TURTLE BEACH SIGNS ESPORTS PARTNERSHIP WITH MANCHESTER CITY

Leading gaming headset and audio accessory brand Turtle Beach (NASDAQ: HEAR), today announced another significant partnership as the official esports and gaming headset partner for Manchester City eSports. The new partnership will see all Manchester City pro players using Turtle Beach’s Elite Pro line of professional gaming audio equipment, as well as other Turtle Beach gear and accessories. Manchester City currently fields two top-tier competitive players in EA SPORTS FIFA 18.
As well as achieving success on the pitch, Manchester City has also been investing resources in dominating the virtual game by signing prolific EA SPORTS FIFA pro players Marcus ‘Marcuzo’ Jorgensen, and more recently Kai ‘Deto’ Wollin – the reigning PS4™ world champion.

“As the leading brand in gaming audio we’re thrilled to team-up with the Premier League Champions. No matter what the game, competitive play is about total immersion, and that is what the Manchester City players can expect from our Elite Pro series,” said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation. “Manchester City is a truly global brand and while their esports endeavors are just beginning, we’re ready to embark on the journey with them to help achieve even more success, both on the virtual pitch and off.”

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.