Large esports crowds gathering in the UK and a clash of orgs

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There's a new Clash Royale league on the horizon and a number of NA and EU organizations have thrown their hats into the ring to take part. Also, Birmingham, UK laid host to quite the esport gathering.

Meet the Clash Royale orgs

The organizers of the Clash Royale League have announced all the teams that will take part in this year's season. Big names are representing EU and NA, including 100 Thieves, TSM, CLG, Team Liquid, FNATIC, and G2. The squads will be filled out in the coming months as teams look to finalize who will be representing respective colors.

Alienware powering NBA2K

Alienware NBA 2K

Alienware, the gaming division of Dell, announced on social media the company will see its desktop PCs used in the NBA 2K League. The esports tournament will be powered by PC and played using controllers. You'll be able to catch the draft, which was broadcasted live from PAX East on Friday.

British crowds shine at CWL Birmingham

The first of three major global esports events scheduled for British shores in 2018 took place last weekend in Birmingham and while there were equipment related issues concerning the Iiyama monitors, one thing stood out above all: The crowd.

The crowd was pretty electric throughout but by the time local team, Splyce, had clawed their way to the grand final, things were at fever pitch. There's no crowd like a hyped British crowd cheering on home players, and it left many of the casters and players in awe.

Splyce have now made two grand finals in Call of Duty global opens this season, making it three for Europe overall. None have been wins, but the British team did at least reset the bracket by taking the first best-of-5, before running out of steam.

Next up for the UK crowd is ESL One, also in Birmingham, and if this much smaller crowd was anything to go by, the esports world is in for a treat.

FaceIt London Major tickets on sale now

FaceIt Major

Speaking of UK esports, the CS:GO circus will descend on London in September this year at the SSE Arena and tickets are now on sale for the four day event. It's the first time a CS:GO Major has come to the UK and given the recent standard of play at events like the Boston Major, it's one not to be missed.

Hit the FaceIt Major website to get yours while you can.

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Rich Edmonds
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

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