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Entry into esports: Insurance group die Bayerische becomes new partner of Berlin International Gaming

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The German insurance group breaks new ground and expands its sponsorship commitments to the market of esports. At the beginning of the 2021 season, die Bayerische will start as the official insurance partner of Berlin International Gaming (BIG), one of the most successful esports organizations in Europe. As BIG’s League of Legends team’s main partner, the insurance group also backs the department that has an EU Masters championship and multiple trophies under their belt.

“We have been watching the triumphant advance of esports in Europe with great enthusiasm for some time now,” says Martin Gräfer, member of the Board of Management of the insurance group die Bayerische. “With our commitment to Berlin International Gaming, we are now taking the first step in this young, dynamic and rapidly growing environment. It gives us immense pleasure to do this side by side with one of the absolute big players of German esports clubs. We can’t wait to go on a title hunt together with BIG and the BIG Family.”

“As a club, we are very honored to be able to accompany such a traditional insurance company as a partner in esports for the first time,” says Daniel Finkler, CEO Berlin International Gaming. “The partnership is another milestone in our history and shows the relevance of the German esports market. We are looking forward to a long-term cooperation.”

Based in Berlin, Berlin International Gaming (known worldwide by the acronym BIG) is one of the most successful European esports organizations. Currently, the German club employs top teams and players in the titles League of Legends, CS:GO, Quake, StarCraft, Valorant and Trackmania. Since 2017, the club has been able to establish itself at the top of the world and celebrate numerous respectable successes in various disciplines. BIG’s partner portfolio includes OMEN (HP), Corsair, Red Bull, Betway, SkinBaron, Backforce (Interstuhl) and Volvic.

BIG’s League Of Legends Team secured a total of six championships in 2019, including three Premier Tour wins and one German championship. The highlight of the team is considered to be winning the European Masters Summer 2019 in Katowice, Poland. Since 2020, the team has been playing in the Prime League, the most prestigious League Of Legends division in the DACH region.

As the official insurance partner of Berlin International Gaming, the two partners will develop target group-oriented esports products and services in the future.
As part of the partnership, die Bayerische acquires an extensive main partner rights package in League Of Legends as well as additional rights in the renowned game titles “Trackmania” with racing driver Dennis “Massa” Lotze and “StarCraft 2” with Tobias “ShoWTimE” Sieber.

Die Bayerische and Berlin International Gaming focus on brand visibility and addressing target groups via digital channels in all rights packages. In this way, the insurance group aims to raise its profile among the young target group and create added value for the esports community.

Since 2016, die Bayerische has been the main sponsor of the traditional football club TSV 1860 München and thus has a prominent presence in traditional sports as an insurance partner. In addition, the insurance company also supports clubs and projects in popular sports and is involved in social partnerships. The two brand ambassadors Samuel Koch and multiple Olympic champion Magdalena Neuner, brand ambassador of the sustainable insurance and pension brand Pangaea Life, round off the company’s current sponsorship portfolio.

The insurance group die Bayerische was founded in 1858 and consists of the companies Bayerische Beamten Lebensversicherung a.G. (parent company), BL die Bayerische Lebensversicherung AG and the composite company BA die Bayerische Allgemeine Versicherung AG. The total premium income of the Group amounts to over 600 million euros. The Group is continuously increasing its equity capital and is well above the industry average. Investments of over 4.8 billion euros are managed. More than 12,000 personal advisors are available to Bayerische customers throughout Germany. In a recent comprehensive company analysis, the rating agency Assekurata again awarded Neue Bayerische Leben a quality rating of A+ (“very good”), attesting to the company’s financial strength, which is far above the industry average.

Berlin International Gaming, known worldwide under the acronym BIG, is one of the most successful European Esport organizations with headquarters in Berlin. The German club currently employs top teams and players in the titles League of Legends, CS:GO, Quake, StarCraft, Valorant and Trackmania. Since 2017, the club has established itself at the top of the world rankings and celebrated numerous respectable successes in various disciplines. The partner portfolio of BIG includes OMEN (HP), Corsair, Red Bull, Betway, SkinBaron, Backforce (Interstuhl) and Volvic.
In 2019, the German club was able to secure a total of six League Of Legends championships. In addition to the three Premier Tour wins, they also finished the last ESL Championship season in first place. The highlight of the League Of Legends team has been the championship title of the European Masters Summer 2019 in Katowice. Since the beginning of 2020, the German team is playing in the Prime League, the highest rated national league in League Of Legends.

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Fierce PC Becomes Official PC Partner of Red Bull Racing Esports

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Red Bull Racing Esports has selected UK-based gaming computer specialists Fierce PC as its Official PC Partner.

Founded and run by serious gamers, Fierce PC will bring its expertise in the construction of bespoke gaming computers, VR rigs and workstations to provide Red Bull Racing Esports with customised, powerful systems that will allow the Team’s drivers to deliver the best possible performance at the highest levels of sim racing.

Each system will be optimised for competition through the use of the finest hardware available, including NVIDIA 30 series cards, Intel processors, ASUS motherboards and Corsair components.

“Motorsport is all about the pursuit of technical perfection and the optimisation of the equipment at hand. It’s no different in Esports and Fierce PC’s high-powered systems will ensure that the Team is able to perform at the top of its game, no matter the event. Built using state-of-the-art components, Fierce PC’s computers are tailor made to handle the most demanding applications and will give the Team’s drivers, and sim drivers all over the world, power, performance and reliability when it matters most – in the heat of battle,” Oliver Hughes, Chief Marketing Officer of Red Bull Racing Honda, said.

“Myself and the rest of the team at Fierce PC are delighted to have secured this partnership with Red Bull Racing Esports. It was clear from the initial conversations we had together that our brands aligned perfectly. Therefore, it was obvious that we had to proceed with supporting the Red Bull Racing Esports Team as their Official PC Partner. This partnership will see us support the Red Bull Racing Esports team by providing all the powerful hardware their drivers require to perform at their best during competition. The systems we have configured especially for the team include the latest and best hardware from industry-leading brands such as Intel, NVIDIA, ASUS, Corsair, and Seagate,” Bradley Haworth, Marketing Manager at Fierce PC, said.

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iRacing Indycar series beckons for YAS HEAT ESPORTS

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Fiercely competitive ISOWC gets underway this weekend at legendary Watkins Glen circuit

iRacing’s leading Indycar championship, ISOWC gets underway this weekend (8 May, 6:00pm UTC) and YAS HEAT ESPORTS has high hopes for the opening round of the series – a 60 lap race around the iconic Watkins Glen (Boot) circuit.

The iRacing squad qualified for the series fresh off the back of a third-place overall in the Sports Car Open (SCO), against the likes of team SIMMSA Esports and Team Redline to name but a few.

João Vaz, meanwhile, set an outright world record during the NTT Indycar Series at the Circuit of the Americas, suggesting that the team should be able to fight at the sharp end of this championship.

The line-up for the series comprises YAS HEAT’s finest iRacing competitors in the form of the aforementioned João Vaz, Balázs Remenyik, Josh Lad and Dean Woods.

Balázs Remenyik, iRacing Driver, YAS HEAT ESPORTS said:

“It’s been a while since there was such a high-level, open-wheel series on iRacing and I’m really happy to be a part of it. The car is new for us but everyone in the team is working hard to make sure we arrive to the first race in the best shape possible.”

Josh Lad, iRacing Driver, YAS HEAT ESPORTS said:

“It’s good to be back in the open-wheelers but the competition is much more experienced in the car so it’s definitely going to be a challenge.”

Dean Woods, iRacing Driver, YAS HEAT ESPORTS said:

“It’s a pleasure to be invited to this invitational series. With my fellow team-mates alongside, I’m highly motivated and believe my team and I can achieve something special in this series. We haven’t driven the car prior, the learning curve is high, but we’ll be all-out attack when the green flag falls.”

ISOWC 2021 kicks off on 8 May, at Watkins Glen with the conclusion of the 6 race series getting underway on 31 July, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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DHL Extends its Partnership with ESL Gaming

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DHL has extended its partnership with ESL Gaming, the world’s largest esports company.

DHL has been the Official Logistics Partner to ESL since 2018 and is responsible for the transport logistics, moving stage equipment, monitors and gaming chairs, among other elements.

With the extension, DHL continues its extensive involvement in esports. Building on an established footprint and successful activation campaigns around the ESL One tournament series in previous years, the new agreement will expand to include the full ESL CS:GO Pro Tour, all of ESL’s global Dota 2 properties, and ESL Mobile, an all-new mobile esports ecosystem.

The expansion follows a joint success story in challenging times. When faced with the pandemic last year, DHL and ESL quickly adapted to the new situation of hosting tournaments fully online. DHL kept focus on “uniting gamers”, transforming their activations into innovative signature segments, quizzes, and games directly engaging with fans in a digital way via Twitch.

“Gaming is the fastest-growing form of entertainment globally. I am delighted that we as a logistics provider are part of the esports world and that our partnership has been extended covering a broader spectrum via ‘ESL Mobile’. DHL is celebrated and beloved by the ESL fan base which is the greatest compliment for a sponsor. A great success was that we were able to unite gamers even despite online only tournaments and I am looking forward to many more events to come. For us, making this emotional connection with esports fans across the globe is the perfect way to engage with a huge community of digital natives with an affinity for e-commerce,” Arjan Sissing, Head of Brand Marketing at Deutsche Post DHL Group, said.

“We are very happy to extend our partnership with DHL in what is an exciting time for our company and the esports community at large. With the addition of ‘ESL Mobile’, we will be able to provide entertainment to fans across the globe and it’s great to continue on this journey with DHL providing an essential business solution as our Official Logistics Partner,” Ralf Reichert, CEO at ESL Gaming, said.

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