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Prodigy Agency kick-offs a new season of its academy program “The Prodigies” to enlighten CS:GO rising talents

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The leading esports players agency, Prodigy Agency, announced to be back on track for a new season with its innovative academy program named “The Prodigies”, with the support of Razer as the main partner of the project.

Prodigy Agency, founded and directed by Jérôme Coupez, represent some of the best players around the world , including some of the biggest stars in esports like Mathieu « ZywOo » Herbaut and Dan “apEX” Madesclaire on CS:GO, Adil « ScreaM » Benrlitom, Tyson « TenZ » Ngo on Valorant, Carl-Antoni « Carl Jr. » Cloutier on Trackmania, Alexandre « Kaydop » Courant on Rocket League, or Kacper « Inspired » Słoma on League of Legends.
Groundbreaking concept

Officially launching its own CSGO academy program called “The Prodigies” Prodigy Agency is paving the way for a new approach to players’ scouting. The purpose of Prodigy’s brand new concept is to support young promising CSGO players from the very beginning to provide them a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get visible in front of top tiers organizations.

Each and every player taking part in “The Prodigies” will get their first salary, massive exposure as well as complete support to sustain their growth and teach them how to evolve in a competitive sphere: coaching staff, experienced players feedback (apEX, NBK, etc), boot camps in the Prodigy Agency facilities, guidance from Prodigy Agency, and much more!

Everything is set up with the goal to find a professional structure for each of them, either on a top-tier academy roster or as a starting lineup of a professional well-established team.
4 seasons will be held each year, based on the ESEA Seasons calendar, giving the chance to all players to be candidates for each season, via public applications.

Massive adoption and interest by the community

After a public call for applications via twitter, Prodigy Agency and Jerome Coupez received more than 200 viable applications from players who wanted to prove themselves.

After a proper selection process, 50 players participated in trials until the final draft of the 6 players who will have the chance to compete under “The Prodigies” project for the ESEA Season 42 and other competitions!

The application process for all season will always remain public to give a chance to everyone to be selected.

Ambitious roadmap sustained by premium partners

After the first “The Prodigies” test seasons, 7 players have been already signed to academies or professional teams like OG Academy or K1CK. Starting this summer, “The Prodigies” is reaching a new level with proper trials, and providing everything needed to the selected players with the support of its main partner Razer (peripherals), and CS.MONEY (skins), Refrag.gg (training and preparation), Scope.gg (data analytics).

During this season, players part of the academy program will be mainly competing in the ESEA Season 42 circuit but will also participate in punctual events and qualifiers, opening in August 2022. All ESEA matches will have a high quality stream, with PewPew as the main production partner and professional casters, to maximize the exposure of the players.

Total commitment from Prodigy Agency
The players will be contracted with Prodigy Agency and will benefit from the same support as their star players part of the agency. Added to this, no buyout/transfer fee will be put into place: the players will be able to join a professional team at any time with the guidance and full support of Prodigy Agency.

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Four Teams Advance to CS:GO Female Tournament at IESF WE Championships

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The International Esports Federation (IESF) concluded a groundbreaking competition for the Female Feature Division CS:GO qualifiers, which saw Indonesia, Poland, Namibia, and Argentina move forward to secure their spot at the World Esports Championships Finals in Bali, Indonesia. The qualifiers were hosted online by IESF, and the finals tournament in Bali will feature a $50,000 total prize pool. Poland and Argentina came out on top of their respective region’s qualifiers.

IESF President Vlad Marinescu said: “IESF is privileged to be able to host its first-ever Female Feature Division CS:GO tournament, a significant step forward for the world of Esports. This event is promoting inclusivity and providing female gamers equal opportunities to succeed on Esports’ biggest stage. IESF is committed to advancing and supporting the role of women in Esports through initiatives like this and our current partnerships with Women in Games and GIRLGAMER Esports Festival. “

IESF Marketing Manager Ana Karakolevska added: “Congratulations to the four female teams for giving us one of the most exciting qualifiers yet, and securing their spot at the first-ever CS:GO World Esports Tournament. IESF is proud to be making advancements in shaping the future of gaming for the entire World Esports Family. We can’t wait to see these skilled teams compete in Bali.”

World-leading Esports club Natus Vincere (NAVI) represented Poland in the qualifiers and will bring some of the world’s best Esports players to Bali to compete for the ultimate prize. The 14th WE Championships will take place from December 1 to 12 with Indonesia, Poland, Namibia, or Argentina looking to be crowned the first female CS:GO tournament winners.

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Strafe.com expands its global provision and opens its doors to the Dutch market

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Strafe.com, the ever-growing esports affiliate, has expanded its global provision once more. Now, esports enthusiasts from the Netherlands can enjoy the exceptional daily content, news and reviews that have made Strafe.com such a popular choice across the industry.

Just six months ago, we saw Strafe.com add German, Japanese and Swedish to its list of available languages, allowing the platform’s unique content to reach many more viewers. As we fast forward half a year, we can see that the esports giants are showing no signs of slowing down and are already looking to offer the same superb insights and views on the esports world to an eagerly-awaiting Dutch crowd.

Strafe.com started out as an esports only brand that targeted the Anglosphere. Today, we see a leading esports affiliate that accommodates bettors from all sorts of betting backgrounds and igaming interests. No longer can Strafe.com be considered a one-trick pony; instead, you can expect to find all of your online betting and wagering needs met under one roof.

The introduction of the Dutch language is just another stepping stone on the Strafe.com roadmap. In a short time, we have already seen the expansion of its global offering, including the addition of sports betting, strategy guides, online casino reviews, and much more. What’s next for Strafe.com? We will have to wait and see!

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MSSA invited to send U20 esports team to Malawi

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Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is held in high esteem and often receives invites to participate in events right around the world.

As such the Global Esports Federation (GEF) has informed MSSA of the inaugural Southern Africa Region Esports Championships 2022 (SAREC 2022) billed for Lilongwe, Malawi in December.

SAREC 2022 is a joint project of the GEF’s Africa Esports Development Federation (AEDF) and the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 and it will be a demonstration showpiece alongside of the AUSC Region 5 Youth Games which will be held in the same city on December 3rd and 4th , 2022.

This and many more initiatives are billed to unfold across Africa as the AEDF swings into action in a holistic development strategy for our continent through the values of the GEF – equality, diversity, fair play, inclusion and innovation.

The Game Titles to be played are eFootball and Street Fighter V.

The event will also see a SAREC Forum take place in which a convergence of esports, sports, tech and business stakeholder shall discuss the growth potentials of Esports in the region.

There is no doubt that this is a historic event that will further promote esports throughout Africa.

VIVA Lilongwe 2022!

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