LPL https://letsplay.live Esports Australia and New Zealand. Fri, 21 Sep 2018 02:51:27 +0000 en-NZ hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://i2.wp.com/letsplay.live/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/cropped-Favicon.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 LPL https://letsplay.live 32 32 148523073 Announcing the LPL Pro CS:GO ANZ Invitational https://letsplay.live/announcing-the-lpl-pro-csgo-anz-invitational/ Tue, 18 Sep 2018 01:56:10 +0000 https://letsplay.live/?p=4300 Watch B, Twitch and SKY SPORT this October for the LPL Pro CS:GO ANZ Invitational – proudly sponsored by Carl’s Jr. We’re extremely excited to be bringing our second CS:GO tournament of the year to your screens, featuring 5 of ANZ’s top CS:GO teams (including reigning champs Greyhound Gaming) and a chance for YOU and […]

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Watch B, Twitch and SKY SPORT this October for the LPL Pro CS:GO ANZ Invitational – proudly sponsored by Carl’s Jr.

We’re extremely excited to be bringing our second CS:GO tournament of the year to your screens, featuring 5 of ANZ’s top CS:GO teams (including reigning champs Greyhound Gaming) and a chance for YOU and your team to qualify as the 6th and final team in the tournament.

Continuing from the success of the LPL PRO Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Alpha Invitational, this trans-Tasman tournament will see some familiar faces battling it out for a prize pool of $10,000. The winners of the tournament will walk away with $5,000, with second and third placed teams taking home $3,000 and $2,000 respectively.

Our Invitational tournament will be running for 6 weeks from October 4th 2018. Qualifying matches will run from Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd September. For more information, check out our event page. To register your team for qualifiers, head on over to our registration form.

Tune in to SKY SPORT or twitch.tv/letsplaylive from Thursday 4th October at 8pm to catch all the action in our first match.

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Week 6, South Island Final 4 – NBA 2K18 1on1 NZ Championship https://letsplay.live/week-6-south-island-final-4-nba-2k18-1on1-nz-championship/ Sun, 16 Sep 2018 23:57:18 +0000 https://letsplay.live/?p=4280 Week 6 of the LPL NBA 2K18 1on1 Championship turned up the heat as the South Island’s Top 4 players fought for a spot in next week’s Conference Finals. Match 1 saw Riley “Rizz” Aiken pitted against Te Awanui “minnislug” Waaka, the 1st and 5th seeds respectively. In the first game, minnislug picked to play […]

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Week 6 of the LPL NBA 2K18 1on1 Championship turned up the heat as the South Island’s Top 4 players fought for a spot in next week’s Conference Finals.

Match 1 saw Riley “Rizz” Aiken pitted against Te Awanui “minnislug” Waaka, the 1st and 5th seeds respectively. In the first game, minnislug picked to play as the Cleveland Cavaliers whilst Rizz opted for the Boston Celtics. At the end of the first quarter the score was tight with a 7-8 lead to minnislug. By half time his lead has inched up to a 17-14 score, and continued to keep this winning streak right through the first game of the afternoon. minnislug wrapped up the first game with a win at 35-32.

The second game meant Rizz had a lot to lose – including his spot in the tournament and being one step closer to the $15,000 prize money. Switching to the Spurs for Rizz and the Golden State Warriors for minnislug, the scoreboard read 11-13 at half time thanks to a last-minute 2-pointer from minnislug as the second buzzer went off. However despite a new team, an even scoreboard 18-18 at the end of the third quarter and the title of being first seed, Rizz couldn’t clutch a victory – narrowly falling to minnislug 24-23.

Match 2 saw a tense showdown between Jake “JD” Downes and Regan “Tropic_Superstar” Small involving a third tie-breaker game to declare a winner. In Game 1, Tropic won the coin toss and selected tournament-favourite team GSW, whilst JD settled to play as the Pelicans. GSW dominated with a 15-15 half time scoreboard and allowed Tropic_Superstar to sneak ahead a victory, with a final score of 36-31.

Game 2 was JD’s time to shine. Despite switching to the GSW (Tropic_Superstar opted for the Caveliers) and falling 15-9 at half time, JD bounced back to clutch a 25-21 3rd quarter and a final score of 35-31, proving why the GSW were the team to play as in this year’s tournament.

Evening out the overall scoreboard of 1-1 and forcing the match into an exciting third game tiebreaker, both players were looking nervous. Surprisingly, neither opted to play as the GSW. Tropic_Superstar played as the Boston Celtics and JD picked the Houston Rockets, with a strong start from JD to bring the scoreboard to 14-8 to Houston by the end of the first quarter. Half time saw Tropic_Superstar creep ahead with a 20-19 score to the Celtics and then sprinted towards a win with a massive 30-20 lead by the end of the third quarter. At full time the board read 44-37 to the Celtics, crowning Tropic_Superstar with the win.

Join us next week at the Conference Finals as we see both winners from this weekend’s match and the North Island Top 2 battle it out to become island representative at the Grand Finals at the end of the month.

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TWoA and LPL team up for a special te reo Māori episode of Night Squad! https://letsplay.live/twoa-lpl-night-squad Sun, 09 Sep 2018 23:40:20 +0000 https://letsplay.live/?p=4260 We’re extremely excited to be teaming up with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (TWoA) gamers, who will will pit our reo Māori skills to the test in this week’s Night Squad Te Reo special! TWoA is partnering with us to see more reo Māori incorporated into our live broadcasts as part of Mahuru Māori and Te […]

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We’re extremely excited to be teaming up with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (TWoA) gamers, who will will pit our reo Māori skills to the test in this week’s Night Squad Te Reo special!

TWoA is partnering with us to see more reo Māori incorporated into our live broadcasts as part of Mahuru Māori and Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. Mahuru Māori started at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in 2014 as a way of normalising te reo Māori in everyday life. It was originally an initiative for fluent speakers of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa but has since grown to include the public and all levels of proficiency.

The challenge for the month, or for a selected time period, is that Māori be used for all forms of communication and this year more than 1,000 people will speak only in Māori during September.

New Zealand professional Fortnite player Twizz and our very own Amy Potter will learn the reo Māori equivalent of popular Fortnite multiplayer phrases and words, then squad up and use them in our weekly Night Squad Fortnite runs!

“Mahuru Māori, te wiki o reo Māori koinei ngā kaupapa nui e kainamu mai ana. Nā reira, kia whakamahiti korou tātou mehe ko Tū Matawhāiti, mehe ko Tū ka Ngūha. Ko tētahi huarahi pai rangatahi mā, ko te tō i te reo Māori ki te takuahi o tō whare, otirā ko te kōrero i te reo Māori nōu e tākaro kēmu ana. Wepua te Hoiho kia oma, whāngāia te rākau kia tipu, kōrerohia te reo e ora tonu ai ia. Blah!,” hei tā Uenuku Winitana nō Ngāti Tuwharetoa.

“Mahuru Māori and Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is about normalising te reo Māori. We want to see people incorporating more te reo Māori in their lives – and video games are a big part of many peoples’ lives,” said Uenuku Winitana, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, TWoA-sponsored gamer and Pukana presenter.

Want to join in on the ngahau (fun)? You too can download Fortnite te reo Māori rauemi (resource packs) from mahurumaori.com/fortnite, containing an updated Fortnite map and item translations and the game’s most-commonly used phrases and statements.

LPL will be streaming live from 7pm, September 12 at www.twitch.tv/letsplaylive.

Ka kite ano. We’ll see you there!

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Week 5, North Island Final 4– NBA 2K18 1on1 NZ Championship https://letsplay.live/week-5-north-island-final-4-nba-2k18-1on1-nz-championship/ Sun, 09 Sep 2018 22:53:49 +0000 https://letsplay.live/?p=4256 Week 5 of the LPL NBA 2K18 1on1 Championship brought viewers three epic showdowns between the North Island final 4: Shakor “Te_Shakor_Paki” Paki, Zane “stonecoldkilla” Scott, Paul “Zirinic” Cooper and Jahkel “Notorious-God” Mita. Each player aimed to be one step closer to our Grand Finals as the North Island representative later this month, but only […]

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Week 5 of the LPL NBA 2K18 1on1 Championship brought viewers three epic showdowns between the North Island final 4: Shakor “Te_Shakor_Paki” Paki, Zane “stonecoldkilla” Scott, Paul “Zirinic” Cooper and Jahkel “Notorious-God” Mita.

Each player aimed to be one step closer to our Grand Finals as the North Island representative later this month, but only two could progress to the North Island Conference finals on the 23rd of September.

The first match of the afternoon saw reigning champ Te_Shakor_Paki take on stonecoldkilla, who infamously knocked out fan-favourite Campbell “airbrn” Knowles in Week 1 of the North Island Elite. Stonecoldkilla picked to play as the Golden State Warriors, whilst Te_Shakor_Paki picked the Cleveland Cavaliers.

At half time the score read 22-11 to Paki, a solid lead for the start of game 1. Stonecoldkilla crept back up with 28-21 to Paki at the top of the 4th quarter, but ultimately Paki held on to wrap up the game 39-29 fulltime.

Game two saw a switch-up in terms of teams, with Paki picking the Houston Rockets and stonecoldkilla opting to play as the San Antonio Spurs. By the end of the first quarter scores were tied 7-7, but Paki created distance with a 16-12 score in favour of the Rockets at half time. Tensions rose with a 27-24 end of the 3rd quarter, but Paki dominated the final quarter to sprint to a 40-27 win at full time and secure his spot in the North Island conference finals.

The second showdown of the day pitched Paul “Zirinic” Cooper up against Jahkel “Notorious-God” Mita, playing as the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors respectively. Half time boasted a close match of 27-21, creeping even closer with a 34-33 scoreboard to Notorious at the top of the 4th quarter. However his reign was cut short by the end of the match, falling 51-46 to Zirinic.

Game two saw no change to the teams that players picked, sticking with the Cavs and GSW. At half time the scores read 24-23 to Notorious after a tight first two quarters, but Zirinic chased the score to pull a 35-33 upper hand.

A third and final game was played to determine the second winner of the day and the final player to continue on in the tournament. Zirinic picked Cavs once again whilst Notorious opted for the Houston Rockets. This proved to be an excellent play, as Notorious claimed half time at 19-15, top of the 4th with 30-22 and full time at 40-31.

Our conference final will see Notorious-God vs. Te_Shakor_Paki duke it out for the title of Best NBA 2K18 player in the North Island and the opportunity to represent in the Ultimate Grand Final, versing their South Island counterpart, on September 30th 2018.

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Week 4, South Island Elite – NBA 2K18 1on1 NZ Championship https://letsplay.live/week-4-south-island-elite-nba-2k18-1on1-nz-championship/ Sun, 02 Sep 2018 22:34:10 +0000 https://letsplay.live/?p=4251 Match one of the last round of South Island match-ups this week was South Island 6th seed ‘Hendo’ with Golden State vs. 3rd seed ‘JD’ with the New Orleans Pelicans. JD came out strong in the first quarter, leading 20-11 at halftime and finishing up 40-31 at the end of game one. Game two saw […]

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Match one of the last round of South Island match-ups this week was South Island 6th seed ‘Hendo’ with Golden State vs. 3rd seed ‘JD’ with the New Orleans Pelicans. JD came out strong in the first quarter, leading 20-11 at halftime and finishing up 40-31 at the end of game one. Game two saw JD set with Golden State and Hendo pick up the Houston Rockets. It was 29-22 at at the top of the 4th after a very tight game, but JD managed to continue his winning streak and end up 36-34 at full time taking a 2-0 sweep for the match.

Match two of the day lined up our South Island 2nd seed ‘GhettoClownFish’ against the 7th seed ‘TROPIC_Superstar.’ Game one lined up GhettoClownFish’s Cavaliers against a very strong first half showing by TROPIC_Superstar’s Warriors. Holding onto the lead, TROPIC_Superstar was still up 23-13 at half time, and continued on to pull out a very strong performance in the 3rd and finishing up with a comfortable 44-20 lead at the buzzer. Game two saw GhettoClownFish pick up Golden State Warriors against TROPIC_Superstar’s Boston Celtics. GhettoClownFish put in a very strong performance in the first half, up 19-8 at halftime. He continued the comeback to wind up 43-34 at full time taking it to 1-all for the match series! We headed into a Boston Celtics (GhettoClownFish) vs. Houston Rockets (TROPIC_Superstar) game three – where TROPIC_Superstar managed to bring it back and secure a 40-28 game win, taking the series 2-1.

See you next week for the North Island Finals, LIVE Sunday 2:30pm NZT / 12:30pm AEST on Maori Television and twitch.tv/letsplaylive. Check out all the bracket information here.

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Night Squad Returns with Season 2! https://letsplay.live/night-squad-returns-with-season-2 Fri, 31 Aug 2018 05:01:23 +0000 https://letsplay.live/?p=4245 LPL, New Zealand’s leading esports media company have announced the return of their weekly gaming live show the Night Squad!

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We are stoked to announce the return of our weekly gaming live show, the Night Squad!

The Night Squad first aired in June this year, and ran for an 8 week first season. Aimed at showcasing the gaming prowess of the countries top celebrity personalities, the show was a hit and will be coming back for a second round beginning Wednesday September 5th at 7pm.

Each week sports stars, comedians, musicians and TV personalities “squad up” in the widely popular Fortnite video game. The show is hosted by our very own Amy Potter, who says the first season was a hit. “We saw thousands tuning in each week to see the latest squad take on Fortnite, and to win some awesome prizes. I’m incredibly excited to build on the foundation we’ve laid and take season two to new heights!” Amy is a seasoned game reviewer, host and content creator in the gaming industry and has livestreamed and created gaming centric video for many years.

 

Season two kicks off next week with special guests Michel “Bloody Samoan” Mulipola, comic book artist for WWE, and Daz and Ast from Flava’s afternoon show ‘Drive with Daz and Ast’.

You will be able to tune in once again each Wednesday night via Twitch.tv, as a new set of celebrity guests will squad up each week! Join in the live chat for interaction directly with the Night Squad team, audience questions, giveaways, and more.

Continuing partnerships from the previous season, Night Squad will once again be giving viewers the opportunity to win a DualShock 4 controller and a Playstation Plus subscription every week thanks to PlayStation NZ.

For more Information check out letsplay.live/nightsquad

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Week 3, North Island Elite – NBA 2K18 1on1 NZ Championship https://letsplay.live/week-3-north-island-elite-nba-2k18-1on1-nz-championship/ Mon, 27 Aug 2018 00:23:57 +0000 https://letsplay.live/?p=4241 The first of the final North Island elite match-ups this week was Jahkel “Notorious-God” Mita vs. Ifraaz “Tetsu” Ali. The first game of the series saw Notorious-God’s Golden State up against Tetsu’s Boston, and finished 34-29 to Notorious-God, who barely fell behind all game. Game two was Tetsu’s Golden State up against Notorious-God’s Cavaliers. After a […]

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The first of the final North Island elite match-ups this week was Jahkel “Notorious-God” Mita vs. Ifraaz “Tetsu” Ali. The first game of the series saw Notorious-God’s Golden State up against Tetsu’s Boston, and finished 34-29 to Notorious-God, who barely fell behind all game. Game two was Tetsu’s Golden State up against Notorious-God’s Cavaliers. After a strong first quarter showing from Notorious-God, the lead slipped out of his grasp at half time as Tetsu briefly pulled ahead 21-13 at halftime. Unfortunately Tetsu couldn’t hold on as Notorious-God made a strong comeback, finishing up the game 47-39 and delivering our first 2-0 of the tournament and advancing into the quarter finals.

The second series for the day saw Paul “Zirinic_” Cooper up against Shaakur “KingKur” Dryden-de Thierry. In game one, Zirinic came out strong with Golden State versus KingKur’s Boston. A strong showing from Zirinic had him up 21-26 at halftime and saw him hold on to that lead to a 40-31 win for the game. Game two saw KingKur come back blazing with Golden State against Zirinic’s Spurs, taking a nail-biting 43-42 win over Zirinic taking us to 1-1 for the series. In the game three showdown it was KingKur’s Cavaliers up against Zirinic’s Rockets, with a strong showing from Zirinic who managed to take the win 35-29 at fulltime and will now head into the quarter finals.

See you next week for the second and final round of South Island Elite matchups, LIVE Sunday 2:30pm NZT / 12:30pm AEST on Maori Television and twitch.tv/letsplaylive. Check out all the bracket information here.

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Week 2, South Island Elite – NBA 2K18 1on1 NZ Championship https://letsplay.live/week-2-south-island-elite-nba-2k18-1on1-nz-championship/ Mon, 20 Aug 2018 00:17:49 +0000 https://letsplay.live/?p=4235 This week’s first best of three match-up saw first seed from the South Island, Riley “Rizz” Aitken go up against eighth seed Shaun “HennyKingSteve” Stevenson. Game one of the series finished up 34-29 to Rizz playing Golden State against Boston. After some clutch plays and heading into over time, game two ended up 51-42 to HennyKingSteve this […]

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This week’s first best of three match-up saw first seed from the South Island, Riley “Rizz” Aitken go up against eighth seed Shaun “HennyKingSteve” Stevenson. Game one of the series finished up 34-29 to Rizz playing Golden State against Boston. After some clutch plays and heading into over time, game two ended up 51-42 to HennyKingSteve this time playing Golden State Warriors versus Rizz’s Houston Rockets. We then headed straight into game three with no Golden State picks available… Rizz dominated with the Boston Celtics, and will head into the South Island Quarter Finals!

The second and final match-up for the night was fifth seed, Te Awanui “minnislug” Waaka, versus fourth seed Robert “Im_Hutchh” Hutcheson. Game one of this second series went to minnislug playing Golden State, game two to Im_Hutchh and the last match in the best of three to minnislug who will now advance into the quarter finals.

See you next week for the second and final round of North Island Elite matchups, Sunday 2:30pm NZT / 12:30pm AEST on Maori Television and twitch.tv/letsplaylive.

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NBA 2K18 1on1 NZ Championship Top 16 Announced https://letsplay.live/nba-2k18-1on1-nz-championship-top-16/ Tue, 31 Jul 2018 02:35:04 +0000 https://letsplay.live/?p=4214 LPL, in conjunction with Maori Television and 2K, have found New Zealand’s best NBA 2K18 players to play for their right to be called the 1on1 NZ Champion! These sixteen kiwis – eight from each island – will play live over eight weeks culminating in the North Island Conference champ meeting the South Island Conference champ. […]

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LPL, in conjunction with Maori Television and 2K, have found New Zealand’s best NBA 2K18 players to play for their right to be called the 1on1 NZ Champion!

These sixteen kiwis – eight from each island – will play live over eight weeks culminating in the North Island Conference champ meeting the South Island Conference champ. The final will be played across a best-of-five format in NBA 2K18! The tournament boasts an impressive prize pool of $15,000; including cash prizes and a trip for two to the USA to attend an NBA basketball game.

This past weekend we qualified the top 16 NBA 2K18 players for this tournament.

Allow us to present the 2018 top 16 players…

North Isand:
Te Shakor Paki
Zirinic
Notoriious_God
airbrn
stonecoldkilla
MyKingTetsu
KingKur23
Tyceno

South Island:
Rizz
GhettoClownFish
JD
Im_Hutchh
minnislug
Hendo
TROPIC_Superstar
HennyKingSteve

All eight weeks of the championship will be broadcast LIVE free-to-air on Maori Television, as well as online at twitch.tv/letsplaylive, tipping off Sunday August 12th at 2:30pm.

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DanBanter Winner of IESF Tekken 7 NZ Qualifier https://letsplay.live/danbanter-winner-of-iesf-tekken-7-nz-qualifier/ Mon, 23 Jul 2018 03:27:44 +0000 https://letsplay.live/?p=4226 On Saturday, 8 of NZ’s top Tekken 7 players fought for the chance to head over to the IESF Esports World Championship in Kaohsiung. Young Aucklander Dan ‘DanBanter’ Saeidian was knocked down into the lower bracket by KYO early on, but fought through a reset to be named champion on the night! Catch the full broadcast replay […]

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On Saturday, 8 of NZ’s top Tekken 7 players fought for the chance to head over to the IESF Esports World Championship in Kaohsiung. Young Aucklander Dan ‘DanBanter’ Saeidian was knocked down into the lower bracket by KYO early on, but fought through a reset to be named champion on the night! Catch the full broadcast replay over on Twitch. Thanks to the NZESF, he will now head over to compete on the world stage.

More than 1,000 gamers from at least 50 countries are expected to attend the IeSF World Championship in November. 2017’s New Zealand champion Thomas “Kor_Nnova” Choi finished fourth at the world championships in Korea last year.

Congratulations Dan!

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