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ESL Gaming Co-CEO Craig Levine breaks down the DreamHack merger

ESL and DreamHack have been sister companies under parent Modern Times Group (MTG) since 2015. They’ve increasingly found ways to pool their collective resources towards a better, more unified product. Most notably, the ESL Pro Tour for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was planned to span global events across both brands in 2020 before the COVID-19...

Panda Global rebrands with new logo and apparel line

North American esports organisation Panda Global has rebranded with the reveal of a new logo and brand identity created by graphic design firm Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv (CGH). Photo Credit: Panda Global Panda Global’s new branding has been implemented across the team’s social media platforms and websites, as well as the organisation’s other...

Esports investment report: $63.27m committed in November 2020

Compared to September and October—two gargantuan months for esports investment—things cooled down last month. According to Esports Insider’s calculations, September totalled £143.6m and October saw £240.24m in overall disclosed investment. Funding in November came down slightly, but was considerable nevertheless. Overall, disclosed investment (or pledged...

Microsoft acquires esports tournament platform Smash.gg

Technology giant Microsoft has acquired self-service esports tournament platform Smash.gg for an undisclosed amount. Image credit: Smash.gg The news was shared officially on Smash.gg’s Twitter account after followers called out a banner on the platform’s homepage referencing its acquisition. Outside of a tweet from its MSN Esports social account,...

The top Indian esports business developments in November 2020

Along with the eagerly anticipated news of India’s potential unban on PUBG MOBILE, November has been an eventful month for the countries esports scene. This month, stakeholders and tournament organisers have slowly but surely diversified their portfolios to be able to operate in spite of one of the region’s most popular games being unavailable, albeit...

BLAST Premier confirms four new partners for Fall Final

Danish tournament organiser BLAST has announced it has signed four new partners ahead of its BLAST Premier Fall Final Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) tournament. Gaming peripherals brand HyperX, electronics retailer Power, services network KPMG, and hardware company OMEN by HP will sponsor the event which begins on December 8th. Credit: BLAST...

Riot Games unveils Verizon as new VALORANT First Strike partner

Riot Games has announced American telecommunications conglomerate Verizon as the official 5G wireless and network service partner of First Strike, the first VALORANT tournament organised by the publisher. Credit: Riot Games RELATED: Gambling on VALORANT: Key markets and important data The deal builds on Verizon’s existing relationship with Riot Games....

aXiomatic names Mark Vela as Chief Strategy Officer

aXiomatic Gaming, the parent company of esports organisation Team Liquid, has announced the appointment of Mark Vela as its Chief Strategy Officer.  According to a release, Vela will be responsible for overseeing the company’s investment activity and strategic initiatives, with a particular focus on Team Liquid, aXiomatic’s largest investment to date. ...

Esports movers and shakers: November 2020

Keeping track of the esports industry’s key personnel changes can be an arduous task. That’s why each month, Esports Insider rounds up all the industry’s movers and shakers, compiling them into a single article so you can stay up to date — and save time.    Below is a brief summary of all the key esports personnel changes from November 2020. ReKTGlobal...

Ellevens Esports charges up with Duracell sponsorship

Ellevens Esports, a U.K-based esports organisation co-owned by Tottenham Hotspur player footballer Gareth Bale and 38 Entertainment Group, has announced Duracell as its official team sponsor for the 2020/2021 season. The partnership is part of a new Duracell campaign to increase their efforts to appeal to gamers through an exciting series of in-game...

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