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MTG’s ESL acquisition is official

European broadcaster MTG has reached an agreement to acquire a majority stake in eSports giant ESL. The deal was first rumoured in May. MTG will acquire the majority of the shares in ESL’s holding company Turtle Entertainment for €78m. ESL’s current management team – comprising of founder Jens Hilgers and …

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eSports betting site Unikrn raises $7m in Series A funding

The global eSports betting site Unikrn, founded by ex-Microsoft Ventures GM Rahul Sood, has raised $7m in its Series A funding round. The investment was led by Jonathan Teo and Justin Caldbeck ofBinary Capital, early investors in Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and multiple other successful tech startups. This round brings total …

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Team Secret on independence and why they’re seeking sponsorship

After taking their fourth major Dota 2 title in a row at ESL One Frankfurt last weekend, Team Secret are ready to finally take on sponsorship. Team manager Matt "CyborgMatt" Bailey explained the core ideals of Team Secret to eSports Pro at the ESL event, and their unique approach to …

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Loda on reforging the Alliance after poor Dota 2 season

After crashing out of ESL One Frankfurt early last weekend, Alliance’sJonathan "Loda" Berg is considering rebuilding the team after a brief break. The team, operated under Alex Garfield’s GoodGame organisation, dominated the Dota pro scene throughout 2013 and early 2014, with a win at Valve’s pretigious tournament The International 3. …

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IMG signs eSports organisations Cloud9, Dignitas and SK Gaming

Three major eSports organisations, including two of Europe’s largest teams, have been signed to international talent management agency IMG. UK-based Dignitas, Germany’s SK Gaming and American Cloud9 have agreed to IMG handling their global representation, including marketing and endorsement opportunities. The signing announced this week marks the second massive step …

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eSports startup nets 2m for coaching analytics platform to debut at ESL One

A Berlin startup which produces analytical tools to improve player performance in eSports has secured€2m in seed investment. The funding round for Dojo Madness, founded by Jens Hillger of ESL/Turtle Entertainment fame, was contributed to by several large investors including the London Venture Partners and Kristian Segerstrale, CEO of mobile …

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Pro Evo champion crowned at UEFA Champions League final

As 180m fans tuned into Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final, they were joined by recently crowned Pro Evolution Soccer champ Rachid Tebane. The French winner of Konami’s 2015 PES World Finals watched Barcelona beat Juventus 3-1 at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin just hours after winning his own title – …

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Twitch and ESL to host $250,000 Dota 2 tournament at Madison Square Garden

The largest eSports tournament ever held on America’s East Coast will take place this October. Organised in collaboration between streaming giant Twitch, eSports body the ESL and New York Super Week organisers ReedPOP, ESL One will see eight Dota 2 teams battle for $250,000 in prize money. Like last year’s …

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Blizzard adding $10 hero skins to Hearthstone

Rumours of some new heroes for Hearthstone have been proved correct… in a way. Blizzard has announced the first of what will likely be nine new heroes for the game – Magni Bronzebeard. However, Magni won’t quite be a new hero in the sense many had hoped. He actually just …

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