String of strong performances and Virtual Olympics qualification for esports squad as they continue to make waves in virtual motorsport sphere
YAS HEAT ESPORTS enjoyed its most successful month of racing to-date after a slew of head-turning results in May. Following the immensely popular Microsoft GP exhibition race – hosted by YAS HEAT earlier in the year – the team is continuing its upward trend and becoming ever-present in esports leagues across the globe.
In the Assetto Corsa Competizione (ACC)-based series, Sim Grid Endurance Cup, YAS HEAT kicked off its title defence with a hard-fought podium, whilst running a bespoke partner livery for Richard Mille.
After qualifying on pole position – with an enviable margin of three tenths of a second – the squad came under pressure before the first round of pit stops, conceding the lead before contact with the third-place car opened up a gap, denying them the opportunity to fight for the victory. Nonetheless, the team most definitely showed that they will once again be fighting at the top of the table.
Meanwhile, the opening round of the Sim Grid x VCO World Cup – also being run on ACC – saw YAS HEAT finish as the highest placed McLaren 720s in P9, with another special edition livery on the car, this time in a vibrant yellow Pirelli colour scheme.
The following 24h race was cut short by an internet issue for the team in the final hour of running, fuelling the fire for the squad to come back stronger and fight for the championship in the remaining rounds.
In the world of Gran Turismo Sport, Angel Inostroza took part in a week-long qualifying event for the 2021 Virtual Olympics. From 4,000 competitors, just 16 have progressed to the first-ever esports inclusive Olympic Games, with YAS HEAT’s own Inostroza qualifying P5 and recording the fastest time from Central and South America.
The YAS HEAT iRacing line-up of Dean Woods, Balazs Remenyik, Joao Văz and Josh Lad are competing in the 2021 ISOWC IndyCar Championship. After two rounds, Vaz is currently the highest placed with P2 in the championship, following his third-place finish at Sebring with team-mate Lad not far behind in fourth.
Since its launch in 2020, YAS HEAT has continued its meteoric rise to the pinnacle of esports entering a total of 1168 races and achieving a win and podium rate of 42.21% and 67.30% respectively.
Saif Al-Noaimi, Team Principal, YAS HEAT said: “May was the best month yet for YAS HEAT. All of our teams and drivers are doing so well in the various titles we are competing in. We’re already establishing ourselves as a top-tier esports team and we haven’t celebrated our first anniversary yet.
“For one of our drivers to qualify for the Virtual Olympics is something we’re hugely proud of, and when you couple that with all of our recent successes on Assetto Corsa and iRacing, we’re definitely on an upward trend!
“I think the statistics speak for themselves. To have a win rate of over 40% and a podium rate of just under 70%, I can’t think of too many teams with those kinds of figures. I can’t wait to see how many more wins and podiums we can achieve before the end of our first year!”
PUBG MOBILE Global Championship Grand Finals Day 2: Alpha 7 Take The Lead, D’Xavier In Close Second
Today saw the second day of the 2023 PUBG MOBILE Global Championship Grand Finals, live from Istanbul, Türkiye, which featured more exciting action as Alpha7 took the competition lead early and stayed on top. They are now closely followed by D’Xavier, who had a day to remember as they stormed through the six matches with two victories and four top-three placements. Day two also saw IHC ESPORTS climb from sixth place to third as they racked up eliminations. Finally, local team S2G had a day to forget, as a series of early knockouts moved them down from third to eighth position.
The winner of the first PMGC 2023 match, Alpha7, entered day two with the same level of ferocity, taking first place again in the day’s opening match. This time however they were able to keep their momentum at an even higher level, following up with a second and third-place finish later in the day. After twelve matches, the team stands at 114 points, a clear 13 points from second place.
It was not just first place that saw a team change. D’Xavier was on fire throughout day two, as they moved up from eighth place to second by taking two winner winner chicken dinners, two more top three placements, and only one finish outside of the top five. The team from PMSL SEA used these six matches to make a statement. Tomorrow they are coming to win it all!
D’Xavier were not the only team to make huge surges up the leaderboard, as IHC ESPORTS ended day two in third place, after a sixth-place finish in day one. While they did not secure a victory, an aggressive strategy that saw them take 14 eliminations in the final match allowed them to make their way into the top three.
Stalwart Esports, while unable to match the strong showing of Alpha7, still put on a good display with another consistent run of finishes all within the top ten. A lack of a victory set them back to forth place, however only 8 points now separates them from second place, and with six matches to go they are still within striking distance of the PMGC crown.
Even with the support of the crowd local team S2G were unable to replicate their day one performance. Only able to get in the top ten during one of the six matches, they fell from third place down to eighth. While they still have one final day of competition, their hopes of replicating last year’s success may no longer be possible with a current total of 61 points.
4Merical Vibes, Team Weibo and FaZe Clan rounded out the top eight, taking fifth, sixth and seventh place with 90 points, 89 points and 68 points respectively.
We now approach the final day of the 2023 PUBG MOBILE Global Championship Grand Finals, with only six matches separating these teams from marking their name in the history books. Players from across the globe, representing countries thousands of miles apart, will all compete for the chance to be named PUBG MOBILE World Champion.
UNITED KINGDOM TO HOST 2024 PUBG MOBILE GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIP
PUBG MOBILE Esports is thrilled to announce that the 2024 PUBG MOBILE Global Championship (PMGC) will be held in the UK, taking place live next December with a $3 million prize pool. The first time a major PUBG MOBILE event has been hosted in the UK, this tournament will bring local fans a unique opportunity to see the very best skill that the world has to offer. This news comes ahead of this year’s 2023 PUBG MOBILE Grand Finals in Istanbul.
James Yang, Senior Director of PUBG MOBILE Global Esports, announced the news during the opening ceremony of the 2023 PMGC Grand Finals, with the exact UK location to be revealed at a later date. This is the first time a major PUBG MOBILE event has been held in the country and the first in Western Europe since 2018.
The highlight of the PUBG MOBILE Esports calendar, the PMGC brings together dozens of teams from around the world to compete in the ultimate showcase of talent. This year’s Grand Finals are taking place this weekend in Istanbul, Türkiye, where the final sixteen teams remaining in the competition will battle it out to become PUBG MOBILE World Champion.
Joining next year’s PMGC in the top tier of PUBG MOBILE Esports events, as well as next year’s midseason tournament in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is the PUBG MOBILE Global Open (PMGO), which will take place in Brazil throughout March and April 2024 and feature a $500,000 prize pool.
Global Esports Federation joins UNESCO Chair on Governance & Social Responsibility
The Global Esports Federation is honored by the appointment of Thanos Karagrounas, GEF’s Executive Director, Strategy & Impact, as a member of the Advisory Committee of the UNESCO Chair on Governance and Social Responsibility in Sport.
The UNESCO Chair was established in June 2023 with the long-term aim of fostering an integrated system of research, education, and training to enhance the quality of governance practices within the sport industry and advocate socially responsible program designs that prioritize sport as a core component.
As a global leader in the realm of sustainable development and social impact, Thanos Karagrounas has been appointed to play a pivotal role in the Advisory Committee, co-coordinating one of the six strategic pillars on esports.
“It is a distinct honor to be a member of this esteemed group of internationally renowned experts. The opportunity to combine our diverse experiences and perspectives will contribute to the Chair’s objectives. The inclusion of esports as one of the UNESCO Chair’s six strategic pillars, underscores the important role GEF is playing in the governance and social responsibility realm and our commitment towards making an impact on a global scale.” ~ Thanos Karagrounas, GEF Executive Director, Strategy & Impact
The GEF convenes its #worldconnected esports community, harnessing the energy to drive meaningful progress. As a member of the Advisory Committee, the GEF looks forward to contributing its expertise to accelerate its overall contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
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