This week in esports: BMW, FaZe Clan, Nevada, VALORANT

As always, we’ve rounded up the biggest and best stories from the past week so you can stay abreast of the industry’s biggest happenings. This week in esports saw BMW partner with five organisations, FaZe Clan raise $40 million, Nevada approve more esports bets, and Riot Games reveal VALORANT esports plans.

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BMW partners with Cloud9, Fnatic, FunPlus Phoenix, G2 Esports, and T1

German automotive giant BMW partnered with Cloud9, Fnatic, FunPlus Phoenix, G2 Esports, and T1.

The partnerships will insist of content activations across social media, a jersey sponsorship, the sharing of information, and “technology transfer” with BMW’s engineers and designers on both software and hardware.

FaZe Clan details $40 million Series A funding round

North American organisation FaZe Clan unveiled details on its Series A funding round, in which it raised $40 million (£32 million).

The round was led by Jimmy Iovine and included contributions from singers and rappers Pitbull, Swae Lee, Yo Gotti, DJ Paul, Ray J, Disco Fries, and Offset; sports figures such as Nyjah Huston, Meyers Leonard, Gregory Van Der Wiel, Josh Hart, and Jamal Murray; and a host of entrepreneurs and executives.

Riot Games unveils initial approach to esports for VALORANT

Riot Games released its initial esports plans for its free-to-play first-person shooter title, VALORANT.

Riot Games claims competitive integrity, accessibility, and authenticity are at the forefront of its plans for VALORANT’s competitive endeavours. It’s looking to make the game accommodating to aspiring professional players with “merit-based competition” and will enable third-party tournaments for the foreseeable future.

Nevada sportsbooks permitted to accept bets on League of Legends, Overwatch

The Nevada Gaming Control Board approved wagers for the League of Legends European Championship (LEC), League of Legends Championship Series (LCS), and Overwatch League.

European Masters on menu for Nevada bettors following regulator approval

The Nevada Gaming Control Board also announced that it would permit sportsbooks to offer wagers on the League of Legends European Masters.

Call of Duty League betting approved by Nevada regulators

Additionally, the Nevada Gaming Control Board issued a notice of approval permitting sportsbooks to offer wagers on the Call of Duty League through 2020.

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