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Esports Insider Podcast

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Welcome to the Esports Insider Podcast! We cover the esports business landscape.

We do this via weekly recaps (Digest), in-depth discussions on crossover industries (Focus), and chats with notable individuals and key stakeholders throughout the space worldwide (Insight), in short for anything esports business, the Esports Insider Podcast has you covered.
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100 Thieves announces plans to make video game, Vitality announces JBL sponsorship | Esports Insider Digest
Anchor description: Welcome to the ESI Digest for Friday, 20th May. In this episode, we cover: Vitality announcing JBL as an official audio supplier, 100 Thieves announcing plans to develop a video game, ESL Gaming partnering with Lenovo Legion for IEM and much, much more. Hosted by Jake Nordland (@callmeprivate)
03:42
May 20, 2022
Riot invests in Aim Lab, Saudi PIF buys 5% Nintendo stake | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Wednesday, 18th of May. In this episode, we cover: Riot Games deepening its relationship with Aimlabs, Saudi Investment Fund buying a 5% stake in Nintendo, OG Esports securing partnership with 1xBet, and much more. Hosted by Jake Nordland (@callmeprivate).
03:55
May 18, 2022
Team Liquid renews HyperX partnership, Bravado Gaming expands into MENA | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Monday, May 16th! In this episode, we cover: Team Liquid and HyperX renewing their longstanding partnership, Bravado Gaming expanding into the Middle East and Africa, and more! Hosted by Jake Nordland (@callmeprivate)
03:35
May 16, 2022
Fnatic find PC partner, NSE announce Genshin Impact university tournament | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Wednesday, May 11th! In today’s episode we cover Chillblast announcing a partnership with Fnatic, Prime Gaming announced as Splitgate Pro Series presenting partner, Esports cafe chain Wanyoo UK rebrands to SideQuest Gamers Hub, NSE and HoYoverse team up to run Genshin Impact activities for UK students, plus more! Hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
05:56
May 11, 2022
FaZe Clan announces limited edition keyboard, Wild Rift Icons moved to Singapore | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Wednesday, May 9th! In today’s episode we cover FaZe Clan and Ducky launching a limited edition keyboard, 2022 Wild Rift Icons Global Championship moving from Europe to Singapore, Team Singularity’s Founder stepping down as Chief Revenue Officer, plus more! Hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
05:23
May 09, 2022
GRID launches global CS:GO circuit, Man City Esports joins UKETC | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Wednesday, May 6th! In today’s episode we cover GRID launching a global CS:GO circuit with various tournament organisers, FACEIT securing a ‘multi-million dollar’ partnership with Cake DeFi, Manchester City Esports and Guild Esports becoming the latest members of the UKETC. Histed by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
05:47
May 06, 2022
Generation Esports raises $19m, Complexity expands U.S. Army partnership | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Wednesday, May 4th! In today’s episode we cover Generation Esports securing $19m in funding, BITKRAFT Ventures appointing Dennis Fong and Ryan Wyatt as Venture Partners, Complexity Gaming expanding its deal with the U.S. Army, plus more! Hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
04:58
May 04, 2022
VALORANT announcing HUGE changes to its esports ecosystem | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Frdiay, April 29th! In today’s episode we cover VALORANT announcing huge changes to its esports ecosystem, SCUF Gaming expanding its OpTic and Envy partnership, GameSquare Esports revealing its 2021 financial report, plus more! Hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
05:48
April 29, 2022
Team Liquid launches scouting combine, ESL expands Nielsen partnership | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Wednesday, April 27th! In today’s episode we cover Team Liquid launching a scouting combine in North America, ESL Gaming expanding its partnership with Nielsen, GoodGameNation partnering with Viral Fission for Indian collegiate competitions, plus more! Hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
05:13
April 28, 2022
Blockchain + esports = Desports | Matt Rutledge | The Industry Podcast
The Industry is back! We needed to get all the assets together and iron out the process, we're cooking with gas now!  In this episode, Kerry interviews BAYZ Esports co-founder, Matt 'MobileMatt' Rutledge, about the relationship between esports and blockchain technology, explore what BAYZ Esports is all about, and the future of pay-to-earn in the esports space. This interview was recorded in February. Like and subscribe to stay up-to-date on new episodes!
48:25
April 26, 2022
Heroic acquires BLAST Premier Member Team slot, Promod Esports launches grassroots VALORANT circuit | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Wednesday, April 22nd! In today’s episode we cover Heroic acquiring a BLAST Premier Member Team slot from Immortals, Promod Esports launching a grassroots VALORANT circuit for the IK, Ireland and Nordics, G2 Esports topping Mailman’s China Digital Performance Index 2022 chart, plus more! Hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
06:34
April 22, 2022
Better Collective acquires FUTBIN for €105m, OverActive Media reports 2021 financial results | Esports Insider Digest
On this ESI Digest, we cover: Better Collective's €105m acquisition of FUTBIN, OverActive Media's financial results for 2021, details on the Free Fire World Series' including its $2m prize pool, and many more! Hosted by Jake Nordland, filling in for Tom Daniels. Read these stories and more at: EsportsInsider.com
03:51
April 20, 2022
Epic Games raises $2bn for metaverse plans, Lamborghini launches esports team | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Monday, the 11th of April. In this edition, we discuss: Epic Games raising $2bn in a funding round to help build the metaverse, Dr. Oetker’s pizza brand Big Americans partnering with the KPN eDivisie Finals, Italian esports organisation Mkers rebranding, and Lambhorghini launching its first esports team.
04:02
April 11, 2022
G FUEL teams up with Sentinels, FaZe partners with RESPAWN | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Friday, April 8th! In today’s episode we cover G FUEL announcing a partnership with Sentinals, Community Gaming closing a $16m Series A round, FaZe Clan teaming up with RESPAWN, plus more! Hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
05:09
April 08, 2022
P2E football game GOALS raises $15m, Complexity bolsters Twitch deal | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Wednesday, April 6th! In today’s episode we cover, play-to-earn multiplayer football game GOALS receiving $15m in funding, Vindex launching an esports, gaming and live-streaming audience platform, Complexity Gaming expanding its partnership with Twitch, plus more! Hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
05:36
April 06, 2022
Riot Games expands Getty Images deal, CoD League launches trading cards | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Monday, April 4th! In today’s episode, we cover Getty Images expanding its esports partnership with Riot Games, Alpine Esports launching the second Alpine Esports Series, Upper Deck unveiling official Call of Duty League trading cards, and more! Hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
05:40
April 04, 2022
ESL Gaming reveals the mobile esports titles for Snapdragon Pro Series | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Friday, April 1st! In today’s episode we cover ESL Gaming revealing the mobile esports titles for its Snapdragon Pro Series, Astralis partners with DI to promote Danish esports, FACEIT signs a MENA-focused partnership with FATE Esports, and more! Hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
05:27
April 01, 2022
Usain Bolt become esports organisation co-owner, Fnatic launches membership programme | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Wednesday, March 30th! In today’s episode we cover, Fnatic launching a blockchain-powered fan membership programme, Usain Bolt joining Irish esports organisation WYLDE as its new co-owner, Team Liquid has bolstered its leadership team with three appointments, plus more! Hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
05:42
March 30, 2022
Kappa Bar and Meltdown Bars merge to form the world’s largest esports bar chain | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Wednesday, March 28th! In today’s episode we cover Kappa Bar acquiring Meltdown Bars to form the world’s largest esports bar chain, West Virginia becoming the latest state to allow esports betting, Complexity securing a multi-year partnership with Lenovo, plus more! Hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
05:19
March 28, 2022
Cloakzy joins Complexity Gaming, Coca-Cola named Wild Rift esports partner | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Wednesday, March 25th! In today’s episode we cover, Cloakzy joining Complexity Gaming as a creator and part-owner, Coca-Cola being named as a founding partner of Wild Rift esports, Sony Xperia becoming a partner for PUBG MOBILE esports, plus much more! Hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
05:34
March 25, 2022
Andbox rebrands to NYXL, G2 Esports files a lawsuit | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Wednesday, March 23rd! In today’s episode we cover Andbox rebranding to NYXL, Astralis extending and expanding its hummel deal, G2 Esports reportedly filing a lawsuit over its Bondly NFT agreement, and more! Hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
05:50
March 23, 2022
FaZe Clan collaborates with Manchester City to come to the UK | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Wednesday, February 9th! In today’s episode, we cover FaZe Clan and Manchester City hosting a pop-up event, Smart teaming up with esports organisation T1, UK-based entertainment agency InterTalent launching XU Esports, plus more! Hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
05:42
March 21, 2022
Tribe Gaming partners with P2E game, ESL extends Monster deal | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Wednesday, March 18th! In today’s episode we cover, Tribe Gaming joins forces with play-to-earn MMO title Heroes of Mavia, ESL Gaming extends and expands its Monster Energy partnership, 100T and JBL launching a branded headset. Hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
05:46
March 18, 2022
ESL Gaming unveils 'sonic identity', Gen.G partners with game developer | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Wednesday, March 16th! In today’s episode we cover ESL Gaming's new 'sonic identity' and anthem, Gen.G secures a two-year partnership with game developer Nimble Neuron, the upcoming Commonwealth Esports Championships announcing its three titles. Hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
05:23
March 16, 2022
Ontario launches esports scholarship, CoD League partners with Aim Lab | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Monday, March 14th! In today’s episode we cover, the Ontario Government launching a $1m esports scholarship program, Call of Duty League teaming up with Aim Lab, Indian streaming platform Loco raising $42m, plus more! Hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
05:31
March 14, 2022
Misfits Gaming Group signs blockchain deal, BLAST Premier appoints Managing Director | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Wednesday, March 11th! In today’s episode we cover Misfits Gaming Group signing a major blockchain partnership with Tezos, BLAST Premier naming Charlotte Kenny as its Managing Director, Wisdom Gaming organising its first-ever fighting game series. Presented by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
05:42
March 11, 2022
ESL Gaming launches global mobile esports series | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Wednesday, March 9th! In today’s episode we cover ESL Gaming and Qualcomm launching a global mobile esports series, Astralis reporting its mixed 2021 financial results, Guild Esports announcing leadership changes. Hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
06:04
March 09, 2022
Snoop Dogg joins FaZe Clan, G2 bolsters backroom operations | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Monday, March 7th! In today’s episode we cover Snoop Dogg joining FaZe Clan, G2 Esports hiring a Head of Content and Head of Media, Indian esports tournament platform Gamerji raising $1.1m and much more! Hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
05:22
March 07, 2022
Nerd Street Gamers unveils amateur circuit, SK Gaming signs WoW Guild | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Friday, March 4th! In today’s episode we cover, Nerd Street Gamers unveiling an amateur esports circuit, Esports Entertainment Group completing its public offering, SK Gaming signing WoW guild Pieces, plus much more! Hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
05:49
March 04, 2022
MAD Lions enter the metaverse, Envy Gaming teams up with Razer | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Wednesday, March 2nd! In today’s episode we cover MAD Lions entering the metaverse with Zilliqa, Razer and Envy Gaming's multi-year collaboration, Galaxy Racer expanding into North America, plus much more! Hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
05:55
March 02, 2022
Nintendo pulls Super Smash Bros from EVO 2022, Mountain Dew partners with CoD League event | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Monday, February 28th! In today’s episode we cover fighting game event EVO 2022 not featuring Super Smash Bros, WePlay Holding ending ties with Russian and Belarusian companies, Mountain Dew being announced as partner for CoD League OpTic Major I, plus much more. Presented by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
05:45
February 28, 2022
Team Singularity and OverActive Media launch EU CoD Challengers team, ESL partners with ESPAT | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Friday, February 25th! In today’s episode we cover: Overactive Media creating a European Call of Duty Challengers side with Team Singularity, ESL Gaming and ESPAT's image licensing deal, 7-Eleven partnering with Psyonix, plus much more. Hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
05:24
February 25, 2022
Ubisoft relocates UAE Rainbow Six Major following community backlash, Riot Games unveils slight logo change | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Wednesday, February 9th! In today’s episode we cover the UAE Rainbow Six Major being relocated following community backlash, Bayes Esports renewing its partnership with ESL Gaming, Riot Games unveiling its new logo and launching a media site, and much more! Hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
06:03
February 23, 2022
NC State University receives $16m funding for esports facilities, Virtus.Pro extends HAVAL partnership
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Monday, 21st February! In today's episode we cover: NC State University receiving $16m in state funding for esports facilities on campus, Virtus Pro extending its partnership with automobile manufacturer HAVAL, and Moonton partnering with Esports Middle East for a Mobile Legends Bang Bang tournament series in the MENA region. Plus, get a quick overview of three new The Esports Journal stories now live on our site. Hosted by Jake Nordland (@callmeprivate)
04:03
February 21, 2022
BLAST given major Fortnite deal, Nerd Street Gamers announce crypto partnership with FTX | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Friday, 18th February! In today's episode we cover: BLAST partnering with Fortnite to produce ALL Fortnite Championship Series events in 2022, cryptocurrency exchange FTX partnering with Nerd Street Gamers, ESL announcing details around its women’s CS:GO circuit, ESL Impact, and more! Hosted by Jake Nordland (@callmeprivate)
04:30
February 18, 2022
LCS names new Commissioner, NASCAR launches collegiate esports series | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Wednesday, February 16th! In today’s episode we cover: Jackie Felling being appointed the LCS’ new Commissioner, NASCAR launching the eNASCAR College iRacing Series with NACE Starleague, ONE Esports securing a major partnership with HSBC, Kairos Group acquiring gaming and esports organisation Horizon Union, plus more! Hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
06:35
February 16, 2022
Brandon Snow reportedly departs Activision Blizzard, Free Fire banned in India? | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Monday, February 14th. In today’s episode we cover Brandon Snow reportedly departing Activision Blizzard, India seemingly banning mobile esports title Free Fire, League of Legends’ LLA partnering with brewing company AB InBev. Hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
05:42
February 14, 2022
Misfits partners with SPORTFIVE, Astralis acquires PIXEL.TV | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Wednesday, February 9th! In today’s episode we cover Misfits Gaming Group partnering with Sportfive, Astralis acquiring a majority stake in PIXEL.TV, Evil Geniuses' appointment of Leonard Edwards as VP and Head of Global Partnerships, the 2022 Pokemon Unite Championship Series, plus more! Hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
06:13
February 11, 2022
FaZe Clan partners with the NFL, 2022 Commonwealth Games hosts esports event | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Wednesday, February 9th! In today’s episode we cover: FaZe Clan collaborating with the NFL ahead of the Super Bowl, the 2022 Commonwealth Games hosting a pilot esports championship, BLAST entering FIFA esports to produce the 2021/22 ePremier League, Immortals securing a cryptocurrency deal with Bitstamp, plus more! Hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
06:04
February 09, 2022
ESL Australia secures major deal, MSM merges with RTE | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Monday, February 7th! In today’s episode we cover: In today’s ESI Digest, we cover ESL Australia securing a major deal with Circles.Life, Swift Media Entertainment bolstering its operations with multiple personnel appointments, MSM merging with Galaxy Racer’s sister company RTE and more! Presented by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)
05:38
February 07, 2022
REWE joins SK Gaming ownership group, Dignitas sign NFL player Boston Scott | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Friday, February 4th! In today’s episode we cover: REWE Group joining SK Gaming’s ownership group, Cloud9 securing a multi-year deal cryptocurrency company Blockchain.com, PGL renews partnership with agency IMG, Dignitas signing NFL player Boston Scott to its Rocket League team, and more!
06:60
February 04, 2022
Connor Ball named LDN UTD Co-owner, PGL Major heads to Belgium | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Wednesday, February 2nd! In today’s episode we cover: LDN UTD naming the Vamps’ Connor Ball as its Co-owner, PGL hosting the first CS:GO Major of 2022 in Belgium, Midnite securing $16m in funding, EXCEL Esports’ Co-Founder Kieran Holmes-Darby joining Formula E, and more! Hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels).
06:31
February 02, 2022
Guild Esports' 2021 financial reports, Splitgate's 2022 esports announcement | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Monday, January 31st! In today’s episode we cover: Guild Esports’ 2021 Financial Results, Talon Esports renewed partnership with KFC, Splitgate's 2022 Pro Series and Challengers Series announcement and more!
05:07
January 31, 2022
Nielsen and Fnatic publish esports whitepaper, more organisations secure crypto deals | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Friday, January 28th! In today’s episode we cover: Nielsen and Fnatic publishing ‘The Return on Investment of Esports’ whitepaper, Gen.G and Team Spirit securing cryptocurrency partnerships, CSMG officially launches its collegiate esports brand ESPORTSU, Complexity signs an NFT partnership with ARterra and more!
06:56
January 28, 2022
The Industry Pilot: Interview with Twitter Gaming's Zach Mazzotta — A new podcast by Esports Insider
Welcome to the pilot episode of The Industry, a new podcast by Esports Insider! The team is still working out the finer details and getting all the pieces put in place, but we wanted share this interview since its contents are timely.  In this episode, Kerry interviews Twitter Gaming Partnerships Manager, Zach Mazzotta, about Twitter's role in esports discussions, Twitter Gaming's 2021 Year in Review report, and tools the platform has in the works for its creators. Watch the video interview on Youtube - don't forget to like and subscribe!
50:05
January 27, 2022
ESL and FACEIT merge through $1.5bn acquisition, Morgan Sports Law launches esports agency | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Wednesday, January 26th! In today’s episode we cover: A rundown of ESL and FACEIT’s $1.5bn merger and acquisition, Morgan Sports Law launching a talent management esports agency called DotX Talent, Astralis extending its partnership with matchmaking platform Esportal, Version1 signing a multi-year deal with esports platform eFuse, Plus much more! Links to stories: ESL Gaming and FACEIT: https://esportsinsider.com/2022/01/esl-faceit-group-bought-saudi-1-5bn/ DotX Talent: https://esportsinsider.com/2022/01/morgan-sports-law-dotx-talent/ Astralis partnership: https://esportsinsider.com/2022/01/astralis-extension-esportal-csgo/ Version1 and eFuse: https://esportsinsider.com/2022/01/version1-efuse-partnership-2022/
07:45
January 26, 2022
Team Liquid acquires Limit Guild, Singularity relaunches esports academy | Esports Insider Digest
Welcome to the ESI Digest for Monday, January 24th! In today’s episode we cover:  Team Singularity relaunching its academy project Team Liquid acquiring Limit Guild BLAST Premier renewing its partnership with cryptocurrency platform Coinbase Plus much more! Links to stories: Team Singularity - https://esportsinsider.com/2022/01/team-singularity-academy-relaunch/ Team Liquid - https://esportsinsider.com/2022/01/team-liquid-limit-guild-liquid-mmo/ EEG/ New Jersey - https://esportsinsider.com/2022/01/esports-entertainment-group-granted-new-jersey-betting-license/ Tencent Games - https://esportsinsider.com/2022/01/daniel-sanders-tencent/
05:51
January 24, 2022
Special end-of-year episode: The 6 BIGGEST esports stories of the year! | ESI Digest #74
On the final ESI Digest of the year, we cover the six biggest esports stories of 2021 as selected by ESI Editorial Staff. Host Tom Daniels is joined by ESI Head of Multimedia Content Kerry Waananen and Trending News Writer & Features Editor Jake Nordland. Happy holidays everyone and see you in 2022! Read these stories and more at EsportsInsider.com.
54:18
December 24, 2021
Oxygen acquires CoD league slot, Gen.G appoints Arnold Hur CEO | ESI Digest #73
On this week’s ESI Digest, we cover; Oxygen Esports acquiring a CoD League slot, Riot Games' VALORANT esports announcements, Gen.G's new CEO, Quadrant's entrance into Halo esports, and MOONTON x ONE Esports's Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Women’s Invitational announcement. Read these stories and more at EsportsInsider.com.
10:10
December 17, 2021
FaZe strikes NFT and crypto partnership, ESL and DreamHack team up with RLCS | ESI Digest #72
On this week’s ESI Digest, we cover; FaZe Clan's cryptocurrency and NFT partner, ESL and DreamHack named RLCS esports partner, Immortals secures crypto partnership, Team Pacquiao GG esports & gaming brand's launch, and Global Esports Games' partners for inaugural event. Read these stories and more at EsportsInsider.com.
09:20
December 10, 2021
100 Thieves raises $60m, S1mple becomes playable in RAID: Shadow Legends | ESI Digest #71
On this week’s ESI Digest, we cover; 100 Thieves securing $60m funding round, NAVI’s S1mple's likeness becoming integrated into RAID: Shadow Legends, Former NFL player Kenny Vaccaro co-founds a new esports org,  David de Gea also launching an organisation, and VALORANT Champions Tour expanding their Aim Lab partnership. Read these stories and more at EsportsInsider.com.
09:17
December 03, 2021
North Carolina launches $5m esports fund, Weibo enters the LPL | ESI Digest #70
On this week’s ESI Digest, we cover North Carolina’s $5m Esports Industry Grant Fund, Enthusiast Gaming acquiring U.GG, BLAST Rising’s LATAM expansion, Weibo joining the LPL, plus Talon’s $5m funding round. Read these stories and more at EsportsInsider.com.
09:29
November 26, 2021
Dubit launches metaverse esports league, Riot Games promotes John Needham | ESI Digest #69
On this week’s ESI Digest, in partnership with Mbuzz Esports and BK ROG, we cover; Dubit's massive raise to launch the first metaverse esports league, ESL's rights agreement with Huya, Riot Games's newly appointed President of Esports, FaZe Clan's betting platform partnership, Nintendo's Super Smash Bros esports partnership. Read these stories and more at EsportsInsider.com.
09:39
November 19, 2021
Barcelona confirms League of Legends entry, OpTic and Envy announce merger | ESI Digest #68
On this week’s ESI Digest, in partnership with Mbuzz Esports and BK ROG, we cover; FC Barcelona entering League of Legends, OpTic Gaming and Envy Gaming announcing a merger, OverActive Media trading on the OTCQB Venture Market, Team Liquid and Coinbase's partnership, and Jackson Dahl departing 100 Thieves. Read these stories and more at EsportsInsider.com.
08:55
November 12, 2021
BMW strikes Rocket League deal, Immortals moves to the Great Lakes | ESI Digest #67
On this week’s ESI Digest, in partnership with Mbuzz Esports and BK ROG, we cover; BMW's Rocket League partnership, Immortals relocating to the Great Lakes, Tomas Lyckedal and Nicklas Andersson joining Black Molly Entertainment, Freaks 4U Gaming collaborating with Diversity in Esports, plus Riot Games extending its Bayes Esports deal. Read these stories and more at EsportsInsider.com.
09:08
November 05, 2021
Pokimane co-founds RTS, ESL launches NFT platform | ESI Digest #66
On this week’s ESI Digest, in partnership with Mbuzz Esports and BK ROG, we cover; Pokimane co-founding RTS, ESL's partnership with Immutable X, Team Vitality's Duy Nguyen appointment, BLAST Premier's latest partners and FaZe Clan entering NASDAQ, Read these stories and more at EsportsInsider.com.
09:24
October 29, 2021
BIG, Furia, Heroic added to ESL Pro League, NiP secures crypto deal | ESI Digest #65
On this week’s ESI Digest we cover; Furia, BIG and Heroic being announced as the latest ESL Pro League member teams, Ninjas in Pyjamas launching Shinobi Sports and partnering with Zilliqa, Riot Games unveiling its 2021 World Championship rings, Fnatic hiring an Esports Operations Lead, plus SPORT1 extending its RLCS broadcast deal. Read these stories and more at EsportsInsider.com.
09:52
October 22, 2021
100 Thieves takes the Higround, FACEIT gets Gucci | ESI Digest #64
In this week's ESI Digest we cover, 100 Thieves's acquisition of Higround, FACEIT partnering with Gucci, Endpoint CeX launching a fan token, Team Liquid's Hercules Tires partnership, plus Wisdom Gaming launching an esports broadcast studio at Mall of America. Read these stories and more at EsportsInsider.com.
08:41
October 15, 2021
Riot Games announces huge promotion, Rivalry goes public | ESI Digest #63
On this week's ESI Digest, we cover Naz Aletaha's major Riot Games promotion, Rivalry entering the TSX Venture Exchange, Galaxy Racer expanding into Pakistan, Immortals's Nitto Tire partnership, plus GN Store Nord's DKK 8bn acquisition of SteelSeries. Read these stories and more at EsportsInsider.com.
09:14
October 08, 2021
Norwich City launches esports team, Immortals restructure backroom staff | ESI Digest #62
On this week's ESI Digest we cover, Norwich City launching 1J Esports, Immortals Gaming Club promoting multiple staff, FIFA 22's esports programme, Guild Esports partnering with Finn Harps FC, plus the Thai government recognising esports as an official sport.
08:60
October 01, 2021
ESI London returns, Misfits raises $35m, Fnatic gets jersey sponsor | ESI Digest #61
Esports Insider's flagship event, ESI London returns! Join us November 8-9th at BOXPARK Wembley for two days of the ultimate esports industry showcase!  Head over to ESI London website to find out more about the event and secure your early bird ticket.  On this week's ESI Digest we cover: Misfits Gaming Group's $35m investment, Fnatic's ASOS partnership, Team Nigma merging with Galaxy Racer, TimTheTatman joining Complexity Gaming, and We Are Nations' x The International 10 collaboration. Read these stories and more at EsportsInsider.com.
09:17
September 24, 2021
Fnatic partners with Crypto.com, RLCS returns, plus massive esports investments | ESI Digest #60
On this week's ESI Digest we cover, RLCS's return with new format, prize pool and regions; GGPredict raising $1m for US and Scandinavian expansion; Mineski Global raising $10.6m in Series A funding round; Fnatic unveiling a £11m partnership with Crypto.com; and Mobile Premier League being valued at $2.3bn after funding round. Read these stories and more at EsportsInsider.com.
09:51
September 17, 2021
Team Liquid appoints president, FaZe partners with DC Comics | ESI Digest #59
On this week's ESI Digest we cover, Team Liquid's appointment of Claire Hungate, FaZe Clan's DC Comic collaboration, the 2022 Asian Games esports titles, WePlay Esports's Rocket League tournament, and Riot Games confirming Worlds 2021 in Iceland. Read these stories and more at EsportsInsider.com
09:40
September 10, 2021
Mikael Westerling & Sujoy Roy on esports betting bolstered by data | ESI Focus: Data in Esports #3
As esports betting continues to grow, the need to acquire data efficiency has become crucial. The data collection that powers esports and traditional sports bookmakers are vastly different, but we have been seeing a growing trend of traditional sports bookmakers offering esports wagering options to their services. On this week’s episode, we are joined by GRID Esports' VP of Business Development, Mikael Westerling, and Midnite's Marketing Director, Sujoy Roy, to discuss discuss why esports data is important to bookmakers, both traditional and esports-specific. Moreover, the discussion also goes in-depth about how betting companies utilise esports data and how the process differs from traditional sports. This is the third episode in ESI Focus’s series on Data in Esports, presented by GRID Esports, hosted by Esports Insider Sub-Editor, Tom Daniels.
43:08
September 07, 2021
Piqué and Ibai acquire Superliga spot, FaZe Clan and OpTic announce collaboration | ESI Digest #58
On this week’s ESI Digest we cover, Astralis selling its Superliga spot, FaZe Clan and OpTic's merchandise collaboration, Jesse Lingard launching JLINGZ esports, the LPL’s partnership with DesignStudio, plus Arena of Valor’s esports ecosystem expansion.
09:30
September 03, 2021
LoL World Championships moves to Europe, Bybit secures esports partners | ESI Digest #57
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 on Esports Insider's website. On this week’s ESI Digest we cover: the 2021 League of Legends World Championships being relocated to Europe; Virtus.Pro, Astralis and Alliance partnering with cryptocurrency platform Bybit, ESIC issuing a 2-year ban to former HEROIC coach Nicolai ‘HUNDEN’ Petersen, Wild Rift’s Origin Series Championship being held in Stockholm, plus Kambi Group’s acquisition of esports data firm Abios for up to £22m.
09:46
August 27, 2021
Samson Oh on why data is integral to fan engagement | ESI Focus: Data in Esports #2
Fan engagement has become a central topic in esports over the last 12-24 months as organisations and publishers look to connect with their fan bases on a deeper level. However, to provide meaningful fan engagement experiences, accurate and useful data is crucial. On this week’s episode, we are joined by Gosu Gamers' CEO, Samson Oh, to discuss how esports data can be utilised to get the most out of fan and audience engagement opportunities, whether that be by enhancing current products and services, creating new ones, providing additional context and building stories, or indeed creating platforms centred around data.king the data and much more. This episode looks to provide a brief lesson on an integral part of the industry. This is the second episode in ESI Focus’s series on Data in Esports, presented by GRID Esports, hosted by Esports Insider Sub-editor, Tom Daniels.
35:55
August 24, 2021
Roc Nation Sports strikes esports deal, Mobalytics names new co-owners | ESI Digest #56
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 on Esports Insider's website. On this week’s ESI Digest we cover, Roc Nation Sports and GameSquare’s esports partnership, Mobalytics naming LS and Nemesis as co-owners, FaZe Clan securing an investment from Cox Enterprises, T1 launching a new esports academy, and ESL Gaming’s deal with Raid: Shadow Legends developer Plarium.
09:14
August 20, 2021
Ninjas in Pyjamas joins LPL, Nerd Street Gamers collaborates with BLAST Premier, LOUD collaborated with Facebook on Content | ESI Digest #55
On this weeks ESI Digest, presented by Nuvei, we cover: Ninjas in Pyjamas joining the LPL, Nerd Street Gamers's BLAST Premier collaboration, We Are Nations launching N2, LOUD partnering with Facebook, and Entain's rumoured £50m acquisition of Unikrn.
09:46
August 13, 2021
Chris King & Hans Cauwenbergh on why esports data does what sports data doesn't | ESI Focus: Data in Esports #1
Data collection in traditional sports is burdened by the constraints of messy manual processes, whereas esports data collection happens natively and automatically. But when every little thing can be measured in esports, how do you parse through what in important and how can it best be organised? On this week’s episode, we are joined by GRID Esports' CTO & Co-Founder, Chris King, and Technical Lead, Hans Cauwenbergh, to discuss data is collected, the differences between sports and esports data, and the process of making the data and much more. This episode looks to provide a brief lesson on an integral part of the industry. This is the first episode in ESI Focus’s series on Data in Esports, presented by GRID Esports, hosted by Esports Insider Sub-editor, Tom Daniels.
47:08
August 10, 2021
FTX and LCS announce partnership, FaZe teams up with McDonald's | ESI Digest #54
In this week's ESI Digest we cover, FTX's partnership with the LCS, FaZe Clan's McDonald’s collaboration, Gen.G and Jay Park releasing a League of Legends team song, Ultimo.gg's partnership with Birmingham City, plus ReKTGlobal's Breakaway Music Festival partnership.
08:50
August 06, 2021
Jordan Hamburger & Patrick Mahoney on law & investment in esports | ESI Focus: Law in Esports #4
As with any developing industry, as the market matures more investors enter the space after seeing the trial and errors of first movers in the space.  As a result, investments, mergers & acquisition headlines in the industry have become common place as esports continues to find its footing and continues to disrupt traditional markets. As esports companies start-up or other companies pivot into the space, a financial boost is often needed to bring products and services to the global scale. What are some of the nuances between venture capital, crowdfunding, and stock market listings options for those seeking opportunities to give or receive? On this week’s episode, Patrick Mahoney, Co-Founder of We Are Nations, and Jordan Hamburger, Partner at Sheppard Mullin, discuss the current state of investments in esports, how the current attitudes around investments in the industry came about, what investors should understand about ROI in esports and much more. This is the fourth and final episode in ESI Focus’s series on Law in Esports, presented by Sheppard Mullin, hosted by Esports Insider's Head of Multimedia Content, Kerry Waananen.
41:37
August 03, 2021
G2 Esports appoints Dechelotte, Tribe Gaming announces new investor | ESI Digest #53
In this week’s ESI Digest we cover, G2 Esports appointing Alban Dechelotte, Tribe Gaming’s latest investor, Envy Gaming sponsoring a World Chase Tag team, Semper Fortis Esports’s Top Blokes rebranding, plus ESL’s Israeli media rights deal with The Gaming Channel. This edition of the ESI Digest is in partnership with Nuevi.
08:49
July 30, 2021
McLaren unveils esports facility, Gen.G expands Puma deal | ESI Digest #52
In this week’s ESI Digest we cover, Gen.G's Puma expansion, McLaren’s new esports facility, LOUD signing two Olympic skateboarders, ESL’s exclusive media rights deal with G4, and Apex Legends’s esports plans for the ALGS second season.   This edition of the ESI Digest is in partnership with Omnicoach.
09:41
July 23, 2021
Daniel Schnapp, Craig Levine & Marc Brody on law & esports bookmaking | ESI Focus: Law in Esports #3
Traditional sports betting dates back to the Ancient Greeks and the Olympics. In Ancient Rome, the practice was formally legalised. Esports is only possible through the development of interactive technology and so it follows that bookmakers would follow the innovations. As esports has developed into a global phenomenon, what are some difficulties that esports bookmaking has needed to navigate due to location specific laws and cultural norms and what can the practice offer the growing industry? On this week’s special episode, Craig Levine, Co-CEO of ESL Gaming; Marc Brody, Vice President of Business Development at Bally's Interactive; and Daniel Schnapp, Partner at Sheppard Mullin, discuss the current state of bookmaking in esports, gambling's role in adding additional revenue streams, and how wagering can work with fantasy esports to spread awareness of the industry's potential further and much more. This is the third episode in ESI Focus’s series on Law in Esports, presented by Sheppard Mullin, hosted by Esports Insider's Head of Multimedia Content, Kerry Waananen.
59:37
July 20, 2021
OverActive Media begins trading on TSXV, Carleton Curtis departs Guild| ESI Digest #51
On this week's ESI Digest, we cover OverActive Media trading to the TSX Venture Exchange, Carleton Curtis' departure from Guild Esports, Evil Geniuses launching Factor.gg, MPL Brazil's invited teams, plus GameSquare Esports's Cut+Sew and Zoned acquisition. This edition of the ESI Digest is in partnership with Omnicoach.
09:28
July 16, 2021
Sidney Fohrman & Toa Dunn on law, music & esports converging | ESI Focus: Law in Esports #2
Music has been synonymous with culture since the very beginning and as esports and gaming have emerged as a cultural medium in its own right — novel ways of interacting with music have risen as well. But what are some of the legal difficulties associated with music in this new medium and what should be taken into consideration for projects of all size incorporating music? On this week’s episode, Toa Dunn, Head of Riot Games Music — Riot's newly launched music brand — and Sidney Fohrman, Partner at Sheppard Mullin, discuss aspects of how Riot Games Music was launched, incorporating music in the space and what aspects are involved in making sure everything is handled correctly in the cross-over industries.  This is the second episode in ESI Focus’s series on Law in Esports, presented by Sheppard Mullin, hosted by Esports Insider's Head of Multimedia Content, Kerry Waananen.
45:12
July 13, 2021
Dota 2 The International relocated to Romania, UK orgs launch esports commission | ESI Digest #50
On this week's ESI Digest, in partnership with Omnicoach, we cover Dota 2’s The International being relocated, EXCEL, Endpoint, Fnatic, and more launching a UK esports committee, ESL Gaming's Coinbase partnership, Tomas Lyckedal 's DreamHack departure, Nerd Street, NACE, CSL Esports and Mainline launching a collegiate league, plus Greg Kim joining CLG. ►Site: https://esportsinsider.com/ ►Twitter: https://twitter.com/esportsinsider ►Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esportsinsider/ ►Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/esportsinsider/ ►LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/esportsinsider
09:55
July 09, 2021
Brian Anderson & Michelle Tierney on law & sponsorships in esports | ESI Focus: Law in Esports #1
The esports industry would not be where it is today without support from sponsorships and partnerships with brands, both inside and outside of the space. With sponsorship deals regularly making headlines, just what goes into securing these deals and ensuring all parties are legally protected? On this week’s episode, Michelle Tierney, Director of Commercial Partnerships of Guild Esports and Brian Anderson, Partner at Sheppard Mullin, discuss the legal intricacies behind esports sponsorships, detailing comparisons from their experiences in traditional sports and other media industries. This is the first episode in ESI Focus’s series on Law in Esports, presented by Sheppard Mullin, hosted by Esports Insider's Head of Multimedia Content, Kerry Waananen.
43:30
July 08, 2021
GameSquare acquires Complexity, Team BDS purchases Schalke 04 LEC spot | ESI Digest #49
In this week's ESI Digest, presented by OmniCoach, we cover: GameSquare Esports's Complexity Gaming acquisition, Team BDS purchasing Schalke 04's LEC spot, Guild Esports's financial report, MPL Brazil's launch, Williams Racing partnering with Resolve.
09:60
July 02, 2021
Lori Burgess on esports membership programmes | ESI Focus: Fan Engagement #4
As organisations look to increase revenue opportunities whilst also rewarding fans, there has been a huge development in fan engagement platforms and membership programmes. These can range from third-party platforms such as to org-specific projects. But how are these methods beneficial to fans and organisations and should every organisation utilise these projects in the near future? On this week's episode, I'm joined by Lori Burgess, Chief Operating Officer of Beasley Esports, to discuss membership programmes for teams and their fanbases to engage and connect with one another. This is the fourth and final episode in ESI Focus’s series on Fan Engagement, presented by REELY.AI, hosted by Esports Insider Sub-editor, Tom Daniels.
45:14
June 29, 2021
G2 Esports partners with Ralph Lauren, Belong confirms Houston as first US venue | ESI Digest #48
On this week’s ESI Digest , presented by GRID Esports, we cover: G2 Esports partnering with fashion brand Ralph Lauren, BLAST unveils expansion into Apex Legends esports, Belong confirming Houston as first US venue, Fnatic unveiling global partnership with Kaspersky, Dignitas announcing NYX Professional Makeup partnership, and GamerzClass closing $2.5m seed round.
09:24
June 25, 2021
Panini launches esports sticker album, Team Liquid partners with Verizon | ESI Digest #47
On this week’s ESI Digest we cover Panini’s LVP partnership, Team Liquid’s multi-year Verizon deal, Riot Games announcing its World Championship host cities, Aim Lab's collaboration with Rainbow Six Siege Esports, plus Gen.G announces several backroom staff changes. This episode is in partnership with GRID Esports.
09:42
June 18, 2021
Betway partners with G2, BLAST reveals Fortnite collaboration | ESI DIGEST #46
On this week’s ESI Digest we cover, Betway’s partnership with G2 Esports, BLAST producing the FNCS All-Star Showdown, LCO’s naming rights deal with DoorDash,  Glen Calvert’s Fnatic departure, and Power League Gaming’s new facility. This edition of the ESI Digest is in partnership with GRID Esports.
09:40
June 11, 2021
Dignitas's LCS naming rights deal, Riot Games announces VALORANT Mobile | ESI DIGEST #45
On this week's ESI Digest, we cover Dignitas's LCS naming rights deal, Mason Mount joining Combat Gaming as an ambassador, Riot Games announcing VALORANT Mobile, Team Liquid and Alienware launching 'Good in Gaming', and VSPN's 'multi-million' funding round. This edition of the ESI Digest is in partnership with GRID Esports.
09:24
June 04, 2021
Philip Hübner on fan engagement tools | ESI Focus: Fan Engagement #3
Broadcasts are not simple entertainment portals in esports, more and more of them are offering their viewers ways to interact with what's happening on the screen. With all the buzz around 'fan engagement' what are some tools that available to understand what 'engagement' is and how do to use the for the esports audience?  On this week's episode, I'm joined by Philip Hübner, Chief Business Development Officer of Challengermode, to discuss tools to allow the audience to engage with content, to promote long-term fandoms, and measure results. This is the third episode in ESI Focus’s series on Fan Engagement, presented by REELY.AI, hosted by Esports Insider Sub-editor, Tom Daniels.
50:55
June 01, 2021
Fnatic raises $17m, FlyQuest unveils rebranding | ESI DIGEST #44
On this week’s ESI Digest, we cover Fnatic’s $17m funding round, the LCS Players Association’s new leadership team, FlyQuest’s rebranding, Betway partnering with FURIA, and Harry Maguire joining Semper Fortis Esports. This edition of the ESI Digest is in partnership with REELY.
09:52
May 28, 2021
Daniel Evans & Maria Consuelo Gonima on optimising content creation with REELY.AI | ESI Focus: Fan Engagement #2
Content is integral to creating fanbases for a multitude of reasons. Creating content can increase familiarity with players whilst also boosting an athletes brand which in turn benefits both the individual and an esports organisation. As such, learning to optimise content creation is crucial as it allows players and orgs to focus on other aspects and improving over quality. On this week's ESI Focus, we chat with REELY.AI's Daniel Evans, President & CEO, and Maria Consuelo Gonima, COO, to discuss content creation, the platform's product, and how to optimise videos. This is the second episode in ESI Focus’s series on Fan Engagement, presented by REELY.AI, hosted by Esports Insider Sub-editor, Tom Daniels.
49:25
May 25, 2021
Dominic Calvert-Lewin as Semper Fortis Brand Ambassador, Alfred Chak joins Esports Engine as COO | ESI Digest #43
On this week’s ESI Digest, we cover Semper Fortis appointing Dominic Calvert-Lewin as Brand Ambassador, Alfred Chak joining Esports Engine as Chief Operations Officer, LOUD & PIET’s joint esports fashion venture, Guild Esports launching the Guild Academy, Misfits Gaming Group announcing The Misfits Agency. This edition of the ESI Digest is in partnership with REELY.
07:52
May 21, 2021
Rob Borm on converting fans into customers | ESI Focus: Fan Engagement #1
Establishing a fanbase is crucial in esports. However, how do you turn fans into customers and how important of a role does fan engagement play in this transition?   On this week's episode, I'm joined by Rob Borm, Aquatik Esports' Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, to discuss this crucial fan conversion.  This is the first episode in ESI Focus’s series on Fan Engagement, presented by REELY.AI, hosted by Esports Insider Sub-editor, Tom Daniels.
39:45
May 18, 2021
NRG Asia acquires GAM Esports, London Royal Ravens partners with Midnite | ESI Digest #42
On this week's ESI Digest, we cover CMG.ASIA and NRG Esports launching NRG Asia, London Royal Ravens' Midnite partnership, Enthusiast Gaming acquiring Tabwire, the Global Esports Games unveiling its first host cities, plus FaZe Clan's Kai Henry appointment. This edition of the ESI Digest is in partnership with REELY.
09:54
May 14, 2021
Riot Games unveils esports plans, Fnatic appoints Julien Dupont | ESI Digest #41
In this week's ESI Diges we cover, Riot Games' VALORANT, Wild Rift, and Teamfight Tactics esports plans, Julien Dupont joining Fnatic, Beastcoast's $2.5m pre-seed investment, OverActive Media's Red Bull partnership, Vodafone Giants' Nesquik deal.\ ►Site: https://esportsinsider.com/ ►Twitter: https://twitter.com/esportsinsider ►Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esportsinsider/ ►Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/esportsinsider/ ►LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/esportsinsider
09:59
May 07, 2021
Huya secures Chinese League of Legends deal, ECI launches | ESI Digest #40
In this week's ESI Digest, we cover Huya’s monumental Chinese League of Legends broadcast deal, Esports Certification Institute's launch and backlash, ESL renewing its long-term Intel partnership, Semper Fortis Esports raising £2.55m, NRG Esports' partnership with The General. This edition of the ESI Digest is in partnership with REELY.
11:36
April 30, 2021
IOC launches Olympic Virtual Series, ePremier League expands to China| ESI Digest #39
On this week’s ESI Digest we cover, Olympic Virtual Series' launch, ePremier League's expansion into China, Rocket League's Lamborghini partnership, ORDER's $5.3m investment, and EA announcing Apex Legends Mobile.
10:40
April 23, 2021
Ole Gunnar Solskjær joins ULTI Agency, OverActive Media raises $40m | ESI Digest #38
On this week’s ESI Digest we cover, Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Jim Solbakken becoming owners of ULTI Agency, OverActive Media's $40m investment, Enthusiast Gaming looking to list shares on NASDAQ, Epic Games raising $1bn, and the University of Kentucky (UK) joining forces with Gen.G to launch an international esports exchange programme in South Korea.
10:50
April 16, 2021
CouRage and Valkyrae become 100 Thieves co-owners, BMW announces esports manga | ESI Digest #37
On this week’s ESI Digest we cover, Valkyrae and CouRage being announced as 100 Thieves co-owners, Astralis Group looking to trade in the US market, BMW Esports launching a manga series, Jackson's partnership LCS and PENTAKILL, GRID's $10m investment.
11:34
April 09, 2021
Alban Dechelotte departs Riot, BLAST Premier partners with Coinbase | ESI Digest #36
On this week’s ESI Digest we cover, Alban Dechelotte’s Riot Games departure, Fnatic’s partnership with PCSpecialist, Coinbase’s deal with BLAST Premier, Animoca Brands investing in Veloce, plus PSG Esports’s Betway extension. ►Site: https://esportsinsider.com/​ ►Twitter: https://twitter.com/esportsinsider ​►Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esportsinsider/ ​►Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/esportsinsi...​ ►LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/espo...
10:35
April 02, 2021
Guild secures Subway deal, ByteDance reportedly acquires Moonton | ESI Digest #35
On this week’s ESI Digest we cover, Guild Esports’ Subway partnership, ByteDance reportedly purchasing Moonton, ESL launching its mobile ecosystem, Team Endpoint’s CeX extension, and Southeast Asian Games’ esports announcement.   This edition of the ESI Digest is in partnership with payments solution firm AstroPay.   ►Site: https://esportsinsider.com/ ►Twitter: https://twitter.com/esportsinsider ►Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esportsinsider/ ►Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/esportsinsider/ ►LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/esportsinsider
11:60
March 26, 2021
WWF partners with NiP, esports-focused music label OFFMETA launches | ESI Digest
On this week’s ESI Digest we cover, esports-focused music label OFFMETA's launch, WWF and Ninjas in Pyjamas' partnership, Enthusiast Gaming's Icy Veins acquisition, Kevin Durant's investment in Andbox, plus Wild Rift entering the ESL Premiership. This edition of the ESI Digest is in partnership with payments solution firm AstroPay.
11:14
March 19, 2021
Envy Gaming raises $40m, Team Vitality appoints Co-CEO
On this week’s ESI Digest we cover, Envy Gaming’s $40m investment round, Team Vitality appointing Guillaume de Monplanet as CO-CEO, Washington Justice’s new training facility, NODWIN Gaming’s £16m KRAFTON investment, and Nerd Street Gamers expanding its Riot Games partnership. Hosted and produced by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels). ►Site: https://esportsinsider.com/ ►Twitter: https://twitter.com/esportsinsider ►Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esportsinsider/ ►Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/esportsinsider/ ►LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/esportsinsider
11:17
March 12, 2021
Oakley partners with Scump, Valdes-Scantling launches esports team
On this week’s ESI Digest we cover, Oakley’s partnership with Scump, Tribe Gaming’s deal with Razer, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Subnation Media’s new esports team, Riot Games’ MSI announcement, and WFH League Season 3. ►Site: https://esportsinsider.com/ ►Twitter: https://twitter.com/esportsinsider ►Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esportsinsider/ ►Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/esportsinsider/ ►LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/esportsinsider
09:52
March 05, 2021
Schalke 04 possibly selling LEC spot, OverActive Media unveils esports venue plans
On this week’s ESI Digest we cover, Schalke 04 potentially selling its LEC spot, OverActive Media announcing plans to build a new esports venue, Garena Free Fire’s 2021 esports ‘roadmap’, Riot Games launching its VCT Game Changers programme, plus Twitch Rivals' collaboration with Dunkin’.   ►Site: https://esportsinsider.com/ ►Twitter: https://twitter.com/esportsinsider ►Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esportsinsider/ ►Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/esportsinsider/ ►LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/esportsinsider
12:35
February 26, 2021
Riot Games unveils VCT broadcast deals, Team Liquid partners with Bud Light
This week on ESI Digest we cover, Riot Games’ broadcast deals for the VALORANT Champions Tour, Team Liquid’s partnership with Bud Light, BBC broadcasting FIFA 21’s Global Series European Regional Qualifiers, FaZe Clan hiring a new CFO, and Dire Wolves acquiring Avant Gaming. Hosted and produced by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels) ►Site: https://esportsinsider.com/ ►Twitter: https://twitter.com/esportsinsider ►Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esportsinsider/ ►Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/esportsinsider/ ►LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/esportsinsider
11:22
February 19, 2021
Team Liquid collaborates with Naruto, LA Thieves partners with Dollar Shave Club
This week on the ESI Digest, we cover Team Liquid's Naruto collaboration, AS Monaco partnering with Gambit Esports, Los Angeles Thieves partnering with Dollar Shave Club, 3D Aim Trainer's €1m investment, plus Espo launching its esports fan engagement platform. Produced and hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels) ►Site: https://esportsinsider.com/ ►Twitter: https://twitter.com/esportsinsider ►Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esportsinsider/ ►Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/esportsinsider/ ►LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/esportsinsider
09:45
February 12, 2021
LCO officially launches, Nerd Street Gamers raises $11.5m
This week on the ESI Digest, we cover ESL and Guinevere Captial launching the League of Legends Circuit Oceania, Nerd Street Gamers raising $11.5m in additional funding, PUBG esports’ 2021 plans, PGL announcing a Dota 2 major, plus Anzu’s $9m investment. This edition of the ESI Digest is in partnership with apparel and esportswear frim We Are Nations.   Produced and hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)   ►Site: https://esportsinsider.com/ ►Twitter: https://twitter.com/esportsinsider ►Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esportsinsider/ ►Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/esportsinsider/ ►LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/esportsinsider
12:28
February 05, 2021
Ninjas in Pyjamas rebrands, BIG becomes BLAST Premier Member Team
This week on the ESI Digest, we cover Ninjas in Pyjamas’ rebranding, Team Liquid extending its partnership with Alienware, BIG being selected as the 12th BLAST Premier Member Team, ESIC announcing more partnerships with tournament organisers, plus Guild Esports’ latest financial results. Hosted and produced by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels).   ►Site: https://esportsinsider.com/ ►Twitter: https://twitter.com/esportsinsider ►Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esportsinsider/ ►Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/esportsinsider/ ►LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/esportsinsider
12:06
January 29, 2021
VSPN raises $60m, KitKat named LEC main sponsor | ESI Digest #26
This week on the ESI Digest, we cover VSPN’s $60m funding round, KitKat’s partnership with the LEC, Nerd Street Gamers operating the first stage of the VALORANT Champions Tour, Lucozade Sport entering into esports with Hashtag United, plus Astralis’ new initiative with Universal Music Group.  Hosted and produced by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels) ►Site: https://esportsinsider.com/ ►Twitter: https://twitter.com/esportsinsider ►Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esportsinsider/ ►Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/esportsinsider/ ►LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/esportsinsider
11:23
January 22, 2021
G2 Esports reveals adidas partnership, PGL announces CS:GO Major | ESI Digest #25
This week on the ESI Digest, we cover G2 Esports’ deal with adidas, Ubisoft’s PayPal partnership, PGL hosting a CS:GO Major, Aerial Powers joining Team Liquid, plus 100 Thieves’ AT&T deal. Produced and hosted by Tom Daniels (The Tom Daniels)
10:41
January 15, 2021
LCK unveils rebranding, BBC announces Rocket League broadcast | ESI Digest # 24
This week on the ESI Digest, we cover the LCK's recent rebranding, Dignitas' partnership with Zytara, BBC Sport broadcasting the Rocket League Championship Series X, plus Moonton unveils its sponsors for the M2 World Championship.   Hosted and produced by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels) ►Site: https://esportsinsider.com/ ►Twitter: https://twitter.com/esportsinsider ►Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esportsinsider/ ►Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/esportsinsider/ ►LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/esportsinsider
08:20
January 08, 2021
WePlay Esports and Usyk launch WUFL, FATE unveils new facility | ESI Digest #23
This week on the ESI Digest, we cover WePlay Esports and Oleksandr Usyk launching WUFL, ESL hosting Wild Rift tournaments in Malaysia and Thailand, FATE Esports and Orange’s new training facility, LuckBox’s debut on the TSX Venture Exchange, plus Red Bull Racing Esports’ sim racing facility. ►Site: https://esportsinsider.com/ ►Twitter: https://twitter.com/esportsinsider ►Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esportsinsider/ ►Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/esportsinsider/ ►LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/esportsinsider
11:26
December 18, 2020
FaZe Clan unveils academy programme, Esports One raises $4m | ESI Digest #22
This week on the ESI Digest, we cover Faze Clan’s new academy programme, BMW Motorsports 2021 sim racing plans, DreamHacks new visual identity, plus investment news from Esports One and Prodigy Agency.   ►Site: https://esportsinsider.com/ ►Twitter: https://twitter.com/esportsinsider ►Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esportsinsider/ ►Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/esportsinsider/ ►LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/esportsinsider
11:59
December 11, 2020
T1 signs multi-year Red Bull deal, Microsoft acquires Smash.gg | ESI Digest #21
This week on the ESI Digest, we cover Microsoft’s acquisition of Smash.gg, Duracell’s partnership with Ellevens Esports, T1’s multi-year Red Bull deal, Panda Global’s rebranding, plus Ninjas in Pyjamas’ collaboration with Leeds United. ►Site: https://esportsinsider.com/ ►Twitter: https://twitter.com/esportsinsider ►Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esportsinsider/ ►Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/esportsinsider/ ►LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/esportsinsider
11:45
December 04, 2020
Riot Games announces VALORANT Champions Tour, ESE enters into K1CK Esports purchase deal
This week on the ESI Digest, we cover ESE Entertainment entering into asset purchase talks for K1CK Esports Club, VALORANT and PUBG Mobile revealing its 2021 esports plans, Twitch teaming up with Learn2Esport, plus Legends of Runeterra partnering with Wisdom Gaming Group. Produced and hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels). ►Site: https://esportsinsider.com/ ►Twitter: https://twitter.com/esportsinsider ►Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esportsinsider/ ►Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/esportsinsider/ ►LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/esportsinsider
10:04
November 27, 2020
BLAST strikes BBC deal, Dele Alli named EXCEL ambassador | ESI DIGEST #19
This week on the ESI Digest, we cover BLAST Premier being broadcast on BBC iPlayer, OG Esports’ FUN88 partnership, Dele Alli joining EXCEL ESPORTS as an ambassador, plus ESL teaming up with DDB Worldwide.   Hosted and produced by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels)  ►Site: https://esportsinsider.com/ ►Twitter: https://twitter.com/esportsinsider ►Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esportsinsider/ ►Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/esportsinsider/ ►LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/esportsinsider
10:26
November 20, 2020
EXCEL ESPORTS unveils rebranding, Hector Rodriguez reacquires OpTic | ESI Digest #18
This week on the ESI Digest, we cover EXCEL’s major brand update, Vikkstar becoming London Royal Ravens’ co-owner, Cloud9’s latest PUMA collaboration, Hector Rodriguez reacquiring OpTic Gaming, plus Envy Gaming’s membership programme.   Produced and hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels).   ►Site: https://esportsinsider.com/ ►Twitter: https://twitter.com/esportsinsider ►Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esportsinsider/ ►Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/esportsinsider/ ►LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/esportsinsider
11:25
November 13, 2020
Wolves enters Rocket League, Mayor of London backs esports campaign | ESI Digest #17
This week on the ESI Digest, we cover Wolves’ involvement in Rocket League, Na’Vi launching a fan token, the Mayor of London backing a LND United initiative, plus Fnatic’ signing of Not3s to its ranks. Produced and hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels). ►Site: https://esportsinsider.com/ ►Twitter: https://twitter.com/esportsinsider ►Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esportsinsider/ ►Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/esportsinsider/ ►LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/esportsinsider
10:21
November 06, 2020
Cloud9 launches female VALORANT team, VSPN secures $100m funding | ESI Digest #16
This week on ESI Digest, we cover Cloud9’s all-female VALORANT team, Casemiro launching CaseEsports, Tencent leads $100m VSPN funding round, DreamHack Sports Games’ partnership with eManager, plus YouGov’s ‘Gaming and Esports: The next generation’ report. Produced and hosted by Tom Daniels (@TheTomDaniels).  ►Site: https://esportsinsider.com/ ►Twitter: https://twitter.com/esportsinsider ►Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esportsinsider/ ►Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/esportsinsider/ ►LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/esportsinsider
13:21
October 30, 2020
Sergio Aguero launches esports organisation, VENN raises $26m | ESI Digest #15
This week on ESI Digest, we cover Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero launching an esports organisation, VENN’s $26m Series A financing round, Garmin’s new esports smartwatch, Guild Esports’ mystery sponsor, and BLAST Premier’s partnership with Nubia Technology.
11:30
October 23, 2020
DreamHack Sports Games' new CEO, Deficio joins Misfits
This week on ESI Digest, we cover Nerd Street Gamers' new facilities, Martin ‘Deficio’ Lynge joining Misfits Gaming, DreamHack Sports Games' new CEO, and Germany's ruling on esports athletes entering the country.
08:18
October 16, 2020
IBM enters esports, Team Vitality opens facility in Stade de France
This week on ESI Digest, we cover Team Vitality's new facility in Stade de France, OPL's closure, G-Loot raising $56M, ReKTGlobal closing $35M, and IBM entering esports.
09:13
October 09, 2020
DreamHack and ESL merge, Nike expands esports presence
This week on ESI Digest, we cover Bang & Olufsen entering esports, NEO partnering with Nike, Guild's IPO, DreamHack and ESL's merger, Fnatic's multi-year deal with Hisense, and David Levy investing in Andbox.
08:38
October 02, 2020
Mercedes-Benz sponsors LoL Esports, Ukraine unveils esports strategy
This week on ESI Digest, we cover League of Legends Esports partnering with Mercedes-Benz, Ukraine unveiling its esports strategy, Top Dawg Entertainment founder investing in ReKTGlobal, Riot Games announcing its first self-ran VALORANT event, and Fnatic appointing a new chairman.
09:01
September 25, 2020
Astralis Group restructures brands, Bose partners with LoL Esports
This week on ESI Digest, we cover Astralis Group folding Origen and Future FC, Bose partnership with League of Legends Esports, G2 Esports and Domino's Pizza's alliance, Team Liquid's new facility, and BLAST Premier restructuring its prize pool distribution.
08:24
September 18, 2020
Guild Esports plans IPO, Under Armour sponsors Team SMG
This week on ESI Digest, we cover Guild Esports' plans for an IPO, Under Armour sponsoring Team SMG, Fnatic replacing Rivalry with Parimatch, and Jackson Wang investing in Victory Five.
07:32
September 11, 2020
ESL appoints CS:GO commissioner, PUBG Mobile banned in India
This week on ESI Digest, we cover ESL Premiership's partnerships, MTG's leadership appointments, Redragon looking to invest in Flamengo Esports, and PUBG Mobile being banned in India.
09:20
September 04, 2020
Ben Simmons invests in FaZe Clan, League of Legends boards Spotify
This week on ESI Digest, we cover Ben Simmons investing in FaZe Clan, Pusha-T and Logic's ownership of Chaos, League of Legends esports boarding Spotify, the Gen.G Foundation, Challengermode's $12M round, and BITKRAFT's $165M raise.
09:17
August 28, 2020
Pittsburgh Knights' LCK play, Cisco enters League of Legends
This week on ESI Digest, we cover Cisco's move into League of Legends, Pittsburgh Knights' deal with SeolHaeOne Prince, Dignitas' selling the naming rights to its CS:GO roster, and plenty more.
08:34
August 21, 2020
NEOM aftermath, LCS makes interesting moves
This week on ESI Digest, we cover the aftermath of the NEOM controversy, LCS' sizable developments, Activision Blizzard's MLB hire, and B Site's expansion into VALORANT.
09:07
August 14, 2020
Media rights on the rise, WISE Ventures launches Version1
This week on ESI Digest, we cover new media rights deals for ESL and Riot Games, Gen.G Esports’ plans for regional growth, and WISE Ventures Esports’ new team brand.
08:25
August 07, 2020
Controversial deals with NEOM, Vindex acquires Belong
This week on ESI Digest, we cover controversial deals with NEOM, Vindex's monumental acquisition of Belong, FaZe Clan's deal with Verizon, and Mitch Marner investing in OverActive Media.
07:31
July 31, 2020
MTG personnel changes, Herman Miller expands presence
This week on ESI Digest, we cover MTG and ESL's CEO changes, Herman Miller's latest moves, Misfits Gaming's innovative partnership with Miami Heat and Orlando Magic, and HUYA's new broadcast deal with ESL.
06:52
July 24, 2020
Executives depart FaZe Clan, Eden Park gets esports facility
This week on ESI Digest, we cover three executives departing FaZe Clan and starting afresh, Eden Park's new esports facility, Dire Wolves' major changes, Getty Images' latest moves, and plenty more.
10:40
July 17, 2020
Welcome to ESI Digest
An introduction to ESI Digest, breaking down the weekly happenings in the esports industry and making sense of things so you don't have to.
00:55
June 27, 2020