LONDON SPITFIRE brought some much-need e-sport success to the country when it won the inaugural Overwatch League title earlier this year.

But as great as their achievement was, our ability to boast about the triumph was limited by the fact the entire Spitfire squad haled from South Korea.

But now our homegrown talent has given us something to shout about by upsetting the odds and storming their way to the semi-finals of the Overwatch World Cup.

The United Kingdom had qualified for the tournament as runners-up to France in the European qualification pool and no one expected them to pull up any trees when they arrived for the tournament in Anaheim.

But they shocked the e-sports world when they came from 1-0 down against second-favourites USA to triumph 3-1 in the quarter-finals.

The comeback began on the London-based map King’s Row before further triumphs on Volskaya Industries and Route 66 sent Team UK into the last four.

Their victory was made all the sweeter by the USA squad’s pre-match boasting and cockiness and was all the more remarkable due to the UK team featuring only two professionals from the last Overwatch League season.

The UK’s hopes of winning the World Cup were ended by reigning champions South Korea in the semi-finals, but our boys – featuring several members of the Spitfire’s development squad British Hurricane – tied two maps with the overwhelming favourites and made them work hard for their 2-0 victory.

The South Koreans – featuring London’s own Jun-ho “Fury” Kim – went on to beat China 4-0 in the final, while the Brits suffered an agonizing 3-2 loss to Canada in the bronze medal match.

Despite missing out on a medal, Team UK had won the hearts and minds of the viewers, while tank Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth performances have seen him signed up by Overwatch League team Boston Uprising for the upcoming season.

That makes him the third Brit in the league after Isaac “Boombox” Charles and Harrison “Kruise” Pond were signed by the new Paris Team.

British Overwatch is clearly on the rise and expect the team’s World Cup heroics to inspire a younger generation who will believe they can finally dethrone South Korea as the number one nation.

FOOTBALL MANAGER is a British tradition and for some people it is the only game they buy each year.

Some fanatics give up thousands of hours of their life to take Chipping Sodbury FC from the fourth division of the Monster Munch League: Fourth Division South to the Champions League final.

The 2019 version of this game, which has cost people jobs and relationships in equal measure, is in the shops now and features a raft of graphical improvements and some fresh tactical touches to bring out the inner-Mourinho of every gamer.

It can be bought on PC and Mac, with mobile and touch versions available soon. The perfect Christmas gift for the football obsessive in your life.

UNDERSTANDING the release schedule of Battlefield V could prove problematic for even the greatest minds in Military Intelligence.

The World War II shooter, developed by Dice and published by Electronic Arts, is officially released for everyone on November 20.

But subscribers to EA Access on Xbox One can play a 10-hour trial of the game from today (November 9), while people who pay the £14.99 for the premier version of Origin Access on PC can play as much as they want from today onwards.

For those people who don’t pay monthly fees to EA but can’t wait until November 20 to get their Battlefield fix, there is the option to pick up the Deluxe Edition of the game which allows you to start playing from November 15.

All this is especially confusing when you consider that Battlefield V was originally due to come out in October before EA delayed the game to make improvements.

Perhaps the staggered release is supposed to replicate World War II itself, where Great Britain was involved immediately, USA joined in a few years later and Argentina decided to declare war on Germany in March, 1945.

Either way, the EA Access trial offers the best opportunity to try the game early and see if it’s something you fancy dropping £50 on.

 

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