Each week ESI Digest breaks up weekly events in the esports industry and makes sense so you don't have to. ESI Digest can not only be found on YouTube but also on all major podcast platforms and also in written form below.
In this week's ESI Digest we cover Huyas monumental Chinese League of Legends broadcasting contract, Esports Certification Institute ESL renewal of its long-term Intel launch and backlash. Partnership Semper Fortis Esports raises £ 2.55m plus NRG Esports' partnership with The General .
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Chinese live streaming platform Huya has signed an exclusive media rights contract worth RMB 2,013 million (~ £ 223.88 million) for League of Legends esports in China.
Huya signed a five-year contract with TJ Sports, China's League of Legends operator, a joint venture between Tencent and Riot Games, on Tuesday, April 27th. The deal includes the League of Legends Pro League (LPL), League of Legends Development League (LDL) and the LPL's All-Star Event.
Former Dignitas Chief of Staff Ryan Friedman and Houston Rockets Ex-Vice President of Esports Sebastian Park founded the Esports Certification Institute (ECI).
According to the press release, the opening exam consisted of 120 multiple-choice questions and an essay. The exam focuses on “esports knowledge, statistical competence and problem solving”. Following criticism from the esports community, ECI has suspended its registrations and is refunding those who paid for the exam or study guide. The institute has announced that it will rethink its process.
ESL and Intel renew their long-term partnership. Both parties plan to invest $ 100 million in the sport.
Esports organizer and production company ESL Gaming has renewed its longstanding partnership with the North American technology company Intel and extended the collaboration to 20 years.
According to the publication, both companies will invest over USD 100 million (~) in the renovation, which is due to begin in 2022, by including IEM Katowice in 2025 (£ 71.95 million) in sport. The investment is expected to bring "further product innovations and improvements for fans and gamers alike".
After the UK-based esports organization was listed on the Aquis Stock Exchange (AQSE), Semper Fortis Esports announced that on on the first day of trading around GBP 2.55 million were raised.
According to the publication, gross proceeds were obtained at an issue price of 1p per share, with Semper Fortis Esports market capitalization being approximately £ 4.15 million.