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The Dallas Morning News Exaggerate esports Coverage

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The Dallas Morning News declared that it will launch coverage of the Dallas Fuel professional esports franchise within the SportsDay area of its digital products, found at: dallasnews.com/esports. The team, headquartered in Dallas and owned by esports organisation Envy Gaming, is a founding member of the 20-team Overwatch League. The News intends to provide intensive, digital-only coverage as the team enters the final weeks of the regular season.

The Overwatch League, currently in the final stage of its second season, launched with the intention of geolocating its teams. Featuring franchises from three continents, all matches currently are played in Los Angeles, and all players reside there. That will change next year, when the teams move to their respective hometowns. Anticipating this move to be amidst its local fan base, The News intends to cover the team vigorously when the Fuel move to Dallas in 2020.

Garry Leavell, Assistant Managing Editor/Sports offered, “We think we are in a strong position to build a following of esports enthusiasts. There are plenty of bloggers who don’t have access to players and some good esports journalists who write trend stories. But no one covers local sports franchises the way we approach the Cowboys, Mavs, Rangers or Stars. We think esports fans are hungry for serious coverage. Led by assistant sports editor Tommy Magelssen, we aim to provide that coverage of the Dallas Fuel.”

Grant Moise, President and Publisher of The Dallas Morning News said, “The Dallas Morning News will continue to evolve our coverage of areas of interest to the North Texas community and our broad geographic footprint. The topic of esports is one such area we have identified for expanded coverage in which North Texans have expressed an emphatic interest. Esports is a multi-billion-dollar industry with millions of dedicated players and followers, but until now there has been a lack of serious reporting on the teams, especially from big news organisations. We intend to change this and will experiment with coverage, interact with our loyal audience members, and receive feedback in this new arena so that we can deliver the content that is of most interest to the enthusiastic North Texas fan community.”

The News will cover the Dallas Fuel from August 5 until the end of their season. The regular season ends August 25 with playoffs scheduled through September 29. The News will evaluate audience reception, engagement, feedback and enthusiasm for the initial coverage and process those data points and information into its plans for continued, in-depth coverage upon the franchise’s full-time arrival in North Texas.

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Allied Esports Partners with Esports Entertainment Group to Launch Inaugural VIE.gg CS:GO Legend Series Tournament

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Tournament Will Be Offered to Sports Bettors on the VIE.gg Platform

Allied Esports, a global esports entertainment company and a subsidiary of Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc., has signed a licensing and sponsorship agreement with Esports Entertainment Group, Inc., a licensed online gambling company with a focus on esports wagering and 18+ gaming, for the inaugural VIE.gg Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (“CS:GO”) Legend Series tournament beginning Monday, August 31, 2020.

The VIE.gg CS:GO Legend Series will feature 12 teams from multiple European countries competing online for €50,000 in total prize money. The 5v5 tournament, which will be offered to customers on the VIE.gg platform, will be produced by Allied Esports from its HyperX Esports Studio in Hamburg, Germany and broadcast live on Twitch.tv/AlliedEsports with a lineup of professional casters and analysts. Teams at Tier 2 or below that are interested in playing can apply online at AlliedEsports.gg/LegendSeries starting Wednesday, July 15. Invitations will be sent out to participating teams on Friday, July 17.

“We’re excited to partner with an industry leader, Allied Esports, as the title sponsor of their newest esports tournament,” said Grant Johnson, CEO of Esports Entertainment Group. “Title sponsorship places the VIE.gg brand front and center for teams, fans and influencers alike, further accelerating user adoption of the VIE.gg platform.”

Esports Entertainment Group offers bet exchange style wagering on esports events in a licensed, regulated and secure platform to the global esports audience at VIE.gg. The VIE.gg platform provides customers the ability to match bets against one another with Esports Entertainment Group taking a small commission on the winnings.

“We believe that esports tournaments should not just be fun for participants, but also have the ability to help sponsors achieve their business goals, and our knowhow and portfolio of esports brands, arenas, mobile trucks and studios uniquely meet that need in today’s ecosystem,” said Frank Ng, CEO of Allied Esports Entertainment. “The Legend Series has been one of our most successful original tournament brands and we are thrilled to work with Esports Entertainment Group and the VIE.gg platform to add a wagering component that will introduce Allied Esports to new consumers and elevate the brand even further.”

Created in 2017, Allied Esports’ original Legend Series tournament brand was designed to expand the competitive ecosystem and total prize pool for second and third tier teams. The VIE.gg CS:GO Legend Series will be Allied Esports’ sixth edition of the CS:GO Legend Series and the first to feature a licensing partner and title sponsor. Additional versions of the series have previously included Overwatch, League of Legends, FIFA, COD Blackout and Valorant.

Allied Esports’ two-week, high-intensity CS:GO Legend Series format includes 11 consecutive days of single matches where teams will accumulate points and prize money for each win. The top eight teams from the first round will advance to a best-of-three bracket played over the last three days of the tournament.

“We’re excited to play a role in providing a platform for smaller teams to compete for prize money,’’ commented Magnus Leppaniemi, VP of Marketing and Head of Esports at Esports Entertainment Group. “While the largest esports teams earned tens of millions of dollars in prize money last year, there are hundreds of smaller teams that get excluded from the flagship competitions. The VIE.gg CS:GO Legend Series is our first effort at working to fill this void, and we look forward to getting involved in more events like this moving forward.”

 

About Allied Esports

Named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company, Allied Esports International, Inc. is at the forefront of esports entertainment with a global network of properties designed to serve as competition battlegrounds, community experience hubs and content production centers.

Through direct operation or membership in the Allied Esports Property Network, the world’s first esports affiliate program, Allied Esports’ facilities span North America, Europe, China and Australia, and include the world-renowned HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas, a fleet of mobile arenas, the HyperX Esports Trucks, and the HyperX Esports Studio in Hamburg, Germany.

Allied Esports’ properties serve as the home to a number of online and offline proprietary productions and events, including Friday Frags and Saturday Night Speedway, as well as original partner programs like the Simon Cup.

For more information about Allied Esports, visit AlliedEsports.gg and follow @AlliedEsports. Allied Esports International, Inc. is a subsidiary of Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc.

About Allied Esports Entertainment

Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: AESE) is a global leader in esports entertainment, providing innovative infrastructure, transformative live experiences, multiplatform content and interactive services to audiences worldwide through its strategic fusion of two powerful brands: Allied Esports and the World Poker Tour (WPT). For more information, visit AlliedEsportsEnt.com.

About Esports Entertainment Group

Esports Entertainment Group, Inc. is a licensed online gambling company with a specific focus on esports wagering and 18+ gaming. The Company holds a license to conduct online gambling and 18+ gaming on a global basis in Malta and Curacao, Kingdom of the Netherlands and is able to accept wagers from over 149 jurisdictions including Canada, Japan, Germany and South Africa. Esports Entertainment offers fantasy, pools, fixed odds and exchange style wagering on esports events in a licensed, regulated and secure platform to the global esports audience at vie.gg. In addition, Esports Entertainment intends to offer users from around the world the ability to participate in multi-player mobile and PC video game tournaments for cash prizes. Esports Entertainment is led by a team of industry professionals and technical experts from the online gambling and the video game industries, and esports. The Company maintains offices in Malta. For more information visit www.esportsentertainmentgroup.com

 

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AESF Partners with Coventry University UK

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The Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) has signed an official memorandum which sees them officially collaborating and working together with Coventry University.

Following a meeting with representatives from Coventry University, both parties have agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This MOU focuses on four vital aspects, which include a series of planned Webinars, as well as industry research collaboration on topics of interests and Esports governance.

“I would like to celebrate this close relationship we are forming with Coventry University, one of the UK’s most esteemed educational institutions. Not only does it benefit the AESF and our member associations, but it also opens the doors to many more potential partnerships from academia going forward,” Kenneth Fok, president of AESF, said.

“This will not only be beneficial to our athletes but also various stakeholders in this industry. We look forward to supporting our Esports community as well as future talents for their growth and further development in collaboration with Coventry University,” He added.

The AESF and Coventry University will also be looking to create more student experiences, including potential internship programmes and the production of case studies on Esports. The meeting between both parties discussed more opportunities for course development, which includes introductory sessions on Esports and support in the development of course topics for the curriculum.

“Coventry University’s expertise in sports management and business studies will help further support our Member Associations, players, and officials in developing content around the education of Esports. This collaboration not only signifies AESF’s continuous effort in supporting this industry, but it also reflects Coventry University’s dedication and commitment to adapting and keeping up with the times,” Sebastian Lau, Director General of AESF, said.

“We are delighted to have reached this key milestone in developing this crucial partnership for the university. We understand the importance of esports globally and in Asia particularly and are delighted at the opportunity to work with the AESF to support the athletes, players, officials and associations who make up this vibrant community as it continues its rapid growth and innovation,” David Pilsbury, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Coventry University, said.

“We are proud to lay down the foundation of a long-lasting partnership with the AESF, that offers tremendous opportunities in terms of students’ experience. This agreement will also foster the development of impactful, multi-disciplinary research on this fast-changing and growing sector,” Simon Gérard, Course Director, MSc Sport Management, said.

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The Chiefs Esports Club Partners with L’oréal Paris Men Expert

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Australian esports organisation The Chiefs Esports Club has announced a partnership with the leading men’s skincare and grooming brand L’Oréal Paris Men Expert. The deal makes the brand a major partner of the club for the rest of 2020.

L’Oréal Men Expert is a global brand with a portfolio of leading men’s grooming products covering everything from skincare, shaving, beard grooming, hygiene and hairstyling. They will be keeping The Chiefs feeling confident, energised and looking great at all times.

“We’ve all had late night gaming sessions and sacrificed how we feel the next morning to get one more game in. L’Oréal Paris Men Expert is a perfect fit for gaming and esports culture to keep us going and feeling fresh. We’re excited to introduce such a prestigious brand to the industry and can’t wait to see the benefit for all our fans,” Nick Bobir, CEO of The Chiefs, said.

“We are extremely excited to be partnering with The Chiefs in 2020 and introducing many of their fans to L’Oréal Paris Men Expert, a portfolio of skincare products designed to deliver an instant energy boost and set men up for success. Joining forces with The Chiefs is a testimony of building brands together & providing value for our fans and consumers,” Raagjeet Garg, Marketing Director of L’Oréal Paris Australia, said.

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