This week in esports: COVID-19, TV 2 Norway, Unicorns of Love

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 more changes due to coronavirus, TV 2 Norway acquire media rights, and Unicorns of Love receive investment.

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Formula One is launching virtual series to overcome coronavirus

Formula One announced intentions to launch a sim racing series to combat inactivity brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Virtual Grand Prix Series will see a number of current F1 drivers compete on the F1 2019, joined by “a host of stars to be announced in due course.”

NASCAR launches eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series

NASCAR and simulation racing platform iRacing joined forces to launch the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series.

The series will see drivers from the NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series, and the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series competing in a multi-week series starting on March 22nd.

TV 2 Norway acquires Norwegian media rights for ESL Pro Tour

TV 2 Norway acquired the Norwegian media rights to the ESL Pro Tour, the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive circuit ran by ESL and DreamHack.

The broadcasts began in March and include coverage of the ESL Pro League and other tournaments in the circuit.

TV 2 Norway secures Norwegian broadcast rights to BLAST Premier

TV 2 Norway also secured the Norwegian broadcast rights to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive series BLAST Premier.

Facilitated by Lagardère Sports, the deal will see TV 2 Norway broadcast BLAST Premier’s entire 2020 season both on television and online.

Unicorns of Love receives investment from Tomislav Karajica

Berlin-based organisation Unicorns of Love received investment from project developer and investor Tomislav Karajica, who will serve as a strategic partner for the team.

The investment comes from Karajica’s project development firm Home United, which owns Austrian football club SK Austria Klagenfurt and is an investor in FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin.

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