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PandaScore signs esports odds, data & Widget agreements with Betcris and Pixel.bet

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Live esports odds & stats provider cements position as leader in live esports data as it partners with Tier 1 operators

International operators looking to capitalise on the boom in esports betting need look no further than PandaScore, the market leader for in-play esports odds and statistics. This week, the esports data provider celebrated a pair of significant new client wins having been selected by both Betcris and Pixel.bet.

Founded in 2015, PandaScore has grown exponentially as esports betting has exploded in popularity around the world. With offices in Paris and Malta and highly reliable proprietary artificial intelligence at its core, PandaScore has become a frontrunner in the provision of real time esports odds and data which has now been integrated with leading Latin American sportsbook Betcris.

Many leading operators and traditional bookmakers have mitigated the lack of summer sport in lockdown by pivoting towards esports and the vertical, already growing in popularity incrementally, has boomed as a result. High volume operators such as Betcris require a stable, reliable and comprehensive solution for their esports data and odds needs – all things PandaScore consistently delivers for its clients.

Additionally, PandaScore recently launched its innovative esports stats Widgets through an integration with leading esports bookmaker Pixel.bet. The new Widgets are designed to give esports bettors all the information they need to bet confidently. Players can see data on recent wins and losses, head-to-head records and in-game performance statistics at the touch of a button.

Esports bookmakers have traditionally struggled to provide engaging content to fans because accurate data was unavailable. Building a custom Widget for multiple esports games was worth the effort, since esports fans rely on outside data for making astute betting decisions.

PandaScore’s esports Widgets are the most efficient and effective way for leading esports bookmakers like Pixel.bet to deliver relevant and near real time statistics to their players. Esports with the largest bet volume such as CS:GO, League of Legends, and Dota 2 are all featured within the Widgets with both pre-match and live data available.

When paired with PandaScore’s odds and data products as adopted by Betcris, the new Widgets offer an incomparable betting experience to esports fans around the world.

Adam Bjorn, COO at Plannatech/Betcris said: –
“We’re delighted to have access to PandaScore’s abundance of real time esports odds and data. They have feeds for every in-play market we need across all esports and thanks to their efficient collaboration with our development team, we completed the integration in no time”.

Eirik Kristiansen, CEO at Pixel.bet said:-
“We were very impressed with the content capabilities of PandaScore’s esports Widgets and I’m excited that Pixel.bet is the first esports betting operator in the world to offer such an innovative data delivery tool to our players”.

Flavien Guillocheau, Founder & CEO at PandaScore said: –
“Successful esports betting is a matter of good luck and good judgement and whilst PandaScore can’t help with the former, the latter can be greatly enhanced through the data provided to players and our new esports Widgets. We’re delighted to launch this new innovation with leading esports betting operator Pixel.bet and to be providing esports data to a brand as well regarded as Betcris. We look forward to integrating with more leading operators in the near future”.

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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

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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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Virtus.pro launches a second CS:GO roster

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Virtus.pro announces it’s second CS:GO team with young players from across Russia and CIS — VP.Prodigy. This is the second active youngsters team of the club that coexists with main rosters.

Sergey Glamazda, CEO of Virtus.pro: “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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