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US gaming company acquires Vietnamese esports team

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US gaming company acquires Vietnamese esports team

Members of GAM Esports. Photo courtesy of Vietnam Championship Series.


League of Legends (LoL) national champions GAM Esports have been bought by U.S. pro gaming and entertainment company NRG.

GAM will be managed by NRG Asia, an esports company formed by partnership between NRG and investment firm CMG Asia. NRG Asia will focus on respresenting Southeast Asia’s up and coming esports power players. The first acquisition of the company was GAM from Singapore-based esports media firm Yup.GG.

Rumors about the acquisition started when fans noticed the NRG logo printed on the champion shirts of GAM players after winning Vietnam Championship Series (VCS), the national LoL tournament. The rumor was then confirmed by CMG Asia on Thursday.

“With the expansion of NRG into Southeast Asia, we are excited to begin this new journey headquartered here in Vietnam. Starting off with the five-time League of Legends VCS Champions, GAM, our goal is to elevate GAM from being Vietnam champions to leading world championship contenders by providing them additional resources and knowledge from top esport leaders. We can’t wait to bring a world championship back to Vietnam and make the motherland proud!” said TK Nguyen, CEO of NRG Asia, in a statement.

NRG co-founder and CEO Andy Miller also commented on the company’s entry into the Vietnamese market.

“With so much passion around esports in Southeast Asia, we thought Vietnam was the perfect place to launch NRG’s global expansion,” Miller said.

NRG owns many esports teams in many different disciplines such as Apex Legends, Call of Duty, Clash Royale, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Fortnite, Gears of War, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Rocket League and Valorant. According to Forbes, the company is valued at $155 million, with estimated revenue of $20 million and a quarter of that coming from esports activities.

GAM, as the holder of the VCS 2021 title, have earned a spot at Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) in Iceland this May. MSI is the second-biggest global LoL tournament after World Championship. However, GAM could not compete in the tournament due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.

With 32 wins and only seven losses in regional play, GAM could have easily been a title contender at MSI. The last international LoL tournament they had played was World Championship 2019.

LoL is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game launched in 2009. The game is a hit in Vietnam, and its teams have risen in global prominence.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/sports/us-gaming-company-acquires-vietnamese-esports-team-4277512.html

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National team players to face draining 2021 run

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National team players to face draining 2021 run

Vietnam (R) play the UAE at the World Cup qualifiers on June 15, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Thoa.


Multiple domestic and international tournaments will exhaust national team players in the last months of 2021.

After passing the second round of World Cup qualifiers for the first time in history, the national team will have nearly three months to prepare before the third round begins in September. However, during that time gap, the players will continue to partake in domestic and international club tournaments. Many key players of the national team representing Viettel FC and Hanoi FC will go overseas to play the group stage of AFC Champions League and AFC Cup, set to complete by mid-July.

When the players return to Vietnam, they will continue the second phase of V. League from late July to late August. Then, without any rest, they will gather with the national team to prepare for the third World Cup qualifying round that will start on Sept. 2. But that’s not all. After six games of World Cup qualifiers, the players will begin their journey to defend their AFF Cup title, which is set to take place from Dec. 5 to 31.

Therefore, by calculation, national team players might have to play around 18 to 23 matches from late July until this year ends, which will squeeze their stamina to the last drop.

With such a tight schedule, the players can get injured and exhausted, which will directly affect tournament results as well as the goals of Vietnamese football this year. This is a make-or-break situation for the national team, so to ensure the best conditions for players, medical and nutritional care is crucial in keeping the players healthy and charged for the long run. To do that, coordination between clubs and the national team is key.

The pressure on head coach Park Hang-seo will be huge as well. Because aside from the World Cup qualifiers and AFF Cup, he will also have to coach the U22 team at SEA Games 31 to defend their 2019 gold medal.

One suggestion would be sending the national team to compete in the World Cup qualifiers, while the U23 team plus two experienced players play AFF Cup and SEA Games 31. That way, the workload will be reduced for the national team and young players will have the opportunity to gain more international experience.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/sports/football/national-team-players-to-face-draining-2021-run-4298610.html

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Coach Park writes encouraging letter to players

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Coach Park Hang-seo in a training session of the national football team on May 28, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Thoa.


After the historic advance to the final World Cup qualifying round, coach Park Hang-seo has sent players a letter of appreciation and encouragement.

“In the last three games of the second round, we have worked together and advanced to the final round of World Cup qualifiers. This has always been our goal and I’m so delighted about it. I want to thank all the players for believing in me, for giving their best effort with the highest spirit and the assistants who have devoted themselves selflessly day and night to support the team, as well as other members that have tried their best to complete the job,” he wrote.

“Let’s always give our best and be proud that you are a part of the team that have written a new chapter in the history of Vietnamese football.”

He asked the players to enjoy the time with their families during this short break, before going back to their World Cup campaign.

They will have much to do in the road ahead, Park said, promising he will try his best to complete his job.

“We will have to prepare for the final round of World Cup qualifiers in September, to face the top teams in Asia. We need to be more focused, physically, mentally and tactically. If we can stay united and keep giving our best, I believe we can achieve our goal.”

In the second round of World Cup qualifiers, Vietnam went unbeaten in seven games before losing to the UAE in the last match. They advanced to the third round as one of the five best second-placed teams.

The Golden Dragons are set to return to training in August to prepare for the third round, which will take place between Sept. 2, 2021 and March 29, 2022.

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Coach Park writes encouraging letter to players

Park hang-seo: the spark that keeps Vietnam’s football fire burning

Park Hang-seo and his four-year journey with Vietnam’s football. Video by VnExpress/Tuan Viet.

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Concert on 20th century’s musical pieces to be held online

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The fourth concert of the “Music of the 20th Century” series will be broadcast live via Facebook page of the Goethe Institut Vietnam on June 28, in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the institute has announced.

Concert on 20th century’s musical pieces to be held online
The banner of the event. (Photo: www.goethe.de)

The concert series introduces compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries by important living or deceased world-famous composers.

The performers are soloists and lecturers from the Vietnam National Academy of Music and the Inspirito School of Music, notably trumpeter Urushihara Yuki, percussionist Kyle Acuncius, violist Patcharaphan Khumprakob, oboeist Hoang Manh Lam, and pianists Luu Duc Anh and Hoang Ho Thu, among others.

The whole programme promises to be a colourful picture with different styles from many different countries. Starting with Medtners musical style which is strongly influenced by the Romantic tradition, and expanding to very special creations and languages written for the piano by Barber, Ligeti, Ornstein or Japanese composer Hosokawa Toshio.

The soloists of this concerts will in addition explore how modern composers exploit different technique of composing and performing on other instruments such as oboe, trumpet, viola, and percussion or even on a toy piano with works by Goldmann, Vizutti, Hindemith, David Lang and Cangelosi.

Source: VNA

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