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OMEGA LEAGUE announcement

George Miller

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The leading European teams, WePlay! Esports, and Epic Esports Events decided to build something special for the fans.

Dota 2 fans are used to summer being the time when all of the teams compete for the title of being the best. This year, however, due to the global pandemic, we saw our summers deprived from this yearly joyful experience.

The leading European teams, WePlay! Esports, and Epic Esports Events decided to build something special for the fans. To bring the Dota 2 community an event that would provide the top level of competition, production, and content.

We are very happy to announce OMEGA League.

OMEGA League is an online tournament with a massive prize pool of $600,000 that will run from July 20th, 2020 (the beginning of the Open Qualifiers) until September 6th.It will include multiple competitive regions and divisions.

The English broadcast will be handled by WePlay! Esports, and RuHub will be in charge of its Russian counterpart. The teams will bring the best level of competition possible, alongside massive amounts of unique content to create a truly unforgettable experience.

WePlay! Pushka League Season 2 is postponed.

The suspension of the DPC has thrown our competitive scene into a sort of twilight zone populated by an array of small tournaments making it very taxing on players, and hard for fans to engage emotionally.
We decided to work together as a coalition of organizations, driven by our commitment to the fans, our love for this game, and the will to create a more sustainable competitive ecosystem around Dota 2. OMEGA LEAGUE is the first tournament coming from this partnership and everyone involved has poured their hearts into making it worthy of those mythical weeks in August.
We’ve found fantastic partners in Epic Esports Events and WePlay! Esports, both willing to commit to the higher level of integration that’s required to reach the quality fans have come to expect from Major-level tournaments. OMEGA League is our first large-scale initiative towards a more sustainable Dota 2 scene. Together we hope to breathe new life into the highest tiers of Dota 2 competition, and we can’t wait to show the world what we’ve been building.
We are excited about the future of the DPC, and we’re committed to supporting Valve and the rest of the ecosystem in their efforts to make competitive DotA better for fans, players, and partners alike.” – Alliance, Liquid, NAVI, Nigma, NIP, OG, Secret, and VP

“We are excited about the opportunity to work on interesting ideas and very curious about the reaction of the community. Our team and colleagues from Epic Esports Events are giving this event everything that we have. I really hope the audience will enjoy the results. The event takes place on the dates when we are used to seeing The International, and that impacts the level of responsibility we feel about OMEGA LEAGUE.” – Vitaliy “Nexius” Bozhko, Lead Esports Manager at WePlay! Esports.

“OMEGA League is a unique product. We are extremely thankful to the teams and our partners at WePlay! for working together on the vision of what an online event can and should be. We hope that this event will set the benchmark on the level of production and provide the fans many hours of premium content.” – Mark Averbukh, representative of Epic Esports Events.

League structure

The league is divided into two regions:

  • Europe (includes CIS)
  • Americas (North America and South America)

Europe format and prize pool

Immortal Division ($500,000)

Twelve teams will participate in the group stage of Immortal Division. They will be divided into two groups of six. Each group will see teams play each other in a BO3 series.

The two best teams from each group advance to Immortal Playoffs Upper-Bracket Round 1. The teams that take third place in their groups advance to Immortal Playoffs Lower-Bracket Round 1. The fourth and fifth place teams will enter the Play-in Stage to fight for two more Immortal Playoffs Lower-Bracket Round 1 seeds.

Immortal Playoffs is a double-elimination bracket. All matches are BO3, and Grand Finals are BO5.

Teams that lose in the Play-in Stage advance to Divine Playoffs Upper-Bracket Round 2.

The teams that take sixth place in their group advance to Divine Playoffs Upper-Bracket Round 1.

Divine Division ($50,000)

Divine Division starts with two groups of six squads. Each group will see teams play each other in a BO3 series.

The teams that take first place in their group advance to Divine Playoffs Upper-Bracket Round 1. The teams that take second and third place in their group advance to Divine Playoffs Lower-Bracket Round 1.

Divine Playoffs is a double-elimination bracket. All matches are BO3, and Grand Finals are BO5.

The rest of the teams are eliminated from the tournament.

The group stage for the European region will take place on August 10 – 26. The Playoffs will be held on September 31 – August 5.

Americas format and prize pool

Divine Division ($31,500)

Ten teams will participate in the group stage of Divine Division. They will be divided into two groups of five. Each group will see teams play each other in a BO3 series.

The two best teams from each group advance to Divine Playoffs Upper-Bracket Round 1. The teams that take third and fourth place will enter the Play-in Stage to fight for two Divine Playoffs Lower-Bracket Round 1 seeds.

Divine Playoffs is a double-elimination bracket. All matches are BO3, and Grand Finals are BO5.

Teams that lose in the Play-in Stage advance to Ancient Playoffs Upper-Bracket Round 1.

The teams that take fifth place in their group advance to Ancient Playoffs Upper-Bracket Round 1.

The group stage for the Americas region will take place on August 17 – 26. The Playoffs will be held on August 28 – September 5.

Ancient Division (8,500)

Eight teams will participate in the group stage of Ancient Division. They will be divided into two groups of four. Each group will see teams play each other in a BO3 series. The two best teams from each group advance to Divine Playoffs Upper-Bracket Round 1.

Ancient Playoffs is a double-elimination bracket. All matches are BO3, and Grand Finals are BO5.

The rest of the teams are eliminated from the tournament.

OMEGA League Participants (Europe, Immortal Division)

  • Team Secret
  • Team Liquid
  • Team Nigma
  • Alliance
  • OG
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • NAVI
  • Virtus.pro
  • Evil Geniuses
  • FlytoMoon

Closed Qualifier participants (Europe)

  • HellRaisers
  • Vikin.gg
  • B8
  • Team Empire
  • Team Unique
  • CyberLegacy

Details regarding the qualifiers will be announced soon.

Prize Pool Distribution

Europe Immortal Division:

  • 1st – $200,000
  • 2nd – $125,000
  • 3rd – $60,000
  • 4th – $30,000
  • 5th – $20,000
  • 6th – $20,000
  • 7th – $15,000
  • 8th – $15,000
  • 9th – $5,000 + a chance to win up to $10,000 in Divine Division
  • 10th – $5,000 + a chance to win up to $10,000 in Divine Division
  • 11th – $2,500 + a chance to win up to $10,000 in Divine Division
  • 12th – $2,500 + a chance to win up to $10,000 in Divine Division

Europe Divine Division:

  • 1st – $10,000
  • 2nd – $7,000
  • 3rd – $6,000
  • 4th – $5,000
  • 5th – $3,500
  • 6th – $3,500
  • 7th – $2,500
  • 8th – $2,500
  • 9th – $2,000
  • 10th – $2,000
  • 11th – $1,500
  • 12th – $1,500
  • 13th – $1 000
  • 14th – $1 000
  • 15th – $500
  • 16th – $500

Americas Divine Division:

  • 1st – $12,000
  • 2nd – $6,500
  • 3rd – $4,500
  • 4th – $3,500
  • 5th – $2,500
  • 6th – $2,500

Americas Ancient Division:

  • 1st – $2,200
  • 2nd – $1,600
  • 3rd – $1,200
  • 4th – $1,000
  • 5th – $750
  • 6th – $750
  • 7th – $500
  • 8th – $500

An additional $10,000 will be allocated in the form of gaming gear to Open Qualifier participants.

 

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Esports Sportsbook Rivalry Announces Roll Out of Cryptocurrency Payments in Partnership with CoinCorner

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Isle of Man licensed betting platform, Rivalry, is the latest esports focused sportsbook to adapt to changing player preferences by supporting payments through Bitcoin. COVID-19 has, in many cases, served as an accelerant to slow-burning changes in consumer behaviour and preferences. Most notably: the meteoric rise of esports betting. While many operators were left scrambling to adapt to the overnight demand, a select few, such as Rivalry, were perfectly positioned to capitalize on the pandemic pivot. Much like cryptocurrencies, esports betting is proving to be anything but a fad.

Forward-thinking operators like Rivalry believe esports provide a glimpse into the future of betting. Their average esports bettor is in their twenties – an early adoptor and digital native that is no stranger to Bitcoin, but maybe less so to traditional betting mechanics and terminology. This brings new opportunities for operators to reshape and reimagine the betting experience.

Rivalry CEO, Steven Salz adds – “Our integration with CoinCorner has allowed us to offer Bitcoin as a payment option to our players and further simplify the payment experience. It’s partnerships like these that help us evolve the betting experience for a new cohort of bettors that think and behave differently”. 

UK Bitcoin exchange, CoinCorner, has seen business appetite adjusting to accommodate the recent rise in demand for online banking and payment methods, with an uptick in businesses keen to introduce Bitcoin payments as a way to gain competitive advantage by opening up to new markets, receiving cheaper fees and no chargebacks.

Sam Tipper, Business Development Manager at CoinCorner, said: “Since I joined CoinCorner in 2019, we’ve been making huge strides in assisting businesses across multiple industries to accept Bitcoin – preparing them for the new reality of a changing payment landscape. This is particularly true for businesses regulated out of the Isle of Man, like Rivalry, who cater to a global market.”

While the gambling industry debates on the staying power of esports as a profitable betting market, operators like Rivalry are adapting with ease and transforming the betting experience to meet the needs of an evolving user base.

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AC Milan and Electronic Arts announce exclusive premium partnership

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EA SPORTS FIFA develops long-term partnership with one of european football’s most decorated clubs

Today, Electronic Arts (EA) and AC Milan have announced a multi-year partnership which enables both brands to deliver innovative, world-class entertainment for their global audiences. For the first time in AC Milan’s history, only in EA SPORTS™ FIFA will players have the opportunity to compete as the Rossoneri in the iconic San Siro Stadium.

“This partnership with AC Milan is a testament to our commitment to bring more authentic interactive experiences to sports fans across the globe” said Nick Wlodyka, Vice President & GM, EA SPORTS FIFA. “As a highly decorated and iconic football club, we look forward to offering AC Milan fans many years of innovative and interactive FIFA experiences to come.”

Casper Stylsvig, Chief Revenue Officer of AC Milan said: “We are delighted to welcome EA SPORTS to the AC Milan family as a Premium Partner. This partnership is symbolic of our commitment to delivering world class interactive experiences to our fans all over the world. As a market leader in the world of gaming, in EA SPORTS we have the perfect partner to help us continue on our journey of engaging and exciting the next generation of Rossoneri fans.”

Through Rossoneri legends Kakà and Andriy Shevchenko, EA SPORTS FIFA and AC Milan have enjoyed a strong relationship on-and-off the field for years. AC Milan is currently one of the most popular clubs for in-game play.

 

 

 

 

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Kyiv’s Dnipro Hotel to be Transformed into Esports Arena

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Oleksandr Kokhanovsky, the co-founder of the Ukrainian multi-gaming e-sports organisation Natus Vincere (NAVI), has said that the Dnipro hotel in Kyiv will be transformed into an e-sports venue.

“The victory in the auction for Dnipro hotel was won not by Russian oligarchs, but by Ukrainian IT specialists. We will turn it into the first hotel in the world fully prepared for e-sports events. It will include not only the attributes of a top hotel (restaurants, bars, SPA zones, and fitness centers), but also unique e-sports elements: training zones, an e-sports stage, special rooms for professional players, as well as the world’s best players’ lounge,” Oleksandr Kokhanovsky, founder of the DreamTeam gaming platform, said on Facebook.

According to Kokhanovsky, a group of partners and investors will work on the project.

He also noted that a presentation of the Ukrainian Professional E-sport Association was scheduled for September, which plans to have a large infrastructure cybersport project.

“This is a whole ecosystem, which includes the creation of a modern multifunctional e-sports arena with all-Ukrainian and international tournaments, an e-sports academy, educational projects and an e-sports association uniting key market players who will develop the industry and help improve the legislative framework,” Kokhanovsky said.

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