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The state of the funding market for esports organisations in 2021

In this piece, Esports Insider uses the expertise of two investors to explore investor sentiment towards esports orgs in 2021, and how it has changed in recent years.

These investors are Joey Brander, President and Managing Partner at First Serve Partners, who has invested in Overactive Media and Splyce, and David Martin, Investor and Advisor at Esports Global and Co-owner of London Royal Ravens.

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Schalke 04 possibly selling LEC spot, OverActive Media unveils esports venue plans | ESI Digest #31

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. On this week’s ESI Digest we cover, Schalke 04 […]

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Collegiate Rocket League unveils plans for 2021 Spring Season

Rocket League developer Psyonix has revealed details on its North American Collegiate Rocket League (CRL) for the 2021 Spring Season. RELATED: Rocket League unveils ESPN collaboration at X Games Aspen 2021 Similarly to the previous seasons, the league will be split into the Western and Eastern Conferences, with ten teams from the US and Canada […]

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SPORTFIVE partners with GIANTS Software for Farming Simulator League

Sports and entertainment agency SPORTFIVE has announced a marketing partnership with Farming Simulator publisher GIANTS Software. According to the release, the partnership is expected to further accelerate the marketing for its esports series, the Farming Simulator League.  RELATED: Farming Simulator League secures three sponsors for third season The sports agency will collaborate with GIANTS Software […]

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XSET teams up with QC Media Holdings

North American esports organisation XSET has welcomed Quality Control Media Holdings, the home of hip-hop record label Quality Control Music, Quality Films, and QC Sports as its new strategic partner.  The collaboration will see both entities work together on a range of initiatives, including content creation, music production, merchandise collaborations, talent recruitment and management, plus […]

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Version 1 and Minnesota Røkkr extend X Rocker and SCUF deals

Call of Duty League (CDL) team Minnesota Røkkr and its parent company Version1 have announced extended partnerships with peripheral manufacturer SCUF Gaming and gaming chair brand X Rocker. Following WISE Ventures’ rebrand and esports team consolidation, X Rocker has expanded its partnership to include Version1’s teams, content and broadcasts. SCUF Gaming will return as the official […]

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Invisalign sponsorship gives Golden Guardians something to smile about

San Francisco-based Golden Guardians, the esports affiliate of NBA’s Golden State Warriors, has announced a partnership with Align Technology, Inc., the makers of Invisalign clear braces. As the ‘Official Smile Partner’ of Golden Guardians, Invisalign will be featured on the team’s jerseys and on activations across TV, digital media, and social channels. RELATED: Golden Guardians partners […]

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LetsPlay.Live partners with Ubisoft to broadcast Oceanic Challenger League

New Zealand-based esports tournament organiser and broadcasting media company LetsPlay.Live (LPL) has partnered with Ubisoft to become the exclusive tournament and broadcast partner for Rainbow Six: Siege’s Oceanic Challenger League (OCL) for 2021. As a result, the OCL will be replacing the LPL Pro Rainbow Six: Siege division. RELATED: LetsPlay.Live partners with Riot Games to broadcast […]

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A1 esports League Austria announces paysafecard as premium partner

Prepaid payment service paysafecard has been announced as a premier partner of the A1 esports League Austria, a multi-title domestic esports competition. The partnership will see both entities focus on promoting Austria’s local esports scene through the use of various fan activations.  RELATED:  ESL Gaming renews long-term paysafecard partnership One of the activations revealed is the […]

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BITKRAFT Ventures announces new advisory board

Esports venture capital firm BITKRAFT Ventures has announced a new strategic advisory board. RELATED: BITKRAFT Ventures raises $165M for esports, gaming investments The board comprises four top executives from some of the world’s biggest companies. These are:  Bernhard Mogk, SVP of Business Development at ESL; TQ Jefferson, the Chief Product Officer of Survios; Snapchat’s Head […]

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Esports video platform officially launches

Vancouver-based collaborative esports video platform has officially launched to the public following a successful beta testing phase. allows competitive gamers, colleagues, and coaches to record game footage, then share, analyse, and comment on the same platform. The site’s 2019-2020 public beta attracted over 30,000 users including ‘thousands’ of pro, semi-pro, and collegiate teams. […]

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ESI Digital Events 2021

Our ESI Digital series for 2021 will offer education, networking and debate on everything related to the business of esports. 

We'll host three digital events throughout this year; ESI Digital Spring [March 30th-31st], ESI Digital Summer [tbc August], and ESI Digital Winter [8-9th December]

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ESI Digital Spring 2021

ESI Digital Spring 2021, over March 30th-31st, will see 60+ expert speakers discuss a range of topics across the business of esports. We'll look at Valve's approach to esports, chess as an esport, and China's dominance, plus our usual Brand Showcases and plenty more.

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