Pokimane co-founds RTS, ESL launches NFT platform | IM电竞 Digest #66

Each week, IM电竞 Digest breaks down the weekly happenings in the esports industry, making sense of things so you don鈥檛 have to. As well as being housed on聽YouTube, IM电竞 Digest is available on聽all major podcast platforms and is also available in written form below.

On this week鈥檚 IM电竞 Digest, in partnership with Mbuzz Esports and BK ROG, we cover; Pokimane co-founding RTS, ESL’s partnership with Immutable X, Team Vitality’s Duy Nguyen appointment, BLAST Premier’s latest partners, plus FaZe Clan entering NASDAQ.

Pokimane announced as RTS Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer

Talent management and brand consulting company RTS has officially launched with one of its co-founders being revealed as streamer Imane 鈥楶okimane鈥 Anys.

As well as being the consultancy鈥檚 co-founder, Anys will serve as the RTS鈥檚 Chief Creative Officer. According to the release, RTS鈥檚 goal is to 鈥榝ix what is broken鈥 when it comes to talent management and brand partnerships in the gaming and esports industry.聽

ESL Gaming and Immutable X announce NFT partnership

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Esports tournament organiser ESL Gaming has secured a partnership with Australian NFT business platform Immutable X.

As a result of the deal, the tournament organiser will introduce an NFT platform that enables fans and supporters to buy, sell and exchange ESL Pro Tour NFT assets.

Duy Nguyen appointed Head of Business Development for Team Vitality

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French esports organisation Team Vitality has appointed Duy Nguyen, formerly of AS Monaco, as its new Head of Business Development.

Nguyen will be tasked with building relationships with the organisation鈥檚 partners, alongside growing Team Vitality鈥檚 revenue.

BLAST Premier announces eight partners for Fall Final Copenhagen

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Esports tournament organiser BLAST has announced eight new partnerships for its upcoming BLAST Premier Fall Final Copenhagen CS:GO tournament.聽

The announced partnerships include deals with electronics retail company Elgiganten, Danish division of South Korean car brand Kia, Danish logistics company A.P. Moller 鈥 Maersk, Danish growth-promoting organisation Greater Copenhagen, global accounting network firm KPMG, chewing gum brand Stimorol, as well as OMEN and Xbox.

FaZe Clan goes public, to be listed on NASDAQ

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North American esports organisation FaZe Clan has announced details of a merger with B.Riley Principal 150 Merger Corp (BRPM).聽

If the merger is successful, the company will become a publicly listed company on NASDAQ in the following months. The transaction implies the valuation of the company is in excess of $1B (~拢726.2m), thus making FaZe the first 鈥榚sports unicorn鈥 鈥 or a company worth more than a billion dollars.

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