TORONTO, July 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lazarus Esports, a wholly owned division of Tiidal Gaming Group, competed at the Fortnite World Cup in New York City this past weekend. With six players representing the team, Lazarus clinched second place in the duos and fourth place in the solo portion of the tournament. Lazarus is now the number one ranked Canadian team and a top twenty-five team worldwide.

Taking place Saturday, July 27 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City, the Fortnite tournament saw 40 million players compete to land one of 200 spots. The World Cup duo tournament hosted 50 teams and the solo tournament hosted 100 single players for a total prize pool of US$30 million, the largest at the time in esports.

Lazarus Esports’ Fortnite team members David Jong, AKA “Rojo”, and Jaden Ashman, AKA “Wolfiez”, competed in the duo category of the tournament and climbed into second place in the final, winning a US$2.25 million prize.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, July 28, fellow team member Nate Kou, AKA “Kreo”, secured a fourth place finish in the solo tournament at the Fortnite World Cup, taking home a US$1.05 million cash prize.

The remaining members of the Lazarus team competed and collectively took home US$200,000.

Jong, age 20 from Andijk, Netherlands, said of his second place win, “This was an incredible opportunity to play against North American-style players”. His team partner Ashman, age 15, from London, England added, “It’s all about passion for the game”.

Kou, age 18 from Parkland, Florida, said, “Playing on this level has been huge and such a rush. It’s even better being able to share this with teammates.”

“We are thrilled with the performance of the entire Lazarus team, the stellar performance of our athletes, and could not be more pleased with our results,” said David Brisson, President of Tiidal Gaming Group. “Our focus for our competitive gaming division has been to attract, foster, support, and compete with the best talent in the world. This division has made substantial strides in the past year by moving from a top 100 to a top 25 globally ranked organization. Competitive gaming is a key pillar of Tiidal Gaming and we will continue to grow it while we focus on our broader strategic goal of building our esports and gaming platform organization.”

About Tiidal Gaming Group Inc.
Tiidal Gaming is an esports and gaming platform company. Tiidal is focused on owning and operating synergistic businesses across the gaming ecosystem. Tiidal owns Canada’s first esports organization, Lazarus Esports, which manages and supports multiple top-ranked athletes and has a rich history dating back to 2010. Tiidal is focused on enabling competitive gaming and building the future of game-based entertainment. For more information visit www.tiidal.gg.

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