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Top motorsport marques and Esports teams ready for opening round of the 2022-23 Le Mans Virtual Series

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The opening round of the 2022-23 Le Mans Virtual Series season is fast-approaching and the premier endurance esports championship has once again attracted top level attention from major automotive marques, elite esports teams and top-level drivers from both the real and virtual worlds.  

The 40 team entries are split between two categories – LMP (using an ORECA 07 LMP2 model) and GTE, with teams free to use either an Aston Martin Vantage GTE, BMW M8 GTE, Ferrari 488 GTE or Porsche 911 RSR GTE.  These manufacturers join with Alpine and Mercedes-AMG in supporting esports teams in the series.

A mix of ‘pro’ drivers from the real motorsport world and elite competitors from the sim racing scene will be racing together to represent their teams in the 8 Hours of Bahrain.  Among the names who will be on the grid are Formula E racer Sergio Sette Camara for Nextview Vanwall Burst, former 24 Hours of Nürburgring winner Sami-Matti Trogen in the Williams Esports entry, James Baldwin for AMG Team Petronas Esports, gamer-turned-real world racer Dylan Pereira for Proton Coanda Esports and former DTM Champion Bruno Spengler who continues his long-time association with BMW competing for BMW Team BS+COMPETITION.  

Joining them are 2021 Le Mans Virtual Series champions Jeffrey Rietveld and Michal Smidl for Team Redline, Josh Rogers and Mitchell deJong for Porsche Coanda, Yuri Kasdorp for Oracle Red Bull Racing, plus 2021 Le Mans Cup Champion Christopher Högfeldt who graduates to the premier grid with R8G Esports.  Add into the mix sim racing stars such as Michi Hoyer, Kevin Siggy, Bono Huis and many more and fast and furious racing action is guaranteed.

120 drivers will be competing from around the world on the all-new virtual Bahrain International Circuit, vying for victory.  Full season entries are eligible for the US$250,000 prize fund, with monies being split evenly between the LMP and GTE classes.

Supporting this year’s Le Mans Virtual Series will be some of the world’s most high-profile brands, including: Thrustmaster as Official Hardware Partner, Rolex as Official Timepiece Partner, Total Energies as Official Energy Partner, Goodyear as Official Tire Partner, LEGO® Technic as Official Engineering Partner and Algorand as Official Blockchain Partner.

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TEAM VITALITY ENTERS THE STREET FIGHTER 6 RING WITH PLAYERS SAYFF AND VALMASTER

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  • After announcing their Tekken8 roster in April, Team Vitality furthers their commitment to the fighting game scene with their Street Fighter 6 roster.
  • Star players, Sayff and Valmaster, will make their debut wearing the club’s colours during DreamHack Dallas from May 31 to June 2, 2024.
  • Street Fighter 6 marks the eleventh esports title Team Vitality competes in, as the French club continues to strengthen its international expansion strategy while aiming for a prime place during this summer’s Esports World Cup.

Team Vitality, the leading international esports club, is proud to announce its new formidable Street Fight 6 lineup. Stepping into the spotlight, the organisation welcomes Canadian powerhouse Sayff, joined by renowned French player Valmaster. This expansion of Team Vitality’s rosters not only fortifies their position as a titan in esports, but also highlights their passion and determination to shine on the international stage.

A DUO READY TO BREAK EVERYTHING

Team Vitality is thrilled to welcome two new talented players to the Hive:

Sayff, the courageous Canadian champion

Originally from Canada, Sayff, 33, has established himself as one of the most formidable players in the North American Street Fighter scene. With his offensive play style and spectacular combos, he is a force to be reckoned with.

In Street Fighter V, Sayff has conquered the arena, proving himself as one of the world’s top players, renowned for his unparalleled mastery of the character Urien. Captivating fans worldwide, Sayff is unmatched when it comes to showing off his technical prowess, known for his expert use of abilities like the iconic “Aegis Reflector”. More recently in Street Fighter 6, Sayff found his rhythm with the character Ken in an explosive style. Sayff has continued to shine in numerous competitions, dominating the Canadian tournament scene, winning 1st place in the North American Midwest, and securing top 8 in last February’s Capcom Cup X –the biggest Street Fighter tournament in history. Sayff’s Street Fighter career is a story of local pride, being a leader in his community and shocking the world with his abilities.

His exceptional performance goes beyond the gaming realm, as he seamlessly blends his passion for fighting games with his distinguished scientific career. Boasting over a decade of experience in atmospheric chemistry and climate change research, Sayff has excelled in multiple industries. With a doctorate in the field, he was also invited to contribute his expertise at Harvard University as a researcher. Through his journey, Sayff hopes to inspire the next generation of players to pursue excellence in education and all aspects of their lives.

With a career led by numerous victories and a reputation as a player who is both technical and ferocious, Sayff wishes to continue his rise to the top. Backed with the unwavering support of Team Vitality, he sets his sights on achieving new prestigious titles and establishing his dominance in the fighting game scene.

“Joining a team as prestigious as Team Vitality is a huge honour and a source of immense motivation. As a Canadian player, we are sometimes held back by travelling, and I have always dreamed of being part of an organisation that shares my passion for competition and vision of excellence. This presents the perfect opportunity for me to push my limits and unleash my potential on the international stage” comments Sayff, “I’m particularly excited to compete in the Esports World Cup, where I hope to put on a great show and get the fans’ adrenaline pumping!”

Valmaster, the fearless French fighter

Valentin “Valmaster” Petit, aged 29, is a renowned French player in the fighting game community. Born in Paris, Valmaster developed a passion for video games from an early age, particularly fighting games, in which he quickly showed exceptional skills in.

His career on Street Fighter IV began in 2013 through his participation in local French tournaments. Valmaster made his mark in the competitive scene, harnessing a remarkable talent for predicting his opponents’ playstyle and contesting them with deadly combinations. With Chun-Li as his go-to character, Valmaster’s fast and precise playstyle allows him to dominate the competition with style.

Even with a brief break from his career to compete in Overwatch, Valmaster made a powerful comeback. He quickly reached the top 3 best French Street Fighter IV players, maintaining his position in editions V and 6 of the game. He has continued to prove his mastery, reaching the finals of the Capcom Cup four times (2014, 2015, 2023, 2024) and securing the title of French champion twice in the Capcom Pro Tour (2022, 2023) for Street Fighter V and 6. Having gained worldwide recognition for his achievements in numerous titles, from competing in international tournaments such as EVO and Stungest and local French tournaments, Valmaster has solidified his position as one of the world’s top players.

Despite being away from the game for several years, Valmaster has retained all of his talent, and he is now set on qualifying for the Esports World Cup this summer!

“I’m really looking forward to joining Team Vitality. For me, it’s a very different feeling to the other teams I’ve joined in the past. I’ve always wanted to be part of a leading French team like this. I really want to achieve good results and I hope to qualify for the EWC and the Capcom Cup. It would be great to represent them at these major international events,“ explains Valmaster.

A NEW HOPE FOR SUCCESS IN THE ESPORTS WORLD CUP

Valmaster and Sayff will make their official debut donning the iconic Team Vitality colours at DreamHack Dallas, from May 31 to June 2, 2024. Marking the qualifying stage for the Esports World Cup this summer, the two players are set to prove their skills and determination by securing a place in the finals. The second stage of qualifications will be held at DreamHack Summer 2024, taking place in Elmia, Sweden, from June 14 to 16, 2024, as well as at the prestigious EVO in Las Vegas from July 19 to 21.

The arrival of Team Vitality into the Street Fighter 6 scene, marks a significant milestone in the club’s international expansion. This move not only enables the organisation to connect with the fighting game community but also extends their reach into North American territory.

 

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LEON.BET partners with 9INE to become esport club’s exclusive online betting house

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LEON.BET has announced a collaboration with 9INE, one of Europe’s top esports organisations known for its focus on Counter-Strike 2 (CS2), that will see it become the exclusive betting partner to the team.

The partnership will take esports betting to a new level, offering fans exclusive content and exciting new ways to engage with their favourite games.

As a leading online betting platform, LEON.BET offers a wide range of betting options across sports, casino and esports. The operator’s user-friendly interface, competitive odds, and commitment to fair play have made it a trusted name worldwide. LEON.BET is also dedicated to supporting young talents, believing it is key to a bright and promising future.

Through the partnership, LEON.BET aims to combine its innovative betting platform with 9INE’s expertise in competitive gaming, creating a more immersive experience for esports fans, providing new and exciting betting opportunities along with exclusive behind-the-scenes content.

LEON.BET’s CGO said: “We are extremely happy to start our cooperation with 9INE. Recent changes to their roster show huge potential, and we at LEON.BET want to be part of that journey.

“Together with 9INE, we will create a fantastic space for esports enthusiasts. Supporting young talents is at the core of LEON.BET’s development strategy, and we see a great future and prospects in this path.”

 

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Promoters stake sale of Nazara Technologies Limited to existing investor, Plutus Wealth Management LLP

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Mitter Infotech LLP, a promoter of Nazara Technologies Limited (“the Company”), has sold 48,84,000 equity shares, representing 6.38% of the issued share capital to Plutus Wealth Management LLP through an on-market transaction in the block deal window of the stock exchange (“Block Trade”) on May 27, 2024.

The Block Trade will provide liquidity for the promoters who have dedicated 25 years to the Company’s growth. The promoters will retain control of the Company, with Nitish Mittersain continuing in his current role as CEO & Jt. Managing Director. The promoters remain confident that the Company is strategically and financially well positioned to capitalize on the numerous opportunities ahead.

Plutus Wealth Management LLP, an investor in Nazara since 2020 (pre-IPO), has demonstrated strong confidence in the Company’s prospects by increasing its shareholding via this Block Trade.

“Plutus Wealth Management LLP has been a long term investor in Nazara since the pre-ipo days and has actively participated in subsequent fund raises as well”, said Vikash Mittersain, Promoter, Nazara Technologies Limited. “This transaction represents a resounding vote of confidence by Plutus in Nazara’s long-term growth prospects, its promoters and management”, he added.

Mr. Arpit Khandelwal, Managing Partner of Plutus Wealth Management LLP, said, “We are extremely delighted to announce that we have increased our stake in Nazara Technologies Limited, India’s leading diversified gaming and sports media platform. This decision underscores our strong conviction in the phenomenal growth opportunity that the sector offers and our confidence in Nazara’s diversified product portfolio, talented team, and unique competitive position. With its expanded presence in various international markets and global partnerships, Nazara is a notable example of an Indian games company that has been successful in going global. In continuation to our philosophy, we look forward to actively supporting the management team as they execute on their growth strategy and aggressively accelerate progress towards achieving their long-term objectives”.

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