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Mobile TeleSystems Moves Into Esports With Acquisition Of Praliss Enterprises

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 01 / 17 / 18

Russia-based telecom Mobile TeleSystems "entered esports by acquiring Praliss Enterprises, Gambit Esports’ parent company," according to Angelos Anastasopoulos of THE ESPORTS OBSERVER. The Russian corporation "called the move into the esports industry 'inevitable,' wanting to be a part of its ...

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IOC President Speaks On Sochi Doping

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Russian Athletics Ban Set To Remain

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Russia Denying Doping Claims

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