Barcelona star Griezmann starts esports team for Fortnite, CSGO, more - Dexerto

Barcelona star Griezmann starts esports team for Fortnite, CSGO, more

Published: 21/Jan/2020 15:23 Updated: 21/Jan/2020 15:51

by Jacob Hale


Star Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann has revealed the launch of his own esports organization, Grizi Esport, and has begun seeking players and teams in Fortnite, CSGO, and more.

Griezmann joins an ever-growing list of professional sportsmen and global icons that are investing in esports – the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, Neymar and Odell Beckham Jr. have all planted themselves in the industry in one way or another.

That said, none of the above players went the direct route and launched their own organization, with Griezmann clearly aspiring to make a mark in the industry with the launch of Grizi.

Grizi Esport first revealed itself to the world on January 20, alongside an announcement that Theo Griezmann, Antoine’s brother, will be the head manager of the organization.

Within a couple of hours, Grizi had made its aspirations clear, putting out a tweet detailing that they are looking for players to represent them in various titles.

Asking players to get in touch, Grizi – which uses a penguin as its mascot – is on the look-out for teams and players in games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, Fortnite, Rainbow Six Siege, and FIFA.

The caliber of teams or players Griezmann is looking for to represent Grizi is not yet known, as he has started his own team rather than looking to work with some of the biggest endemic brands and making himself a powerhouse in the scene from the off.

That said, he clearly isn’t lacking too much knowledge in the esports space, focusing not only on FIFA like many of his other soccer-playing brethren but branching out into some of the biggest and most exciting titles right now.

Ironically, Griezmann isn’t the only Barcelona player to have invested in esports. Center-back Gerard Pique runs the eFootball.Pro league, which focuses on FIFA competitor Pro Evolution Soccer. Barcelona are among several professional teams to have their own esports team in the league.


BLAST Premier coming to BBC iPlayer to show CSGO on demand

Published: 19/Nov/2020 11:24

by Adam Fitch


Counter-Strike event series BLAST Premier will be broadcast on BBC iPlayer for the remainder of the 2020 season.

The Danish tournament organizers have partnered with the British broadcaster for their remaining three events, in which over £1.5m will be awarded to participating teams.

The events that fans can watch through the BBC are the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown on November 24-29, the BLAST Premier Fall Final on December 8-13, and the BLAST Premier Global Final on January 19-24.

The action will still be available to watch on Twitch and YouTube for fans outside of the United Kingdom, or simply for those who prefer the traditional streaming platforms.

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NiKo debuted for G2 Esports at BLAST Premier Fall Series.

BLAST recently wrapped up their Premier Fall event, which featured 12 top teams battling for $150,000. OG, Team Vitality, and G2 Esports each received $25,000 and 1600 BLAST Premier points, while Natus Vincere, BIG, and Astralis earned $12,500 and 800 points — all of them, however, booked their spot in the Fall 2020 Finals.

Ninjas in Pyjamas, Complexity, MIBR, Evil Geniuses, FaZe Clan, and FURIA all performed underwhelmingly and will have to duke it out in the Fall Showdown. Only two of these sides will eventually find their way to the Fall Finals.

“The BBC is admired around the world for its standard of excellence, and its digital platforms provide the perfect destination for BLAST Premier’s fans based in the United Kingdom to watch the world’s best Counter-Strike players go head-to-head,” said Alexander Lewin, BLAST’s VP Distribution and Programming.

Over the course of 2020, presumably due to the absence of many major sporting events, BBC have embraced esports across their digital streaming platforms.

This year alone, they broadcasted the Rocket League European Spring Series, sim racing competition W Series Esports League, and League of Legends tournaments UKLC and NLC.

In previous years, the broadcasters have opted to pick up Gfinity’s Elite Series and Dota 2 major ESL One Birmingham.