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Fnatic Renews Partnership With OnePlus

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Fnatic, a leading London-based esports organisation, today announced its partnership renewal with premium smartphone manufacturer, OnePlus. Since the start of the official partnership in 2019, OnePlus has branded the front of the player jerseys, replacing ‘Fnatic,’ representing a landmark moment for both organisations. As an extension of this partnership, Fnatic and OnePlus will focus their efforts on scouting mobile talent across Europe and North America to amplify mobile gaming around the world. This is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between a mobile handset manufacturer and an esports organisation and represents a new generation of gaming that ushers in the growing significance of mobile within the industry.

The renewed partnership continues the integration of Fnatic Mode, an advanced gaming mode that transforms a OnePlus smartphone into a dedicated gaming powerhouse. Fnatic Mode optimizes the device CPU, GPU and RAM for best possible gaming experiences, and blocks notifications from apps, calls and other distractions while gaming. When this partnership launched last year, Fnatic Mode was exclusive to the OnePlus 7 Pro. Fnatic Mode is now available through the OnePlus Game Space application on the new OnePlus 8 Series, as well as the OnePlus 7T Pro, 7T, 7, 6T, 6, 5T and 5 devices.

“Fnatic aims to seek out, level up and amplify every gamer on the planet, and having OnePlus as our mobile partner allows us to reach and interact with the massive mobile gaming support base,” said Fnatic CEO and Founder, Sam Mathews. “OnePlus is not only empowering our mobile gamers, but also providing all of our teams with the best possible device for when they are on the road, casually gaming or just keeping connected to our fans.”

“A leader in performance and hardware, OnePlus is committed to working with Fnatic and gamers alike, to deliver the best smartphones for mobile gaming,” said OnePlus Director of Global Brand Partnerships, Eric Gass. “We believe that mobile gaming is the future and through the renewed partnership, OnePlus strives to equip players around the world with the tools necessary to advance their gameplay.”

With live mobile gaming viewership up 600% to nearly 100 million hours in the last 12 months, Fnatic is focused on expanding its mobile gaming presence around the world. Demonstrating this commitment, Fnatic entered the PUBG Mobile scene after acquiring the Indian team, XSpark, last year. Additionally, in the coming months, Fnatic and OnePlus will introduce its first North American venture, signing top tier creators and players to prepare for the Call of Duty Mobile World Championship.

“Mobile gaming is the future of esports, with devices becoming more and more powerful and allowing for high end performance. They are opening up competitive gaming to everyone, and OnePlus is at the forefront of handsets optimised for gaming,” concluded Fnatic CGO, Patrik Sattermon.

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Riot Games Announces VALORANT Champions Tour 2021

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Riot Games has announced the 2021 VALORANT Champions Tour, a season-long competition tour set to take place throughout 2021 for its newly released competitive 5v5 character-based tactical shooter VALORANT.

The 2021 VALORANT Champions Tour will feature competitions in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia, and will crown a single global Champion at the end of the year.

“The Champions Tour is our next step to grow VALORANT into a global esport worthy of the passion of our fans. We’ve spent a couple of years now talking to players, teams, fans, prospective partners, and other stakeholders, and we’re extremely excited to launch our first official season. Our focus will be on elevating and showcasing the creative and talented players who are shaping this game across the globe. Fans and players both wanted high stakes competition, and that’s what the VALORANT Champions Tour is designed to do,” Whalen Rozelle, Senior Director of Esports at Riot Games, said.

The VALORANT Champions Tour will feature three levels of competition: Challengers, Masters and Champions. Teams begin their journey by first playing in regional Challenger events before advancing to international Masters events. At the three Masters events set to take place in 2021, top performing teams will accumulate points which will count towards qualification for the Champions event. This final stage will feature the top sixteen teams in the world and will crown a single global champion.

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Recap of the 2020 eSports Awards

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Photo source: "LEC Spring 2020 Week 7" by lolesports is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
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It is the fifth year of the annual eSports Awards, and as the popularity of eSports grows – especially this year – so does the size of the awards sports.

The event handed out 32 awards on Saturday, November 21, over Twitch – as a full live event with award nominees, presenters, and fans was not possible this year – or if they did try and go through with it, the fines would have been astronomical, and no one wants to get hit with a big bill during these times. Hopefully, the show can return to normal in 2021 – and not only take place over Twitch.

Big Winners at the 2020 eSports Awards

Ibai “Ibai” Llanos was a big winner at the show, taking home the “Streamer of the Year” Award. Llanos plays a range of games. He started with League of Legends back in 2014 – and is best known for it. However, he has expanded and also casts FIFA and Rocket League.

Another bigger at the awards ceremony was Team Secret – who took home the award for “2020 eSports Team of the Year.” Their active squad of MATUMBAMAN, Nisha, zai, YapzOr, and Puppey (team captain) took home a trophy, along with coach Heen, director John Yao, and manager Cyborgmatt. The team won two of the biggest DOTA 2 tournaments of 2020 – DreamLeague Season 13 in January and OMEGA League: Europe Immortal Division in September.

Emily Rand took home the award for “eSports Journalist of the Year,” thanks to her covering of eSports for ESPN. Her work with the American sports conglomerate touched on a range of subjects – from rosters, players, and teams to eSports fashion and family life.

Her news reporting on eSports helped ESPN reach more people, and the popularity of eSports grow in America – as Americans dealt with a lack of sports for over three months.

You can see a full list of winners at the 2020 eSports Awards below.

Community Awards

  • Streamer of the Year Presented by Lexus – Ibai “Ibai” Llanos

  • Esports Play of the Year In Association With RESPAWN Products – İsmailcan “XANTARES” Dörtkardeş

  • Esports Personality of the Year Presented by Lexus – Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez Santiagos

  • Esports Content Creator of the Year In Association With Esports Stadium Arlington –  Xavier “UpUpDownDown” Woods

  • Esports Collegiate Award – Tyrelle Appleton

  • Esports Mobile Game of the year – FreeFire

 

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Industry Awards

  • Esports Journalist of the Year – Emily Rand

  • Esports Hardware Provider of the Year – Elgato

  • Esports Game of the Year In Association With The Koyo Store – League of Legends

  • Esports Commercial Partner of the Year – Logitech

  • Esports Publisher of the Year In Association With Live CGI from Esports Supply – Riot Games

  • Esports Coverage Website of the Year In Association With Sizzle Creative – The Esports Observer

  • Esports Supporting Agency of the Year In Association With Grind Gaming – CSA

  • Panel’s Choice Award in association with Touch of Ginger – Michal Slowinski

  • Panel’s Choice Award in association with Touch of Ginger – Steve Dudenhoeffer

Lifetime Achievement Awards in Esports – Class of 2020

  • Johnathan “Fatality” Wendel

  • Daigo Umehara

  • Richard Lewis

  • Craig “Torbull” Levine

  • Michael Sepso

  • Lim “Boxer” Yo-Hwan

Creative Awards

  • Esports Cosplay of the Year – Glory Lamothe

  • Esports Photographer of the Year – Rich Loch

  • Esports Videographer of the Year – Logan Dodson

  • Esports Content Team of the Year – LEC

  • Esports Content Series of the Year – Eavesdrop Podcast

  • Esports Creative/Creative Team of the Year in association with eBeatz – Paper Crowns

  • Esports Creative Piece of the Year – Warriors Cinematic by Riot Games

On Air Awards

  • Esports Caster of the Year (Colour) – Michael “Kixstar” Stockley

  • Esports Caster of the Year (Play by Play) – Clayton “Captain Flowers” Raines

  • Esports Host of the Year – Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere

  • Esports Analyst of the Year – Chad “SPUNJ” Burchill

Pro Awards

  • Esports Team of the Year – Team Secret

  • Esports Console Player of the Year In Partnership With SCUF – Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro

  • Esports PC Player of the Year – Michał “Nisha” Jankowski

  • Esports Organisation of the Year – G2 Esports

  • Esports Coach of the Year – Lee “Heen” Seung Gon (Team Secret)

  • Esports PC Rookie of the Year In Association With Matrix Keyboards – Ryu “Keria” Min-seok

  • Esports Console Rookie of the Year In Partnership With SCUF – Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro

  • Esports Mobile Player of the Year – Made Bagas “Zuxxy” Pramudita

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Williams F1 Protégé Jamie Chadwick Confirmed As Veloce Racing’s Female Driver for Inaugural Extreme E Season

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  • W Series Champion Jamie Chadwick to get behind the wheel of Veloce’s ODYSSEY 21
  • Team ramps up preparations for maiden season of Extreme E 

Veloce Racing is proud to confirm Williams F1 development driver and W Series Champion Jamie Chadwick as its female driver for the first season of ground-breaking, electric off-road championship Extreme E.

One of the UK’s brightest young talents, Chadwick brings a wealth of experience to the table with multiple titles to her name. After taking her first steps in car racing in the Ginetta Junior Championship, she made a spectacular breakthrough by winning the 2015 British GT Championship in the GT4 class.

Chadwick moved to the British Formula 3 Championship in 2017, and in 2019 cruised to the MRF Challenge Formula 2000 crown. Later that same year, she went on to become the first-ever W Series Champion with a brace of victories and five podium finishes from six races. This, along with her ambassadorial role for Girls on Track, an initiative led by Motorsport UK and the FIA to inspire more females into motorsport, make her the perfect ambassador for one of Veloce Racing and Extreme E’s shared core values – gender equality.

The pioneering E-SUV series will mark an altogether new challenge for Chadwick, as it will be her competitive off-road debut. In preparation for this, the 22-year-old spent last week driving the ODYSSEY 21 at Fontjoncouse in southern France, with further seat time scheduled during a group test at MotorLand Arágon in Spain next month.

Currently, with the backing of Rodin Cars, Jamie is competing in the Formula Regional European Championship with Prema Powerteam. Alongside Extreme E, she will be continuing her single-seater commitments in 2021, with an announcement in due course.

Jamie Chadwick, Veloce Racing Driver and W Series Champion, commented:

“I am proud to be driving for Veloce Racing in such a revolutionary championship as Extreme E! I have been involved with Veloce for a very long time and they are like a family to me, so I am incredibly honoured to be their female driver for what is such an exciting and important race series.

“Climate change is something that affects us all, so I’m really keen to start doing my part to fight it. I can safely say that testing the car was one of the best and most fun experiences I have had in my career so far. I can’t wait to get out to the amazing venues where we’ll be racing next year; these are some of the most beautiful and endangered locations on our planet. Both on and off-track, it promises to be an incredibly rewarding journey.”

Ian Davies, Veloce Racing Team Manager, added:

“We are delighted to have Jamie on-board at Veloce for the first season of Extreme E. She is a very quick, talented and committed young driver, with a pedigree that quite frankly speaks for itself. Having won titles in both sportscars and single-seaters, there is no reason at all why she shouldn’t transfer those skills and win in Extreme E, in what promises to be a very high-calibre field.

“Her first test in the ODYSSEY 21 during our shakedown in France last week was a very positive and encouraging start. Her experience from single-seater and GT competition was invaluable to the early development of our car – from quick driver changes to initial and mid-corner turn-in – and she had significant input into our engineering refinements.

“Jamie would be the first to acknowledge that off-road driving is completely new to her, but she is a fast learner and she listened carefully to everything we had to say, worked well with the engineers, took it all on-board and – most importantly – got quicker and quicker with every run. We are all very excited to see what she can achieve when we go racing next year.”

Chadwick and her yet to be confirmed male team-mate will get behind the wheel of the ODYSSEY 21 for the full 2021 Extreme E championship, with events set to take place in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia (20-21 March), Dakar, Senegal (29-30 May), Kangerlussuaq, Greenland (28-29 August), Para, Brazil (23-24 October) and Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina (11-12 December).

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