify the jurisdiction they fall under, as that defines which set of laws the contract operates under. If your contract doesn’t have a choice of law, it will get extremely expensive to challenge or litigate any part of it in court once you’ve signed off. 

This is even more important when signing a contract with an organization outside of your country because contract law changes from place to place.

3. Compensation

Contracts should be upfront about salary amount, tournament winnings, sponsorship revenue, payment schedule, and how much of that you take home. Don’t end up like Fortnite streamer Tfue who become locked in a contract with Faze Clan where Faze took an astounding 80% cut of all sponsorship deals they introduced. 

Additionally, keep in mind what expenses you’ll be expected to pay for during things like tournament travel; assume you must cover the costs of anything your contract doesn’t clearly specify.

4. IP and Branding

Your intellectual property and media rights are extremely important, so get the full picture of what brand and IP rights you’re signing away. These include your appearance in advertisements, your video game streaming profile, social media, image, and other important sources of revenue.  

Be careful of contracts that transfer your IP rights to the organization, especially the use of language like “lifetime” or “exclusive”. Some of the most popular streamers pull in millions of dollars in extra revenue from their IP, so push to keep as much of your brand as possible.

5. Performance Metrics

Your contract should clearly state what you need to do to stay on the team’s active roster. This includes how much you’ll need to practice and in-game performance metrics like a minimum average Kill/Death/Assist ratio to maintain. 

Many contracts also include behavioral standards you must follow and a basic level of professionalism to maintain on things like social media, so make sure that you can meet these. Counter-Strike pro player Smooya was unexpectedly benched, with a reduction in salary, after joining Epsilon Gaming because he didn’t speak Swedish.  

Push for clarity on these points or risk becoming the benchwarmer.

6. Employment Classification

Like the choice of law provisions point above, you need to know whether you’re an employee or an independent contractor under the local law. This affects things such as sick days, health insurance, and health-based exemptions from play and practice. 

Employees and contractors have different legal rights, so do your best to understand the basic rules and regulations for either classification and/or talk to a legal professional. 

7. Termination 

Similarly to the standards of being benched, know under what circumstances your contract could be terminated and how you can get out of your contract. Take note of exceptions that will terminate your contract early as a result of a breach of contract, misconduct, or through a mutual agreement such as a buyout from another team. 

Contracts commonly list buyouts twice or even three times as high as the contract value, so be careful signing any contract that would be difficult to buy out. As a young player, you don’t want to lose the best years of your career in a contract that doesn’t fit your needs. 

Conclusion and Going Forward

These 7 points are merely a starting point for any player joining a team who wants to exercise caution before signing a contract. This article is not a replacement for hiring a legal professional; any player who has the means to do so should contact a legal representative.It may be expensive now, but it could save you time, stress, and most notably money in the future. 

As esports grows, so will standardization. The process is slow, so take all precautions and educate yourself now when dealing with the risks and high-stakes of team contracts.

For further reading and information on contract law in esports, we’ve added several links below to check out:

 


How To Become A Professional Esports Player

Gaming has come a long way from only being limited to local arcades, to a whole community of people globally. It has evolved so much that there is an entire industry based around. The professional version of it is known as Electronic Sports, Esports for short.

There are many career options available such as game developer, host, player, referee, and agents. In this article, we look at how you can become a professional player. Below are the basics to get you started in this ever-growing and lucrative industry which is Esports:

1. Choose a platform

Games are now available on three platforms, namely PC, Console, and Mobile, each offering online capability. For you to become a professional, you need to choose which platform best suits you and stick to it. Mobile is the most recent and is rapidly growing as more people now own smartphones. This growth has resulted in the development of a new sub-industry known as mobile esports.

2. Invest in the hardware

Once you identify which platform you are going to pursue, it is necessary to invest in the correct equipment. Different games require specific hardware for them to work seamlessly. You have to make sure that the device you have is capable of handling the hardware requirements for the game. If you opt for mobile, make sure it has sufficient ram, proper display size, and resolution. You can also have a dedicated device only for gaming.

3. Choose a genre

Games come in different genres that cater to individual tastes. You have simulation games, arcade games, sports and so on. For you to become a professional, you need to choose a genre that is suitable for you and does not have a steep learning curve. You can always look at past esports tournaments to see which type has the most following. For mobile, it is much simpler as you can choose between Multiplayer Online Battle Arena or Multiplayer Massive Online.

4. Practice regularly

Every professional regardless of the career choice can only become good at it with regular practice. Dedicate appropriate time to improve your skills and technique in the game. You can start by hosting games online for you and your close friends and challenge each other in the game. Another way to develop your gaming skills is to enroll yourself on an esports tournament platform. Here you will find vast amounts of information on gameplay, techniques, and tutorials on how to approach different aspects of the game. You can also watch videos on YouTube that feature elite players demonstrating various ways in how they tackle challenging areas of the game.

5. Get known

As you continue gaming, it is advisable to let people know your existence. You can do this by reaching out to other pros in the game of your choice and interact with them regularly. Another great way to increase your exposure is by joining a team or creating one. Here you will be able to increase your profile and grow your brand. Every professional gamer has a personal brand and a team to match. The advantage of this is that you can get valuable experience from other players, as well as support on all matters of gaming. You can share resources and even widen your exposure in the gaming community through each other's networks.

6. Enter your first competition

Now that you have garnered experience, it is time for you to put your skills to the test. You can start with your local tournament and see how you stack up amongst other players. For PC and Console there exist games whereby you can compete as an individual such as sports games and fighting games. Most of the games that people play in mobile esports tournaments require team participation. So always make sure that you have a team at your disposal, to be able to compete against others.

Competitions are a great way to judge the level of skill that you have. The experience will help you in identifying where you need to improve. Always remember the first tournament is a learning experience. The results do not matter at this point. They are a benchmark to push you further in your quest to become a pro. Keep on participating regularly, and you will soon find yourself among the elite.

Esports is open to everyone. It does not matter how old you are. So long as you have the right equipment and passion, you can excel in becoming a professional gamer.


Virtual reality, augmented reality and the growth of esports

Our world is constantly being re-shaped by advancements in technology – from PCs to the internet, to mobiles, to tablets. With every new technological transformation, our lives have become a little bit easier and the world has become a lot more accessible. Today, all eyes are on the new-yet-not-so-new kids on the block: augmented reality and virtual reality.

 

Virtual Reality

Virtual reality refers to an immersive digital world completely cut off from the physical one. It is built on ideas that go as far back as the 1800s, but the term was first used in the 1930s by Jaron Lanier. Today, after nearly a century, it has gained massive traction, with people scrambling to get a taste of the complete immersive VR experience. Leading the way is the gaming industry, which has proven to be the first-adopter of all things visual and tech, and has already created products that leverage the potential of AR and VR technology. Additionally, as an industry, it is not satisfied with just the basic offering, and is striving to push the envelope to achieve richer, more immersive, personal experiences.

According to statista.com,

The VR industry is growing at a fast pace, with the market size of virtual reality hardware and software projected to increase from 2.2 billion U.S. dollars in 2017 to more than 19 billion U.S. dollars by 2020. Another forecast projects revenues from the global virtual reality market to reach 21.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2020.”

Currently, competitive gamers have an average PC spend of USD 1500 – 50% more than users who do not game. Keeping this in mind, a full gaming rig with premium VR, estimated at around USD 800, with VR headset and games, is well within the budgets of competitive gamers. Cost of hardware is predicted to fall further. The cost of an Oculus Rift is now USD 399, while the new Oculus Go is even more affordable, with a USD 199 retail price having launched in May 2018. In fact, 200 million+ consumer VR head-mounted displays are expected to be sold worldwide by 2020, implying that more and more people will be turning to these technologies and making them a staple for entertainment, be it esports, films, or music.

 

 

Augmented Reality

Unlike virtual reality, which is completely cut off from the real world, augmented reality blends the virtual and physical worlds. Due to its easy accessibility (via mobile or tablet), AR has caught on faster than VR amongst the masses. Augmented reality has been growing in popularity amongst the developer community since 2006. However, it was only in 2017 that the industry received a significant boost, when AR exploded into the mainstream with the release of Pokemon Go and AR development kits by Apple and Google.

Pokémon Go was the first memorable instance of mass AR consumption. A location-based AR game, it had more than 100 million downloads in its first month of launch, reportedly earning $10m per day at the height of its popularity. Due to its mass appeal, it attracted more attention and investment. But why did it work? First, it brought our favourite Pokemon to the real world, in a sense; secondly, it promoted a sense of community by bringing people together. Most of the break-through technologies have done much the same.

The best part about AR games is that they introduce elements in our otherwise ordinary world. In Pokemon GO, a pokemon could be hiding behind a chair or a dustbin on a street that you pass daily. It gives us an opportunity to build a new world on the foundations of our current one.

According to insightssuccess, “With the new advancements in AR, players can scan a room with their devices and create a 3D map of the walls and furniture. Gamers can place their virtual characters and objects on real tables and shelves, while other players can view the scene and join via their own devices.”

The proof of the popularity is in the numbers. There are approximately 200 million AR-compatible devices on the market, with this number expected to increase 10-fold, to 2 billion, by end-2019. In addition, billion-dollar investments in wearable technology firms such as Mirror Labs and Magic Leap are forecast to bolster the size of the AR addressable market, in addition to taking immersion to the next level. Add to that the Hololens initiative from Microsoft coupled with Apple’s acquisition of Vrvana (a VR/AR eye-tracking “crossover” company) and Akonia Holographics (which develops lenses for AR glasses), and the future of augmented reality looks exceptionally bright.

Advertisers are already engaging with AR to disrupt traditional digital marketing with immersive, interactive AR content. A case in point is the Jaguar Land Rover AR experience that created a simulated driver cockpit experience for potential customers.

Needless to say, AR has significant potential to serve not only as a vital acquisition funnel for VR game technology and content, but also as a brand new stream of views and revenue for game streamers who are struggling to differentiate themselves in an increasingly competitive market.

 

The market for both realities

Augmented reality and virtual reality will be most widely used in the gaming industry and, with the increase in number of both casual and professional gamers, their future seems to have an abundance of lucrative opportunities. The two technologies add a fantastical element to gaming, making it seem both ethereal and personal. VR and AR provide opportunities for people who are both gamers and athletes. A case in point is HADO, a Japanese firm that has been hosting an annual VR/AR competition for the past few years. In 2017, it expanded into other SEA countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Its second official international tournament, the HADO World Cup, saw 12 teams from three different countries competing for the championship title. You can check the promo here.

 

Thus, undeniably, the convergence of these two technologies will help make the future of esports brighter than it already is.