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Bird & Bird starts offering legal support for ESIC

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International law firm Bird & Bird has launched an initiative through which those in the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) can avail complimentary legal support service.

Those who are part of the not-for-profit association will be entitled to three hours of legal advice on three separate legal queries each year.

Richard Bush and William Deller of the Media, Entertainment and Sports Sector at Bird & Bird commented in a statement: “Esports is an area of huge growth and innovation, which presents various novel commercial and regulatory challenges. Our partnership with ESIC will not only help its members navigate these challenges, but also provide them with legal support aimed at furthering the development of their businesses and protecting esports from various integrity risks.”

Ian Smith, Commissioner of ESIC added: “Bird & Bird are experts in providing legal advice in esports, and in the broader sport, media and technology sectors, making them the ideal partner for this initiative. The firm’s complimentary legal support service fits perfectly with ESIC’s wider strategy: to add value for its members, to support their development and, of course, protect esports integrity. I look forward to working with the team.”

ESIC counts the likes of ESL, DreamHack, Intel, ESP Gaming, Gambling Commission, and Malta Gaming Authority as members of the association. Esports Insider is its key media partner.

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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Estars Launches New Interactive Gaming Platform for its Majors Events in 2019

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Estars, the leading production company for esports and video games, has launched a new interactive, free-to-play gaming platform with more than $20 million in prizes for its Majors Events in 2019.

On Estars, users are able to compete and connect with their favorite games, players, streamers and teams through free prediction-based contests. Special promotional contests allow users to win real-world prizes and exclusive in-game items. To play, users enter contests and select their predicted outcomes of various esports matches and tournaments to enter to win prizes. After a user selects their picks, they can watch the matches live on Estars to see how their selections are performing in real-time.

“We are thrilled to offer a new, unified experience from developer to fan, and launch it in a really big way. Not only does this platform allow users to engage in some of the top esports competitions, but fans now have an even more enhanced viewing experience and the opportunity to win as much as the professional players or teams they love to watch,” Bart Barden, Estars Managing Director said.

Estars users also have the opportunity to collect Stars, the platform’s virtual currency, by winning contests, watching ads, winning daily bonuses and more as they compete in more than fifteen available games.

“As the esports community continues to grow, we see Estars providing a new way to connect game developers, sponsors, teams and streamers to a coveted audience. Teams, players and streamers continue to lead the growth of esports and the gaming community, and we are happy to provide our partners new ways to connect with fans and increase engagement as we expand offerings within the industry through gamified viewing experiences, unique leaderboards and more,” Jeff Liboon, Estars president and co-founder said.

Estars is available on all mobile and desktop web browsers across 46 U.S. states. Users in eligible jurisdictions must be at least 16 years or older to play on Estars and 18 years or older to play for a chance to win real-world prizes.

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