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Pinnacle is ECS 2019’s official betting partner

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Premier online bookmaker Pinnacle.com has signed an agreement with the eSports production company FACEIT to become the official betting partner of ECS 2019.

FACEIT will conduct ECS 2019, with 16 teams fighting it out for the Challenger Cup, which has been renamed to the Pinnacle Cup as part of the partnership.

As per the partnership agreement, Pinnacle will provide real-time odds support and will continue throughout the Regular Season and the Finals. The ECS Season 7 Regular Season starts on March 11. Marco Blume, Trading Director at Pinnacle, said: “This partnership marks another major landmark in the development of esports at Pinnacle. We’ve been doing everything we can to help the esports industry grow over the last few years and working with an organisation like FACEIT will certainly help us achieve that. There are plenty of esports fans at Pinnacle and we’ve been very impressed with the work FACEIT have been doing. When this opportunity presented itself, we knew it was something we were never going to pass up.”

Michele Attisani, Co-Founder & CBO of FACEIT, said: “We’re excited to have Pinnacle onboard. We’re always looking for like-minded partners who are experienced in and passionate about esports, and their ongoing commitment to the ecosystem makes them the perfect partner for the new and improved ECS. ECS is the leading independent CS:GO league and we always want to work with global industry leaders such as Pinnacle to continue offering our fans the best possible experience.”

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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IDN Media Officially Enters Esports By Acquiring ggwp.id

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IDN Media officially enters the eSports industry by acquiring GGWP.ID, the leading eSports media in Indonesia. Ricky Setiawan, who is the founder of GGWP.ID, will keep his role as the CEO of a 60-people team of GGWP.ID.

The eSports industry has grown rapidly in the past few years, especially in Indonesia. Understanding the potential, IDN Media believes that eSports’ massive growth is just the beginning. It is indicated by the increase number of eSports players, viewers, and enthusiasts in Indonesia. As a result, 2019 and 2020 are projected to be the years of eSports by many industry experts.

As a one-stop eSports company, GGWP.ID will have 4 main business units: 1) eSports Media, 2) eSports Tournament Platform, 3) eSports Team, and 4) eSports Creative. eSports Media is a multi-platform media for eSports enthusiasts in Indonesia. eSports Tournament Platform is a platform that allows eSports enthusiasts to create and organize tournaments by themselves instantly. eSports Team is a professional eSports team that competes in popular games. eSports Creative is a multi-platform digital agency focusing on brand storytelling, content creation, and online activation.

In addition, GGWP.ID also hosts the leading gaming event in Indonesia, Game Prime, together with BEKRAF (Badan Ekonomi Kreatif) Republik Indonesia /  IACE (Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy) and AGI (Asosiasi Game Indonesia) – an Indonesian game association.

IDN Media is aiming to make GGWP.ID become the ‘ESPN’ of eSports in Indonesia and would like to change the perception about eSports from its stereotypical perspective – that playing games brings negative impacts. In fact, eSports can improve intelligence, teamwork, focus, and strategic thinking for Millennials and Gen Z. Through GGWP.ID, IDN Media wants to build more awareness and exposure of the opportunities that eSports can bring to society, including to eSports players, enthusiasts, content creators, and brands.

Winston Utomo, Founder & CEO of IDN Media – “We are very excited to enter the eSports industry and work together with Ricky and the whole GGWP.ID team. We believe that the eSports phenomenon has just begun. With GGWP.ID, we envision to create the biggest and most impactful eSports company in the region for Millennials and Gen Z.”

Ricky Setiawan, Founder & CEO of GGWP.ID – “We are very thrilled to join IDN Media and to work together with Winston, William, and the whole IDN Media team. As the leading media company for Millennials and Gen Z in Indonesia, IDN Media can help us reach more audience and accelerate our vision to make eSports available for everyone.”

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NBA 2K League – Week 11 Recap

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LARRY’S MOMENT: Receiving more than 138,000 votes on Twitter, Tim “oLARRY” Anselimo of Cavs Legion GC won the first-ever ESPY for “Best Esports Moment” for his return to the NBA 2K League after being shot multiple times at the tragic mass shooting at a gaming tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, in August 2018. oLARRY sustained three gunshot wounds in the incident and had to learn to hold the game controller differently. Click here to learn more about oLARRY’s story. 

THE FAB FIVE: During Week 11, the NBA 2K League announced five finalists for the 2019 Intel Performance NBA 2K League Most Valuable Player Award: Blazer5 Gaming’s Nidal “Mama Im Dat Man” Nasser, Celtics Crossover Gaming’s Albano “oFAB” Thomallari, Kings Guard Gaming’s Michael “Bp” Diaz, Magic Gaming’s Brendan “Reizey” Hill, and 76ers GC’s Ethan “Radiant” White. Notably, all five are point guards and two (Reizey and Bp) are rookies. Click here for complete information on the 2019 NBA 2K League Awards. 

MO MONEY, NO PROBLEMS: With two victories in Week 11, T-Wolves Gaming extended their regular-season winning streak to six games. Rookie small forward Jordan “JMoneyRep817” Martinez cashed in 57 total points in the two games, earning him the Intel Player of the Week Award for Week 11. The Texas-native netted 25 points and four assists in a 70-61 victory over Knicks Gaming while adding 32 points and seven steals in an 82-42 win over Heat Check Gaming.

THE SHOWCASE IS BACK: On Friday, August 2 at 7 p.m. ET, the league will tip off the 2019 Finals weekend with the second annual NBA 2K League Showcase – a tournament featuring professional NBA 2K League players and influencers from the worlds of sports and entertainment. Confirmed participants include former NFL player Jeremy Maclin, music artist Ponce De’Leioun, content creator FlightReacts, content creator SGK7, and content creator GirlGamerChas. The event will take place at the NBA 2K League Studio Powered by Intel in Long Island City, New York and will be livestreamed on Twitch and YouTube.

WEEK 11 RECAP

Wednesday, July 10: 

  • Knicks Gaming 61 @ T-Wolves Gaming 70 
  • Pistons GT 62 @ Raptors Uprising GC 72 
  • T-Wolves Gaming 80 @ Heat Check Gaming 42 
  • Lakers Gaming 68 @ Pistons GT 43 
  • Raptors Uprising GC 55 @ Heat Check Gaming 63 

Thursday, July 11: 

  • Wizards District Gaming 60 @ 76ers GC 76 
  • Knicks Gaming 79 @ Hawks Talon GC 67 
  • Celtics Crossover Gaming 65 @ Lakers Gaming 60 

Friday, July 12: 

  • NetsGC 53 @ Wizards District Gaming 72 
  • 76ers GC 71 @ Pacers Gaming 55 
  • Grizz Gaming 80 @ NetsGC 51 
  • Pacers Gaming 67 @ Hawks Talon GC 75 
  • Celtics Crossover Gaming 53 @ Magic Gaming 48 
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U.S. to Host The Esports Awards 2019

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The Esports Awards 2019 is going to be held at the Esports Stadium Arlington on November 16. It is a win for Arlington, but a loss for London, which has been the home of Esports Awards for the past three years.

The majority of viewers and participants are located within the U.S., while the UK esports scene is still in its infancy. The esports stadium should be better equipped for such an event too, providing production crews access to already installed equipment, specialised for such events and live broadcasts. The Esports Stadium Arlington was opened in 2018.

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