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Top 3 video games you can wager money on

George Miller



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Betting on videogames has been gaining tremendous popularity of late. With the growing integrity of eSports, there’s an increased trust in the eSports-related competitions as well, resulting in more betting activity on such events. Many videogame publishers have also taken big strides in this space, getting actively involved in organisation of eSports competitions, which used to be earlier a domain of third parties alone.

As viewership of these competitions is growing by close to 15% year-on-year, the betting activity on them has also increased simultaneously. A good number of betting operators offer multiple markets across different kinds of eSports and tournaments today. Regardless of whether you’re a fan of Xbox Series X or PS5, these videogames can be enjoyed on all prominent platforms. Let’s tell you about three such games that you can wager money on today.

Counter Strike: Global Offensive

While all the games featured on this list have a passionate fan following, the CS:GO fans are a completely different breed! This game has been around for over 20 years and the eSports scene around it has been getting stronger year after year. Its players were fading away at one point of time, but everything changed with the launch of Global Offensive. It was the release of ‘skins’ which actually made this game explode in the real sense.

Today, it’s free to play, with more and more fans jumping onto the bandwagon. In fact, CS:GO can be termed as the king of open circuit game format. You can find a good number of matches you can bet on a daily basis. Its semi-pro scene is far bigger than any other eSport in the world, even bigger than Dota 2 and League of Legends combined.

League of Legends

There is a high chance that whenever someone talks about eSports, they are discussing about League of Legends. The game has been running successfully for a long time and has a good number of leagues across the world. Therefore, you will always find a League of Legends tournament to bet on at any given moment. What’s even more impressive is the number of betting markets available for this videogame. You can bet on everything ranging from outright winner to first-to-kill to first team to take a tower.

Dota 2

Even though Defense of the Ancients 2 (Dota 2) might have a relatively smaller MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) in terms of the players, it’s still a huge one when it comes to the total prize money involved. It’s big also in terms of the core fan following it enjoys and the number of people who wager money on it. Its fans can be considered hypercritical, more so because it’s a game created by Valve, a developer known to deliver nothing but the best. The result of it all is an extremely thrilling spectator eSport. Despite the fact that League of Legends has caught up with it over the years, Dota2 is still right up there with the best in terms of both enjoyment and betting.

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Ukraine’s UPEA Unveils Five-year Strategy for Esports Development

Niji Narayan



Ukraine’s UPEA Unveils Five-year Strategy for Esports Development
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The Ukrainian Professional Esports Association (UPEA) has introduced its strategy of esports development in Ukraine for the next five years, as well as its structure and key objectives.

UPEA intends to raise funds, develop streaming studios, open an “esports ready” hotel, increase the number of international tournaments, attract investments, and more.

The Association plans to attract $100 million of investments, $42 million of which has already been made towards the purchase and development of the first “esports ready” hotel on the infrastructure base of the Dnipro Hotel. Another $20 million is planned to be invested into its reconstruction, according to a release.

“We want Ukraine to be among the world leaders, and today we have all chances to enter the TOP-5 countries with the most developed esports ecosystem,” Oleksandr Kokhanovskyy, Board Chairman for UPEA and Founder of Natus Vincere, said.

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Riot Games Announces First Official Global VALORANT Tournament – First Strike – To Crown Regional Champions

George Miller



Riot Games Announces First Official Global VALORANT Tournament - First Strike - To Crown Regional Champions
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Riot Games announced First Strike, the first tournament organized and operated by the publisher for its newly released competitive 5v5 character-based tactical shooter – VALORANT. This global event will provide opportunities for players around the world to begin building their regional legacy through a series of tournaments.

First Strike will continue to build on the momentum of VALORANT esports by leveraging a decade of Riot Games’ industry-leading experience producing best-in-class esports events and broadcasts. Riot Games is also the largest global esports producer in the world, running and broadcasting weekly professional league competitions in multiple global regions, as well as winning multiple Emmys for the League of Legends World Championship, the world’s most viewed esports event.

“VALORANT is a deeply competitive title with global appeal and the necessary elements to become the next premier esport,” said Whalen Rozelle, Senior Director of Esports at Riot Games. “First Strike will provide our thriving competitive ecosystem with the platform to showcase their greatness, build regional legacy, and a foundation that will support the esport for years to come.”

First Strike will be a global set of tournaments, composed of multiple regional finals taking place across North America, Europe, CIS, Turkey, Asia, Oceania, Brazil, and the Middle East. Each region will host a series of merit-based qualifiers, resulting in multiple Riot-produced, top eight First Strike Finals, running from December 3 – 6. The winners will earn the right to call themselves the first official regional VALORANT champions. Both professional teams and aspiring amateur squads will have opportunities to qualify for the First Strike finals through online tournaments operated by premier esports organizations.

“Esports remains one of the best investments we can make to support our community for the long term,” said Anna Donlon, Executive Producer of VALORANT. “As we’ve already seen from the Ignition Series, there’s a huge demand and hunger for VALORANT to be played at a professional level, and we’re so excited to be starting that journey with fans, players, and organizations. As a development team, supporting the competitive world of VALORANT is one of our top priorities, and we are committed to this journey.”

Since its release, VALORANT has become one of the fastest growing esports, attracting massive online viewership and the commitment of numerous established professional players from a wide range of competitive backgrounds, as well as emerging discovered talent. To support the growth of VALORANT esports, Riot Games partnered with more than 20 premier event organizers to launch the VALORANT Ignition Series, delivering numerous tentpole competitions that attracted the attention of millions of fans. During the past six months, hundreds of VALORANT tournaments have taken place across a wide range of formats, awarding more than $1 million in prizes to teams and players all over the world.

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eSports launches a second CS:GO roster

George Miller


on launches a second CS:GO roster
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Sergey Glamazda, CEO of “After VP.Prodigy’s success in Dota 2 it became obvious that youngsters squads are the next big thing, that’s why we decided to continue on this path. There are a lot of different tournaments right now for our second roster to participate in, without interfering with our first roster. Two squads can successfully coexist in the ecosystem. Launching a second roster is yet another way for us to display our eagerness to develop young players and esports in general.”

Mikhail Artemyev, CS:GO branch manager: “We started off this summer searching for a team leader — a coach capable of leading young players.We have watched a ton of demos together and communicated with lots of players. Our main goal was to find not only skilled players, but also interesting personalities who could avoid conflicts and work together as a team. As far as I can tell, we’ve managed to build a perfect squad in terms of team morale and potential.”

VP.Prodigy CS:GO roster:

Aleksandr “mefixs” Ilukhin
Serhii “muR” Hres
Maxim “awesome” Zyuzko
Vadym “h1glaiN” Tanasiuk
Evgeny “Norwi” Ermolin
Vladislav “flash_1” Bykov (coach)

The first official tournament for VP.Prodigy will be announced soon.

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