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Red Bull Wololo: Legacy Concludes, Celebrating 25 Years of Age of Empires

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Red Bull Wololo: Legacy, the renowned Age of Empires tournament, reached its electrifying climax this weekend as three champions were crowned after ten days of intense battles between the world’s best players. The tournament, which celebrated 25 years of the iconic real-time-strategy game, saw competition across Age of Empires I, II and IV, with a total prize pool of $550,000 up for grabs. Over 80,000 viewers tuned in to see the live audience LAN event, taking part in the iconic Castle Heidelberg in Southern Germany.

The tournament brought together the best talent the Age of Empires scene has to offer, such as Ørjan “TheViper” Larsen, Kai “Liereyy” Kallinger and Gan “Yo” Yangfan. Three tournaments spanning three Age of Empires titles were all played out from October 21st, with some breathtaking matchups and shocks on the books. Last year’s winner and one of the favourites to win, TheViper, failed to make it past the quarterfinals in his AOE 2 bracket and the group stages of AOE 4, as strong showings from Liereyy and LucifroN7 respectively ended his tournament early.

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Red Bull Wololo: Legacy, the iconic global 1v1 Age of Empires tournament, came to an exhilarating end last night, with three finals being played out across Saturday and Sunday that saw the very best Age of Empires talent lock horns and go to battle.

The Age of Empires I tournament saw eight players entering the group stage, with the start of the show Nguyễn “Chim Sẻ Đi Nắng” Bình who looked dominant throughout as he fought he was to the crown. The Grand Final saw Chim Sẻ Đi Nắng” Bình face off against fellow countryman Nguyễn “BiBi” Hùng, who put together a dominant victory with a 3-0 win across Continental, Small Islands and Coastal.

On his win, Chim Sẻ Đi Nắng said “I’ve played in AOE tournaments for almost 13 years, and this is the most special one I’ve ever taken part in. The event is really really cool and I’m so happy that I’ve been able to be a part of it.”

Saturday also saw the Age of Empires II tournament, with a star-studded lineup including Kai “Liereyy” Kallinger and Ørjan “TheViper” Larsen entering the 14-player tournament.

In arguably the highlight of the tournament, TheViper faced off against fellow favourite Liereyy in the quarterfinal, in maybe the greatest rivalry in AOE history, with the latter taking a convincing win. On the other side of the bracket, Canadian player Hera looked unbeatable as he crushed all competition in his way, not dropping a round until he faced Spanish talent Roberto “TaToH” Jiménez, who put Hera’s run to an end with a 3-1 victory.

Liereyy and TaToH met in the final with a best of seven match, a tense matchup that saw TaToH take a strong 2-0, before a strong Liereyy push made it 2-2. TaToH kept his cool however, taking the next two games and the title of Red Bull Wololo: Legacy Champion.

“It was a good start” TaToH said on going 2-0 up, “But with Liereyy I have seen other players have a good start against him in other tournaments and then get reversed swept, so I wasn’t fully confident at all. Liereyy is one of the best so you can’t be overconfident against him”

Featuring some of the best talent Age of Empires has to offer, the AOE IV circuit concluded on Sunday as one of the most exciting tournaments at Castle Heidelberg. A fiercely competitive group stage saw strong showings from IamMagic, TheMista, 1puppypaw and Beastyqt, as LucifroN7 knocked out deafening champ TheViper in the final match. The following knockout stages saw two stars put on dominant performances on the way to the Grand Final, Themistoklis “TheMista” Bonidis and Alexis “MarineLorD” Eusebio, who faced off for the final match of the tournament. In the end it was MarineLorD who took a commanding victory, with a 4-0 sweep.

Speaking after his victory, MarineLorD said “It feels incredible. I’ve won some online events i the past but offline it feels different. The trophy is amazing, I’m so happy.”

Away from the gameplay, a key highlight of the event was undoubtedly renowned host and caster Tristan “T90” Berry proposing to his partner on the balcony of Castle Heidelberg.

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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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The Esports Awards Win Gold at 45th Telly Awards

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The Esports Awards and Thunder Studios announced that the Esports Awards 2023 has been awarded Best Online Series, Shows and Segments in People’s Telly in the record-breaking 45th Telly Awards.

The Telly Awards recognize excellence in video and television across all screens and are judged by leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks and production companies, including Adobe, Calvin Klein, ESPN, LinkedIn, Mother Jones, NASA, the LA Clippers (NBA), PlayStation Studios, Sawhorse Productions and TelevisaUnivision.

Founded in 2015, the Esports Awards is the most prestigious night in the esports calendar and the only global award show that aims to recognize esports excellence. The 2023 edition, held at Resorts World in Las Vegas, was a spectacular celebration of the industry’s best, spanning thirty award categories across Entertainment, Industry, Creative, Pro, On-Air Talent and Collegiate sectors, viewed by millions globally.

In a remarkable achievement, the Esports Awards, in partnership with Xfinity, set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the largest digital video game display during the event. WWE superstars Becky Lynch and Bianca Belair, pro-Fortnite player Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf and esports personality Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez played on a screen made up of 3552 LED panels, covering 100,000 square feet. This feat was made possible through the support of Thunder Studios and Infinite Reality Studios.

Other notable winners at the Telly Awards include PlayStation Studios, National Geographic, and MTV Entertainment Studios.

Michael Ashford, CEO of the Esports Awards, said: “The whole team is truly honored and humbled to be recognized at the Telly Awards among nominees of such caliber. We couldn’t be prouder and more excited as we set our sights on achieving even greater things in 2024. To the entire esports community and our partners, we say thank you.”

Sean Cross, President of iR Entertainment, added: “These awards prove what we have known for years, Thunder Studios is a partner that transcends the ordinary, a hidden gem where innovation and quality set the standard for excellence in modern and advanced media production. We are not just meeting but exceeding the high standards of the media production industry.”

The 45th Telly Awards saw a record-breaking number of nearly 13,000 entries from top video and television content producers worldwide. Winners were selected by the Telly Awards Judging Council, an industry body of over 200 leading experts from advertising agencies, production companies and major television networks.

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