- Vodafone has become a premium partner of ESL, the world's largest esports company, and will sponsor ESL's flagship event series: Intel Extreme Masters, ESL One and ESL Pro League.

Vodafone's international network will bring together gamers and fans from 25 countries. It will also provide a showcase for the development of new 5G technologies.

Vodafone will work with ESL to support a series of initiatives that promote diversity and female participation in historically male-dominated esports activities. Vodafone will become a Premium Partner of the female esports challenge held during the IEM Sydney event in May 2018, and will collaborate with the world's top female esports personalities to highlight the opportunities for women to participate professionally in esports or pursue a career in the esports industry.

Serpil Timuray, chief operations and strategy officer for Vodafone Group, said: "We are delighted to launch this partnership with ESL and create one of the biggest international networks for esports at a time when audiences are growing rapidly and new technologies are poised to deliver better experiences. I look forward to joining our customers across 25 countries in viewing ESL's exciting esports tournaments, both at home and on their mobile devices."

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