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Fnatic, the London-based global esports team owner, has raised $19 million in new funding and restructured its leadership as it plans a major expansion, the company said on Wednesday.

The company plans to further expand in Asia and North America and grow from a headcount of 150 people now to 1000 in the next five years, founder Sam Mathews told Reuters.

It will use the investments to strengthen its teams with new nutrition and psychology programs, and physical training coaches for players – lessons Mathews said he took from the British cycling team.It also plans to launch a new line of audio equipment, particularly headsets.

Esports – professional video game competitions that are watched by throngs of fans live and online – have been around for over a decade but have seen audiences and sponsorships grow significantly in the last couple of years.( Read More ) [via @SuperSportTV]

By Ian Dei

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