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The story of WePlay Esports and invented Dota hero Danko

In September, WePlay Esports upgraded its entertainment offering by introducing Danko the Dolphin to Dota 2's OMEGA League. We caught up with the team behind Danko to find out about the character’s origin story and its purpose in the broadcast.

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Wolves enters Rocket League, Mayor of London backs esports campaign | ESI Digest #17


Each week, ESI Digest breaks down the weekly happenings in the esports industry, making sense of things so you don’t have to. As well as being housed on YouTube, ESI Digest is available on all major podcast platforms and is also available in written form below. This week on the ESI Digest, we cover Wolves’ […]

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Inter Milan unveils FIFA 21 roster with Bundled partnership


Italian football club Inter Milan has unveiled its FIFA 21 roster thanks to a new partnership with Dutch esports agency Bundled. As a result of the partnership, Bundled will assist Inter eSports in a number of areas including content creation and player management. RELATED: Inter Milan enters esports with QLASH partnership Inter Milan first entered esports in […]

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Cloud9 advisor Eunice Chen launches esports careers platform Enlight.gg


Former Riot Games Events Manager and current Cloud9 Advisor, Eunice Chen, has launched Enlight.gg, a new platform designed to help individuals looking to start a career in esports.  RELATED: Cloud9 launches collegiate initiative with Uconnect Esports The platform’s first initiative will be its ‘alpha class’, which will commence on Monday, November 9th. The six-week-long free […]

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The story of WePlay Esports and invented Dota hero Danko


Unique stage designs and innovative storytelling are two things that have become synonymous with WePlay Esports’ brand. Beyond providing typical esports competitions, WePlay Esports has attempted to diversify its offering time and time again by bringing a new level of entertainment to its broadcasts. In September, WePlay Esports took its entertainment offering to the next […]

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NACE partners with Kansas City sports design firms to great build guidelines


Kansas City area sports design firms Populous and Henderson Engineers have partnered with the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) to help develop official physical build guidelines for varsity esports spaces. Populous has already developed a set of guidelines together with NACE, meanwhile, Henderson Engineers will help to expand them further. RELATED: NACE finds seating partner in Hussey […]

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DarkZero Esports names Tommy Padula as Head of Partnerships


North American organisation DarkZero Esports has appointed Tommy Padula as its Head of Partnerships. Padula will oversee DarkZero’s current partnership with esports apparel company Raven, which also includes a minority stake in the company. RELATED: Rob Stamey joins DarkZero Esports as Director of Operations Padula joins the organisation from MGM Resorts, where he helped develop partnerships for the […]

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The top SEA business developments in October 2020


Southeast Asia’s esports industry continues to strengthen with every passing month and so at Esports Insider, in collaboration with AFK Gaming, we constantly keep track of this blossoming region. Here’s a rundown of the big esports business stories for Southeast Asia in the month of October. Riot reveals Valorant 2021 plans for Southeast Asia Riot Games has […]

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Payments platform Edge raises $1.5m investment round


Edge, a data-driven payments platform focused on esports player and influencer contracts, announced today that it has raised $1.5m (£1.14m) in an investment round. The startup’s platform is based around smart contracts, which automate elements such as competitor payments and directly integrates with games and social platforms alike. RELATED: Adam Whyte on how Edge makes […]

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Guild Esports enters consulting agreement with Thorin for CS:GO roster


Guild Esports has entered a consulting agreement with Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields to develop a ‘top-level’ Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) team, according to a Twitter post from Thorin. Thorin, a long-time esports journalist who has covered the industry since 2001, has reported on, casted and presented CS:GO competition for many years. Through this arrangement, Guild […]

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U Can Company becomes latest member of ESIC


Russian tournament organiser U Can Company (UCC) has announced it has become the latest member of the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC). As a member of ESIC, UCC is now bound by the commission’s integrity program. RELATED: Allied Esports becomes member of Esports Integrity Commission The firm joins fellow tournament organisers BLAST Pro Series and WePlay Esports in a […]

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ESI Digital Winter | 18th-19th November

ESI Digital Winter will be Esports Insider's grand finale to 2020. Following the successes of both the ESI Digital Summit and Summer, this is the Winter edition, with more of the good stuff; networking, education and debate.

The event will be the first instalment of Esports Assemble, a partnership of combined events featuring; ESI Digital Winter, Esports Awards Expo, and the Esports Awards 2020.


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Via this service ESI advises on the opportunities in the space and in turn makes the right connections.

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