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David Beckham revealed as co-owner of new esports organization

Published: 25/Jun/2020 13:02 Updated: 25/Jun/2020 18:37

by Joe Craven

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David Beckham, ex-England and Manchester United star, has been confirmed as a significant investor into Guild Esports, a brand new organization based in London. 

Beckham is one footballer who has transcended his roots in the sport, now known globally as a philanthropist and owner of the MLS’ Inter Miami football club.

He has now been revealed as a partner and investor in a new organization owned by Blue Star Capital PLC, a company based in London. This is also where Guild are based, who will now be looking to cultivate a significant fanbase in the United Kingdom.

David Beckham smiling
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Beckham started out as a footballer in England.

In a press release, Blue Star Capital released the following statement: “Guild intends to develop into various esports disciplines over the course of the 2020/2021 season, with its first team making its debut in autumn 2020 expecting to compete in the most popular titles including Rocket League, EA Sports FIFA and Fortnite.”

Furthermore, the chairman of Guild Esports, Carleton Curtis, was heavily involved in the founding of the Overwatch and Call of Duty leagues, so we could see expansion into these titles in the future.

On the investment of David Beckham, they said: “His involvement in the launch of Guild is a significant opportunity to introduce his level of professional sports acumen to the world of esports and further strengthen this evolving sport.”

Kylian Mbappe taking a penalty in FIFA 21
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We could well see Guild eSports involved in FIFA 21.

The company has confirmed they will be looking to capitalize on the popularity of video games in the UK, with their intentions “for a roster of scouts to continually find and sign the best young talent” across the nation.

Tony Fabrizi, CEO of Blue Star said: “We are very pleased to announce today’s news from Guild regarding its global launch and the association with David Beckham. The team behind Guild is incredibly strong and gives us great confidence that the company has an exciting future.”

The involvement of such a popular figure in the world of esports is a testament to the exponential growth it is experiencing. It should be interesting to see where Guild Esports will go from here.

FIFA

Leeds United partners with NiP to start FIFA team in the ePremier League

Published: 2/Dec/2020 17:00

by Adam Fitch

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English professional football club Leeds United have established a partnership with longstanding esports organization Ninjas in Pyjamas.

The alliance centers around FIFA — specifically for the third season of the ePremier League, the official esports league associated with the top flight of English football.

Leeds United have joined the ePremier League after being promoted to the Premier League for the 2020/21 season.

At the time of publication, Ninjas in Pyjamas have one FIFA player; Swedish player Olle ‘Ollelito’ Arbin joined the organization in February 2020.

Ollelito Ninjas in Pyjamas FIFA
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Ninjas in Pyjamas entered FIFA in February 2020 by signing Ollelito.

The ePremier League was confirmed to return for its third season on November 26. It has a combined prize purse of £40,000 across PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and will see FIFA players represent Premier League clubs.

“Promotion to the Premier League has given the club some amazing opportunities so far with involvement in the ePremier League the latest chance for the club to grow and impress,” said Leeds United’s executive director Paul Bell.

“Just as Marcelo has done with the men’s first team, we intend on making our presence in the league known and being competitive straight away, creating a partnership with NiP will give us a fantastic foundation to do so. Bring it on.”

The competition starts with online qualification in January 2021, with representatives for each team competing to see who will advance to online playoffs. In-person finals are expected to take place in the spring, though dates are yet to be confirmed.

The ePremier League finals will once again be broadcast across Sky Sports, Premier League’s digital channels, and EA SPORTS’ FIFA channel on Twitch.

In the second season of the tournament, Watford emerged victorious with Tom ‘Hashtag Tom’ Leese taking the top spot and the £20,000 first-place prize. Bournemouth, Chelsea, and Liverpool rounded out the top four finishers.