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VERITAS Entertainment Announces March 2020 Launch of LVL, a Berlin-based Esports and Gaming Entertainment Venue


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The team behind the elite facility also secured $10 million in funding to support the development of the first of a global network of esports-dedicated venues

VERITAS Entertainment (VERITAS), builders of a global network of esports entertainment venues, today announced the launch of LVL, a Berlin-based esports and gaming entertainment venue designed for community and competition. LVL Berlin will officially open its doors to the public on March 26, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. CET. Additionally, VERITAS has announced a $10 million in funding, with participation from BITKRAFT Esports Ventures and additional angel investors, to build LVL’s infrastructure, scale the team to manage operations, and expand to additional cities.

Among the largest esports spaces in Europe, LVL spans +2500m² (+26,000ft²) across its two floors and provides a centralized and physical location for pro and amateur gamers to connect, train and compete. In addition to a full-stack production studio and mind-blowing VR experiences, LVL is pushing boundaries with a noise-canceling dome that enables the venue to host professional esports matches in the closest proximity to the audience and casters without impeding the performance of the players through sound interference.

“We created LVL to fill a gap that currently exists in the landscape of physical gaming and esports venues. The esports ecosystem currently has large arenas and glorified internet cafés with a few PCs in them, but not a permanent facility where premium events can be hosted while also serving as a place to socialize with friends,” said Dorian Gorr, Co-Founder and Managing Director of VERITAS Entertainment. “It’s not only a facility for professional teams to practice, but it’s a hub for entertainment, collaboration, and connection. After months of planning and construction, we’re thrilled to finally open the doors and welcome the public.”

LVL Berlin will also be the official Berlin venue and Home of G2 Esports, one of the fastest-growing, most competitively successful and entertaining esports organizations worldwide. As the collaboration partner of LVL, G2’s professional teams and creators will practice and create content from dedicated G2 areas featuring practice and content creation rooms as well as public, community-driven locations within the venue for esports fans to interact with G2 and its stars.

“LVL is the best possible place for being the home of G2’s teams to practice, bootcamp and interact with our amazing fans. It will be the go-to place for us to spend time with the #G2ARMY and interact with our people in Berlin, the capital of esports in Europe,” said G2 Esports CEO Carlos ‘ocelote’ Rodriguez. “We are proud that we can present our world-class partnerships in this beautiful city with Veritas as we both work together to bring highly entertaining experiences to esports.”

LVL will not only be a gathering place for fans, casual players and esports pros, but will also serve as a home for content creators, live streamers, cosplayers, musicians and artists. From the professional level to the grassroots community, LVL provides the infrastructure to support the adoption of esports and gaming on a mainstream level.  With the opening of the Berlin-based venue, LVL will also launch a 24/7 esports gaming channel on Twitch and Youtube that will broadcast match highlights from the venue and content created in its full-stack production studio. Focused on the latest innovative technology, LVL plans to put a twist on traditional food preparation by featuring a culinary robotic machine that serves up high-quality burgers for hungry patrons.

“At BITKRAFT we believe strongly in physical experiences tailored to a gaming native and digital-first audience,” said BITKRAFT Founder and Managing Partner, Jens Hilgers.  “In particular we believe that esports participation and fandom at scale is contributing significantly to make such new physical entertainment experiences successful. While we have seen many incarnations playing to this thesis, we became truly excited about the vision and approach of the LVL team and are excited to see their vision materialize with the launch of the iconic Checkpoint Charlie Berlin location.”

Situated in the heart of Berlin at the historic Checkpoint Charlie, LVL is strategically located at one of the most frequented Berlin tourist destinations with over 25,000 daily visitors. This home for esports and gaming fans will be accessible year-round, contributing to the growth of the Berlin esports ecosystem.  VERITAS expects at least 250,000 visitors per year to visit LVL Berlin and will host around 130 live events annually with plans to expand to other esports-hubs around the world.

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Williams Esports Announces eNASCAR Driver Line-up and New Livery

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Williams Esports has announced that they have retained both their drivers ahead of the forthcoming eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series 2023 Series.

Donovan Strauss and Vicente Salas will look to continue their progression in eNASCAR after a solid first season representing the team. Strauss was the 2022 eNASCAR Rookie of the Year after his consistent performances secured him automatic qualification for the 2023 season, while Salas qualified from the eNASCAR Road to Pro Contender Series, winning the first race of the series at Phoenix in early November.

The eNASCAR team will be sponsored again by Duracell, with a custom livery showcasing the iconic coppertop of a Duracell battery. Contested over twenty rounds, this year’s Championship will be streamed live on the Williams Esports Twitch channel for each race. The first event is to be held at LA Coliseum on January 31.

Steven English, Director of Esports at Williams Racing, said: “We are delighted to welcome back both Donovan and Vicente after a great first season with the team which saw a number of top 10 finishes for both drivers.

“It is now time for us to go from strength to strength in the series and show our credentials as one of the best teams in the competition. I have full faith that this will be a standout season for the team.”

Vicente Salas, eNASCAR Driver at Williams Esports, said: “I feel more prepared than I’ve ever been for this year. Running contender helped me learn what I need to do better and it showed me I can really run up front. Consistency and playing the long game will be key. I feel blessed to return to Williams Esports and I cannot wait to get after it.”

Donovan Strauss, eNASCAR Driver at Williams Esports, said: “I’m very honoured to have another shot with Williams Esports in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series in 2023.

“The biggest thing I’m focused on this year is my mental game. If I can stay on the right track with that, I have hopes of contending for the playoffs. I’m looking forward to continuing to improve my craft in the series and bring in good results for our team in 2023.”

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UKETC Announces Leadership Changes

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The UK Esports Team Committee (UKETC), a collective of UK based esports teams, formed in 2021 as a committee of like-minded individuals, with the aim of progressing and growing the UK esports industry, and representing the voice of teams within wider industry discussions, has announced a change of leadership with immediate effect.

Daniel Chung (COO and co-founder of MNM Gaming) and Jeff Simpkins (COO of Resolve Esports) have been voted by the Committee to the roles of Chair and Vice Chair respectively, for 2023.

Daniel and Jeff are both founding members of the UKETC, and their experience with their respective organisations as well as seeing the development and growth of the UKETC since its creation will be beneficial going forward.

Oliver Weingarten and Stuart Brown have now stepped down from their roles as Chair and Vice Chair respectively. However, they will both remain members of the Committee.

“It was a privilege to be initially elected to Chair by my peers, and I feel in a short space of time we have shown that the teams can work together for a common goal – to improve the infrastructure of esports. There is a lot more work still required, many issues to be tackled, but the foundations are in place and I know that Dan and Jeff are well placed to continue to make strides, and will have the full support of all the members,” said Oliver Weingarten.

“It’s an honour to be elected by my peers to represent the UKETC as the Chairman. Olly and Stu have done a fantastic job moving the UKETC’s forwards to reach our goals. With Jeff taking on the role of Vice Chair, we will continue to build on the UKETC and improve esports for UK teams,” Daniel Chung said.

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Results: 2023 Northern Cape Online Championships

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Even with load shedding causing frustration among both athletes and officials alike, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) was able to still host a verys successful championship were all participants were able to compete and, most of all, have fun.

With the “competent” South African government stating that South Africa will have load shedding for the next two years, MSSA is already reviewing its policies in regard to load shedding and its online championships.

Load shedding has a huge impact on esports, and may end up causing online console and pc gaming to become elitist as only those who are substantially financially advantaged will be able to compete. It may also result in mobile esports becoming more popular.. A continuous and consistent electricity supply is vital to South Africa developing as a major esports nation.

Nevertheless, MSSA is more than happy with the results from the 2023 Northern Cape Championships.

There were no less than seven (7) provinces represented, and more importantly, there were more females participating since 2020. Of the 22 athletes who earned Provincial Colours, 7 of such athletes are females.

Special mention must be made of Karli Roodt (Middelburg Hoërskool) who is the first female champion in the esports title of Rocket League to earn Mpumalanga Provincial colours. Karli also qualifies for National Team Trials, and may very well end up in the National Squad and/or Protea Team.

The female esports team, VYBN Females, also had a good showing in the CSGO esports title. The team has now earned Provincial colours as well as qualifying for National Team Trials, and may very well end up in the National Squad and/or Protea Team. Of course, CSGO is just  one of the six titles which MSSA has entered to contest at IESF’s 15th World Championships.

IESF’s 15th World Championships will be played to the following titles:

  • Counter-Strike: GO (CSGO)
  • Counter-Strike: GO (CSGO) – Female division
  • DotA 2
  • eFootball
  • Mobile Legends, Bang Bang
  • PUBGM
  • Tekken 7

The winners of the 2023 Northern Cape Online Championships are:

Title Name of player/team Club Colours awarded
Clash of Clans Martin Venter Hoër Volkskool Potchefstroom North West
Clash Royale – Premier John Kim Middies Mpumulanga
Clash Royale – Premier – Female Leone Loftus Masters of Mind Sports Free State
Clash Royale Tshwarelo Tshwane Knights Mind Sports Club
CS:GO – Premier
ZAG CS
ZAG Academy
Josh Chapman Western Cape
Sebastian Montoya-Pelaez Western Cape
Michael de Villiers Western Cape
Josh Orelowitz Western Cape
Thomas Venables Gauteng
CS:GO – Premier – Female
VYBN Females
ZAG Academy
Paula van Vuuren Western Cape
Chloe Wilson Gauteng
Rialet van Jaarsveld Gauteng
Nicky Muller Gauteng
Alexandria Kruger Mpumulanga
FIFA 23 – Premier Antonie Botes Hoër Volkskool Potchefstroom North West
PUBGM – Premier
Team eFx
Team eFx
Sulaimaan Musthan KwaZulu Natal
Jared Rubly Gauteng
Jarrod Pretorius Gauteng
Richard Henry Eastern Cape
Rocket League – Premier Nick Matzopoulos ZAG Academy Western Cape
Rocket League – Premier – Female Karli Roodt Middies Mumulanga
Rocket League – High Schools Maree van der Merwe Hoër Volkskool Potchefstroom
Tekken 7 Jonathan Brown Team Playbell Western Cape
Sportsmanship Award Desiree Botha Middies

 

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