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Team Spirit crowned Red Bull Flick Helsinki Champions

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Red Bull Flick, the premier 2v2 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament, came to an electric finish tonight which saw Team Spirit’s ‘somedieyoung’ and ‘magixx’ crowned the champions after battling it out against PardiPoja in the epic finale. Held in front of a live audience in Helsinki Messukeskus, the event was also the first CS:GO LAN in Finland to feature a professional roster of this quality, bringing local fans a unique opportunity to see the world’s best players in action.

The Red Bull Flick Invitational Helsinki kicked off with a showcase on Saturday 20th, seeing duos of the best amateurs and the seasoned pros including G2’s ‘niKo’ and ‘huNter’ and OG’s ‘valde’ & ‘Aleksib’ go head to head in Finland’s largest convention centre. After five nail biting rounds, Team Spirit were the only professional team to survive the elimination rounds, with amateur teams DepressionDuo, doggonogog, PardiPojad, ALPARTAY, GUESS, Garnuchy and swiiiry all securing their well-deserved place in the play-offs the next day.

An epic start to the second day of the Invitational saw Finnish amateurs ardiPoja dominate the stage, defeating pro’s Team Spirit and amateur duo swiiiry to bag their spot in the Grand Final. After an impressive finish in the loser’s final against swiiiry, Team Spirit fought back to lock in their spot against PardiPoja in the Grand Final.

A clash of the ages, Red Bull Flick saw home town heroes PardiPoja and Team Spirit wow the fans with a CS:GO masterclass in the Grand Final. Keeping the crowd on the edge of their seat, it all came down to the final round where Team Spirit managed to outclass PardiPoja and secure the victory, and the title of Red Bull Flick champions.

Following the win, Boris “magixx” Vorobyev from Team Spirit commented: “In the lead up, we kept practicing and in particular kept practicing our head shots…and we did it perfectly. I think you should never let emotions control you, you need to stay focused and calm and everything should all work out”

The Red Bull Flick Helsinki Invitational was hosted by Freya Spiers, seasoned esports host and CS:GO aficionado, with veteran casters Mohan “launders” Govindasamy, Conner “Scrawny” Girvan, Anders Blume and Mathieu “Maniac” Quiquerez commentating throughout.

Having first launched in 2019 with a local event in Turkey, Red Bull Flick has grown exponentially over the past two years. Achieving over 40,000 registrations in 2020, this year’s Red Bull Flick is shaping up to be the most explosive international yet. Global esports media network BLAST also joined the event as the official production partner, bringing their incredible resume of CS:GO event organisation to Red Bull Flick.

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Abstraction Enters Blockchain Game Development Space with Mythical Games Partnership

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Studio renowned for technical prowess and creativity chosen as part of initial group of developers to work with new crypto-powered games platform

Abstraction, a creative game development studio based in The Netherlands, is one of the first to partner up with Mythical Games. Recently valued at $1.2 billion, Mythical Games has selected to work with Abstraction on an action-strategy game based on the developer’s own proprietary technology, which will be integrated into Mythical’s new crypto platform.

“Mythical Games is at the forefront of scarcity-driven game design, and it’s exciting to be here at the beginning with them, exploring new ways to unlock the potential of crypto-powered games,” said Ralph Egas, CEO and Founder of Abstraction. “We share Mythical’s vision for player-owned economies and NFTs and are eager to apply our extensive AAA game development experience to the Mythical Platform, leveraging blockchain technologies to help set the industry standard for play-to-earn and digital ownership within video games.”

In line with the goals of the Mythical Platform, the unnamed action-strategy game will be play-to-earn, unlocking the player’s ability to reap rewards based on NFTs (non-fungible tokens), which use the transparency and security of the digital ledger of blockchain to authenticate rare items. Built on “a private EVM-compatible sidechain,” the Mythical Platform allows players to value and sell their own in-game items. It can integrate with existing games or be part of a new game, and includes tools for trades, payments, integration with in-game inventory, and fraud protection.

“We have been working with the team at Abstraction for over a year on a prototype using the incredible simulation tech they have built,” said John Linden, Co-founder and CEO of Mythical Games. “This is the type of innovation that can completely change a game experience for the better; we believe a combination of their technology and our economic platform has the potential to create a new and exciting game economy that players will enjoy for years to come. We are excited to work with Abstraction on bringing this evolution to life.”

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YouTube star, AboFlah on track to raise more than US$10 million for refugees, will continue living in a glass room near Burj Khalifa until completed

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Galaxy Racer’s AboFlah is raising US $10M for charity in livestream from glass room near Burj Khalifa
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The World’s Coolest Winter campaign, which celebrates the UAE’s most beautiful tourism destinations, is extending humanitarian support to more than 100,000 refugees and people in need through a new humanitarian initiative called Warm Winter.

The campaign has collaborated with Galaxy Racer’s Content Creator AboFlah, to support hundreds of thousands of refugees and families in need in Africa and the Arab world. It aims to raise over US$10 million to provide food, winter clothing, blankets, mattresses and critical aid to help displaced men, women and children prepare for harsh winter conditions.

Launched in partnership with Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives and Galaxy Racer, a Dubai-based lifestyle organization that specializes in esports, gaming, lifestyle and handles AboFlah’s presence and activations, the humanitarian campaign is calling on everyone to help vulnerable people get through the winter. It will provide aid and support to the largest number of refugees and people in need in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Food Banking Regional Network.

Anyone from anywhere in the world can donate to the humanitarian initiative. Contributions can be made to the Warm Winter campaign, which started on January 7th 2022, at MBRGI.ae/WarmWinter.

As part of the campaign, AboFlah is living in a glass room in Downtown Dubai, near the Burj Khalifa, until US$10 million is collected, with USD$4m raised so far. The live-stream is taking place on YouTube and other content creators and influencers will be collaborating and creating their own posts to raise awareness of the humanitarian initiative.

AboFlah’s YouTube channel is one of the fastest-growing YouTube channels in the world, with over 23 million subscribers and over 2.8 billion views. He is followed by millions of fans who avidly watch his vlogs, comedy shorts and formatted shows covering video games and popular culture.

Millions in Need of Support

AboFlah said: “Warmth in winter for those facing harsh winter conditions is no less important than food and water. There are millions of refugees and displaced people who need all the support they can get. I wanted to participate in this humanitarian initiative and hope everyone will contribute by bringing warmth to the lives of those who are deprived of it. The World’s Coolest Winter campaign deserves appreciation for launching Warm Winter in cooperation with Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives and I am proud to support it.”

 

Joint Efforts to Directly Reach Those in Need

For her part, Sarah Al Nuaimi, Director of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, said: “The Warm Winter initiative from the World’s Coolest Winter campaign represents joint efforts and fruitful cooperation between reputable institutions in charity, humanitarian and relief. We are pleased to see Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, UNHCR and the Food Banking Regional Network unite alongside influential content creators to raise awareness about this important cause. Warm Winter reaffirms the UAE’s established culture of compassion and humanitarian work. As we celebrate our nation’s beautiful natural and touristic attractions during the cooler months, we will not neglect nor forget refugees and needy families facing bleak, life-threatening conditions in other parts of the world this winter.”

Galaxy Racer Links Content Creators with Humanitarian Initiatives

For his part, Paul Roy, CEO of Galaxy Racer, said: “At Galaxy Racer, we believe in giving back to the community and all of us, including our content creators such as AboFlah, share this value as well. AboFlah has done a lot of charities in the past and has been an inspiration to many. We are confident this initiative is going to be record-breaking for the right reasons and we are happy to support the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives and its partners into making this a reality for the greater good with positive impact.”

Founded in 2019 with its headquarters in Dubai, Galaxy Racer is the largest esports, gaming and lifestyle organization in the world, and plays a key role in supporting the campaign, by utilizing its leading global role to attract some of the most prominent content creators in the region. The organization has previously achieved several successes, including its global partnership with LaLiga, Spain’s top professional football league, organiser of the GirlGamer Festival World Finals in Dubai and organised a Dubai inter-school FIFA tournament, including awarding deserving scholarships worth a total of US$70,000 to the winners, which contributed to achieving Dubai’s vision in the field of the future of technology. Through its several activities, it encouraged young people to explore new job opportunities in the esports and gaming industry, to establish Dubai as a regional and global hub for competitive esports events.

Direct Access to Hundreds of Thousands of Beneficiaries

UNCHR and the Food Banking Regional Network will purchase basic supplies and necessities such as blankets, winter clothes and heating appliances and provide them to refugees in Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon. The assistance will also extend to individuals and families in Syria and Egypt. UNHCR estimates that there are 3.8 million refugees and displaced people in the Arab region, as well as millions in Africa, who need critical assistance to survive winter.

Khaled Khalifa, Senior Advisor & Representative to the GCC, UNHCR, said: “UNHCR provides vital support to millions of refugees and displaced people in the region. Through our cooperation with Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, we can jointly implement large-scale campaigns to relieve hundreds of thousands of refugees from life-threatening conditions. We are pleased to support the Warm Winter initiative, which reaffirms the importance of the collective efforts led by the UAE to provide relief to those most in need, in cooperation with global partners.”

An Open Letter of Solidarity

Dr. Moez El Shohdi, Founder and CEO of the Food Banking Regional Network noted that the humanitarian initiative launched by World’s Coolest Winter campaign, which aims to provide all the necessities for a warm winter to all those in need, embodies the values ​​of compassion, kindness and human solidarity.

He said: “FBRN is proud to cooperate with MBRGI, UNHCR and content creators interested in humanitarian work on this critical project. Warm Winter will provide direct support to refugees and those in need, serving as an open message of solidarity to aid millions of refugees and displaced people facing bleak conditions this winter.”

Warm Winter is an extension of AboFlah’s past humanitarian work. A previous campaign in October 2021 raised US$1 million from 31,000 donors during a 28-hour live broadcast which garnered over 28 million total views, to support refugees in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq in coordination with UNCHR.

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Anzu and Ubisoft Extend Partnership

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Global in-game advertising company Anzu has extended its partnership with global video gaming giant Ubisoft. The two have seen remarkable success in bringing dynamic ads to hit PC racing title Trackmania and sandbox MMO Growtopia.

Last year, Ubisoft’s Trackmania implemented Anzu’s in-game ads, which blend into the gaming environment, appearing on 3D objects like roadside billboards and banners. Since then, Anzu has brought several big-name brands into the hit racing title, including Samsung, Microsoft, American Eagle and Vodafone, whose campaign achieved astounding results, including a 176% lift in campaign awareness and a 20% lift in brand consideration.

The collaboration premiered as part of the DIGI1 by Gamevention online gaming convention. During a 30-minute live stream, four popular streamers participated in the first-ever worldwide multiplayer streaming session of the yet-to-be-released, new version of Trackmania, complete with the blended in-game Vodafone banner ads powered by Anzu technology.

Ubisoft helped show the world what in-game advertising within a popular PC title looks like and what benefits it presents to both game studios and advertisers. The ads were also received exceptionally well by many of Trackmania’s top players.

This led to the campaign becoming recognised across the advertising industry and awarded bronze at the Deutscher Digital Awards and Highly Commended at The Drum Awards for Digital Industries 2021, where Anzu was also awarded Best Tech Platform of the Year.

“We’ve been on an incredible journey with Ubisoft. They were one of the first big studios to work with us on our PC offering after identifying an opportunity to offer Trackmania fans a popular title, with in-game ads that not only compliment the gameplay but make it more realistic. We’re thrilled about extending our partnership, and we look forward to bringing our blended in-game ads to more of Ubisoft’s premium titles,” Itamar Benedy, CEO at Anzu, said.

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