This week in esports: Fortnite World Cup, Sephora, Ninjas in Pyjamas, OPSkins

As always, we’ve summed this week in esports up for you – we know it’s hard to keep in the loop with absolutely everything! This past week has seen some huge stories, including the Fortnite World Cup, Sephora entering esports, Ninjas in Pyjamas expanding in Latin America, and Valve sending a cease and desist order to OPSkins.

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Epic announces the 2019 Fortnite World Cup

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Finally announcing its plans for Fortnite esports at E3, Epic Games has announced the Fortnite World Cup. This event will take place in the latter end of 2019.

Investing $100,000,000 in the 2018-2019 season alone, Epic Games will put up prize pools for community-run, online, and major events over the year. The bulk of the competition will be solos and duos, though squads won’t be left out entirely.

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GIRLGAMER Esports Festival returns for second year, sponsored by Sephora

GIRLGAMER Esports Festival

The second GIRLGAMER Esports Festival is set to take place on July 20th-22nd and it’s bringing a big non-endemic sponsor along for the ride: cosmetics and beauty giant Sephora.

Celebrating and supporting the inclusion of women in esports, the festival will include a business conference alongside competitions in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, and Clash Royale.

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Ninjas in Pyjamas enter Rainbow Six Siege, Latin American market

Ninjas in Pyjamas

Popular Swedish esports organisation Ninjas in Pyjamas has entered the Latin American market by acquiring the former Rainbow Six Siege roster of Black Dragons e-Sports.

In partnership with Ubisoft, this is NiP’s first venture in the LATAM side of esports. The organisation will take part in the pilot program for revenue sharing, which sees 11 teams receive a share of the sales from branded in-game items.

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Valve orders OPSkins to cease and desist CS:GO skin trading

Earlier in the week, Valve – the developer behind Steam – released a statement that revealed it has sent a cease and desist order to popular skin trading platform OPSkins.

Yielding a two-week compliance period, the request is based on the fact that Valve believes OPSkins is violating the terms in the Steam Subscriber Agreement. Despite this, the platform assured its users that this “does not mean the end” of its service.

Read the full article here.