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Top 3 video games you can wager money on

George Miller

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Betting on videogames has been gaining tremendous popularity of late. With the growing integrity of eSports, there’s an increased trust in the eSports-related competitions as well, resulting in more betting activity on such events. Many videogame publishers have also taken big strides in this space, getting actively involved in organisation of eSports competitions, which used to be earlier a domain of third parties alone.

As viewership of these competitions is growing by close to 15% year-on-year, the betting activity on them has also increased simultaneously. A good number of betting operators offer multiple markets across different kinds of eSports and tournaments today. Regardless of whether you’re a fan of Xbox Series X or PS5, these videogames can be enjoyed on all prominent platforms. Let’s tell you about three such games that you can wager money on today.

Counter Strike: Global Offensive

While all the games featured on this list have a passionate fan following, the CS:GO fans are a completely different breed! This game has been around for over 20 years and the eSports scene around it has been getting stronger year after year. Its players were fading away at one point of time, but everything changed with the launch of Global Offensive. It was the release of ‘skins’ which actually made this game explode in the real sense.

Today, it’s free to play, with more and more fans jumping onto the bandwagon. In fact, CS:GO can be termed as the king of open circuit game format. You can find a good number of matches you can bet on a daily basis. Its semi-pro scene is far bigger than any other eSport in the world, even bigger than Dota 2 and League of Legends combined.

League of Legends

There is a high chance that whenever someone talks about eSports, they are discussing about League of Legends. The game has been running successfully for a long time and has a good number of leagues across the world. Therefore, you will always find a League of Legends tournament to bet on at any given moment. What’s even more impressive is the number of betting markets available for this videogame. You can bet on everything ranging from outright winner to first-to-kill to first team to take a tower.

Dota 2

Even though Defense of the Ancients 2 (Dota 2) might have a relatively smaller MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) in terms of the players, it’s still a huge one when it comes to the total prize money involved. It’s big also in terms of the core fan following it enjoys and the number of people who wager money on it. Its fans can be considered hypercritical, more so because it’s a game created by Valve, a developer known to deliver nothing but the best. The result of it all is an extremely thrilling spectator eSport. Despite the fact that League of Legends has caught up with it over the years, Dota2 is still right up there with the best in terms of both enjoyment and betting.

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Team Vitality Reveals Paris Saint-Germain Handball Legend Bruno Martini as Esports General Manager

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Ex professional olympic handball player Bruno Martini joins Team Vitality following a decorated eight year tenure as General Manager at Paris Saint-Germain. Martini will build a new performance structure for all Team Vitality players across all its powerhouse rosters

Leading global esports organisation Team Vitality is pleased to reveal Bruno Martini as its new Esports General Manager. Martini is an ex professional handball player who represented France twice in the olympics as well as winning two World Championships with the French National team. He joins Team Vitality following over eight years as General Manager of the Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) handball team. Martini’s arrival marks the further evolution of Team Vitality’s groundbreaking approach to performance, providing its players with world class personnel and facilities across Europe. The former international goalkeeper will lead the performance infrastructure across all of Team Vitality’s rosters.

Bruno Martini joins Team Vitality following a hugely successful career as General Manager of the PSG handball team, overseeing its transition from Paris Handball to becoming one of the top performing teams in Europe. Under his leadership, the PSG team has won 17 titles, and set numerous national and international records. Martini brings a wealth of experience training top traditional athletes and managing an elite sports organisation.

Team Vitality has brought Martini onboard to oversee its player performance philosophy and program, incorporating physical and mental wellness, including lifestyle factors such as sleep cycle, nutrition and stress management. Martini will be based in Paris and work across both V.Hive and V.Performance, Team Vitality’s training facility in the iconic Stade de France. He will also travel with players for major events, and spend time in Berlin working with the LEC and LFL teams.

Team Vitality is home to eight international esports teams competing at the highest level across seven of the world’s biggest games including CS:GO, League of Legends, FIFA, Rocket League and Rainbow Six: Siege. Martini’s role will be to work with all Team Vitality players, including the #1 ranked CS:GO player in the world Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut, leveraging his traditional sports expertise to improve player performance in and out of the game.

“There are so many important factors to performance, team spirit, fitness, mental health support, etc. and what’s essential is that our players are convinced that this will make them play better, and play better as a team,” said Bruno Martini, Esports General Manager, Team Vitality. “This is my first role in esports, and I was hugely impressed by the Team Vitality brand and the infrastructure they already have in place. I’m very excited for this new challenge of bringing my experience in building performance structures around professional sportsmen to esports players.”

“We take performance incredibly seriously at Team Vitality, of course in-game, but our players are professional competitors, and to perform at the highest possible level we need to give them every advantage, said Fabien “Neo” Devide, President & Co-Founder, Team Vitality. “I was looking for former professional sportsmen with experience in management, and I couldn’t have hoped to find someone with a resume as impressive as Bruno’s. I cannot wait to see what he brings to Team Vitality,”

 

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Former ESL Executive Charlie Allen Launches Esports Agency “Road House”

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Charlie Allen, former director of global brand partnerships at ESL, has launched a new commercial esports and gaming agency, Road House.

The new company focuses on working with its clients to help them navigate the esports and gaming landscape and understand the mass potential of brand partnerships in a booming industry. Founded back in late 2020, Road House consults with brands, agencies, rights holders, publishers, and tournament organisers from all over the sports, media & entertainment world.

“Despite the challenges the industry has faced due to the pandemic, it is still a very promising time for esports right now. I’ve learned a great deal from working in this fascinating sector over the past few years and it felt like the right time to launch Road House,” Charlie Allen said.

“During my years at ESL, I spoke with many C-suite level executives from across many different sectors in the traditional marketing world, and what I discovered is that the broad, open ecosystem of esports can prove rather daunting to them. They really needed it explaining to them – like about how esports is consumed, who plays where, how many people are tuning in, and how can we positively engage with them?”

The commercial agency works with clients on RFPs from across both the endemic and non-endemic world, and the appetite to reach new millennial audiences that these brands have never managed to reach before is definitely on the rise.

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Ninjas in Pyjamas Announces Rebranding

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Swedish esports organisation Ninjas in Pyjamas (NIP) has announced a complete rebranding.

The rebranding not only consists of a completely new visual design where the old logotype, the Shuriken (a weapon used by Ninjas) is modernised and the previous team colours (black/gold/white) are replaced, it also includes an upgraded brand strategy and an exciting narrative where NIP has taken inspiration from traditional ancient Japanese emblems and Katakana (a Japanese writing character).

“For us who work at and play for NIP, being a Ninja is something special, it’s more than just a brand and we kept that in mind while creating this new narrative to deliver an unforgettable experience for our fans and partners all over the world. Ninjas fight as one, we have discipline, we stay calm and we inspire. A ninja can be everyone and we feel it’s important to create a story that anyone can connect with,” Hicham Chahine, CEO of NIP, said.

Chahine reveals that Ninjas in Pyjamas has been working on this new rebrand for over a year, making sure that the brand experience is delivered to its utmost potential. The Swedish company has put a lot of effort into it, using several agencies for research and insights, e-commerce and to create a visual design and a storyline that will live on for years to come.

“We are very proud of our new brand platform and especially the new logotype as it is a huge step forward in terms of visual identity. Inside of the new Shuriken, is the old Japanese word Nin, which is the beginning of Ninja and means to apply ego and heart to the edge of the sword. We believe that intricate details like these are crucial to showcase and supply our fans with,” William Bui, Brand Manager at NIP, said.

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