ESL Gaming Partners with Popular NFT platform Immutable X

Bob Coiney

October 29, 2021

As several sporting platforms and organizations continue to adopt cryptocurrency, ESL Gaming, an esports tournament organizer, is one of the latest in the sporting world to announce its partnership. According to reports, the online sorting platform has partnered with Immutable X, an Australian NFT business platform.

The tournament organizer will launch an NFT platform as a result of the agreement, allowing fans and supporters to buy, sell, and exchange ESL Pro Tour NFT assets.

Partnership to Focus on ESL’s Growth

According to reports, the partnership will focus on providing ESL with a growth infrastructure and introduce their community to a much better experience. Fans of the EFL Pro Tour will be able to mint and exchange NFTs through Immutable X in a secure, carbon-neutral, and gas-free fashion,’ according to the press release. The term ‘gas’ alludes to the costs of minting’ or manufacturing NFTs.

ESL Reacts to the partnership

Reacting to the new deal, Bernhard Mogk, SVP Global Business Development at ESL Gaming, shared the excitement of having partnered with Immutable X, adding that both platforms share a similar vision about the crypto space.

He said,  “The Immutable team has gaming in their DNA, and we share the same vision for the future of NFTs. In combination with a deep passion for the community, this is the only way to forge meaningful innovation in the space.”

“We could not be more excited to launch on Immutable X, the best possible community-driven and fan-centric collectible platform to buy, collect and own some of the most memorable moments in ESL Pro Tour history,” he added.

This would not be the first time ESL has dabbled in the NFT market. The IEM Cologne Pog Collection, a set of digital artefacts commemorating the CS: GO event’s history, was launched earlier this year by the tournament organizer.

Immutable X Reacts

Founded in April 2021, Immutable X has gained traction as a Layer-2 rollup solution that offers NFT collectors rapid transaction confirmation, greater scaling, and no gas fees on their NFT purchases. 

The platform has also committed to offsetting its carbon footprint via a certified climate-conscious partner, Trace, and Cool Effect. This would ensure that each NFT on its Layer 2 is carbon neutral.

Reacting to the partnership with ESL Gaming, Robbie Ferguson, co-founder of Immutable X, said: “ESL’s vision for NFTs from ESL Pro Tour moments has the fans’ experience top of mind. At Immutable X, we make it easy for leading gaming partners like ESL to integrate NFTs into their experiences without sacrificing security or speed. We are thrilled to partner with a leader like ESL and look forward to a great partnership in the years to come.”

The rise of blockchain gaming platforms like Axie Infinity and the popularity of metaverse’s type environments and NFTs growth means there is a huge potential for growth for Esports, which has remained relatively unexplored.