Tag: Esports

Esports Arena Layoffs

Esports Stadium Staff Search For New Employers

Esports Stadium Staff Search For New Employers

Former Esports Stadium staff are searching for new employers today after being let go from their employer yesterday. On December 8th, Esports Stadium Arlington’s President, Jonathon “Panda” Oudthone, used Twitter to communicate that he was “no longer the President of Esports Stadium.” He continued in the Tweet saying that it had been a pleasure designing, building and operating the largest esports facility in North America. He thanked everyone for their support and stated that he wasn’t “done though”. We can assume that this means he intends on remaining a force for change and growth in the esports industry in some fashion.

In a second tweet about the matter, Jonathon said that he knew people had lots of questions and that he appreciated the outreach and support, but he wasn’t able to give more details at the time. He went on to say, “Just know that the Stadium’s voice moving forward is not the voice of the people who sacrificed blood, sweat and tears building it.”

Esports Stadium Arlington, which is co-owned by Texas Rangers co-owner Neil Leibman, was opened in November of 2018. The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly hard on physical venues for sports and esports this year, as owners and operators struggled to generate income due to stay-at-home restrictions and local and state guidelines that kept large groups of people from gathering in one place.

We wish Jonathon and the rest of the staff that has to find new employment good luck and future success.

Other Former Employees

We spoke to a few of the former employees through private channels who wished to remain anonymous at this time because of possible legal ramifications. They all mentioned in a similar fashion but not exactly the same words:

  • The change of leadership was not needed, the company was doing well even in the face of the global pandemic.
  • The leadership structure was sound and employees were happy.
  • The mission was being accomplished.
  • The future of the Esports Stadium is still in esports even without the former chain of command and employees.
  • They all seemed a bit upset about having to leave and were unhappy about how the current situation has developed and played out.
  • Some reported that they had been promised severance pay, but then were not awarded it at the end of employment.

Esports Stadium

We’ve reached out to the new team at Esports Stadium for comment on the situation, but at this time no one has responded to our requests for more information. The business seems to be going forward as normal, and is still hosting tournaments and running social media campaigns.

On a personal note, if anyone who has been adversely affected by the Esports Stadium changing leadership, please reach out to us and tell us your story. We’d like to at least help anyone signal boost their situation and find new work in the industry as soon as possible.

Florida Mutineers Plunder in the sky warzone tournament

Florida Mutineers Plunder in the Sky Warzone Charity Event


DateTimeLeagueSeasonMatch Day
December 4, 20201:17 pmWarzone EsportsWarzone MW Season 61

The Florida Mutineers Plunder in the Sky Warzone Charity Event was on December 4th, 2020 an raised tens of thousands of dollars for a plethora of charities. The COD League franchise organized a great event that raised money for these charities that include but are not limited to:

  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • Call Of Duty Endowment
  • American Cancer Society
  • Gamers Outreach
  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • Miami Cancer Institute
  • St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
  • No Kid Hungry
  • and more.
The Florida Mutineers Plunder in the Sky Live Stream
Call of Duty Challengers

How To Sign Up For COD Challengers Cup 1

Sign Up Challengers Cup #1 – CDL 2021.

The COD League is now allowing teams to sign up for the COD Challengers Cup #1. The 2021 COD Challengers League season begins on December 4th of 2020.

The COD Challengers 2021 season has been announced for December 4th-6th, 2020. If you would like to sign up for the event please visit the official COD Challengers Cup #1 page.


The COD Challengers Cup 1 begins on December 4th at 9:30 PM Eastern Time with the APAC region. It continues through December 5th and 6th for the EU and NA regions tournaments. If you would like to sign up for the event please visit the official COD Challengers Cup #1 page.

COD Challengers Cup 1 APAC – Official Tournament Page. Official Bracket Page.

COD Challengers Cup 1 EU – Official Tournament Page. Official Bracket Page.

COD Challengers Cup 1 NA – Official Tournament Page. Official Bracket Page.

  • Price: Free
  • Game: COD Black Ops Cold War
  • Region: North America
  • Platforms: Playstation Xbox Battle.net
  • Tournament Type: Single Elimination
  • Tournament Size: 1024 teams
  • Team Size: 4 – 4 players
  • Players in Match: 4v4
  • Games Per Round: Best Of 5 games
  • Prize: $2500 USD (APAC: $1500 USD)

Format: This tournament is operating from Single Elimination until Top8 matches are reached. A Double Elimination bracket will be created for the Top8 teams. The Single Elimination portion will run on Saturday, the Double Elimination portion will run on Sunday. The first round of the double elimination bracket will be played Saturday. Please contact live chat with any questions.

Points: Points will be awarded based on turnout as seen in section 4.6 of the Challengers Official Rules.

Check In: Teams must use the Check In system on the day of the Tournament in order to acknowledge that they are ready to play in the Tournament. Teams that DO NOT go through the Check In procedure will not be eligible for the Tournament and will NOT be placed into the Bracket.  Anyone on a Team can check the whole Team in.


The rules for competitive Call of Duty change over time over time. Competitors are encouraged to check the following links periodically to ensure they are fully informed of all currently approved gameplay settings, competitive formats and other such factors that will affect their participation in Call of Duty esports tournaments and events.

To see the latest Competitive Settings please click here. To see the Official Rules for Call of Duty Challengers please click here.


1st Place

  • The 1st place team shall receive: $2,000.00 USD
  • Each player shall receive an achievement on his/her profile

2nd Place

  • The 2nd place team shall receive: $500.00 USD
  • Each player shall receive an achievement on his/her profile

3rd Place

  • Each player shall receive an achievement on his/her profile
BackBone iphone Game Controller

BackBone GG!

BackBone GG!

Mobile gaming is definitely here, but not without it’s share of growing pains. First problem the industry ran into was power. The devices were small, and were using much of the power available to just operate the system, let alone additional gaming software on top of it.

As these mobile devices became more powerful than some of our favorite gaming consoles we were hindered by the connectivity of the internet. Gamers want to play with and against other people, the very nature of esports begins at this point. 4G gave us an angle to see what the future could be like. Games like Minecraft, Pokemon GO, and Among Us revolutionized mobile gaming. Games like PUBG and COD Mobile showed us the potential of these powerful devices but also showed the limitations of 4G for multiplayer mobile gaming. Now 5G is approaching and is already available in some places, allowing faster connections than most homes have in the world, right in the palm of your hand.

This, the remaining problem, the “palm of your hand”.

A huge void in gaming peripherals has haunted the mobile gaming community for over a decade. When trying to make really in depth games for mobile the button mapping can be difficult because the devices tend to be as sleek, chic, and efficient as possible. This is definitely the case with the most modern mobile phones like the iPhone 12.

Leaders in the gaming industry, both creators and developers alike, have wondered, who will make the first controller for the iPhone that works as well as the famed Xbox controller or Playstation controller, or dare we even say, the Nintendo Switch controller?

We’ve been delivered a product from a new team, a team of highly driven creators, developers, and investors, the BackBone controller for the iPhone 12, and the free app that you download to go with it. It’s more than just a controller that fits perfectly in your grip transforming your iPhone into a portable gaming console. It’s also an app that integrates the controller to your iPhone inside AND out. Now game developers have a real controller to work with.

As consumers, we can finally consider getting games like PUBG Mobile, League of Legends (Wild Rift), and Call of Duty Mobile and investing the time to get good at them. Developers can consider remastering older games from the previous generations with less hesitation such as Final Fantasy 11, knowing that a great controller and team exists for integration with mobile devices.

The future of mobile esports is here, with high fidelity hand held devices, low ping high speed 5G mobile internet, and the BackBone.GG controller. It’s time to level up.

You can order yours at BackBone.GG. To buy it, you’ll first need to download the app and then you may make the purchase from with in the app. The company has an official website as well that offers more in depth details about the product. 

This is the official launch trailer of the BackBone iPhone game controller via their official YouTube channel.

Would you like to know more?

At the time of this publishing the company doesn’t seem to have an official Twitter account, but one of the investors does, Blake Robbins. Other noted investors are reported to be MrBeast, Nadeshot, TypicalGamer, Preston, Kwebbelkop, and Reed.