London, 21 st December 2017: Gfinity, a leading international esports entertainment group, today announced that top French esports organisation, Team Vitality, will be joining the Elite Series for Season 3 which will kick off in March 2018. They will battle it out against world class teams including the recently announced, Fnatic, Team Envy and Elite Series Season 2 franchise winners Reason Gaming.
With a trophy cabinet already bursting with silverware, including the FIFA Ultimate Team World Championship this year, Team Vitality pushes the quality of Elite Series competition even higher. Currently ranked third in the European Call of Duty Pro points standings, Team Vitality has already made a name for itself globally and the experienced team will bring a wealth of talent to the Gfinity Esports Arena in London next year.
Team Vitality began its rise to the top by forming a League of Legends team in December 2015 as its first expansion into PC gaming and it is one of the top competitors within the EU LCS. The French organisation will soon unveil its 2018 LoL roster under the direction of coach Jacob ‘YamatoCannon’ Mebdi.
Nicolas Maurer, CEO at Team Vitality said: “Team Vitality is thrilled to join the Gfinity Elite Series in London. The Elite Series has proven itself to be a world-class tournament and we welcome the opportunity to discover new european talent. Our strategy is to participate in every Major League tournament in Europe and we hope to see our teams perform, our fans captivated and our partners live esports as we do.”
“As the Elite Series fanbase grows significantly from series to series, we are challenging ourselves to showcase the best global esports talent and we are delighted to welcome Team Vitality,” said Neville Upton, CEO, Gfinity plc. “Not only are we signing the top french organisation, we are giving the best amateur gamers the chance to play alongside their heroes via the Gfinity Challenger Series which launches on January 8th.”
Founded in 2012, Gfinity has established itself as one of the world's leading esports companies. The London-based business enjoys strong relationships with game publishers, players and the wider esports community and has built a solid reputation for delivering high quality competitions, both on-line at www.gfinityesports.com and off-line, in addition to producing industry leading esports broadcasts.
The Gfinity Esports Arena at Fulham Broadway, London is the home of UK esports showcasing regular tournaments across the full range of competitive games. Beyond its own tournaments Gfinity provides a full turnkey solution for brands wanting to create their own esports tournaments and has staged premium esports events around the globe for leading publishers and brands including Formula 1, Microsoft, Activision, EA, Xbox, Gillette and HP.
Esports (electronic sports) is watching or playing competitive video gaming. Leading titles include Call of Duty, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Defence of the Ancients 2 (DotA 2), FIFA, League of Legends, and Rocket League. The industry is growing rapidly, with new communities developing around more and more titles. The global esports market generated US$493 million of revenue in 2016 and is expected to make $1.5 billion by 2020. The global esports audience in 2017 was 191 million people, 80% under the age of 35 and 70% male (source: Newzoo). Online streaming channels Twitch and YouTube command the biggest audiences, although esports events are also now being broadcast on conventional TV.