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PokerStars Sponsoring Brazilian Esports Team FURIA

Online poker website PokerStars was announced Tuesday as a new “master sponsor” of the Brazilian organization FURIA. With this deal, PokerStars joins HyperX, AOC, Twitch, Nike, Legion by Lenovo, Aim Lab, Nvidia, the betting website Rivalry, Unilever, and the payment method GamersCard, as sponsors of FURIA.

Financial details on the deal were not disclosed.

André Akkari, a co-owner of FURIA, is one of the best known Brazilian professional poker players in the world, and is also sponsored by PokerStars. Before founding FURIA in 2017 with CEO Jaime “raizen” Pádua and other associates, Akkari was an investor in  Brazilian organization CNB e-Sports Club, which introduced him to the esports world.

FURIA currently fields one of the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams in the world, and recently has secured a slot in the Brazilian League of Legends Championship (CBLoL) franchise.

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