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ESL reveals 2022 CS:GO Pro Tour updates

Tournament organiser ESL Gaming has revealed a myriad of updates for the 2022 ESL Pro Tour for CS:GO including format, live audiences, and renamed events. The 2022 ESL Pro Tour will include over 25 events, many of which are planned for LAN play before a live audience. Image credit: ESL Gaming RELATED: DreamHack Atlanta delayed until 2022 Per ESL...

Fnatic partners with Crypto.com, RLCS returns, plus massive esports investments | ESI Digest #60

Each week, ESI Digest breaks down the weekly happenings in the esports industry, making sense of things so you don’t have to. As well as being housed on YouTube, ESI Digest is available on all major podcast platforms and is also available in written form below. On this week’s ESI Digest we cover, RLCS‘s return with new format, prize pool and regions;...

Nicecactus partners with AJE Group to host regional tournaments

Gaming tournament and training platform Nicecactus has announced it has joined forces with South American beverage company AJE Group. As a result, the platform will host a range of grassroots League of Legends tournaments that will take place in ten countries, with a combined prize pool of $10,000 (~£7200). Image credit: Nicecactus/AJE Group RELATED:...

Thunder Predator strikes sponsorship deal with Trovo

Peruvian esports organisation Thunder Predator has entered a sponsorship deal with live streaming platform Trovo. As a result, Trovo, owned by Tencent Holdings, will become the team’s headline sponsor. Image credit: Thunder Predator / Trovo RELATED: Trovo selects Allied Esports to produce ‘Titans’ esports series Thunder Predator currently hosts...

T1 launches NFT partnership with Swappable

South Korean organisation T1 Entertainment & Sports has announced a partnership between T1’s DOTA2 team and NFT marketplace, Swappable. Per an official post on the Swappable website, T1 fans will soon be able to purchase ‘exclusive digital collectables and T1 history’. The first T1 NFT drop will be T1 genesis NFTs with ‘unique properties that give...

Blocksport: Building the all-in-one NFT platform

Supported by: Blocksport NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, hold many innovative opportunities that were previously bound to the physical world. Blockchain technology opened a new market for limited-edition images, videos and digital artwork. It also created a new revenue source for individuals and companies, including traditional sports and esports...

BLAST Premier expands into Israel with broadcast deal

International Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament series BLAST Premier has announced a media rights deal with the Gaming Channel, Israel’s first linear 24/7 esports and gaming TV channel. The agreement will see the Gaming Channel own exclusive rights to broadcast BLAST Premier in Hebrew within Israel until the end of the 2021 season. Image...

Fnatic unveil £11m partnership with Crypto.com

London-based esports organisation Fnatic has announced a 5-year deal with cryptocurrency exchange Crypto.com worth $15 million (~£10.8 million). The partnership will see the cryptocurrency site become Fnatic’s inaugural Global Cryptocurrency Partner. Image credit: Fnatic / Crypto.com RELATED: Fnatic COO Glen Calvert announces departure The partnership...

Mobile Premier League valued at $2.3bn after funding round

Mobile esports platform Mobile Premier League (MPL) has reached a pre-money valuation of $2.3bn (~£1.7bn) after a Series E funding round led by Legatum Capital. The latest funding achievement for the Indian gaming and esports company grants it unicorn status – a privately held startup worth over $1bn – becoming the second Indian gaming startup to do...

Digital Motorsports enters partnership with FIA Rally Star

Irish esports infrastructure company Digital Motorsports has announced it has entered a partnership with FIA Rally Star, a motorsport initiative set up by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), motorsport’s governing body. As a result, the company has secured the marketing rights for the initiative, which aims to find the next generation...

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