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US Golf Association to start new esports tournament

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The US Golf Association (USGA) is partnering with the popular game World Golf Tour to start a new esports tournament. The game, likely to start next month, will offer real-life head-to-head competitions for the users.

The USGA is no stranger to virtual real-world tournaments, as it is one of the earliest organisational supporters of esports.

During the past decade, USGA has played an active role in supporting the Virtual U.S. Open, which is available on the popular World Golf Tour (WGT) app. The association has recently extended its relationship with Topgolf, the owners of the app and a chain of golf-themed entertainment venues, to launch a brand-new tournament that offers players something new: a step out of the virtual world.

WGT is currently hosting its first Virtual U.S. Amateur tournament, which will culminate next month in a championship round with both a virtual location – a tournament on a digital representation of the Pebble Beach Golf Links – and a physical location, at Topgolf’s Atlanta venue.

The event, currently underway in qualifying rounds, will feature an online tournament for the top 32 scores. The top two players will compete in person in a head-to-head tournament. The winner will receive gift cards – $500 from Topgolf, $500 from USGA – and an exemption for the next Virtual U.S. Open, just like the actual amateur tournament.

“The U.S. Amateur-style format of this new tournament and live championship at Topgolf Atlanta Midtown will create an exciting virtual golf experience for competitors and spectators alike,” Topgolf Media President YuChiang Cheng said in a news release.

It is the first time that a virtual event hosted by WGT and USGA has included a physical component. Navin Singh, who heads global content and media distribution for the association, says it is a key way for the USGA to reach a new audience.

“Today, millions of people play and watch esports, making it the fastest-growing phenomenon in media and entertainment,” Singh said in the release. “With the support of WGT and Topgolf, the inaugural Virtual U.S. Amateur will bring the esports experience to golf. This is the next step in the USGA’s continued efforts to innovate and connect with new audiences worldwide.”

In case you’d like to try your hand at the virtual links, the app is available for iOS, Android, and on the PC.

Source: associationsnow.com / ERNIE SMITH

Niji 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. Besides reporting industry headlines from all around the globe, Niji is also head of the content management team at Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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SitNPlay Games expands open beta

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SitNPlay Games announced that it has expanded the open beta for its platform that enables players to create ad-hoc eSports competitions for real money prizes.

SitNPlay Games recently graduated from the MIT Play Labs accelerator program while securing seed funding from Play Labs, Seraph, NorthBay, and investor Rajeev Surati to fuel company growth. In August 2018, the initial open beta launched featuring the popular eSports multiplayer first-person shooter game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO). Since the open beta started, more than 10,000 players have created over 15,000 ad-hoc matches and 1,000 tournaments to win real money prizes. eSports semi-pros and enthusiasts from around the world are invited to join the growing open beta.

More than 10,000 players in the open beta have already launched over 15,000 ad-hoc matches and 1,000 tournaments to win real money playing competitive CS:GO, with more eSports enthusiasts invited to join today.

SitNPlay Games’ platform enables players to create lobbies to play on-demand matches anytime, anywhere. eSports players can then seamlessly create free and pay-to-enter competitive matches, leagues and tournaments for real money prizes. The platform also provides tournament matches, gaming server rental, giveaways and league management.

Leandro Gabrielzyk, CEO and co-founder of SitNPlay Games, said: “The billion-dollar eSports market attracts a large segment of enthusiasts who aspire to be paid professionals, but don’t yet have the skillsets to compete above the amateur level in order to monetize their time and skills. Less than 1% of the world’s top eSports players actually achieve professional status and can make a full-time income from competing. We are serving the millions of aspiring eSports players around the world with a seamless solution to compete and earn real money prizes for their skills.”

Riz Virk, executive director of MIT Play Labs, said: “As eSports has grown and evolved as an industry, opportunities have quickly emerged for innovative technology to progress and capture its full market potential. SitNPlay Games is enabling a massive segment of enthusiasts to compete and monetize with its eSports competitive play platform, and I look forward to how the platform will evolve and grow in the coming months.”

SitNPlay Games offers eSports players a robust platform for launching competitive matches and tournaments on a global scale, including:

• Ad-hoc Matches: Challenge players to put more at stake and get rewarded with real money. Create challenge matches and wait for an opponent to accept. Win and receive prizes that can be cashed out with real money.

• Tournaments: Play in knockout rounds. The round winners advance to the next stage, until only one player is the overall winner of the tournament, receiving the title of champion and a real cash prize.

• Server rental: Rent CS:GO servers anytime in order to practice without hassle and no long-term commitments. Players only pay for what is needed. It’s easy to rent a server and there is no setup fee.

• Giveaways: Win prizes that are given away to active players. The more active a player is, the higher chances are to win.

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New Online Casino Partners With EsportBets24 for Strategic Market Positioning

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Leading online casino comparison website NewOnline-Casino.com has announced that it will partner with EsportsBets24.com as of November 2018. This comes at a time when the eSports industry has been growing at a tremendous pace over the last years and it is expected to reach a revenue growth of 150% by 2021 in comparison to the latest recorded data in 2017. With it, the eSport betting industry has followed closely expecting to reach $7 billion globally by the end of the year and double by 2020.

As such, New Online Casino has cited a desire to expand their services into eSports betting by partnering with EsportBets24, a growing business that rates the best esports betting sites, gives updated information on their bonus offers, comprehensive guides, tournament previews, odds and match predictions.

We have spotted an opportunity to serve a growing number of customers in the online gambling industry by providing quality eSports and online gambling guides. said Michael Johnson, the founder.

The partnering means sharing diverse knowledge, skills and resource from both the gambling industry and eSports betting industry. Considering the inter-connectivity between these two industries, the knowledge exchange can lead to a better understanding of the gamblers’ interests and tailored services based on their specific needs and requirements.

We have high expertise in the online gambling industry, much of which is transferable to Esports. said Michael. This partnership will see the experience of our existing team shared with Esports betting and will provide an expanded range of services for our existing and future customers.

New Online Casino :
New Online Casino is a leading online casino comparison business launched in 2017. It specializes in providing guidance to new and established players to navigate through and make sense of the international gambling operators. They offer reviews of all the new online casinos alongside with all information needed to choose a safe gambling operator.

EsportsBets24 :
Esportsbets24 is a total guide to Esports which came online in 2015. It offers Esports betting site reviews, industry news, bonuses, Esports betting tips, and guides to betting on this growing sector in the gambling world.

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Ohio State University to introduce unique eSports programme

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Ohio State University is going to offer a first of its kind academic programme on eSports. Deborah M. Grzybowski, co-director of the game studies and esports curriculum development, told the media:

“With Ohio State being a leader in engineering, academics, research and medicine, it seems a natural fit to pull all of these together to support the esports programme.”

Students can join both undergraduate and graduate programmes in Esports, which will be available in five colleges. The course content could include esports management, game art and production, game design, and programming. The university will also launch a collegiate league for esports teams a kind of the NCAA of college esports. The university will construct a gaming arena for this purpose as well. All the students will be able to access the arena.

 

Source: cleveland.com

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