Gfinity Appoints Graham Wallace as Global Chief Operating Officer

Gfinity strengthens Leadership Team to drive the next chapter of growth

Gfinity plc (AIM: GFIN), a world leading esports solutions provider, announces the appointment of experienced sports and media executive Graham Wallace to the Board of Directors and to the newly created role of Global Chief Operating Officer with immediate effect. Graham will work alongside recently appointed Executive Chairman, Garry Cook, with responsibility for managing Gfinity’s global business operations as the Company focuses on delivery of its strategy and growth targets.

In a highly successful career spanning over twenty five years, Graham Wallace, a Chartered Accountant, has held senior executive positions with leading sports and entertainment companies including Viacom Inc, MTV Networks Europe and IMG Media. He was Chief Financial Officer and latterly Chief Operating Officer at Manchester City FC where he led the business transformation programme between 2009 and 2013. He then joined Rangers FC as Chief Executive where he helped to lead the rebuilding of the club following its exit from administration. Recently Graham has worked with several leading investment groups advising on strategic, operational and financial matters in a range of sports and media properties.

Garry Cook, Executive Chairman, said: 
“On behalf of the Board I would like to welcome Graham to Gfinity. His leadership and operational skills, combined with extensive knowledge of the media, sports and entertainment sectors will be invaluable as we begin to write the next chapter of the Gfinity story.  

The esports industry is expected to grow to $1.65 billion globally by 2021. With a clear strategy and an experienced leadership team now in place, Gfinity will be able to take full advantage of this growth and build upon its position as a world leader in the esports community.”

WorldGaming Network to Host World Electronic Sports Games

WorldGaming Network to Host World Electronic Sports Games Qualifiers & Finals for the U.S. and Canada

The global tournament from Alisports and WorldGaming Network is the world’s only Olympic-style esports competition

Teams and players will compete to represent their countries at the WESG Grand Finals

Toronto, ON | June 29, 2018 – The world’s only Olympic-style esports tournament has officially arrived. WorldGaming Network today announced that it has been named the Official Tournament Operator for the United States and Canada (two separate qualifying events) qualifiers for the 2018-2019 World Electronic Sports Games (WESG), in partnership with Alisports, a division of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.

The Olympic-style games will last over seven months and involve more than 65,000 players from over 190 countries. Those players will compete for one of the largest prize pools yet – $5.5 million. Competition will span across six games: DOTA2Starcraft IICounterStrike: Global OffensiveHearthstoneVainGlory and Pro Evolution Soccer (PES).

As Official Tournament Operator, WorldGaming Network will host the national WESG events via online qualifiers and live finals for both the United States and Canada. The top teams in each game will then go on to represent their respective countries at the WESG Grand Finals in China.

“We’re thrilled to be joining forces with WorldGaming Network to host the world’s only Olympic-style esports tournament,” said Jason Fung, Global esports Director of Alisports. “WorldGaming Network’s leadership in both the American and Canadian tournaments will help make this our most successful tournament yet.”

“It’s a tremendous honor to help bring the WESG Qualifiers & Finals to both the U.S. and Canada,” said Wim Stocks, General Manager of WorldGaming Network. “In naming WorldGaming as the Official Tournament Operator, Alisports has recognized the strength of our experience, our tournaments platform and the community of gamers we have galvanized throughout the United States and Canada.”

Online qualifiers will be run from September to November 2018 on the WorldGaming tournaments platform. In mid-November, WorldGaming Network and The Stronach Group will host the USA WESG Qualifying Finals
‘live’ at the iconic Santa Anita Park racetrack in Los Angeles, California.  The Canadian WESG Qualifying Finals will be held ‘live’ on October 26 – October 28, 2018 at Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo (EGLX), Canada’s largest video game expo, being held this year at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Fnatics DOTA Team Secures Attendance at The Internationals 2018

Experienced team solidify place at August finals, following the introduction of new DOTA Pro Circuit format –

LONDON, UK. 25th June 2018: FNATIC, one of the world’s leading global esports brands, today secured a place at The International 2018 (TI), an annual tournament organized by Valve and the concluding tournament of the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC). The International 2018, held in the Rogers Arena, Vancouver in August 2018 is the first time, since its inauguration back in 2011 that the event will be held away from Valve’s hometown of Seattle. Fnatic’s experienced DOTA 2 team will attend the event in a bid to win a share of the $25 million prize pot.

Fnatic has attended every TI event since 2011 and its current DOTA team roster has over 20 cumulative attendances at the event. Fnatic’s offlaner UNiVeRsE has been a part of the TI event himself since its 2011 Cologne launch, even lifting the trophy at TI5, while support DJ has been part of the Fnatic team at TI for the past two tournaments including their memorable 4th place finish at TI6.

2018 is the first year with the new Dota Pro Circuit format, where Majors and Minors throughout the 2017-18 season were given points for good performances with the resulting top 8 directly invited to TI 2018. Fnatic initially finished 12th after falling just short of a necessary top two finish at ESL One Birmingham just before the end of the DPC – however this weekend the team has triumphed in the SEA Closed Qualifier, a round robin and subsequent playoff of eight teams consisting of three invited teams and five coming up from Open Qualifiers.

“Getting to The International is the pinnacle of a DOTA players career, and I couldn’t be more grateful to my team for helping me to attend my eighth TI now,” said Saahil ‘UNiVeRsE’ Arora, Fnatic, “This is what we play for, to be crowned champions at this world renowned event. As a team we’re dedicated to playing the best we can at all times and having that dedication rewarded by getting to attend The International is a fantastic feeling. We’re aware the next stage isn’t easy and every team that makes it to TI is capable of winning, but we’re confident that our present gameplay and strategy can put us good stead moving onto Vancouver.”

Fnatic started out the Closed Qualifier with mixed results during the initial round robin phase, finishing with four wins and three defeats. But, when facing sister teams TNC Tigers and TNC Predator in the double elimination playoff, the roster looked like one absolutely deserving of a place in Vancouver for TI2018, winning 2-0 in each game.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the guys right now. Even though I’ve come into the team recently, I’ve seen how hard they’ve been working as a team and that’s paid off this weekend,” said Kurtis ‘Aui_2000’ Ling, Head Coach of Fnatic Dota. “We’re all experienced at this game and have attended many TIs, but you never know what the event brings until it arrives. This weekend we felt good, the spirit and determination of the team shone through and has been rewarded with a trip to my hometown in Vancouver for the finals in August.”

About Fnatic
FNATIC is a leading, global esports organisation with professional teams in the most popular games such as League of Legends, Counter-Strike, Dota 2, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm and more. Since being founded in 2004 by Sam Mathews, Fnatic teams have collected numerous honors including winning the first ever LCS World Championship and winning three CS:GO Majors, in addition to other major gaming titles. In 2015, Fnatic launched Fnatic Gear, the hardware line of gaming peripherals. The organisation launched the first ever esports concept store, BUNKR, dedicated to all things esports in 2016.