Team Impact announcement on Tuesday

Chris “Parasite” Duarte, captain of the Call of Duty Championship winning Team Impact, announced via twitter last night that there will be an announcement coming from his team on Tuesday. It is speculated that Impact will debut a new team logo designed by Trinity Studios, a popular graphic design and branding company.

Late Sunday night after tweeting there will be an announcement about Team Impact on Tuesday, Parasite tweeted out a picture of a computer monitor with what seemed to be a new gaming oriented logo on it, that tweet and others to Nick Scuilla, Founder and owner of Trinity Studios were deleted shortly afterwards.

There is also speculation about a possible sponsorship announcement accompanying the new logo. UMG St. Louis, the first LAN that took place after the Call of Duty Championships, was the last time Impact was associated with a gaming organization. Previously, Impact had been a fully sponsored team under Fariko, a Dutch based gaming community. Although there isn’t much transparency on the specifics of contracts between organizations and professional gaming teams or players, Impact allegedly left Fariko because of the large percentage of the grand prize winnings Fariko is thought to have been owed as part of their sponsorship agreement at the time.

Since leaving Fariko, Parasite has been adamant that Impact will not be joining an organization, but will be looking to build and develop Impact as a brand.  He’s confirmed that Impact had been working with gaming branding experts Evil Geniuses who are known for their work in the eSports scene for games like League of Legends and the Starcraft series, but a deal that would have seen Evil Geniuses create a logo, website, and negotiate sponsorships for Impact eventually fell through.

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Team Impact seems to have everything going for them right now. They are reigning champions of Call of Duty, domination all competition this season. They have one of the largest and fastest growing social media presence, but they lack the proper branding and marketing. So far we know that a new logo will be coming out, but the closer we get to MLG Anaheim, the next major LAN tournament, the sooner an announcement has to come from Impact and their leader Parasite about who will be sponsoring them. I reached out to Parasite about the possibility of a return to Fariko for MLG Anaheim, he responded with “not happening.”

I guess we’ll find out (or maybe not yet) on Tuesday.

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SoaR Pro Roster Rollercoaster

SoaR, a professional Call of Duty organization, made three roster changes in less than 20 hours this week. SoaR Methodz, SoaR Pro captain had a busy few days keeping his twitter followers up to date with his teams revolving door of roster changes that included Replays, Ricky, and Complex.

Methodz shed some insight as to what happened with the roster changes on Sunday’s “TheWRant” talkshow:

“Complex right now is on the Roster… Here’s the position we’re at:  The “team builder” (An official pro team roster with MLG)  was me Lawless, Mboze, and Fluff. Your allowed to drop one player from the team builder between Dallas and Anaheim. We decided to drop Fluff just because Fluff was defiant and wouldn’t send an email, so Lawless sent it, and Complex join the team builder. So it was me, Mboze, and Complex only. Then we picked up Replays, so Replays joined. Then I thought Complex left the team and then Ricky joined… Complex submitted the F/A (Free Agent) file. He filed for F/A, and they put his order on hold. So basically we’re at the point right now where, if Complex gets off this team then theres a high chance we lose our Champ Bracket seed (For Anaheim). And i’m not, the teams not willing to lose our sixth seed  to go through open bracket for one player, it’s not going to happen. I dont want to drop Ricky, I like our roster of me Ricky, Mboze, and Replays. But when there’s something where we’re forced to lose our seed and have to go through open bracket  all again after we’ve  proved ourselves and we’ve proved that we’ve deserved this seed, it’s just not worth it.”

So from Methodz telling of what happened, here’s a more organized sequence of events:

1. SoaR picks up Complex

2. SoaR picks up Replays

3. Complex “leaves” SoaR

3. SoaR picks up Ricky

5. SoaR drops Ricky for Complex due to loss of Championship Seed

Methodz would later confirm the SoaR roster on twitter of himself, Mboze, Replays, and Complex.

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Twitch.tv partners with Turtle Beach

Gaming audio manufacturer Turtle Beach has partnered with Twitch.tv, one of the worlds leading live streaming platforms. Twitch VP of Marketing & Communications Matthew DiPietro wrote in a blogpost yesterday that, ” You’ll see Turtle Beach products at Twitch-sponsored eSports and other video game events around the world.” The blog post specifically mentions Turtle Beach XP SEVEN and Z SEVEN headsets, the new class of “tournament grade” headsets from Turtle Beach.

Turtle Beach will also be featuring Twitch.tv streams on their website, with MLG Events, Call of Duty Championships, and DreamHack confirmed live streams being confirmed.