Game Bits: The Latest in Esports

League of Legends Mobile Games Has Been Approved By Chinese Organization

The League of Legends Esports Manager mobile game from Riot Games has been approved by China’s National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA), along with 43 other titles. The Chinese version of the game will include all League of Legends Pro League (LPL) teams, players, and staff, and the player will serve as the “team manager.” 
According to NPPA, Tencent Holdings still holds the publishing and operating rights to Riot Games. It is the second mobile game from Riot Games to receive approval in China this year. League of Legends: Wild Rift was approved in February 2021.
Valorant has not yet received game approval. At the Tencent Esports Global Summit, the game logo was featured only once, when TJ Sports Co-CEO Bobby Jin gave his presentation.

Freaks 4U Gaming Had Bought ProGaming Italia

In an announcement on its website, Freaks 4U Gaming announced its acquisition of ProGaming Italia, an Italian and Swiss esports and gaming event organizer. Unknown amount paid to Fin. 
It is now owned by Freaks 4U, but the company said that ProGaming Italia will operate as a joint venture, since “both Freaks 4U Gaming and ProGaming Italia have always intended to forge a strategic alliance as equals.” 
 Several international esports organizations, game developers, and tournament organizers partner with ProGaming Italia to deliver esports tournaments. ProGaming Italia is a long-standing licensee of ESL and Riot Games, with whom it partners on most of the Valorant activities in Italy. As part of its ongoing licensing agreement with ESL, which is also a minority shareholder of ProGaming Italia, the company’s CEO Daniel Schmidhofer has been named the company’s CEO for ESL Italy, Switzerland, and Austria. 
Freaks 4U Gaming and ProGaming Italia announced their strategic partnership in March 2021 in order to develop Valorant news and content platform Agent’s Range Italia aimed at Italian audiences. 
Freaks 4U Gaming acquired all shares of ProGaming Italia held by majority shareholder Game as part of the acquisition. Schmidhofer’s holding company, Fin. Game returns the favor. Finn is now a minority shareholder in Freaks 4U Gaming following his acquisition of shares. Game was not disclosed by Freaks 4U. Fin did not receive any additional compensation. ProGaming Italia CEO Schmidthofer will continue to lead the company as CEO, as well as assume a vice president position with Freaks 4U Gaming.

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