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Super Smash Bros Community Responds Following Panda Global CEO Stepping Down

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The community surrounding Super Smash Bros has chimed in following the halting of the Smash World Tour finals due to a notice from Nintendo, and following the stepping down of Panda Global’s CEO.

Here is the official announcement from Panda Global, via their Twitter page.

“I’ve stepped down as CEO of Panda to protect the safety and wellbeing of the team,” Alan said at the time, via his official Twitter page.

The announced triggered some serious backlash on Twitter, here are some:

“Cooked for 4 days for a teaser, you’ve gotta be kidding me lmao,” Thaddeus Crews replied, a character designer for Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.

“What is missing from this statement is any mention of Alan divesting his interest in the company My understanding is Alan owns Panda and basically controls the company. At first blush, this just sounds like damage control and a desperate attempt at grabbing a life raft” LDeeep of Beyond the Summit posted.

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FaZe Clan Announces Partnership with OVO

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Popular esports organization FaZe Clan has officially announced a brand new partnership with hip-hop superstar Drake’s Canadian lifestyle and media company OVO (October’s Very Own), which will see the two work with one another on items such as gaming controllers, apparel such as jackets and hoodies, and mouse pads.

“This collection remains true to our roots, and holds a special connection to the come-ups of both FaZe and OVO, celebrating our brands’ evolutions over the past decade-plus” Jay Richardson, Creative Director of FaZe Clan said in an official statement.

“We also incorporated ‘The New Athlete’ slogan to reflect the new definition of today’s athlete, an ode to the headstrong determination to perfect your craft in gaming and music, not just traditional sports.”

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cowana Gaming Officially Closes Due to “International Crisis”

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One of the biggest esports organizations in Germany, cowana Gaming, has officially announced that they will be ceasing all operations at the end of 2022, according to an official company statement issued on Twitter.

Per the statement: “The protracted nature of these circumstances has led us to decide to discontinue the [business] at the end of the year,”.

The company, which is owned by cowana Marketing, said that they will pay out the remaining salaries of their contracted esports players, as well as their staff, by the end of the year and then release them from their contracts.

 

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100 Thieves’ Mikes Impressed by Cryocells Integration into the Team

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100 Thieves has seen quite the smooth transition from their newest members, Matthew ‘Cryocells’ Panganiban and it has caught the attention and garnered the praise of 100 Thieves member Michael ‘Mikes’ Hockom.

Cryocells officially signed with 100 Thieves after a successful run with XSET to replace the team’s previous sniper, William ‘Will’ Cheng. During 2022, he helped XSET reach it’s very first international event VCT Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen, as well as helping them qualify  for Valorant Champions 2022.

The success continued as Cryocells finished in the top five in terms of VLR rating and Kill/Death ratio. at the world championship in Istanbul.

“He meshes really well with the team, the culture fits in really well,” Mikes said, during an interview with Dexerto.  “We’re going for the same thing as with the previous lineup, where everyone gets along really well. It’s not like after practice everyone goes their separate ways. Everyone gets along.”

He also discussed the addition of assistant coach James ‘JamezIRL’ Macaulay.

“We were looking for someone that was kind of creative because I don’t find myself very creative overall when it comes to drawing up strategies or ideas,” Mikes said. “I do a lot more of the fundamental, round-to-round basic kind of stuff, while he brings lots of different ideas every day on how to give different looks and strategies or ideas you wouldn’t see anywhere else.”

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