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Bahrain’s TIG Holdings partners with McLaren to launch Arabic esports competition

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A Bahrain-based company called TIG Holdings has inked a deal with automobile giant McLaren to launch the first ever esports competition in Arabic language.

This will come after the launch of The McLaren Shadow Project – the virtual racing programme that mirrors McLaren’s real world and will have the creative back-up of UK-based motorsport agency MPA Creative.

All the three companies stated that they are eager to promote esports across the Gulf region through the McLaren Shadow Project.

There will be three components for the programme: a competition to identify, nurture and develop a talented GCC national to participate in finals, a consumer engagement attracting participants of all ages to take part in a week-long public event at the Seef Mall, Bahrain, and a road safety and driver awareness campaign.

Ben Payne, McLaren director of esports said: “This is a hugely exciting extension of the Shadow Project and we are delighted to be able to announce this partnership with TIG Holdings to engage with esports fans and competitors across the GCC.”

“As a company, McLaren has very close ties with the region and Bahrain in particular. To be able to welcome entrants from across the region and feature a GCC champion at our world finals is a real boost for the McLaren Shadow Project.”

“We are very excited to be able to announce this partnership,” added Dr Mohammed Ahmed Jumaan, co-founder and director of TIG Holdings. “Motorsport is very popular in the region, and we are harnessing that passion for racing and all things automotive to deliver a competition with broad public appeal that creates a clear path to McLaren’s world finals while educating road users across the region on key driver awareness and safety messages.”

 

Source: arabianbusiness.com

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WePlay! Mad Moon Schedule

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The official schedule of WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War: Mad Moon.

WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War: Mad Moon with a prize pool of $300,000 will take place on February 19 – 23, 2020.

We are excited to announce the official schedule of WePlay! Mad Moon (in CET).

Wednesday (19 February)

  • 12:00 — Pre-show
  • 13:00 — Initial Matches (Bo3)

– Team Secret vs. B8
– Gambit Esports vs. Infamous Gaming
– Virtus.pro vs. Aggressive Mode
– Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Team Nigma

  • 16:00 Winner’s Match for (Group A) / Elimination Match (Group B) (Bo3)
  • 19:00 Winner’s Match for (Group B) / Elimination Match (Group A) (Bo3)

Thursday (20 February)

  • 12:00 — Pre-show
  • 13:00 — Group A Decider (Bo1)
  • 14:30 — Group B Decider (Bo1)
  • 16:00 — Upper-Bracket Round 1 (Group A 2nd vs. Group B 3rd) (Bo3)
  • 19:00 — Upper-Bracket Round 2 (previous match winner vs. Group B 1st) (Bo3)

Friday (21 February)

  • 12:00 — Pre-show
  • 13:00 — Upper-Bracket Round 1 (Group A 3rd vs. Group B 2nd) (Bo3)
  • 16:00 — Lower-Bracket Round 1 (#1) (Bo3)
  • 19:00 — Upper-Bracket Round 2 (#2) (Bo3)

Saturday (22 February)

  • 12:00 — Pre-show
  • 13:00 — Lower-Bracket Round 1 (#2) (Bo3)
  • 16:00 — Lower-Bracket Round 2 (Bo3)
  • 19:00 — Upper-Bracket Finals (Bo3)

Sunday (23 February)

  • 13:00 — Pre Show
  • 14:00 — Lower-Bracket Finals (Bo3)
  • 18:00 — Grand-Finals (Bo5)
  • 22:00 — Closing Ceremony

On February 20 – 23, the teams will fight in front of a live audience at concert hall VDNG (9th pavilion). Tickets are available for free on the tournament page.

#MadMoon, #WePlayDota2

Source: WePlay! Esports Press Office

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Virtus.pro will play at WePlay! Mad Moon

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VP is the last team to join the tournament.

WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War: Mad Moon with a prize pool of $300,000 will take place on February 19 – 23, 2020.

We are delighted to announce Virtus.pro as the last team to join the lineup of WePlay! Mad Moon.

Here are the groups for WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War: Mad Moon:

Group A

  • Team Secret 
  • Gambit Esports 
  • Infamous Gaming
  • B8 

Group B

  • Virtus.pro
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • Team Nigma
  • Aggressive Mode 

The groups will be played in GSL style. The decider matches are best of 1, while the rest are best of 3. Group winners will be seeded directly in the upper bracket semi-finals; fourth-place finishers are eliminated; the rest of the teams join the upper bracket quarter-finals.

On February 20 – 23, the teams will fight in front of a live audience at concert hall VDNG (9th pavilion). Tickets are available for free on the tournament page.

Learn more about the event on weplay.tv

#MadMoon, #WePlayDota2

Source: WePlay! Esports Press Office

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UltraPlay signs deal with WINBET

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B2B iGaming company UltraPlay has signed a deal to provide its multi award-winning eSports betting solution to WINBET, an online betting website operating on the Bulgarian market.

UltraPlay’s eSports product will power up WINBET with its unrivaled coverage of competitive games, pre-match and live odds. WINBET will be one of the few sportsbooks on the Bulgarian market to offer extensive eSports coverage and effectively engage with the new generation of bettors. Combined with UltraPlay’s Hybrid eSports live betting model, real-time data, scores and settlements, WINBET’s players will receive fast and secure betting on eSports.

This partnership further confirms UltraPlay’s leading position in providing eSports betting solutions to sportsbooks across markets.

Mario Ovcharov, CEO of UltraPlay, said: “We are delighted to announce our new partnership with one of the leading licensed operators in Bulgaria. WINBET is a well-known and trusted brand with a rapidly growing sportsbook. We share a common vision for progress and long-term partnership, which will be bonded by eSports as a new and exciting vertical for their players.”

Tsvetin Yordanov, WINBET’s CEO, said: “WINBET is a brand that has always tried to offer the very best and diverse content to its clients. In adding eSports to our betting portfolio, I saw an opportunity to expand our market share by satisfying a newly emerging client demand, while continuing to follow our “brand way”. In order to achieve our goals we knew we had to find a reliable business partner, with a proven and successful product. I am very pleased that we found that partner in UltraPlay and I believe that this is the beginning of a long and very successful partnership.”

Over the last two years, UltraPlay has been awarded with twelve accolades for its overall eSports betting provision. The latest one for eSports Betting Software was received from the International Gaming Awards 2020, which were held in London last week. Following up with the ODDS.GG constant developments, the company has recently released its new web design, aligned with the latest UX/UI design trends.

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