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Shellzz Wins 2020/21 ePremier League Title for Manchester City

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SHELLZZ WINS 2020/21 ePREMIER LEAGUE TITLE FOR MANCHESTER CITY
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Shaun ‘Shellzz’ Springette has been crowned the 2020/21 ePremier League Champion on behalf of Manchester City after a thrilling climax to the EA SPORTS™ FIFA 21 tournament.

Shellzz came out on top as eight leading players took their place in the final stages of the competition on Friday night, beating Leeds United’s Olle ‘Ollelito’ Arbin in a dramatic penalty shootout in the cross-console final. After a 4-2 victory on his less-favoured Xbox in the first leg, he was on the reverse of the same scoreline in the second leg before keeping his nerve to settle the tie on spot-kicks.

“Words can’t describe it,” he said after clinching the title. “It has been a long ride to get here and to be able to call myself ePremier League champion, I’m so, so happy.

“Ollelito is No5 in the world on Xbox for a reason and I knew it would be tough against him, but I played really well. I have done a lot of work on the mental side of my game and it’s paid off.”

The drama wasn’t reserved for the grand final for Shellzz, who beat Leicester City’s Cosmin ‘NFG Cosmin’ Petrescu on penalties in the quarter-finals before beating last season’s runner-up Marc ‘MarcMarleyyy’ Marley (Brighton & Hove Albion) 4-2 at the semi-final stage. He then won 4-3 in the PlayStation4 Final against Sheffield United’s Mitchell ‘RISE MHaywxrd’ Hayward.

As well as winning the coveted ePL trophy, Shellzz also picked up the £20,000 first prize and a Hublot watch. Runner-up Ollelito collected £10,000, with the runners-up of the two console finals MHaywxrd (Sheffield United) and Diogo ‘FalconsDiogo’ Mendes (Chelsea) each winning £5,000. They also won all-important seats in the EA SPORTS FIFA 21 Global Series European Playoffs this summer.

Premier League Commercial Director Will Brass said: “Congratulations to Shellzz and Manchester City on winning the 2020/21 ePremier League. The standard of play in this year’s Finals was incredibly high and it was great to see such exciting competition across all stages of the tournament.

“Over three seasons, the ePremier League has proved popular with FIFA players of all abilities, and consistently brought together established pros and new faces. It has also attracted a growing audience worldwide and provided clubs with a new way of engaging with their supporters.

“Many thanks to EA SPORTS and our broadcast partners for their support, ensuring we have been able to bring another enjoyable and high-quality tournament to fans globally. We look forward to continuing to develop the ePremier League over coming seasons.”

After more than 22 million fans tuned in to the first two ePL Finals, the climax to this year’s tournament was televised in the UK by Sky Sports, BT Sport and BBC Sport, as well as being shown around the world by the Premier League’s international licensees. All players competed remotely in this season’s Finals as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the event hosted live from the Gfinity Arena in London.

ePremier League is operated by esports tournament organisers Gfinity. For more information visit e.premierleague.com.

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The MONACO SIM RACING WORLD CUP Kicks-off at the DUBAI WORLD EXPO

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Monaco Esports Federation (MESF) in partnership with International Esports Federation (IESF) is pleased to announce the Monaco Sim Racing World Cup warm-up event that will take place on December 7-8, 2021 in Dubai, UAE in the Pavilion of Monaco at the Dubai 2020 Expo.

The Dubai event will serve as a promo event for the Sim Racing World Cup that will be hosted live from Monaco in May 2022.

With the warm-up event, the visitors and members of the pavilions of Expo Dubai 2020 will be able to learn more about Esports. Spectators and exhibitors of the Expo have the chance to get behind the wheel of a Racing Sim and compete in the race. Professional drivers of National Federations will also show their driving skills during the event.

Qualifiers will start on the 7th of December live from the Pavilion from 18:00 to 20:00. The 8th of December will continue the qualifiers from 10:30-16:00 followed by a showcase of professional sim drivers. The Final Races will start at 17:30.

Techxhub, our Dubai-based technology partner will be setting up high-end Sim racing rigs for all enthusiasts to experience what it’s like to race as a pro. Winners will receive valuable prizes provided by event partners Techxhub and Passport. GG.

Everyone interested in participating should submit an application no later than the 6th of December.

The race registration form can be found at DUBAI2020.PASSPORT.GG. Updates & additional information, including the race schedule, will also be available there.

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“The race in Monaco 2022 aims to have 111+ nations compete against each other to showcase the skills of their national Sim Race heroes & to find the fastest Nation in the world. Monaco is home to many famous sporting events in both racing and other sports. The Monaco Sim Racing World Cup 2022 is a great opportunity to put Monaco on the map as the Sim Racing Capital of the world. We aim to create a truly international race, so where better than to kick it off at the Monaco Pavilion during the World Expo in Dubai!” Said Louis Ducruet – President of the Monaco Esports Federation.

“In order for Monaco to succeed in their search for the fastest Sim Racer and the world’s fastest nation, it is important to engage the international esports community. The International Esports Federation sees the 2022 race in Monaco and the kick-off in Dubai in December as a great opportunity to engage with new international audiences and form stronger ties between our 111 member esports federations.” Said Vlad Marinescu – President International Esports Federation.

“Sim Racing is still fairly small compared to other esports but due to the fact that several real races have been canceled during the corona pandemic, famous drivers participated in online Sim Races which rapidly skyrocketed the awareness of the Esport. This growing trend has also hit the Gulf Region and we see the kick-off event in Dubai as a great opportunity to present the magic of Sim Racing to our audiences in the Gulf Region and ultimately increase our sales of top-notch Racing Rigs in the MENA Region.” Said Sanjay Holmukhe – CEO of Techxhub in Duabi, UAE.

“Dubai event is a great platform to show the future of the World. Countries are showing their vision on the future in their Pavilions. We are happy to support this great Esports event organised by the most famous in the racing world venue, Monaco in partnership with the global Esports governing body, International Esports Federations, IeSF. We are thrilled to showcase our Digital ID and NFT ownership developments during this event” – said Ignat Bobrovich, Founder of Passport.GG.

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NASR Esports takes Global Esports Tour 2021 Dubai title in undefeated run

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United Arab Emirates-based team NASR Esports lifted the Global Esports Tour 2021 Dubai title in style, winning the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament in an undefeated run on November 27.

The team beat Doomsday 2-0 in the semi-finals in a best-of-three tie, before whitewashing Triple 6 3-0 in the best-of-five grand final to win the US$8,000 pay cheque.

The runners-up took home US$4,000 while Doomsday and Level E-sports won US$1,500 for making it to the final four.

They came through a field of 30 teams that took part in the open qualifiers, all vying for a spot at next year’s Global Esports Tour Dubai.

NASR Esports’ victory will assure them a spot at the event in March, where they will compete against the world’s best professional CS:GO teams for a total prize pool of US$250,000.

The Dubai event wraps up the 2021 season of the Global Esports Tour, following successful stops in Los Angeles and Riyadh. Next up on the GEF calendar is the inaugural edition of its flagship event: the Global Esports Games held from December 17-19 in Singapore.

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”Back to School”: Epic Esports Events and RuHub talked about the theme of DPC tournaments in Eastern Europe

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Tournament operator Epic Esports Events and RuHub Studio shared an idea that formed the basis for the studio space design and will manifest itself in all activities during DPC 2021/2022 in Eastern Europe.

Mark Averbuch, Product Director at Epic Esports Events:

“As you might have guessed from the RuHub Studio teaser, we have based the storyline on the theme of growing up, becoming, and learning. It will connect all three seasons of the DPC with a single line, and you will be able to observe with your own eyes how the tournament will develop and “grow up” from match to match, just as the intensity of passions increases from the group stages to the grand final.”

Nikolay Petrossian, Head of RuHub Studio:

“In the first tournament of the season, the studio familiar to viewers will turn into an apartment of the 90s. Imagine that behind the scenes of the tournament is a hero, a future graduate of the school, who has a whole life ahead of him (and Dota 2, of course). His story will inspire us during the broadcast, and its elements will be reflected in thematic content and special activities for viewers. I won’t reveal all the details, I’ll see you on the broadcast! And remember: every stage of life — like every season of DPC — is interesting in its own way.”

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