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Honda partner with Team Liquid – Full list of car companies in esports

Published: 24/Jan/2019 16:32 Updated: 24/Jan/2019 18:14

by Calum Patterson


Team Liquid have announced that Japanese vehicle manufacturer Honda are now their ‘official automobile partner’, continuing the growing number of major car brands investing in esports and gaming.

Esports’ growth in recent years has led to a sharp increase in the number of non-endemic sponsorships, such as Coca-Cola, T-Mobile, McDonalds and Betway.


For some reason though, car companies are becoming some of the most prolific sponsors within esports, supporting teams, events and game publishers.

Honda / Team LiquidHonda became the official automobile sponsor of Team Liquid on January 24, 2019.

It’s far from Honda’s first entry into esports though, as they have previously sponsored events in Hearthstone and DotA2, and even ran their own ‘Honda eSports Championship’ in 2018.


Now, Team Liquid jerseys will feature the Honda branding, and the LCS roster will be given keys to their own fleet of Honda Civic’s with Liquid branding.

Following Team Liquid and Honda’s partnership, we’ve put together a list of all the car manufacturer’s involved in esports.

Audi (Astralis CS:GO and Origen LoL)


Astralis’ partnership with German manufacturer Audi, of the Volkswagen Group, began in January 2017, and was reportedly a deal worth $750,000. Audi has also partnered with Origen ahead of the 2019 LEC season – Origen belong to RFRSH entertainment, the holding company of Astralis and BLAST Pro Series events.


Subaru (CS:GO Invitational 2017)

The invited teams to Subaru’s CS:GO tournament.

Subaru went right in at the deep end, hosting a CS:GO invitational with some of the best teams in the world in 2017. Unfortunately, the Japanese company haven’t been back since.

Toyota (Overwatch League)

Toyota partnered Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League in 2018.

The Overwatch League was designed with non-endemic sponsors in mind, and the Toyota partnership was an indication that it was working.

Mercedes-Benz (ESL, SK Gaming, F1 esports)

SK Gaming

Mercedes-Benz are arguably the car company most deeply involved in esports, with multiple projects and partnerships. On top of partnering with ESL and SK Gaming, they also field players in F1 Esports, under Mercedes AMG Petronas Esports.


Kia (LEC and CLG Rocket League)

South Korean car manufacturer Kia entered esports for 2019, by partnering with Riot Games and the League of Legends European Championship (LEC).

It wasn’t their first step into esports however, as they also sponsored Counter Logic Gaming’s Rocket League team in April 2018.



German manufacturer BMW entered esports in late 2017 by sponsoring the European finals of the League of Legends Championship Series. However, despite hiring Team Liquid’s Christoph Timm to work to expand BMW into esports, they haven’t been back since.

Porsche (iRacing eSports World Championship)

Another member of the Volkswagen Group, Porsche, also ventured into esports with the Porsche iRacing World Championship Series, a $100,000 ten-round championship in 2019.

Renault (Team Vitality)

French manufacturer Renault partnered with Team Vitality in 2018, for Rocket League and the F1 Esports Series.

Alfa Romeo (Alfa Romeo Sauber F1)

Italian manufacturer Alfa Romeo similarly got into esports through the F1 eSports Series, fielding the Sauber F1 team.

Hyundai (World Rally Championship)

Another racing esport drew in another automobile sponsor, as the eSports WRC powered by Hyundai even boasted a Hyundai i20 as a prize.

Nissan (GT Sport Cup, Team Curse)

Nissan sponsored Team Curse in 2013.

Nissan was one of the very first – possibly the first period – to enter into esports, sponsoring Team Curse’s League of Legends team in 2013, but only for a one-off video campaign.

However, Nissan came to esports more recently in 2018, running the GT Sports Cup.

Ford (Forza Racing Championship)

Ford teamed up with Microsoft’s Forza for the Racing Championship in 2017, with the winner taking home a Ford Focus RS.

McLaren (McLaren Shadow Project)

McLaren haven’t sponsored any teams or events, but they have started what they call the McLaren Shadow Project, with players competing in the F1 Esports Series.

Other Automotive industry sponsors

Car manufacturers aren’t the only automotive sponsors in esports though, as a host of other related businesses have invested, including:

  • Mobil 1 (Rocket League)
  • Turtle Wax (OpTic Gaming, Splyce)
  • Michelin (F1 eSports)

Car manufactures are specially suited to esports, given the target demographic of both industries – so we expect more still to get involved.


How to watch Dreamhack Open Fall 2020: Stream, schedule, results

Published: 15/Oct/2020 20:12 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 20:41

by Alan Bernal


DreamHack Open Fall 2020 is underway and the event is stacked with some of Europe’s most elite competition vying for the lion’s share of $115,000 and more Regional Major Rankings (RMR) points for higher standing.

There are of course the top-ranked teams that can be seen as favorites for the event like Astralis, BIG, Heroic, Vitality, G2 Esports, OG, FaZe Clan, and more. But there are also teams like Sprout, North, and mousesports who are coming from the Closed Qualifiers, looking to make a dent in the event.


The field of 16 teams has been split into four different groups that will decide the 12 orgs who will eventually move on to the Double-Elimination bracket playoffs.

Below you can find everything from results to the streams where all the action is set to go down. Follow along live and look out for more stories as they unfold.

Though the it’s going to be all online, the DreamHack Fall Open will have highly competitive games.

DreamHack Fall 2020 stream

DreamHack is hosting all of the matches on their channel which can be found below. If there’s more than one game going on, just make sure you’re on the right feed for the team you want to watch.


DreamHack Open Fall 2020 teams

There are five teams that had to come up from the qualifiers to cement their place in the DreamHack Open Fall 2020 event.

As previously mentioned there are a total of 16 teams who will have no choice but perform at a high level to avoid an early exit. There isn’t going to be much wiggle room for error, so expect it to be a contentious tourney from the start.


DreamHack Fall Open 2020 Groups

Group A Results Group B Results
Fnatic 1-0 G2 Esports 1-0
Team Vitality 1-0 Astralis
mouseesports 0-1 Heroic
OG 0-1 Endpoint 0-1

Group C Results Group D Results
BIG 1-0 Sprout 1-0
FaZe Clan 0-1 North
sAw 0-1 Ninjas in Pyjamas 0-1

DreamHack Open Fall 2020 schedule

Thursday, October 15

Group Game PT ET BST
Group A Vitality 2 – 0 mousesports 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
Group A Fnatic 2 – 1 OG 7:10 AM 10:10 AM 3:10 PM
Group B G2 Esports 2 – 0 Endpoint 7:10 AM 10:10 AM 3:10 PM
Group B Astralis vs Heroic 11:00 AM 2:00 PM 7:00 PM
Group C Godsent 2 – 0 sAw 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
Group C BIG 2 – 0 FaZe Clan 7:10 AM 10:10 AM 3:10 PM
Group D NiP 0 – 2 Sprout 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
Group D ENCE vs North 11:00 AM 2:00 PM 7:00 PM

Friday, October 16

Group Game PT ET BST
Group A Elimination mousesports vs OG 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
Group A Winners Vitality vs Fnatic 7:10 AM 10:10 AM 3:10 PM
Group B Elimination Endpoint vs TBD 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
Group B Winners G2 Esports vs TBD 7:10 AM 10:10 AM 3:10 PM
Group C Elimination sAw vs FaZe Clan 7:10 AM 10:10 AM 3:10 PM
Group C Winners Godsent vs BIG 11:00 AM 2:00 PM 7:00 PM
Group D Elimination NiP vs TBD 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
Group D Winners Sprout vs TBD 11:00 AM 2:00 PM 7:00 PM