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 below.
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.
North American organisation Dignitas has announced a naming rights partnership with digital bank QNTMPAY.
As a result of the four-year deal, Dignitas’s League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) team will be renamed Dignitas QNTMPAY. Moreover, the organisation’s League of Legends academy team will become DIG QNTM Academy.
League of Legends developer Riot Games has announced that VALORANT, the company’s first-person shooter, will be coming to mobile devices in the near future.
VALORANT Mobile has been revealed exactly one year after the title officially launched on PC. Information regarding the release date of VALORANT Mobile has not been announced.
Chelsea Football Club and England midfielder Mason Mount has been appointed as an official brand ambassador of 38 Entertainment Group-owned organisation Combat Gaming.
In his new role, Mount will host Combat Gaming’s new gaming show series, which is set to air on Sky UK broadband during summer 2021. Mount will also compete in Combat Gaming’s celebrity gaming events, which pit well-known personalities against each other across different titles such as FIFA, Call of Duty, and Fortnite.
Multi-regional esports organisation Team Liquid and computer hardware company Alienware have announced ‘Good in Gaming’, a new social platform tackling ‘education, empowerment and inclusive competition’.
According to the release, the new platform focuses on four pillars — grow, learn, get equipped, and compete — with each section having its own dedicated activations.
Chinese esports solutions provider Versus Programming Network (VSPN) has announced a ‘multi-million’ Series B2 funding round from an investment fund managed by Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia (MSPEA).
According to the release, the investment will aid the expansion of VSPN’s overseas business and the development of the company’s esports content matrix, VSPN+. The amount raised during the Series B2 funding round has not been revealed.
ESI Digest, in partnership with GRID Esports, is part of the ESI Podcast Network, a collection of podcasts encompassing the esports industry. For deep dives into the major areas of esports with subject matter experts, check out ESI Focus. For conversations with key personnel and major stakeholders in esports, ESI Insight is the series for you.