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eSports is DraftKings’ fastest-growing fantasy game category

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Though esports are still a small part of DraftKings’ other fantasy betting business, it’s growing rapidly. In 2017, entry fees for its League of Legends fantasy games were up 59 percent year over year. Due to the massive interest this year;s grow rate is about to exceed last year ones.

We are certainly aware of how fast the sport has grown,… One of the reasons we believe esports could be much bigger on DraftKings is we haven’t really penetrated to the full breadth of games.” stated Matt Kalish, chief revenue officer and co-founder of DraftKings for CNBC.

Since entering the world of esports in 2015, DraftKings has only offered fantasy games in League of Legends. This might change in the near future, though, with Kalish revealing plans to explore other games and more, including sponsorship opportunities.

DraftKings and its main competitor FanDuel created some buzz around their esports activities in 2015, when both companies entered the market at about the same time. The competitors went head-to-head in esports quite quickly, with FanDuel acquiring already established esports fantasy betting company AlphaDraft and sponsoring team organizations Fnatic, Team Dignitas , Luminosity Gaming , and Renegades , while DraftKings went into sponsorship agreements with Cloud9 , Counter Logic Gaming , and Team SoloMid .

Both DraftKings and FanDuel race cooled off as quickly as it heated up, however. DraftKings abandoned their sponsorships a half a year later, while AlphaDraft drooped it’s real money contests offerings, probably as a result of the increasing regulation.

 

Source: EsportsObserver

 

George Miller (Gyorgy Molnar) started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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UltraPlay wins Best B2B Digital Product Solution at G2E Asia Awards

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Mario Ovcharov, CEO of UltraPlay receiving the award.
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May 22nd, 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria – Advanced betting solutions provider UltraPlay has been recognized by the industry at G2E Asia Awards for its eSports betting feed ODDS.gg winning the Best B2B Digital Product Solution Award. The Award’s ceremony was held during G2E Asia, on May 15th, at MGM Grand Macau.

Commenting on the accomplishment, Mario Ovcharov, CEO of UltraPlay said: “It is very satisfying to see our strategy for providing the highest quality of eSports betting data and solutions recognized by the industry at the leading gaming exhibition in Asia. Winning the Best B2B Digital Product Solution Award for ODDS.gg is a special tribute to the combined dedication of the entire team at UltraPlay and the unrivaled qualities of our advanced eSports betting suite.

ODDS.gg provides real-time eSports odds, based on the idea of combining machine learning algorithms and human trading interactions. This hybrid methodology allows the system to learn from previous outcomes while taking into account what people are likely to bet on in an effort to accurately predict winners. ODDS.gg is adopted by the industry’s professionals from all across the globe, as a working model for eSports betting, covering the requirements of both operators and gaming consultants alike.

UltraPlay has taken its eSports product ODDS.gg onto the next level by evolving both number of events, games and live betting coverage. Reaching the unprecedented numbers of 25 game titles, 3000+ eSports event a month, 1500+ in-play events as well as 50+ markets, ODDS.gg offers the widest coverage on eSports betting and is the industry’s leader in this very specific and highly-demanded sector.

Following the award, the company has reported an increased interest from many new potential partners operating on key Asian markets during the three days of G2E Asia, in Macau. The company’s booth at the leading Asian exhibition gathered many operators and organizations interested in the development and advantages of the company’s sports and eSports betting solutions as well as the eGold cryptocurrency powered by UltraPlay. The new front-end solution that UltraPlay has presented during the show also attracted many who are looking for a turn-key solution to start operating online on a global scale.

Recently, the company has announced that its live betting model was enhanced to offer more markets on the Golden Trio – CS:GO, Dota2 and League of Legends. New tournaments and several new games titles were included in the company’s portfolio as well such as King of Glory, GWENT, NBA 2K League and others.

UltraPlay’s solutions offering a wide range of betting verticals – from sports to eSports betting and cryptocurrencies wagering allow a new betting website to launch successfully and be solidly positioned on the online gaming market. Through the company’s solutions experienced and well-known bookies can definitely expand their business with the hottest betting options the players and online operators are constantly demanding such as eSports and crypto betting.

 

About UltraPlay:

UltraPlay is a modern technological company, founded in 2010, with the core ambition to offer an innovative approach to the online gaming industry by providing advanced betting solutions, focused on sports and eSports betting, live betting, white label, online casino and Blockchain technology.

Assembled by a team of iGaming professionals with vast experience in betting product development, operations, eSports and marketing, UltraPlay is a trusted partner for delivering superior sports software and odds products to its customers. Learn more about the company here: www.ultraplay.co

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Nova Entertainment enters eSports business with ESL

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Nova Entertainment, the Australian entertainment company has entered the realms of eSports business in form of a strategic partnership with ESL. The partnership will see Nova Entertainment selling ESL inventory for ESL AU & NZ Championships in Australia through their radio and digital platforms.

Nick Vanzetti, Managing Director of ESL Australia explained the strategic deal in a statement: “ESL has pioneered the way in esports live events and broadcast innovation in Australia and it is our mission to continue to develop the ecosystem here. Partnering with NOVA Entertainment will provide the growth platform to bring mass audience to esports in Australia through IEM and the ESL AU & NZ Championships.

Nathan Reay, Head of M&A, Strategy and Partnerships at NOVA Entertainment commented: “We are excited to partner with ESL, a global leader in esports, with an established award-winning presence in Australia. As esports experiences enormous growth, NOVA Entertainment is committed to being at the forefront of its expansion in Australia.

 

About ESL:
ESL, a part of the international digital entertainment group MTG, is the world’s largest esports company, leading the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. It includes high-profile, branded international and national leagues and tournaments such as the IEM Sydney, ESL One, ESL National Championships and other top-tier stadium-size events, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems.

ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and television production, fully catering to the needs of the esports ecosystem. With offices in North America, Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Spain, China, and partners in many other countries, it has a global footprint.

ESL creates and promotes gaming experiences globally with its Australian flagship event, IEM Sydney, part of the longest-running global pro gaming tour in the world. The annual competition features the world’s best gamers in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive amongst other esports titles with over $7m in prize money to date.

Australia’s largest esports event, IEM Sydney, returned for a second consecutive year at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena in May, building on its online audience of over 8 million last year. Additionally, the nationally focused ESL AU & NZ Championships are entering their third year of competition in 2018.

 

Source: esportsinsider.com

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Epic Games Will Provide $100,000,000 For Fortnite Esports Tournament Prize Pools In The First Year Of Competitive Play

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Fortnite Competitors!

Grab your gear, drop in and start training. Since the launch of Fortnite Battle Royale we’ve watched the passion for community competition grow and can’t wait to empower you to battle with the best.

In the 2018 – 2019 season, Epic Games will provide $100,000,000 to fund prize pools for Fortnite competitions. We’re getting behind competitive play in a big way, but our approach will be different – we plan to be more inclusive, and focused on the joy of playing and watching the game.

Stay tuned for more details about competitive structures and eligible platforms in the weeks ahead!

 

By The Fortnite Team

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