Guild Esports kicked off dealings in the junior market on the last day of the week, with the flotation priced at 8p bringing the market value to £41million.
The owner and developer of esports teams, backed by former Manchester United and Real Madrid star David Beckham, raised £20million from the oversubscribed initial public offer.
As a figurehead and minority shareholder, Beckham will use his influence to support the company’s brand and business development.
Guild Esports kicked off dealings in the junior market on the last day of the week, with the flotation priced at 8p bringing the market value to £41m
He was one of the reasons Germany’s Niklas ‘NRaseck’ Raseck agreed to sign up.
For those unfamiliar with the sector, NRaseck is a three-time eWorld Cup competitor and the second highest prize earner for Electronic Arts FIFA 20.
Guild, which is coaching Britain’s prospective e-champions using the same academy model used by professional football clubs, will compete in Rocket League, EA Sports FIFA and Fortnite in its autumn debut.
Its ambition is to become a top-10 esports franchise within three years, in a market projected to grow to almost 650million viewers by 2023 from 443million last year.
As esports grow more popular, teams can make money through sponsorships, merchandising, broadcasting and tournaments.
Newcomers aside, lots of companies were suspended this week after they missed AIM’s deadline to publish results, which had already been postponed to 30 September because of the pandemic.
Learning and skills development firm Malvern International, wind energy industry provider Windar Photonics, investor Clear Leisure, advertising agency M&C Saatchi, miner Tri-Star Resources, re-refiner of industrial oils Hydrodec Group were among the victims.
Explorer Erris Resources, instead, saw its shares suspended because the proposed acquisition of Deutsche Lithium by Bacanora Lithium constitutes a reverse takeover.
As esports grow more popular, teams can make money through sponsorships, merchandising, broadcasting and tournaments
Turning to the wider market, the AIM-All Share index dipped 0.4 per cent to 960, just about outperforming the FTSE 100 which was down 0.5 per cent to 5,845.
Fast-fashion star Boohoo Group raised full-year forecasts despite the City wondering how it can pull off gross margins of over 50 per cent with the company’s vow to address poor working conditions and pay in its supply chain.
The stock, which had almost climbed back to where it was before the scandal broke in July, was down 5 per cent to 354p this week.
Talking about sustainability, rival ASOS, which has delivered almost 60 per cent growth since the start of the year, was little moved after launching an eco-friendly clothing collection that is designed to fit within the ‘circular’ economy.
While there was turmoil in the hospitality sector after the first weekend under new coronavirus rules where restaurants and pubs have to shutter at 10pm, share prices were not much moved from already depressed levels.
City Pub Group was indeed up 5 per cent to 61p after slamming the chancellor’s Winter Economy Plan and warning of significant job losses for the sector, while Franco Manca owner Fulham Shore shed 1 per cent to 7p despite stating the curfew will not have a material effect on its dine-in business.
Stocks that did fall included Trafalgar Property Group, which tumbled 18 per cent to 0.1p after admitting its recent move into the assisted living sector has not proved to be a success.
Elsewhere, IT provider IDE Group Holdings slipped 12 per cent to 1p after warning revenue and earnings will be lower in the second half due to uncertainty around the timing of certain contracts and projects.
Meanwhile, jet services company Gama Aviation slid 11% to 30p after warning the second half will be impacted by reduced government support in the UK.
Among the risers, Orosur Mining Inc. rocketed 186 per cent to 16p after NYSE giant Agnico Eagle joined fellow big cap Newmont at the Anzá Project in Colombia, owned by Orosur, to carry out exploration work.
Online defence solutions firm Corero Network Security climbed 53 per cent to 11p after reporting a record order intake in the three months to September 30, with over $6million booked.
In the pharma sector, diagnostics specialist Novacyt SA leapt 32 per cent to 568p after it launched a new COVID-19 antibody test.
Sensyne Health surged 11 per cent to 68p after providing software for remote data collection and analytics to a trial by the University of Oxford to use antinflammatory drug adalimumab to treat patients with COVID-19 in care homes. It also signed an agreement with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to get access to three separate anonymised patient data sets.
Finally, media company Digitalbox shot up 13 per cent to 5p after acquiring popular university online magazine The Tab for £750,000.