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Why Is Bandai Namco eSports Not Working with WePlay eSports?

What happened between the two companies?

After years of partnership and attendance, Bandai Namco eSports will no longer be working with or attending WePlay eSports’ events.

The esports industry has seen an unprecedented amount of growth over the last five years. With the rise in popularity of streaming and the global pandemic still keeping people inside, plenty of eyes have been on eSports as a form of competition and entertainment.

Today, two major names in the esports industry announced that they’re parting ways, so what happened between Bandai Namco eSports and WePlay eSports?

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Who is WePlay eSports?

WePlay eSports is an esports event organizer that hosts tournaments for games such as CS: GO, Valorant, Dota 2, Mortal Kombat 11, and Tekken 7.

Why Did Bandai Namco eSports Stop Working With Them?

While the exact reason for the split between the two companies isn’t officially clear, there are some clues that might help us figure out what exactly happened. In a tweet today, Bandai Namco eSports said, “due to differences in vision and professional standards, we will no longer be working with WePlay as an esports tournament organizing partner.”

While the announcement doesn’t bring up any specifics, it seems like the split is likely the result of WePlay’s recent partnership with 1XBet, an esports gambling company. Plenty of companies are uncomfortable with the inclusion of gambling in the esports space, so this may be one explanation. Remember to take that with a grain of salt, as it’s just speculation.

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If you’re looking for more on esports, make sure to check out this article detailing the recent Twitch banning of streamer ShivFPS after a hateful rant during a round of Apex. Check out our coverage right here.

For any and all things esports, make sure to stay right here with DualShockers.

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Peter Hunt Szpytek

Peter is from Chicago. He's played more JRPG's than he can count despite being not totally great at them and you can usually find him on the weekends dropping hot in Apex Legends. When not holding a controller, he's at the gym trying to get in shape for his next cosplay.

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