This week in esports: Spotify, Universal Music, Realm Royale, INSEP

This week in esports has been a busy one, and it has seen a surprising amount of music-related developments. Whether it’s Spotify partnering with Overwatch League or Universal Music Canada entering esports, there’s plenty to catch up on.

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Overwatch League, Spotify partner for playoffs playlists

Overwatch League Spotify

To celebrate the playoffs and Grand Finals finally arriving, Overwatch League partnered with Spotify to produce five themed playlists.

Each playlist contains tracks chosen by players who compete in the league. Here are the titles of the playlists: Party on the Payload, OWL Cool Down, Playoff Feels, OWL Around the World, and Overtime.

Read the full article here.

Luminosity Gaming enters deal with Universal Music Canada

Luminosity Universal Music Canada

Toronto-based organisation Luminosity Gaming has entered an exclusive partnership deal with Universal Music Canada.

To kick off the deal, Universal Music launched a Gaming Hip Hop playlist that was “designed for gamers to stream while they play”. Luminosity’s players and streamers will be used as channels for the record label to push music, and may play video games with some of the signed artists too.

Read the full article here.

Hi-Rez kickstarts Realm Royale esports

Hi-Rez Studios, the develop behind SMITE and Paladins, has launched esports efforts for its latest title: Realm Royale.

This includes hosting a weekly Realm Royale Invitational with streamers, personalities, and highly-ranked players all getting involved. Each tournament will have a $10,000 prize pool.

Read the full article here.

Team Vitality signs esports agreement with INSEP

Team Vitality INSEP

French organisation Team Vitality has entered an agreement with National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance (INSEP) which could see France eventually get its own esports federation.

After conversations started in February, Fabien “Neo” Devide, Co-owner and President of Team Vitality, remained in regular contact with Laura Flessel-Colovic, the French Minister of Sports leading up to this agreement.

Read the full article here.