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Sports & Entertainment Innovation Firm, RIISE Ventures Levels Up With Strategic Investment in Georgia’s Largest Esports & Gaming Center: Axis Replay

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As Esports silently continues to grow as the fastest global sport in the world with projections to reach $1.5B by 2020Atlanta-based, RIISE Ventures decides to “get in the game” with its first esports investment in Axis Replay–a premier entertainment and event facility for video games and esports. Together, RIISE and Axis Replay will curate some of the most unique gaming experiences the country has to offer.

RIISE Ventures curates experiences by leveraging major sports, entertainment, and technology events [and venues]. Their proprietary Innovation Is A Sport ™ process helps to advise partners and consult corporate brands on how to stimulate ideas, attract and retain talent and invest capital into growth industries companies.

‘The Godfather of Angel Investing’ and RIISE partner, Sig Mosley, has been privy to the potential of technology long before it reared its head into the world of Esports. As the most prolific investor in the southeast, Mosley is confident that this contribution to Axis Replay and the gaming industry will prove to provide an immediate impact. “It’s important that we stay abreast of the latest insights and trends while investing capital into talented individuals and companies with amazing ideas,” Mosley says, “Esports is an emerging industry and I’m very optimistic about its growth trajectory.”

Axis Replay CEO Allie Young saw the potential for Esports as a commodity early on in its development. With Atlanta being one of the ‘Top 3 Best Cities for Gamers in the US’ according to WalletHub, and a melting pot of millennial energy, Young felt that it was important to provide gamers a community-driven atmosphere to encourage the industry’s growth. “With the growth in Esports and gaming, investing into the infrastructure that will house, train, and develop digital athletes is something that wise investors will seek. Here at Axis Replay, we’re incredibly blessed to have the backing of such a strong network this early in the game. It’s a testimony to the strength of our concept,” Young explains, “When both gamers and supporters like Sig Mosley put their names behind something, we know we have something extremely special.” Having previously owned her own media and marketing company, Young founded Axis Replay and opened it to the public on New Year’s Eve of 2018.

Before it’s Beta Launch, Axis Replay came together with RIISE Ventures to help host the first-ever ‘Esports Week Atlanta‘ in November 2018. This event brought together Esports industry leaders, brand executives, and gamers alike to demonstrate the evolution of the industry through a week of workshops, panels, and tours.

“I’m excited about our partnership with Axis Replay. The Esports space is electric and one of the most fertile verticals for us to create Experiential IP and content right now. We feel what SOHO House is for industry and creative elites, Access Replay will be for gamers and the creative tech space. Adding this to our conversation & portfolio is a win-win for everyone involved.” says RIISE Venture Partner and  ONE Musicfest Founder, J Carter.

The future of RIISE Ventures’ partnership with Axis Replay is pivotal as Atlanta continues to become an ultimate destination for the largest events in sports, technology and entertainment. “These alliances will allow us to continue to showcase how innovation is a sport and what that means for the industry,” says RIISE Venture Managing Partner M. Cole Jones.

RIISE Ventures will continue to explore investing ideas, talent and capital across the esports and other industries that offer distinct experiences in the worlds of sports, entertainment, and technology. Game On!

About RIISE Ventures
RIISE Ventures curate experiences by leveraging major sports, entertainment and technology events . Our Innovation is a Sport™ methodology advises partners and consult corporate brands on how to stimulate ideas, attract and retain talent and invest capital into emerging and growth industries. RIISE Ventures is a member of the Consumer Technology Association (producers of the Consumer Electronics Show) and holds a seat on the Atlanta Super Bowl 53 Technology Committee. Learn more at: http://riiseventures.com.

About Axis Replay 
Axis Replay is a 12,000 square foot entertainment and event facility for video games and esports located across from Krog Street Market in Atlanta, Georgia. This unique facility allows for small to medium-sized eSports events, high-speed internet, high-end gaming systems, tabletop games with café and bar. Axis Replay exists to create fun, social experiences for gamers and their friends so that they can build stronger connections. For more information, visit www.axisreplay.com.

After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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The StarLadder Berlin Major 2019 Championship Starts in Less Than 10 Days

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There are a plethora of annual events that every eSports fan eagerly anticipates, and we are sure that you are familiar with the majority of them. In case you still haven’t heard about this one, we are here to bring the news! Something big is coming your way in just 10 days, and it’s beyond exciting!

Brace yourselves, for the StarLadder Berlin Major 2019 championship which starts on August 23rd! One of the biggest CS:GO championships is bound to make gamers and eSports fans waiting to place their bets, put everything else aside, and enjoy the event!

The Prize Pool

The StarLadder Berlin Major 2019 championship winner is looking at half a million dollars in prize money, out of a purse of $1M total! You can bet that all teams would be extremely motivated to defeat the competition! Better yet, you can place your actual bets, but in order to do it the right way, you should probably get familiar with the favorites this year.

The StarLadder Berlin Major Teams

When it comes to the teams, taking part in this championship, we have to start by presenting the ones that managed to qualify for a Major event for the first time! All five new teams would stop at nothing to perform better than their rivals, regardless of the strong competition. Of course, opinions on these teams’ chances to win vary, but there are many moments in history when teams with fewer chances have turned the tables on everyone against all odds. This is one of the best things about eSports in general, and we’re likely to see some quality action and odds-defying feats!

CR4ZY, Syman Gaming, INTZ, DreamEaters, and forZe were all able to qualify for the StarLadder Berlin Major 2019 championship, which means that we get to witness more action than usual! Betting will be unusually exciting as well.

 

The Underdogs

CR4ZY was formerly known as Valiance & Co. and almost all of the players in its current composition are from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, the organization is officially under the German flag. The team has quite a history and they can brag with a lot of 1st places in different events and tournaments since 2017 when they began competing in CS:GO tournaments.

The Counter-Strike team at the Brazilian INTZ eSports will compete at StarLadder Berlin Major 2019 as well. The Brazilian organization has been around since 2015, and most eSports fans are probably familiar with their participation in numerous other championships like DOTA 2, FIFA, League of Legends, etc., but CR4ZY still has a better chance to win, according to multiple opinions on this topic. Needless to say, everything could change during the event, but this is what makes it interesting, right?

Syman Gaming is an organization based in Russia, but most of the players come from Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. The team name has been known in the eSports world since 2017, and we expect them to show some skills, despite the fact that they are kind of underrated as well. There is nothing quite like a surprise turn of events!

The Russian organization called DreamEaters is mostly known for their participation in numerous Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Rainbow Six tournaments, meaning that they might actually have a good chance to be on top of the other teams, but we are yet to see how they perform during this eSports event.

Last but not least: forZe is another Russian team whose history goes a couple of years back when it comes to CS:GO-related activities and events.

The Favorites

Needless to say, the championship favorites Astralis and Liquid would not give up without putting up a fight. These are probably the two most recognizable names among CS:GO fans, and there is a good reason for that. Liquid’s winning spree in the past few months says a lot – they won most of the tournaments they took part in, both in the U.S and in Europe.

Bottom line is: if you have already decided to place some bets, prior to having fun while watching the epic matches, you definitely need to make a lot of decisions. This is considering that six new qualifiers are going to compete in the StarLadder Berlin Major 2019, and they are more or less equally matched, not to mention eager to stand against the favorites.

You can literally expect the unexpected here, which is the main source of excitement! We believe that all the fans keen on eSports betting feel the same way about the second Major championship this year. You simply can’t miss your chance to do some CS:GO betting, and what better way to do so than doing it via BUFF.bet’s outrights.

Keep your fingers crossed and enjoy the show! StarLadder Berlin Major 2019 is almost here.

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Start of the season in Dota 2: WePlay! will host Reshuffle Madness 2019 tournament with $50,000 at stake

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The tournament is planned for September of 2019 and there will be open qualifiers and direct invites

The autumn reshuffles traditionally stir up audience’s interest in new rosters and change of leaders in the regions. WePlay! Dota 2 Reshuffle Madness 2019 will be a great opportunity for everyone to see if the replacements actually made any effect or not. One of the first online tournaments of the season will let the teams train and try new strategies, and the viewers will be able to enjoy a thrilling esports show done in the special “esportainment” by WePlay!

Tournament dates 

WePlay! Dota 2 Reshuffle Madness 2019 will run September 6 to 232019. The competition will take place in three stages: open qualifiers, group stage and playoffs:

Open qualifiers will start on September 6 and end on September 9: all participants will be split into four groups, with eight top teams advancing to the next stage. They’ll be joined by eight teams directly invited by the organizer: the group stage matches will be played September 16 through 19. The final stage of the event, that has four more spots reserved for direct invitees, is planned for September 20-23.

Format

Open qualifiers will run with the Single Elimination system. All qualification matches will be played in best of 1 formatwhile the semifinals and finals – in best of 3. 

The group stage will have sixteen teams divided into four groups – these matches will utilize Double Elimination (GSL) format. That said, the lower bracket finals will be played in best of 3 formatwith all the other matches played as best of 1. Two top teams from each group will advance into the playoffs.

Eight squads that will make their way into the playoffs from group stage will be joined by four invited teams. All matches of the final stage will be played in best of 3 format, and the grand-final running as a series of best of 5 (Single Elimination system).

Prize pool 

Total prize pool of the event is $50,000. Champion of Reshuffle Madness 2019 will take home the main prize of $30,000, with the runner-up getting $10,000. The teams who will place the 3rd-4th place will be given $5,000 each.

Details about the talent board and schedule of the tournament will be announced later. Find more information about the tournament at weplay.tv and in social media: ВКонтактеTelegramTwitter.

WePlay! Esports is the esportainment-company with the representative offices in Ukraine, Cyprus and the USA. The company is a part of TECHIIA holding and grows the businesses in Europe, China and the USA.

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

#WePlay #ReshuffleMadness #WePlayDota2

Source: WePlay! Esports press office

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SUPER LEAGUE GAMING PARTNERS WITH TENCENT GAMES TO BRING PUBG MOBILE AMATEUR ESPORTS TO U.S. PLAYERS

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Super League Will Provide Competitive Experiences to PUBG MOBILE Players in Local Communities Nationwide and Create New PUBG MOBILE Content Programming Across Social and Digital Platforms

Super League Gaming (“Super League” or the “Company”) (NasdaqCM: SLGG), a leading community of gamers who connect through the Company’s live, digital and social content brands and experiences, today announced a partnership with Tencent Games, the largest video game publisher in the world based in Shenzhen, China, to bring PUBG MOBILE content and experiences to gamers throughout the U.S. Super League will work with Tencent to build local and digital PUBG MOBILE communities through amateur leagues and competitions, live stream broadcasts, and original video-on-demand content. With a growing audience across digital and social platforms, Super League will apply its proven formula to PUBG MOBILE of celebrating everyday players based on their gameplay achievements and diverse personal stories.

“PUBG MOBILE fits perfectly within Super League’s expanding offerings for the more than 100 million enthusiastic gamers across the country,” said Super League’s CEO Ann Hand. “It delivers on every level with fun gameplay, competitive intensity and a passionate player base. We could not be more excited to launch this program with Tencent across our nationwide venue network, SuperLeagueTV and our recently acquired Framerate social video network.”

PUBG MOBILE is one of the top mobile games in the world with more than 400 million downloads and 50 million daily users, and is one of Tencent Game’s most successful mobile franchises. Super League’s new PUBG MOBILE experiences will include local, social gameplay nights, as well as a “City Champs” league. City Champs is Super League’s premium competitive franchise, creating a powerful bond between gamers as they battle together on behalf of their hometown and compete for city pride. The new experiences are expected to begin rolling out in September of this year.

“Tencent Games is thrilled to work with Super League and bring amateur PUBG MOBILE esports to the U.S.,” said Tencent Games’ Neo Liu, Head of North American Publishing, “The live, local gamer communities that Super League develops, and the personally engaging content produced and distributed through their digital and social channels will delight PUBG MOBILE players and help drive ongoing growth of the game.”

 

About Super League Gaming

Super League Gaming, Inc. (NasdaqCM: SLGG) is a leading esports community and content platform for competitive, everyday gamers, fans and friends of all ages and skill levels. With a focus on positive and inclusive gameplay, Super League enables players to experience their sport like the pros while also developing sportsmanship, communication and team-building skills. Powered by a proprietary technology platform, Super League operates physical and digital experiences in partnership with publishers of top-tier games. Local movie theatres, PC cafes, restaurant and entertainment venues are transformed into esports arenas where gamers compete, socialize, spectate and celebrate the amateur esports lifestyle. Super League’s platform offers unique amateur esports experiences that not only ratchet up the competition for avid gamers, but also attract audiences with elite amateur broadcasts that transform physical venues as well as fuel SuperLeagueTV’s Twitch and YouTube channels.

About Tencent Games

Tencent Games is the leading global platform for game development, publishing and operation, as well as operator of the largest online games community in China. The company is dedicated to offering high-quality interactive entertainment experiences for all players across the globe. It currently offers more than 140 self-developed and licensed games in more than 200 countries and regions, providing hundreds of millions of users with cross-platform interactive entertainment experiences. Honor of Kings, PUBG MOBILE and League of Legends among others are some of Tencent Games’ most popular titles around the world.

 

About PUBG MOBILE

PUBG MOBILE is based on PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, the phenomenon that took the world of interactive entertainment by storm in 2017. Up to 100 players parachute onto a remote island to battle in a winner-takes-all showdown. Players must locate and scavenge their own weapons, vehicles and supplies, and defeat every player in a visually and tactically rich battleground that forces players into a shrinking play zone.

 

PUBG MOBILE is available to download for free on the App Store and Google Play.

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