Funspark, the Chinese esports tournament operator has selected Berlin-based data platform GRID esports to supply match integrity services and data visualizations for its upcoming Funspark ULTI 2021 circuit.

Image Credit: GRID/ Funspark

The CS:GO series, having total prize pool of $630,000 (~£458,907), will run from March 29th to December 12th 2021, ending with a Grand Final. The date of the final is yet to be announced.

This event is a 32 team tournament, is part of Funspark’s initiative to develop the CS:GO ecosystem in Asia, whilst also connecting Chinese teams to European franchises. Funspark is also looking to create a global competition and nurture & propel local talent in the process. 

GRID esports’s has already collaborated with the tournament organizers like WePlay Esports and Esforce Holding as partners.  Funspark is the new addition in the list of GRID.

GRID’s watch pages will include real-time statistics and predictions for all events in the series and will supply social media assets for distribution.

Moreover, Relog Media has become a tournament partner for the Funspark ULTI 2021 Europe Series to assist in its production. GRID is currently collaborating with Relog Media for the Home Sweet Home Series.

Jingjie Luo, Head of China at GRID esports, commented: “It is exciting to support Funspark ULTI 2021. The team at Funspark always takes production and competition to the next level. At GRID, we supply the abilities for partners to unlock the potential of their data. We expect this tournament to be the biggest splash of 2021 yet.

Our watch pages will allow fans at home to follow the action with in-depth insights and provide visualisations that were previously only available in-game.”

Aska Wang, Head of Esports at Funspark, added: “Funspark is a gaming lifestyle centred brand. We are committed to becoming the most professional and influential esports brand in Asia. Funspark is very happy and honoured to have reached a strategic agreement with GRID in the first step in our overseas development.

“This cooperation is not a one-dimensional cooperation of the tournament, but a multi-dimensional cooperation centred on the brand linkage of the commercial and the data for overseas tournaments in China. We hope that the cooperation between our two companies will be delighted.”