theScore esports Daily (July 11): Uzi takes a break, Epic announce $8 million Fortnite tournament series and ESPN to broadcast OWL

by theScore Staff Jul 11
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Uzi to take a break from competitive play

Following China's win at Rift Rivals, legendary AD carry Jian "Uzi" Zi-Hao will be taking a break from competitive play.

His team, Royal Never Give Up, stated in a Weibo post translated by Inven Global's Byungho "Haao" Kim and Woo "Ready" Hyun that Uzi has been advised by his doctor to take a short break. Inven's report cites an LPL staff member who said the break is due to shoulder pain. Uzi has previously suffered from a wrist injury.

Uzi was an integral part of RNG's title-winning run at the 2018 Mid-Season Invitational, where they defeated Kingzone DragonX in the final.

RNG currently sits at the top of the LPL standings with a 5-1 record. Throughout Uzi's break, the team will be playing with Dai "Able" Zhi-Chun in his place. Able has played three games this split and RNG has won all of them.

Fortnite Summer Skirmish series announced

Epic Games will be hosting an 8-week series of Fortnite competitions, called the Summer Skirmish series, the developer announced Wednesday.

Eight million dollars in prize money will be awarded during the eight-week series, with this weekend's duos competition offering a $250,000 prize pool. Epic Games said that this weekend's competition will be made up of community creators and Fortnite players who have demonstrated their competitive prowess.

Invitations have already been sent out for the inaugural Summer Skirmish matches but players have been told to stay tuned for more information on how to qualify for an event.

Blizzard partnering with ESPN and Disney XD to broadcast Overwatch League

Blizzard has signed a multi-year broadcast deal with ESPN, Disney and ABC, allowing them to broadcast the Overwatch League playoffs and Season 2 next year. The deal does not affect their existing distribution agreement with Twitch.

It is unclear exactly how long this broadcast deal will last, and follows several other ESPN and Disney esports broadcasts over the past few years, as well as a recent deal to stream NA LCS games on ESPN's streaming service ESPN+.

The first broadcast will begin Wednesday night at 8.p.m. ET on Disney XD and ESPN3 when the Philadelphia Fusion will take on the Boston Uprising in the first quarterfinal match of the Overwatch League playoffs.

Niall McCrossan is an intern for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.