Team Spirit out of TI11, Benzema named footballer of the year — top news of the week

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Karim Benzema takes Ballon d’Or

The French forward of the Real Madrid FC Karim Benzema won the 2022 Ballon d’Or, the most prestigious football award leaving behind in the race to the trophy the Senegalese Sadió Mane and the Belgian Kevin De Bruyne.
Benzema, 34, became the oldest Ballon d’Or winner since 1956. In the previous season the Frenchman won the Champions League as a part of Real Madrid and La Liga. He was the top scorer in both events.

Team Spirit failed to defend the title at The International

Team Spirit was eliminated from The International 2022, they were knocked out in R1 of the lower bracket of play-off by the team BOOM. The squad of Magomed Collapse Magomedov finished 13th-16th earning $256 000. Thus, BOOM Esports will stay in the event, now they will take on PSG.LGD next.
At the previous edition of The International the roster of Team Spirit won the title to become the first champion from the CIS over the last 10 years. This win earned the team of Airat Silent Gaziev $18 mln, a record sum of prize money ever earned at a single event in the history of E-Sports.

Minecraft and Burberry create capsule collection

The premium clothing brand Burberry and ‘sandpit’ developers from Minecraft announced the start of a mutual collaboration. A special adventure with four new locations will be added to the game. In addition, Minecraft and Burberry will create capsule collections of clothing in the real and virtual worlds – the release is scheduled for November 1, 2022.

Flying taxi in Dubai

The first test flight of XPeng X2, an electric aero taxi, was carried out in Dubai. Under the concept of its creators, the manned flying taxi is supposed to be controlled by a pilot and has the capacity to develop a speed up to 129 km/h at the height of 91 m.
Developers took care of all security details. If a pilot feels a malaise during the flight, the flying taxi can be managed remotely. In addition, the flying taxi will be equipped with parachutes for emergency cases.
The new product will go on sale in 2025, it will serve as a base for the development of an entire network of flying taxi in Dubai.

Entity Gaming and RNG played the longest match in the history of The International

The match Entity Gaming vs RNG lasted 107 mins and 3 secs. It was the longest match in the history of The International series. Entity won to teach R2 of the lower bracket of play-off where it will face Team Liquid.
The roster of Entity includes two Russians — Ivan Pure Moskalenko and Vladislav Kataomi Semenov, along with the Belorussian Dmitry Fishman Polishchuck. At the time of publication, the roster has already booked a place situated between the 13th and 16th spots earning $256 000 in prize money.