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Esports Innovator EGENCY Announces Name Change to Abacus3

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The builder of world-class esports and gaming centers decided to change its name from EGENCY to Abacus3 after the company’s mission and direction evolved. Abacus3’s new focus is to empower students through esports by growing communities on university campuses with its permanent, turnkey solutions and ongoing support.

 

EGENCY, founded in 2018 as a premier esports production, marketing and talent management firm, has announced the company will change its name to Abacus3 effective immediately. EGENCY’s leadership was compelled to choose a new name which embodies their core mission of creating unparalleled esports and gaming centers that empower future leaders to collaborate and create.

According to company President Mark Nausha, “The esports and video gaming space is rapidly changing. The community is always building, growing, and evolving, and we felt we needed to go to market with a name that signifies that we are much more than merely an agency specializing in esports.”

As the company’s leadership team pondered names, Abacus3 rose to the top of the list. CEO Greg Skasko explains why, “We felt it was a very fresh take on a familiar name. The abacus is a basic building block for math, while we provide the building blocks for esports on college campuses—a facility where students can collaborate, innovate and grow. The number 3 also resonated with us because our messaging kept intersecting at three words, in particular, the value we facilitate through competition, career and community.”

Today, esports isn’t just about the competition and how people traditionally think about the industry. As Nausha explains, “It’s a new way people are connecting in communities and socializing. It’s also about giving students and others who utilize esports venues potential career opportunities, whether in esports or not. Our solution helps broaden those communities, connect universities with one another and provides a base framework for the university, in collaboration with Abacus3, to respond to the continual evolution of esports.”

In order to achieve its mission, Abacus3 takes a novel approach to esports community building. The company provides a permanent, turnkey solution that includes the design, building and programming of world-class esports and gaming centers on university campuses.

Unlike traditional venue builders, the Abacus3 solution is funded through strategic brand relationships, which means there is little to no cost to students, the university or its donors. After the infrastructure is built, Abacus3 also provides a general manager to support the facility, along with ongoing marketing, content and programming support. The company is committed to supporting its university partners for the long-term, while providing value to local communities.

“Our goal is to support and empower the college students, but ultimately, everyone will benefit from this. Along with future industry leaders and pro esports players, benefits will also trickle down to the high schools, middle schools and even younger people who can utilize these facilities. By taking this philosophy to universities around the country and around the world, students, pros, universities and the local communities can all benefit,” Skasko says.

To learn how you or your university or brand can tap into opportunities in the rapidly evolving esports ecosystem, please visit http://www.abacus3.gg .

 

ABOUT ABACUS3: 
Abacus3 builds world-class esports and gaming centers. By empowering universities and brands to leverage the emerging world of esports, we create a space for students to connect, compete, learn, innovate, and gain critical real-world experience.

Our innovative approach to developing community benefits all parties. Universities witness substantial boosts in recruiting, ranking, and revenue, while brands gain privileged, exclusive access to an elusive demographic. Most important, our inherently sustainable solution benefits students. Through our exciting, top-of-the-line facilities, students build community, competition, and career as they become the leaders of tomorrow.

Abacus3. Empowering Students through Esports.

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Haval and Virtus.pro announce partnership

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Cutting-edge automotive brand enters the esports territory

Haval has become the exclusive automotive sponsor of the most decorated esports club of Russia and CIS – Virtus.pro. The first of its kind massive-scale partnership is aimed at the first esports club’s Dota 2 roster.

Automotive brand Haval and professional esports club Virtus.pro announce the beginning of the partnership starting on 1 July 2020. Haval will support Virtus.pro players in the official professional games in Dota 2, multiplayer online videogame. This marks the esports debut of the cutting-edge automotive brand Haval – an entry to one of the most rapidly developing contemporary sports.

Jerome Saigot, CEO of “Haval Motor Rus”: “Haval brand is founded on the state-of-the-art technologies. As devotion to innovation spans across all our ventures, we are excited to announce the beginning of our partnership with such a renowned esports collective like Virtus.pro. We share the same ideas when it comes to self-improvement and love of discovery. We hope to see memorable tournaments ahead – and, of course, well-deserved victories.”

Sergey Glamazda, Virtus.pro General Manager: “Esports fans are the youth who value cutting-edge tech and high emotions, and as such, there’s no doubt Haval will easily create a link with the gaming community. Our club, Virtus.pro, is beloved by the Russian community and respected in China, which makes this partnership a logical step towards mutual benefit. We are happy to see Virtus.pro be the first pick for the global automobile brand Haval’s esports debut!”

LLC “Haval Motor Rus” is the exclusive distributor of Haval cars and spare parts in the Russian Federation. The company has been operating since February 2014, the first official Haval dealership was opened in Moscow in June 2015. Currently, 83 dealerships Russia and 1 dealership is opened in Minsk, Belarus.

The Russian Haval plant is the first foreign full-cycle production enterprise. A 216-hectare plant is located on the territory of the “Uzlovaya” Industrial Park in the Tula Region and was opened on June 5, 2019. The production complex includes a stamping, welding, painting and assembly workshop, as well as a component manufacturing workshop. The plant was designed with modern engineering solutions in the field of environmental protection, energy conservation and safety. Currently, these models are produced at the plant – Haval F7 and Haval F7x smart crossovers, Haval H5 and the HAVAL H9 frame SUV.

ESforce Holding is one of the biggest esports organizations in the world and the leader of the Russian esports. The holding encapsulates all esports business sectors: from organizing international tournaments and creating professional content to publishing and advertising.

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Epic Esports Events ranked 15th among the 50 best event companies in the world by Global Eventex Awards

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Tournament organizer Epis Esports Events took the 15th place in the international rating by Global Eventex Awards. Every year, the organizers of the professional award in the field of event management select the top 50 best organizers and agencies: the Eventex index is a list of companies, places in which are determined by the total number of points for awards won at the Global Eventex Awards over three years.

Tournament operator Epic Esports Events and the EPICENTER Major 2019 tournament were awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze prizes at the 10th-anniversary edition of Eventex Awards 2020. EPICENTER organizers won prizes in 5 categories:

  • Gold in the “Russian Event” and “Brand Experience – Leisure” categories;

  • Silver in the “Esports Event” category, second only to The International 2019;

  • Bronze in the “Event Team” and “People’s Choice Agency/Team” categories — in the latter, the decision was made not by the jury, but by open voting, which was attended by 5,300 people from all over the world.

A year earlier, EPICENTER XL won first place in the “Russian Event” category.

A full list of the top 50 event organizers and agencies can be found here: eventex.co/index/

 

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Getty Images To Be Dedicated In-Game esports Photographers for FIA Certified Gran Turismo Championships

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Getty Images to serve as the Exclusive Photographic Agency of Gran Turismo’s global lineup of esport events

Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, and Polyphony Digital Inc., creator of the Gran Turismo franchise, have today announced a deal that will see Getty Images’ world-class motorsport specialist photographers capturing stunning in-game photography from Gran Turismo’s online and live World Tour events. Getty Images will serve as the exclusive Photographic Agency of the FIA Certified Gran Turismo Championships.

The new service was debuted during the 2019 season. Getty Images used its expertise in photographing live racing to deliver imagery from inside the digital realm of the Gran Turismo game at Gran Turismo World Tour events at the Nürburgring, New YorkSalzburgTokyo and Sydney and last year’s World Finals in Monaco in November 2019.

The 2020 FIA Gran Turismo Championships recommenced on April 25th with the first round of Stage 1 of the online season for both the Nations Cup and Manufacturer Series. The Top 16 Superstars broadcasts feature the best of the racing action from the top competitors in both the Nations Cup and Manufacturer Series.

By harnessing Getty Images’ global distribution, this partnership aims to bridge the gap between two worlds -virtual and real- to showcase the beauty and exhilaration of simulated racing to a wider global audience. As esports and its surrounding ecosystem continues to see exponential growth and with brands and media around the world catering to a growing community of esports fans and players, Getty Images is once again innovating through visual content and leading the way in sport photography.

“This partnership with Polyphony Digital signifies the next phase of sport photography and the true growth that is occurring across the esports landscape,” said Getty Images Global Head of Content Ken Mainardis. “Getty Images has long been at the forefront of innovating through its sport photography and by creating in-game imagery with expert motorsport photographers, Getty Images is staying ahead of the curve to deliver premium esports content to our customers around the world.”

As the exclusive Photographic Agency of the FIA Certified Gran Turismo Championships, Getty Images will distribute innovative still imagery. Esports sponsors and suppliers will benefit from the agreed rights and access to Gran Turismo content while ensuring media can continue to access editorial coverage via Getty Images.

 

SOURCE press.gettyimages.com

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