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CouRage and Valkyrae change into 100 Thieves co-owners, BMW broadcasts esports manga | ESI Digest #37

Every week, ESI Digest breaks down the weekly happenings within the esports trade, making sense of issues so that you don’t need to. In addition to being housed on YouTube, ESI Digest is offered on all main podcast platforms and can be out there in written kind under.

On this week’s ESI Digest we cowl, Valkyrae and CouRage being introduced as 100 Thieves co-owners, Astralis Group seeking to commerce within the US market, BMW Esports launching a manga collection, Jackson’s LCS and PENTAKILL partnership, plus GRID’s $10m funding. 

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Valkyrae and CouRage made co-owners of 100 Thieves

100 Thieves CEO Matt ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has introduced Rachell ‘Valkyrae’ Hofstetter and Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop as co-owners of the model.

Each Hofstetter and Dunlop joined the organisation initially as content material creators — Hofstetter in 2018 and Dunlop in 2019.

In an announcement video posted on YouTube, Haag, Hofstetter, and Dunlop talk about their journey along with 100 Thieves, culminating with Valkyrae’s and CouRage’s co-ownership.

Astralis Group broadcasts intention to commerce in US market

Picture credit score: Astralis / DreamHack

Danish esports organisation Astralis Group has introduced its intention to commerce within the US market via a twin citation on the OTCQX Finest Market.

In response to the discharge, the organisation has utilized to be publicly listed within the nation resulting from ‘rising US investor curiosity’ in Astralis Group. If confirmed profitable, US-based buyers will be capable to buy Astralis Group shares. The organisation has additionally acknowledged that the itemizing is predicted to extend liquidity.

BMW Esports creates ‘Heroes of Rivalry’ manga, presents OG Esports as new accomplice

Screenshot credit score: BMW Esports

BMW Esports, the esports division of german automotive firm BMW, has unveiled ‘Heroes Of Rivalry’, a manga collection that includes its United in Rivalry staff companions.

BMW Esports’s United in Rivalry companions embody Cloud 9, FNATIC, FunPlus Phoenix, G2 Esports and T1. Nonetheless, the announcement additionally revealed that European organisation OG Esports has been introduced as its newest addition.

Guitar producer Jackson companions with LCS and PENTAKILL

Riot Video games has introduced a ‘international collaboration’ between US-based guitar producer Jackson and the developer’s digital heavy steel band PENTAKILL.

The precise particulars of what activations will happen have but to be revealed. Nonetheless, the collaboration is predicted to showcase the ‘instrument’s highly effective efficiency and distinctive type’.

Esports knowledge platform GRID broadcasts $10m funding spherical

Picture credit score: GRID Esports

Esports knowledge platform GRID has introduced a $10m (~£7.28m) Collection A funding spherical, with NFL participant JuJu Smith-Schuster investing within the agency. 

Alongside Smith-Schuster, ‘trade leaders’ behind Alinea Capital, Bumble Ventures, and Tar Heel Capital Pathfinder took half within the agency’s funding spherical, in addition to ‘main buyers within the gaming, iGaming and tech trade’.

ESI Digest, in partnership with RocketReel, powered by, is a part of the ESI Community, a set of podcasts encompassing the esports trade. For deep dives into the most important areas of esports with material consultants, take a look at ESI Focus. For conversations with key personnel and main stakeholders in esports, ESI Perception is the collection for you.


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