eSports Week In Review | Franchising: Riot vs. Activision, Disney's eSports Opportunity, Versus Sports Acquires TTG eSports

ESPORTS WEEK IN REVIEW | FRANCHISING: RIOT VS. ACTIVISION, DISNEY'S ESPORTS OPPORTUNITY, VERSUS SPORTS ACQUIRES TTG ESPORTS, 7 TOTAL MADDEN ATHLETES

The International 2016 Finals. TI 2017 Prize Pool Is $24M (Photo: Valve)

The International 2016 Finals. TI 2017 Prize Pool Is $24M (Photo: Valve)

Overwatch League Twitter Poll (Photo: Twitter)

Overwatch League Twitter Poll (Photo: Twitter)

Franchising: Riot Games vs. Activision Blizzard (Graphic: The Next Level)

Franchising: Riot Games vs. Activision Blizzard (Graphic: The Next Level)

TNL Infographic 053: Franchising: Riot Games vs. Activision Blizzard (Infographic: Jordan Fragen)

TNL Infographic 053: Franchising: Riot Games vs. Activision Blizzard (Infographic: Jordan Fragen)

Disney's eSports Opportunity: 1 Year Later (Photo: Time)

Disney's eSports Opportunity: 1 Year Later (Photo: Time)

 

WEDNESDAY 08/09

The Next Level was off

 

THURSDAY 08/10

Versus Sports Acquires TTG eSports, Signs 2 More Madden Athletes For 7 Total

Sports Business Journal (Photo: SBJ)

Sports Business Journal (Photo: SBJ)

Versus Sports (Graphic: Jordan Fragen)

Versus Sports (Graphic: Jordan Fragen)

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Versus Sports Signs Multiple EA FIFA Champion Giuseppe Guastella

VERSUS SPORTS SIGNS MULTIPLE EA FIFA CHAMPION GIUSEPPE GUASTELLA

2016 adidas MLS Challenge Champion Giuseppe Guastella (Photo: Giuseppe Guastella)

I'm very excited to announce Versus Sports second signing, multiple FIFA Interactive World Cup Winner and Finalist Giuseppe Guastella. Guastella also most recently won the 2016 MLS All Star Game Tournament sponsored by Adidas and AT&T.

This comes after last week's announcement of Versus Sports signing of EA Madden 2016 Champion Frank "Stiff" Sardoni Jr.

Manny Anekal

Founder and CEO

Versus Sports

 

The following is from ESPN's coverage of the announcement.

Versus Sports Signs Giuseppe Guastella (Photo: ESPN)

FIFA PLAYER SIGNS GIUSEPPE GUASTELLA SIGNS WITH VERSUS SPORTS

By Eric Van Allen

Football clubs in Europe such as Manchester City have been signing competitive FIFA players, and now American organizations are starting to take notice. FIFA player Giuseppe Guastalla has signed with Versus Sports, a first-of-its-kind contract for the North American FIFA scene.

Guastalla will compete in EA's FIFA 17 Ultimate Team Championship Series. At 31 years old, he's actually over the average age of most esports players, but he has been playing the FIFA series since he was 8 years old.

"I feel honored," Guastalla told ESPN. "My goal is to be consistent at all the tournaments, and my biggest goal is to win the cup."

Guastalla is a highly decorated FIFA player, as he was a grand finalist for the FIFA Interactive World Cup in 2009, 2015 and 2016. Most recently, he took home the North American championship at the 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Game.

This is the second signing for Versus Sports, after picking up Madden player Frank "Stiff" Sardoni Jr. last week. The organization has said it's already looking into more sponsors for both players. Given that Sardoni Jr. lives in New York and Guastalla in Los Angeles, relationships with local athletic clubs might not be out of the question for either of them.


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TNL eSports Podcast 008: Versus Sports Launch and EA Madden Signing

TNL ESPORTS PODCAST 008: Versus Sports Launch and EA Madden NFL Potential

TNL eSports Podcast 008: Versus Sports Launch (Photo: Versus Sports)

September 12 ‘2016

My chat with Kevin Knocke on SiriusXM IGN eSports Today covering:

  • Versus Sports Launch
  • 1st Athlete Signing: 2016 EA Madden Champ Frank “Stiff” Sardoni
  • EA Madden NFL eSports Potential
  • E LEAGUE Season 2 Debut
  • Professional eSports Association (PEA)

 

Versus Sports Signs EA Madden NFL 16 Champ Frank "Stiff" Sardoni Jr.

VERSUS SPORTS SIGNS EA MADDEN NFL 2016 CHAMPION FRANK "STIFF" SARDONI JR.

EA Madden NFL 2016 Champion Frank "Stiff" Sardoni Jr.

I am thrilled to announce the first Versus Sports Athlete signing is current EA Madden NFL 2016 Champion Frank "Stiff" Sardoni Jr. 

Manny Anekal

Founder and CEO, Versus Sports

The following is from ESPN's coverage of the announcement.

Versus Sports Signs Madden 2016 Champion Stiff (Photo: ESPN)

Versus signs Madden 2016 champion Frank "Stiff" Sardoni Jr.

By Eric Van Allen

In a major pick-up for competitive Madden, Frank "Stiff" Sardoni Jr. signed Thursday with Versus Sports. The contract will see the 2016 championship holder compete full time in the Madden NFL '17 Championship Series.

Sardoni is fresh to the Madden game, having started his competitive career only three years ago. Toppling the two-time Madden Challenge champion Eric "Problem" Wright this past June was a landmark victory, and now Sardoni looks to continue his run into the Madden Majors.

For Stiff, signing with Versus means not having to approach sponsors or juggle too many concerns on his own. Sardoni gets to focus more on his content creation, like his YouTube channel, and on improving his game.

"I'm making this my primary thing right now," Sardoni told ESPN, "because I can see what the future holds for Madden and what EA is doing to develop this as an esport."

Versus, a relatively new organization in esports, boasts its first signing in Sardoni.

A conversation with founder Manny Anekal indicated that it might not be the last, however. Anekal told ESPN that Versus is "absolutely looking into other athletes" to add to the roster, hinting at more announcements to come. Anekal also identified some high-level sponsorships the team is working toward, pursuing "non-endemic" brands to work with Versus.

"I want to build this up slowly, and from the ground up, starting with Frank," Anekal said.


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