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TEAM VITALITY LAUNCHES THE V.BOAT ON THE SEINE FOR THE BLAST.TV PARIS MAJOR

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French leading global esports organisation Team Vitality is pleased to reveal V.BOAT, home of the BLAST.tv Paris Major that will level up fan engagement and celebrate the city of Paris. V.BOAT will float along the Seine to celebrate the pinnacle of the CS:GO esports calendar coming to Team Vitality’s hometown, alongside the iconic bateaux mouches.

The floating headquarters will serve as a hub for fans, and play host to a variety of activities including testing their skills against the legendary player at ZywOo’s Corner, reinventing the rules of Rocket League with Zen, Alpha54, and Radosin, attending viewing parties, and more. Adorned with Team Vitality branding, V.BOAT will also serve as a shuttle, taking fans to the Accor Arena for the BLAST.tv Paris Major.

TEAM VITALITY’S V.BOAT, HOME OF THE BLAST.TV PARIS MAJOR

Following their recent success at the BLAST.tv Premier Spring Groups 2023, Team Vitality has secured their spot in the Legends Stage of the BLAST.tv Paris Major, a momentous occasion for the team as they prepare to compete in a major CS:GO tournament on their home soil for the first time.

Recently, the french team also won the IEM Rio 2023, showing their determination and strong mentality throughout the competition.

Nicolas Maurer, CEO of Team Vitality commented, “As this is the first time the CS:GO Major is on our home soil, we wanted to think big. Having our own boat on the Seine is both a real tribute to our Parisian roots, but also offers our fans a unique experience they will remember for years to come. For the first time, they will be able to test themselves against a professional player, and not just any professional player: ZywOo. We hope that our team will carry our French colours as far as possible in the competition to offer them a memorable show!”

FROM TEAM VITALITY STARS ZYWOO TO ZEN, TAILOR-MADE ACTIVATIONS FOR ESPORTS FANS

Throughout the Champions Stage, participants will be able to enjoy both CS:GO matches in Bercy and online, or they can come and have fun on the V.BOAT. Team Vitality has prepared a whole programme of activities with its partners, in which fans can participate all weekend.

For fans unable to attend the event, none other than Julien “Adyboo” Thiry, a key player in French esports, will be in charge of broadcasting every minute of this unique experience on Team Vitality and GG.Bet social media accounts.

  • Reinvent the Rocket League rules – EVNIA (May 20th, 2:30 – 4:30pm)

Our incredible Rocket League french roster Zen, Alpha54, and Radosin will share the day with the Team Vitality community. Fans will be able to invent new rules for playing Rocket League through our social media. After a selection of new rules invented by fans, players will choose the best ruleset. Aboard the V.BOAT, they will be able to challenge Team Vitality players to a match using a selection of the new rules.

  • Challenge the Goat – CHERRY XTRFY (May 20th and 21st, all day)

Take on the CS:GO beast himself! The most confident fans will be able to test their CS:GO skills on an Aimlab level against ZywOo’s score with the chance to win a diploma declaring their level of skill and an overview of their similarities with the French Goat!

  • Dare to Play – JBL QUANTUM (May 20th, from 4.45pm to 6.45pm, and 21st, from 1 to 3 pm)

JBL is going to test the hearing skills of CS:GO fans through a three tiered challenge using JBL Quantum headphones. Firstly, an audio quiz to recognise a CS:GO map. Followed by a shouting competition to try and beat our captain apEX’s decibel score. Lastly, the top 10 will be divided into two teams of five to compete in a BO1 challenge. The best team wins some giveaways… and the ability to boast about shouting louder than apEX!

  • Enjoy a premium moment in the GG.Zone (20th and 21st, all day)

Discover an exclusive VIP and bar lounge area, limited in terms of space, to unwind with catering, and a space to follow the matches Saturday and Sunday.

  • Win prizes with the Kingston Fury’s Claw Crane!

We will bring back your childlike spirit with the Kingston Fury Claw Crane. This free access claw machine will give you a chance to go back home with a prize: SSD, RAM, Paris Jersey, Merch, Goodies & more. You’ll get a chance to play throughout the whole boat activation.

TRAVEL ACROSS THE SEINE DIRECTLY TO THE MAJOR

The V.BOAT will also offer the opportunity to discover Paris – home of Team Vitality – with a shuttle service!

Timings (Paris time) are as follows:

Saturday, May 20th

  • 10:00 – 11:15              Docked at Trocadéro, Port Debilly
  • 11:15 – 12:15                Navigating on the Seine
  • 12:15 – 12:45              Docked at Quai Saint Bernard, (48°50’47.1″N 2°21’45.9″E)
  • 12:45 – 13:00              Navigating on the Seine
  • 13:00 – 19:00              Docked at Bercy (48°50’05.6″N 2°22’47.2″E)
  • 19:00 – 21:30              Navigating on the Seine
  • 21:30 – 22:00              Docked at Bercy (48°50’05.6″N 2°22’47.2″E)

Sunday, May 21st

  • 10:00 – 11:15              Docked at Trocadéro, Port Debilly
  • 11:15 – 12:45               Navigating on the Seine
  • 12:45 – 21:00             Docked at Bercy (48°50’05.6″N 2°22’47.2″E)

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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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