theScore esports Daily (Nov. 2): Golden misses first day of BLAST for medical reasons, Razer CEO pledges to match Malaysian government's multi-million dollar investment into esports

by Dimitri Pascaluta Nov 2 2018
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Golden misses first day of BLAST due to medical issue

Cloud9 in-game leader Maikil "Golden" Selim has missed the first day of BLAST Pro Series: Copenhagen "due to a medical situation," the team announced Friday on Twitter.

The announcement was made an hour before the day's matches were set to kick off, with C9's coach, Soham "valens" Chowdhury, taking Golden's place for the team's matches against MIBR and Natus Vincere. According to a tweet by C9's general manager, Jonathan Tran, Golden's condition is improving.

Razer CEO matches Malaysian government's $2.4 million esports pledge

According to Malaysian news site The Star, Malaysian Youth and Sports minister, Syed Saqqiq, tweeted on Friday that the Malaysian government intends to invest RM10 million ($2.4 million USD) to develop the country's esports infrastructure.

Siddiq's tweet came in the wake of the Malaysian government's 2019 budget presentation, and was followed up with a response by Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan, who vowed to match the donation.

McDonald's Germany shifts focus from soccer sponsorships to esports

McDonald's Germany has decided not to renew its 15-year contract with the German Football Association (DFB) in favor of expanding its interest in esports sponsorships, the company announced on Friday.

Earlier this year, the company announced its first sponsorship of an esports organization in the form of an official partnership with ESL Meisterschaft, a German esports event series. In light of the partnership's success throughout 2018, said McDonald's Germany in a press release, the company intends to extend it through 2019.

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