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Resolve Acquires Barrage Esports

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UK-based esports organisation Resolve Esports has acquired fellow UK organisation Barrage Esports.

As a result of the acquisition, and subsequent merger, Resolve will take over all of Barrage’s esports and business operations. Resolve has also entered into discussions with Barrage’s existing partners to explore the possibility of working with them.

Resolve has paid an additional fee to compensate for Barrage’s existing members of staff who won’t be joining. Several of Barrage’s staff members will be continuing within the organisation.

To honour Barrage’s legacy, 50 limited edition Resolve/Barrage esports jerseys will be created, with all profits from the shirt sales going to Barrage’s charity partner, SpecialEffect. Resolve may also incorporate Barrage branding within some of their activities in the future.

Resolve will be giving up one slot in the UKEL and one slot in the UKLC to allow the event organisers to pass these opportunities to other UK organisations and grow the ecosystem. Resolve will also review Barrage’s North American team operations and have a conversation about what happens here in the future.

Resolve founder Ilias ‘Rai’ Pajoheshfar said: “It has always been our intention to compete at the highest level and the journey so far has been a brilliant one.

“When Barrage kindly presented us with this opportunity, we felt an obligation to ensure the UK continues to be represented and after careful consideration, we felt the timing was right.

“We would like to thank Barrage for their hard work and service to UK esports, and will honour their legacy.”

Jeff Simpkins, who is stepping down as MD of Barrage Esports, said: “I reached out to Ilias and Resolve as I felt it was time to make a decision about Barrage’s and my own future in esports. I specifically reached out to Ilias as he is someone I have known for a couple of years now, who I have had a good rapport with and trust, as well as being wise beyond his years.

“I wanted to ensure that whatever decision was made, the history of Barrage was entrusted to people who would value it and be able to truly build upon it. I feel, from the discussions I’ve had with Ilias and the team at Resolve, that they will do that. From those discussions, several of the existing Barrage staff members will also be moving to Resolve whilst others will be moving on to other places both in and outside of esports.

“To all those who have supported Barrage, have been part of our journey and specifically supported or helped guide myself over the years, thank you so much. It has been an absolute honour and I can’t properly encapsulate in so few words how much that has truly meant to me. I hope you will now give Resolve, Ilias and the team the same support that you have offered Barrage and myself as they now take over the mantle.

“This may technically be the end of Barrage’s journey, but part of it will always live on in Resolve.”

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Zebronics Unveiled as Gaming Peripherals Partner for the Skyesports Champions Series, an INR 10,00,000 BGMI Esports Tournament

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Skyesports, India’s leading esports tournament organizer, has onboarded Zebronics, the country’s leading brand in IT & gaming peripherals, home & personal entertainment, and lifestyle accessories as the gaming peripherals partner for the Skyesports Champions Series, an INR 10,00,000 esports tournament in Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI).

The Skyesports Champions Series features India’s top esports teams competing for glory in BGMI across the semifinals (Feb. 28 to March 4) and the grand finals (March 5 to 10). With an exclusive livestream on YouTube in multiple languages, the tournament is set to captivate gaming audiences from across the country.

Zebronics, as the gaming peripherals partner, will be showcasing its exceptional array of products designed to meet the diverse needs of gamers. Additionally, the company’s vision of elevating esports talent in India has been met with the Skyesports Champions Series, a tournament that featured open-for-all qualifiers, giving a chance to every gamer from every nook-and-corner of the country to compete professionally.

Commenting on the association, Yash Doshi, Director, Zebronics said, “The prospect of collaborating with Skyesports for SCS 2024 fills us with immense enthusiasm. This collaboration perfectly embodies our commitment to fostering the gaming ecosystem in India and providing gamers with unparalleled experiences. We eagerly anticipate the journey ahead, interacting with gamers on various platforms and delivering innovative gaming peripherals. Together with Skyesports, we are poised to make significant strides in advancing the esports landscape and supporting its evolution.”

Reflecting on the partnership with Zebronics, Shiva Nandy, Founder and CEO of Skyesports, added, “Building upon our successful collaboration during the 2023 edition of the Skyesports Champions Series, which garnered a peak viewership of 131,000, we are delighted to welcome Zebronics once again as the gaming peripherals partner for the SCS 2024. This partnership not only serves to showcase Zebronics’ impressive gaming-centric products directly to our gaming community but also signifies Zebronics’ long-term commitment to elevating the esports landscape of the country – a vision we share.”

After a series of intense open qualifiers, only 24 teams remain in the semifinals of the Skyesports Champions Series (SCS) 2024. This includes the countries’ top esports teams such as iQOO Soul, Revenant Esports, Blind Esports, Gods Reign, Orangutan, Entity Gaming, and more.

Set to happen from Feb. 28 to March 4, the semifinalists battle it out in BGMI for the 16 slots in the Grand Finals. All the action will be broadcast live from 1 PM IST onwards in Hindi and Tamil on the Skyesports YouTube channel.

Finally, the top 16 teams will compete in the Grand Finals from March 5 to 10, aiming to claim the title of the Skyesports Champions Series 2024 champions and seize a lion’s share of the INR 10,00,000 prize pool.

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Saudi’s Savvy Games and Esports Delegation Conducts High-level Visit to Shanghai, Beijing and Chengdu

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HRH Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud, Chairman of the Saudi Esports Federation and Vice Chairman of Savvy Games Group (Savvy), and Brian Ward, CEO of Savvy, have this month led a senior business delegation to China. The delegation was accompanied by senior leaders from VSPO, the leading Chinese esports company, including Dino Ying, co-founder and CEO, and Danny Tang, co-founder, CFO and head of strategy.

Visiting Shanghai, Beijing and Chengdu, the delegation engaged with current and future partners in China’s games and esports industry. The visit further strengthened commercial partnerships between China, the world’s biggest esports market, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as it implements Vision 2030 and becomes a leading global hub for gaming and esports.

In 2023, Savvy, wholly owned by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, invested $265 million into VSPO, becoming the largest international investor. Savvy’s long-term investment is helping VSPO to continue to deliver on its global strategy and accelerate the growth of mobile esports.

The meetings in the visit also covered preparations for the inaugural Esports World Cup (EWC) which will take place in Riyadh in the summer of 2024.

HRH Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud, Vice Chair of Savvy Games Group, said: “We learned so much from this trip. We will work with VSPO to connect global esports markets and build Saudi Arabia into the hub of the global esports and gaming market. Through long-term investment and capital deployment, we will build a sustainable and profitable global esports ecosystem.”

Brian Ward, CEO of Savvy Games Group, said: “China’s position as the largest esports market, with over 400 million fans and significant industry revenue, underlines the valuable role the Chinese market will play in supporting the continued development of Saudi Arabia’s thriving gaming and esports sector. This visit provided a valuable opportunity to strengthen Savvy’s connection with our partners at VSPO, as well as building our insights and network within one of the world’s foremost games and esports markets.”

Dino Ying, Chair of VSPO, said: “Two years ago, I communicated with Savvy for the first time in a Zoom call. At that time, I realized that although we were from two different markets, our ideas on technological innovation, the future of esports, player ecology and professionalization were very consistent. That’s why we were already thinking about how to cooperate, not whether to cooperate. Now we are more confident because we have a shared vision and a friendship, and we plan to make more innovation for the industry together with Savvy in the future.”

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Riot Games Announces VALORANT Esports EMEA Partnership With Unilumin

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With the start of the 2024 competitive VALORANT Esports season now underway, we’re proud to announce our partnership with Unilumin, a world leading LED display solution provider!

Unilumin has been instrumental in helping us level up the fan experience at the all-new Riot Games Arena with their industry-leading LED display technology, of which 250 square meters will now feature across the Riot Games Arena in Berlin. We’re so excited to welcome them on board as an official supplier for VCT EMEA, VALORANT Game Changers EMEA, and VALORANT Ascension EMEA.

Unilumin’s screens will light up the stage at the Berlin arena – and their logo will feature across various VALORANT Esports EMEA broadcasts throughout 2024. They’ve supplied display solutions globally from Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium to the Mercedes-Benz Arena, a mere stone’s throw away from us at the Riot Games Arena in Berlin. They’ve also worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment venues and global sports stadiums to illuminate events across the globe with grandstand, perimeter, and centerhung screens alongside scoreboards in major competition venues.

As we continue to level up the fan experience throughout 2024, we know Unilumin is the perfect partner to help us bring the most immersive experience and exciting atmosphere to the Riot Games Arena in Berlin, for our fans.

“Unilumin Sports is pleased to bring our solutions and technologies to the Riot Games Arena in Berlin and be a partner of VALORANT Esports in EMEA”, said Oscar Feng, the Global Director of Unilumin Sports. “We will use our well-designed products and fast response services to cooperate with Riot Games for their events and show the ultimate audio-visual experience to their fans.”

“After working with Unilumin for the refit of the Riot Games Arena, we’re delighted to welcome them as a supplier for our various VALORANT Esports EMEA events in 2024,” said Daniel Ringland, Head of VALORANT Esports EMEA. “Unilumin has helped us enhance the fan experience for those watching from home and joining us on-site, and we can’t wait to use their display technology throughout the season.”

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