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Lavazza with Fnatic to debut into the esports industry with the “Icons of Italy” Campaign

George Miller

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Lavazza enters the world of esports with purpose-driven, interactive in-game experience that celebrates coffee and the Italian spirit.   

Lavazza and Fnatic, the leading global esports organisation, today announced a partnership to launch the “Icons of Italy” Campaign that brings a custom, co-branded map to the Fortnite game. This first-of-its-kind collaboration marks Lavazza’s innovative entrance into the esports industry in an engaging, unique and disruptive way.

The campaign features professional Fortnite player and streamer, POW3R, telling the lifestyle journey of Lavazza and Fnatic through an interactive in-game experience. Players engage through a custom map called “Icons of Italy” that begins at POW3R’s mansion and where they’ll compete to complete the course as fast as possible.

The timed map is presented to the player as a true experiential journey through Italian culture, symbolically represented by coffee-themed customisation and references to the Lavazza A Modo Mio brand. What makes it truly representative are the Lavazza headquarters in Turin, the Nuvola signed by architect Cino Zucchi, and symbols of Italian cultural heritage such as the Colosseum. The map will have two additional levels added over time. Players will then submit their best runs by posting videos using the hashtag #IconsofItaly and tagging Lavazza, POW3R and Fnatic on Instagram or Twitter.

“We are delighted to announce this collaboration with Fnatic because it represents an important debut for Lavazza in a sector that is experiencing considerable growth, and we could not have hoped for a better partner”, said Carlo Colpo, Group Marketing Communication Director and Brand Home Director. “Esports and gaming is an interesting, challenging world, perfectly in line with the brand’s desire to relate to young people through tools and languages that are more appropriate to them”.

“Fnatic and Lavazza share the same values including a strong sense of heritage, a passion for work ethic and an unrelenting drive to be the best,” said Craig Santicchia, Partner Development Director, Fnatic. “This partnership is a taste of what’s to come from our two brands as we continue pushing boundaries and activating inside the most relevant platforms for Gen Z. Helping Lavazza enter the industry in a fun, disruptive way via these digital experiences shows that the only limitation is our imagination.”

The first prize winner with the fastest time will win a digital meet and greet with POW3R held via Zoom, along with a bunch of co-branded products. The second and third prize winners will receive the co-branded products and Fnatic Gear.

Looking ahead, this partnership will culminate in a two-part documentary that chronicles POW3R’s rise to professional esports stardom, merging the cinematic world with gaming. The documentary will uncover how he, with the support of Fnatic and Lavazza, transformed the Italian market to make gaming a part of mainstream culture. The documentary will be available on December 16 on Fnatic’s Youtube channel.

POW3R will officially kick off the “Icons of Italy” campaign tomorrow, November 11th, live streaming his first run on the custom co-branded Fortnite map via Twitch.

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Leading EA SPORTS FIFA Online 4 players to compete in ePremier League China

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The Premier League, in partnership with Tencent Sports, Tencent Gaming and EA SPORTS, is launching ePremier League China later this month, the first ePremier League event to be staged outside the UK.

Some of the best Chinese gamers on EA SPORTS FIFA Online 4 will represent all 20 Premier League clubs alongside hand-picked content creators and influencers. They will compete together in a group stage to determine who reaches the finals in May. The tournament will be streamed live by Tencent across China and kicks off on Wednesday 28 April.

Premier League Commercial Director Will Brass said: “The EA SPORTS FIFA Online 4 video game series is one of the key channels through which fans in Asia can engage with Premier League clubs and players. After three successful ePremier League seasons in the UK, it is exciting to now be able to take this overseas for the first time and particularly to China – a hotbed for gaming and football.

“We are looking forward to working closely with EA SPORTS and our broadcast partner Tencent Sports to showcase some of the world’s best gamers in action. I am sure it will prove popular with the loyal and passionate supporters of Premier League clubs in China.”

Matches will be played on EA SPORTS FIFA Online 4 (FO4) on PC, which has more than 10 million registered players in China. Each of the 20 Premier League clubs will be represented in the tournament by two local players – one high-ranking gamer on the FO4 leader board and one influencer.

This will include famous esports commentator Guan Zeyuan and the well-known FIFA Online influencer Shen Rongjie.

The clubs will be divided into four groups of five teams, with the winners of each group advancing to a knockout stage. Group-stage matches will be played online, whereas knockout matches will be played offline at Wisdom Bay in Shanghai.

Group matches will take place between Wednesday 28 April and Saturday 8 May. The knockout phase will be held on Friday 14 May, with the Grand Final on Saturday 15 May.

The ePremier League China tournament will further complement the Premier League’s digital offerings in the country, where it has more than eight million followers across its digital and social platforms.

The tournament is being broadcast on Tencent Sports, Tencent Video and Tencent News. It will also be available on Huya, Douyu and Yizhibo.

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Guild Esports Signs Rocket League Creator D7RL

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Newest addition brings the first French-Language creator to the #GuildGang 

Today, Guild Esports announces the signing of European leading Rocket League content creator Dawson “D7RL” Berbuntes, which continues to strengthen Guild’s Rocket League offering.

After the professional team’s recent RLCS European victory, Guild has diversified its entertainment offering with a French-language creator; launching in partnership with Subway, Guild has ensured it will continue to create authentic content and support local-market creators all around the world.

At 20 years old, ex-professional player D7RL has established himself as one of Europe’s biggest Rocket League content creators. After playing three years professionally, D7RL turned his focus to content creation and has since seen incredible growth. He has over 350,000 combined followers across Twitch, YouTube, TikTok, Instagram & Twitter, and has grown over 40% since January 2021.

D7RL’s largest concentration of fans is on his YouTube channel, where he has over 173,000 subscribers and has amassed an incredible 6.3 million views in the last 30 days alone, which is a 42% increase month on month.

The signing of D7RL follows a string of other creator signings designed to bring Guild fans the very best entertainment, including Nihachu, Snowmixy, Stevie White, Gee Nelly, TN25 & SoMarcus.

Carleton Curtis, Executive Chairman of Guild Esports, said: “I’m incredibly proud to welcome the first French-language content creator to Guild. It is imperative that we are able to provide authentic content to audiences in a manner that resonates with them. D7RL allows us to do this to the French-speaking community and we are excited about the content we’ll be able to create together and expand into this market.”

Danny Lopez, Guild’s Director of Brand & Content, commented: “D7RL joining the #GuildGang brings us our first creator in France continuing our efforts towards global expansion. D7RL also bolsters up our commitment to providing the best in class Rocket League content, expect to see some collaboration with our pro-team in the near future.”

D7RL, said: “It’s a great honour to be joining Guild Esports at a time of incredible growth and success, after the professional team’s recent win at the Spring European Regional I can’t wait to take the Rocket League content to the next level.”

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Xsolla Unifies Skill-based Gaming and Esports Platform, Monetisation and Subscription Programmes

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Xsolla, the video game commerce company powered by its Transaction Engine and Business Engine to help developers and publishers market, sell, connect and optimise their games globally, has launched their new esports solution, enabling video game developers, publishers and esports event producers to create engaging fan experiences with safe and secure payment processing, globally.

The new programme provides a straightforward, streamlined solution for the fastest growing entertainment segment worldwide.

With Xsolla’s full suite of products, companies can work with esports properties or build their own esports platform with streamlined payments and subscriptions plans. With programmes that scale from small local skill-based matchups to massive global majors, virtual and in-venue, a range of scalable solutions are available to elevate gameplay in the promotion of a title.

“It’s a great time for companies to engage with esports as the category continues to see major growth, with projections of over $1.1 billion in revenue and nearly 500 million viewers by the end of 2021. Xsolla’s new solution, which we’ll keep adding new tools to based on partner needs, is designed to help companies build or expand their esports presence and monetize their efforts,” Berkley Egenes, VP of Marketing – Game Commerce at Xsolla, said.

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