This week in esports: Formula 1, Álvaro Arbeloa, Shaquille O’Neal, Clash Royale

We’re starting to think there will never be a quiet week in the world of esports! This week has seen plenty of big developments come into fruition.

The Formula 1 Esports Series is almost back for its second season, both Álvaro Arbeloa and Shaquille O’Neal have taken on positions in teams, and Clash Royale is getting its own league!


Formula 1 esports teams confirmed ahead of second season

Formula 1 Esports Series

The second season of the Formula 1 Esports Series is almost underway, with the all-F1 teams being revealed ahead of the Pro Draft.

The teams that will draft virtual drivers are: Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport, Red Bull Racing, Hype Energy eForce India, Williams F1 Esports Team, Renault Sport, Team Vitality, Haas F1 Esports Team, McLaren, Toro Rosso, and Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team.

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Álvaro Arbeloa partners with League of Legends team Origen

Álvaro Arbeloa

Origen is set to make a big return to the League of Legends scene with the European Masters, and it has brought ex-Real Madrid footballer Álvaro Arbeloa along for the journey.

The capacity in which Arbeloa is involved isn’t entirely clear, but everything points to him investing in the organisation. This news is even more exciting with the prospect of EU LCS’ franchising model in 2019.

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Shaquille O’Neal named GM of Kings Guard Gaming, the NBA 2K League team

Shaquille O’Neal, former NBA star and current Sacramento Kings minority owner, has been appointed the General Manager of Kings Guard Gaming.

This isn’t O’Neal’s first foray into esports, though, already having an investment in NRG Esports. Kings Guard will compete in the inaugural season of the NBA 2K League.

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Clash Royale League welcomes eight top NA organisations

Clash Royale is poised to become the next big mobile esports title with the upcoming Clash Royale League, which will see teams from different regions battle it out for the lion’s share of the $1 million (£710,954) prize pool.

The North American organisations that are involved include Cloud9, Team SoloMid, Tribe Gaming, Immortals, NRG, Complexity, 100 Thieves, and Counter Logic Gaming.

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