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Mercedes-Benz to become the exclusive automotive partner of all global LoL Esports events

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The Stuttgart-based luxury brand is set to become the exclusive automotive partner of all global League of Legends Esports events of Riot Games. This was announced today by Bettina Fetzer, Vice President Marketing Mercedes-Benz AG, during the 2020 League of Legends World Championship Preview Event. The partnership will focus on the League of Legends community and will feature Mercedes-Benz as the presenting sponsor of the Trophy Ceremony at global events — the pinnacle of sporting success for LoL pro teams.

The tenth edition of the 2020 LoL Esports World Championship, or 2020 Worlds for short, will take place in Shanghai from 25 September to 31 October. The first major global sports event in China since the coronavirus pandemic marks not only the tenth anniversary of the Worlds, but also the beginning of the global partnership between Riot Games and Mercedes-Benz. Hints about the partnership were given to the community in advance. Attentive observers had already recognised the Mercedes-Benz GLA and the Mercedes-Benz EQC (combined power consumption: 21.3-20.2 kWh/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)¹in the official Worlds anthem video, released on 17 September. It was a hot topic in the community. Mercedes-Benz responded immediately on social media, where Bettina Fetzer, Vice President Marketing Mercedes-Benz AG, sat in an EQC with the Summoner’s Cup on the front passenger seat and said in dialogue with MBUX: “Hey Mercedes, guide me to Shanghai!”

Bettina Fetzer officially announced the partnership today at the Worlds 2020 Preview Event, hosted by Riot Games from Los Angeles. Mercedes-Benz is now the exclusive automotive partner of the three global events of League of Legends: the Mid-Season Invitational, Worlds, and the All-Star Event. In doing so, the automotive brand bearing the three-pointed star is elevating the existing sponsorship of the Chinese League of Legends, the so-called LPL, to a global level.

“We decided to partner with Riot Games because we strongly believe in esports”, says Bettina Fetzer, Vice President Marketing Mercedes-Benz AG: “League of Legends is one of the most popular games in recent years. By partnering with Riot Games at the global level, we want to participate even more actively than before in shaping the future of esports and inspire fans about our brand in a playful dialog”.

Mercedes-Benz begins the partnership with the motto “Icons of a new generation” and in doing so looks back on ten years of League of Legends Esports World Championship. Mercedes-Benz underlines the notion of community first at the start of Worlds and during the event issues Mercedes-Benz-branded Hextech Chests – virtual surprise boxes with coveted in-game items. Furthermore, plans call for using creative and innovative approaches to produce and provide exclusive content for fans during the Worlds. By doing so, Mercedes-Benz intends to interact with millions of connected fans around the globe and to actively participate in shaping Worlds through constant engagement.

“As the first luxury automotive brand to embrace esports at a global scale, Mercedes-Benz has developed a deep understanding of the unrelenting passion fueling the game and the League of Legends esports community,” said Naz Aletaha, Head of Global Esports Partnerships, Riot Games. “Mercedes has been synonymous with excellence for nearly a century, and we are excited to combine our shared appetite for innovation to bring great sporting moments to the global League of Legends stage”.

In addition, the TV spot that impressively fuses the world of LoL Esports with the real world celebrated its world premiere at the media event. In the spot, the viewer meets both famous esports heroines and heroes as well as a number of the most popular League of Legends characters. Only the interaction of all the players makes the line-up an unbeatable team and therewith “Icons of a new generation”.

The commitment to esports and the creation of added value is also made tangible by a host of other measures. Mercedes-Benz will from now on present the trophy ceremonies at all three global events, bring a new broadcast segment in the most important global event streams to the homes of fans and pay lasting tribute to esports in general and the League of Legends community in particular with additional integrations and creative communication activities.

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Four Teams Advance to CS:GO Female Tournament at IESF WE Championships

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The International Esports Federation (IESF) concluded a groundbreaking competition for the Female Feature Division CS:GO qualifiers, which saw Indonesia, Poland, Namibia, and Argentina move forward to secure their spot at the World Esports Championships Finals in Bali, Indonesia. The qualifiers were hosted online by IESF, and the finals tournament in Bali will feature a $50,000 total prize pool. Poland and Argentina came out on top of their respective region’s qualifiers.

IESF President Vlad Marinescu said: “IESF is privileged to be able to host its first-ever Female Feature Division CS:GO tournament, a significant step forward for the world of Esports. This event is promoting inclusivity and providing female gamers equal opportunities to succeed on Esports’ biggest stage. IESF is committed to advancing and supporting the role of women in Esports through initiatives like this and our current partnerships with Women in Games and GIRLGAMER Esports Festival. “

IESF Marketing Manager Ana Karakolevska added: “Congratulations to the four female teams for giving us one of the most exciting qualifiers yet, and securing their spot at the first-ever CS:GO World Esports Tournament. IESF is proud to be making advancements in shaping the future of gaming for the entire World Esports Family. We can’t wait to see these skilled teams compete in Bali.”

World-leading Esports club Natus Vincere (NAVI) represented Poland in the qualifiers and will bring some of the world’s best Esports players to Bali to compete for the ultimate prize. The 14th WE Championships will take place from December 1 to 12 with Indonesia, Poland, Namibia, or Argentina looking to be crowned the first female CS:GO tournament winners.

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Strafe.com expands its global provision and opens its doors to the Dutch market

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Strafe.com, the ever-growing esports affiliate, has expanded its global provision once more. Now, esports enthusiasts from the Netherlands can enjoy the exceptional daily content, news and reviews that have made Strafe.com such a popular choice across the industry.

Just six months ago, we saw Strafe.com add German, Japanese and Swedish to its list of available languages, allowing the platform’s unique content to reach many more viewers. As we fast forward half a year, we can see that the esports giants are showing no signs of slowing down and are already looking to offer the same superb insights and views on the esports world to an eagerly-awaiting Dutch crowd.

Strafe.com started out as an esports only brand that targeted the Anglosphere. Today, we see a leading esports affiliate that accommodates bettors from all sorts of betting backgrounds and igaming interests. No longer can Strafe.com be considered a one-trick pony; instead, you can expect to find all of your online betting and wagering needs met under one roof.

The introduction of the Dutch language is just another stepping stone on the Strafe.com roadmap. In a short time, we have already seen the expansion of its global offering, including the addition of sports betting, strategy guides, online casino reviews, and much more. What’s next for Strafe.com? We will have to wait and see!

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MSSA invited to send U20 esports team to Malawi

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Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is held in high esteem and often receives invites to participate in events right around the world.

As such the Global Esports Federation (GEF) has informed MSSA of the inaugural Southern Africa Region Esports Championships 2022 (SAREC 2022) billed for Lilongwe, Malawi in December.

SAREC 2022 is a joint project of the GEF’s Africa Esports Development Federation (AEDF) and the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 and it will be a demonstration showpiece alongside of the AUSC Region 5 Youth Games which will be held in the same city on December 3rd and 4th , 2022.

This and many more initiatives are billed to unfold across Africa as the AEDF swings into action in a holistic development strategy for our continent through the values of the GEF – equality, diversity, fair play, inclusion and innovation.

The Game Titles to be played are eFootball and Street Fighter V.

The event will also see a SAREC Forum take place in which a convergence of esports, sports, tech and business stakeholder shall discuss the growth potentials of Esports in the region.

There is no doubt that this is a historic event that will further promote esports throughout Africa.

VIVA Lilongwe 2022!

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