Esports

Spanish football’s LaLiga has launched an esports division with the aim of featuring in several projects that will be unveiled in the near future.

Esports investment fund and management company Vision Esports, the parent firm of the Echo Fox, Twin Galaxies and Vision Entertainment properties, has closed a $38m (€30.9m) round of investment featuring backers from a host of organisations and individuals from within the sports industry.

French automotive manufacturer Renault and its Renault Sports Racing division have expanded into the esports market by entering into a partnership with professional outfit Team Vitality.

Istanbul has been announced as the first international host city for Blast Pro Series, a recently launched esports competition.

Mumbai-based Nazara Technologies has acquired a majority stake in Indian esports company Nodwin Gaming.

The Infront agency is to expand its services into the professional esports market after agreeing an exclusive partnership with the STARK eSports agency.

Liam Thompson, gaming and influencer executive with Havas Sports & Entertainment Cake, picks out the most interesting recent stories from the esports sector.

Russian internet company Mail.Ru Group has acquired ESforce, a major player in the esports sector.

North America’s Major League Soccer has launched its own esports competition, eMLS.

A new online betting company has launched that will specialise in offering markets on esports events.

Football Federation Australia has detailed plans to launch a new esports league alongside the A-League top-tier club competition.

Experiential marketing agency Engine Shop has today (Monday) announced the acquisition of The Gamer Agency (TGA), an esports strategy, event production and development company.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has partnered with marketing and consulting firm Intersport to explore the role of esports within the college sports system.

Multi-territory commercial and pay-television broadcaster Modern Times Group has launched a $30m (€25.3m) investment fund that will target US and European online gaming companies.

Liam Thompson, gaming and influencer executive with Havas Sports & Entertainment Cake, picks out the most interesting recent stories from the esports sector.

Spanish Formula One motor-racing star Fernando Alonso has launched his own esports team through a partnership with Swiss consumer technology brand Logitech and Spanish organisation G2 Esports.

NBA basketball franchises the Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors will enter teams in next year’s League of Legends North American League Championship Series, it has been confirmed.

Nigel Eccles has announced he is quitting as the chief executive and co-founder of daily fantasy sports operator FanDuel in order to launch a new esports company.

Liam Thompson, gaming and influencer executive with brand agency Cake, picks out the most interesting recent stories from the esports sector.

Esports company eFootball.Pro, which was founded by Spanish footballer Gerard Piqué, has partnered with video game developer Konami to launch a new professional esports competition.