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LEC announces 2021 casting team with the additions of Caedrel and Foxdrop

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With the start of the Spring Split only a few days away, today the League of Legends European Championship announced their full casting lineup for the 2021 season. The announcement comes after a challenging year for esports broadcasting across the globe, and sees the return of some of the LEC’s most recognisable faces, along with a few new additions to the talent team. 

2020 was a year that saw esports broadcast teams challenged to produce remote broadcasts with little to no turnaround time due to the COVID-19 pandemic–with the LEC in particular forced to move online with little to no notice after a member of the onsite crew became exposed to the virus back in March of 2020. 

However, the LEC adapted quickly and were praised by many for their handling of the unfortunate situation, maintaining a high level of production (albeit with a few mishaps in the split’s first few weeks.) Due to the changing of lockdown restrictions in Berlin, the LEC was able to return to an in-person broadcast in the first week of the Summer Split. Players continued to play from remote setups, but broadcast and production staff were able to return to the studio in order to continue delivering a high standard of production to fans across the globe. 

After such a turbulent year, the broadcast team has seen some shakeups in the offseason- most notably with the departure of analyst Froskurinn. Stepping in as analysts alongside Vedius and Ender are previous LEC guest casters Foxdrop and Caedrel, with Caedrel having retired from professional play earlier this year in order to pursue a career in content creation. 

The remainder of the LEC team will remain unchanged–with Sjokz and Quickshot both boasting their ninth consecutive years as prominent faces of European League of Legends broadcasting. Joining them will be an impressive roster of play-by-play casters, analysts and interviewers, with Medic, Vedius, Drakos, Ender and Laure all returning for 2021. 

The LEC will return on Jan. 22.

Source: https://dotesports.com/league-of-legends/news/lec-announces-2021-casting-team-with-the-additions-of-caedrel-and-foxdrop

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Crypto Projects Continue to Partner With Sports Teams

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Cryptocurrency adoption is slowly but surely spreading across the World. Projects are branching out their marketing budgets and partnerships to sports teams in a bid to gain further recognition. BeInCrypto looks at crypto projects that have partnered with sports teams.

Cryptocurrencies have found many weird and wild ways to gain users’ attention, from making use of crypto influencers and celebrities to dishing out tokens to die-hard followers. However, in an ever-growing industry, marketing plans need to adapt, and projects need to grow. Crypto has slowly entered the sporting world as we look at several teams that feature cryptocurrency sponsors. 

Aston Martin Formula One & Crypto.com

However, racing has featured crypto projects before, with less purpose than the brand new partnership between the newly formed Aston Martin Formula 1 team and Crypto.com.

Previously, DogeCoin managed to raise $55,000 to have a Nascar sponsored with the Shiba at Talladega. However, the sponsorship was more of a meme than anything else. The recent partnership between Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team and the popular cryptocurrency app Crypto.com represents something more significant. The partnership focuses on the growth of technology and cryptocurrency innovation.  

The partnership becomes the most recent between a sports team and a crypto project. Co-founder and CEP of Crypto.com Kris Marszalek commented on the move in a press release, stating:

“In only four years, we have built the world’s most secure and fastest-growing cryptocurrency platform serving more than 10 million customers worldwide. We’re proud to be partnering with Aston Martin as they return to Grand Prix racing, especially as the first cryptocurrency platform to be sponsoring an F1 team.”

Aston Martin Executive Chairman Lawrence Stroll also commented on the move, expressing how impressed he was with the growth and management of the Crypto.com project. Stroll also expressed the team’s desire to grow with the times and remain innovative, saying:

“This partnership with Crypto.com really puts Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™

Team at the forefront of the boom in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.”

StormGain Partners With Serie A’s SS Lazio

Cryptocurrency sponsors of football teams are also picking up. The most recent being that of cryptocurrency exchange and wallet provider StormGain. The multi-year partnership sees one of the oldest and traditional football teams in Italian football merge with one of the most innovative crypto platforms on the market. Offering the perfect synergy of sports and crypto combined. 

SS Lazio Marketing, Sponsorship and Event Director Marco Canigiani commented:

“We are very proud of this partnership that will reinforce our innovative positioning. Our partnership will help us widen our international landscape and create at the forefront projects for our fans”.

Alex Althausen, CEO at StormGain said:

StormGain is delighted to partner with SS Lazio, a world-famous team with a rich history and values which echo our own perfectly. Through this sponsorship, we’re thrilled to join the worlds of crypto trading and football together and offer many exciting benefits for our clients, who can win exclusive access to the Roman superstars and unique prizes thanks to StormGain. We look forward to the start of a new season, which, no doubts, will be exciting and yet different from any other!”

The biggest impact within the sporting industry and cryptocurrencies has to be Chiliz. Chiliz is touted as being the world’s leading blockchain fintech provider for sports & entertainment. The project has launched a plethora of fan tokens within the football sports industry. The tokenized sports and entertainment exchange now features fan tokens for some of the largest football teams in the world. Teams with digital fan tokens now include Barcelona, AC Milan, Galatasaray, Paris Saint-Germain, AS Roma, Juventus, and Atletico Madrid. 

The fan tokens have proven to be a great tool that incorporates fans and generates revenue.

The crypto project may have had big plans early on. Those plans have now come to fruition, but the company has further plans. Chiliz announced earlier this week that it would be investing $50 million into an expansion into the United States. It is inevitable that Chiliz targets one of the biggest sporting countries on the globe. CEO Alexandre Dreyfus commented on the news saying:

“We head to the U.S. with a proven track record in generating millions of dollars of revenue for some of Europe’s biggest sporting organizations”. 

The New York office will look to capitalize on the major sporting teams on the continent. The expansion looks to further grow the digital token sector. The company is currently in talks with Formula One teams and even esports teams.

The growth of the cryptocurrency industry coupled with adoption in sports, will slowly intertwine, and it is very likely that it will be commonplace to see cryptocurrency projects within sporting teams in the future. Either through sponsorships, fan tokens, NFTs, or even blockchain providers. 

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Ryan is a Fintech specialist with a passion for cryptocurrencies and blockchain adoption. He discovered Bitcoin in 2016 when investing in a Ponzi scheme, and it was the best decision he ever made.

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Blizzard to nerf Castle Nathria, Sanguin Depths in today’s weekly WoW reset

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Blizzard Entertainment is working on a slate of adjustments to several Castle Nathria and Sanguin Depth encounters that are expected to go live in today’s weekly World of Warcraft reset.

The Lady Inerva Darkvein, Hungering Destroyer, and Sun King’s Salvation encounters in Castle Nathria have all been scaled down and nerfed. The raid, which was cleared by Complexity Limit on Mythic difficulty in its initial two weeks of release, has remained a challenge for some of the game’s more casual players. 

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Full list of card prices for McDonald’s 25th anniversary Pokémon TCG Happy Meal packs

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As part of a promotion for the Pokémon franchise’s 25th anniversary, The Pokémon Company once again partnered with fast-food giant McDonald’s to distribute cards in Happy Meals until March 8. 

Each Happy Meal is supposed to come with a four-card promo pack that features reprinted art of all 24 starter Pokémon and Pikachu with a special 25th-anniversary stamp on the card. In total, there are 50 cards in this limited-edition set because all 25 Pokémon have a holo and non-holo variant. 

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League’s champion and skin sale: March 1

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Each week, five champions and 15 skins in League of Legends are put on sale for an up to 60 percent price reduction. If you want to make the most out of your Riot Points, look no further than the deals below.

Here are this week’s champion and skin sales.

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