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GRID and ESforce Agree New Data Partnership

GRID Esports and ESforce Holding, the company behind the Epic Esports Events tournament operator, have announced the extension of their long term data partnership.

The partnership will deliver data products, stats for the broadcast, data security and integrity services, alongside GRID’s data monetisation platform. This partnership will cover all esports under the ESforce Holding umbrella, notably their flagship EPIC League and EPICENTER events.

“EPIC is one of the top brands in esports,” said Charlie Hanley-Nickolls, Vice President at GRID. “I remember watching the incredible Roshan stage they had set up at EPICENTER 2016 as a fan and being blown away. The renewal of an already fantastic partnership, both sides are super happy with the results. Things are only going to get better from here.”

Epic Esports Events are known for their blockbuster stage events as much as their innovative approach to top-tier online esports during the epidemic. The content lineup includes the massively popular Omega League and EPIC League.  The second season of the EPIC League, which ended on December 13th, became the most popular Dota 2 tournament of all time, excluding The International championships in 2017–2019.

“GRID has been a reliable and secure partner for us, even during the change and disruption Coronavirus has brought to our industry. We’ve worked together on a wide range of topics, not just data monetisation, but also combatting the risks associated with data and video security in a time when all events are online.” said Sergei Barkhudarian, Commercial Director at ESforce. “This partnership has been a huge support to us in putting on the amazing events throughout the year. Extending this partnership leaves us incredibly excited for the future of ESforce brands”.

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GRID is a technology-as-a-service platform designed to unlock the potential of esports data with the goal to improve fan experiences and contribute to the sustainability and growth of the esports ecosystem as a whole. GRID provides data services for over 70% of competitive esports, covering DotA 2, CS:GO, PUBG, and many more. Working hand-in-hand with rights holders to maximize the value of their official data assets, GRID protects partner competitions from malicious actors while ensuring competitive integrity. For additional information, visit grid.gg.

ESforce Holding is one of the biggest esports organizations in the world and the leader of

the Russian esports. The holding company unites all esports business key areas: from its own professional esports club to organization of international tournaments, and from content creation and broadcasting to advertising and infrastructure projects.

ESforce Holding’s business include:

  • pro, the most renowned and popular esports club in Russia;
  • RuHub Studio, the leading Russian-speaking esports broadcasting studio;
  • ru, the main esports media in CIS;
  • Epic Esports Events, the largest esports tournament operator in Eastern Europe;
  • Yota Arena, esports-entertainment venue.

ESforce’s resources cover more than 90% of the esports audience in Russia and CIS, as well as a significant segment of the international audience. A marketing agency — a member of the holding — ensures the synergy of the holding's business units with the clients and partners in mind.

ESforce Holding was founded in 2015. In 2018, the holding became a member of a leading Internet and IT-company of Russia — Mail.Ru Group.

 

Epic Esports Events has been hosting a series of EPICENTER tournaments among the world's top esports players in Moscow and Saint Petersburg since 2016. EPICENTER competitions are watched by tens of millions of viewers around the world, the finals gather stadiums, and the organizers have repeatedly been awarded the prestigious EUBEA, Eventex, MarSpo, BISPO, BEMA and Sport Leaders Awards.

 

Epic Esports Events also hosts the regular EPIC League, which is attended by tier-1 esports teams from the CIS and European countries. In different years, EEE has been and continues to be an organizer of international tournaments for brands: Parimatch League, MegaFon Winter Clash, Adrenaline Cyber League, KFC Battle, etc. EEE is a part of ESforce Holding.