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F1 Esports Pro Series Event 3 Live This Week, With Trio of Iconic Circuits

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The F1 Esports Pro Series presented by Aramco continued with three dramatic races in Event 2 as Alfa Romeo’s Jarno Opmeer and Red Bull’s pairing of Marcel Kiefer and Frede Rasmussen occupied the podium spots in all three races, each taking a crucial win in the fight for the driver’s championship. You can view the ‘Top 5 moments’ from Event 2 on YouTube here, and are free to embed this in editorial if you wish.

For Event 3, the drivers will take to the track at three of F1’s most iconic circuits, with Wednesday’s double-header featuring races at Silverstone and Spa, before drivers seek to rack up vital championship points at Monza, one of the calendar’s fastest tracks, on Thursday ahead of the Grand Final next month.

The live shows will be streamed online via F1’s official channels on Facebook, YouTube, Twitch and Huya, as well as broadcast on television by international partners such as ESPN (US), Sky (UK) and Ziggo (Netherlands), whilst Qualifying show content will be streamed exclusively on Twitch, YouTube and Huya (China). For full information about the Pro Series visit: https://www.f1esports.com/

Please see the table below for the full breakdown of the platform splits so you don’t miss a moment of the action this week:

Day

Session

Time (GMT)

Coverage

Wednesday 18 November

Qualifying Show 1
(featuring Quali. 1 highlights and Quali. 2 live)

15:30 – 16:45

Twitch / YouTube / Huya (China)

Evening Show 1
(featuring Quali. 1 and Quali. 2 highlights, Race 1 re-run and Race 2 live)

19:30 – 21:00

TV & Online

Thursday 19 November

Qualifying Show 2
(featuring Qualifying 3 live)

15:30 – 16:45

Twitch / YouTube / Huya (China)

Evening Show 2
(featuring Quali/Race 1 and Quali/Race 2 highlights, Quali. 3 highlights and Race 3 live)

19:30 – 21:00

TV & Online

Ahead of the penultimate round of races for this year’s Pro Series, we caught up with four of the competition’s stars to get their thoughts on the season so far. Please feel free to use these comments in editorial around the build-up to Event 3.

 

Nicolas Longuet

“I’m feeling really confident for Monza, my pace looks like it’s carried over from last year. I’ve got unfinished business, Daniel Ricciardo style, in Monza so I’ll be trying to finish on the top step of the podium this time.”

“I’m still targeting at least second place in the driver standings. First is difficult at the moment because of Jarno [Opmeer]’s great performances but I’m not going to stop because I’m content with P4 – I’m still pushing for a better result.”

Joni Tormala

“I’m feeling good. It’s been tough couple of weeks now since the gap was so close and we needed to start preparing right away and I don’t think I’ve had a single day off since then. I’m hoping I will be consistently in the points and pushing for a podium which would be a really good achievement.”

“[On winning with the Pro Series team championship Red Bull in 2019] You grow a lot as a person being in a championship fight. This year has been a different approach for the whole team because I’ve come in with that experience and I can help with the preparations as much as possible. It definitely helps having that experience.”

 

Alvaro Carreton

“Silverstone is my favourite track so I can’t wait to race there and hopefully I can do a good job there, with a little bit of luck as well fingers crossed we can get a good result. I’m more confident than ever.”

 

Lucas Blakeley

“I have the confidence that I’m driving at a very high standard and the thing that gets me through the hard times is a core belief in what I can do. I don’t think any results I’ve achieved in the past was a fluke and I have confidence in myself and the team that we can achieve these things again.”

“The level of F1 Esports this year is so high. If you look at previous years, it has never been so close before. I think in Bahrain, where I qualified in P6, the top seven was within 800ths of a second. You’d be lucky to see two cars separated by that margin in F1 so it’s very challenging this year and you need to put every fine detail together to extract the optimum lap time.”

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Galaxy Racer appoints Syed Ibn-E-Ali as Chief Financial Officer for South-East Asia

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Galaxy Racer (GXR), the transmedia powerhouse focused on esports, content creators, music and sports, has appointed Syed Ibn-E-Ali as its new Chief Financial Officer for SEA. In his new role, he will mainly focus on the growth, strategy and finances of Galaxy Racer in South-East Asia.

Joining Galaxy Racer with over 14 years of experience in financial administration and operations management, Ali brings with him a deep understanding of Software as a Service (B2B), eCommerce and the video games industry, taking on major positions across multiple regions including the USA, South Asia and APAC.

Having worked at the top level of finance at significant tech, media and gaming companies, including Rocket Internet and Streamline Media Group, Ali will be bringing his considerable experience driving media and gaming companies forward to Galaxy Racer’s operations in South-East Asia.

In his new role, Syed Ibn-E-Ali will be responsible for helping with the organisation’s expansion across the SEA region, as well as focusing on the structuring of all Galaxy Racer’s SEA offices, policy implementation and corporate governance.

With an outstanding track record of building strong business partnerships, optimising business processes and delivering strategic growth, Ali’s rich experience in accounting, auditing and finance will give Galaxy Racer an exceptional foundation for success in South-East Asia.

Syed Ibn-E-Ali, Chief Financial Officer SEA at Galaxy Racer said: “The continued growth of Galaxy Racer speaks for itself, and I’m so excited to join the team as the Chief Financial Officer for SEA, and help take the brand’s presence in the region to the next level. Entertainment, especially esports has become one of the most hyper-growth industries in Asia and is evolving at a tremendous pace. So it’s incredibly exciting for me to be with Galaxy Racer, at the very forefront of that growth.”

Mitch Esguerra, CEO SEA at Galaxy Racer commented: “It’s a pleasure to have Syed Ibn-E-Ali join us as our new Chief Financial Officer for SEA. His vast levels of experience and expertise at the top levels of the finance industry, alongside his passion for the esports and gaming industries, will be vital for us as we continue to grow in the region and build our global footprint.”

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BLAST to launch new esports collection with Nike branded apparel

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Collection will look to celebrate gaming culture through an esports-inspired apparel line

Esports entertainment company BLAST has launched an esports-inspired Nike branded apparel collection.

The BLAST and Nike branded collection will look to encapsulate gaming culture and lifestyle through spotlighting and celebrating the people and personalities behind esports – from the talent and players, all the way through to the unsung heroes behind-the-scenes.

The collection will incorporate the iconic colours and design of BLAST Premier with the Nike emblem and will include a t-shirt, cap, hoodie and jersey.

Faye Marlborough, Head of Create Solutions at BLAST, said: “Our ambition is to work with the most reputable brands in the world, and they don’t come much bigger than Nike. Gaming has become a lifestyle over the last few years with the rise of esports, we are excited to be able to encapsulate the passion and uniqueness associated with competitive gaming through this collection.”

The apparel line will be launched and made available for general sale in August during the BLAST Premier Fall Groups (19-28 August).

BLAST Premier is the world’s leading Counter-Strike tournament series, hosting the best players and teams, offering opportunities to regions across the globe and crowning the world champions of CS:GO. Up to 32 of the world’s best teams take part in the seven BLAST Premier events across the year with a combined prize pool of $2,475,000 on the line.

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Esports Insider’s The Clutch Announces $25,000 Prize Pool Supported by Overwolf

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Esports Insider has announced Overwolf, the all-in-one platform that enables creators to build, distribute and monetise in-game apps and mods, as the official Technology Partner of The Clutch, the esports-focused pitch investment competition, which will mark its grand return to a physical format at ESI’s flagship Major event ESI London on September 5-7th 2022.

Overwolf is contributing a prize pool of $25,000 to The Clutch’s London edition this year, with the following split: 1st place – $15,000, 2nd place – $7,000 and 3rd place – $3,000. The eligible winning start-up will also be granted the opportunity to travel to Tel Aviv, where Overwolf is headquartered, for a week of in-person mentoring and product acceleration.

“Overwolf has a long history of partnering with leading esports in-game apps from Professor, which helps League of Legends players understand their match statistics, to Tracker Network, which provides a suite of stats apps for many top games including Valorant, Apex and Fortnite. Through this partnership with Esports Insider, we are excited to find the best upcoming esports in-game apps that help gamers enhance their gameplay experience. The Clutch gives us early access to this rising talent and we can’t wait to hear the pitches,” Uri Marchand, CEO of Overwolf, said.

Taking place on September 7, The Clutch will welcome a panel of esteemed investors to judge three to four esports related start-ups. The judges involved in the panel will include Shahar Sorek, Chief Marketing Officer at Overwolf and Lisa Hau, COO at Bidstack; with more judges to be announced soon.

Launched in 2019 at ESI London, The Clutch began life as an in-person pitch investment competition focused exclusively on esports-related early stage start-ups. Since that edition, it has taken place digitally on multiple occasions during the ESI Digital series of events. To date, there have been four winners: G-Science, TEAMS.gg, Anzu and iTero Gaming.

Jack J Williams, Founder and Data Scientist at iTero Gaming, said: “Winning The Clutch 2021 was a jump-start for iTero Gaming. The prize, the exposure and joining the ranks of previous winners who have all impressed me would have been enough on its own.

“The highlight though, was that it became the catalyst for us to work with the team at Overwolf. They really understand our vision and are providing all the support and expertise we could ask for to deliver on it. I’m looking forward to seeing how we can continue to grow this ecosystem together long into the future.”

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