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.