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TGS Esports Announces Investment in Mountainside Games – Canada NewsWire

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VANCOUVER, BC, Dec. 17, 2020 /CNW/ – TGS Esports Inc. (“TGS” or the “Company“) (TSXV: TGS) (FRA: 5RH) is pleased to announce that it has completed an equity investment (“Investment“) in a private esports company, Mountainside Games Ltd. (“MSG“).

MSG, led by Owner and CEO Martin Byerley, is a BC based organization that has a focus on tournaments and content within the Super Smash Bros community. MSG hosts in person and online tournaments and handles all aspects of the events including registration, facilitation, and broadcasting. MSG also creates unique Super Smash Bros content including Smash Talk, an online show available via YouTube. MSG will operate out of the TGS office and work in collaboration with the TGS team on tournaments and events. MSG will also use TGS to produce content for digital distribution, including existing property Smash Talk.

“Martin is one of the hardest workers I have met. His dedication to building MSG is second to none and he is primed to take MSG to the new heights. We are excited to be a part of his growth and provide the resources we have to help MSG get to the next level.” said Spiro Khouri, CEO of TGS “Adding a dedicated Smash Bros community to TGS is going to fill a gap we currently have. We also get to add MSG’s content to TGS’ growing library which brings a new element for our fans to engage in.”

“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to grow MSG to new heights. We have seen steady incremental growth over the past year and with the resources TGS brings to the table we can accelerate it greatly. I have had the chance to work with the TGS team over the past couple of months which has allowed me to do so much more, especially when it comes to content creation.” Said Martin Byerley “I can’t wait to devote even more time to the community!”

Pursuant to an investment agreement dated December 16, 2020 (the “Investment“), the Company subscribed for an aggregate of 3,333,334 common shares in the capital of MSG, representing approximately 25% of MSG, in consideration for aggregate cash consideration of $36,000. In addition, under the Investment Agreement, subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSXV“), the Company has also agreed to issue to MSG up to an aggregate of 40,000 common shares in the capital of the Company (“Milestone Shares“) at a deemed price equal to the Market Price (as defined in the policies of the TSXV) on the date of issue, upon the satisfaction of the following milestones by MSG within two years following the closing of the Investment:

  • 10,000 Milestone Shares on the date that MSG has hosted 24 tournaments co-streamed on the Company’s Twitch streaming channel;
  • 10,000 Milestone Shares on the date that MSG has published 24 episodes of their web series “Smash Talk”;
  • 10,000 Milestone Shares on the date that MSG has published 156 “Things You Should Know” videos to its YouTube channel; and
  • 10,000 Milestone Shares on the date that MSG has run 24 esports tournaments through an esports platform operated by the Company in its business.

About TGS Esports Inc.

TGS Esports Inc. is an organization focused on creating the ultimate esports experience. TGS is made up of industry professionals with 20+ combined years in the space of tournament organization, league facilitation, and production. This experience combined with the proposed acquisition of Pepper Esports Inc. allows TGS to offer a full suite of tools needed for any player or tournament organizer in esports. TGS is also the owner of Canada’s first dedicated esports arena, The Gaming Stadium, located in Richmond, British Columbia, which opened in June 2019. 

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

On behalf of the Board of Directors
Spiro Khouri
Spiro Khouri, CEO
TGS Esports Inc.

Disclaimer for Forward-Looking Information

Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements, which reflect the expectations of management regarding the Company. Forward-looking statements consist of statements that are not purely historical, including any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future, including with respect to: the potential benefits of the relationship between the Company and MSG resulting from the Investment, the satisfaction of the Milestones by MSG and the issuance of the Milestone Shares. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, performance or developments to differ materially from those contained in the statements, including risks related to factors beyond the control of the Company. The risks include the following: the unknown magnitude and duration of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and other risks that are customary to transactions of this nature. No assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will occur or, if they do occur, what benefits the Company will obtain from them.

This press release is not an offer of the securities for sale in the United States. The securities have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

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For further information: TGS Esports Inc., Spiro Khouri, 604-562-0606

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China Overtook US in Foreign Direct Investment, UN Agency Says – BNN

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(Bloomberg) — China overtook the U.S. as the largest recipient of foreign direct investment in 2020, a year in which overall global flows cratered by 42% as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, a United Nations trade agency said.

Flows fell to an estimated $859 billion from $1.5 trillion in 2019, according to the UNCTAD Investment Trends Monitor. It was the lowest level since the 1990s and 30% below the investment trough that followed the 2008-09 global financial crisis.

While the world as a whole struggled, China held on, said UNCTAD, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. It became the world’s largest FDI recipient with flows rising by 4% to $163 billion.

A return to positive GDP growth and a targeted investment facilitation program helped stabilize investment in China after the first coronavirus lockdowns there, the agency said.

Among Chinese sectors, high-tech industries saw an FDI increase of 11% in 2020, and cross-border mergers and acquisitions rose by 54%, mostly in information and communications technology, and pharmaceutical industries.

Flows to North America slid by 46% to $166 billion, and those to the U.S. alone fell 49% to an estimated $134 billion in 2020.

Europe fared worse, with flows down by two-thirds to a negative $4 billion. In the U.K., FDI fell to zero, and declines were recorded in other major countries. Elsewhere, flows to Australia slumped but those to Israel rose.

Globally, the UN agency expects foreign direct investment to remain weak in 2021 due to uncertainty over the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The effects of the pandemic on investment will linger,” said James Zhan, director of UNCTAD’s investment division. “Investors are likely to remain cautious in committing capital to new overseas productive assets.”

©2021 Bloomberg L.P.

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Opinion | Consumers should know investment performance and costs – TheSpec.com

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This is the time of year when most Canadians receive their financial reports.

Everybody is concerned about the shape of their finances. A retired family asks their adviser: “Will we have enough income to live on?” A charitable foundation CEO asks her Treasurer: “Warn me before our cash flow turns negative.” Both want the same thing — the bottom line.

For a long time, clients of dealers and managers received statements showing the current value of their investments compared with the previous month.

But those snapshots didn’t show if the overall portfolio made any progress from year to year. Even for the do-it-yourself investor, yearly comparisons are too important to be scribbled on the back of an envelope.

Fortunately, things are changing for the better.

The Canadian Securities Administrators believe investors should know how their investments performed over time. They also think it’s important to know the cost of fees and services that affected that performance. So, all advisers now must provide two performance and costs summaries, each year.

The investment performance report presents the annual percentage return for the first year and at Dec. 31 for the last three, five and 10 years when an account was open. That way each client can see how the portfolio performed over several years.

A special advantage is the way performance is calculated after all withdrawals and contributions. It’s too easy to forget the withdrawal covering 20 per cent of a dental bill that the insurance plan didn’t reimburse, or the deposit of a Christmas cheque from Nana.

This will also help to compare the portfolio’s progress with an index representing similar securities. We usually see various indexes on TV or smartphone or newspaper, but without such comparison we can’t determine whether our investments are keeping pace.

Much more importantly, it reveals if that progress matches what we want to achieve. That’s the objective clients must specify at the beginning, in the information form that authorizes the adviser. The performance report shows if the adviser’s guidance met our objectives.

Some people let the bull market roll on until the panic last March. Then they sold. When the market rallied sharply, they climbed aboard again. Sounds like a crapshoot? In-and-outers will now be able to see how costly the commissions were and how much they eroded the net results.

A previous article reported that computers, algorithms and passive managers are responsible for 60 per cent of transaction volumes. Trading is idealized in TV commercials. Shallow acquaintances boast of their trading successes; smart friends don’t go there. Consistent trading gains are rare and involve costs. During the COVID-19 panic, investors sold and repurchased funds in seismic proportions. Advisers seemed absent, while commissions shaved their clients’ net returns.

That’s why investors look for a reliable measure that summarizes costs, and does it simply too — their net results.

The cost of advice report is just as important as the performance report. Advisers are required to disclose the total of all fees and commissions charged to your account.

The Investor Office of the Ontario Securities Commission states in their Investment Performance and the Cost of Advice report: “No matter what type of investment you buy or advice you receive, you will be charged fees.”

For investment fund accounts, there are operating charges, transaction charges, third-party payments and trailing commissions. For managed portfolios, there are management fees.

The last 10-year data show investors made large purchases of mutual funds and ETFs each January-February (probably for deductible RRSP contributions) and almost as large March-April reductions. Commissions minimized investors’ returns. Who benefited more, clients or advisers?

The purpose of these regulatory requirements for fund dealers and portfolio managers is to ensure transparency in their communications with clients. With tens of thousands of advisers across Canada, the regulators leave it to investors to become informed and to take the initiative to pursue any questions.

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As technology opens up the seamy side, cybersecurity threats are an emerging risk. The regulators try to protect investors from unfair, improper or outright fraudulent advisory practices.

How advisers cope with fraud to preserve client confidence will be another chapter in the story, as they prepare for more stock market turbulence.

A future report will analyze whether the foregoing reports measure the client’s or the adviser’s performance.

Norm Stefnitz is a retired financial analyst and portfolio manager. Now a freelance writer, he analyzes economic and investment options for families, endowments and charities, and can be reached at n.stefnitz @cogeco.ca

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China Passes U.S. As No. 1 Destination For Foreign Investment As Coronavirus Upends Global Economy – Forbes

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As the world struggled to contain the coronavirus crisis, foreign direct investment in the United States plummeted 49% in 2020 while investment in China rose 4%, making China the largest recipient of foreign inflows for the first time, according to a report released Sunday by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. 

Key Facts

China pulled in $163 billion in new investments from foreign businesses in 2020 while the U.S. fell into second place with $134 billion. 

The U.S. and China had broadly different responses to the pandemic, with China’s government instituting strict, large-scale lockdown measures in early 2020 while the United States’ response was far less centralized and far less effective in curbing the spread of the virus. 

That prompted a major shift in the global economy—while the United States and other Western countries struggled to contain the pandemic, China went back to work, manufacturing picked up, and as a result China was the only major economy to report economic expansion in 2020. 

While the momentum of FDI has been shifting towards China for several years, the total stock of foreign investment is still larger in the United States, the Wall Street Journal notes.

FDI in India rose 13% in 2020, while FDI in the European Union fell by two-thirds.

The U.N. expects foreign investment overall to remain weak in 2021. 

Big Number

42%. That’s how much foreign direct investment fell across the globe in 2020, from $1.5 trillion in 2019 to $859 billion in 2020. Most of that decline occurred in developed countries, the U.N. said. 

Key Background

Despite increasingly frosty relations between the U.S. and China, western firms are continuing to pour their resources into the rapidly growing economy there. Last month, Goldman Sachs took full ownership of its Chinese joint venture partner. JPMorgan did the same in November. Tesla is ramping up production in China and early last year, PepsiCo spent $705 million to buy a Chinese snack brand.

Crucial Quote 

“U.S. and other foreign firms will continue to invest in China as it remains one of the most resilient economies during the global pandemic and as future growth potential there remains stronger than most other major economies,” Rhodium Group analyst Adam Lysenko told Bloomberg last month. 

Further Reading

China Overtakes U.S. as World’s Leading Destination for Foreign Direct Investment (Wall Street Journal)

Biden Will Be More Predictable Than Trump On Trade, But Don’t Expect Tariff Rollbacks Any Time Soon (Forbes)

China’s Growth Beats Estimates as Economy Powers Out of Covid (Bloomberg)

China’s Exports Surged 9.5% In August Despite Escalating Tensions With The United States (Forbes)

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