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ALPINE ESPORTS SERIES DRIVER AND TALENT LINEUP REVEALED AHEAD OF FIRST RACE ON APRIL 27TH

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Alpine Esports is pleased to present the driver and broadcast lineup for the Alpine Esports Series powered by Binance which kicks off this April 27th. The Alpine Esports Series, now in its third year, gives sim racers from across the world the opportunity to showcase their talent, driving Alpine A110 GT4 cars across six races on three separate circuits.

The Alpine Esports Series Qualifiers took place over two weeks and saw 2,288 drivers sign up to showcase their speed and agility in Assetto Corsa Competizione. Dennis Schöniger came out on top with a 1:50.940 lap time winning $1,500 in Alpine Fan Tokens for the fastest qualified lap around the Hungaroring with the A110 GT4. 2021 champion Jaroslav ‘Jardier’ Honzik and last year’s winner James Baldwin will be returning to the Alpine Esports Series grid, alongside Kamil Pawlowski, the former Ferrari Esports champion.

The quickest 35 drivers are:

  1. Dennis Schöniger
  2. Vojtech Fiala
  3. Tinko van der Velde
  4. Dominik Blajer
  5. Kamil Pawlowski
  6. Mateusz Tyszkiewicz
  7. Erik Del Fante
  8. Lucas Müller
  9. Johan Bergera
  10. Lukas Mateja
  11. Geert Fischer
  12. James Baldwin
  13. Mathias Kuhn
  14. Maciej Malinowski
  15. Mattia Zampedri
  16. Luke Whitehead
  17. Fabien Jeanblanc
  18. Marko Pejic
  19. Mariusz Tworzydlo
  20. Isaac Gillissen
  21. Michael Romagnoli
  22. Florian Hasse
  23. David Kalocsai
  24. Michele Nerbi
  25. Jaroslav Honzik
  26. Marc Tol
  27. George Boothby
  28. Nikodem Sobczyk
  29. Victor Nicolae
  30. Luca Schubert
  31. Arthur Patat
  32. Max Wojtyna
  33. Charlie Crossland
  34. Michal Nowakowski
  35. Mathys Leitao

The broadcast lineup for the series has also been unveiled with widely renowned F1 and iRacing sim racing commentator Jack Cunnane leading the broadcast team for all three rounds, with support from two-time VCO Simmy Awards winner Lewis McGlade for round one and Alpine Esports Ambassador Thom ‘THOMB’ Brouwer for rounds two and three, with all three rounds each consisting of an Endurance and a Sprint race.

Played on Assetto Corsa Competizione, the Endurance race, held on Circuit Paul RIcard, will begin at 8:30pm CEST on April 27, with the Sprint race following immediately after. All races will be broadcast on Binance Live as well as the Alpine YouTube and Twitch channels.

The broadcast schedule for the Alpine Esports Series is as follows:

  • Broadcast 1 – 2 hours – Paul Ricard (Race 1 & 2): 27th of April – 8:30pm CEST
  • Broadcast 2 – 2 hours – Silverstone (Race 3 & 4): 11th of May – 8:30pm CEST
  • Broadcast 3 – 2 hours – Valencia Ricardo Tormo Circuit (Race 5 & 6): 25th of May – 8:30pm CEST

In partnership with leading cryptocurrency platform Binance, Alpine Esports is offering $100,000 in Alpine Fan Tokens split between the prize pool and viewer giveaways. Alpine is currently ranked as the 4th highest performing fan token worldwide alongside mainstream football organisations- FC Barcelona, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain (Coinmarketcap).

The prize pool distribution for the final top ten racers is as follows:

  • 1st (Champion of the Alpine Esports Series): $25,000 worth of Alpine Fan Tokens, $3,000 worth of $QANX tokens, and an Alpine A110 GT4 driving and coaching experience
  • 2nd Place: $15,000 Alpine Fan Tokens and a Trak Racer Alpine Racing TRX Sim Rig
  • 3rd Place: $8,000 Alpine Fan Tokens and an ADEPT gaming chair
  • 4th Place: $4,000 Alpine Fan Tokens and a Tobii Eye Tracker 5
  • 5th Place: $2,250 Alpine Fan Tokens and an Alpine Esports Merch Bundle
  • 6th Place: $1,250 Alpine Fan Tokens and an Alpine Esports Jersey
  • 7th Place: $700 Alpine Fan Tokens
  • 8th Place: $500 Alpine Fan Tokens
  • 9th Place: $200 Alpine Fan Tokens
  • 10th Place: $100 Alpine Fan Tokens

$1,500 worth of Alpine Fan Tokens will also be awarded for the fastest lap in the championship, alongside top of the range performance enhancing hardware courtesy of Alpine Esports partners.

Each one of Alpine Esports’ official partners will have their bespoke liveries in the Championship, including Binance, whose livery was chosen from the community voters.

In addition to the prizes available to drivers, $40,000 fan token bundles and free NFTs will be available to win for viewers at home.

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Saudi’s Savvy Games and Esports Delegation Conducts High-level Visit to Shanghai, Beijing and Chengdu

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HRH Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud, Chairman of the Saudi Esports Federation and Vice Chairman of Savvy Games Group (Savvy), and Brian Ward, CEO of Savvy, have this month led a senior business delegation to China. The delegation was accompanied by senior leaders from VSPO, the leading Chinese esports company, including Dino Ying, co-founder and CEO, and Danny Tang, co-founder, CFO and head of strategy.

Visiting Shanghai, Beijing and Chengdu, the delegation engaged with current and future partners in China’s games and esports industry. The visit further strengthened commercial partnerships between China, the world’s biggest esports market, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as it implements Vision 2030 and becomes a leading global hub for gaming and esports.

In 2023, Savvy, wholly owned by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, invested $265 million into VSPO, becoming the largest international investor. Savvy’s long-term investment is helping VSPO to continue to deliver on its global strategy and accelerate the growth of mobile esports.

The meetings in the visit also covered preparations for the inaugural Esports World Cup (EWC) which will take place in Riyadh in the summer of 2024.

HRH Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud, Vice Chair of Savvy Games Group, said: “We learned so much from this trip. We will work with VSPO to connect global esports markets and build Saudi Arabia into the hub of the global esports and gaming market. Through long-term investment and capital deployment, we will build a sustainable and profitable global esports ecosystem.”

Brian Ward, CEO of Savvy Games Group, said: “China’s position as the largest esports market, with over 400 million fans and significant industry revenue, underlines the valuable role the Chinese market will play in supporting the continued development of Saudi Arabia’s thriving gaming and esports sector. This visit provided a valuable opportunity to strengthen Savvy’s connection with our partners at VSPO, as well as building our insights and network within one of the world’s foremost games and esports markets.”

Dino Ying, Chair of VSPO, said: “Two years ago, I communicated with Savvy for the first time in a Zoom call. At that time, I realized that although we were from two different markets, our ideas on technological innovation, the future of esports, player ecology and professionalization were very consistent. That’s why we were already thinking about how to cooperate, not whether to cooperate. Now we are more confident because we have a shared vision and a friendship, and we plan to make more innovation for the industry together with Savvy in the future.”

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Riot Games Announces VALORANT Esports EMEA Partnership With Unilumin

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With the start of the 2024 competitive VALORANT Esports season now underway, we’re proud to announce our partnership with Unilumin, a world leading LED display solution provider!

Unilumin has been instrumental in helping us level up the fan experience at the all-new Riot Games Arena with their industry-leading LED display technology, of which 250 square meters will now feature across the Riot Games Arena in Berlin. We’re so excited to welcome them on board as an official supplier for VCT EMEA, VALORANT Game Changers EMEA, and VALORANT Ascension EMEA.

Unilumin’s screens will light up the stage at the Berlin arena – and their logo will feature across various VALORANT Esports EMEA broadcasts throughout 2024. They’ve supplied display solutions globally from Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium to the Mercedes-Benz Arena, a mere stone’s throw away from us at the Riot Games Arena in Berlin. They’ve also worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment venues and global sports stadiums to illuminate events across the globe with grandstand, perimeter, and centerhung screens alongside scoreboards in major competition venues.

As we continue to level up the fan experience throughout 2024, we know Unilumin is the perfect partner to help us bring the most immersive experience and exciting atmosphere to the Riot Games Arena in Berlin, for our fans.

“Unilumin Sports is pleased to bring our solutions and technologies to the Riot Games Arena in Berlin and be a partner of VALORANT Esports in EMEA”, said Oscar Feng, the Global Director of Unilumin Sports. “We will use our well-designed products and fast response services to cooperate with Riot Games for their events and show the ultimate audio-visual experience to their fans.”

“After working with Unilumin for the refit of the Riot Games Arena, we’re delighted to welcome them as a supplier for our various VALORANT Esports EMEA events in 2024,” said Daniel Ringland, Head of VALORANT Esports EMEA. “Unilumin has helped us enhance the fan experience for those watching from home and joining us on-site, and we can’t wait to use their display technology throughout the season.”

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Tundra Esports Announces Addition of Ludwig ‘Zai’ Wahlberg as Dota 2 General Manager to the Team

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The veteran offlaner and captain will serve as the cornerstone for Tundra Esports’ Performance Management Team

Tundra Esports is delighted to announce the addition of Ludwig ‘Zai’ Wahlberg to its Dota 2 Performance Management Team, taking on the role of General Manager.

A household name in the competitive scene to both fans and peers alike, Wahlberg brings over tens years of experience, numerous championships and four top-three finishes at The International to the Tundra Esports tribe. Alongside his impressive tenures on some of the highest profile rosters in Dota’s history, he retains the impressive record of a 66.6% win rate across his 2,000+ game career; the highest of all pro Dota players*. For someone with such an intimate relationship with success in Dota 2, Wahlberg is expected to bring about a new level of excellence to the team’s management style and gameplay.

*With more than 200 pro matches played

Wahlberg’s addition further cements Tundra Esports’ commitment to growing and evolving its performance management team and the move marks a significant milestone for the organisation’s continued journey towards competitive success in the world of Dota 2.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Ludwig ‘Zai’ Wahlberg to Tundra Esports as the Dota 2 General Manager and support his journey into management after his illustrious playing career,” the co-founder and Esports Director for Tundra Esports, Anthony Graham, said. “We are doubling down on our approach to Dota and I don’t think there is a better person to lead our Dota operations going forward than Wahlberg.”

Wahlberg joins the already star-studded 2024 Tundra Esports Dota roster, consisting of:

1 – Ivan ‘Pure-‘ Moskalenko
2 – Topias ‘Topson’ Taavitsainen
3 – Ivan ‘MinD_ContRoL’ Ivanov
4 – Edgar ‘9Class’ Naltakian
5 – Matthew ‘Whitemon’ Filemon

“After an extensive break from the game, I’m very excited to be involved with Dota again but in a different capacity,” Wahlberg said. “I’m looking forward to stepping into a new role as General Manager for Tundra Esports and to use my previous experiences and insights as a player to manage and influence its Dota division.”

Fans will get to witness his impact on the team’s performance first-hand in its upcoming match against The International 12 champions Team Spirit this Sunday at DreamLeague Season 22.

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