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LCS Spring Playoffs teams are locked in, but their seeding still hangs in the balance

The stage is set for the upcoming 2023 LCS Spring Playoffs bracket, complete with teams that turned pre-season uncertainties among fans into some of the most exciting runs in the histories of their organizations.

A dominant victory from CLG over Cloud9 in the final day of the 2023 LCS Spring Split has eliminated TSM from playoffs contention, thus cementing the six teams moving on in the competition to battle for the Spring title. However, this first game has opened up multiple tiebreaker opportunities, possibly even doubling the amount of games needed to play today, so where these teams finish the regular season has not yet been decided.

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The six teams advancing out of the regular season are C9, FlyQuest, Evil Geniuses, 100 Thieves, CLG, and Golden Guardians. Each of these teams had their share of dominant win streaks, though also faced major challenges throughout the split that many were able to successfully overcome.

C9 and FlyQuest have guaranteed themselves upper-bracket starts, though may need to compete for a tiebreaker to determine who ends the split in first place. 100T and Golden Guardians currently boast the exact same scores, which may be contested further following the results of EG’s game later tonight.

Alongside TSM, Immortals and Team Liquid have not qualified for the playoffs bracket, and thus will not be performing on stage until the start of the Summer Split. Fans were initially unclear as to whether TSM had been eliminated thanks to the C9/CLG match, but their 0-2 records against both 100T and Golden Guardians, who they could have tied with, ultimately led to their elimination without the potential for their inclusion in tiebreakers.

For the other six teams that have qualified, however, their playoffs runs begin next week, ultimately culminating in the Spring Playoffs finals in Raleigh, North Carolina on April 8 and 9.

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Mobile ‘paid competitive gamers’ are on the rise Newzoo & MPL

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Like A Dragon Ishin: A mini-review Kaser Focus

Connect with top gaming leaders in Los Angeles at GamesBeat Summit 2023 this May 22-23. Register here. It’s a strange week when the announcement of Counter-Strike 2 is the highlight. We had a lot of interesting news from GDC, and peeks at upcoming games like Redfall and a TMNT game adaptation of The Last Ronin. But I’ve been in a mood to talk about games themselves. So indulge me while I talk about a title that got eclipsed when Resident Evil 4 Remake dropped into my lap: Like A Dragon: Ishin! I returned to playing the game after RE4R and have a few thoughts about it. Ishin takes place in Bakumatsu-era Japan, and follows a fictionalized telling of real ronin Ryoma Sakamoto. He, like every other character in

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Connect with top gaming leaders in Los Angeles at GamesBeat Summit 2023 this May 22-23. Register here. Gordon Moore, the elder statesman of the technology industry, passed away today at the age of 94. He was one of the nation’s greatest citizens as a pioneer of the semiconductor industry and chairman emeritus of Intel, which he cofounded in 1968. He was known for formulating Moore’s Law in 1965. He predicted that the number of components on a chip would double every couple of years or so. That prediction has held up remarkably well for about 58 years. In 1965, chip makers could fit about 64 transistors on a chip. By 1971, Intel could fit 2,300 transistors on its first microprocessor, the Intel 4004. Nvidia can now put 80

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Top 5 stories of the week: Generative AI market heating up (even more)

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Reigning VALORANT world champions use an unstoppable comp on Lotus

LOUD remain at the top of the VALORANT world, having been crowned the game’s second-ever world champion in 2022 and just missing out on making history in the LOCK//IN finals earlier this month. Heading into the first-ever VCT Americas season, LOUD is a heavy favorite to qualify for both Masters Tokyo and Champions 2023 with its South American roster not missing a beat despite replacing two of its players. Aside from boasting one of the most well-respected lineups in the world, however, LOUD has demonstrated time and time again how there are levels to their approach to the game from a strategy standpoint, and the team recently showcased this on Lotus. During LOCK//IN, LOUD actually didn’t play the newest VALORANT map until its very final best-of-five series. Despite

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Funko Has Laid Off Mondo Staff, But Its Movie Poster Business Will Continue

It’s the end of an era for movie fans, as Mondo will reportedly no longer produce unique and stylish movie posters. Mondo’s parent company, Funko, has apparently laid off most of the staff at the Austin-based company and killing off its poster division. [Update: While the layoffs have been confirmed, a representative also told GameSpot that Mondo’s poster business will continue.] According to sources who spoke to TheWrap, Mondo co-founders Rob Jones and Mitch Putnam were also laid off and the company’s division for cutting-edge experiences and products, The Lab, has been shut down. Only the toys and records divisions remain, but as the sources explained, it’s not clear how long they’ll be around for. Senior creative director Eric Garza has also been let go. Funko purchased Mondo

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