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ESIC Announces Rebrand From “Coalition” To “Commission”

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ESIC announces a rebrand from Esports Integrity Coalition to Esports Integrity Commission. This change comes as ESIC refines its operational strategy to more meaningfully target the integrity needs of the international esports industry.

ESIC was founded in 2015 by key esports stakeholders and operated as a ‘Coalition’ of members. Since then, ESIC has delivered a steady stream of integrity outcomes for the esports industry including an Anti-Corruption Program, Anti-Doping Program, Player Codes of Conduct, and several other best practice standard schemes. The implementation of these best practice Codes by leading esports stakeholders such as ESL, Dreamhack, and many others has allowed ESIC to make tangible contributions to the industry, in the form of sanctions against individuals who attempt to use esports as a vehicle for fraud. Most recently, ESIC cooperated with the Victorian Police in Australia in an investigation leading to the arrests of six individuals allegedly fixing esports matches for profit.

The Esports Integrity Commission will continue to serve the industry in dispensing its integrity function to a variety of esports stakeholders internationally. With a proven track record in delivering results as an integrity body commissioned by its members, for the benefit of its members and industry at large – ESIC is poised to take on a significantly more ambitious mandate, filled with new initiatives.

In light of this refined approach, ESIC has put a call out for the buy-in of industry stakeholders seeking to contribute to the overall sustainability of the industry in order to work together for the continual growth of esports internationally.

Ian Smith, Commissioner of the Esports Integrity Commission: “I am really proud that we have reached the point where a rebrand helps us evolve at the same speed as the esports industry is evolving. We have been around for four years and the growth in the industry has been phenomenal and I am pleased that it has been the same with us. I look forward to the increased professionalisation of both ESIC and the esports industry. I am particularly looking forward to announcing our new chairman in the coming weeks.”

Stephen Hanna, Director of Global Strategy and Partnerships at the Esports Integrity Commission said: “As the foremost integrity body in esports, it is the responsibility of ESIC to deliver integrity beyond its initial coalition of members and to the broader esports industry. This move reinforces ESIC’s desire to serve the broader industry’s changing needs. Alongside this rebrand, we will be announcing several new initiatives which will bring integrity to a variety of new esports stakeholders.”

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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SVG Forms Esports Production Advisory Committee

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SVG has announced the formation of its Esports Production Advisory Committee, composed of leading esports-production and -technology veterans. The Advisory Committee is being launched ahead of the second-annual SVG Esports Production Summit in Los Angeles.

The group is currently helping to spearhead this year’s Summit programme. Over the coming years, Advisory Committee members will help guide the direction of SVG’s esports production events, initiatives, and editorial content, as well as enable increased dialogue across this rapidly growing industry.

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WePlay! Esports to host the second Minor of the DPC 2019/2020 season

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WePlay! Esports will host and broadcast the second Minor of the current Dota Pro Circuit. The event will be taking place in Bukovel, a famous Ukrainian ski resort in the western part of Ukraine.

“We perceive the opportunity to host a Minor as a great honor and enormous responsibility at the same time. For the last year, we have been working hard organizing various events in Dota 2, CS:GO and other disciplines in the spirit of creativity and excitement. We want our viewers to enjoy not only the games but also an original show.Now we have a bigger challenge. We are doing our best to make esports fans happy with something extraordinary. We will keep to our basic principals, which means that the viewers should expect high production value, excellent props, funny filler content, talents in unusual costumes and much more.” – Eugene “GreenGT” Luchianenco, Head of Esports at WePlay!.Qualifiers to WePlay! Bukovel Minor 2020 and the second Major of the DPC 2019/2020 season will be taking place between December 01 and 06. Teams will compete for 370 DPC points, and at least one squad from every competitive region will be invited to the main event. Valve will announce the regions represented by more than one team after the end of the first Major of the current DPC season.

After the qualifiers we will have eight teams, that will be invited to the main event held between January 09 and 12. Besides $300 000 and 660 DPC points, the teams will also compete for a slot at the second Major tournament of the current competitive season.

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META Games, the Creators of Mobile Esports Management Simulators, Closes a $2 Million Seed Round Led by BITKRAFT Esports Ventures

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META Games, the creator of esports-themed mobile games, announced today it has raised $2 million in seed funding, led by BITKRAFT Esports Ventures with participation from Everblue Management, Crest Capital, and Klaas Kersting, among others. The new funding will be used to complete game development on META Games’ upcoming mobile game RIVALS, a manager game based on MOBA esports, and to begin development on future mobile games for esports fans.

Developed with the input of pro teams, RIVALS Esports Manager offers players the opportunity to watch their own team compete to reach the pinnacle of esports glory. As one of the most ambitious esports manager games on mobile, players can manage their own pro esports team, compete in PvP leagues, trade players in their roster, and create an esports legacy.  Using real-time simulation to create a highlight-reel experience of a MOBA game, players can turn the tide of the game with last-minute tactic adaptations. Future integrations will include the ability to engage with favorite professional teams and brands to acquire the best sponsorship deals and have truly authentic esports experiences that mirror the real-life scenarios.

Expanding its scope to match the variety of genres represented in the spectrum of esports, META Games’ future products look to offer specific dedicated products that cater to audiences beyond just MOBAs or FPSs. By creating a portfolio of esports-themed mobile games, META Games makes it possible for fans to engage with the specific esport and genre they are most passionate about.

“We believe esports fans deserve authentic and complementary gaming experiences that reflect what they watch every day,” said Roman Frank, CEO and Founder of META Games. “By providing players with the ability to manage a professional team they are able to get a behind-the-scenes look at how some of their favorite teams operate on their path to success.”

“The integration of our players’ favorite teams, most loved esports personalities, and most iconic brands will support an incredibly authentic gaming experience across multiple game titles,” commented Philipp Karstaedt, COO and Co-Founder of META Games. “This investment will fuel our mission to develop mobile games for the global esports community.”

“By having the most popular PC esports game genres in the palm of their hand, players now have the excitement of a pro esports coach in a snack-size, on-the-go experience,” commented BITKRAFT founding partner, Malte Barth. “Similar to traditional sports, each esports genre is distinct and has its own unique fanbase which is why META Games’ vision to bring esports-themed games to these diverse, loyal audiences is extremely necessary. We believe with this funding this strong, proven team can continue its momentum of developing mobile games that address the entire audience of esports fans worldwide.”

 

About BITKRAFT Esports Ventures:

An early and mid-stage investor focused on the esports sector, BITKRAFT discovers, supports, and scales esports startups globally along with the industry’s most influential companies. BITKRAFT Esports Ventures was founded in 2016 by esports legend, Jens Hilgers. Hilgers previously founded ESL and served as CEO before selling the majority stake to MTG in 2015. In addition to serving as Managing Partner at BITKRAFT, Jens is the Co-Founder and Chairman of G2 Esports.

 

About META Games:

Headquartered in Berlin, META Games creates mobile games for esports fans. Founded by Roman Frank, Philipp Karstaedt and Arvid Hahn in 2017, META Games currently has its first title, RIVALS Esports MOBA Manager, available in Open Beta on Google Play. With its team of industry veterans from both game development and publishing, it aims to create a full suite of mobile games catering to the entire esports audience and offering an authentic experience within a virtual esports world.

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