Bluehole, Inc., the developer and publisher of popular game PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (“PUBG”) and ESL are partnering up to bring a PUBG tournament to Gamescom in Cologne at the end of August. The tournament will feature eighty of the world’s best PUBG players and influencers competing at the game’s first LAN event.“From very early on we knew that the success of PUBG was reliant on the passion of its community. We want to celebrate this by inviting eighty of the top players from around the world to compete in the first offline invitational,” said Chang Han Kim, VP and Executive Producer at Bluehole Inc. “It’s been incredibly rewarding to see how quickly our community has grown, and can’t wait to hear about everyone’s experience this summer.”“We’re thrilled to see PUBG enhancing its already amazing in-game experience with a competitive LAN component at gamescom” said Ralf Reichert, CEO at ESL. “The game’s been a smash hit and its natural evolution into a competitive title has been incredibly exciting to watch. We’re looking forward to working with Bluehole on this, and many more events to come.”The slightly bizarre format of the tournament will see players compete in Solo mode, Duo mode, Duo FPP (First Person Perspective) mode and Squad mode across the four-day event, where the best overall score from three games played will determine the winner.Starting from August 3rd, Bluehole, Inc. is releasing chests for cosmetic items in PUBG with the proceeds of purchase being used as prizing for winners at the gamescom PUBG Invitational and for charities of Bluehole’s selection. The tournament prize pool will have a total value of $350,000 USD.Esports Insider says: It’s debatable as to whether it’ll work as an esport — but this is a statement of intent. Many a great game have had big money tournaments at Gamescom so this could be the start of a new “genre” in esports. Survival and Battle Royale games have tried before but never quite got it right. Let’s see if Bluehole can get it spot on.
It’s hard enough to make an over-the-shoulder catch. It’s even more difficult to do it with your bare hand. Freddy Galvis made this play look way too routine Saturday. Galvis’ ode to Kevin Mitchell and David Wright came in the midst of a Blue Jays blowout win but was without a doubt the day’s defensive highlight. It takes a lot of guts to attempt a circus catch like that, so Galvis’ pulling it off makes the feat even more impressive. He also had two hits and an RBI at the plate. Not a bad day at the office. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNThere were more great moments from Saturday’s rare 16-game slate, even if they didn’t include barehand catches. From a game-ending pickoff to a memorable home run in an MLB debut, here are the five coolest moments from Saturday:5. Raimel Tapia electrifies Coors Field with an inside-the-park home runTapia wasn’t running very hard out of the batter’s box when he drove a ball off Aaron Nola to right-center field. It didn’t matter too much as Tapia successfully made the trip around the bases for a home run the hard way. An assist goes to the Coors Field wall and Roman Quinn’s lack of familiarity with it for making Tapia’s speed display all the more exciting. It’s the outfielder’s first home run of the season, but, hey, it counts just the same as one that leaves the yard. 4. Position players take the mound — twiceIt’s always entertaining when a position player gets on the mound in a game. When it happens twice in one day, that is the jackpot. Kendrys Morales was tasked with finishing off the A’s 10-1 defeat against the Blue Jays. He didn’t have his best stuff, surrendering two walks, a hit by pitch, a single and an earned run. Morales topped out at 85 mph. The Orioles called on Chris Davis to end their suffering in the final inning before they were swept in a doubleheader by the Twins. Former teammate Jonathan Schoop teed off against Davis, but the damage didn’t go much further.3. Red Sox survive on game-ending pickoffBoston’s pitching staff couldn’t hold on after being staked to a 5-0 lead, but it got bailed out by the Rays in the ninth inning.With two on, two out and the Sox up by a run, catcher Christian Vazquez picked Tommy Pham off first base to end the game. It wasn’t a particularly close play, either. Pham owned up to his gaffe after the game, but it’s worth wondering what could have been. Despite the loss, the Rays set a franchise record with four triples. Small consolation in a heartbreaking defeat. 2. Cole Tucker’s debut to rememberThe Pirates called up Tucker, their top shortstop prospect, and outfielder Bryan Reynolds before Saturday’s game to replace the injured Erik Gonzalez and Starling Marte (and try to lift their struggling offense). The immediate results were fruitful.Tucker hit a tiebreaking two-run home run off Derek Holland in the fifth inning for his first major league hit. In a rain-shortened game, that was all Pittsburgh needed to secure the victory.Saturday was the second straight day a player homered in his MLB debut. Lane Thomas accomplished the feat for the Cardinals on Friday. 1. Freddy Galvis doesn’t need a mittIt is hard to compare defensive highlights sometimes because there can be a vast array of showstopping plays, but Galvis’ gem might go down as one of the best of the year when it’s all said and done. His teammate Marcus Stroman took to Twitter to share his amazement. Just because of how amazing it was, let’s get one more look at the catch, this time in GIF form.
Winnebago Confirmed Cases DES MOINES — North-central Iowa has crossed the 1200 threshold in positive COVID-19 cases.According to the Iowa Department of Public Health’s website, 1201 cases of coronavirus have been identified in our immediate listening area as of 11 o’clock this morning. 399 of those are in Wright County; 321 are in Cerro Gordo; 111 in Franklin; 82 in Floyd; 70 in Butler; 61 in Hancock; 46 in Mitchell; 44 in Winnebago; 42 in Kossuth and 25 in Worth.51% of those cases are people in the 18-40 age range; 25% in the 41-60 age group; 12% in the 61-80 age range; 7% under the age of 18; and 5% over age of 80. 19,126 people have been tested in the listening area for COVID-19, meaning a positive rate of 6.3%.Of those 1201 cases, 700 have recovered, or 58%, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health — 311 in Wright; 71 in Cerro Gordo; 64 in Franklin; 59 in Floyd; 54 in Butler; 47 in Hancock; 37 in Mitchell; 25 in Kossuth; 22 in Winnebago; and 10 in Worth. 23 people in the area remain hospitalized for COVID-19.Looking at the state numbers in the 24 hours leading up to 11 o’clock this morning, 460 more cases of COVID-19 had been reported for a total of 35,462; two more deaths were reported for a total of 752; and a total of 26,589 people have recovered, or just under 75%. Franklin6457.66 Mitchell46 Area Total7 Deaths Hancock61 Kossuth42 Mitchell3780.43 Worth1040 Cerro Gordo1 Franklin Hancock1 61-8012 Kossuth2559.52 Area Total70058.28 0-177 Floyd2 Cerro Gordo321 Butler5477.14 Winnebago44 Wright31177.94 Floyd5971.95 Positive by age groupPercentage Floyd82 Kossuth Hancock4777.05 Worth Wright399 Area Total1201 18-4051 Mitchell 80+5 Franklin111 Winnebago2250 Butler70 Recovered% Recovered Cerro Gordo7122.12 Wright1 Worth25 41-6025 Butler2