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Global Esports Federation Board Marks 18 Months of Expansive Growth

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The Global Esports Federation held the 4th Board Meeting on June 16, 2021, marking 18 months of expansive growth. The GEF reaffirmed its commitment to advance the universal values of equality, diversity, inclusion, fair play, and innovation, and will continue to elevate and expand opportunities in esports worldwide.

“Together with our 93 Member Federations, we have accomplished so much. We look to the future with real optimism as we continue to expand and develop tangible initiatives in service to the esports community. We have announced three Global Esports Games, the first slated for December this year. We continue to welcome even more partners and Member Federations into the Global Esports Federation family; promoting a safe, inclusive and healthy esports ecosystem for all.” ~ Chris Chan, President, Global Esports Federation

Paul J. Foster, Chief Executive Officer, Global Esports Federation, recounted 18 months of progress, and outlined the pathway for continued growth at the Board Meeting. He remarked, “The Global Esports Federation was established to enhance the credibility, legitimacy and prestige for esports. We convene the world’s communities in esports, active esports, digital technologies, standards, education, and wellness. Through our various Global Social Impact Initiatives (GSII), we unlock the boundless opportunities for every single person, everywhere, to be part of the dynamic future of esports in a #worldconnected.”

In accordance with the GEF Constitution, the Board Meeting commenced with electing the Chair of the Singapore 2021 Global Esports Games Organizing Committee, Her Excellency Ng Shin Ein, who is Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary, as a GEF Board Member. With the appointment of Ms. Ng, the representation of women in the GEF rises to 35%, up from 11% just 18 months ago. The GEF continues to lead in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in esports globally, through the hosting of the first #worldconnected_women Global Forum last month, led by GEF Vice-President and Olympian, Charmaine Crooks.

“The Board is made up of diverse and distinguished leaders, and it’s my privilege to be a part of this team. The Singapore 2021 Global Esports Games will be a pioneering endeavor. With the support of the Global Esports Federation and my colleagues in the Organizing Committee, I look forward to delivering a groundbreaking event come December.” ~ Ng Shin Ein

The inaugural GEG will showcase the energy of esports through competitions and a dynamic program of activities, including GEFestival – a platform to celebrate the inclusive esports culture encompassing music, art, technology, fashion, food, the creative and passion economies and industries. Meanwhile, the first ever Annual #worldconnected Awards will recognize various accomplishments within the world’s esports community.

The GEF Board approved the continued expansion of the Global Events Portfolio. The GEF will call for expressions of interest to host the next collective of the Global Esports Games.

In a move to further engage directly with the fans and esports community worldwide, the GEF recently opened its first ever online lifestyle store in collaboration with LA-based Meta Threads. The store features lifestyle gaming and esports apparel and accessories designed for the #worldconnected community.

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Thunderpick is launching the first ever eSports tournament series with a prize pool in Bitcoin

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The Thunderpick Bitcoin Series is an online event that officially starts on the 17th of January with a CS:GO tournament that will last until the 7th of March. Other CS:GO and Dota 2 tournaments within the Thunderpick Bitcoin Series are expected later in 2022.

The first tournament of the Series will host top CS:GO squads from all over the world. There will be a total of 23 teams competing for a chance to win a chunk of the 1.2 Bitcoin prize pool with at least $75,000 guaranteed. The minimum amount is a secure prize, but there is no telling how high the Bitcoin price might go up during the playoffs, so the main prize might be even higher!

The format of the CS:GO tournament will be a standard best-of-three, divided further into three stages with the collective 50 Bo3 matches. In the closed qualifier 4 teams will face double elimination, where the winning team will advance to the main stage. Main stage will feature 16 teams where only 8 can get into the final stage and play against 4 additional guest teams. During the Grand Finale the top teams of the tournament will fight over who will take the main prize home.

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LEC Partners with Red Bull, Warner Music, and Secretlab for 2022

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We’re thrilled to announce the return of three long-term partners for the LEC 2022 season.

As we prepare for the start of LEC Spring 2022, we’ve been working with our partners to ensure that we offer the best possible viewing experience for our fans around the world. Today, we’re proud to announce that three of our long-term partners will be returning to support the 2022 season.

The first of these partnerships is our Official Energy Drink Supplier, Red Bull. This will be our fourth consecutive year working with Red Bull and we can’t wait to build on our partnership throughout the year.

Red Bull will excite the LEC followership by creating content activations that will appear throughout LEC events and also promoting grassroots LoL esports over the next 12 months. Further, Red Bull Solo Q, the official 1v1 League of Legends tournament, in which fans can compete against each other, is returning for 2022.

Next, we are ecstatic to confirm that Warner Music will once again be joining us as an Official Music Partner for 2022. Over the four years we’ve been working with Warner, they’ve introduced some truly amazing artists to LEC fans and we can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store for the year ahead.

Warner Music was instrumental in powering the 2022 LEC promotional video with Chrissy Constanza, and will be bringing a similar calibre of talent to LEC content going forward.

Finally, we’re excited to confirm that Secretlab will be returning for a multi-year partnership as the Official Gaming Chair Partner for the LEC and EU Masters! From chairs inspired by K/DA’s music releases and the Ruination event to the premiere of Arcane on Netflix, Secretlab has been a constant in the League of Legends universe, celebrating major League milestones since 2019. As the Official Gaming Chair at regional leagues and global tournaments including the World Championship, the Mid-Season Invitational, and All-Star, esports teams have gotten familiar with Secretlab chairs and we’re delighted to have them return to support the LEC for the third year running with the new Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022.

Additionally, the exclusive Secretlab x League of Legends Tilted emote that was first dropped during Worlds 2021 will be making its return during LEC 2022 – stay tuned to Secretlab’s social media pages to find out how you can get yours.

“LEC has constantly kept us on the edge of our seats with mind blowing plays each year. With the induction of increasingly younger talents across the league, following an action-packed year which made LEC 2021 the most watched season of all time, we’re expecting even more epic faceoffs in the upcoming season and the teams can count on being supported by the world’s best gaming chairs in their battle for a spot at Worlds,” says Beatrice Wee, Senior Manager, Global Partnerships, Secretlab. “There’s no compromise when it comes to equipping Europe’s best.”

With these amazing partners alongside us, we can’t wait for what will no doubt be the most exciting year of LEC action yet. Will MAD Lions continue their reign at the top, or will old favourites G2 Esports or Fnatic rise back to the top spot with their refreshed rosters?

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Gambit Esports Partners with EXMO

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Gambit Esports has announced a one-year partnership with cryptocurrency exchange platform EXMO.

As part of the deal, EXMO will become the general partner of Gambit Esports’ CS:GO, Dota 2 and Apex Legends rosters, as well as AS Monaco Gambit’s Dota 2 and Fortnite teams.

As part of this collaboration, Gambit, with the support of EXMO, will in detail introduce the possibilities of cryptocurrencies to the esports fans, and will also help to debunk many myths in the industry.

“Many of our players have already become crypto-enthusiasts – cryptocurrencies have been a part of their portfolio for quite some time already, along with stocks and real estate. That’s why I support this partnership which we launch together with one of the most tech-savvy cryptocurrency exchanges on the market. Welcome to the Gambit family, EXMO!” Konstantin Pikiner, Sports Director of Gambit Esports, said.

“We are pleased to welcome EXMO as the General Partner of our AS Monaco Gambit Dota 2 & Fortnite teams. The support of a renowned company like EXMO will allow us to continue nurturing our Esports section, while also developing a particularly innovative and engaging component,” Oleg Petrov, Vice-president & CEO at AS Monaco, said.

“Cooperation with a successful esports team has been in our plans for a while. Therefore, we are delighted to start our partnership with Gambit Esports, one of the most successful esports organizations in the world. With our joint initiative, we intend to highlight how much esports and cryptocurrencies have in common: both areas have become a part of modern life, and the last couple of years have only strengthened public interest in these industries. For traders, just like for esport athletes, such personal qualities as strategic thinking, courage and speed of reaction to changes are of great importance. Together with Gambit, we want to create many interesting opportunities for our audiences,” Sergey Zhdanov, CEO of EXMO, said.

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