Team Vitality, the leading esports club in France and Europe, is proud to present its first women’s League of Legends team, in close collaboration with its partner ALDI. The “French Bees” team joins all of the six remaining teams of Team Vitality, and marks a strategic turning point within its structure.
The French Bees’ goal will be to compete in several key French competitions in 2023, starting with the MasterCard Nexus Tour (formerly Open Tour France). They will also have the ambition to play for the title in the Women’s League. Finally, the team will also participate in French LANs (physical tournaments) throughout the year.
Thanks to the commitment of Team Vitality’s partner ALDI, the organisation will put its expertise and strengths at the service of the French Bees team to enable them to reach the highest competitive level in the French women’s League of Legends scene. The academy team will benefit from access to Team Vitality premium resources provided throughout the year, including V.Hive and V.Performance (Stade de France). The team will be integrated into a professional environment and will be offered tailor-made management.
Coached by Shac Nicholson and benefiting from the expertise of Team Vitality staff, The French Bees will include:
- Coline “Chubby Daddy” Reiter, Strasbourg (France), 24 years old, Top Laner
Peak elo: Diamond 1 76 lp
- Lexa “Lexa” Grellier, Rennes (France), 21 years old, Jungler
Peak elo: Master 56 lp
- Alyssa “saï” Lenoir, Pérenchies (France), 18 years old, Midlaner
Peak elo: Diamond 2 62 lp
- Emeline “Kasane” Baudouin, Tour (France), 24 years old, Support
Peak elo : Master 282 lp
- Velouria “Viki” Baty, Paris (France), 25 years old, ADC and Captain
Peak elo : Master 235 lp
ALDI, a major partner of the project, is a central support to the visibility and performance of this new team. The players will have the same promotional conditions as all Team Vitality teams such as: communication on the club’s networks and innovative promotional. In addition, the “French Bees” team will proudly wear the new Hummel jersey in the Team Vitality colors, which will include an ALDI promotion.
Team Vitality and ALDI wish to take the French Bees players as far as possible in the competition. The company’s support shows its desire to be an active partner in esports and its development. ALDI and Team Vitality are proud to unveil Team Vitality’s first women’s roster, and are committed to supporting the engagement of more women in the professional scene, as whilst more than 50% of gamers are women, only 6% of professional esports players are female*.
This launch of French Bees is a reminder of ALDI’s ambition to position itself as a committed partner in the esports sector and to actively participate in its development.
“We are very proud to present our first all-women team within Team Vitality. Through this new academy project, we remain faithful to our strategy of identifying, developing and promoting talent. We hope that this team will go as far as possible in the competition and help pave the way for the further development of women’s esports in France“, says Fabien “Neo” Devide, President and co-founder of Team Vitality.
“There is no doubt that everyone has a place in esports, regardless of gender, age or status. As for the other teams we support, we want to work to encourage all profiles to accomplish themselves and the French Bees will thus contribute to shedding light on the place of women in esport and more broadly, in gaming! This sector is one of the favorite playgrounds of the younger generations, it can naturally act as a vector for progress in terms of parity within society, and we are committed to contributing to this movement“, explains Anne-Marie Gaultier, Marketing and Communication Director at ALDI France.
Global Esports Federation Reveals Season 4 of Global Esports Tour from Rio De Janeiro
The Global Esports Federation’s pro-series – Global Esports Tour (GET) – will kick off its next season in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in April 2024. Staged by the Brazilian Confederation of Games and Esports (CBGE) and strongly supported by Brazil’s National, State and Local partners. The event promises intense competition and a boost for economic and tourism development in the vibrant city.
GET Rio 2024, the first stage of a multi-year Global Esports Tour slated for Brazil from 2024 to 2026, is set to feature the Counter-Strike 2 championship with eight Open teams and four Women’s teams, competing for the coveted prize bank of $200,000. Beyond intense gaming action, the Rio Free Fire Cup (JEDIS), cosplay performance, conference panels, art and urban culture will enhance this innovative event.
“With the selection of Rio de Janeiro as the launch site for the Global Esports Tour 2024, we are embracing the passion and commitment of the Brazilian esports community. This marks a pivotal moment in elevating Brazil’s position in the world of esports. As we expand our global GET portfolio, we are proud to appoint GEF’s Director of Programs and Content, Eric F. Brinkley, as our first GET Commissioner,” Paul J. Foster, CEO of GEF, said.
“We are honored to host our first stage of the Global Esports Tour over the next three years. This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase the world’s talented esports athletes, promote esports in our region, and develop the esports industry in Brazil,” Paulo Ribas, President of CBGE, said.
“We are preparing an epic event. It will be a great party, a true convergence between competition and entertainment in one of the most vibrant destinations in the world,” Paulo added.
Rodrigo Castro, State Secretary for Events and Promotion of Rio de Janeiro State, said: “In addition to contributing to the state’s economy, esports is a way of transforming lives. It is a privilege to bring an international event to Rio de Janeiro with content including music, the arts and culture. We are proud to be the hosts of this major event for our diverse, young community.”
The support from the State Government, Ministry of Sports, State Secretariat of Sports, and Suderj underscores the collaborative effort to make the Global Esports Tour a transformative experience for Rio de Janeiro and the esports community.
Mario Cilenti, Executive Director of Operations at GEF, said: “Brazil is a key growth region for esports, and we believe this event will not only showcase the talent of professional esports athletes but also provide an opportunity to continue to fuel growth in this powerful region.”
Gillette named as the Official Partner of the Esports Awards
- Gillette joins forces as the official partner of the prestigious Esports Awards, marking a partnership of two industry leaders set to deliver an unforgettable experience
- As part of the collaboration, Gillette will present the Esports Awards pre-show and will feature “Gillette resets” as transitions between segments at the Awards ceremony
The Esports Awards presented by Lexus, the most prestigious night in the esports calendar, is pleased to announce its latest partnership with the world’s leading expert in men’s grooming, Gillette.
As part of the partnership, Gillette will present the Esports Awards pre-show, promising a showcase of talent, innovation, and excellence in the esports world. Alongside this, Gillette has introduced ‘Gillette Resets’, as exciting transitions between segments of the main ceremony.
This partnership marks a significant milestone in the world of esports, uniting the acclaimed grooming brand Gillette with the prestigious Esports Awards to deliver an unforgettable event. Presented by Gillette, the Esports Awards Pre-show promises to be an exciting showcase of talent, innovation, and excellence in the esports world. Throughout the main ceremony, viewers will witness the fusion of gaming and grooming as Gillette introduces “Gillette resets”.
With initiatives such as the ‘Gillette Gaming Alliance’ and the thrilling ‘Gillette Cup’ Fortnite Tournament, Gillette is no stranger to the world of esports and gaming. This partnership, the fusion of gaming and grooming, emphasises Gillette and the Esports Awards joint commitment of fostering and celebrating excellence in esports.
“We are thrilled to announce our exciting partnership with Gillette, a brand known for excellence and precision. This collaboration marks an essential step forward in our journey to honour and celebrate the incredible achievements of esports industry leaders,” commented Mike Ashford, CEO of the Esports Awards, “With Gillette’s unwavering support, we are confident that we can continue to elevate and recognise the extraordinary talent within the esports community.”
Project Love, a welcoming initiative by the Esports Awards, will receive generous support from Gillette. As part of this partnership, Gillette will contribute by providing special gifts to VIPs and guests attending the event. Project Love has been a cornerstone of the Esports Awards for several years, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for its esteemed guests.
The Esports Awards ceremony, presented by Lexus, is the highlight of a thrilling three-day celebration, including the PWR UP Las Vegas esports conference hosted at the luxurious Resorts World Las Vegas. The ultimate esports, tech and gaming extravaganza will feature groundbreaking events like the Esports Awards Open, a unique golf tournament that blends networking and entertainment with industry leaders and celebrities, shaping the future of esports, tech, and gaming.
LOGITECH G RETURNS AS THE OFFICIAL PC HARDWARE PARTNER OF THE ESPORTS AWARDS
The Esports Awards presented by Lexus, the most prestigious night in the esports calendar, is pleased to announce its renewed partnership with gaming peripherals brand Logitech G is returning for a second year as Official PC Hardware Partner. Logitech G will also serve as Official PC Hardware Partner for the world record attempt, featuring Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf, taking place immediately after the Esports Awards main ceremony.
As part of the partnership, Logitech G will present the prestigious ‘Esports Team of the Year’ award. This year marks Logitech G’s second consecutive year as the Official PC Hardware Partner of the Esports Awards, reaffirming their commitment to the ever-evolving world of esports. Together, Logitech G and the Esports Awards further their commitment to recognising and celebrating excellence throughout the esports industry.
Renowned as the primary peripheral provider for top-tier esports tournaments and the official sponsor of esteemed teams including G2 Esports, Heretics, and Astralis, Logitech G empowers gamers to push past their limits with cutting-edge equipment. Additionally, Logitech G champions inclusivity in esports through initiatives like ‘Adaptive Esports Tournaments’, which foster a safe and welcoming space for gamers with disabilities in the esports community.
“Logitech G’s commitment to the esports community is truly commendable, and we are delighted to have them back as our Official PC Hardware Partner,” commented Mike Ashford, CEO of the Esports Awards. “Their contribution to the world of esports is immeasurable, and we look forward to their involvement in recognising the outstanding achievements of esports teams at the ceremony.”
“The Esports Awards are the premier industry event, recognizing the amazing accomplishments and innovations from every corner of the sports worlds,” said Brent Barry, Head of Esports and PRO Series at Logitech G. “Our continued commitment to this industry and community underscores our responsibility to deliver world-class innovation, as we continue to power the next-generation of gamers.”
The Esports Awards ceremony highlights a thrilling three-day celebration, including the PWR UP Las Vegas esports conference, hosted at the luxurious Resorts World Las Vegas. The ultimate esports, tech and gaming extravaganza will feature groundbreaking events like the Esports Awards Open, a unique golf tournament that blends networking and entertainment with industry leaders and celebrities, shaping the future of esports, tech, and gaming.
Following the ceremony, a glamorous after-party awaits attendees. Limited seats are available, so interested individuals are urged to contact the Esports Awards organisers promptly to secure their tickets and confirm their attendance.
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