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The future of Esports: Video games to be played at Olympics and Glastonbury by 2050, experts predict

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How big will the industry be in 30 years time?

With esports now a $1billion industry this year and its popularity still rising, we ask the question – what does the future hold for professional gaming?

A gaming stage at Glastonbury, giant sold out 100,000-seater stadiums and even a place in the Olympics?

That’s where some academics feel esports could be by 2050.

After exclusively speaking to the experts, we’ve created some food for thought about how the industry evolves in decades to come.

Gaming at festivals such as Glastonbury or Coachella?

As many event organisers now look to bring in wider audiences and test the waters, gaming could be on the cards to feature at some of the world’s biggest festivals.

With comedy stages, poetry and circus acts becoming part of the usual attractions, could competitive gaming be an outlet to bring in new audiences?

Lincoln Geraghty, Professor of Media Cultures at University of Portsmouth in the UK, said: “Absolutely, the crossovers are there. Comicon for example in the last 30 years has gone from comic books to games to big marketing launches.

“So I see a space like Glastonbury, that has a subcultural prestige with people interested in explicit music and the relationship of music and games, people might be drawn to it.”

Esports in the Olympics?

Esports games are already broadcasted to millions of people around the world. Last year’s League of Legends World Championship semi-finals were watched live by 3.9million.

But what about on an elite, mainstream level? The Intel World Open was set to precede this year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics before it was cancelled, a stepping stone for esports to potentially feature in the competition itself.

Professor Geraghty said: “This is something the Olympic committee is looking at and it would almost certainly provide a much safer space for this competition to take place.

“Whether it be a massive tournament on the scale of the World Cup or be included in the Olympics in 30 years time, it won’t be unexpected and won’t be a surprise.”

 

All colleges and universities to offer esports majors/degrees?

This is unlikely, but not impossible.

There are already cases around the world of university majors and degrees being offered in game design and for specific games themselves.

As more people in higher education take up these courses, the novelty may wear off and that could lead to more awareness of the power games have on society.

Professor Regan Mandryk, Professor in Computer Science at University of Saskatchewan in Canada, said: “You can now go through college on a League of Legends scholarship, that’s going to change the cache of being an esports athlete.

“I would like to see the stigma of it being a “nerdy” activity change. It’s going to be hard, but it will happen by more people being exposed to different aspects of playing.”

Regularly filling 100,000 seater stadiums?

Whether it’s the World Cup or the Super Bowl, thousands of people want to be there to see how sporting events play out.

And this is no different for esports, even now.

The Spodak Arena in Katowice, Poland held 173,000 people to watch the Intel Extreme Masters in 2017.

“People see their heroes in these gamers and esports personalities,” Professor Geraghty added.

“It’s only replacing the footballer on the pitch with a competitor on your computer screen.”

He said: “I wouldn’t be surprised to see a football stadium or convention centres sell out to see a huge gaming tournament.

“As content creators increase in popularity, people will pay to come out and see them in person.”

 

To better the understanding of mental and physical health

We all understand games can be stressful and frustrating at times, but the techniques used in a lot of the technology is actually helping health professionals understand humans more.

Despite many negative connotations, studies have found games can actually help our mental health, but also be used to understand the physical effects of stress and recovery.

“Gaming can be very good for you. There are lots of ways that it can help you recover from stress,” added Professor Mandryk.

“It can help you disconnect from the pressures around you. It can also help you connect socially with other people.

“We’ve done research that shows gaming can actually combat loneliness.”

 

But, how do we get the best out games in the future within other areas of society?

Professor Mandryk said: “Part of the answer is to stop being so afraid of games.”

“This is a very powerful median that we can leverage. There is a lot of motivational pull and people are devoting a lot of time to playing games so why aren’t we harnessing what’s great about them to better society.”

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BitSkins is now the Official Skin Marketplace partner for the Champion of Champions Tour 2022-2024

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The partnership will see BitSkins, the leading CS:GO skin marketplace, becoming the Official Skin Marketplace Partner for the Main Broadcast of the Champion of Champions Tour, one of the largest CS:GO global tour, for the entirety of the tournament.

BitSkins shall be present across every match of CCT on the English-speaking channel. The cooperation will bring exclusive BitSkins offerings to the viewers and fans of the Champion of Champions Tour and shall also see both parties actively involving the community and creating engaging content together.

Champion of Champions Tour is the first competition on the CS:GO scene to be jointly organised by leading esports firms – FACEIT, Eden Esports, Relog Media, Black Molly Entertainment, Fantasy Expo, and regional organisers, commissioned by GRID Esports, the leading game data platform. The tour is distributed across seven unique regions throughout North America, South America, and Europe where the Tour is executed by the regional partners – BTSBrasilTV, FiReSPORTS, Fragster, REPUBLEAGUE, Relog Media, Gjirafa, and Black Molly Entertainment. Champion of Champions Tour offers one of the highest prize pools in esports history – $3,400,000 USD.

‘BitSkins truly understands the interests of esports fans and caters to their needs with a unique offering. We are thrilled to partner with them and enable emerging, regional esports talent to build a name for themselves while providing exclusive offers to their fans and supporters. We are committed to building a sustainable ecosystem across multiple tiers and are thrilled to partner with BitSkins to deliver the best fan experience to Champion of Champions Tour viewers’  – says Tom Warburton, COO of GRID Esports.

BitSkins is one of the most matured and widely-acknowledged third-party CS:GO marketplaces trusted by millions of users worldwide. Originally founded in July 2015, BitSkins has been prevalent as one of the biggest third-party marketplaces dedicated to CS:GO.

‘We have been actively involved in the esports scene since the company’s inception. Champion of Champions Tour’s vision to enable the growth of the new talents is very much aligned with our values and we are happy to support the tournament over the upcoming 18 months. Partnering with GRID we set ourselves the long-term objectives to deliver the best quality esports experience for the fans and use the opportunity to mature with the audience.” – says Anna Zamorniak-Urbaniak, CEO of BitSkins.

Champion of Champions Tour is set to start in July 2022 and the first stage will comprise regional tournaments in the designated regions with their own cycles of Open Qualification, ultimately leading to the CCT Global Finals LAN event, to be held at the start of 2024.

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UEFA CELEBRATES WOMEN’S EURO 2022 WITH METAVERSE ESPORTS EVENT

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UEFA, the governing body of football in Europe, announces a special esports event in the metaverse aimed at inspiring more girls and boys to play football ahead of UEFA Women’s Euro 2022.

The UEFA edition of the Metaverse Gaming League (MGL) event on Friday 24th June will see dozens of players compete against each other in the Road to UEFA Women’s EURO Roblox game. MGL is the first live esports league for the metaverse, streamed live on Twitch and YouTube each week. Focusing on fun, competitive gaming experiences, it rewards skill, flair, and teamwork rather than a winner-takes-all approach.

During the event, which is set to feature popular YouTuber Ruby Games, players will don the kits of their favourite competing teams and race against the clock to win a share of a massive prize pool of 500,000 Robux, worth $5,000. They must score as many goals and collect as many golden tournament tickets as possible before taking on the final challenge of a brand new ‘Stadium’ obstacle course.

The esports event and Roblox game are part of UEFA’s groundbreaking campaign to appeal directly and authentically to young girls and boys on platforms they consume daily. Roblox has over 50 million daily active users – of which over 50% are children under-12 and at least 44% are female. The game is complemented by a skills challenge and educational video series on YouTube which will also be shared with schools across Europe through UEFA’s Football in Schools programme.

Patrick Mead, CTO at Metaverse Gaming League, added:

“In their campaign to inspire children’s love of football ahead of the Women’s Euro next month, UEFA is meeting children in the metaverse, where they spend considerable amounts of time socialising, learning and playing. Their wonderful Roblox game is a brilliant amphitheatre for some friendly MGL competition and we’re excited to put on a great, inclusive esports show before the tournament starts in earnest.”

UEFA’s Metaverse Gaming League event will take place at 6pm BST on Friday 24th June 2022. To play during the live event, players should register for MGL for free.
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Best Crypto Games in Online Casinos

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The classic casino games that we could play with chips are gone. Nowadays, with technological advances, the rise of online casinos has increased, allowing different payment methods such as credit cards, prepaid cards and others. What could not be imagined is that you could get to play with cryptocurrencies. Some top 50 online casinos have started offering cryptocurrencies as a payment method in many games.

And so, with this in mind, we’re here to share details on the best games in online casinos that we can pay for with cryptocurrencies.

Bitcoin Blackjack

By far one of the most popular casino games of all time, Blackjack remains a classic today; now, the ability to play with Bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies) makes it more relevant today than ever before.

The objective of the game hasn’t changed much over the years. Your goal is simply to get as close to 21 without exceeding it. You can place different types of bets, such as the “perfect pair”, “blackjack”, or “insurance”.

Ethereum Roulette

Another one of the most popular games in online casinos is Roulette. Who doesn’t like the thrill of spinning a wheel and waiting in anticipation to see where the ball will land?

The rules are pretty straightforward. You place your bets on where you think the ball will land. You can make different types of bets, such as betting on a single number, a group of numbers or even if the ball will land on a black or red number.

Mines

Mines is an extremely popular crypto-based casino game that’s clean and easy to pick up and learn, based on the traditional Windows DOS game, Minesweeper. In-game, you choose a square and uncover what’s underneath without hitting a mine.

Some tiles cover multipliers to help you build your score, and some will cover mines that, when hit, will end your game. Minimum bets usually sit around the £0.01 mark with possible RTPs (Return to Player) of 95%-99%.

This is undoubtedly a game that’s super fun to play and, with a little luck, can result in some pretty big wins.

Plinko

A favourite and a beloved game by so many players, a game that first came to fame when it was featured on the hit US game show, The Price is Right, as far back as 1983. Even now, the concept behind Plinko is simple, and all you have to do is drop the ball down a peg-filled board and watch it bounce to the bottom.

The game is set up with different rows of pegs; as the ball falls, it hits the pegs and changes direction. Different prize multipliers at the bottom of the board will determine your final winnings.

The RTP on this game is around 97%-99%, with many online casinos offering free play options to get you started and a massive maximum payout of approximately $2.5 million, depending on how much you bet in the first place. What’s more, you can get started on around $0.10 for a single bet!

Slots

There’s no denying that slot machine games are the bread-and-butter of brick-and-mortar and digital casinos, so there’s no reason why the same doesn’t apply to the more modern crypto casinos.

Slot games have been around for many years, and their popularity only seems to be increasing with time. With simple gameplay and the ability to potentially win big, it’s no wonder that slots are a favourite choice for casino-goers.

Perhaps thousands of slot machine variations and games are out there, meaning that there’s something to suit everyone’s taste. Whether you’re a fan of classic slots or the more modern video slots, you’re sure to find a game you’ll enjoy.

The RTP can vary depending on the machine and game you play, but they tend to average between 80% and 98%.

Limbo

No, we’re not talking about the game where you drop as low as possible, although that could be a fun crypto game to bet on. Instead, we’re talking about the fast-paced casino game.

The game aims to head out on the hunt for payouts. You simply choose how much you want to win and click “bet”. If the random number on the screen is the same or higher than the payout you put down, you win.

For example, if you put 4x your bet, the number that comes up must be 4x your bet, and if it is, you win! This is an excellent game for crypto players as it has a high RTP of up to 99.99%.

There you have it! While there’s no doubt cryptocurrency has changed the world, it’s only brought about more opportunities to have fun. In fact, some of the best casino games these days are fast-paced and exciting crypto games, so what are you waiting for?

Get out there and hopefully win big! Just remember to stay safe and gamble responsibly!

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