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YAS HEAT hails ‘best month yet’ as eye-catching results flood in

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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!”

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French Esports Giants Team Vitality Set For Global Expansion With Socios.Com Fan Token Launch On July 1st

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Team Vitality, in partnership with Chiliz, the leading blockchain provider for the global esports, sports and entertainment industries, have announced they will launch a Fan Token on fan engagement and rewards app Socios.com.

The $VIT Fan Token will launch on July 1st, providing a powerful new way for the team to boost its brand on a global scale and for fans all around the world to engage with and influence the organisation. The lifetime supply of $VIT Fan Tokens will be 7 million and they will be priced at €2 each during the initial sale.

Fan Tokens are collectible digital assets, minted on the Chiliz blockchain, that provide owners with access to voting rights in polls, VIP rewards, exclusive promotions, AR-enabled features, chat forums, games and competitions on Socios.com.

Since its inception in 2013, Team Vitality has grown into one of the biggest esports organisations in the world and home to some of the industry’s best esports players who compete in the biggest global esports titles. Over the last six months, Team Vitality has continued to build upon its esports legacy, most recently announcing its expansion into Brazil with the signing of Hugo “Dioud” Padioleau as its first official ambassador, and the reveal of its new League of Legends rosters.

Team Vitality will use Fan Tokens to empower their fanbase with a selection of unique and exciting rewards. Fans who purchase $VIT Fan Tokens will have access to exclusive content, activations around Team Vitality players, shop vouchers and also have the opportunity to attend events as special guests. Team Vitality will also host monthly polls where its fans can vote and have a direct impact on key organisational decisions. The subject of Team Vitality’s first poll will be announced very soon.

Team Vitality will become the fifth esports team to launch a Fan Token on Socios.com, joining OG, NAVI, Team Heretics and Team Alliance on the platform.  The Socios.com network consists of a roster of 35+  elite international sporting organizations, including world leading football clubs Paris Saint-Germain, FC Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester City, Atlético Madrid and the Argentina national team.  Leading MMA organisations the UFC and PFL have also launched Fan Tokens on Socios.com, as will Aston Martin Cognizant and Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN of  Formula One™.

Driven by the central belief that transitioning passive fans into active fans is essential to the future of esports and sport, Socios.com is a direct-to-consumer (D2C) platform that leverages blockchain technology to provide partners with the tools to engage with and monetize their global fanbases. Fan Tokens have generated over $150M in revenues to be shared with Socios.com partners in 2021 alone.

Created by Chiliz, the leading blockchain provider for the global sports and entertainment industry, Socios.com will continue its global expansion throughout  2021 and is targeting many more Fan Token with partners from across the world.

Socios.com has multiple office locations around the world and has recently opened new regional headquarters in Madrid, Istanbul, São Paulo and Buenos Aires. The company will also open a new office in North America in the near future.

“At Team Vitality we’re lucky to have some of the most creative and engaged fans in esports, and we’re always looking for ways to collaborate more closely, and offer them new experiences. Socios.com has a track record of providing an innovative Fan Token platform for some huge sports and esports brands, and we’re proud to partner with them. Our first poll is a very exciting one which we’ll be announcing in the coming days and I can’t wait to see how our fans vote,” said, Nicolas Maurer, CEO, Team Vitality 

Alexandre Dreyfus, CEO of Chiliz and Socios.com, said:. “Team Vitality is France’s number one esports organization. They are already an absolute powerhouse of the esports world, but with the launch of the $VIT Fan Token they will be able to expand their reach exponentially,  growing their unique, exciting brand on a global scale.

“Vitality have really grasped what Fan Tokens are all about and fans can look forward to some groundbreaking, unprecedented engagement opportunities on the Socios.com app – as well as some really cool rewards too from the moment the Fan Token launches in just a few weeks time on July 1st.

“We now have 5 major esports organizations on our roster, which is definitely a milestone for us, but there is still immense potential for growth in this space, both in terms of activity with our existing partners and new partnerships.”

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Leading gaming chair brand AndaSeat and FNATIC Esport team renew strategic partnership

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The world’s leading gaming chair brand AndaSeat has renewed its strategic partnership with one of the strongest European teams – Fnatic. AndaSeat continues to serve as the Official Gaming Chair Supplier for Fnatic, to better Fnatic’s performance strategy and players’ health with the latest technology on ergonomics, ensuring ultimate game experience and bringing them comfort   through long training sessions and tournaments.

Fnatic is a UK-based professional Esports organization. Founded in 2004, Fnatic has won over 200 championships across 30 different games, and become one of the most successful Esport teams of the decade. This partnership between AndaSeat and Fnatic began in September 2020 by launching the Fnatic Edition, sharing the same brand color and dynamic Esport spirit, it has been successful ever since, and led to an extension of partnership.

Whether you’re gaming casually amongst friends, or competing at the very highest level in esports, having the right setup is absolutely crucial to maximise your gaming performance, something that is a core focus for us at Fnatic. Partnering up with AndaSeat and creating the Fnatic Edition Gaming Chair ensures that both our players and fans across the world are able to enjoy the benefits of AndaSeat’s ergonomic technology, allowing them to enhance their gaming experience by gaming in comfort” said Sam Matthews, Fnatic Founder and CEO.

Founded in 2007, inspired by the latest technology on ergonomics and racing car seats styles, AndaSeat invented the AD+ Design, and has been the exclusive gaming chair provider for Natus Vincere, EXCEL, Fnaitic, Chief, LGD Gaming, OMG eSports, etc.

Zhou Lin, CEO and Founder of AndaSeat comments: “We are very proud to be announcing an extension of our partnership with Fnatic. It is evident that AndaSeat have fulfilled its mission of serving and providing the best chairs and now we are refreshing the best.

“Using our latest ergonomic technology – AD+ Design we can help Fnatic find their groove and be in tip-top shape, like we have in the last year. “

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Betway Clocks 65 Million Views on Esports Content

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Leading online bookmaker Betway and their esports team have reached a staggering 65 million views on the brand’s esports YouTube channel.

Clocking an impressive 215k subscribers and standing above the competition, the channel’s content ranges from CS:GO gamplay such as tutroials and in-game challenges to personality content including Him or Me and Voice Enable 0. The most viewed video pulling in 1,524,049 views, is from Betway’s CS:GO Pros Answer series titled “How Many Hours Do You Have In CS:GO?”.

With a host of well-known faces and personalities, the watch time of the YouTube channel has risen to over 3 million hours. Betway’s content delivers insight and understanding not offered or seen by other betting brands.

Adam Savinson, on behalf of Esports at Betway: “We are proud to reach this huge milestone but this is only the beginning. The brilliant work that the content team at Betway is doing is pushing us towards even bigger landmarks and we can’t wait to hit bigger milestones!”

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