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Sky Bet introduces campaign for responsible gambling

Niji Narayan

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Sky Bet has introduced a fresh campaign for responsible gambling campaign, which designed to make the players and staff of 72 EFL clubs aware of gambling-related harm.

The programme will be delivered by EPIC Risk Management, the leading independent harm minimisation consultancy in the UK. It will cover all clubs over the next season.

It will start at Birmingham City, Norwich City, Charlton Athletic, Brentford, Accrington Stanley, Carlisle United, Lincoln City, Newport County, Oldham Athletic and Portsmouth during the off-season.

EPIC will provide each club with training similar to that which it has delivered to Chelsea FC, the Professional Cricketers’ Association and the Rugby Players’ Association. In addition, it will work with current networks within professional football to signpost support for any player or club official who requires it.

The aim of the training will be to ensure players understand the potential risks associated with gambling, the rules around betting integrity, and know how to look out for signs of potential harm in their teammates.

CEO of Sky Betting & Gaming Richard Flint said: “When we announced the extension of our EFL sponsorship we were keen to put safer gambling at the heart of our renewed partnership. By funding such a vital service for every club we want to play our part in reducing gambling-related harm amongst their players and wider staff. I firmly believe that responsible operators can add value to sport through partnerships like this.”

CEO of EPIC Risk Management Paul Buck said: “A recent Professional Players Federation survey concluded that professional sportspeople are at least 3x more likely to be problem gamblers. Our work across other professional sports suggest this is understated. We look forward to working with Sky Bet and the EFL to ensure gambling-related harm is reduced across the players and the clubs in what we believe is the most comprehensive programme ever completed in world sport.”

EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey, said: “The longevity of any partnership is dependent on each party understanding what the other is trying to achieve and it is clear that the EFL and Sky Bet are aligned in our ambition to increase the collective efforts to supporting issues around problem gambling.

“Betting in football should only serve to enhance the match day experience and I hope that by providing our campaign with visibility at every single game that supporters will be encouraged to stay in control and gamble safely. The work that will take place with EFL Clubs, players and staff alike is a hugely significant step forward and will hopefully have a positive impact on all participants in the professional game for many years to come.”

Source: 5star.media

Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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Esports Gambling Website Rivalry Partners with MoonduckTV to Give Fans a Way to Watch $33.5M+ Esports Event

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As the esports scene continues to grow, eighteen of the world’s best teams are coming together from August 15th – 25th to battle for their share of a $33,500,000+ prize pool. This annual event, known amongst fans of the popular esport Dota 2 as TI9, short for The International 2019, has been held in Seattle for 6 of the last 7 years, with the 2018 event held in Vancouver. This 2019 edition makes its way to the other side of the world to host city Shanghai.

TI9 being based in Shanghai has fans thrilled in China and other Eastern time zones but has left those in European and Western time zones searching for viewing options as they find themselves 12 to 15 hours behind Shanghai, often sleeping while their favorite teams and players battle for the title.

Renowned Dota 2 esports broadcaster MoonduckTV has partnered with Rivalry.com to host the Jungle Jam in Denver, Colorado for fans who want to enjoy the main event of TI9 but not disrupt their lives too dramatically. Hundreds will attend the event in person while hundreds of thousands will watch the stream online through Twitch.

Some of the best casters and analysts in the world will descend upon Denver to add their own personal flair to

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European teams join the next season of Forge of Masters WePlay! League

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New-season of the CS:GO league with the $100 000 prize pool will be held in autumn 2019 and culminated with a LAN final in WePlay! esports arena in Kyiv

Forge of Masters league, having the purpose to give regional tier-2 and tier-3 teams an opportunity to grow out of the shadows of the top-tier teams, will resume very soon: the open qualifiers will start on September 14 and the grand final will take place during the LAN-finals on November 17, 2019. The first season was targeted at teams from the CIS, so with the second season organizers decided to expand the pool of participants – now teams from Europe can try their strength fighting for a share of the prize pool and the championship of the league.

League format 

The second season will welcome 24 teams – 12 from the CIS and 12 from Europe. The competition will have open qualifiers followed by the group stage. It will run online with three stages using the Single Elimination system.

During the first stage, all teams will be split into six groups – three for each region. The teams taking first places in their corresponding groups will advance to the LAN-final of the second season. The squads placing second in the groups will go to the third stage of the online competition and the squads placing third – to the second stage. Based on the results of the second and third stages of the group stage, we will know the teams going to the LAN-final.

8 teams will play in LAN-final and 2 GSL groups will be divided into four 4 teams with Single Elimination playoffs.

The second season dates 

The first phase of the open qualifiers for Europe and the CIS will run on September 14 and 15, while the second phase – September 21 and 22, 2019. You will be able to enjoy a live broadcast of the group stage matches starting October 1 to November 3, 2019:

  • First phase: October 1 — October 13, 2019
  • Second phase: October 18 — October 19, 2019
  • Third phase: November 1 — November 3, 2019

The LAN-final of the second season of Forge of Masters WePlay! League will take place on WePlay!’s new esports arena on November 15 to 17, 2019. The exact location and detailed schedule will be announced later.

Prize pool 

Total prize pool of the season of Forge of Masters WePlay! League will be $100,000, and will be distributed among the finalists as follows:

  • 1st place: $50,000
  • 2nd place: $20,000
  • 3-4th places: $10,000
  • 5-6th places: $3,000
  • 7-8th places: $2,000

Once again, the main goal behind the Forge of Masters WePlay! League is to give the regional team an opportunity to grow in a healthy competitive environment by participating in regular tournaments.

Find more details about the league at weplay.tv and in our social media: RedditInstagram, and Twitter.

For the partnership and brand integration queries, email us at: placeme@weplay.tv

#WePlay #ForgeofMasters #WPL #WePlayCSGO

Source: WePlay! Esports press office

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Superliga Argentina selects Genius Sports as global integrity partner

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Global sports technology company to launch comprehensive programme, combatting match-fixing and data piracy

(ARGENTINA, Buenos Aires – 20 August, 2019) Superliga Argentina, the premier football competition in Argentina and one of the largest leagues in the world, has partnered with Genius Sports to launch a comprehensive integrity and official data strategy.

Through a rigorous review of its integrity strategy and existing rules, 24/7 bet monitoring technology and a series of educational workshops, Genius Sports’ Integrity Services will provide Superliga Argentina with an unprecedented level of protection against match-fixing and betting-related corruption.

Superliga players, coaches, officials and administrators will be trained to identify, prevent and report any threats to the league’s integrity while Genius Sports’ leading Bet Monitoring System will provide 24/7 oversight on global wagering patterns by monitoring global odds movements through its unique predictive algorithms.

To protect the value and integrity of its official data, Superliga will launch a new rights enforcement initiative, identifying both unauthorised scouts operating in-stadia and unofficial data feeds that have been scraped and reutilised. Through Genius Sports, Superliga will be able to control the supply and use of its official data, expanding the league’s global audience and providing new platforms for fans to engage with the live action.

Mariano Elizondo, President of Superliga Argentina, said: “Ensuring the transparency of our games is a fundamental priority for Superliga. We aim to guarantee all our teams with the same rules for every game, which is the main requirement for providing our fans and sponsors with the spectacle that they expect.

“This agreement with a world leader like Genius Sports allows us to work together to combat any threat to the transparency of our games through the same tools used by the most prestigious leagues in world football.”

Fernando Martinez, Head of Commercial Partnerships, LATAM for Genius Sports, said: “Argentinian football is at a critical stage of its growth with increased data quality and access to content driving major developments. This partnership with Superliga sets a precedent for leagues across LATAM to proactively safeguard the integrity and future of their competitions while controlling the collection, management and distribution of their real-time data.”

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