Alpine Esports is proud to announce its roster for the 2022 F1 Esports Series. After finishing at 5th place last year, Alpine Esports is hoping that the new line-up will bring a big success, both on track and off. Two new names will drive alongside last year’s rookie Patrik Sipos.
An intense selection process saw the 3 drivers put through the paces to test their ability. Not just by breaking down their performance on the track, but the drivers also went through strict cognitive and physiological tests to assess their talents and find their optimal performance.
The 3 drivers will compete for Alpine Esports in the F1 Esports Series, starting later this year, on the new F1 2022 Game from Codemasters. The drivers will also represent the team through appearances and content including in the 2022 season of “The Conquest”: a mini-documentary series that will follow the challenges faced by the drivers, as they tackle the biggest competition in sim racing.
Re-Introducing Patrik Sipos for 2022
Patrik is an 18-year-old young Hungarian and 2022 will be his second season under the Alpine Esports colours. His first season was convincing for the team, collecting his first points, and making it through to Q3 in multiple races. Patrik is one of the rising stars of F1 Esports and 2022 will be a key year that he cannot wait to get started with! Patrik’s talents are not just limited to the popular F1 games, as he participated in the Le Mans Virtual race with the Alpine Esports n°36 team, managed by Fernando Alonso. He has a clear aim this season: compete at the front of the grid and win his first victory in the F1 Esports Series.
Fresh for 2022: Samuel Bean & Filip Prešnajder
Samuel is an 18-year-old young Spanish driver, whose motorsport career started in karting and soon propelled him to the world of virtual racing. Samuel successfully qualified for the F1 Esports Challenger Series in 2021, and has already gained himself a reputation in the grassroots competition. Samuel finished in 6th place in his first series and fought his way to victory during the season. Alpine Esports believes that this young Spaniard is one of the talents to follow during the 2022 season.
Filip is 19-year-old and from Slovakia. His Sim Racing career started with his victory in the Challenger Series on PlayStation in 2019. He quickly transitioned to PC Sim Racing, where he joined the Scuderia Ferrari in 2020. His first qualifying with the team impressed everyone, by finishing in Q3, and in the top 6 of the race. In 2021, he moved to Alfa Romeo, where he faced a challenging season. Filip is keen to display his true talent and potential with a new team and a new attitude at Alpine.
Heading up the training and development of driver talent at Alpine Esports; Richard Arnaud – Team Principal Alpine Esports
“2022 is a new step in the development of Alpine Esports. Our team has been reshaped this season. We probably have the youngest team on the grid, but we have our ambitions. 2021 was a learning year for everyone with ups and downs, but I believe that we have a very solid base and the chemistry in the team is already extremely positive. We do not expect to be the favourites on paper, our target will be to do as well as last year when we finished 5th and to fight for podiums. The entire team is super motivated to bring Alpine Esports as high as possible!”
Drivers thoughts about their upcoming 2022 season:
Patrik Sipos – Alpine Esports F1 Esports Driver
“I am happy to continue with Alpine Esports, last year was a strong learning year where I was able to score my first points and proved that I am capable to compete at the top. I am hungry and cannot wait to start the 2022 season and put Alpine Esports at the front of the grid!”
Samuel Bean – Alpine Esports F1 Esports Driver
“This year will be my first one. I have a lot of ambitions; one of them is to learn of course, but for sure I aim to score my first points for the team as soon as I get an opportunity. Like Fernando during the Grand Prix, I hope to shine in the virtual world. I will give my maximum to the team!”
Filip Prešnajder – Alpine Esports F1 Esports Driver
“After 2 years in F1 Esports, I wanted to start a new and ambitious project, able to give me a chance to prove my value. Last season was difficult, as I was combining Esports with my studies, but now that I have completed my degree, I am 100% focused on esports. Alpine Esports has already proven to be a place where drivers are given great opportunities to succeed, so I cannot wait to start and be one of the positive surprises this year!”
This new line up for the F1 Esports Series highlights a continued commitment by Alpine to grow and develop itself in the esports space.
Unikrn Brings Video Games and Esports Betting Back
Gamers are always looking for more, and unikrn is betting on it. The esports betting platform is back and built for a new generation of players.
Initially introduced eight years ago, unikrn is the most expansive video games and esports betting platform on the market – offering a safe, secure and accessible way for players of legal betting age to supercharge their esports fandom. The platform, which also offers betting options across traditional sport and casino games, is now available in Brazil and Canadian provinces and territories other than Ontario. The platform will continue plans to enter new, regulated markets around the globe in 2023 and into the future.
The platform, now with a completely new look-and-feel, offers an easy-to-use interface that makes it smoother and simpler for players looking to bet on their own, bet with friends or even bet on themselves. With an around-the-clock video game stream of exciting action featuring the world’s most popular video game titles, unikrn gives players more ways to bet while watching and playing their favourite games.
“Over the past year, the passionate team at Entain has worked closely with us to create a safe, accessible, secure and compliant product that players can trust – even if they’ve never placed a bet before. The launch of unikrn in both Brazil and Canada is the first step as we introduce a video games and esports betting platform that truly puts a new generation of players and their passions first,” Justin Dellario, CEO of unikrn and Managing Director of Esports at Entain, said.
unikrn is continually innovating and will evolve its product suite as the brand’s footprint expands. The initial product offerings will include UMode, unikrn Virtual, unikrn Esportsbook, unikrn Sportsbook, unikrn Casino and unikrn Rewards.
World Esports Championships Finals Begin with Spectacular Opening Ceremony
IESF welcomes World Esports Family to Bali for the largest edition of its flagship event
The International Esports Federation (IESF) officially opened the 14th World Esports Championships Finals today in Bali, Indonesia. The Opening Ceremony kicked off IESF’s historic WE Championships with an athlete parade, special performances, and speeches from IESF President Vlad Marinescu and Esports Federation of Indonesia (PBESI) President Budi Gunawan at the Merusaka Nusa Dua Hotel.
The ceremony welcomed athletes, referees, fans, event organizers, government officials, and others from the World Esports Family. The ceremony began with the Indonesia Raya, the national anthem of Indonesia, and the official PBESI march. IESF then did an official raising of its flag to mark the start of the event. Inspired by Indonesian and Balinese culture, the ceremony featured traditional dances as well as extraordinary performances by Indonesian artists Alffy Rev, Wizzy, and Ecko.
The WE Championships remain the sole international esports competition where athletes compete to represent their countries. Over 600 players representing 106 countries will compete across six games: CS:GO, Dota 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, eFootball ™ 2023, Tekken 7, and PUBG Mobile, making this the largest and most geographically diverse edition of the event since its inception in 2008 with a record prize pool of $500,000.
An athlete representative from each country joined in the athlete parade of the Opening Ceremony to carry their country’s flag to celebrate the event’s largest and most inclusive edition. Additionally, IESF showcased its commitment to responsible gaming and providing referees with the highest level of certification to ensure fair and safe competition. This year’s referees took an oath on stage during the Opening Ceremony, alongside an athlete representative, to safeguard responsible gaming.
IESF President Vlad Marinescu spoke at the ceremony and said: “Welcome to Bali for the 2022 World Esports Championships Finals. We are elated to see a historic 106 countries, more than double from last year’s edition, competing in the 14th edition of this event right here in the Land of Gods. All of you here in this beautiful country and those watching are proof and reflection of the growth and progress of the World Esports Family.”
In his speech, PBESI President Budi Gunawan said: “The Indonesia Esports Summit and the 14th IESF World Esports Championships, wil declare our commitment to set new standards for organizing world class esports event. We sincerely hope that the 14th IESF World Esports Championships Bali 2022 will be a new momentum for all these great talents from around the world to build friendship and peace”
The competition will conclude with the Closing Ceremony and a special announcement on December 11, where one nation will be crowned the World Esports champion.
The Finals will be live-streamed across seven IESF Twitch channels, one dedicated for each game. The full lineup of competing nations and all other information related to WEC can be found on the official website.
The World Esports Championships 2022 Are Officially Open!
And WE are live in 3,2,1…
The World Esports Championships 2022 are officially open!
Join the opening ceremony today, at 7 pm GMT +8 with traditional music and dance performances, a fireworks show, and wave your national flag proudly!
After the opening ceremony feel free to join in the press conferences.
During the event, you can experience a little bit of everything from cosplay competitions, games, watch parties, and daily activities.
If you are not in Bali, you can always tune in on the platform wec.iesf.org and become part of the magic.
Watch your teams, stay on top of every score, and keep cheering for your favorite players!
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