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MLG founders launch new esports events company

Published: 30/Oct/2019 14:15 Updated: 30/Oct/2019 14:34

by Calum Patterson

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Esports pioneers Michael Sepso, Sundance DiGiovanni and Adam Apicella, the team behind the creation and much of the success of Major League Gaming (MLG) are at the helm of a new esport venture, Esports Engine.

Announced alongside initial funding of $60 million, Esports Engine has been launched by esports infrastructure company Vindex, headed by Sepso and Giovanni, and the company has also acquired Next Generation Esports (NGE).

Vindex describes itself as the “preeminent esports infrastructure platform”, and Esports Engine, headed by Apicella, will provide a solution for esports event organizing, live broadcasts and tournament design and management.

VindexVindex is “first-of-its-kind global esports infrastructure platform.”

While leading MLG, Apicella was highly regarded as one of the great event organizers in esports, but left the company in August after 16 years and hundreds of live events.

“We are the experts on esports ecosystem design, live event production, broadcast technology and competition operations,” Esports Engine states on its new website.

Michael Sepso is also an investor and advisor to the Andbox group, parent of the New York Call of Duty franchise, Subliners, which Esports Engine will be working with for their Call of Duty League events.

Investors Bryan Binder and Jason Garmise, fintech entrepreneurs, join Sepso and Giovanni at Vindex, as the company aims to advance esports infrastructure in a big way. Also on the Vindex board is the former CEO of ESPN Steve Bornstein.

Sepso left MLG following its acquisition by Activision Blizzard in 2015, but has remained focused on various esports-related ventures since.

In their press release, Vindex states that “esports is ready for primetime”, and that they provide “instant momentum in streamlining the business of esports, infrastructure, operations, logistics and events to meet the demands of fans and participants.”

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TSM announce PowerOfEvil as Bjergsen replacement for LCS 2021 season

Published: 21/Nov/2020 16:22 Updated: 21/Nov/2020 17:30

by Luke Edwards

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After so much anticipation, the time has arrived. TSM has finally announced Tristan ‘PowerOfEvil’ Schrage as their replacement League mid for Soren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg in an exceptional announcement video.

After Bjergsen announced his move to head coach of TSM, speculation over his replacement began. PowerOfEvil was regularly name-dropped as a natural successor as a potential option, due to his Worlds experience with Misfits and FlyQuest, and his history of winning games 1v9 – an important part of Bjergsen’s influence on the team.

PoE is well-known to TSM fans. He first announced himself at Unicorns of Love after a dominating display over Bjergsen at IEM San Jose in 2015, and was part of the Misfits team that dumped TSM out of groups at 2017 Worlds.

Despite FlyQuest crashing out of a tough group at Worlds 2020, PoE impressed. He achieved the fourth highest damage per minute among the 16 midlaners at the tournament; Bjergsen placed last.

PowerOfEvil smiles playing for FlyQuest at Worlds 2020.
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PowerOfEvil with FlyQuest at Worlds 2020.

PowerOfEvil joins TSM as Bjergsen replacement

PoE’s historical successes over TSM trigger Bjergsen’s PTSD in the announcement video, which, like Bjergsen’s own announcement from way back in 2013, contains some Oscar-worthy acting.

With his signing, PoE becomes only the third mid to represent TSM, after Bjergsen replaced co-owner Andy ‘Reginald’ Dinh in 2013.

Bjergsen’s exit from the midlane came as a slight shock to fans, but changes needed to be made after the team failed to make it out of the group stage yet again at Worlds. With a 0-6 record, TSM also became the competition’s worst-ever pool one team.

TSM’s current roster still has some gaps, with last season’s toplaner Sergen ‘Broken Blade’ Celik being released by the team. Ex-Fnatic and SKT toplaner Heo ‘Huni’ Seung-hoon is rumored to be replacing him, with Worlds 2020 finalist Hu ‘SwordArt’ Shuo-Chieh believed to be linking up with Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng as the team’s support.

It’s a period of transition at TSM, having lost such a crucial influence on the rift, but in PoE they have a talented player who has all the tools to provide an immediate impact on the team.

You can keep up to date on all roster moves via our roster hub.