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Riot Games Appoints John Needham as Global Head of LoL Esports

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John Needham has become the new global head of “League of Legends’” professional esports league, a communication from Riot Games revealed.

In his new role, Needham will take charge of organizing major LoL Esports events like The World Championship, Mid-Season Invitational, and the All-Star Event.

Needham, who joined Riot in 2017, has been working as the managing director of Europe and North America. He has supervised the rebranding of the League of Legends European Championship (LEC), which recently moved to a long-term partnership model with 10 teams.

“League of Legends” is one of the major esports league in the world. It comprises about 800 professional players representing over 100 teams in a number of leagues. It is hugely popular too. The estimated unique viewership of last year’s World Championship Finals is 99.6 million. During the regular season, the viewership averaged about 90 million hours week-over-week worldwide.

“We are currently in the middle of our ninth season with ‘League of Legends’ esports, and when we look at the timelines under which traditional sports have evolved, over many decades if not centuries, we’re extremely bullish on what we’re creating,” said Needham. “At Riot Games, we believe that we’re well ahead of the curve and that esports are still only in their infancy. With player experience guiding us as it does all of Riot, we are building a global, sustainable ecosystem for players, teams, partners, and fans alike. We’re honored to be considered leaders in the esports space and believe it’s part of our responsibility to help shepherd it forward by investing in the right ideas, events, and structure to help this sport reach its full potential.”

Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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Veloce Wins Inaugural Le Mans Esports Series

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The leading esports team Veloce Esports has won the inaugural Le Mans Esports Series. Veloce entered the Super Final as a wildcard entry. It partnered its Forza specialists David Kelly and Noah Schmitz with eROC champion but Forza novice James Baldwin.

Veloce finished second in the first of the nine races and struggled in the subsequent races. However, it has won the sixth race and earned the fourth grid position for the deciding race. As Veloce was 15 points off the championship lead, Baldwin started Veloce’s race 15 seconds after the pole sitter Baguette Racing.

The team passed Kitty Krew, who won two of the first eight races and hunted down Baguette, passing the French trio’s entry on lap 18 of 24. Baguette was forced to settle for second place ahead of Kitty Krew, who took the final place on the podium.

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Parimatch Partners With Team Spirit

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Bookmaker Parimatch has announced a six-month partnership with the esports organisation Team Spirit.

As per the deal, Parimatch will support teams from across the organisation, including Dota 2 and CS:GO. Parimatch logo will appear on the players’ uniform, and the bookmaker will also be featured across the social networks of Team Spirit.

“Our company operates in the key markets in the CIS, so partnering with Team Spirit is a natural fit. The teams include well-known players, and we do not doubt the success of the dragon squads in the regional and international arenas. We value a systematic approach, competence during negotiations and dedication to eSports. We have already received exceptional support from the organisation’s management, and look forward to a close and productive partnership,” Stepan Shulga, Head of Esports at Parimatch said.

“Parimatch is undoubtedly the best bookmaker in the CIS market for eSports, and we are proud to work with them. When choosing a partner, we always pay special attention to the status of the company and its relationship with our audience. We are excited to partner with Parimatch, and I am sure that we will have a long and fruitful co-operation. Cheer on Team Spirit with Parimatch!” Nikita Chukalin, GM of Team Spirit said.

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Esports Entertainment Group Partners With Dignitas, The Esports Organization Of Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment, To Provide P2P Esports Betting

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Esports Entertainment Group, Inc., a licensed online gambling company with a specific focus on esports wagering and 18+ gaming, is pleased to announce a multi-year partnership with Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment to provide safe and transparent P2P esports betting to Dignitas fans via VIE.gg. Dignitas is an international esports team with one of the most iconic and recognizable brands in the professional gaming industry that fields teams in seven of esports’ largest and most popular games.

Dignitas is the esports organization of HBSE, a globally renowned sports and entertainment company whose portfolio includes the Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils, Crystal Palace F.C. and the Prudential Center, one of the world’s top-ranked venues located in Newark, N.J.  HBSE is owned by an investor group led by Managing Partners Josh Harris, the Co-Founder and Senior Managing Director of Apollo Global Management, LLC., as well as, David Blitzer, the Global Head of Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities group.

FIRST NORTH AMERICAN TIER-1 ESPORTS PARTNERSHIP FOR VIE.GG SETS NEW BENCHMARK

As a world champion and one of the original names in esports with a successful history since 2003, Dignitas represents the first North American Tier-1 esports organization to partner with the Company’s VIE.gg esports betting platform. Dignitas is working with VIE.gg for the following reasons:

1.  The VIE.gg P2P model is much more attractive to Dignitas because an esports fan (a Dignitas fan) always wins, as opposed to a “house” model where odds are heavily stacked against fans.

2.  VIE.gg is the first and most transparent esports bet exchange as a result of Esports Entertainment Group being a fully reporting SEC issuer in the United States.

3.  Player safety features built into VIE.gg create a fun but responsible esports betting experience for fans. For example, players must choose their maximum bet amounts when they initially sign up with VIE.gg. Any subsequent increase to those levels requires a 30 day cooling off period to make sure players do not get carried away.

4.  The recent addition of pool betting is a further extension of the P2P model, which allows groups of opposing fans to wager against each other when their teams go head to head.

5.  Given the fact some esports fans bet on esports, Dignitas fans may as well bet on a safe platform that also supports the organization.

Dignitas CEO Michael Prindiville stated, “Esports Entertainment Group and Vie.gg offer a premier destination for our fans to engage with the games they love in ways that play upon a competitive spirit that is decidedly Dignitas in nature. The future of Dignitas is bound to our fans and the way they engage, interact, share and are moved by our content, products, players, streamers and more. The partnership with Esports Entertainment Group and Vie.gg is extremely natural; we are connected in our shared dedication to developing and amplifying the gaming space in this period of rapid and inspiring growth, and as it blends naturally with entertainment, music, lifestyle, and more.”

Grant Johnson, CEO of Esports Entertainment Group stated, “I am very proud of this new partnership with HBSE and their Dignitas esports brand, which is founded in our shared common beliefs of player safety above all else.  I look forward to sharing our incredible product with Dignitas’ highly engaged fan base over the next three years and beyond. For Esports Entertainment Group, a partnership of this calibre is a significant milestone for our shareholders and tremendous validation of both our P2P esports wagering model and future plans within the esports world.”

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