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ESL Gaming and FACEIT merge, companies bought by Saudi-backed group for $1.5bn

ESL Gaming and FACEIT, two of esports’ biggest tournament organisers, have announced a merger set to be finalised in Q2 of 2022. It comes shortly after German business newspaper Handelsblatt reported the two companies had been purchased by Saudi Arabian government-backed Savvy Gaming Group for a combined $1.5bn (~£1.1bn). The ESL FACEIT group has formed […]

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Galaxy Racer: Investing in the future of MENA esports

Galaxy Racer’s MENA content creators. Image credit: Galaxy Racer Leading esports brands, athletes and celebrities have predominantly focused on engaging with esports communities across South East Asia, North America and Europe. The Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region’s potential, meanwhile, arguably remains largely untapped. This is despite the fact that MENA is one of […]

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ESME reports 300 percent revenue rise in 2021

Middle Eastern esports and gaming solutions provider Esports Middle East LLC (ESME) has announced a 300 percent rise in revenue during the 2021 fiscal year. In addition to its financial growth, ESME also revealed that the company won the 2021 Excellent Service Provider award from Tencent. Saeed Sharaf, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Esports […]

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Nicecactus launches FIFA22 tournaments with McDonald’s

Gaming tournament and training platform Nicecactus has announced a partnership with McDonald’s to deliver a series of FIFA22 tournaments. As part of the deal, the two entities will organise seven qualifiers for the eSports Cup presented by McDonald’s in six countries: Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait. Image credit: Nicecactus RELATED: Nicecactus partners with […]

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IESF and Esports World Federation unveil partnership

The International Esports Federation (IESF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Esports World Federation (ESWF). As a result, the two federations will collaborate on the ‘development and unification of esports’ across the world. Image credit: Shutterstock RELATED: IESF partners with NASEF and appoints Chair of World Esports Education Commission The ESWF will lead the Esports for […]

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Riva Technology and Entertainment and Galaxy Racer acquire VY Esports

Tech and investment company Riva Technology and Entertainment (RTE), together with its sister company Galaxy Racer, have announced the acquisition of esports organisation VY Esports. As part of the acquisition, the CEO of VY Esports, Oleg Butenko, will be joining RTE’s advisory board. Moreover, Gordon Rubenstein, a Managing Partner of Raine Ventures, will be joining […]

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Esports Movers and Shakers: October 2021

Each month, ESI compiles the period’s most significant esports movers and shakers. October’s round-up features personnel changes from the likes of Team Vitality, Riot Games, Fnatic, CLG and Complexity Gaming, among others.  Here are the key esports movers and shakers from October 2021. To read more about a story below, click the link in the […]

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NASR Esports secures TikTok partnership

Middle Eastern esports organisation NASR Esports has announced a partnership with short-form video social media platform TikTok. As a result of the deal, TikTok branding featured on the team’s newly redesigned jersey. Moreover, the partnership will include content collaborations aiming to engage both parties within MENA’s gaming community. Image credit: NASR Esports RELATED: Galaxy Racer […]