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Alonso and Barrichello team up for Le Mans Virtual assault with Torque Esports’ simulator company Allinsports

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  • The Spanish/Brazilian combination have an incredible 633 Formula 1 race starts and 43 wins between them
  • Sim racing stars Olli Pahkala and Jarl Teien to join F1 stars
  • Torque Esports’ sim manufacturer Allinsports throw support behind Le Mans entry

Formula 1 legends Fernando Alonso and Rubens Barrichello are teaming up for an assault on the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual – launching the FA/RB Allinsports team for the virtual version of the fabled French endurance racing event.

The duo are two of only five men with more than 300 Formula 1 race starts to their credit, with Barrichello holding the record at 322 with Alonso not far behind on 311.

Scheduled for June 13/14 – the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual will fill the date that was originally scheduled for the 88th running of the legendary French endurance race, which Alonso has previously won twice.

The Alonso/Barrichello team is backed by Torque Esports (TSX-V: GAME) (OTCQB: MLLLF) and its market-leading simulator manufacturer Allinsports, which build and supply Formula 1-level simulators to both racing legends.

Headed by ex-Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull development and electronics expert Anton Stipinovich, Allinsports not only design and build full-size, full-motion simulators from its base in Maranello, Italy, but also market the eRacer simulator that is used by leading motorsport stars including Alonso, Barrichello, Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen, Charles Leclerc, Emerson Fittipaldi, Tony Kanaan, Helio Castroneves, Gil de Ferran, David Brabham, Conor Daly and Nicholas Latifi

The Torque Esports team has a long history at Le Mans with President and CEO Darren Cox creating the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy program which turned gamers into real-world race drivers and spearheaded the successful Le Mans debut for the likes of Jann Mardenborough and Lucas Ordonez.

Joining the Formula 1 stars for the event will be top Nordic sim racing racers Olli Pahkala (Finland) and Jarl Teien (Norway).

“I’ve been very fortunate to have two victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the past two years, but the level of competition for the virtual race could be even tougher,” Alonso said.

“I’m thrilled to team up with Rubens and delighted to add Olli and Jarl to our team. Allinsports played a big role in getting both Rubens and I involved in sim racing, and we’re very excited to be working together with Anton and his team as well as the guys from Torque Esports who are putting this together.”

Allinsports’ Stipinovich previously worked closely with both Barrichello and Alonso during their Ferrari Formula 1 stints. The South African-born electronics expert worked with Barrichello during the dominant Ferrari Schumacher/Barrichello era and worked with the Ferrari Driver Academy during Alonso’s stint.

“Anton and I had a lot of success together back in the day and he has been a huge help in getting me involved in esports racing,” Barrichello said.

“I did Le Mans back in 2017 and loved the experience, and now I’m really looking forward to going back and doing it virtually with this great team. We have a lot of work to do to prepare for the race, but it is going to be a brilliant challenge.”

Both Alonso and Barrichello have showcased their virtual talents in the Torque Esports’ The Race All-Star Series powered by ROKiT Phones in the Legends Trophy division.

Alonso starred last week at Indianapolis, taking two victories, including a win in the reverse grid event. Barrichello has also been to victory lane in the series, taking a victory at NOLA Motorsport Park earlier this year.

The FA/RB Allinsports team has also enlisted the support of former Le Mans LMP2 winning squad Greaves Motorsport to support the virtual Le Mans assault. Jacob Greaves and his team will handle the preparations and in-race strategy for the team.

The Greaves Motorsport squad is no stranger to tackling the 24 Hours of Le Mans with gamers. Torque Esports’ Cox previously worked with the UK-based squad for the GT Academy graduates.

“We have a massive task ahead, but we’re doing everything we can to make sure we give this the best shot we can,” Cox said.

“Even though the weather, safety cars, and everything may be virtual, we’re treating this like the real thing, and Jacob and his team have that race-winning experience that we’re adding to our ‘virtual’ pit wall. We had great real-world success with Jacob and his team with gamers in the past – now we’re taking two real-world motorsport legends into the virtual world. It is a perfect flip from what we’ve done previously.”

The Formula 1 stars’ sim racing teammates have equally as impressive resumes. Pahkala finished third three times in the iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series in 2014, 2015 & 2016, and second in the Road Pro Series in 2013. He finished fourth in the Formula 1 Esports Pro Series Team Championship in 2018 and was third in the Formula E Visa Vegas eRace in 2017.

Teien is a two-time LFSCart champion and has driven for G2 Esports in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual will kick off at 15:00 (CEST) on Saturday, June 13, with racers greeting the chequered flag at the same time on Sunday.

 

Source: Torque Esports

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Esports Charts Partners with Ninjas in Pyjamas

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Analytical agency Esports Charts has partnered with the Swedish esports organisation Ninjas in Pyjamas.

As a part of the partnership, Esports Charts will provide up-to-date analytical data, which will help Ninjas in Pyjamas to make the right decisions and be the leaders in their segment.

“Looking at their results, the Ninjas in Pyjamas definitely live up to their name. Seemingly invisible and stealthy ‘ninjas’ are the deadly rivals for every team in every discipline, wherever they participate. They, more than anyone else, clearly know their goals and move towards victory. Esports Charts, using ninja reflexes, will promptly and surgically react to the changing trends of the esports market and fully support Ninjas in Pyjamas with their data,” Artyom Odintsov, CEO of Esports Charts, said.

“As esports continues down the path of professionalization, the value of accurate data grows exponentially. More is unquestionably better, and Esports Charts is market-leading when it comes to match tracking statistics,” Michael Tidebäck, Head of Partnerships at Ninjas in Pyjamas, said.

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SIS expands Competitive Gaming service

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SIS (Sports Information Services), the leading multi-channel supplier of 24/7 betting products, has doubled the output of content available through its innovative esports betting product SIS Competitive Gaming following strong customer demand.

SIS Competitive Gaming, which has been specifically built for sportsbooks, will feature a greater number of live head to head competitions between skilled and qualified gamers, with the SIS Blitz League comprising of NBA2K20 games now taking place Monday to Friday from 4pm until 11pm.

The groundbreaking service has been well-received by existing operating customers, including bet365, which allows bettors to watch and wager on popular esports events. The end-to-end solution includes live streamed pictures, commentary, on-screen graphics with betting triggers, data plus an extensive range of markets, and prices.

The high-integrity, high-margin product includes robust procedures to ensure all matches are fair and transparent, including a unique dedicated integrity referee, trained by the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC), who monitors every match.

Rohini Sardana, Head of Product Proposition at SIS, said: “Following the successful launch of SIS Competitive Gaming, we’re delighted to announce that the service will include even more matches during peak times for bettors to enjoy, with a 7 hour broadcast of back-to-back matches offering multiple betting opportunities.

“These high-quality betting opportunities have proven to be a valuable addition for sportsbooks in recent months, outperforming similar competitor products due to the robust integrity which has been welcomed by operators and players. Interest in SIS Competitive Gaming is high, and we’re excited to be rolling out the product with more operators in the coming months.”

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Betby Inks Advabet Deal for Sportsbook and Esports Solutions

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Sports betting supplier BETBY has taken its sportsbook and Betby.Games esports offering live with igaming solutions provider Advabet.

Advabet offers both white label and turnkey online casino solutions, which will now be bolstered by BETBY’s sportsbook offering which covers over 50,000 sporting events monthly across more than 80 sports around the globe.

The supplier’s new esports offering, Betby.Games, will also be available through the Advabet solution. The growing product range includes FIFA, NBA 2K and Rocket League competitions, with more events, including tennis and combat sports, to be added shortly.

Leonid Pertsovskiy, Chief Executive Officer at BETBY, said: “Advabet is an exciting, up and coming, innovative brand who we are proud to enter a commercial partnership with.

“Our Betby.Games offering continues to go from strength to strength and with the return of live sports we see more appetite than ever to have a multi-product solution which appeals to a wide range of players. We look forward to a long and successful relationship.”

Sergiu Cravcenco, Chief Executive Officer at Advabet, said: “BETBY’s innovative products and customer-centric attitude are things that stood out for us in our search for new offerings for our platform.

“We both share an exciting vision for the future and working together we will look to continue to grow at an exciting pace.”

 

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