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100 Thieves Reportedly Raising $25 Million for Securing Call of Duty Franchise Slot

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With Call of Duty esports moving to a new franchised model for the 2020 season, there is a mad rush for teams to secure the rights to a location which a team can officially represent in the league, and the city of Los Angeles is driving the most competition.

The rights to the Los Angeles franchise has reportedly been a major focus of 100 Thieves, who are reportedly looking to raise more money to help them lock down the Los Angeles franchise.

According to the New York Post, 100 Thieves, who raised $25 million in funding back in October of 2018 (per Forbes), are looking to secure an additional $25 million to be likely used in securing the aforementioned Los Angles Call of Duty franchise.

100 Thieves has been on a meteoric rise, highlighted by a huge first round of funding which as rapper Drake and talent agent Scooter Braun brought in as co-owners of the esports organization back in October 2018.

Activision has already announced the first 5 franchises for the league, with cities such as Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Paris, and Toronto slated to host teams competing in the tournament.

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TGS Esports Announces Formation of Discover Management

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TGS Esports has officially announced the creation of their full-service management company Discover Management, which is intended to “help esports influencers, content creators and players realize their full value”.

“At TGS we are working with creators on a daily basis” TGS Esports Co-founder and CEO Spiro Khouri said in an official press release. “One constant we have dealt with is that creators love creating but may not have the experience with brand deals or legal matters. We’re helping creators legitimize their career path and guiding them through that process. At the same time, we’re able to connect our partner brands with creators to create mutually beneficial relationships.”

“We understand the value that content creators bring to the table” Justin Simpao, General Manager of Discover Management stated. “At the same time, we can help influencers deal with niche situations that arise from the growing ecosystem of influencer business. This includes curating partnerships, innovating ways to help our creators grow their personal brand, and handling the complex administrative details such as self-incorporation and finance management.”

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2021 M2 World Championship Taking Place in Singapore

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Moonton has officially announced that the 2021 Mobile Legends Bang Bang World Championship will take place in Singapore in January 2021, and will be held offline and behind closed doors.

“Mobile Legends traces much of its global success today to its roots in Southeast Asia and MOONTON is very pleased to bring this great news to gamers everywhere with much thanks to the support of the Singapore government and our industry partners” Justin Yuan, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Moonton said in a press release. “This will be our most exciting event ever as our top players embark on this epic journey to battle it out in Singapore.

Moonton will be teaming up with the Singapore Cybersports and Online Gaming Association (SCOGA) for the event.

“The team at SCOGA and myself are very humbled to be working with the wonderful team at MOONTON along with local government agencies and industry partners” Nicholas Khoo, Co-Founder of SCOGA added. “Hosting one of the world’s biggest events right here in Singapore not only gives hope to so many esports fans in a time of unprecedented disruption, it also provides many opportunities to Singaporeans and encouragement to pursue their dreams and aspirations.”

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Riot Games Announces Live Media Will Broadcast Legends of Runeterra

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Riot Games has officially announced that Wisdom Gaming Group will handle the broadcasting in North American for their Legends of Runeterra esports competition events running into 2021. Wisdom Gaming Group will produce Legends of Runeterra broadcasts under its Giant Slayer brand.

“We’re excited to facilitate tremendous competition with our Legends of Runeterra Seasonal Tournaments in North America” Chris Greeley, Riot Games’ Director of Esports and Commissioner of the LCS said in an official statement. “Based on Wisdom and Giant Slayer’s proven history of accomplishments, we’re confident they’ll help us deliver something truly special to players over the course of multiple tournaments and broadcasts.”

“We’re thrilled to continue working with Riot to build the competitive Legends of Runeterra community” Ian Anderson, SVP of Wisdom Gaming said. “Much like Teamfight Tactics, this brilliant CCG is core to the evolution of our internal brand, Giant Slayer, and our on-going partnerships with Riot in both titles will help to catalyse the great esports moments that are yet ahead of us as both fans and players.”

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