Each week, ESI Digest breaks down the weekly happenings in the esports industry, making sense of things so you don’t have to. As well as being housed on YouTube, ESI Digest is available on all major podcast platforms and is also available in written form below.

On this week’s ESI Digest, we cover FaZe Clan partnering with MoonPay, ESL and DreamHack partnering with the Rocket League Championship Series, Immortals teaming up with Fetch.ai, Manny Pacquiao launching Team Pacquiao GG, plus the Global Esports Games unveiling its inaugural partners.

FaZe Clan names MoonPay as official cryptocurrency and NFT partner

North American esports organisation FaZe Clan has announced a multi-year partnership with cryptocurrency payments infrastructure provider MoonPay.

As FaZe Clan’s official cryptocurrency and NFT partner, both entities will collaborate on a series of content and media activations. FaZe Clan will also use MoonPay’s infrastructure for its forthcoming NFT and digital goods initiatives.

ESL and DreamHack named Rocket League Championship Series esports partner

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Esports events organisers DreamHack and ESL Gaming have announced a multi-year agreement with game developer Psyonix for the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS).

The partnership follows on from a previous arrangement made between DreamHack and Psyonix for 2020’s Rocket League Championship Series.

Immortals secures crypto partnership with Fetch.ai

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North American esports organisation Immortals has announced a partnership with artificial intelligence company Fetch.ai.

As part of the year-long agreement, both entities will collaborate on an influencer campaign called ‘Team Fetch.ai’.The influencer team will include Immortals’ Wild Rift player GosuHoon, VALORANT content creator Sheila ‘Pterodactylsftw’ Weidman, as well as Queens Gaming Collective streamers and content creators AvaGG and Demisux. 

EXCLUSIVE: Manny Pacquiao-backed gaming and esports brand Team Pacquiao GG launches

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When 42-year-old Manny Pacquiao announced he’d be hanging up his gloves in September in a video on his official Facebook account, the former eight-division champion didn’t mention his pursuit of an entirely different fight.

In a press conference just days before, Senator Pacquiao announced that he accepted the nomination of his affiliated party as a candidate for president of the Republic of the Philippines. Today, true to PacMan fashion, he delivered a shot no one saw coming. In an official live-streamed press conference, a brand new gaming and esports brand was unveiled to thousands of viewers — Team Pacquiao GG (TPGG).

Global Esports Games unveils partners for inaugural event

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The Global Esports Games, a multi-title esports competition hosted by the Global Esports Federation (GEF), has unveiled the first set of partners for its inaugural tournament.

The likes of Singapore Airlines, Samsung, telecommunications service MyRepublic, TikTok and gaming peripherals brand Razer will support the event taking place from December 18th-19th.

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ESI Digest is part of the ESI Podcast Network, a collection of podcasts encompassing the esports industry. For deep dives into the major areas of esports with subject matter experts, check out ESI Focus. For conversations with key personnel and major stakeholders in esports, ESI Insight is the series for you.