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OMEGA League expands to Asia

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OMEGA League expands to Asia
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New Asian region that will include players from China and SEA

Last week, leading European teams, WePlay! Esports, and Esports Epic Events announced OMEGA League, which will bring action to European and American regions. Today, we are excited to present a new Asian region that will include players from China and SEA.

“We announced OMEGA League last week, and it included both European and American regions. Today we are happy to report that the players from China and SEA will also be a part of this event. With the remaining two competitive regions joining the fray, OMEGA League becomes truly global.”
– Anton “WarLocK” Tokarev, Lead Esports Manager at WePlay! Esports

“As we mentioned, we want to make this August unforgettable for all Dota 2 fans. And we just can’t imagine any International without one of the strongest regions! Together with WePlay! Esports, we got the best teams from three biggest parts of the world to bring you even more breathtaking emotions!”
– Mark Averbukh, representative of Epic Esports Events

Asia format

Asia consists of Divine Division formed by two groups of six teams each.

Twelve teams will participate in the group stage of Divine Division. They will be divided into two groups of six (separate groups for the Chinese and SEA teams). 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 place advance to Divine Playoffs Lower-Bracket Round 1

The teams that take fourth and fifth place will enter the Play-in Stage to fight for two more Divine Playoffs Lower-Bracket Round 1 seeds.

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 Asia region will take place on August 01 – 10. The Playoffs will be held on August 12 – 22.

The participants

Teams from the Chinese competitive region:

Ocean
Blaze
EHOME.Immortal
Aster.Aries
Open Qualifier winner #1
Open Qualifier winner #2
Teams from the SEA competitive region:

Neon Esports
Reality Rift
Adroit
Cignal Ultra
Open Qualifier winner #1
Open Qualifier winner #2
SEA Open Qualifiers:

Southeast Asia #1
Southeast Asia #2
Southeast Asia #3
Southeast Asia #4

Countries that represent the subregion: Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Mongolia, Australia, New Zealand.

Dates

July 25 – July 28. ROUND 1 — Root Leagues
July 29 – July 30. ROUND 2 — Subregional Playoffs

Format

Open Qualifiers Root Leagues

Teams will be eligible to play in any and every single-elimination (BO1) bracket. The four best teams from each tournament will go to the second round of qualifiers (the exact rating of the teams will determine the finals of the starting bracket and the match for third place).

Open Qualifiers Subregional Playoffs

The sixteen teams from each subregion will form one single-elimination bracket. All matches are BO3. Teams that take first and second place advance to Divine Division (the SEA group).

The rest of the teams are eliminated.

Subregional Playoffs prize pool:

1st place – Divine Division seed + five gaming sets of three gaming devices
2nd place – Divine Division seed + five gaming sets of two gaming devices
3rd place – five gaming devices
4th place – five gaming devices

Details regarding Open Qualifiers in the Chinese competitive region will be announced separately.

Asia Divine Division prize pool and distribution

The prize pool of Asia Divine Division is $40,000. It will be distributed as follows:

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

General OMEGA League prize pool update

The winners of Open Qualifiers from CIS, Europe, South America, and North America will be provided with $20,000 worth of gaming gear. Together with the added prize pool of the Asian region, the total prize pool of OMEGA League is $650,000.

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Newzoo Joins Forces With EVOS Esports To Expand Its Market View With Southeast Asia Data

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Newzoo Joins Forces With EVOS Esports To Expand Its Market View With Southeast Asia Data
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Newzoo, the world’s leading provider of games and esports analytics, announced today its partnership with EVOS Esports, Southeast Asia’s leading esports organization housing over 15 professional teams across five different countries.

By adding EVOS Esports to its partnerships program, Newzoo will get improved insights from the Southeast Asian market, a region expected to further boost the growth of the esports business. Furthermore, EVOS Esports’ mobile focus within the market represents an additional layer of insights that Newzoo will use to further solidify its esports estimates, which are featured in its landmark Global Esports Market Report and the Newzoo Platform.

In exchange, Newzoo will advise EVOS Esports with market insights, helping the organization to benchmark, spot opportunities, and provide strategic insights for its further expansion.

“Southeast Asia is currently the most exciting region for the overall future growth of esports and gaming, both from a business and consumer engagement perspective. EVOS Esports is right at the center of this.”, said Peter Warman, Newzoo’s Co-Founder and CEO. “Partnering with an ambitious and forward-thinking esports organization like EVOS Esports supports us in keeping up with this huge esports region to further strengthen our view on the global and local esports ecosystems.”

“We are excited to be the first esports organisation in Southeast Asia to form this partnership with Newzoo. With Newzoo’s market intelligence and expertise, it will assist us in making actionable data-driven decisions as we scale our business verticals across the region. With access to the tools and insights provided by Newzoo, we look forward to achieving continued success, especially when discussing with commercial partners.”, said Ivan Yeo, EVOS Esports’ Co-Founder and CEO.

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PAGCOR Considers Allowing Casinos to Operate Online Gambling

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PAGCOR Considers Allowing Casinos to Operate Online Gambling
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The Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corp (PAGCOR) has confirmed that it is considering a proposal to allow online gambling in casinos.

The regulator said it has received requests from operators to allow online bets from known patrons in order to reduce the financial impact of pandemic-related restrictions.

PAGCOR said the departments involved are currently conducting studies on the proposals.

The regulator is already evaluating the legalisation of streaming sabong events in authorised arenas.

An industry source said the change was likely to be made soon but only for Philippine clients.

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The Game Awards Expands Streaming and Broadcast Footprint in India

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The Game Awards Expands Streaming and Broadcast Footprint in India
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Today, The Game Awards, the world’s biggest celebration of video game culture, announced a significant expansion of its live distribution plans in India for its the 2020 gala broadcast, airing live on Thursday, December 10.

The Game Awards will air live on television on MTV India, in addition to streaming live and free across OTT platforms including Disney+/Hotstar, Viacom’s VOOT, Reliance’s JioTV, Airtel and MX Player. These distribution points are in addition to continued free availability of the show on platforms such as Facebook, Twitch, Twitter and YouTube, where an exclusive Hindi co-stream of the show will air in partnership with NODWIN Gaming.

These new livestream partners in India join a slate of more than 45 global digital networks that will stream The Game Awards live and free around the world. Additional distribution partners will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We’re thrilled to grow our distribution in India with an incredible group of partners that share our view that gaming is a universal language that challenges, inspires, entertains and ultimately unites cultures,” said Geoff Keighley, creator, The Game Awards.

The Game Awards partnered with NODWIN Gaming to manage the distribution deals in India. Speaking about the partnership, Akshat Rathee, co-founder and Managing Director of NODWIN Gaming said, “The Game Awards have always been the epitome of our industry. A true celebration of our art form. This COVID year, we all know that gaming has done well and NODWIN is proud to bring The Game Awards back to India. With the strong backing of MTV on linear TV and Airtel Xstream, Hotstar, Jio, Voot and MXPlayer, we can positively say that this will be the first time that The Game Awards will reach more than 100 million Indians on their most preferred TV channels and OTT platforms. We look forward to celebrating our love for gaming with everyone across the country”

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