Roc Nation Sports strikes esports deal, Mobalytics names new co-owners | ESI Digest #56

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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

This edition of the ESI Digest is in partnership with Nuvei.

Roc Nation Sports and GameSquare announce esports partnership

Management and sports agency Roc Nation Sports has partnered with Gaming Community Network (GCN) to create ‘gaming solutions’ for athletes.  

GCN, which is part of GameSquare Esports’s group of companies, will collaborate with Roc Nations Sports on athlete-centric strategies. This includes esports tournaments, gaming content production, and live streaming events.

Mobalytics names LS and Nemesis as co-owners

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California-based esports analytics platform Mobalytics has welcomed content creators Nick ‘LS’ DeCesare and Tim ‘Nemesis’ Lipovšek as co-owners.

DeCesare and Lipovšek will reportedly contribute to the design and development of the platform’s new tools and features designed for high-ranked players and professional teams.

FaZe Clan secures investment from Cox Enterprises

North American esports organisation Faze Clan has announced a strategic investment from media conglomerate Cox Enterprises. 

According to the release, the investment deepens the existing partnership between the two entities. Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed.

T1 launches new esports academy

T1 Esports Academy Logo
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South Korean organisation T1 Entertainment and Sport has announced the creation of an esports academy, the T1 Esports Academy (TEA).

The academy, which launches in Seoul in early September, will initially offer courses for League of Legends. The organisation has also announced its intention to expand the academy into other titles.

ESL Gaming enters partnership with Plarium

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Tournament organiser ESL Gaming has announced a partnership with Israeli mobile video game developer Plarium.

Plarium will integrate Raid: Shadow Legends and Mech Arena: Robot Showdown into the league alongside a new, yet-to-be-announced title.

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