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Team Vitality, a leading European esports team, receives €20 million investment from entrepreneur Tej Kohli

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Team Vitality has announced that it has received an initial €20 million investment from tech entrepreneur Tej Kohli.

The investment is thought to be the largest-ever for a European team. It represents a major boost for the continent’s esports sector, which is currently expanding rapidly and looks set to rival Asian and North American markets.

Through a combination of strong management, ambition and hard work, Team Vitality has quickly established itself as a leading professional brand in Europe with rosters across a number of titles and some notable commercial deals to boot. Vitality will make use of Mr Kohli’s business acumen and global experience to develop and strengthen the team and become a globally recognised brand.

The team’s founders also believe the investment will deliver for the fans. The €20 million sum will serve to develop state of the art facilities, including training and performance centres, as well as a flagship store and office. It will also enable world class athletic teams to be built, and ensure that fans can experience esports entertainment in a more immersive style.

Adding to its strong presence in European esports leagues, Vitality has recently launched a team in the leading FPS title Counter Strike: Global Offensive, better known as CS:GO, that last weekend won the DreamHack Open in Atlanta.

Vitality was also recently confirmed as one of the teams that has secured a long term partnership in newly franchised EU LCS, which has been rebranded to the LEC. This gives Vitality a long term corner stone in Europe’s premiere esports league.

With Mr Kohli’s support, the team plans to first expand its presence in China and Southeast Asia to reach an even wider range of viewers. Southeast Asia is the fastest growing region for esports, with major brands such as Singtel pledging extensive support and the likes of the Malaysian Government committing funds to help grow the industry locally.

Team Vitality, founded in 2013 by Fabien Devide and Nicolas Maurer, is a professional European esports team based in France, with a total of 50+ world class players from 11 countries. The team has a current portfolio of ten games, including League of Legends, CS:GO, Fortnite, PUBG, Rocket League and more.

Active in both European and international competitions, Team Vitality has a wide following in Europe, with a unique community of loyal supporters and an impressive list of AAA- brand partners such as Adidas and Renault.

Mr Kohli is the lead backer of Swiss-based robotics and venture studio Rewired, focused on applied sciences and technologies. His passion for technology and innovation enabled him to recognise the exciting investment opportunity offered by the growing esports market.

With Mr. Kohli’s commitment of €50m, Rewired launched an esports division Rewired GG, one of the largest investment arms in Europe dedicated solely to esports. Through it, he aims to expand the esports industry, as well as develop individual players, games and commercial opportunities. The backing of Team Vitality is Rewired GG’s first investment.

Team Vitality President and Co-founder, Fabien Devide, said:

“This investment marks a truly significant moment in the five-year history of our team and is a result of the hard work of our players, and the unquestionable loyalty of our supporters. We look forward to building on the already great community Team Vitality has established and to welcoming new players and supporters in the future.”

Mr Tej Kohli said:

“Esports is the future of both sport and entertainment and Vitality is one of the biggest and most exciting European teams. I’m thrilled to accompany them on their journey, as they look to become the number one esports team in Europe, and ultimately worldwide. I look forward to using my forty-years of business and technology experience to assist the management team in building a well-respected, world-class team, which will be a dream for every gamer and supporter to be a part of.”

Team Vitality CEO and Co-founder, Nicolas Maurer, said:

“Team Vitality has always strived to be one of the best esports teams in the world. With Mr Kohli’s support we are excited to step even closer to achieving our global ambitions. Team Vitality is set to become leaders in an industry that we believe will soon rival traditional sports in terms of audience and investment.”

 

 

About Team Vitality

Team Vitality was created in 2013 as a Call of Duty team and developed into a console organisation. It started its expansion on the PC esports scene in January 2016 with arrival in The European League of Legends Championship Series (EULCS). With continued growth on major titles and a lot of great results, Vitality’s mission is to bring the most professional environment possible to its players, while providing the best entertainment possible to its supporters. The two core pillars of Team Vitality are excellence and proximity.

 

About Mr Tej Kohli

Mr Tej Kohli is a visionary entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist who rose to success building solutions for e-commerce businesses during the peak of the dot-com boom. Passionate about the potential of disruptive technology, innovation, philanthropy and in empowering young people, Mr Kohli has ensured this is reflected in his work and career. Mr Kohli now invests in innovative technology firms specialising in robotics, artificial intelligence and biotech, through a $100 million fund called Rewired. He has recently committed €50M to Rewired GG, an investment arm dedicated to esports. Beyond this, Mr Kohli carries out philanthropic work through the Tej Kohli Corneal Institute (TKCI), as part of his mission to cure corneal blindness worldwide by 2030.

 

About Fabien Devide

Fabien is President of Team Vitality. His career in the esports industry has covered the full spectrum of roles, from player to coach, manager and president. As a passionate competitor, Fabien’s vision is to take care of athletes, pass on his love for the game and nurture an authentic and close relationship with fans. Since launching Vitality in 2013, he has transformed the team into a true European leader. Today, Fabien’s role is to oversee and manage the sports and brand departments. He is also identified as the definitive voice and expert on esports in France. He has spoken before the national parliamentary working group on esports and was appointed head coach of the efootball National Team by the French Football Federation.

 

About Nicolas Maurer

Nicolas is CEO of Team Vitality. Since the team began, he has taken charge of its operational management. Nicolas looks after Vitality’s structuring, human resources, fundraising and monetisation of the brand via sponsorship, merchandising, commercial operations and revenues from leagues and games management. In just five years, Nicolas has turned Team Vitality into one of Europe’s leading esports businesses. Vitality is today a structured and well-funded operation, thanks to an initial fundraising round that drew EUR 2.5 million in December 2017. These fundraising rounds are among the first ever conducted by an esports club in Europe. Nicolas’ success has been to attract key strategic investors and prestigious sponsors, such as Orange, Renault and adidas. Today, Nicolas manages more than 70 dedicated and passionate people and continues to transform the team into a major actor in the world of esports.

 

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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The 5 Best CS:GO Teams You Need To Follow In 2019

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has been on the global eSports scene for several years now. The competitive play of the game has crafted some magnificent teams whose phenomenal matches surprise even their keenest fans.

Today, we’ll take a look at the 5 best CS:GO teams you need to follow in 2019.

Astralis – the Unprecedented Leader

Originating in Finland, the former Danish Questionmark/Team SoloMid lineup obtained the rights to the name Astralis from the Finnish CS team.

The beginning was hard. The first event of the Danish dream team happened in January 2016 at DreamHack Leipzig. Astralis championed their group, defeating team after team, but Luminosity Gaming eliminated them in the semi-finals.

The next two years were a nerve-wracking mix of ups and downs. Until February 2018 came. Astralis’s team member Kjaerbye left, and was luckily replaced by Emil “Magisk” Reif. This substitute marked the start of a mind-blowing rise to the top and a complete domination of the Counter-Strike Global Offensive scene.

Astralis’s excellence shined in ECS Season 5 Finals, ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018, and FACEIT Major: London 2018, where they trudged over their opponents. After Katowice 2019, both spectators and commentators consider the current team the most dominant lineup in the history of Counter Strike.

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Team Astralis. Credits: Astralis.gg

 

Liquid – from StarCraft to CS:GO

Team Liquid was founded in 2000 in the Netherlands. Originally incepted as a StarCraft: Brood War team, Liquid got into StarCraft 2 in 2010, and in 2015, the clan formed a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team.

At first, Liquid had mixed results. When 2016 started, the team continued to dominate domestically, but on a global level, it struggled to secure major wins. Although at MLG Columbus 2016, Liquid lost to the Brazilian Luminosity Gaming, the event proved that Team Liquid would soon be a promising global contender.

In 2017, the team had several fascinating competitive plays, beating Astralis and Brazil’s SK. Liquid’s big event breakthrough was the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals, where they lost in a close matchup against Astralis.

A peculiar fact about Liquid: The team plays exceptionally well in most major CS:GO tournaments until they reach the semi-finals or even the final stage where their mental fortitude often outplays them.

Team Liquid. Credits: Liquipedia.net

 

Natus Vincere – Born to Win

Natus Vincere, often abbreviated as NaVi, originates in Ukraine. “Born to win” as the name translates from Latin, is the first team in the history of CS, which to dominate three major tournaments in one year.

The team’s history goes back to December 2009 when it was founded. In 2010, NaVi secured wins at major events, including IEM, ESWC, and the WCG. This made them the first team to win the three most prestigious tournaments in just one calendar year.

Another new record, which the team owns is winning $220,000 in one year, which also occurred in 2010.

Team Natus Vincere. Credits: Liquipedia.net

 

MIBR – the New Kid on the CS:GO Block

Owned by the American eSports organization, Immortals, MIBR (Made in Brazil) is a professional CS:GO team established in January 2018. In their short history, the team has played over 140 maps, prides itself on 89 wins and 49 losses, and is one of the most promising Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams as of late.

In June 2018, MIBR announced their new roster, consisting of former SK Gaming players. Made in Brazil has taken part in most major championships, including IEM, Blast Pro Series, DreamHack Masters, and ZOTAC Cup Masters. They won the last one against Kinguin with a solid 3:0, and took home $200,000.

MIBR’s current lineup includes Fallen, fer, coldzera, TACO, and felps. TACO and felps, aged 24 and 22, whose headshot % is around 50, just recently joined the team.

Team MIBR. Credits: mibr.gg

 

FaZe – American Organization with a European Flavor

DreamHack Leipzig 2016 marked FaZe’s entry into the world of CS:GO. Although FaZe is an American eSports organization, its current CS GO team is mostly made of Europeans, including Sweden, Denmark, Slovakia, and Bosnia’s “beast” NiKo.

In 2017 and 2018, FaZe was in a top-notch form, reaping wins here and there. Currently, their win rate is 59%, with 308 wins and 208 losses. FaZe’s top achievements include offline and online tournament placements, consisting of:

Offline championships

1st place at ECS Season 4 – Finals

2nd place at ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018

1st place at ESL One: New York 2017

1st place at SL i-League StarSeries S3

Online championships

1st place at ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017

2nd place at Intel Extreme Masters XII – Oakland

3rd-4th place at Intel Extreme Masters XI – Oakland

5th-6th place at Esports Championship Series Season 2 – Finals

 

Team Faze. Credits: Liquipedia.net

Besides Astralis, who’s been the undisputed leader lately, all other four teams regularly exchange places. Sometimes, other teams like ENCE, mousesports, NiP, and Renegades enter the Top 5.

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene is dotted with legendary fights between fantastic teams.

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Scuf Gaming Teams Up with the NBA 2K League to Give Every Player a Home Court Advantage

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21 new controller designs let fans represent hometown NBA 2K League teams

 

Scuf Gaming®, innovator and creator of high-performance gaming controllers, and the NBA 2K League are launching a collection of controllers to celebrate each of the 21 teams in the NBA 2K League.

Available for the high-performance SCUF Vantage controller, officially licensed for PlayStation 4, each NBA 2K League team controller features a unique design, including a faceplate emblazoned with one of the NBA 2K League team’s respective colors and logo. The Vantage boasts a suite of customizable features designed to allow gamers to use more of their hands and improve performance and comfort. SCUF controllers are relied upon in competition by many of the NBA 2K League’s marquee professional players.

“This collection is a nod to the league’s fans, who are just as faithful and loyal as those that cheer on live basketball,” said Scuf Gaming founder and CEO Duncan Ironmonger. “Whether it’s the royal purple and gold of Lakers Gaming, the iconic blue and orange of Knicks Gaming, or any other team, fans can now represent their favorite team when they are gaming.”

The launch is an extension of Scuf Gaming’s ongoing sponsorship as the Official Gaming Controller of the NBA 2K League, and the launch of the official SCUF Vantage NBA2KL controller in March 2019.

Currently in its second season, the NBA 2K League is composed of affiliates of 21 NBA teams participating in an 18-week competitive campaign, culminating with the NBA 2K League Playoffs, which tip off Wednesday, July 24, and the NBA 2K League Finals on Saturday, Aug. 3. Hawks Talon GC, Nets GC, Lakers Gaming, and T-Wolves Gaming are new to the NBA 2K League this season.

“We’ve been a foundational partner with the NBA 2K League since its first season, supporting the league and providing players with high-performance equipment to play at the highest levels,” continued Ironmonger. “As the league grows, we’re excited to bring fans even closer to the action.”

The new SCUF Vantage NBA 2K League team collection (starting at $199.95) is now available in the US & Canada through Scuf Gaming’s website, and individual team faceplate kits ($29.95) will become available next week. For more information and to view photos of the collection, please visit http://scuf.co/NBA2KTeams.

 

About the NBA 2K League:

The NBA 2K League, a professional esports league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO), launched in 2018 and features the best NBA 2K players in the world. Each of the league’s 21 teams features six players who compete as unique characters in 5-on-5 play against the other teams in a mix of regular-season games, tournaments and playoffs. Knicks Gaming won the first-ever NBA 2K League Finals on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. The league’s second season takes place from April-August 2019. For more information about the NBA 2K League, visit NBA2KLeague.com.

About Scuf Gaming:

Scuf Gaming®, innovator and creator of high-performance gaming controllers, provides superior accessories and customized gaming controllers for console and PC that are used by top professional gamers as well as casual gamers. Built to specification, SCUF controllers offer a number of functional and design features custom built to increase hand use and improve gameplay. SCUF controller features are covered by 77 granted patents, and another 54 pending, focusing on four key areas of a controller: the back control functions and handles, the trigger control mechanisms, the thumbstick control area and the side-mounted configurable Sax™ button placements.

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TV Azteca to Invest $5 Million in Allied Esports

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TV Azteca, the television network based in Mexico, has entered a term sheet with Black Ride Acquisition Corp. which would provide for TV Azteca to become a shareholder in esports entertainment company Allied Esports.

TV Azteca will acquire $5 million in shares of Black Ridge Acquisition Corp., aiming to position Allied Esports strongly in the Mexican esports market.

“Continuing to expand our footprint around the world with likeminded leaders and innovators is imperative to our success, and we are delighted to partner with TV Azteca as we enter Latin America with a smart, aggressive plan. The Mexican and Latin American market presents incredible potential, and this partnership, featuring two first-movers in esports, entertainment and distribution, is a winning combination,” Frank Ng, Co-CEO of Ourgame International Holdings said.

“We are enthusiastic about our investment in Allied Esports and the prospect of joining forces to become the clear leader in the delivery of esports entertainment in the region. This relationship represents a transformational step for TV Azteca and for the millions of members of the esports community in Latin America,” Benjamin Salinas, CEO of TV Azteca said.

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