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Week 3 of OMEGA League Immortal Division

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Immortal Division Group Stage has run its course.
This week of OMEGA League has seen the remaining matches of the European Immortal
Division Group Stage.
Here are the results of European Immortal Division Group Stage week 2:


August 27
Team Secret 2:0 FlyToMoon
● Virtus.pro 1:
2 Team Nigma
Evil Geniuses 2:0 Alliance
August 28

● NAVI 0:2 Alliance
Team Liquid 2:0 FlyToMoon
Team Secret 2:0 OG
August 29
● OG 0:
2 Team Liquid
Team Nigma 2:0 NAVI
● Virtus.pro 2:1 Evil Geniuses
August 30
● Ninjas in Pyjamas 0:
2 FlyToMoon
Alliance 2​:1 FlyToMoon
Team Liquid 0:0 5men (postponed)
Immortal Division Playoffs participants:
Upper-bracket
1. Team Nigma
2. OG
3. Team Secret
4. Evil Geniuses
Lower-bracket
1. Virtus.pro
2. Team Liquid / 5men
3. Vikin.gg
4. Alliance
Schedule for the next week of OMEGA League (CEST)
August 31
11:00 – European region, Divine Division Playoffs
14:00 – European region, Divine Division Playoffs
17:00 – European region, Divine Division Playoffs
20:00 – European region, Divine Division Playoffs

23:00 – American region, Divine Division Playoffs
02:00 – American region, Divine Division Playoffs
September 1
11:00 – European region, Immortal Division Play-in
14:00 – European region, Divine Division Playoffs
17:00 – European region, Divine Division Playoffs
20:00 – European region, Divine Division Playoffs
23:00 – American region, Divine Division Playoffs
02:00 – American region, Ancient Division Playoffs
September 2
11:00 – European region, Divine Division Playoffs
14:00 – European region, Divine Division Playoffs
17:00 – European region, Immortal Division Playoffs
20:00 – European region, Immortal Division Playoffs
23:00 – American region, Divine Division Playoffs
02:00 – American region, Ancient Division Playoffs
September 3
11:00 – European region, Divine Division Playoffs
14:00 – European region, Divine Division Playoffs
17:00 – European region, Immortal Division Playoffs
20:00 – European region, Immortal Division Playoffs
23:00 – American region, Ancient Division Playoffs
September 4
11:00 – European region, Divine Division Playoffs
14:00 – European region, Divine Division Playoffs
17:00 – European region, Immortal Division Playoffs
20:00 – European region, Immortal Division Playoffs
23:00 – American region, Divine Division Playoffs
September 5
11:00 – European region, Divine Division Playoffs
16:00 – TBA
17:00 – European region, Immortal Division Playoffs
20:00 – European region, Immortal Division Playoffs
23:00 – American region, Divine Division Playoffs

September 6
15:00 – European region, Immortal Division Playoffs
18:00 – TBD
19:00 – European region, Immortal Division Grand Finals
Photos from the English-speaking broadcast studio can be found
here(credits: WePlay!
Esports).
Ancient division in the American region prize pool distribution update
There has been a slight revision in American region Ancient division prize pool distribution. The
updated distribution is as follows:
1st place – $2 200
2nd place – $1 600
3rd place – $1 100
4th place – $1 100
5th place – $625
6th place – $625
7th place – $625
8th place – $625

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Williams duo Russell and Latifi are first Formula 1 drivers confirmed as Virtual Grands Prix return for charity

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Williams Racing’s George Russell and Nicholas Latifi are the first Formula 1 drivers to confirm their spots as F1 Esports’ hugely-popular Virtual Grands Prix return this weekend. The Virtual Austrian Grand Prix takes place on Sunday 31 January, kicking off a trio of special live events as team’s battle it out for a share of a charity prize pot that they will donate to a cause of their choosing.

Russell is no stranger to the Virtual Grands Prix after winning last year’s series, following a number of impressive performances, as the online racing action took the place of real-life competition when the pandemic first struck. Russell and Latifi will be representing the current crop of F1 drivers in the first event, alongside some former stars of the sport and future prospects, but the Williams Racing duo will be joined by fellow drivers from the 2021 grid in upcoming events.

Alex Albon, Red Bull Racing Test and Reserve Driver and Wings for Life ambassador, was a firm favourite in last year’s Virtual Grands Prix and returns alongside Jeffrey Herlings, Red Bull KTM Factory rider and MXGP World Champion. Pietro Fittipaldi made his Haas F1 debut last season in Bahrain and will represent the American team in this week’s race, alongside his brother Enzo, whilst former F1 drivers Stoffel Vandoorne and Tonio Luizzi will represent Mercedes and AlphaTauri respectively. Renault academy drivers Christian Lundgaard and reigning FIA F3 champion Oscar Piastri will drive for Alpine, whilst Virtual Grand Prix regular and Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois returns this year for Alfa Romeo. The full line-up will be announced across the official F1 social media channels over the coming days.

While the return of Virtual Grands Prix will give fans around the world excitement ahead of the Formula 1 season starting in Bahrain, the primary focus of this year’s three-race competition is to donate money to charities chosen by the teams. Each nominated charity will receive a significant donation from the overall prize fund, regardless of whether the team finishes first or last in the standings after the three events.

This year’s Virtual Grand Prix events will begin with a sprint-race, featuring the team’s talented F1 Esports Pro Series drivers, to decide the starting grid, before the teams’ pairings, made up of motorsport stars, sporting heroes and celebrities, will take to the track and get ready to race. Silverstone and Interlagos will also play host to upcoming virtual races on Sunday 7 February and Sunday 14 February respectively.

The Virtual Austrian Grand Prix will be broadcast from 18:00 GMT on Sunday 31 January on the official Formula 1 YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, Huya (China) and Weibo (China) channels, as well as broadcast by international television partners including Sky Sports, ESPN, FOX Sports and Ziggo.

Julian Tan, Head of Digital Business Initiatives & Esports at Formula 1 said:

“We are thrilled to be bringing the Virtual Grands Prix back to keep fans entertained during the off-season as we look forward to the year of racing ahead. Last year’s virtual events were a huge success for F1 Esports and we can’t wait to see the F1 drivers and famous faces back in action once again, and this time all in the name of charity!”

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Team Vitality Reveals Paris Saint-Germain Handball Legend Bruno Martini as Esports General Manager

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Ex professional olympic handball player Bruno Martini joins Team Vitality following a decorated eight year tenure as General Manager at Paris Saint-Germain. Martini will build a new performance structure for all Team Vitality players across all its powerhouse rosters

Leading global esports organisation Team Vitality is pleased to reveal Bruno Martini as its new Esports General Manager. Martini is an ex professional handball player who represented France twice in the olympics as well as winning two World Championships with the French National team. He joins Team Vitality following over eight years as General Manager of the Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) handball team. Martini’s arrival marks the further evolution of Team Vitality’s groundbreaking approach to performance, providing its players with world class personnel and facilities across Europe. The former international goalkeeper will lead the performance infrastructure across all of Team Vitality’s rosters.

Bruno Martini joins Team Vitality following a hugely successful career as General Manager of the PSG handball team, overseeing its transition from Paris Handball to becoming one of the top performing teams in Europe. Under his leadership, the PSG team has won 17 titles, and set numerous national and international records. Martini brings a wealth of experience training top traditional athletes and managing an elite sports organisation.

Team Vitality has brought Martini onboard to oversee its player performance philosophy and program, incorporating physical and mental wellness, including lifestyle factors such as sleep cycle, nutrition and stress management. Martini will be based in Paris and work across both V.Hive and V.Performance, Team Vitality’s training facility in the iconic Stade de France. He will also travel with players for major events, and spend time in Berlin working with the LEC and LFL teams.

Team Vitality is home to eight international esports teams competing at the highest level across seven of the world’s biggest games including CS:GO, League of Legends, FIFA, Rocket League and Rainbow Six: Siege. Martini’s role will be to work with all Team Vitality players, including the #1 ranked CS:GO player in the world Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut, leveraging his traditional sports expertise to improve player performance in and out of the game.

“There are so many important factors to performance, team spirit, fitness, mental health support, etc. and what’s essential is that our players are convinced that this will make them play better, and play better as a team,” said Bruno Martini, Esports General Manager, Team Vitality. “This is my first role in esports, and I was hugely impressed by the Team Vitality brand and the infrastructure they already have in place. I’m very excited for this new challenge of bringing my experience in building performance structures around professional sportsmen to esports players.”

“We take performance incredibly seriously at Team Vitality, of course in-game, but our players are professional competitors, and to perform at the highest possible level we need to give them every advantage, said Fabien “Neo” Devide, President & Co-Founder, Team Vitality. “I was looking for former professional sportsmen with experience in management, and I couldn’t have hoped to find someone with a resume as impressive as Bruno’s. I cannot wait to see what he brings to Team Vitality,”

 

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Former ESL Executive Charlie Allen Launches Esports Agency “Road House”

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Charlie Allen, former director of global brand partnerships at ESL, has launched a new commercial esports and gaming agency, Road House.

The new company focuses on working with its clients to help them navigate the esports and gaming landscape and understand the mass potential of brand partnerships in a booming industry. Founded back in late 2020, Road House consults with brands, agencies, rights holders, publishers, and tournament organisers from all over the sports, media & entertainment world.

“Despite the challenges the industry has faced due to the pandemic, it is still a very promising time for esports right now. I’ve learned a great deal from working in this fascinating sector over the past few years and it felt like the right time to launch Road House,” Charlie Allen said.

“During my years at ESL, I spoke with many C-suite level executives from across many different sectors in the traditional marketing world, and what I discovered is that the broad, open ecosystem of esports can prove rather daunting to them. They really needed it explaining to them – like about how esports is consumed, who plays where, how many people are tuning in, and how can we positively engage with them?”

The commercial agency works with clients on RFPs from across both the endemic and non-endemic world, and the appetite to reach new millennial audiences that these brands have never managed to reach before is definitely on the rise.

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