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This week in Esports: Genius partner with FACEIT, DOJO investment and Subaru enter the…

first_imgThe highlights this week in esports include: Genius Sports’ partnership with FACEIT; big data startup DOJO Madness receiving further investment; Stephen A. Crystal adding PENTA Sports to his investments and Subaru entering the space.Genius Sports partner with FACEIT for ECSFACEIT announced the third season of ECS this week – revealing Wembley Arena will once again play host to the Grand Finals. They have also partnered with Esports Arena in order to broadcast part of the league from the studio out in Santa Ana, California. Arguably the biggest part of the announcement was their partnership with Genius Sports. The partnership will see ECS benefit from Genius Sports’ Esports Bet Monitoring System as they look to safeguard the integrity of their league. Additionally, the partnership will see the way data and statistics are used in the ECS enhanced. “We are incredibly excited to partner with FACEIT and ECS with our ground-breaking Esports technology to help increase fan engagement,” said Mark Locke, CEO Genius Sports. “As well as help ensure players and fans are treated to a fair and transparent game, and ECS league representatives are equipped with information and tools necessary to maintain a clean, honest and exhilarating contest.”Read the full article here.DOJO Madness raise $6 million in Series A II round fundingEsports data start-up DOJO Madness announced this week that they had raised $6 million (£4.8m) of Series A II round investment. The total amount raised by the company now stands at over £10 million. The financing round was led by Raine Ventures, the venture capital arm of The Raine Group, with help from Kakao’s K Cube Ventures and existing investors such as March Capital and DN Capital.It follows their recent acquisition of Weldon Green’s LeagueCoaching.GG.Read the full article here.Stephen A. Crystal becomes PENTA Sports co-ownerStephen A. Crystal Stephen A. Crystal, a man with vast experience in iGaming and gambling made his second esports investment in a matter of months this week. He revealed he had become a co-owner of German esports organisation PENTA Sports. He told Esports Insider: “I recognise that esports is a worldwide phenomenon. My association with PENTA brings me into a direct relationship with one of the outstanding European esports powerhouses which will also be helpful to me in my dealings in the USA. My intent and motivation is to provide mentorship and business experience to PENTA and it’s players and teams, and to be a steady hand as PENTA executes on its expansion plans. “Read the full article here.Subaru announce $20,000 CS:GO tournamentIn a fairly unexpected move, Subaru have partnered with esports agency Damage to create their $20,000 Subaru Invitational. It is set to be played across May 13th and 14th, with eight unconfirmed North American teams set to compete for their share of the $20,000 on offer.Eric Park, the Zone Retailer Marketing Manager of Subaru of America commented:“Our goal is to build brand affinity with a highly-engaged, dedicated millennial community that shares our core values and are ready for wherever the road takes them. Millennial esports fans have a fierce dedication to the games and its players. We understand and appreciate that kind of passion and it was an easy decision to dedicate ourselves to the esports movement.”Read the full article here.last_img read more

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Kings fire coach Dave Joerger after 39-win season

first_img NBA wrap: Pistons clinch final playoff spot with big win over Knicks The Kings lost to 136-131 to the Trail Blazers on Wednesday when Joerger decided to sit his starters in the second half. Sacramento managed to lose a 28-point lead from the first half. Sacramento also lost 17 of its final 26 games and went just 11-17 after acquiring small forward Harrison Barnes from Dallas on Feb. 7. The trade was intended to help bolster Sacramento’s chances of making the playoffs, but the Kings fell short.Sacramento finished the regular season ninth in the Western Conference, nine games back from the eighth-ranked Clippers. The Kings are moving on from coach Dave Joerger,The team announced Thursday it has fired its third-year coach on the heels of his best season in Sacramento. The news comes after Divac agreed to a four-year extension with Sacramento to keep him through the 2022-23 season. ESPN  reported “Divac is pushing to consolidate his power as Kings top basketball executive” and will hold a meeting Thursday to fire Joerger. A separate ESPN report revealed there has been growing tension between Joerger and the front office, while The Athletic noted there has been a trust issue between Joerger and assistant general manager Brandon Williams for much of the season.One potential candidate to replace Joerger is Luke Walton, The New York Times reported. The Lakers coach has faced speculation all season about his future with Los Angeles. After former Lakers president Magic Johnson stepped down Tuesday, reports surfaced that Lakers co-owner Jeanie Buss had given Johnson permission to fire Walton.  Joerger, who had one year and approximately $5 million remaining on his contract, led the Kings to a 39-43 record during the 2018-19 season — a 12-win improvement from the year before. Sacramento missed the playoffs for the third straight season under Joerger, going 98-148 (.398) overall during his tenure.“After evaluating the season, I determined that we need to move in a different direction in order to take us to the next level,” Kings general manager Vlade Divac said in a release. “On behalf of the entire Kings organization, I want to thank Dave for his contributions to our team and I wish him all the best.” Related Newslast_img read more

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