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Matcherino Gains Additional $1.5m in Funding

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Matcherino is a technology company that builds software that enables game publishers and tournament organisers to run successful Esports tournaments. The company has received an additional amount of $1.5 million fund from Galaxy Digital’s Galaxy EOS VC Fund and Wells Fargo Strategic Capital.

The CEO of Matcherino, John Maffei, said “Our product offerings provide the tools to connect players, brands, tournament organisers, and even fans, in a way that is advantageous for all parties, both monetarily and in providing a more enjoyable experience for all involved.

Maffei added how thrilled he is to have the new investors, and that Matcherino’s products are “designed to connect industry stakeholders who have been long ignored or underserved.”

Matcherino was launched back in 2015, and has since provided software and financial solutions at esports events. Since its launch, the company’s services have paid out over $2.4 million when it comes to tournament prize money.

With the growing investment in esports, the company aims to continue using its financial infrastructure and prize pool management system to distribute rewards in a timely manner.

Sean Sang Sub Lee, the vice president of early stage investing at Wells Fargo Strategic Capital, emphasised the importance of the investment in Matcherino.

“Navigating the esports operating landscape has been an inefficient process for brands, players, tournament organizers, and fans alike, leaving billions of unrealised dollars on the table.” Lee said. “We see an opportunity with Matcherino not only to remedy these inefficiencies, but to open these long-untouched revenue streams for years to come.”

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Esports Become Official High School Sport in Utah

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Video gaming has become an official high school sport in Utah.

“What we are doing here today in Utah is going to become a national model and show every other state how to do it,” Bob Sorenson of iTEAM USA, one of the groups behind the initiative, said.

State Sen. Daniel Thatcher helped organise the effort, spearheaded by iTEAM USA and PlayVS, to give students a chance at what is quickly becoming a cutting edge sport.

“It will open up more opportunities for our students. What I want the kids to know is there is a career in this,” Joel Marquez, a computer science education specialist with the Utah Department of Education, said.

“Students are the winners. Esports is the gate to I.T. [information technology] and C.S. [computer science]. It gives students a connection and a different view of tech,” Sorenson said.

Organisers believe it will help prepare students to join the workforce in many ways.

“There is a stigma with gamers. An anti-social stigma. I’ve seen 250 students come together of all different genres and become friends and have fun doing this. That created a place of belonging for them,” Marquez said.

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EPICENTER Major 2019 became the Best sports event of the year by bema! awards

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EPICENTER Major 2019 series became the winner of Best Experience Marketing Awards 2020, the professional award in marketing and integrated communications for events. The organizer, Epic Esports Events (a member of ESforce Holding), took the first places in both nominations “Best sports event” and “Best hybrid event” (an event where offline is combined with digital). The tournament also won silver in the nomination “Best video game industry event”.

Evgeny Kalganov, Event Director, Epic Esports Events:

“It is great to see our efforts approved by the leading experts of Russia. EPICENTER Major 2019 exceeded even our expectations! Huge thanks to our team for their hard work and immense dedication. It is a challenge to beat the bar you set yourself, but we will achieve even greater results with the next events of the EPICENTER series.”

The expert jury of bema! award has evaluated 420 projects in three macro-categories: B2B, B2C, and B2I. 150 best projects have advanced to the finals after collecting the maximum amount of points in their respective categories. Ultimately, the expert jury has chosen the three best projects in every nomination.

The full list of award winners is available on the bema! official website.

 

Epic Esports Events specializes in hosting international competitions and is the organizer of the EPICENTER tournament series in Dota 2 and CS:GO in Moscow and Saint Petersburg throughout 2016-2019. The award-winning EPICENTER series gathers tens of millions of viewers all over the globe, its quality appraised by prestigious awards such as EUBEA, Eventex, MarSpo, BISPO, and Sport Leaders Awards.

 

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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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