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Team Vitality eyes international expansion with software giants SAP

Published: 23/Nov/2020 13:38

by Adam Fitch

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French esports organization Team Vitality are eyeing up an international expansion with software corporation SAP.

Using SAP’s technology, which is used to improve team performance in sports like football and basketball, Team Vitality are looking to optimize their processes.

Through the improvement of how they monitor contracts, manage data, automate tasks, and further optimize their financial flow, the org will free up time that will be instead allocated on establishing themselves outside of their home nation.

This partnership falls in line with SAP’s recent change in sponsorship strategy, utilizing esports to advertise their tools and software.

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Team Vitality are best known for their CS:GO team, which were ranked first in the world by HLTV on November 16.

SAP already operate in esports, having previously partnered with the NBA 2K League, ESL and EPICENTER for Dota 2, and Team Liquid for League of Legends.

When working with tournament organizers instead of teams, SAP are best known for providing analytic insight into matches. At ESL One Birmingham, for example, they used their technology to track win probabilities, item timings, and net worth progression.

“Thanks to SAP, we have all the components we need to go even further: we want to continue improving our operations by automating all of our legal, quality, and logistics processes,” said Franck Boniface, COO at Team Vitality. “The long-term objective is also to use all the data we retrieve from our platforms, such as Twitch and Twitter, to be able to make the connection between interactions with our fans and purchases on our webshop.”

On November 22, Team Vitality mounted an impressive comeback against Natus Vincere in Counter-Strike to emerge as the victors of IEM Beijing-Haidian in Europe.

As one of the leading teams in Europe, they are partnered with non-endemic brands such as sportswear giants adidas, telecommunications company Orange, energy drink brand Red Bull, and automobile manufacturer Renault.

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Epic Games sues Apple & Google in UK over Fortnite removals

Published: 16/Jan/2021 1:28

by Theo Salaun

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Following litigation over Fortnite’s app store removals by Apple and Google in the United States of America, Epic Games have officially mounted lawsuits against both tech companies in the United Kingdom, as well.

In August 2020, Epic Games added their own payment process to Fortnite’s mobile offerings so that Apple and Google’s cellphone and tablet users could purchase in-game items at a discounted price. This discount was specifically enabled by the new process, which bypassed each company’s transaction fees. 

Unsurprisingly, as the payment method was in direct violation of both the App Store and Play Store’s Terms of Services, each company subsequently removed Fornite from their offerings. And, expecting this, Epic Games responded by launching lawsuits against the companies in the U.S. and Australia. 

Now, the makers behind the world’s most popular third-person battle royale have tripled down and mounted legal action against both tech giants in the U.K. Citing violations of competition laws, Epic Games’ legal case in the U.K. is very similar to the ones already made in other countries. And, immediately contested, Apple and Google’s responses have proved similar, as well.

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Fortnite’s Crew subscription service means even more payments for Epic Games.

As discussed by BBC News, Epic have officially submitted documents to the Competition Appeal Tribunal in the UK. The allegations suggest a monopolistic abuse of power by each company that centers around competitive restrictions to app store and payment processing options, as well as unfair payment fees.

Typically, those fees come at about 30 percent of all purchases, although exact figures differ depending on company and app. Fortnite is obviously one of the biggest games in the entire world, so almost one-third of their sales on mobile means hefty earnings.

But, like their other lawsuits, Epic allege that this is about more than their own profits. The company demands that Apple and Google begin allowing software developers to institute their own payment-processing systems and options to be downloaded outside of the App and Play stores.

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Fortnite has always delighted its fanbase with purchasable cosmetics.

So far, Apple and Google have both replied similarly in the U.K. situation, claiming that they are open to reintroducing Fortnite to their mobile stores but that they deny any violation of competitiveness.

Dexerto will continue to monitor the legal cases in each country, providing updates whenever these prolonged legal disputes begin reaching their conclusions.