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Mikaël Silvestre – former Manchester United star – selects Dubai to launch ‘Talent Lyfe’, an innovative agency to represent elite athletes and young talent



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Today, former Manchester United and France international footballer Mikaël Silvestre officially announced the launch of Talent Lyfe, an innovative agency to represent elite athletes and young talent across all professional sports. Talent Lyfe’s advisory team comprises of experts in the field of sport, law, medicine, media, business and investment, with its key focus on delivering success on and off the field. Headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Talent Lyfe has extended networks in France, England, Italy, Germany and Spain.

Talent Lyfe has signed a partnership agreement and received an investment from Galaxy Racer, the biggest esports, gaming and lifestyle organisation headquartered in Dubai, which will spearhead Talent Lyfe’s marketing strategy, brand development and commercial representation, including its growing portfolio of clients.

With over 20 years of experience competing at the highest international level of professional football representing world-class clubs such as Manchester United, Arsenal, Inter Milan and Werder Bremen, as well as France’s national team, Silvestre launched Talent Lyfe to leverage on his experience, knowledge and passion to deliver success for clients across all sporting disciplines.

Talent Lyfe will focus its efforts on attracting talent from Europe, in particular France and England, as well as Africa and the Americas. Talent Lyfe will also look into identifying potential talents in Dubai, thus creating a positive impact to the next generation in Dubai.

Talent Lyfe’s approach will focus purely on the athlete and will offer each athlete access to the five separate pillars, including social media strategy and image management, technical tactical analysis, medical and fitness monitoring, mental preparation and family well-being management.

Talent Lyfe will be providing services ranging from video analysis and image rights management, with these tailor-made services ensuring the total commitment to achieve objectives set with the athlete, because, beyond the contractual aspect, it is the 360 degrees relationship with the athlete that is the goal.

Founder and CEO of Talent Lyfe, Mikaël Silvestre said: “The launch of Talent Lyfe represents a genuinely significant moment in the representation of elite athletes around the world. We place the interests of our clients at the very centre of what we do, and our innovative approach to management connects athletes with opportunities that define careers and secures their future. Joining forces with Galaxy Racer is reflective of our holistic strategy to build their careers, grow their businesses, and elevate the brands of those we represent. Ambitious and courageous, Talent Lyfe pushes the boundaries of what’s possible and the future is incredibly exciting.”

Founder and CEO of Galaxy Racer, Paul Roy added: “We are thrilled to announce that Galaxy Racer has invested and partnered with Talent Lyfe. We believe in Mikaël’s vision for the company and its athletes, and it will definitely revolutionize the sports industry and place us ahead of the curve with the deep knowledge and experience that Mikaël brings onboard. The vision and passion Mikaël has for supporting athletes and their families through Talent Lyfe is fantastic and we look forward to working closely with him and the team.”

Galaxy Racer will utilise and bring its experience of working and managing the world’s top content creators in the MENA and Southeast Asia region to the business. The organisation currently carries over 100 content creators, with a global reach of over 500 million followers across all platforms and over two billion monthly views.

Galaxy Racer was launched in 2019 and has already become the largest esports, gaming, and lifestyle organisation globally. The organisation has five separate business offerings; Esports Teams, Content Creators, Tournament Management, Merchandising and Lifestyle and GXR Records, a newly established record label.

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With new momentum into the second esport season: Ski Challenge plans Nations Cup



With new momentum into the second esport season: Ski Challenge plans Nations Cup
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Ski Challenge, the fast-paced esports game by Greentube, has become one of the most popular sports games just a few months after its official launch. For the second season, the developers of NOVOMATIC Digital Gaming and Entertainment Division, in close cooperation with ski associations and co-shareholders from Austria (ÖSV), Switzerland (Swiss-Ski), and Germany (DSV), are planning an attractive innovation for all ski and game enthusiasts: the Nations Cup, starting in autumn 2023.

Developed as a tribute to Greentube’s first published game, Ski Challenge has had an extremely successful first season with over half a million downloads on iOS and Android since its release in October 2022. The game is not only popular among players but has also established itself as an attractive platform for high-profile global brand partnerships.

Thanks to continuous and extensive updates that enhance the competitive nature of Ski Challenge, Greentube and the three successful ski associations, ÖSV, Swiss-Ski, and DSV, have now joined forces as shareholders to create an exciting new tournament series: the Ski Challenge Nations Cup.

This thrilling competition invites players to represent their countries and compete for honor, glory, and attractive prizes in multiple qualifying rounds and the tournament phase. But that’s not all. Ski Challenge players who qualify for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland will now compete as official national teams for their respective ski associations.

The tournament events will take place parallel to the actual Ski World Cup events. With this expansion, Ski Challenge aims to further strengthen its esports concept and transfer the enthusiasm of skiing into the virtual world.

Michael Bauer, Greentube’s CFO/CGO, said: “We are thrilled to be able to add a number of new teams to the game as part of our Ski Challenge Nations Cup update. These federations are staples of the sport and give the game another level of legitimacy. We firmly believe our highly dedicated and loyal player base will be delighted with these upcoming additions as Ski Challenge continues to grow as a premier esports title.”

Diego Züger, CEO Commercial Swiss-Ski: “This is a great opportunity for skiing. With the establishment of the Nations Cup and the entry into esports, we will inspire new target groups and further develop skiing as a whole. The successful cooperation with Ski Austria and the German Ski Association, as well as Greentube, shows that a lot is possible with good collaboration.”

Stefan Schwarzbach, Board of Communication, German Ski Association: “With the Nations Cup, we as associations want to establish a direct connection to real skiing and our top athletes. Ski Challenge is increasingly becoming an attractive communication platform to inspire children and young people for skiing. In the medium term, our clubs and ski clubs should also benefit from this.”

Christian Scherer, Secretary General, Austrian Ski Association: “We are incredibly excited to launch a virtual tournament series that will revolutionize the world of skiing and bring nations together. This initiative expands the reach and ignites the competitive spirit of skiers worldwide. It is undoubtedly one of the most exciting announcements of 2023 as we embark on this exciting journey to shape the future of skiing and create an unforgettable experience for all involved.”

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DMCC Publishes Latest “Future of Trade” Report on Gaming and Esports



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Gaming revenues are expected to almost double by 2027 from 2021 in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, reaching USD 6 billion, according to DMCC’s latest Future of Trade 2023 report titled “Gaming in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA): Geared for growth”. A young and digital-savvy population, high levels of digital connectivity, and government support are driving the region’s emergence as a consumer and creator hub.

Gaming and esports are both fast growing consumer segments, benefiting from rapid advancements in technology as well as broader and more inclusive audiences. The UAE and Saudi Arabia lead the region, supported by high income levels, strong digital engagement, and public investment initiatives. Globally, Asia Pacific constitutes the largest market share and China, the US and Japan are the largest individual markets.

The report gathers contributions from key industry leaders to establish the critical drivers of the industry’s accelerated growth in the MENA region and beyond. It also examines the impact on gaming and esports from a technology, culture and business perspective, covering global consumer trends, the emergence of MENA as a gaming and esports hub, and the key challenges that the industry needs to address to increase revenues further.

Guiding the global industry’s accelerated growth from nearly USD 200 billion in revenues in 2021 to USD 340 billion in 2027, the report outlines a set of key recommendations for governments and businesses, namely:

  • Diversify esports revenue streams from sponsorship to new direct-to-fan monetisation models – including digital merchandising, loyalty programmes and training platforms for amateur gamers – to boost revenues.
  • Develop appropriate regulatory safeguards to ensure privacy, security and safety online in the digital gaming ecosystem and provide a business-friendly environment – including smoother visa systems to allow esports professionals and audiences to attend live events – to attract talent into the region and elevate it into a global industry leader.

Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DMCC, said: “Gaming has come to the fore of entertainment globally, driving rapid growth especially in the MENA region, which now constitutes 15% of the global player base. The rise of gamification in areas such as education, healthcare, and other sectors has demonstrated gaming’s role in facilitating economic activity more broadly. Ensuring the accelerated growth of the gaming sector will have a measurable impact on the future of markets around the world, as well as the future of trade. As DMCC seeks to solidify Dubai’s reputation as a global trade and economic hub, efficiently activating opportunities within the gaming sector will prove essential.”

Among the most closely watched segments is esports, which is expected to post revenue growth of 23.3% between 2019 and 2024 in MENA. Fuelling this is the region’s young demographic, engagement from international broadcasters and sponsors, and government support. Tapping into this economic potential, DMCC partnered with YaLLa Esports, the Dubai-based professional esports organisation, to launch the DMCC Gaming Centre in December 2022. The Centre supports the growth of the industry in Dubai by providing gaming businesses with access to global capital, leading industry talent, and an ecosystem that allows them to operate efficiently and with confidence.

Due to the UAE’s strong business environment and infrastructure, as well as its status as a gateway to the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions, various international gaming developers have set up their regional headquarters in the country. Ubisoft is based in Abu Dhabi, while the gaming giant Tencent set up its MENA HQ in Dubai along with Riot Games. In Saudi Arabia, the kingdom has included gaming as a core element of its Neom project and has already made investments worth over $1.7 billion on the gaming industry.

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SPORTFIVE Partners with Saudi Esports Federation



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SPORTFIVE has announced that it has partnered with the Saudi Esports Federation (SEF) to provide strategic sales support and project management on a range of the federation’s initiatives.

The key component of this will be providing the necessary support as the main partnership agency on Gamers8: The Land of Heroes, the world’s biggest esports and gaming festival. The event, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, runs for eight weeks from July 6.

Last year Gamers8 hosted esports tournaments for PUBG Mobile, Dota 2, Fortnite, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege and Rocket League, as well as music concerts from the Black Eyed Peas, Marshmello, J.Balvin and more. Featuring the world’s top esports organizations such as Team Liquid, G2 Esports, OG Esports and Team Falcons, the event attracted 122 million unique viewers.

SPORTFIVE began working with SEF last year providing marketing, strategic sales support, project management, follow-up and on-site support. SPORTFIVE will look to support SEF in the development of partnership packages and commercial documents, assisting SEF in updating and maintaining marketing materials to showcase SEF and Gamers8 to potential sponsors and investors.

SEF has engaged SPORTFIVE to provide guidance on optimizing the overall strategic sales process to secure partnerships for the federation’s rights. SPORTFIVE will ensure uniform and effective strategies are implemented across all stakeholders in the market. SPORTFIVE will look to bring new strategic partners for the Gamers8: The Land of Heroes event, using its extensive network of contacts and expertise to identify and approach potential partners for SEF’s flagship event.

Mohammed Alnimer, Senior Sponsorship & Partnerships Manager at the Saudi Esports Federation, said: “The Saudi Esports Federation is pleased to continue its partnership with SPORTFIVE and looks forward to building on the work achieved last year at Gamers8. Our flagship event this summer, Gamers8: The Land of Heroes, the world’s biggest esports and gaming festival, will continue to grow Saudi Arabia’s ambitions of becoming a global hub for esports and gaming. When partnering with international organizations, we seek those who have the same vision as us – and believe that in SPORTFIVE we have partnered with an organization understanding of our aspirations and requirements.”

Alexis Barrassin, Senior Director, Esports & Gaming MENA at SPORTFIVE, said: “At SPORTFIVE, we are thrilled to have partnered with the Saudi Esports Federation, which represents a key milestone in our efforts to further grow our presence in the MENA region. We are committed to building a long-lasting partnership with SEF and leveraging our collective expertise to deliver exceptional service to the biggest stakeholders in Saudi Arabia. This partnership continues to strengthen our position in the region, and we are excited to explore new opportunities and innovative ideas that will benefit both organizations.”

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