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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.

For more information on Talent Lyfe, please visit: www.talentlyfe.com

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Guild Esports pro-player has $1 million MrBeast win verified

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Guild Esports, a global teams organisation and lifestyle brand, has confirmed that Fortnite pro-player, Anas El-Abd (‘Anas’), has had his $1 million MrBeast Fortnite competition win verified by organisers Epic Games and Jimmy ‘MrBeast’ Donaldson – a YouTube personality with the fourth-biggest channel on YouTube and more than 125 million subscribers.

Anas’ victory in the ‘MrBeast’s Extreme Survival Challenge’, which took place on 17 December 2022, has cemented his position as one of the top Fortnite players competing globally at a professional level.

When Anas joined Guild in 2021, he brought with him experience of the European pro scene, having played Fortnite since 2017. Anas has qualified for the game’s flagship Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) Finals 14 times over the space of four years and 13 seasons, with this latest MrBeast accolade adding to his already impressive track record.

The MrBeast tournament victory from Anas rounded off a highly successful year of competition for Guild Esports and its players in 2022, with notable wins across the RL EMEA Predator League 2022, Game Changers EMEA Series 3, Fortnite Champion Series, EA Sports FIFA 22 eChampions League and the MrBeast Challenge.

In 2023, Guild is one of the leading organisations remaining committed to Fortnite competitions, with previous Fortnite tournament victories including four FNCS titles, Gamers8 – No Build, and the recent MrBeast Extreme Survival Challenge. Guild’s current Fortnite duo Anas and Henrik Mclean (‘Hen’) are also trialling playing together. Hen brings three FNCS trophies to the partnership, while Anas has one of the most consistent and highest average placement positions.

Jasmine Skee, CEO of Guild Esports, commented: “Many congratulations to Anas, who has proven yet again that he is among the world’s best Fortnite players. We are delighted by his success, which underscores the exceptional talent within Guild’s teams. Winning tournaments, reaching ever-larger audiences and gaining new fans, supports our ongoing growth as a leading global esports organisation. We can’t wait to see how Anas and Hen get on this year collaborating further and playing as a duo for Guild.”

Anas El-Abd (‘Anas’), Fortnite player at Guild Esports, commented: “Winning the MrBeast Challenge is one of my best accomplishments since playing Fortnite. Moving forward I will be focusing on tournaments with myself and Hen. We are doing pretty well playing together now, we are both good players and were both looking for a duo, so it makes sense to try it out.”

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The World’s Biggest Esports Stars Train at Kinguin’s Cutting-Edge Esports Performance Center in Warsaw – Summary of 2022

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In 2022, 66 bootcamps and 20 special events were held at the Kinguin Esports Performance Center in Warsaw – the state-of-the-art esports training center for players and teams in Europe.

Kinguin EPC is where the best teams in the world train to prepare for tournaments across key esports titles including Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, Dota 2, FIFA, Rocket League, Fortnite, VALORANT and Rainbow Six: Siege.

2022 in numbers:

  • Number of bootcamps: 66
  • Number of events: 20
  • Longest stays: Misfits Premier – 116 days, X7 – 88 days
  • The largest bootcamp: Seven Goats – 25 people
  • Guests who visited EPC the most: Anonymo (6 bootcamps), Imperial (5), NAVI Javelins (4)

2022 was a thrilling year at the Kinguin Esports Performance Center being used by leading teams including Tundra Esports players, who in the following months won The Dota 2 International and FaZe Clan – winners of Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2022. The center was also visited by teams such as Imperial, Renegades, Team Falcons, MOUZ, AGO, OG, TYLOO, MIBR, NAVI, SKADE, Acend, Wisła Kraków, Anonymo, Excel, Exeed, TSM and Pasha Gaming Camp.

Paweł Książek, Head of Kinguin Esports Performance Center, said: “The Kinguin Esports Performance Center was created with the best teams in the world in mind and last year showed the importance of the EPC to esports players and teams. It is an honor to host some of the biggest esports teams and legends including the winners of the most prestigious tournaments.”

Since the start of the war in Ukraine, Kinguin has been actively helping people affected by the conflict. The Kinguin Esports Performance Center is open to all Ukrainian esports players and their families free of charge. To date, it has hosted almost 30 people, and its doors are still open to Ukrainian people in need of support.

Kinguin EPC hosted 20 industry events in 2022 including SkillFactor, a talent show where young esports players competed against each other in CS:GO, Deluxe Ski Jump 2 tournament powered by Rockstar Energy Drinks, Esports Skills Camp, modern gaming colonies and practical classes in esports for the University of Physical Culture and Tourism in Pruszków.

Other key events include Intel Overclocking Masters, journalistic competitions in spinning processors, as well as broadcasts from Kinguin Legends, the world’s first tournament featuring the biggest stars in the history of the CS:GO scene.

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2023 Northern Cape Online Championships pushed forward to January

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Due to IESF having moved the 15th World Esports Championships (WEC) from December to August, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) will thus be holding its Northern Cape Online Esports Championships on 28 January 2023.

The Northern Cape Online Esports Championships shall offer all Registered Players the opportunity to qualify for selection to the national squad and for the Protea Team.

In order to participate, players must be registered for the 2022/2023 season.

The championship shall be held on 28 January 2023.

Game titles to be played are:

Period/genre Title Platform Age restriction Players
Shooter
CODM Mobile 18 4 v 4
CS GO PC 16 5 v 5
PUBGM Mobile 18 4 v 4
Sport
FIFA ’23 Console 12 1 v 1
eFootball 2023 (Konami) Console 12 1 v 1
Rocket League PC and Console 12 1 v 1
Sim racing – Assetto Corsa Competizione PC 12 1
MOBA
DotA 2 PC 12 5 v 5
Clash Royale Mobile 12 1 v 1
League of Legends PC 12 5 v 5
Clash of Clans Mobile 12 1 v1
Mobile Legends Bang Bang Mobile 12 5 v 5
Fighting
Tekken 7 Console 16 1 v 1
Street Fighter V Console 12 1 v 1
Card HearthStone Various 12 1 v 1

Tournament Structure:

As per the MSSA’s rules, being:

  • If less than six teams, the championship shall be a Round Robin Championship
  • If 6 to 10 teams enter the championship there shall be four rounds as played to the Swiss System
  • If 11 or more teams enter the championship there shall be five rounds as played to the Swiss System

Eligibility:

  • Any team consisting of players who are Registered Players affiliated to a MSSA member club may enter.

Entries:

  • Entry is R100.00 per Registered Player.
  • Only fully-paid-up Registered Players may participate in this event.
  • Entries must be submitted by 27 January 2023.
  • To enter, the club must complete the Google Drive document.
  • The entry form may be found on Google Drive.
  • Clubs are to download the entry form, completed the downloaded form, and e-mail it to Mind Sports South Africa.
  • Photographs of players must accompany the entry.

Medals:

Medals shall be handed over to winners at the next MSSA LAN that they attend.

MALE:

  • PREMIERMedals shall be awarded to the first three teams.
  • UNDER 24: Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams that have not won a Premier medal and which are comprised entirely of students currently registered at any officially recognized University.
  • SCHOLARSMedals shall be awarded to the first three teams of learners currently registered at any officially recognized school, provided they have not received any Premier medals. 

  FEMALE:

  • PREMIER: Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams.
  • UNDER 24: Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams that have not won a Premier medal and which are comprised entirely of students currently registered at any officially recognized University.
  • SCHOLARS: Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams of learners currently registered at any officially recognized school, provided they have not received any Premier medals.

Colours:

  • Protea Colours: Only Players that are selected to represent South Africa in International Championships may earn National Colours if the Protea Colours Board’s criteria are met.
  • National Colours: All Players that win all of their Matches at a National Championship will earn National Colours.
  • Provincial Colours: All Players that win all of their Matches at a Provincial Championship will earn Provincial Colours. All Players who score within the top 50% in a specific Period at a Provincial Championship, and who also score within the top 50% at a National Championship in the same period and in the same year, will earn Provincial Colours.

General:

  • The championship shall be played on: 28 January 2023
  • The first round will start at 10H00. Players shall be given 60 minutes to complete each round.
  • The championship is accredited as being of the same status as a provincial championship.
  • The championship shall be used for the awarding of provincial colours;
  • The championship shall be used for the awarding of medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in Premier, Under 24, and School categories;
  • The championship shall be used for the ability to qualify for National Team Squad.
  • All medals shall be awarded to the recipients at a MSSA LAN championships.

Umpires:

  • Umpires may only be contacted over Skype on the day of competition. Any communication not on the Skype channel shall not be entered into.

Ladder:

  • All games shall count towards the National Ladder.

Shout casting:

  • MSSA shall decide who may shout-cast the games.
  • Anybody wishing to be appointed as a Shout-Caster must apply in writing
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