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eGames, “Video Game Olympics” announced for Rio

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eGames, “Video Game Olympics” announced for Rio

A new eGames tournament, held in similar fashion to the Olympics, will make its debut this summer alongside the Summer Olympics in Rio.

The competition, run by the new International eGames Committee (IEGC) was launched as part of this week’s London Games Festival. Already among the countries confirmed to enter the tournament are Britain, Canada, Brazil and USA.

But in a twist from the traditional eSport reward system, winners will be awarded with medals and adding a feather to their national pride hats rather than cash prizes for the winners.

In the future, the eGames will take place in every Olympic year, both summer and winter. Future tournaments has already been planned – Pyeongchang in 2018 and Tokyo in 2020.

National qualifiers for the event will also be held domestically every other year to form the teams for every upcoming eGames event. Competing countries will send mixed-sex squads of professional video gamers, aged over 18, to play in tournaments held in Olympic venues.

According to the official eGames website, this summer’s inaugural event will be a two-day pop-up tournament in Brazil “to showcase the eGames to the world of competitive gaming and attract further partners”.

eSports has been a huge business in recent years, with revenues stemming from broadcasting coverage and subscription fees boasting figures that reach up to billions of dollars. Top teams are thought to win upwards of a million dollars per year.

Nevertheless, the announcement of eGames had been met with much mixed reactions. Pao Bago, an eSport journalist had the following to say on twitter:

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Chester King, chief marketing officer for non-profit organisation the IEGC, said: “In line with other globally established sporting events, the eGames will be a medal only competition, with no prize money, but the opportunity to take home gold for your country.”

Having van Gaal could cost United Ibrahimovic

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Having van Gaal could cost United Ibrahimovic

Ibrahimovic famously fell out with van Gaal during their time at Ajax.

Manchester United could very well lose the chance of acquiring Swedish ace Zlatan Ibrahimovic should they decide to keep current manager Louis van Gaal.

Ibrahimovic has not made a new contract with his current team, Paris Saint-Germain. Most speculate that he would consider a switch to the Premier League, with Old Trafford as the top choice if Jose Mourinho was in charge as the pair was close.

The same, however, could not be said of the 34-year old and current United manager Louis van Gaal.

Ibrahimovic, who scored but missed a penalty against Manchester City in the Champions League, played at Ajax while Van Gaal was sporting director. The Dutchman resigned soon after selling the striker to Juventus in 2004.

In his book, I Am Zlatan, Ibrahimovic described Van Gaal as “a pompous ass” and last year added: “The way he is working is not the way I work.”

With United one of the clubs now interested in signing Ibrahimovic if he does not sign a new deal at PSG, a friend of the player has claimed he would “not walk through the door” if Van Gaal stays at Old Trafford.

Ibrahimovic, on the other hand, has made no secret of the fact he would jump at the chance of working with Mourinho again following a short spell under the former Chelsea manager at Inter Milan.

He also slated the Portugese manager for success should the “Special One” chooses to move to United.

“Jose will be a success anywhere he coaches, that is just the man he is,” Ibrahimovic had told reporters after PSG’s 2-2 Champions League quarter-final draw with City.

“I respect him because he says whatever he wants, but when you listen to him what he says is always right.”

“Of course he is a coach that has much knowledge, but it is more than that, he also really cares,” he added. “That is why players who play for him are ready to die for him. He cares, so you care.”

Liverpool takes away goal advantage at Dortmund

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Liverpool takes away goal advantage at Dortmund

Liverpool would hold on to an away goal advantage against Borussia Dortmund as Divock Origi scores the opening goal, which ended the game in a 1-1 draw.

In Westfalenstadion, Jurgen Klopp received a “respectful” applause from the stadium on a return to his former club. He gave a polite wave to the Yellow Wall, and watched as Daniel Sturridge trained among the substitutes after a lacking performance against Tottenham Hotspur.

It is natural that when you consider that Tottenham, a team eliminated by Dortmund from the Europa League, would give Liverpool a hard time, Dortmund, then would hold a huge advantage over the Reds.

But it was hardly so, as Thomas Tuchel would find himself indebted to his team’s keeper Roman Weidenfeller for limiting Liverpool’s score to just one. There were clear signs that Dortmund were being edgy, with loose passes and careless first touches indicating the distraction of Klopp’s return somehow got to them.

Alberto Moreno then made a cross headed on by James Milner, and Origi, who reacted quickly than every Dortmund defender, pounced on the ball. Making a run to into the box, he held off Lukasz Piszczek and slotted in a low shot to Weidenfeller’s right hand post.

Mats Hummels then headed in Dormund’s equalizer, only to have Liverpool muster a disciplined away display to keep them out for the rest of the game.

Incited, the visitors went in hunt for a winner too. Weidenfeller made excellent saves from Philippe Coutinho, Nathaniel Clyne and Coutinho again as Liverpool unnerved the German defence frequently.

Dortmund’s vulnerability at the back, now clear to everyone, offers further encouragement for Liverpool at Anfield next week, as does their growing maturity on the European stage.