Asia Digest: ONE Esports series launch; Flutterwave-Alipay partnership

Chatri Sityodtong, founder and chairman of ONE Championship

ONE Championship has announced the launch of a new series called ONE Esports while Nigeria’s Flutterwave collaborates with Alipay to offer digital payment service.

ONE Championship rolls out ONE Esports

ONE Championship on Monday announced the official launch of a new championship series, ONE Esports, in partnership with Japanese media agency conglomerate Dentsu.

ONE Championship chairman and chief executive Chatri Sityodtong said in his Linkedin post, “ONE Esports is Asia’s largest esports championship series featuring some of the world’s biggest games, namely Dota 2, Street Fighter, Tekken, and many others. Our first events this year will be in October in Tokyo and in December in Singapore.”

The company also appointed a seasoned media and esports veteran Carlos Alimurung as the chief executive of ONE Esports.

Previously, Alimurung was a chief business officer at the open esports competition platform Battlefy, where he also helped to increase the number of gamers to 60 million and 120,000 organizers.

Aside from Dentsu, ONE Esports is also partnering with PGL, one of the largest esports producers.

Nigeria’s Flutterwave ties up with Alipay to offer digital payments

Flutterwave, which offers payment services in Africa, has inked a collaboration with Alipay, the mobile payment arm of tech conglomerate Alibaba, per a company announcement.

Flutterwave helps companies to pay other firms abroad and on the same continent.

The company said it managed to connect African countries such as Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Rwanda, Ghana, and others to each other.

The integration with Alipay, which now has over 1 billion users, could help merchants, already using Flutterwave, accept payments from Alipay’s users, especially in China.

 

Singapore Reporter/s

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Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

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Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.