New leadership announced naming former Mercedes AMG Formula One CEO, Nick Fry as Chairman, Entrepreneur Glen Calvert as COO and Fnatic’s founder Sam Mathews retakes CEO
Fnatic, the leading global esports brand, today announced it has secured $19 million USD in Series A funding. The investment round was led by tech entrepreneur Lev Leviev of LVL1 Group with new and continued support from investors including transatlantic VC firm Beringea, BlackPine, Unbound and Joi Ito.
With this investment, Fnatic will enter the next phase of its global expansion, strengthen involvement in tier-one leagues, including the League of Legends European Championships, launch new product categories in its esports equipment subsidiary including a new audio line, as well as scaling up resources to deliver and deploy marketing efforts and reach for brands on an international scale.
To support the company’s rapid growth, a new leadership team is being appointed. Former Mercedes AMG F1 Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nick Fry is named Chairman, serial entrepreneur and founder of Affectv Glen Calvert is appointed COO and Fnatic’s founder, Sam Mathews, set to retake the CEO position.
Lead investor Lev Leviev said “Esports is the future of entertainment as well as one of the most dynamic and exciting emerging industries out there. Fnatic has established itself as a driving force both on the competitive stage and as a global business in esports, I’m excited to be part of the next chapter as Fnatic scales into a global lifestyle brand.”
“This is a pivotal moment in the evolution of Fnatic. I am incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years and now is the time to build on this strong foundation to realise our vision of being the leading global esports brand. To have such high caliber investors is telling of the potential they see in Fnatic and our future,” added new CEO, Sam Mathews.
The latest round of investment will be used to structure the company for further expansion into Asia and North America, continue to partner with the most forward-thinking global brands and to cement its position as the leading lifestyle esports organisation globally.
For more information about Fnatic, visit www.fnatic.com.
Fnatic is a leading, global esports organisation with professional teams and unrivalled legacy in the most popular competitive games, including League of Legends, Counter-Strike, Dota 2, Fortnite, and more.
Founded in 2004 by Sam Mathews, Fnatic teams have claimed multiple international championships since its inception, including the inaugural League of Legends World Championship, seven EU LCS Championships and three separate CS:GO Majors, a record unparalleled by any other team.
Dedicated to being the first globally recognised esports lifestyle brand, Fnatic develops a line of award-winning gaming peripherals in-house, Fnatic GEAR, designs and produces a number of apparel lines as well as partners with the most forward-thinking global brands.
Fnatic is headquartered in London, United Kingdom with additional operational locations in Berlin, Belgrade, Los Angeles, Taipei, Shenzhen and Kuala Lumpur.
Unikrn Brings Video Games and Esports Betting Back
Gamers are always looking for more, and unikrn is betting on it. The esports betting platform is back and built for a new generation of players.
Initially introduced eight years ago, unikrn is the most expansive video games and esports betting platform on the market – offering a safe, secure and accessible way for players of legal betting age to supercharge their esports fandom. The platform, which also offers betting options across traditional sport and casino games, is now available in Brazil and Canadian provinces and territories other than Ontario. The platform will continue plans to enter new, regulated markets around the globe in 2023 and into the future.
The platform, now with a completely new look-and-feel, offers an easy-to-use interface that makes it smoother and simpler for players looking to bet on their own, bet with friends or even bet on themselves. With an around-the-clock video game stream of exciting action featuring the world’s most popular video game titles, unikrn gives players more ways to bet while watching and playing their favourite games.
“Over the past year, the passionate team at Entain has worked closely with us to create a safe, accessible, secure and compliant product that players can trust – even if they’ve never placed a bet before. The launch of unikrn in both Brazil and Canada is the first step as we introduce a video games and esports betting platform that truly puts a new generation of players and their passions first,” Justin Dellario, CEO of unikrn and Managing Director of Esports at Entain, said.
unikrn is continually innovating and will evolve its product suite as the brand’s footprint expands. The initial product offerings will include UMode, unikrn Virtual, unikrn Esportsbook, unikrn Sportsbook, unikrn Casino and unikrn Rewards.
World Esports Championships Finals Begin with Spectacular Opening Ceremony
IESF welcomes World Esports Family to Bali for the largest edition of its flagship event
The International Esports Federation (IESF) officially opened the 14th World Esports Championships Finals today in Bali, Indonesia. The Opening Ceremony kicked off IESF’s historic WE Championships with an athlete parade, special performances, and speeches from IESF President Vlad Marinescu and Esports Federation of Indonesia (PBESI) President Budi Gunawan at the Merusaka Nusa Dua Hotel.
The ceremony welcomed athletes, referees, fans, event organizers, government officials, and others from the World Esports Family. The ceremony began with the Indonesia Raya, the national anthem of Indonesia, and the official PBESI march. IESF then did an official raising of its flag to mark the start of the event. Inspired by Indonesian and Balinese culture, the ceremony featured traditional dances as well as extraordinary performances by Indonesian artists Alffy Rev, Wizzy, and Ecko.
The WE Championships remain the sole international esports competition where athletes compete to represent their countries. Over 600 players representing 106 countries will compete across six games: CS:GO, Dota 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, eFootball ™ 2023, Tekken 7, and PUBG Mobile, making this the largest and most geographically diverse edition of the event since its inception in 2008 with a record prize pool of $500,000.
An athlete representative from each country joined in the athlete parade of the Opening Ceremony to carry their country’s flag to celebrate the event’s largest and most inclusive edition. Additionally, IESF showcased its commitment to responsible gaming and providing referees with the highest level of certification to ensure fair and safe competition. This year’s referees took an oath on stage during the Opening Ceremony, alongside an athlete representative, to safeguard responsible gaming.
IESF President Vlad Marinescu spoke at the ceremony and said: “Welcome to Bali for the 2022 World Esports Championships Finals. We are elated to see a historic 106 countries, more than double from last year’s edition, competing in the 14th edition of this event right here in the Land of Gods. All of you here in this beautiful country and those watching are proof and reflection of the growth and progress of the World Esports Family.”
In his speech, PBESI President Budi Gunawan said: “The Indonesia Esports Summit and the 14th IESF World Esports Championships, wil declare our commitment to set new standards for organizing world class esports event. We sincerely hope that the 14th IESF World Esports Championships Bali 2022 will be a new momentum for all these great talents from around the world to build friendship and peace”
The competition will conclude with the Closing Ceremony and a special announcement on December 11, where one nation will be crowned the World Esports champion.
The Finals will be live-streamed across seven IESF Twitch channels, one dedicated for each game. The full lineup of competing nations and all other information related to WEC can be found on the official website.
The World Esports Championships 2022 Are Officially Open!
And WE are live in 3,2,1…
The World Esports Championships 2022 are officially open!
Join the opening ceremony today, at 7 pm GMT +8 with traditional music and dance performances, a fireworks show, and wave your national flag proudly!
After the opening ceremony feel free to join in the press conferences.
During the event, you can experience a little bit of everything from cosplay competitions, games, watch parties, and daily activities.
If you are not in Bali, you can always tune in on the platform wec.iesf.org and become part of the magic.
Watch your teams, stay on top of every score, and keep cheering for your favorite players!
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