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Thunderpick to launch a unique social betting platform in USA

Niji Ng

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Thunderpick, a Malta-based eSports betting company, planning to launch its innovative social betting platform in the US market. The company is working hard to remove the present regulatory obstacles.

Thunderpick.com is has a unique eSports betting platforms, having more than 275,000 customers. The platform offers eSports match-ups involving titles such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends and Dota 2.

The platform is preparing for Series A funding to expand its operations and market share, becoming a household name in the global regulated eSports betting industry.

As one of the few licensed eSports-focused online betting operators, Thunderpick has grown impressively during the last two years, not only because of the expanding eSports audiences, but also due to the fact it does not resemble a traditional sports betting platform. Thunderpick’s mantra is that the needs of eSports enthusiasts are not best served by traditional online sportsbooks.

That’s why Thunderpick has sought to incorporate a host of real-time social functionality into its eSports betting platform, creating a community where eSports enthusiasts can watch and interact with other players in real time. It has also introduced a ranking and rewards system to the platform, with elements like a real-time leader board for players and social casino games that can be played with other eSports fanatics.

One of its most exciting new features in development is an interactive in-play betting functionality, allowing for real-time interactions with players, taking social gamification to the next level in eSports.

Before the end of this year, Thunderpick also plans to launch its exclusive mobile app, which will further enhance client engagement with the Thunderpick platform and allow eSports fanatics to keep abreast of live tournament action on the move.

Mateusz Jamiolkowski, co-founder of Thunderpick, believes the platform’s sustained success after just two years in operation underlines the potential for eSports betting.

“Unlike some cash-burning eSport start-ups, Thunderpick is already profitable. It confirms that we have secured a dedicated audience that puts trust in our products and integrity,” said Jamiolkowski.

“With the eSports market growing 14 per cent year-on-year in terms of its fan base and over 27 per cent year-on-year in revenue during the next three years, Thunderpick is ready for major investments to take eSports betting into the next decade and beyond.”

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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theScore Sets New Milestones With Industry Leading Esports Offering

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Company hits new monthly record for YouTube video views, breaks through 500,000 subscribers, and captures prestigious industry award

 

theScore, Inc. announced a new monthly record for video views on its esports YouTube channel. The channel also broke through 500,000 subscribers, and picked-up a prestigious industry award for its coverage of the competitive video gaming scene.

theScore esports won Best Category Specific YouTube Channel at the 2018 Cynopsis Model D Awards in New York City, beating out a number of primetime competitors, including The Ellen Show.

The award follows a period of rapid growth for theScore’s esports business. Since January 2017, theScore’s YouTube subscriber base has grown from 30,000 to more than 500,000, with monthly video views on the platform rising from 1.5M to 15.6M in October.

This represented a new single-month viewership record for the company, reaffirming its position as one of the best performing esports YouTube channels across some of the most prominent teams and organizations in the industry.

“theScore has built a large and highly-engaged audience of esports fans and we’re excited by the growth we’re seeing,” said John Levy, CEO and Founder of theScore. “We believe we are only just scratching the surface. As the esports industry itself continues to grow, theScore will be there to cover the stories behind the games and players esports fans love.”

theScore esports has achieved this success through its unique approach to video storytelling, creating a number of popular franchises, including its Best Of, Story Of, and Top 10 series.

The company also recently appointed Donald Reilley as Vice President of Esports Sales to lead monetization of its esports video offering across its platforms. Reilley was previously VP of Brand Partnerships at NewForm Entertainment, and has also held senior sales roles at Major League Gaming and Warner Bros. Entertainment Group.

 

About theScore Inc.

theScore’s mission is to create highly-engaging digital products and content that empower the sports fan’s experience. Its flagship mobile app ‘theScore’ is one of the most popular multi-sport news and data apps in North America, serving millions of fans a month. The Company also creates innovative digital sports experiences through its web, social and esports platforms. theScore (SCR) is publicly traded on the TSX Venture Exchange.

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Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast Announce Major Esports Entrance For Magic: The Gathering®

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$10 Million in combined prize pool up for grabs in 2019
New Magic Pro League offers play and streaming contracts worth $75,000
New Mythic Championship events anchor the Magic tournament structure
First $1 Million tournament to be held at PAX East in 2019

 

Game Awards, Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast announced a brand new esports program coming in 2019 for Magic: The Gathering, which boasts a $10 million prize pool across digital and tabletop Magic.

“Today is an extremely important day for Magic: The Gathering as we announce our commitment to esports and our Magic players by evolving our tournament structure to include a $10 Million prize pool.” said Chris Cocks, President of Wizards of the Coast. “We are fully embracing esports and affirming Magic as a leader in the collectible card game category while providing lucrative opportunities for pros, players, sponsors, and esports partners.”

With over 35 Million Magic players to date in over 70 countries around the world, Magic’s new esports structure is designed to appeal to a wide audience of card game players and offers an open platform to allow all Magic players the opportunity to compete.

The Magic Pro League (MPL) establishes a new level of professional play and features 32 of the top ranked Magic players from around the world. Players in the MPL are offered play and streaming contracts worth $75,000. Members of the MPL will play in weekly match-ups on Magic: The Gathering Arena® that will lead to newly introduced Mythic Championship events.

Mythic Championships are the new flagship competitions for Magic: The Gathering Arena esports and tabletop Magic competitive play. Mythic Championships will feature MPL players battling against challengers from the Magic community. The Magic: The Gathering Arena esports program kicks off with a $1 Million Mythic Invitational at PAX East 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. More details on how to climb the ranks and battle the pros will be revealed in early 2019.

“The past 25 years of Magic competition has led us to design this comprehensive esports program that would support Magic: The Gathering Arena, while increasing our investment in tabletop Magic,” said Elaine Chase, Vice President of Esports at Wizards of the Coast. “Our investment in esports will catapult the game to new heights while providing support to the players by giving them the platform to build their brand and bring Magic to a broader audience.”

 

ABOUT HASBRO
Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF®, MY LITTLE PONY®, TRANSFORMERS®, PLAY-DOH®, MONOPOLY®, BABY ALIVE® and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. Through its entertainment labels, Allspark Pictures and Allspark Animation, the Company is building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Hasbro is committed to making the world a better place for children and their families through corporate social responsibility and philanthropy. Hasbro ranked No. 5 on the 2018 100 Best Corporate Citizens list by CR Magazine and has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere Institute for the past seven years. Learn more at www.hasbro.com

ABOUT WIZARDS OF THE COAST 
Wizards of the Coast brings people together through their shared love of games. Magic: The Gathering®, Dungeons & Dragons®, and other Wizards games are enjoyed by friends around the world, both at gaming tables and on digital platforms. We bring together world-class creators in game design, worldbuilding, fantasy art, and interactive events to create unforgettable moments. Wizards of the Coast is a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS). For more information, visit www.wizards.com.

 

 

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MTN DEW® AMP® GAME FUEL® Unlocks A New Level Of Gaming With First Drink Made By Gamers, For Gamers

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New Call of Duty® World League and OpTic Gaming Partnerships Roll Out Ahead of January Launch of Four Flavors – Charged Cherry Burst, Charged Berry Blast, Charged Tropical Strike and Charged Original DEW

In one of the most anticipated innovation launches of the upcoming year, MTN DEW AMP is bringing its bold, boundary-pushing style to the world of gameplay with the launch of its newest beverage:  MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL®. Including ingredients shown to improve accuracy and alertness, and complete with a no-slip grip and unique re-sealable lid, MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL allows players an enhanced gaming experience. But the best part? MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL is designed by gamers, for gamers, curated for those who thrive on the thrill of competition.

“Knowing gaming is an endurance sport, we listened to what players have been asking for when it comes to a beverage,” said Erin Chin, senior director, marketing, Mountain Dew. “MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL is the first-ever drink created specifically for gamers and stands in its own category. It has energy credentials with its vitamin-charged and caffeine-boosted formula, and we can’t wait to share it with the gaming world come January.”

Level 1: Epic Co-Ops
MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL is giving gamers access to some of the biggest events, leagues and esports teams, starting with its new Call of Duty World League sponsorship. Taking place Dec. 7-9, players at the upcoming Las Vegas competition will get an exclusive first taste of MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL ahead of its 2019 launch.

“MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL shares our vision for growing the audience for esports, and will help us deliver unique experiences for fans at each Call of Duty World League event this season, as well as help create exceptional content for viewers online,” said Brandon Snow, chief revenue officer of Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues. “CWL looks forward to working closely with the Mountain Dew team to develop the most exciting season in Call of Duty World League history.”

MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL is also expanding its gaming roster with the addition of OpTic Gaming, an industry-defining esports, media and entertainment organization. “We are grateful to partner with such a prestigious beverage brand, as they share in the belief of our core values: precision and focus,” said Ryan Musselman, president, Infinite Esports & Entertainment. “We look forward to helping launch the MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL brand, and are excited for all of the new content and opportunities they will bring for the Green Wall.”

Level 2: Fuel FTW!
MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL is specially crafted to give gamers the boost they need during game play. The ingredients contained in MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL have been shown to increase accuracy and alertness. All of the bold flavors contain 90 calories per 16 oz. and provide gamers great tasting energy to power through even the toughest levels.

Level 3: Next-Gen Hardware
The MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL can was specifically designed to consider how gamers play. The re-sealable lid, created by Xolution, which specializes in innovative packaging solutions, allows for more uninterrupted game play and easy opening. The can’s no-slip grip mirrors the sensory design of accessories and hardware in gaming.

MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL will launch all four flavors – Charged Cherry Burst, Charged Berry Blast, Charged Tropical Strike and Charged Original DEW – in retail stores nationwide on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 in 16 oz. cans. Consumers will be able to find it in the energy door section of retail stores nationwide. MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL is now available to pre-order at Amazon.com and Walmart.com.

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