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YAS HEAT ESPORTS announces academy programme graduates

George Miller

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  • Final five selected and eager to compete on the global stage in 2021
  • YAS HEAT Open Trials deemed a success following 120 applications
  • Four-week trials initiative yields abundance of top-tier talent

YAS HEAT ESPORTS has revealed the selected drivers from the official YAS HEAT Open Trials initiative established in August. The final five will continue to develop and eventually race for the squad in global competitions in the near future.

The line-up consists of Gran Turismo drivers Karl Etyemezian and Hazem Zaki, Assetto Corsa Competizione racer Mohamed Akram and iRacing specialist Yashish Manohar.

Joining these top-tier middle eastern talents is Emirati karting ace Khalifa Alqubaisi. Following a slew of high-profile karting achievements – two-time Champion of the Emirati School Karting Championship, YAS Kartzone Sprint Race Champion and current track record holder at the Dubai Kartdrome – the 16-year-old turned his attention to sim racing in 2017 and hasn’t looked back. Alqubaisi similarly recorded impressive results in esports placing second in a GCC Category 6HR Endurance Race and claiming the runner-up spot in the 2020 EMSO GT Championship on Playstation 4.

The final five will work closely with the YAS HEAT international team to better understand car set-ups and racecraft in preparation for their professional esports debuts next year.

The programme set out the goal of recruiting, nurturing and developing the esports superstars of tomorrow, with the intention of selecting a group of drivers who will compete for the Yas Marina Circuit-based outfit on the largest of virtual racing stages.

Following an initial 120 applications to the programme, 32 were shortlisted to go through to the all-important trials process. The 32 ambitious virtual racers were then put through their paces via a weekly time trial challenge to test their all-out pace, featuring a live leaderboard ensuring lap times were consistently improving to meet minimum threshold requirements. This procedure whittled them down to six finalists over a four-week period.

Once the finalists were established, YAS HEAT ambassador and Assetto Corsa driver ‘Jardier’ conducted fun, light-hearted interviews with each of the aspiring racers, bringing out the best of their personalities and enabling judges to get to know them better. Six then turned into five and thus became inductees onto the official YAS HEAT ESPORTS roster.

Saif Al-Noaimi, Principal, YAS HEAT said:

“It’s been great to watch the progression of the academy drivers over the past few weeks. We were thrilled with the initial applications of 120 keen virtual racers, but then to find five future superstars means the project has been a resounding success.

“Now we can’t wait to move on to the next step of the process, honing and developing their skillset and bringing them on-board with the international team. We’re all really excited to see how they get on as they’ll be competing across a broad range of virtual racing platforms and titles. YAS HEAT is heading into 2021 with high hopes and a lot of confidence.”

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WePlay Ultimate Fighting League Tekken 7 Day 1 results and Photo Tour

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After day 1 of WePlay Ultimate Fighting League (WUFL) Season 1 Tekken 7 competition, and we have the results of Group A. 

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WePlay Ultimate Fighting League Season 1 Tekken 7 Group A results.  Image: WePlay Esports

Arslan Ash, SAINT, KiraKira, and Caiper advance to the playoffs.

WUFL Season 1 features competitions in Mortal Kombat 11 (March 25–28), SOULCALIBUR VI (April 01–04), and Tekken 7 (April 08–11). The prize pool of $150,000 is divided equally between all three competitions. The event will take place at WePlay Esports Arena Kyiv, already known to the WePlay Dragon Temple audience.

Learn more about the tournament on WUFL.gg and our social media channels: Twitter, Instagram, and Reddit.

To get additional information about the event and find exclusive content, visit the website of DashFight the, WUFL S1 main media partner, where you can find everything about the world of fighting games.

1xBet is the official global betting partner for WePlay Esports events in 2021.

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L33T Gaming named Official Gaming Chair Partner for BLAST Premier

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Esports tournament organiser BLAST Premier has agreed a long-term partnership with L33T Gaming to become Official Chair Partner of the Counter-Strike tournament series.

As part of the deal, L33T will provide players and talent with high-end gaming chairs across the season. The partnership will include product giveaways, collaborative content opportunities and branding across the global CS:GO tournament’s digital and physical assets.

L33T, based in Denmark, are best known for their series of innovative gaming chairs within their portfolio of gaming equipment for both the novice and more experienced or professional gamers. L33T’s quality gaming chairs will be used by talent, players and BLAST production staff throughout the partnership.

Oliver Clarke, Head of Brand Partnerships for BLAST, said: “L33T has a clear focus on creating the perfect setup for gamers of all levels. We look forward to supporting them in showcasing their gaming chair products to the global BLAST Premier community. The length of this deal highlights the growth BLAST Premier has enjoyed over the last few years and our current standing in the industry.”

Adrian Langer, Owner of L33T Gaming and Head of Marketing for Aurora & Deltaco, said: “We’re really excited to partner with BLAST Premier. Their brand is one of the strongest in the world of entertainment, creating incredible broadcasts and live shows that L33T will now be a part of. We can’t wait to see the best CS:GO players compete in our chairs when LAN events eventually return. Our vision for L33T is global expansion and this partnership is an important part of that journey.”

The L33T gaming chair (L33T E-Sport Pro Superior XL) will make their first appearance at next week’s BLAST Premier Spring Showdown (13-18 April), which will take place from BLAST’s studio in Copenhagen. Further, BLAST and L33T plan to collaborate on a co-branded gaming chair that fans will be able to purchase in the future.

BLAST Premier is a global Counter-Strike tournament series that unites all major events, offers opportunities to all regions across the globe and crowns the world champions of CS:GO. Up to 32 teams will take part in the seven BLAST Premier events this year with a combined prize pool of $2,475,000 on the line.

 

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Alpine officially enters esports with Alpine Esports Team: driver lineup and competition schedule revealed

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Alpine Esports Team officially launched its 2021 campaign today to compete in the biggest virtual racing competition in the world, the F1 Esports Pro Championship. The team, in partnership with Sim racing experts Race Clutch, represent Alpine’s first official venture into virtual racing.

As the team’s official partner this year, Race Clutch will help the drivers with their training and preparation for the 2021 competition from its HQ in Limoges, France. The team’s goal is to hire and train the best Esports racers in the world to compete in the biggest virtual racing competitions.

Suiting up for the team in this year’s F1 Esports Pro Championship starting in September, will be the returning driver pairing of Nicolas Longuet and Fabrizio Donoso, who led the team to third in last year’s championship.

The drivers will be guided by the leadership of Team Principal Richard Arnaud, Race Director Robin Bondon, Performance Manager Julien Southon, Ambassador Thom “Thomb” Brouwer and Coach Samba Sy.

In addition to competing in this year’s F1 Esports Pro Championship, Alpine Esports will act as an organiser to the Alpine Esports Series due to start next month. The series will run on Assetto Corsa Competizione, the official game of the competition in a championship of six races, with various prizes available to the winners.

Laurent Rossi, Alpine Cars CEO: “We are delighted to announce the first Alpine Esports team participating in virtual competitions and championships this year. By partnering with Race Clutch, Alpine Esports Team will seek out and train the best Sim racers in the world with the ultimate goal of winning. The team have fantastic facilities and a superb line-up to make it happen. The Esports team will also continue to bridge the gap between virtual and real races, as these bridges move closer and closer each year between the two worlds. It will also learn from our Formula 1 and Alpine Racing programs. We can’t wait to see our team and our drivers compete virtually in 2021.”

Richard Arnaud – Race Clutch president & founder, Team Principal of Alpine Esports:

“The entire team at Race Clutch is proud and excited to become part of the Alpine family! Our expertise and years of experience in Sim racing will give Alpine Esports the best environment to continue to compete at the front. The goal is to win championships, with the F1 Esports Series as a first target. I believe in the team we have put together. I am sure this collaboration will increase the interest for the sport, bringing new F1 fans with us, and opening new opportunities for Alpine in the virtual world of racing. This is an exciting new journey that starts for Esports racing in France.”

 

Nicolas Longuet, Alpine Esports Team driver:

“I am happy to continue my career with Alpine after a successful 2020 season. For sure, after a first full campaign, now the goal is to fight for the championship and add more wins. The experience from last year will help to not repeat some mistakes. Some other teams seem stronger than last year already, but I feel confident and I am looking forward to the 2021 F1 Esports Series.”

 

Fabrizio Donoso, Alpine Esports Team driver:

“Considering last season, it’s great to have a chance to compete again this year. I’ve had time for myself on and off the sim. My main goal now is to focus only on performance and my driving. I am happy with the way things are going and I am looking forward to the season with the reshaped team and our new colours.”

 

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