Dignitas, the esports arm of New Meta Entertainment, Inc. (NME), has inked a new partnership agreement with QNTMPAY, a new-age global digital bank.
As per the contract, QNTMPAY will act as the Official Digital Banking Partner of Dignitas. This is the first time the digital bank, which aims to dismantle the rough edges of traditional banking, makes an entry into the professional gaming industry.
Dignitas’ League of Legends teams will be renamed. The League Championship Series (LCS) team will be known as ‘Dignitas QNTMPAY’ and the LCS Academy team will be called ‘DIG QNTM Academy’. The team jerseys will also bear QNTMPAY branding.
Furthermore, QNTMPAY and Dignitas will initiate solutions to some of the existing problems in the financial side of egaming, such as unnecessary costs and inefficiencies of traditional banking by providing innovative tools such as payment curation, transparency around savings, and multi-currency wallets.
Adam Pearsall, Founder of QNTMPAY, said:
“We are excited to build a meaningful relationship with Dignitas and the esports community nearing half a billion fans globally. QNTMPAY is a digital bank built for experiences, and this partnership with Dignitas allows us to offer our customers those that are world-class. We look forward to launching our offering this summer, setting the benchmark for the future of esports and digital banking.”
Michael Prindiville, CEO of New Meta Entertainment, Inc. and Dignitas, said:
“Dignitas and QNTMPAY share the same motivation for innovation and technology, making our partnership the perfect pairing to elevate our League of Legends teams. It’s our honour to welcome QNTMPAY, a bank built for the people, into our organization which aims to be the team that fights for and represents all.”
The best of grassroots CS:GO to take on the pros at Red Bull Flick Invitational Copenhagen in November
Red Bull Flick, the definitive global 2v2 CS:GO Pro vs AM tournament will reach a pulse-racing conclusion for 2022 in an epic November finale at the Red Bull Flick Invitational Copenhagen.
Taking place over an action packed weekend during 19th- 20th November, Red Bull Flick Invitational Copenhagen will see the very best of the amateur CS:GO scene battle it out in intense 2v2 matchups building to an once-in-a-lifetime chance for them to test their mettle against world-renowned Pro teams on the big stage, and a shot at the €50,000 Prize Pool. The LAN pre-stage qualifier will take place in Copenhagen with all the national and international event winners to determine the duos that will progress to the main stage. The Red Bull Flick Invitational will conclude with an impactful finals day broadcast and highlight event on the 20th November, where the qualified amateur duos face their idols in a play-off bracket featuring eight pro invited duos.
Held in the heart of the Danish capital, the Red Bull Flick Invitational will bring the hopeful future stars into the European centre of counter-strike history to immerse themselves with a unique competitive experience alongside CS:GO’s most memorable competitions. The pre-stage LAN will take place in a closed, offline qualifier on Saturday 19th November. With the top two AM duos determined, the nail-biting Pro v AM playoff stage will be broadcast from NEP Studios on the following day. This year’s competition is sure to bring the live audience closer to the action as well as providing an unforgettable experience for digital audiences across the globe and in several languages on Twitch and YouTube on the 20th November.
A total of 26 amateur duos teams from EMEA and – for the first ever time – North America, will be offered a chance at glory, having earned their way through National and International Qualifiers. Pre-stage qualifiers will whittle down the amateurs duos to the final two in a tensely competitive group stage to start the first day of the competition. After facing their peers in the pre-stage qualifiers, the top amateur duos will then face-off against the eight invited pro teams in an intense play-off bracket on the big stage, all leading to an epic Grand Final.
Red Bull Flick is the definitive global 2v2 CS:GO tournament, giving amateur players around the world a unique competitive platform, and putting a twist on the traditional 5v5 competitive format. Having started in 2019, the competition has gone from strength to strength and now gives thousands of amateur entrants a shot at glory to play the pros, and an opportunity for hidden gems of the competitive CS:GO scene to shine under the spotlight.
The unique format and structure at Red Bull Flick has inspired some of the most unpredictable twists and turns in CS:GO, including a true ‘David versus Goliath’ moment at 2021’s Red Bull Flick Helsinki Invitational, where Polish rookies Team Garnuchy won out against both BIG Clan and G2’s Duos teams.
This year, some of the biggest Pro teams on the CS:GO circuit will be sending their stars to Copenhagen, including the fan favourites from last year: G2, OG, Furia and Big Clan and Team Spirit, the defending champions of Red Bull Flick. Alongside them the Danish superstars from Copenhagen Flames and Heroic will also join the mix at the play-off stage to truly test the best amateur duos from around the world. The play-off stage will increase the pressure with a global broadcast and live audience, truly testing the amateur duos that progress in a competitive circuit environment. Fans in attendance can also look forward to an exclusive event experience featuring their favourite esports stars including Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundstein, who competed with Flamez in the first international qualifier for Red Bull Flick back in April.
Red Bull Flick has teamed up with industry leaders to produce an unforgettable experience for players & fans alike. AGON by AOC, a global leader in gaming monitors, is the Official Monitor Partner for the event, bringing exceptional visual clarity and ultra-high refresh rates to competitors. AMD joins as Technology Provider, ensuring the high-performance computing that will push the boundaries of the tournament. Backforce is the official Chair Partner, providing players and talent with high-end gaming chairs across the event.
Ampverse’s Minana Esports secures largest gaming creator in the Philippines, ChooxTV to become brand ambassador and investor
After officially launching its fifth market in the Philippines, leading esports and Web3 company Ampverse secures the nation’s largest gaming creator Edgar “ChooxTV” Dumali, with nearly 30 million social followers, to become an investor and brand ambassador for its Filipino esports team and lifestyle brand Minana.
This major deal comes as part of Ampverse’s growth strategy, following its commitment to invest more than P100 million to drive and accelerate the local gaming industry.
Streamer and content creator ChooxTV is known for his ingenious off-meta picks and wacky antics on his livestream and was named MVP of the Year in the 2021 Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Awards Gala.
“Excited akong mag-invest sa Minana dahil sa pagbibigay daan nito na magkaroon ng isang panibagong ‘youth lifestyle brand’ na magpapakita ng galing ng mga Pinoy,” Dumali said.
(I’m excited to invest in Minana as I really share their vision of creating a next generation youth lifestyle brand that celebrates the very best of Filipino talent.)
Alongside him, other notable gaming talents such as Eric Eruption, Hypebits, Lhea Bernadino, King Jasro, and Elanorm will also become brand ambassadors for Minana – totaling up to 55 million followers for all combined creators.
The newly formed Minana Esports are the current champions of the Philippine National Esports League in Mobile Legends. Prior to that, the team has won 11 straight championships and aims to be the most successful esports team.
In line with becoming the fastest-growing esports and Web3 company in Asia, Ampverse aims to build Minana into a leading Filipino youth lifestyle brand that spans entertainment, fashion, music, and lifestyle.
“We are incredibly proud to kick off Minana with a successful run and an official championship title under our belt. We will continue to build our success in competition, but at the same time create inspiration for the Filipino youth,” Minana Team Lead and Ampverse’s Regional Expansion Manager Julius “Banoobs” Mariano said.
A streamer with over 100,000 followers and named the “godfather of esports and gaming in the Philippines,” Mr. Mariano previously worked as country manager for Twitch, an Amazon-owned video live streaming service platform.
“Our vision is bigger than just competitive gaming, it’s about igniting the passion in every generation and building Minana as the leading youth culture hub for all gamers, creators, and anybody to fulfill their dreams,” Mariano added.
IESF Signs MOU with Anychat to Overcome Esports Language Barriers
The International Esports Federation (IESF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Anychat, a real-time AI translation chatting platform that aims to overcome language barriers and create a happier world where anyone can easily communicate and cooperate from anywhere in the world, which will work towards IESF’s goal of uniting the World Esports Family.
IESF and Anychat will work together to foster a relationship that will promote and activate the multi-language communications between IESF’s 129 members federations and worldwide esports communities. The partnership will help overcome language barriers and create a more inclusive environment for the World Esports Family and for IESF’s flagship events such as the World Esports Championships and the World Esports Summit.
IESF President Vlad Marinescu said: “IESF is home to the World Esports Family and is committed to giving everyone a voice and a chance to freely communicate. Working together with Anychat will allow us to make significant progress in global communications with the esports ecosystem. We are looking forward to our partnership and friendship with Anychat and establishing a larger network involving the broader esports industry.”
IESF is made up of a geographically diverse community of athletes and will continue to work towards and embrace diversity within the esports ecosystem. A record-number of 85 nations competed in the 2021 WE Championships Finals, with the 2022 edition expected to feature a new record of 120 nations competing from December 1 to 12 December 2022 in Bali.
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