Esports

Getty Images signs In-Game photography partnership with Gran Turismo

Getty Images and Polyphony Digital - the creator of the Gran Turismo franchise - have announced a new partnership which will see Getty Images become the exclusive Photographic Agency of the FIA Certified Gran Turismo Championships.

As part of the deal, the agency will capture in-game photography from Gran Turismo’s online and live World Tour events. 

David Beckham's Guild Esports announces launch

Guild Esports, co-owned by David Beckham and based in London, has announced its global launch.

The new business says its role will be to develop a talent pipeline in the UK, based on a traditional academy model, in order to nurture new talent. A roster of scouts will be tasked with unearthing young players who will be coached by industry leaders with a view to competing professionally. 

The Beckham-owned business will be fronted by Executive Chairman, Carleton Curtis, who has held senior esports roles at Activision Blizzard and Red Bull.

Barclays furthers esports investment with NSE partnership

Barclays has furthered its investment in esports, partnering with National Student Esports (NSE), the official body for university esports.

The brand will become an Official Sponsor of the British University Esports Championships, and will also work with NSE to deliver a number of initiatives for students. 

The announcement follows an earlier collaboration between the pair, who worked together on the Barclays Game Technology Frenzy event in January 2020, which featured a series of student show matches at Barclays’ headquarters in Canary Wharf.

Op-Ed: Why esports is having more than just a moment amid coronavirus lockdowns

Darrell McLennan Fordyce, Global CMO & Co-MD Sports, 23 Capital, looks at the growth of esports and highlights why its growth will extend far beyond the current lockdowns caused by the coronavirus.


In the absence of some of the nation’s favourite sporting staples – namely Champions League nights, Gillette Soccer Saturday and Super Sunday – sports fans up and down the country are turning to something different to get their regular fix: esports. 

FA launches competition to find esports talent

The FA has launched a competition to give fans across the country the chance to represent England at the esports tournament The FIFA eNations Cup.

The ‘Beat the eLions’ online tournament will run on Xbox and PlayStation, with English FIFA fans aged 16 and over given the opportunity to become an eLion at the tournament which takes place in May. Two qualification rounds run by The FA will take place in early March.

The eNations Cup sees nations compete against each other, with each side made up of two players taking part as a team.

Gareth Bale launches esports team

Gareth Bale has launched a new esports franchise, Ellevens Esports, which is set to make its debut at the FIFA eWorld Cup in February 2020.

In partnership with 38 Entertainment Group, founded by investor and entrepreneur Jonathan Kark and former professional footballer Larry Cohen, Ellevens has officially launched with a FIFA team featuring three professional players.

OPPO becomes Official Partner of League of Legends

Riot Games has announced OPPO as the official smartphone partner for League of Legends.

The brand has signed a four-year deal with the company to become an official partner, and will create year-round activations across the franchise’s main events, starting with the 2019 World Championship.

As part of the partnership, OPPO will provide the MVP award for the tournament’s best player, as well as launching the OPPO Cam to take viewers watching online closer to the players during broadcasts as well as glimpses behind the scenes.

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