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British Esports Association announces Advisory Board changes and new volunteers

George Miller



British Esports Association announces Advisory Board changes and new volunteers
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The British Esports Association, the not-for-profit body set up to promote grassroots esports in the UK, has announced several industry members have taken up voluntary positions at the organisation.

There are three new additions to the Advisory Board, which meets quarterly and discusses areas of developments and focus for the Association. The new members are Mary Antieul, Darren “Slammer” Newnham and David Yarnton, who come with years of experience in the UK games industry.

Mary oversees esports strategy, operations and partnerships at GAME across the Belong arenas and Insomnia Gaming Festival; Darren Newnham is a business development professional who heads up Nexus, which brings teams, organisations, brands and players together; David Yarnton has been involved in the games industry for more than 30 years, having held senior positions at Gfinity, Nintendo and more, and is currently involved with esports platform and consultancy Edge Esports.

The new Advisory Board members replace esports host and Code Red Esports MD Paul “Redeye” Chaloner, PC Gamer deputy editor Philippa Warr and Twitch’s EMEA senior director of partnerships Chris Mead, who have stepped back from the board over the past year. The British Esports Association thanks them for their valuable contribution.

The other Advisory Board members include Ceirnan “Excoundrel” Lowe, Heather “Naysayerz” Dower, Michael “Odee” O’Dell, Craig “Wizzo” Fletcher, Ryan Hart, Andrew Nixon, Josh Williams, Carleigh Morgan and Mark “Garvey” Candella.

David Yarnton said: “In the last few years esports has seen a rapid growth in its popularity and created huge amounts of interest amongst the wider community. There are many people who are looking to learn more about esports and understand the benefits it offers, such as helping to develop teamwork and create communities.

“Having been involved in the video games and esports industries for many years, it is good to be able give something back and help the British Esports Association in its efforts with the grassroots of esports.”

Mary Antieul commented: “I’m very excited about joining the British Esports Association board and look forward to working with the other board members to improve the opportunities for grassroots esports players in the UK.”

Darren Newnham added: “As a lifelong gamer and games industry professional I’m excited and honoured to be given the chance to be part of the British Esports Association at such an exciting time for our industry.”

Elsewhere, the British Esports Association has made additions to its team of voluntary game advisers, who provide input and expertise to help the Association understand each game’s developments and its community effectively.

Renault Sport Team Vitality’s Rocket League team manager Mike “Gregan” Ellis has become British Esports’ Rocket League adviser, while Barrage Esports player James “Governor” Gove has become a League of Legends adviser.

Gregan said: “It’s great to be part of British Esports Association and bring more Rocket League info to the team. Rocket League is a great game to bridge the gap between esports and mainstream media. I am glad I can support esports through this role with my love and knowledge of Rocket League and experience in the scene.”

In addition, the first British Esports Championships for schools and colleges got underway earlier this month, and a team of volunteer admins are working with British Esports student esports coordinator Natacha Jones and epicLAN to manage the tournament platform and student teams taking part.

The admins are James “Governor” Gove (League of Legends), Alice Leaman (Overwatch) and Douglas “Riddle” Packham (Rocket League).

British Esports chair Andy Payne OBE commented: “We’re delighted to announce our new Advisory Board members and other volunteers to the Association. Please join us in welcoming them.

“We value everyone’s input and look forward to working together to help promote, improve and inspire through grassroots esports in the UK.”


About the British Esports Association:

The British Esports Association is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2016 to support and promote esports in the UK.

As a national body, its aims are to foster future British talent, increase the awareness of esports and provide expertise and advice. It’s focused on the grassroots level of esports and runs Championships in schools and colleges.

The Association hopes to help educate the masses – including parents, teachers, media and government – around what esports is and its benefits. Its three goals are to Promote, Improve and Inspire.



George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Leaders Group, a new operating company which will bring Advance’s B2B sports, esports and gaming businesses under one umbrella

Zoltan Tundik



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Advance Announces Formation of Leaders Group, a Global B2B Sports, Esports and Gaming Intelligence Platform and Appoints Warren S. Thune as CEO

Advance and its subsidiary, American City Business Journals, today announce the formation of Leaders Group, a new operating company which will bring Advance’s B2B sports, esports and gaming businesses under one umbrella, and the appointment of Warren S. Thune as Leaders Group CEO.

Leaders Group will build on the strong foundation that Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily have built over the last 20+ years as the authoritative voice in the business of sports. The group will also include Leaders, The Esports Observer and Newzoo. These trusted brands will continue to be led by their talented management teams, but will now work collaboratively to enhance and accelerate product development, provide superior access to their collective global data assets, and build and capitalize on an increasingly connected global professional network to better serve professionals in the sports and entertainment industries.

Mr. Thune joins from Gartner and CEB where he spent fourteen years in a series of executive roles culminating in serving as Group President, SaaS and Technology Enabled Services. Prior to Gartner, he was a Senior Partner at Oliver Wyman. Mr. Thune holds an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

The addition of Mr. Thune and his business building experience will elevate the value proposition offered to Leaders Group’s customers through the enhancement of the group’s product and service offering, which includes:

  • Market Intelligence and Analytics – Critical and timely global data and intelligence needed to support daily business decisions.
  • Networks – Access and connectivity to globally relevant networks, such as league operators, team owners, facility operators, vendors, brands and merchants to facilitate knowledge sharing, best practices, commerce and opportunities across the global sports, technology, media and entertainment ecosystem.
  • Events – High value events with local to global perspectives through data-driven content and access to relevant industry thought leaders, practitioners and investors.
  • Media – Delivery of real-time news, insights and analysis from industry and functional experts.        

Whitney Shaw, CEO of American City Business Journals and Co-Founder of Sports Business Journal, will become Chairman of the newly established Leaders Group board of directors to which Mr. Thune will report.  Mr. Shaw said: “Warren is a talented executive with a strong track record of building high performing teams and businesses. The business models Warren has executed throughout his impressive career, his ability to manage a global organization and his experience implementing acquisition strategies make him the ideal individual for the role. By combining our media, events and analytics holdings under a single corporate entity, we will be able to more effectively serve a customer base that is increasingly trying to understand how to best operate in a more technologically connected sports and entertainment ecosystem.”

Janine Shelffo, Chief Strategy and Development Officer at Advance, stated, “The business of sports, esports and gaming is a multi-billion-dollar global business with significant unmet demand for more timely data and information and better intelligence to help participants optimize their businesses. We are enthusiastic about working with Warren and the Leaders Group team to seek additional investment and acquisition opportunities to create the most compelling and highest quality insights for clients in the industry.”

Warren S. Thune commented: “I am thrilled to be joining Leaders Group. This is an exciting opportunity to further enhance these industry leading companies and elevate our platform into the premier intelligence provider for global sports, esports and gaming professionals. I look forward to working with each of the Leaders Group businesses and their leadership teams to execute this vision.”

About Advance

Advance is a private, family-owned company that operates and invests in a broad range of media, communications and technology businesses globally.  The Advance family of companies includes Condé Nast, Advance Local, American City Business Journals, Leaders Group, 1010data, POP, Stage Entertainment and, upon the expected completion of its acquisition in Q2, Turnitin. Advance is also among the largest shareholders in Discovery, Charter Communications and Reddit. For further information, please visit

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eSports Partners with Epsilon to Raise Charity Fund through P2P Esports Betting

Niji Narayan


on Partners with Epsilon to Raise Charity Fund through P2P Esports Betting
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Each player has chosen an individual charity to support, with Surreal choosing to donate his winnings to Cancer Research UK and k1to picking Holidays From Cancer. SPELLAN has chosen Teach For Bulgaria.

Several times per week, each of the Epsilon players will place a bet of their choosing on a team that they think will win. At the end of May, all total winnings will be tallied and audited, with final donations being made to each charity.

“This is a fantastic initiative between and our players, and we are extremely proud to take part in helping to make the world a better place. The trio, K1to, Surreal and SPELLAN have chosen to donate their winnings to worthy charities that have important meaning to each of them and I know they look forward with great excitement to challenging esports fans.” said, Gregory Champagne, Chief Executive Officer at Epsilon Esports.

Brian Cordry, Head of Esports at, added, “It’s a pleasure to get to work directly with players that genuinely want to make a difference using our website. Each of these guys coming up with a charity that they want to support shows that they care about giving back to both the local and online communities. I’m excited to see how much money the guys can raise for their great charitable causes.”

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Compliance Updates

Psyonix Disables Loot Boxes of Rocket League in the Netherlands and Belgium

Niji Narayan



Psyonix Disables Loot Boxes of Rocket League in the Netherlands and Belgium
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Psyonix, an American video game developer based in San Diego, has disabled loot boxes in its arena soccer racing game Rocket League for players in the Netherlands and Belgium due to government regulations.

The Dutch Games of Chance authority, or Kansspelautoriteit, has investigated several popular games containing loot boxes in 2018 and considered many of these to be illegal. The titles investigated include PUBG, CSGO, FIFA 18, Dota 2, and Rocket League.

When random loot box content is tradable, there is almost always a certain monetary value associated with that content. This is why these countries consider paid loot boxes with random content gambling.

Aside from Rocket League and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, loot boxes were also disabled in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2 within the same regions in 2018.

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