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Fnatic’s plan to go big in Japan

(ESI Illustration) Image credit: Fnatic / Su San Lee via Unsplash Gaming is an integral part of Japanese culture, with some of the biggest studios and well-loved franchises originating from the country. From Super Mario to Street Fighter, Japan is home to generation-defining games. When it comes to esports, the fighting game community (FGC) in […]

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Ignite Tournaments raises $10m for mobile play-to-earn esports platform

Ignite Tournaments, a play-to-earn esports tournament organiser, announced it has secured $10m (~£ 7.5m) in funding from investors which will be used to improve the company’s infrastructure and operations. Ignite Tournaments said it will “build the world’s first mobile play-to-earn esports tournament and streaming platform”. The complete investment consists of a $3m (~£2.3m) seed round […]

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Esports investment report, January 2021: ESL and FACEIT, Activision Blizzard, Team Vitality

Although it’s only the very beginning of 2022, there have already been some game-changing mergers and acquisitions that have occurred. From ESL and FACEIT’s merger to Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard, the year has already provided some unpredictable moments within esports and gaming.  Image credit: Esports Insider Esports Insider has compiled a list of the […]

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Esports company VSPN files for Hong Kong IPO

Chinese tournament operator and esports company VSPN (Versus Programming Network Group) has filed for an IPO with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. With the public offering, VSPN aims to focus on growing its infrastructure, expanding overseas and making improvements to its business model. The IPO includes Bank of America Securities, China International Capital and Credit […]

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Interview: ESL FACEIT Group co-CEO’s on an industry-defining deal

One week ago, competing tournament organisers ESL and FACEIT unified in a $1.5bn merger and acquisition deal that shocked the industry. It was by far the biggest acquisition in esports since… well, the week before, when Microsoft bought Activision Blizzard for $68.7bn (~£50.5bn). Savvy Gaming Group, an investment group launched by the Saudi Arabian government’s […]

ESports Professional secures strategic partnership with Gaingels and The Mini Fund

Esports-focused social media network has announced a strategic partnership with investment syndicate Gaingels and The Mini Fund, an advisory and investment fund. The deal includes a strategic investment round, led by both Gaingels and The Mini Fund, with participation from Jeremy Terman, Owner of the esports organisation Kansas City Pioneers, and entrepreneur John Ebbert. […]

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Nielsen and Fnatic publish ‘The ROI of Esports’ whitepaper

North American measurement and data analytics company Nielsen Sports & Entertainment has collaborated with European esports organisation Fnatic to publish The ROI of Esports whitepaper.  Conducted by Nielsen in partnership with Fnatic, the whitepaper comprises results of a collaborative study concerning the return of investment (ROI) in esports. Image credit: Fnatic RELATED: Global Esports Federation […]