This week in esports: ESL, IEM Chicago,, NFL 19

10 August 2018


This week in esports has seen a variety of big developments, from ESL shuffling its executive branch to changing its logo and jersey to support a sponsor. Here’s your weekly recap!

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David Neichel appointed ESL Co-CEO

ESL is restructuring its executive branch, and as a result, David Neichel has been promoted to Co-CEO alongside Ralf Reichert after acting as COO since last year.

Prior to joining ESL, Neichel was the Vice President of Commercial of Activision-Blizzard and had been a Commercial Director at Canal Plus.

Read the full article here.

IEM and ESL announce North American circuit move to Chicago

IEM Oakland won’t be returning this year, instead, the North American stop for the IEM circuit will be in Chicago.

Taking place in November, IEM Chicago will be hosted at the Wintrust Arena and then will be moving to the United Center to close out the three-year deal that has been made.

Read the full article here. adopts MegaFon’s colour scheme for 2018 season

Russian organisation has altered the colour scheme of its logo and jerseys to match that of its new sponsor, MegaFon.

This is a result of the partnership between the two parties, beginning at The International 8 later this month and lasting through to the end of the year.

Read the full article here.

NFL and EA to launch Madden NFL 19 Championship Series

NFL and EA have partnered to launch the Madden NFL ’19 Championship Series with grassroots tournaments, online qualifiers, and three Majors.

These tournaments will allow players to earn points through the season, culminating in the Madden NFL Bowl – an event with a $700,000 (£548,058) prize pool.

Read the full article here.