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RAFA RACING CLUB TO LAUNCH ESPORTS TEAM FOR 2024

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RAFA Racing Club, a supercar club focused on driver development, based in Houston, Texas, has collaborated with SRO Motorsports Group to become the lead partner, with naming rights, to the SRO Esports Sim Pro Series powered by RAFA Racing.

With the partnership activated at the CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa at the end of June, RAFA Racing introduced two wildcard entries for the Esports Sim Pro Series hosted on-site, at the renowned Fanatec arena. Racing against the world’s best virtual racers and teams, on Assetto Corsa Competizione, it was a RAFA Racing wildcard making a big impression with a top 10 finish in the overall standings.

There will be further wildcard entries at the two remaining rounds of the 2023 SRO Esports Sim Pro Series powered by RAFA Racing, which will be hosted on-event and trackside at the upcoming German and Spanish rounds of the GT4 European Series powered by RAFA Racing Club.

Anyone can take part and players qualifying with the fastest times are offered the wildcard entries. At the end of the season, RAFA Racing will also be launching its first-ever esports team ahead of 2024.

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The performance of all wildcard entrants, racing against the pros, will be monitored closely – with all of those competing in the Esports Sim Pro Series having the opportunity to showcase their skills. Players that catch the attention of RAFA Racing will potentially be invited to try out for the new esports team.

To be the first to hear more about all the esports opportunities coming up with RAFA Racing, sign up to the exclusive RAFA Racing esports team mailing list.

Rafael Martinez, founder and principal of RAFA Racing Club, said, “It is an honour for RAFA Racing Club to be able to support talented individuals looking to progress in the world of sim racing. We are enjoying working alongside SRO to elevate the Esports Sim Pro Series, as part of our new three-year deal, to provide unforgettable competition for all involved.

“It’s also fantastic to watch those taking part in the series race our McLaren Trophy RAFA Racing liveried car in-game. While at Spa-Francorchamps, my on-track team-mate Jem Hepworth commentated on the Esports Sim Pro Series which really made all the action come alive for us.

“We can’t wait to officially launch our RAFA Racing esports team later this year, which will be hugely exciting and a brand-new initiative for us – offering opportunities to upcoming esports stars.”

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SIS and bet365 expand H2H Global Gaming League™ presence in US with esports products now live in Ohio and Arizona

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SIS Content Services, part of the SIS Group (Sports Information Services), has further expanded its United States footprint with bet365 offering its H2H Global Gaming League™ (H2HGGGL) eBasketball and eSoccer games in Ohio and Arizona.

After bet365 successfully launched H2HGGL eBasketball in New Jersey in late 2022, the product has since gone live in Colorado, Kentucky and, most recently, Ohio and Arizona. The product set has further expanded through the launch of eSoccer games, with bettors now enjoying the full range of industry-leading H2HGGL esports content.

Developed specifically for betting, SIS produces over 150,000 H2HGGL events annually, providing a full end-to-end solution with integrity at its core.

The short-form, events-based esports product, which sees professional gamers compete in eBasketball and eSoccer games from SIS’ self-contained UK studios, is proven to deliver superior margins around the clock, adding as much as 10% in value in the basketball and soccer verticals on sportsbook platforms.

The products feature ultra-low (sub-second) latency live streaming, visible ESIC-trained integrity referees for every game, live caster commentary, and on-screen graphics.

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Richard Ames, Chief Executive, SIS, and President, SIS Content Services, said: “We are rapidly expanding the presence of our H2H Global Gaming League™ across the US, which is significantly boosting engagement and margin for our partners. With content live in five states, our relationship with long-term partner bet365 has been further strengthened as we continue to assist them with growth in the region.”

Michele Fischer, Vice President, SIS Content Services, said: “We are thrilled that our esports products are now live in Ohio and Arizona. Both states have significant fan engagement in professional and college sports, and the H2H Global Gaming League™ has already shown to have positive appeal to the bet365 customer base.”

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HAWKS TALON GC ELIMINATED FROM THE TICKET, ENDS 2024 SEASON

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Hawks Talon GC, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks, were eliminated from the TICKET on Tuesday night after falling to the No. 5 Nets GC 88-79, ending their 2024 season.

Talon entered the last chance tournament as the No. 4 seed, amassing 60 points over the TIPOFF and TURN 5v5 tournaments.

“Ending the season in the TICKET is always a tough way to go out, but there are a ton of things we can take away,” said Hawks Talon Head Coach Ismael ‘MAELO’ Diaz Tolentino. “The way Bait, Duck, Low, and E all meshed with MDS in their first year with us is something to be proud of. Our guys fought throughout both threes and fives all season, and all of them should keep their heads up going into next year.”

Talon finished 3v3 gameplay with a 7-9 record over group and bracket play, including a 4-4 record in bracket play, and finished the 5v5 season with a 6-6 record over the TIPOFF and TURN.

During the 3v3 SLAM tournament, Talon finished as one of the top six teams, starting out 3-0 in bracket play and earning $8,000 from the prize pool.

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Mark David “MDS” Smith led the Talon in scoring throughout the 5v5 season, averaging 28.0 points and 7.1 assists in 12 games. During the week of May 27-June 2, MDS earned Player of the Week honors behind a 60-point performance against Celtics Crossover Gaming, breaking the franchise record for most points in a game and the fifth most in NBA 2K League history. He also became only the second player in franchise history to win Player of the Week.

Ludlow “LOW” Samuels averaged a double-double, collecting a team-high 10.4 rebounds to go along with 13.5 points throughout the 5v5 season while Christopher “Duck” Charles dished out a team-high 9.5 assists.

Talon newcomer Elijah “Underratedgoat” Spears netted 12.3 points, while rookie Tyler “Baitpickk” Montague collected 6.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.

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HAWKS TALON GC SET FOR THE TICKET ON JUNE 18 FOR CHANCE TO ENTER NBA 2K LEAGUE 5V5 PLAYOFFS

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Hawks Talon GC first game of THE TICKET will be Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. against Nets GC

Hawks Talon GC, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks, will begin play in the TICKET on Tuesday night against No. 5 Nets GC at 6:00 p.m.

Like the STEAL during the 3v3 portion of the season, the last-chance, single-elimination 5v5 tournament includes all 15 NBA 2K League teams that did not clinch a spot in the 5v5 playoffs. The final two teams in the TICKET will earn a spot in the 5v5 playoffs beginning June 26, with the winner of the playoffs receiving a winner-take-all cash prize. The full bracket can be found here.

“It’s going to be a really intense tournament,” said Hawks Talon GC point guard Christopher “Duck” Charles. “Every team has their back against the wall fighting to extend the season, but we’re equipped and have the right talent and roster to go out and win these types of games.”

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Hawks Talon finished 6-6 and collected 60 points through the TIPOFF and TURN, earning 30 points in the TIPOFF and 30 points in the TURN to earn the No. 4 seed heading into the TICKET.

Should the Talon win their first game, they would play the winner of No. 1 Knicks Gaming and No. 8 Hornets Venom GT the same night at 8:00 p.m. If the Talon win both games, they will advance to the final day of the TICKET on June 22, which will be on stage at District E Gaming in Washington, D.C. All games can be followed on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels.

To stay up to date on Hawks Talon Gaming Club, visit HawksTalonGC.gg and follow the team’s social channels on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

 

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