IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AESE) (“Allied Esports” or the “Company”), a global esports entertainment company, today announced that it will not proceed with the public offering of its common stock previously announced on January 29, 2020. The Company will withdraw its registration statement on Form S-1 (File No. 333-235602) relating to the proposed offering, which had previously been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, but has not yet become effective.
In addition, Allied Esports also announced today that the Chairman of its Board of Directors, Lyle Berman, has committed to purchase newly issued shares of Allied Esports common stock. Pursuant to an agreement, the Company may sell Mr. Berman shares for aggregate gross proceeds of up to $2.0 million upon exercising an option to do so prior to April 9, 2020. Mr. Berman has agreed not to sell, pledge, transfer or otherwise dispose of these shares for a period of six months commencing on the date of issuance. The Company has no obligation to sell shares to Mr. Berman under this arrangement. To the extent it exercises its option, the Company plans to use the proceeds from the common stock sale for working capital and general corporate purposes.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy common stock or any other securities of Allied Esports in any jurisdiction.
About Allied Esports Entertainment
Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AESE) is a global leader in esports entertainment, providing innovative infrastructure, transformative live experiences, multiplatform content and interactive services to audiences worldwide through its strategic fusion of two powerful entertainment brands: Allied Esports International, Inc. (Allied Esports) and the World Poker Tour (WPT).
Allied Esports is an award-winning, innovative esports company comprised of a global network of dedicated esports properties and content production facilities. Its mission is to connect players, streamers and fans around the world through integrated arenas, including its flagship venue, HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas, its fleet of mobile esports trucks, the HyperX Esports Trucks, and affiliate members of the Allied Esports Property Network, which serve as both competition battlegrounds and everyday content generation hubs.
World Poker Tour is the premier name in internationally televised gaming and entertainment with brand presence in land-based tournaments, television, online, and mobile. WPT ignited the global poker boom in 2002 with the creation of its iconic television show, now in its 18th season, based on a series of high-stakes poker tournaments. ClubWPT.com is a unique online membership platform that offers inside access to the WPT.
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