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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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React Gaming to Offer LOOT.BET Esports Wagering Skin via HHRP in the Philippines

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Generationz Gaming Entertainment, a subsidiary of the React Gaming Group, has signed a white label revenue sharing agreement with HHRP Inc to operate LOOT.BET’s esports wagering platform in the Philippines, pending successful certification of the LOOT.BET platform by Gaming Laboratories International.

“We are thrilled to have HHRP as a partner for the Philippines market, HHRP being one of only four companies holding online gaming licences in a country of more than 109 million people,” Laurent Benezra, President and CEO of React Gaming, said.

“This agreement is part of our two-pronged growth strategy to expand LOOT.BET’s reach into the B2C and B2B markets. The advantage of the B2B market is that LOOT.BET’s platform will be offered to established customer bases, thus involving no customer acquisition cost on our part. Our partner will offer our white-label platform as its own to its customers and we will receive a portion of the revenue generated when those customers use the platform. The more popular our platform, the more revenue it will generate. The great thing about this model is that we can replicate it in multiple markets and with multiple online gaming providers at minimal cost,” Laurent Benezra added.

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Subway and Guild Esports Celebrate First Year of Game-changing Partnership

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Subway and global esports company Guild Esports are celebrating their first year of a successful brand partnership. The EMEA-wide partnership engages Gen Z consumers with esports and gaming activations. So far, the collaboration has generated nearly 9000 posts and streams, and over 1800 hours of exposure time, and more coming from Subway and Guild, soon.

Just over a year ago, Subway launched a two-year EMEA-wide brand partnership with Guild Esports, the global esports business co-founded by football star, David Beckham.

As esports continues to grow across the world, with an audience of over 450 million in 2021, expected to rise to 570 million by 2024 (according to market research firm Newzoo), this market is a way for Subway to connect with Gen Z consumers.

But there’s more to Subway’s partnership with Guild than esports alone. It also helps Subway to promote its belief in nutritious food, choice, and variety, to an audience that doesn’t always eat as healthily as they could.

David Beckham set up Guild Esports to take a holistic view of its players’ wellbeing – not only advancing skills in gaming, but also taking care of good nutrition, physical and mental wellbeing. With over 80% of gamers eating or drinking while playing (Newzoo), Guild hopes to promote a healthy relationship between gamers and food. And this aligns with Subway’s values of helping consumers make better and healthier choices.

“It’s great to have Subway on board to help us educate gamers and esports players. We are currently working closely with Subway’s nutritionist to further develop our Health and Nutrition section on our Academy platform, aiming to equip young players with the tools and knowledge needed to improve their relationship with food. The lessons will cover everything from healthy habits around nutrition, improving relationships with food and the benefits and dangers of common nutrition supplements in esports. Keep an eye out on our Academy and Guild social channels for more game-changing content,” Luke Hall, Nutritionist at Guild Esports, said.

“One year on, our partnership with Guild has become a powerful asset across EMEA. We’ve turned it into a far-reaching and multi-dimensional asset with many opportunities for our franchisees to engage local consumers. Esports is a new area for Subway, and we are enjoying the journey. And as Guild is an esports organisation which talks so passionately about nutrition, they offer us a unique and well-rounded partnership,” Louise Wardle, the EMEA VP of marketing for Subway, said.

“It has been great to work with Subway as our brand has grown and we’ve built the range and reach of our activities. We are also excited about the future direction of Guild Academy which has a huge focus on the holistic wellbeing of gamers and are pleased to be working so closely with Subway on the development of our Health and Nutrition section. One year on, it’s been quite a journey and we are now set for our next burst of growth. So, look out for more exciting activity with Subway in EMEA in 2022 and beyond,” Michelle Tierney, CCO at Guild Esports, said.

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Challengermode signs deal with KRAFTON, Inc. to host new grassroots PUBG Esports initiative

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Challengermode signs deal with KRAFTON, Inc. to host new grassroots PUBG Esports initiative
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Challengermode, a leading global esports platform, today announced its partnership with KRAFTON, Inc. to be the official platform partner for the PUBG NextPro series – a tournament series giving grassroots esports players the chance to experience pro play in a professional esports setting.

For the remainder of 2022, the best amateur PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG) PC gamers in Western Europe, the Middle East and North Africa will be able to prove themselves in weekly tournaments that will feed into monthly leaderboards with prizes. These week-by-week competitions give esports hopefuls the chance to play like the pros in a continuous competitive experience all on one centralized platform.

This initiative will see KRAFTON, Inc. use Challengermode’s automated esports platform for the PUBG NextPro esports events – ensuring that competition at the grassroots level keeps up with the development seen across Western Europe, Middle East and North Africa for pro-level leagues and events. It will also bolster KRAFTON, Inc.’s efforts to expand the amateur playerbase of PUBG Esports after the transition of the title to free-to-play.

Robin Svensson, Esports Partnerships Manager at Challengermode, said: “We’re delighted to bring KRAFTON, Inc’s grassroots PUBG initiative to life on Challengermode.Together with one of the most popular IPs in the world we are creating a bedrock ground for players looking to ascend to higher tiers of PUBG-endorsed tournaments, which aligns perfectly with Challengermode’s goal of making esports truly accessible for all. We look forward to working closely with KRAFTON, Inc. on this series of competitions and other collaborations in future”

Erin Hughes, EMEA Esports Manager at KRAFTON, Inc. added: “Our main goal for this initiative is to inspire those who have recently taken up PUBG to take the plunge and embark on a new journey through the PUBG Esports ecosystem. Partnering with Challengermode has allowed us to create this grassroots competitive experience, and we look forward to working closely together over the coming months to make this tournament a success, attract new PUBG Esports fans and deliver something that players look forward to returning to again and again.”

 

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