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Skillz Launches $100,000 eSports Tournament

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Leading Mobile eSports Platform Powers World’s Largest Solitaire Competition

SAN FRANCISCOAug. 8, 2018 – Skillz, the worldwide leader in mobile eSports, announced today the largest solitaire tournament in history. The event, which kicks off on August 9 in Solitaire Cube by Tether Studios, will feature a $100,000 prize pool. The company expects over 40,000 competitors to participate, with first place taking home $10,000.

“The popularity of solitaire made it a natural fit for Skillz, a platform that makes eSports accessible to everyone,” said Tim O’Neil, CEO of Tether Studios. “When we built Solitaire Cube, we never imagined we would one day host the largest competition in the most popular game of all time.”

Solitaire, also known as ‘patience,’ is one of the most popular video games in history. Microsoft’s Windows Solitaire was a 2017 finalist for the World Video Game Hall of Fame, with over 100 million unique players. Mobile versions of solitaire have been even more popular, with over 17 million people playing solitaire games every day according to data from App Annie. That makes solitaire more than 7 times as popular as the hit game Fortnite, which has 2.4 million daily active mobile players according to App Annie.

The upcoming Skillz event will not only be solitaire’s largest tournament by total prizes, but will also be among the eSports industry’s most inclusive with the top 1,000 players earning a piece of the prize pool. The unequal distribution of eSports prizes recently garnered industry attention when the winner of EVO’s Super Smash Bros. Melee competition redistributed his earnings to lower finishers in protest of the event’s prize splits.

“In keeping with our mission, we designed this event to be accessible to everyone,” said Andrew Paradise, CEO and founder of Skillz. “Only 24 teams had the opportunity to win prizes in the League of Legends World Championship, but for a game like solitaire with billions of players, the tournament structure needs to be more inclusive.”

Solitaire Cube is available for download on both iOS and Android devices. For more information on Skillz-enabled games and implementing mobile eSports competitions, visit www.skillz.com or email launch@skillz.com.

About Skillz
Skillz, the leading mobile eSports platform, connects the world’s 2.6 billion mobile gamers through competition. In 2017, Skillz was named the #1 fastest-growing private company in America by Inc. Magazine, the first eSports company on CNBC’s Disruptor 50, and the only eSports company on the San Francisco Business Times Fast 100. Over 15 million gamers use Skillz to compete in mobile games across 8,000+ game studios. Founded in 2012, Skillz is headquartered in San Francisco and backed by leading venture capitalists as well as the owners of the New England Patriots, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Mets and Sacramento Kings. To learn more, visit www.skillz.com.

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After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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CompLexity Partners with WinStar

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Complexity Gaming, one of North America’s most elite and longest standing esports organizations, announced an official partnership with WinStar World Casino and Resort, one of the largest casinos in the world, making it the exclusive casino of Complexity Gaming. This marks the first time that a U.S. esports organization has designated a casino as their official sponsor.

“WinStar is a preeminent gaming and entertainment venue, and we are excited for them to become our exclusive casino partner,” said Jason Lake, Founder and CEO, Complexity Gaming. “This partnership signals a significant shift in the esports sphere toward making competitive gaming entertainment even more mainstream.”

Esports is the fastest growing segment of media and entertainment and is rapidly gaining traction in the U.S., especially among adult audiences. While ages 18 to 34 comprise the largest demographic, esports viewership is beginning to skew older, with nearly one in three esports viewers being between the ages of 35 to 54. Additionally, online streaming platforms, like Twitch and YouTube have a larger audience base — for gaming alone — than HBO, Netflix, and ESPN have combined.

“The high-energy and competitive nature of esports aligns with our focus on creating unique, high-energy gaming and entertainment experiences for our patrons,” said Jack Parkinson, WinStar general manager. “Complexity’s forward-thinking and innovative approach to one of the fastest growing genres of mainstream entertainment is a natural fit as we look toward remaining at the forefront of the gaming industry.”

As part of this partnership, Complexity players will have access to WinStar’s various amenities, including the hotel, golf courses and concerts, and will make routine appearances at the casino and other events, while WinStar has the option to host biannual boot camps and “meet-and-greets,” where Complexity players could interact with fans and train before large events.

In September, the Dallas Cowboys announced WinStar as the Official Casino of the Dallas Cowboys, making it the first-ever NFL team to announce an official casino designation.

 

About Complexity Gaming:
Complexity Gaming is one of North America’s longest standing and most successful esports organizations, now owned by Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys and real estate investor John Goff. The esports organization is led by Co-founder and CEO Jason Lake, considered by many to be one of the founding fathers of esports in North America. Complexity Gaming has won more than 140 championships in nearly 30 game titles over it’s more than 15-year history. Staunchly committed to passion, professionalism, and a player-first mentality, Complexity Gaming has been continuously recognized as a global leader in modern esports.

About WinStar World Casino and Resort:
With more games than any other casino in the world, WinStar World Casino and Resort offers more than 8,100 electronic games, 99 tables games – including craps and roulette games, 55 poker tables, two 18-hole championship golf courses, and the 3,500-seat Global Event Center, 65,000 square foot convention center, and the nearly 1,400-room WinStar World Casino Hotel. Owned by the Chickasaw Nation, WinStar World Casino and Resort is located just north of the Texas-Oklahoma border along Interstate 35 and presents unrivaled gaming action 24 hours a day, seven days a week, world-class entertainers and a wide range of restaurants.

 

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Raketech launches Esportsguide.com to target the global Esports community

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Raketech today announced the launch of a new product targeting the popular Esports community. Esportsguide.com will provide a complete guide to the leading Esports streams for the most popular tournaments from across the globe.

 

Michael Holmberg, Raketech CEO said: “Raketech is entering the popular Esports industry, launching a global product with a strong US market appeal. Esportsguide.com is an adaptation of our TV sports guide product and another example of scalability within our product strategy – entering new markets or verticals with existing platforms. We believe there is a gap in the market for a comprehensive Esports streaming guide, and just as with our other sports and gambling products, we look to deliver great user value with Esportsguide.com.”

The Esports community has flourished in recent years creating a new demand for Esports content, online streaming services and Esports betting markets. There is now a strong connection between the Esports industry and Raketech’s target audience, gambling partners and sports media products.

Esportsguide.com will deliver a broadcasting schedule for Esports matches and live streams so that users are just one click away from the action. The website appeals to the worldwide community of gamers and delivers a time zone responsive schedule covering the most popular video games, tournaments and matches happening 24/7. The guide includes the most popular games such as League of Legends, Dota 2, CS:GO, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Starcraft II and Fortnite.

Esportsguide.com is a desktop and mobile optimised website that is currently available in English. The platform aggregates multi-lingual streams from the leading online streaming platforms into a single website, so that Esports fans only need to visit one place for a complete guide to watching live Esports matches.

For more information, please contact: press@raketech.com.

 

 

About Raketech Group :

Raketech is a leading online affiliate and content marketing company, with expertise in delivering SEO, online guides, communities and social media products in primarily the Nordic region and the UK. Through some 20 flagship brands, Raketech guides sports and gaming enthusiasts to the best possible services, while also delivering high-quality traffic and leads to its partners. Raketech grows both organically and via acquisitions and operates its business in accordance with a clear framework for responsible affiliate marketing services. The company’s shares are listed in Nasdaq First North Premier with ticker RAKE. Erik Penser is the company’s Certified Adviser. For more information, visit www.raketech.com.

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LG Teams Up With Esports Phenom ‘FaZe Clan’ To Debut New LG UltraGear Monitor

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LG UltraGear 21:9 Gaming Monitor Delivers Powerful Performance, Unrivaled Picture Quality, Fast Processing at DreamHack Gaming Competition

 

LG Electronics USA is partnering with FaZe Clan, the most popular esports team in the world, to host a no-holds-barred gaming competition that will mark the global debut of LG’s new UltraGear™ 21:9 gaming monitor, the company’s most powerful gaming display ever.

The competition, which will take place at DreamHack Atlanta, will feature the blockbuster battle royale title – “PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS” (PUBG) – and will officially kick off with an appearance by FaZe Clan team members FaZe Mxey and FaZe FuzzFace. Other FaZe Clan members, FaZe Teeqo and FaZe Dirty, also will participate in the competition that will pit selected DreamHack attendees against the pros.

The winner-take-all tournament will take place on LG’s new high-performance 34-inch UltraWide gaming monitor (model 34GK950G) that offers superb picture quality and the highest level of immersion for gamers and consumers alike.

The flagship UltraGear 34GK950G-B is designed for immersive, high-performance gaming thanks to its curved, virtually borderless 34-inch Nano IPS display that covers 98 percent of the DCI-P3 color space offering crystal clear UltraWide QHD (3440 x 1440) image rendering. The 21:9 wide aspect ratio display also accurately recreates colors across over 135 percent of the sRGB color space. With NVIDIA G-Sync™ graphic processing technology built-in, the UltraGear 34GK950G is designed to provide smooth motion graphics without tearing or stuttering. What’s more, its high refresh rate of 120Hz (overclocked) means that objects are rendered more clearly for smoother gameplay and seamless visual fluidity. Gamers also can create their own unique ambiance with Sphere Lighting that boasts six color settings to complement any game or movie.

“LG has developed its most powerful gaming monitor yet, offering high definition and high refresh rate that combine to create the most immersive gaming experience possible,” said David VanderWaal, senior vice president of marketing, LG Electronics USA. “Like LG, FaZe Clan sets the benchmark for performance in the esports world and partnering with them to introduce our newest gaming monitor demonstrates LG’s commitment to providing consumers the ultimate gaming experience.”

The PUBG Invitational will commence with an open round of competition where fans will play against one another in an open bracket style tournament for the opportunity to play against FaZe Clan team members. The entire tournament will be livestreamed via Twitch, and those watching the action are encouraged to engage by using the hashtags #LGUltraGear and #DHATL18.

The competition will culminate with a final faceoff between fans and FaZe Clan members, where they will compete for an ultimate gaming package Grand Prize, built around the new LG UltraGear monitor.

The 34GK950G-B will be available at a special Black Friday price of $1199.99 starting on November 16th through Amazon. It will be available at other retailers including, B&H, Beach Camera, and Adorama in the days that follow*.

DreamHack attendees are encouraged to visit LG’s booth (102) at the opening of the show (Nov. 16-18) to check out LG’s newest gaming monitor as well as to participate in the PUBG Invitational and meet members of FaZe Clan. Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite PUBG character for chances to win unique prizes that will be awarded at the LG booth.

For more information on LG’s collaboration with FaZe Clan and LG’s latest high-performance gaming monitors, please visit https://www.lg.com/us/gaming-monitors?cmpID=PR_HE_Monitor_DH.

LG” and the LG logo are trademarks of LG Corp. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

*Special promotion runs November 16November 30, 2018. Quantities are limited and the prices, designs, features and specs are subject to change without notice.

 

About LG Electronics USA:
LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $55 billion global innovator in technology and manufacturing. In the United States, LG sells a wide range of innovative home appliances, home entertainment products, mobile phones, commercial displays, air conditioning systems, solar energy solutions and vehicle components. The “Life’s Good” marketing theme encompasses how LG is dedicated to people’s happiness by exceeding expectations today and tomorrow.

 

Source: LG Electronics USA

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